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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


Meryl Altman, Ph.D., Columbia University. Interested in feminist and queer theory; women’s migrant domestic labor; and gender and sexuality in ancient Greece. Previously was director of women’s studies.

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.

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.

Beth Benedix, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Author of several books. Founder and director of The Castle, a nonprofit that puts on workshops in Putnam County schools. Received DePauw’s G. Bromley Oxnam Award for Service.

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.

Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Ph.D., Princeton University. Winner of a Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts and of two National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships. Fulbright visiting lecturer at Janua Pannonius University, Hungary.

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.

Angela Flury, Ph.D., University of California, Davis. Interested in the history of the novel, world literature, translation studies, cinema and the pedagogy of writing.

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.

Eugene Gloria, MFA, University of Oregon. Author of three 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.

Peter Graham, MFA, Columbia University. Won a bronze medal for best feature from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. Helped launch DePauw’s film studies program and leads regular winter term trips to the Sundance and Slamdance film festivals.

Susan Hahn, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara. Director of the DePauw Writing Center and associate director of the three-tier writing program for students. Interested in the history of the novel; has presented papers on feminist issues.

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. Teaches English as a second language to international students.

Kathy Jesse, MA, University of Indianapolis. Adviser to The DePauw, the student newspaper. Interested in long-form journalism, media literacy and writing instruction for first-generation students.

Nicole Lobdell, Ph.D., University of Georgia. Interested in 19th-century British literature, Gothic literature, science and technology, gender/sexuality studies and medical humanities.

Amity Reading, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Interested in Old and Middle English languages and literature, interdisciplinary medieval studies, Shakespeare 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.” Writing Program director. 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 multi-lingual 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. Interim director of the Justin and Darrianne Christian Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

Elizabeth “Lili” Wright, MFA, Columbia University. Her “Dancing with the Tiger,” a literary thriller, won the Housatonic Book Award; was an Edgar finalist for best first novel; and was a semifinalist for the Virginia Commonwealth University Cabell First Novelist Award. Author of a travel memoir and numerous essays.

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