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Head of Department

Dr Shef Rogers, BA (Emory), MA, PhD (Chicago)
Eighteenth-Century Literature, Bibliography


Liz Lammers - Departmental Administrator

Kylie Smail - Administrative Assistant

Dr Karen McLean - Receptionist and Academic Support

Academic Staff

Dr David Ciccoricco, BS Journalism (Colorado), BA Hons, PhD (Canterbury)
Narrative Theory, Digital Literature

Nicola Cummins, BA, Dip Tchg (Auck), MA (Otago), TESOL Cert. Writing

Dr Simone Drichel, MA (Freiburg), PhD (Victoria)
New Zealand and Postcolonial Literature, Critical and Cultural Theory

Assoc. Prof. Jacob Edmond, BA Hons, PhD (Auckland)
Modern and Contemporary Poetry, Literary Theory

Dr Moyra Sweetnam Evans, BA (Rhodes), BA Hons (UNIN), MA, D.Litt et Phil (Johannesburg), UED (Rhodes)
ESOL, Bilingual Reading, Stylistics, TESOL Teacher Education

Dr Anne Feryok, BA, MA (Syracuse), PhD (Auckland)
Second Language Teaching and Learning, Sociocultural and Activity Theory, Motivation, Feedback, Language Teacher Cognitions

Dr Hunter Hatfield, MA (Mississippi), PhD (Hawai'i at Mānoa)
Psycholinguistics, phonology, speech perception, pragmatics, university preparation and outcomes

Prof. Peter Kuch, BA Hons (Wales), MLitt, DPhil (Oxon), [Eamon Cleary Chair in Irish Studies]
Yeats, Joyce, Twentieth-century Irish Literary History, French Literary Theory, Australian Writers, Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-century Literature, Bibliography and Editing, Novel into Film

Dr Simone Celine Marshall, BA (Victoria), BA Hons (Waikato), MA Hons (Waikato), PhD (Sydney)
Fifteenth-Century English Literature, Medieval Women's Literature, Palaeography and Codicology, Academic Writing, ICT and Modes of Writing

Prof. Liam McIlvanney, MA Hons (Glasgow), DPhil (Oxon) [Stuart Chair in Scottish Studies]
Scottish Literature and Culture Since 1707, including: Robert Burns, Scottish Vernacular Poetry, the Glasgow Novel, Ulster-Scots Poetry, Contemporary Scottish Writing, Irish-Scottish Literary Connections, Literature of the Scottish Diaspora, Scottish Crime Fiction

Dr Thomas McLean, BA (Loyola), MA (Boston College), PhD (Iowa)
Nineteenth-Century Literature

Assoc. Prof. Christine Prentice, MA, PhD (Canterbury)
New Zealand Literature, Postcolonial Literatures, Cultural Theory and Cultural Studies

Dr Rochelle Simmons, MA (Auckland), PhD (Toronto)
Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Literature and Cinema, Literature and the Visual

Dr Paul Tankard, BA, DipEd, MA, PhD (Monash)
Eighteenth-Century Literature, Johnson and Boswell, Fantasy, Lewis and the Inklings, Paratextuality, Essays, Writing

Prof. Evelyn Tribble, PhD (Berk) [Donald Collie Chair]
Shakespeare, Renaissance Literature

Assoc Prof. Greg Waite, BA (Otago), MA, PhD (Toronto)
Old English, Middle English, Old Norse

Burns Fellow

Craig Cliff

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr Ruth Knezevich, BA (Minnesota-Duluth), MA, PhD (Missouri)
Research area: Global Romantics: How the Porter Family Changed Nineteenth-Century Art and Literature

Dr Sarah Sharp, MA Hons, MSc, PhD (Edinburgh) [Visiting Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellow]
Research area: In Foreign Soil: Death Abroad in Scottish Writing 1790-1900

Visiting Academic

Associate Professor Tao Li, PhD (Beijing)
Visiting from Beijing University of Science and Technology (Beijing, China)
19th and 20th century British literature


Dr Josie Carter, LLB, BA (Hons), PhD (Otago)
Contemporary Fiction and Ethics, New Zealand and Postcolonial Literatures

Dr Michael Cop, BA (Sainte-Anne), MA Theology (Notre Dame Australia), MA, PhD English (Otago)
Shakespeare, Writing, Renaissance Biblical Literature, Biblical Harmonies, Milton

Dr John Hale, MA (Oxon), PhD (Edin), DipEd (Durh), LittD (Otago)
Renaissance Literature, Milton

Dr Donald Kerr, DipTchg, MA (Libr), PhD (Auckland)
Collecting & Book History, Private Presses

Dr David Large, BSc, BA (Hons), MA (Otago), Grad. Cert. Higher Education, PhD (Sydney)
Modernism, Digital Humanities, Graphic Novels, Intertextuality and Plagiarism, Annotation

Dr Keith Maslen, MA (Cantab and NZ), MLitt and DLitt (Oxford)

Dr. Karen McLean, BA, MA, PhD (Otago)
Romantic Literature, Coleridge's Neoplatonic Philosophy, Writing

Emeritus and Emerita Professors

Prof. Chris Ackerley, MA (Canterbury), PhD (Tor)

Prof. Alistair Fox, MA (Canterbury), PhD (W Ontario)

Prof. Colin Gibson, MA (NZ), PhD (Otago)
Drama (part-time)

Prof. Jocelyn Harris, MA (Otago), PhD (London)
Eighteenth-Century Literature and Women's Literature

Prof. Lawrence Jones, MA, PhD (UCLA)
American Literature, Victorian Literature and New Zealand Studies