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Welcome to the Department of English at the University of Oregon.  Our nearly 50 full-time faculty members are committed to offering students a broad foundation in traditional British, American, and Anglophone literary studies, as well as intensive coursework in interdisciplinary studies, emerging media, and current critical methodologies.  Learn more about the people and programs of the English Department by exploring our website, or contact us via email.

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UO English on YouTube

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The English Department has a new YouTube presence!

We’re curating videos from English faculty DUKTalks, faculty and student interviews from UO Today, and members of our student Poetry Slam Team. See Professor Martha Bayless’s talk, “How to Tweet From Another Century,” Professor Ben Saunders trace the history of “The Birth of the Superhero,” English 2014 Valedictorian Joseph Bitney on scholarships and pursuing an English PhD,  or English major Alex Dang’s TEDxUO Talk: “Tell me about yourself–stories through poetry.” (more…)

English Majors named ot the Spring 2014 Dean’s List

Congratulations to the English Majors named to the Spring 2014 term dean’s list!
Each term, the University of Oregon names its top students to the dean’s list in recognition of their academic achievements.


UO English “Cultures of Climate Change” graduate seminar continues to garner national interest

CLIMATENOVELS-master675This week, both The Huffington Post and The Washington Post mentioned UO English Professor Stephanie LeMenager’s graduate seminar, “Cultures of Climate Change,” in stories about the emerging genre of “cli-fi.”

This is not the first time LeMenager’s seminar has attracted national media attention. (more…)


UO English participates in SAIL 2014

Jun 24Sep 22

cropped-Eng-Journ-GROUP-PIC-2-1tp4vhrOnce again, UO English will participate in UO’s Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL). Organized by Connie Wonham and department head, Karen Ford, UO English will host local high school seniors who came to campus for a week to hone their writing skills and prepare for the college essay and application process.


Spring 2014 Commencement

Jun 25Sep 22

082On June 16, UO English graduated 122 majors, sixteen MA candidates, and twelve PhD candidates. Professor Karen Ford delivered the opening address, encouraging graduates to rely on their training in language, literature, and culture “to think deeply about the construction of character through depictions of the human struggle to find value and ways to live in the world.” Congratulations, graduates! Several students received special recognition at the ceremony: (more…)

Spring 2014 Festivities

Jun 26Sep 22

On June 4, UO English celebrated the end of the year, recognizing student and faculty accomplishments at a reception in the Knight Library Browsing Room. The celebration was inaugurated by the UO Poetry Slam Team, which treated the department to a performance by team co-captain, Alex Dang. (more…)


People (view all)

Dan Tannacito

Tannacito picDan Tannacito (DA ’70; PhD ’72) retired recently (2012) as Emeritus Professor of English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) after 35 years of teaching and research. He was a Distinguished Professor of Teaching at IUP, a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Turkey, Director of Graduate Studies in Composition & TESOL, and Director of the American Language Institute for 30 years.  (more…)

Programs (view all)

The Center for Teaching Writing

The Center for Teaching Writing, an outreach partner of the English Department’s Composition Program, provides students with opportunities to improve their writing in college and faculty with resources for including more student writing in their courses.  It also functions as a research outreach component for the study of teaching argumentative writing. (more…)

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Dangerous Examples–Fighting & Sailing Women

Recorded by Dianne Dugaw

Dangerous Examples–Fighting & Sailing Women in Song ( is a recording of 10 traditional Anglo-American ballads popular from Elizabethan times to the modern era, that celebrate the Female Warrior heroine, a woman who dresses as a man and goes to war or to sea for love and for glory.