Vermont Faculty, Summer 2017

Caroline Bicks, BA, Harvard University; MA, PhD, Stanford University. Associate Professor of English, Boston College.

Caroline Bicks is Associate Professor of English at Boston College. She specializes in Shakespeare, gender studies, and the history of science. She is the author of Midwiving Subjects in Shakespeare’s England, co-editor of The History of British Women’s Writing, 1500-1610; and co-author of the irreverent Shakespeare, Not Stirred: Cocktails for Your Everyday Dramas. Her creative non-fiction has appeared in the Modern Love column of the New York Times, on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and in the show and book Afterbirth: Stories You Won’t Read in a Parenting Magazine. For more, go to:

Angela BrazilBA, California State University at Chico; MFA, University of Iowa. Teaching Associate, Brown University. Actor, Trinity Repertory Company.

Brenda BrueggemannBA, MA, University of Kansas; PhD, University of Louisville. Professor of English, Aetna Chair of Writing, University of Connecticut.

Brenda Brueggemann recently joined the English Department at the University of Connecticut as Professor and Aetna Endowed Chair of Writing.  She recently worked at The Ohio State University as a Professor of English, a faculty adviser for the American Sign Language Program, and a coordinator for the Disability Studies Program. Her research focuses on disability and deaf studies in the humanities, and she is the author of Deaf Subjects: Between Identities and Places and Lend Me Your Ear: Rhetorical Constructions of Deafness. Brueggemann has published over 60 essays and articles and edited and contributed to the book collections Literacy and Deaf People: Cultural and Contextual Perspectives;  Disability Studies: Enabling the Humanities; and Women and Deafness: Multidisciplinary Approaches.

Susan ChoiBA, Yale University; MFA, Cornell University. Lecturer in English, Yale University.

Dare ClubbBA, Amherst College; MFA, DFA, Yale School of Drama. Associate Professor of Playwriting, Dramatic Literature, and Theory, University of Iowa.

Dare Clubb is associate professor of playwriting, dramatic literature, and theory at the University of Iowa, and co-head of the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. He has taught at Princeton University, Barnard College, the New School for Social Research, and Jawaharlal Nehru University, and was playwright-in-residence at the Juilliard School from 1985-87. His plays have been performed at the Yale Repertory Theatre, Juilliard, and the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. His original play Oedipus received an OBIE award in 1999. He received the University of Iowa Collegiate Teaching Award in 2007 and was a University of Iowa Faculty Scholar from 2009 to 2012.  

Patricia DeMarcoBA, LeMoyne College; MA, State University of New York at Binghamton; MA, PhD, Duke University. Professor of English, Ohio Wesleyan University.

Patricia A. DeMarco is Professor of English Literature at Ohio Wesleyan University, where she directs the Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies Program.  Her research interests include the history of emotions, sex/gender/intersectional identity, and literary depictions of war.  She has published in Literature and Medicine, Speculum, and Studies in the Age of Chaucer, among other venues. Her current work focuses on the changing place of vengeance in the identity of the "chivalric classes" in late medieval England.  She has been awarded several prizes for teaching excellence, including the Shankland Award for Outstanding Teaching, and grants from the Teagle Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  

Lyndon J. Dominique, BA, University of Warwick; MA, PhD, Princeton University. Associate Professor of English, Lehigh University.

Lyndon J. Dominique is Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University specializing in eighteenth-century British literature and issues related to critical race studies, colonialism and transatlanticism, gender, and social justice. He is the editor of the anonymously published 1808 novel The Woman of Colour (2007) and the author of a monograph, Imoinda’s Shade: Marriage and the African Woman in Eighteenth-Century British Literature, 1759-1808 (2012). Currently, he is working on a book about Aphra Behn, Blackness and the birth of the social justice novel.

Stephen Donadio, BBA, Brandeis University; MA, PhD, Columbia University. John Hamilton Fulton Professor of Humanities, Middlebury College.

STEPHEN DONADIO received his B.A. degree from Brandeis University, was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Paris (Sorbonne), and completed his doctorate in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses before moving to Middlebury College. A recipient of NEH and Rockefeller fellowships, he is longtime member of the Bread Loaf faculty, and served as editor of the New England Review for twenty years. At Middlebury he is currently the Fulton Professor of Humanities and Director of the Program in Literary Studies. He has written on Nietzsche and Henry James, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Walker Percy, Joseph McElroy, and Thomas Pynchon, among others, as well as modern poets including John Ashbery, Allen Ginsberg, and A.R.Ammons. At present his principal research interests are centered on a range of texts that challenge some established critical assumptions regarding the boundaries seen as separating certain literary categories, periods, and movements. 

Ruth Forman, BA, University of California at Berkeley; MFA, University of Southern California. VONA/Voices Writing Workshop.

