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Exploration and interpretation of the world through language and its application.

English majors at DePauw University learn to read literature closely – to observe, analyze and interpret text and to explore the relationship between form, content and meaning. They become skilled in critical inquiry by posing questions that stimulate their reflective thinking.



Ryan Houlette ’96, a writing major, cofounded Sense Labs, which created a device that is installed in a home’s electrical panel and delivers information about energy use and home activity via a smart phone application.


Kara Bischak ’12, a literature and political science double major, won
a Fulbright award that allowed her to teach English in India and later graduated from Harvard Law School, where she was junior editor of the Harvard Business Law Review. She is an attorney in San Francisco.


Stephen Worden ’11, a literature major, won a highly competitive Davies-Jackson Scholarship to attend St. John’s College at the University of Cambridge.

Careers & Graduates


Boston College, Brown University, Cambridge University, College of William and Mary, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Indiana University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Oxford University, Stanford University, University of Notre Dame, Vanderbilt University, Wake Forest University, Washington University, St. Louis, Yale University


Teacher, Business professional, Social scientist, Writer, Physician, Professor, Nurse, Lawyer, Engineer, Psychologist


David Alvarez, Ph.D., Cornell University. Was a Fulbright lecturer at Delhi University and a visiting scholar at the Friedrich-Alexander Universität in Germany. Won the John and Janice Fisher Fellowship and has edited a volume on eighteenth-century literature.

Samuel Autman, MFA, Columbia University. Won first place for nonfiction in the 2015 Disquiet International Literary Prize competition and second place in the 2010 Tara L. Masih Intercultural Essay Prize competition.

Harry Brown, Ph.D., Lehigh University. Interested in early American literature; Native American literature; environmental literature; and “digital humanities,” or game studies. Has published three books.

Ronald Dye, MFA, Indiana University. A playwright, singer, songwriter, actor and stage director involved with numerous nonprofit arts groups. Previously was chair of the new play program in five Midwestern states of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Deborah Geis, Ph.D., University of Michigan. A performance poet who has competed in the National Poetry Slam. Won DePauw’s Edwin L. Minar Jr. Award for exceptional scholarly achievement and published five books.

Eugene Gloria, MFA, University of Oregon. Author of four books of poems. Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, honoring work that contributes to an appreciation of rich human diversity; and other awards as well as a Fulbright research grant and a Fulbright lecturer award.

Joseph Heithaus, Ph.D., Indiana University. Won the 2007 “Discovery”/The Nation Prize for sonnets about poison plants that became the central thread of his 2012 book, “Poison Sonnets.” His poem “Indiana Flight” is etched in stained glass in the Indianapolis International Airport.

Lynn Ishikawa, Ed.M., Harvard University. Interested in the role of identity and motivation in second-language writing. Director of the Writing Program and English for Academic Purposes.

Amity Reading, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Received multiple Great Lakes Colleges Association grants and published one book. Interested in Old and Middle English languages and literature, interdisciplinary medieval studies, and disability studies.

Gregory Schwipps, MFA, Southern Illinois University. A DePauw alum. Co-author of the second edition of “Fishing for Dummies” and a novel, “What This River Keeps,” which won a Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award.

Michael Sinowitz, Ph.D., University of Miami (Fla.). Author of “Patrick O’Brian’s Bodies at Sea: Sex, Drugs and the Physical Form in the Aubrey-Maturin Novels.” Interested in wine, film, and crime fiction.

Tamara Stasik, Ph.D., Indiana University. Investigates the intersection of medieval studies and the digital humanities. Enjoys teaching composition for majors and non-majors and academic literacy for multilingual students.

Andrea Sununu, Ph.D., Brown University. Teaches introductory courses and Early Modern subjects. Received Exemplary Teaching award, distinguished professorship, Tucker Distinguished Career Award, an Oxnam Award for Service and a National Academic Advising Association Outstanding Faculty Adviser award.

Christine White, MFA, New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Her award-winning plays have been produced in New York City, in many regional theaters and abroad. Debut novel “The Life List of Adrian Mandrick” was named one of the best books of 2018 by the Chicago Review of Books and was favorably reviewed by the New York Times Book Review.

Karin Wimbley, Ph.D., University of Chicago. Finalist for the Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholars Faculty Development Award. Received New Directions in Global Scholarship grant from the Great Lakes Colleges Association.

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