Oxford Faculty, Summer 2019

Jeri Johnson, head tutorBA, Brigham Young University; MA, MPhil, University of Oxford. Peter Thompson Fellow in English, Exeter College; Professor of English, University of Oxford.

Stephen BerensonBFA, Drake University. Founding Director of Brown/Trinity MFA Programs in Acting and Directing; Professor of the Practice, Brown University; Resident Acting Company Member, Trinity Repertory Company.

Stephen Berenson is Founding Director of the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Programs in Acting and Directing. As Professor of the Practice at Brown, his major areas of instruction are Shakespeare, Chekhov, Moliere, and contemporary dramatic texts. A member of the Resident Acting Company at Trinity Rep for 30 years, his roles have included Willy Loman, Shylock, Feste, Puck, Fagin, Grendal, and Scrooge. Recognition includes the New England Theatre Conference Teacher of the Year Award, the Providence Mayor Citation for Excellence, and a Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship at Ten Chimneys. A long-time member of the Bread Loaf Acting Ensemble in Vermont, this will be his third consecutive summer on the faculty at Lincoln College.

Christine GerrardBA, DPhil, University of Oxford; MA, University of Pennsylvania. Fellow and Tutor in English, Lady Margaret Hall; Professor of English, University of Oxford.

Christine Gerrard is the Barbara Scott Fellow in English at Lady Margaret Hall and a Professor in English Literature at the English Faculty at Oxford. She is also the Tutor for US Visiting Students at her college. Her research interests include the long eighteenth-century, with a special focus on political writing and women's poetry, and on Transatlantic literature of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She is currently editing a volume of the political writings of Jonathan Swift, and the eighteenth-century volume for the Oxford History of Poetry in English. In 2017, she held a Mellon Foundation Fellowship at the Ashmolean Museum, designing a project involving classical antiquities aimed at making the eighteenth-century and Romantic preoccupation with the Classical past accessible to a wider audience. 

Mark C. Jerng, BA, Princeton University; PhD Harvard University. Professor of English, University of California, Davis.

Mark Jerng is Professor of English at University of California, Davis. His research interests include Asian American literature and transnationalism, critical race theory, science fiction and fantasy (especially by contemporary Asian American and African American authors), genre and narrative theory, and law and literature. He is the author of Racial Worldmaking (2018), a project that takes up particular popular genres - future war; plantation romance; sword and sorcery; alternate history - in order to analyze how genre formations inform our perceptual organizations of 'race' and 'world.' His first book, Claiming Others: Transracial Adoption and National Belonging (2010), focuses on the ways in which shifting norms of race and kinship shape and naturalize our conceptions of personhood. He was Lead PI of the UC Davis Summer Program for Literary Analysis and Success in the Humanities (UCD SPLASH), a UC-HBCU partnership with Hampton University, from 2015-2018. He is also Co-Director of the Mellon Initiative on Racial Capitalism (2017-2020).  

Cora Kaplan, BA, Smith College. Honorary Professor of English, Queen Mary, University of London; Professor Emerita of English, Southampton University.

Cora Kaplan's work has a double focus: on race and class across genres in the long nineteenth-century, and on fiction, film and memoir of the last half-century. A General Editor of the ten volume Palgrave Macmillan History of British Women’s Writing (2010-2017) her books include Sea Changes; Essays on Culture and Criticism (1986), and Victoriana: Histories, Fictions, Criticism (2007). With Jenny Bourne Taylor she edited a Special issue “Reading Life Writing” (New Formations, 67). A short memoir of her own, ‘Red Diaper Baby,’ appeared in History Workshop Journal, no. 83, Spring 2017.

Francis Leneghan, BA, PhD, Trinity College, Dublin. Associate Professor of Old English, University of Oxford; Fellow of St. Cross College.

Francis Leneghan is Associate Professor of Old English at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St Cross College. Before coming to Oxford in 2008 he taught Medieval English at Trinity College Dublin, where he studied for his BA and PhD, and University College Dublin. His research concentrates on intersections between politics, religion and literature in Anglo-Saxon England. He is especially interested in the Old English heroic poem Beowulf, the translation and adaptation of scripture in early England, and writings associated with King Alfred of Wessex. He has published widely on Old English poetry and prose and recently co-edited The Psalms and Medieval English Literature: From the Conversion to the Reformation (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2017). He is a co-organiser of the Oxford Psalms Network.

Brian McEleney, BA, Trinity College; MFA Yale School of Drama. Professor of the Practice and Head of the Brown/Trinity M.F.A. Acting Program, Brown University; Associate Director and Acting Company Member, Trinity Repertory Company.

Brian McEleney is Director of the Theatre Program at the Bread Loaf School of English. Since 1984 he has performed in over two dozen Bread Loaf productions, including Twelfth Night, Macbeth, King Lear, The Winter’s Tale, Richard II, Measure for Measure, Uncle Vanya, All’s Well That Ends Well, and The Merchant of Venice. He has directed Bread Loaf productions of Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Troilus and Cressida, To Kill a Mockingbird, Blues for Mister Charlie, U.S.A., Othello and A Tale of Two Cities. As a long-time member of the Trinity Rep Acting Company, he has played over 75 roles, including King Lear, Richard II, Richard III, Cassius, and Malvolio. He has also directed over 25 productions, including Hamlet, Our Town, All the King’s Men, A Raisin in the Sun, The Grapes of Wrath, House and Garden, Twelfth Night and Ivanov.

Mark Turner, BA, Hampden-Sydney College; MA, PhD, University of London. Professor of English, King’s College London.