Faculty & Staff in English

English Office Information
Department Chair:
Dr. Margaret Koehler
Location:
Towers Hall 228, 1 S. Grove St.
Hours: Monday – Friday (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Contact: Tess Schwarz, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 614-823-1218
Email: tschwarz@otterbein.edu

Tammy Birk

Tammy Birk

Associate Professor of English & Director of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program


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Phyllis Burns

Associate Professor


Specializations:African American Literatures, Hip Hop Culture, Black Women’s Culture Studies, and Black Radical Theory.

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Patricia Frick

Patricia Frick

Professor


Specializations: Victorian British literatures and culture, especially the novel; Victorian women, gender, and identity; Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Robert Louis Stevenson. Scholarship: My recent scholarship has focused on Victorian places and spaces, particularly the use of markets and marketplaces in Dickens' depictions of Victorian London. My essays have appeared in International Journal of Women’s Studies, Philological Quarterly, and VIJ: Victorians Institute Journal. Recent or new topical courses: "The Victorian Novel," "Our Monsters, Ourselves," and "Literary London," “The Strange Case of Edinburgh:…

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Margaret Koehler

Margaret Koehler

Professor & Department Chair


Margaret Koehler grew up in rural upstate New York; earned her B.A. in English at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT; and earned her Ph.D at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She specializes in 18th-century British literature. Her first book, Poetry of Attention in the 18th Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), considers attention as both a thematic preoccupation and a readerly skill cultivated by 18th-century poems. Her current research project explores connections between poetry and medicine in this period. She teaches courses…

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Shannon Lakanen

Shannon Lakanen

Professor


Shannon Lakanen is an essayist and professor in Otterbein's English department and Integrative Studies program. She grew up in a working-class family in northern Florida and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. At Otterbein, she teaches writing courses in personal essay and memoir, and production courses in podcasting and digital literature for the English department. She has developed several different Integrative Studies courses for first-year students focusing on critically and creatively exploring memory and memoir, living with intentionality, and reflecting on…

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Jeremy Llorence

Jeremy Llorence

Assistant Professor


Jeremy Llorence is a Black American playwright from Metro-Detroit. His ten-minute, one act and full-length plays have been seen in venues all over the Midwest, including Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Milwaukee, and Chicago. As a writer, he is interested in exploring topics of masculinity and place through both comedy and drama. As a teacher, he is interested helping students find the voices to tell the stories that matter most to them. And, of course, he loves to talk about his favorite…

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Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith

Professor


Dr. Smith's interdisciplinary degree in Comparative Literature focused on the interrelations of religion, philosophy, and literature and he has continued to pursue those interests both in teaching and research throughout his career. He has delved for years into the philosophy of Edmund Husserl as the basis for the development of a phenomenological aesthetics of literature and has worked intensely also with the philosophies of William James, Alfred North Whitehead, Louis Lavelle, Karl Jaspers, and Michel Henry. Dr. Smith has more recently…

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Karen Steigman

Professor


Karen Steigman is a Professor of English, specializing in 20th- and 21st-century American literatures, postcolonial literature and theory, literary theory, and film.  She completed her PhD at the University of Minnesota. Her current research focuses on the post-war fiction and journalism of Joan Didion, Renata Adler, Jamaica Kincaid, and Elizabeth Hardwick. She has published articles on Graham Greene, Joan Didion, and critical university studies in College Literature, a/b: auto/biography studies, and the Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association. She…

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Tess Schwarz

Tess Schwarz

Administrative Assistant


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Part Time Faculty in English

Candyce Canzoneri

Part-Time Faculty in English


Timothy Christensen

Part-Time Faculty in English