Ruth Forman is the author of poetry collections Prayers Like Shoes, Renaissance, We Are the Young Magicians, and children’s book, Young Cornrows Callin Out the Moon.  She’s received the Barnard New Women Poets Prize, The Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award, The Durfee Artist Fellowship, the NCTE Notable Book Award, and recognition by The ALA.  Ruth is a former teacher of creative writing with the University of Southern California and June Jordan’s Poetry for the People program at UC Berkeley as well as a thirteen-year faculty member with the VONA/Voices program. You can learn more about her at

Shalom GoldmanBA, New York University; MA, Columbia University; PhD, New York University. Pardon Tillinghast Professor of Religion, Middlebury College.

Alexa Alice Joubin, BA, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan; PhD, Stanford University; Professor of English, George Washington University.

Alexa Joubin teaches in the English Department at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.., where she co-directs  the Digital Humanities Institute. At MIT, she is co-founder and co-director of the open access Global Shakespeares digital performance archive ( She has taught courses and published on race and gender, film, globalization, literary theory, intercultural performance, and Shakespeare. When she is not teaching, Alexa enjoys cooking, hiking, traveling, and photography. 

David HuddleBA, University of Virginia; MA, Hollins College; MFA, Columbia University. Professor Emeritus, University of Vermont.

David Huddle is from Ivanhoe, Virginia, and he taught at the University of Vermont for 38 years. His fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in The American Scholar, Esquire, The New Yorker, Harper’s, Shenandoah, and Green Mountains Review. In 2012 his novel Nothing Can Make Me Do This won the Library of Virginia Award for Fiction, and his collection Black Snake at the Family Reunion won the 2013 Pen New England Award for Poetry. His most recent books are Dream Sender, a poetry collection published in 2015 by LSU Press, and a novel, My Immaculate Assassin, published in September 2016 by Tupelo Press.

Amy HungerfordBA, MA, PhD, Johns Hopkins University. Professor of English and Dean of the Humanities Division, Yale University.

Amy Hungerford is Professor of English and Divisional Director of Humanities at Yale. She specializes in 20th- and 21st-century American literature, especially the period since 1945. Her new monograph, Making Literature Now (Stanford, 2016) is about the social networks that support and shape contemporary literature. Hungerford is also the author of The Holocaust of Texts: Genocide, Literature, and Personification (Chicago, 2003) and Postmodern Belief: American Literature and Religion Since 1960 (Princeton, 2010). Hungerford is a founder of Post45 (a professional association for scholars working in post-45 literary and cultural studies), and co-founded and remains site editor of, an open-access journal publishing a curated stream of peer reviewed and general interest work in the field.

Douglas A. Jones, Jr. BFA, New York University; PhD, Stanford University. Assistant Professor of English, Rutgers University.

Douglas Jones studies (African) American literature and performance across a range of periods, democratic theory (especially in the nineteenth-century US), and the cultural history of slavery. He is on faculty in the English department at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.

Michael R. KatzBA, Williams College; MA, DPhil, University of Oxford. C. V. Starr Professor Emeritus of Russian and East European Studies, Middlebury College.

Michael Katz is the C. V. Starr Professor Emeritus of Russian and East European Studies at Middlebury College. He has published two monographs on 19th century Russian literature (one on literary ballads and the other on literary dreams) and he has translated twenty Russian novels into English, including works by Herzen, Chernyshevsky, Turgenev, and Tolstoy. In 2015 he won an Award for Outstanding Achievement in Scholarship given by the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages. He is currently preparing a new translation of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment for a new Norton Critical Edition.

Gwyneth LewisBA, University of Cambridge; DPhil, University of Oxford. Former Welsh Poet Laureate. 2014 Bain-Swiggett Visiting Lecturer in Poetry and English, Princeton University.

Gwyneth Lewis was National Poet of Wales 2005-06, the first to be awarded the laureateship. She is an award-winning poet in both Welsh and English. In 2010 she was given a Cholmondeley Award by the Society of Authors. Gwyneth’s two memoirs are Sunbathing in the Rain: A Cheerful Book about Depression (Harper Perennial, 2002) and Two in a Boat: A Marital Rite of Passage (Fourth Estate, 2005). Gwyneth lives in Cardiff and she was the 2016 Robert Frost Professor of Literature at the Bread Loaf School of English.

Kate Marshall, BA, University of California, Davis; MA, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles. Associate Professor of English, University of Notre Dame.

Kate Marshall is associate professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, where she also serves on the faculty of the history and philosophy of science. She is the author of the award-winning Corridor: Media Architectures in American Fiction (2013) and articles on fabulism, weird fiction, media theory, and technology. She is the 2016-2017 Founders’ Fellow at the National Humanities Center, where she is completing work on her study of nonhuman narration, Novels by Aliens. She co-edits the Post45 book series at Stanford University Press, and is 2017 keynote faculty for the Winter Theory School of the Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies (OSL).

