New Mexico Faculty, Summer 2019

Lars Engle, on-site director, AB, Harvard College; MA, Cambridge University; PhD, Yale University. James G. Watson Professor of English, University of Tulsa.

Lars Engle is James G. Watson Professor at the University of Tulsa.  Educated at Harvard, Cambridge, and Yale, he is the author of Shakespearean Pragmatism: Market of His Time (Chicago, 1993), coauthor of Studying Shakespeare's contemporaries (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014), and an editor of English Renaissance Drama: A Norton Anthology (New York: 2002).  His articles have appeared in such journals as PMLA, Modern Philology, SEL, YJC, English Studies in Africa, Pretexts, Shakespeare Quarterly, Exemplaria, Shakespearean International Yearbook, and 3pR, and he has essays in many edited collections.  He’s won three teaching awards and been a Trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America.

Holly Laird, on site director, AB, Bryn Mawr College; PhD, Princeton University. Frances W. O'Hornett Professor of Literature, University of Tulsa.

Damián BacaBA, West Texas A&M University; MA, Northern Arizona University; PhD, Syracuse University. Associate Professor of English, University of Arizona.

Damián Baca is Associate Professor of English and Mexican American Studies at the University of Arizona. He is author of Mestiz@ Scripts, Digital Migrations, and the Territories of Writing (2008), and co-editor of Rhetorics of the Americas: 3114 BCE to 2012 CE (2010), Rhetorics of Difference (2018), and Rhetorics Elsewhere and Otherwise: Contested Modernities, Decolonial Visions (2019). He studies how technologies of writing can help heal colonial wounds and create global realities no longer determined by imperial, Eurocentric horizons.

Jonathan Fried, BA, Brown University; MFA University of California at San Diego. Affiliated Faculty, Department of Performing Arts, Emerson College.

Jonathan made his professional New York debut in 1986 at the New York Theater Workshop, and has since performed in well over one hundred productions, on stages in New York, regionally, and internationally. In 1987 he began a 31-year association with the Acting Ensemble at Bread Loaf Vermont. He was a resident company member at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI, and at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA. In 2009-2010 he toured the world with Sam Mendes’ Bridge Project, which included long runs at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Old Vic in London. He has frequently appeared at the N.Y. Shakespeare Festival, Signature Theater, Arena Stage, the Mark Taper Forum, Yale Repertory Theater, the Williamstown Theater Festival, among others. His book, Dressing Room Stories, with and about Alvin Epstein, was the genesis for his new course this summer, Oral History to Solo Performance.

Langdon Hammer, BA, Yale College; PhD, Yale University; Professor of English and American Studies, Yale University.

Langdon Hammer is the English Department Chair and the Niel Gray Jr Professor of English at Yale.  His James Merrill: Life and Art won the Lambda Literary Prize for Gay Memoir/Biography and was one of the New York Times’ “Top Books of 2015."  He has written about modern and contemporary poetry for the New York Times Book Review, the New York Review of Books, Raritan, and the American Scholar, where he has been the poetry editor since 2004. His lectures on modern poetry are available free online at Yale Open Courses.  Winner of the Yale Graduate School's prize for the outstanding mentor in the Humanities, he has directed twenty-five PhD dissertations in English.  He taught "American Modernism" at Bread Loaf/New Mexico in 2016, and he is delighted to return and teach this course again.  

Cruz MedinaBA, University of California, Santa Barbara; MFA/MA, Chapman University; PhD, University of Arizona. Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition, Santa Clara University.

Cruz Medina is Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition at Santa Clara University. Cruz's research interests include cultural rhetorics and digital writing. His first book Reclaiming Poch@ Pop examined pop culture productions in response to anti-Latinx legislation in Arizona. He is currently co-editing a digital book collection called Racial Shorthand: Coded Discrimination Contested in Social Media for Computers and Composition Digital Press.

Jeffrey NunokawaBA, Yale College; PhD, Cornell University. Professor of English, Princeton University.

Bruce R. SmithBA, Tulane University; MA, PhD, University of Rochester. Professor of English, University of Southern California.

Bruce R. Smith, Dean’s Professor of English at the University of Southern California, is the author of nine books, including most recently Shakespeare | Cut: Rethinking Cutwork in an Age of Distraction (Oxford, 2016). An earlier book, The Acoustic World of Early Modern England: Attending to the O-Factor (Chicago, 1999), was recognized by Choice as one of the top 24 academic books published between 1998 and 2003. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the British Academy, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Folger and the Huntington libraries. 

Annalyn SwanBA, Princeton University; MA, King’s College, University of Cambridge. Visiting Professor, Leon Levy Center for Biography at the Graduate Center, CUNY, 2014-2019. Biographer, critic.

Annalyn Swan is a biographer, critic and visiting professor at the Graduate Center in New York. With the art critic Mark Stevens, she is the author of de Kooning: An American Master, the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of the artist Willem de Kooning. The book also won the National Book Critics Circle award for biography. Swan and Stevens are currently at work on a biography of the British painter Francis Bacon, to be published in 2020. Swan earned her undergraduate degree in English at Princeton University and an M.A. at King’s College, Cambridge University, which she attended on a Marshall Scholarship.


Jennifer Wicke
BA, University of Chicago; MA, PhD, Columbia University. Visiting Professor, Department of English, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Jennifer Wicke attended St. John’s College and graduated from the University of Chicago with majors in philosophy and biology; she received her PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.  Professor Wicke has taught in Comparative Literature, English, and film and media studies at Yale, at New York University, where she was chair of the Comparative Literature Department, and at the University of Virginia.  Her interests include 19th, 20th and 21st century literature, critical theory, eco-criticism, media studies, political theory and economics, classics and world literatures.