News and Announcements
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.
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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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.