Eric D. Pritchard, BA, Lincoln University; MA, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Assistant Professor of English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Eric Darnell Pritchard is an assistant professor of English and 2016-2018 Criticism and Interpretive Theory Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His book, Fashioning Lives: Black Queers and the Politics of Literacy (Southern Illinois University Press), was published December 2016. Pritchard’s other writings have appeared in scholarly and popular venues including Literacy in Composition Studies, Palimpsest, Southern Communication Journal, Public Books, and His article “For Colored Kids Who Committed Suicide, Our Outrage Isn’t Enough: Queer Youth of Color, Bullying, and the Discursive Limits of Identity and Safety” (Harvard Educational Review) was awarded in 2014 the inaugural “Lavender Rhetorics Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship” from the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). He has also received the Visiting Scholar Fellowship from the James Weldon Johnson Institute at Emory University and a Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and National Endowment for the Humanities.

Margery SabinBA, Radcliffe College; PhD, Harvard University. Lorraine Chiu Wang Professor of English and South Asia Studies, Wellesley College.

Margery Sabin is Lorraine Chiu Wang Professor of English at Wellesley College. She has followed a varied itinerary in teaching and scholarship from her graduate studies in Comparative Literature (French, German, and English) to her current specialties in modern Irish and South Asian literatures and cultures. Many articles and three books mark stages of this trajectory: English and French Romanticism; Dialect of the Tribe: Speech and Community in Modern Fiction; Dissenters and Mavericks: Writings about India in English: 1765-2000.  Her more than twenty-five years of Bread Loaf summers are highlights of her teaching career. 

Jeffrey ShoulsonBA, Princeton University; MPhil, University of Cambridge; MA, PhD, Yale University. Professor of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages; Professor of English, Konover Chair in Judaic Studies, University of Connecticut.

Jeffrey Shoulson holds the Doris and Simon Konover Chair in Judaic Studies at the University of Connecticut, where he is also Director of the Center for Judaic Studies, Professor of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages and Professor of English. He holds an AB from Princeton University, M Phil from the University of Cambridge and PhD from Yale University. His books include Milton and the Rabbis:  Hebraism, Hellenism, and Christianity (Columbia, 2001); Hebraica Veritas?  Christian Hebraists, Jews, and the Study of Judaism in Early Modern Europe, with Allison P. Coudert (UPenn, 2004); and Fictions of Conversion: Jews, Christians, and Cultures of Change in Early Modern England (UPenn, 2013).

Michele SteptoBA, Stanford University; MA, San Francisco State University; PhD, University of Massachusetts. Lecturer, Department of English, Yale University.

Michele Stepto is a Lecturer in the Yale English Department, where she teaches a seminar on Literature for Young People.  She has written stories and histories for young readers as well as adults, including Snuggle Piggy and the Magic Blanket and Our Song, Our Toil: The Story of American Slavery as Told by Slaves.  With her son Gabriel she translated Catalina Erauso's memoir, Lieutenant Nun.  Other writings may be found online at Lacuna Journal, Mirror Dance Fantasy, and The Appendix.     

Robert SteptoBA, Trinity College, Hartford; MA, PhD, Stanford University. Professor of English, African American Studies, and American Studies, Yale University.

Robert Stepto is Professor of English, African American Studies and American Studies at Yale University. He has taught at Bread Loaf Vermont every summer since 1990. His fields include American and African American poetry, fiction, autobiography and book art. He has published From Behind the Veil: A Study of Afro-American Narrative; Blue as the Lake: A Personal Geography; A Home Elsewhere: Reading African American Classics in the Age of Obama. Most recently, he edited with Jennifer Greeson The Norton Critical Edition of Charles Chesnutt’s The Conjure Stories.

Robert SullivanAB, Georgetown University. Adjunct Professor, City University of New York (CUNY) Macaulay Honors College. Contributing Editor, A Public Space. Writer.

Robert Sullivan is the author of numerous books, including The Meadowlands, My American Revolution, A Whale Hunt and Rats, a New York Times bestseller. His essays and reporting have appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Harper's and Vogue, among many others. He is contributing editor at A Public Space and teaches at Hunter College, in New York. He lives in New York City.

Sam SwopeBA, Middlebury College; MA, University of Oxford. Founder and President, Academy for Teachers; Dean, Cullman Center Institute for Teachers, New York Public Library.

Sam Swope is president of the Academy for Teachers and dean of the Teacher Institute at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. He's the author of I Am a Pencil: A Teacher, His Kids, and Their World of Stories,The Araboolies of Liberty Street, The Krazees, Gotta Go! Gotta Go! and Jack and the Seven Deadly Giants. 

Jennifer WickeBA, University of Chicago; MA, PhD, Columbia University. Professor of English, University of Virginia.

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. she will visit at UC Santa Barbara this spring. Her interests include 19th, 20th and 21st century literature, critical theory, eco-criticism, media studies, political theory and economics, classics and world literatures.