News and Announcements 2016-12-19T16:52:11+00:00

News and Announcements

PhD student Jonathan Armoza wins 2017 Lancashire Award

July 21st, 2017|Comments Off on PhD student Jonathan Armoza wins 2017 Lancashire Award

The Department is pleased to announce that PhD student Jonathan Armoza has been given the 2017 Ian Lancashire Award by the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities for his work on a new type of computational text modeling called 'probabilistic matrix factorization'. You can read more about Jonathan's research here.

Tribute to Professor Kenneth Silverman

July 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Tribute to Professor Kenneth Silverman

The Department of English remembers retired faculty member, Ken Silverman, who passed away on July 7th, 2017, at age 81. Ken was born in Manhattan on February 5th, 1936 to immigrants who after World War I emigrated from what is now Lithuania. He studied English at Columbia University, receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1956, his master’s in 1958, and his doctorate in 1964. Ken taught at NYU until his retirement in 2001, after a long and prosperous career. His academic research focused on Colonial American literature, and went on to accommodate his longtime interest in magic. He was the noted [...]

The Department welcomes two new faculty

June 26th, 2017|Comments Off on The Department welcomes two new faculty

The English Department is excited to announce two new faculty members that will be joining the department this fall. The department welcomes Ato Quayson and Lenora Hanson. Quayson, who received his B.A. at the University of Ghana and his PhD at the University of Cambridge, specializes in African and Post-Colonial Literature. He was the General Editor for The Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Inquiry and the Chair of Jury for The Etisalat Prize of 2015. Lenora Hanson received her B.A. at the University of Montevallo, her M.A. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She specializes in [...]

Congratulations to Phillip Brian Harper on his appointment as Dean of GSAS

June 26th, 2017|Comments Off on Congratulations to Phillip Brian Harper on his appointment as Dean of GSAS

NYU President Andrew Hamilton and Provost Katherine E. Fleming recently announced that Professor Phillip Harper has been appointed the new Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Science. Harper has been a part of the Humanities faculty since 1995 with a specialty in African-American literary and Cultural Studies, Gender and Sexuality studies and more. He is the founding chair for the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. A keen professor with a strong belief in graduate studies, NYU spokesperson Matt Nagel said NYU believes Harper is the right candidate for the position. Harper has held assistant professor positions at Brandeis and [...]

Congratulations to Elizabeth McHenry!

April 30th, 2017|Comments Off on Congratulations to Elizabeth McHenry!

Congratulations to Elizabeth McHenry for receiving a Golden Dozen Teaching Award this year! She will be duly honored at the College’s Baccalaureate Ceremonies on May 18th.


April 19th, 2017|Comments Off on Welcome!

Warm welcome to Richard Halpern, who will be serving as the next Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of English! Professor Halpern has worked closely with graduate students for a number of years, including as the Director of Placement and as a member of the Graduate Program Committee, and we are very excited to have our program in his capable hands! We also extend a huge thank you for Crystal Parikh for all of her work over the last four years. 


April 17th, 2017|Comments Off on Congratulations!

Congratulations to Peter Tasca, for receiving the 2016-2017 Master's Award for Academic Achievement in the Humanities! A formal presentation of the award will take place at the GSAS Master’s Convocation at the Beacon Theatre on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm.  

Congratulations to Robert Young!

January 16th, 2017|Comments Off on Congratulations to Robert Young!

 Robert Young was presented with the "Distinguished Achievement Award for Outstanding Scholarship" at the annual conference of the South Asian Literary Association, an affiliate organization of the Modern Language Association.


August 1st, 2016|Comments Off on Congrats!

Warm congratulations to Jamie Staples, who has received the GSAS Predoctoral Summer Fellowship to study 14th- and 15th-century manuscripts containing Alain de Lille’s De planctu naturae at the British Library!


August 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Congratulations to Carla Maria Thomas, who has received a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship in the Department of English at NYU for 2016-2017! She defended her dissertation “Finding Redemption in Early Medieval English Literature” in April of this year. Looking forward to next year!


July 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Congratulations to Gina Elbert who won the Burns Literary Prize for 2016 for her essay, "Robert Burns: a Country Poet and Country's Poet."

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