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Congratulations to the Duke English Majors and Minors that are members of the 2022-23 StudioDuke Student Cohort! read more about Announcing the 2022-23 StudioDuke Student Cohort »

This month’s list of recently published books by Duke faculty members includes Professors D’Alessandro and Donahue’s newest books! read more about Warm Up With Winter Books from Duke Authors »

Duke English recently hosted its first "Fiction Open House," and more than two dozen students attended. Creative writing faculty members met with students to discuss courses offered by the department and future offerings. This event served as an opportunity for students to learn about writing fiction and the courses Professors Mesha Maren, JP Gritton, and Amin Ahmad will teach next semester. The idea for the "Fiction Open House" came from an experience Professor Maren had during her residency… read more about Students and Faculty Exchange Ideas  »

If you missed the Medicine, Humanities, and Business (MHB) Celebration featuring double-Duke alum (BA/MD) and Silicon Valley startup CEO of QuadrantEye, Dr. Quinn Wang, below is a recorded version of the event.  From Dr. Wang herself: “Remembering how lost and confused I felt as an undergrad, I took the opportunity to say the things that that version of Quinn really needed to hear. My talk, titled "The Big Leap," delved into the intersection of literature, medicine, race, and startups. As I chronicled my journey from… read more about Recording: Fall 2022 Medicine, Humanities, and Business Celebration Featuring Dr. Quinn Wang »

Healthcare startup founder and Dr. Quinn Wang will talk about her career path on Nov. 5 as part of a celebration of medicine, entrepreneurship and the humanities. Wang earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Duke in 2010 and an M.D. from the Duke School of Medicine in 2015.  read more about Duke Alumna to Explore Intersection of Health and Humanities at Student-Organized Event »

My name is Morgan Biele (Creative Writing Minor) and I am a Senior, Pre-Med, Health Humanities enthusiast, and an eager registered attendee and planner for the Medicine, Humanities, and Business celebration happening this fall. At this event, happening on the fifth of November, Dr. Quinn Wang M.D. will be speaking about her start-up, Quadrant Eye, and will delve into her experience practicing medicine in an interdisciplinary way. I am so excited to hear from Dr. Wang, and also to watch this… read more about Join Us Nov. 5 for the Medicine, Humanities, and Business Celebration »

Congratulations Professor Douglas Jones on earning tenure. Douglas Jones is associate professor of theater studies in the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences with secondary appointments in English and African & African American Studies. He joined Duke faculty in 2022 and is a 2022-23 Thomas Langford Lectureship awardee. read more about Duke Awards Tenure to Faculty in a Wide Range of Fields »

Dr. Quinn Wang will be the guest speaker at Duke’s Fall 2022 Medicine, Humanities and Business Celebration on November 5, 2022.  Dr. Quinn Wang graduated from Duke in 2010 with high distinction and received the English department's award for "Most Original Honors Thesis” for her thesis Through the Lens of Medicine: Landscapes of Violence in Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian (1985), All the Pretty Horses (1992), and No Country for Old Men (2005). Following her undergraduate studies, Dr… read more about Q&A with English Alum Dr. Quinn Wang, Co-Founder & CEO of Quadrant Eye  »

Miller with her admission to the Georgia Court of AppealsStaci Miller '11, associate city attorney for the city of Atlanta, shared how her Duke English major helped her as a young black woman in the field of law. Miller was an English and Spanish double major with a minor in psychology at Duke and received her law degree from the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law in 2015.  After receiving her juris doctor Miller served as a law clerk for the Lexington-Fayette Urban… read more about Q&A with English Alum Staci Miller, ‘11 »

There’s a lot of talk throughout higher education about how to attract students of color and students without a legacy background into graduate studies and academic careers, particularly in fields such as the social sciences, arts and humanities. While other programs have been seeking solutions, the Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship has been doing this work successfully for several decades, benefiting both Duke faculty and students. Candis Watts SmithNow, Duke is looking to grow the… read more about Mellon-Mays Fellows: Building Opportunities for Students, Diversity in the Academy »

Changes to the Duke English Department's administration came with the new fiscal year. Department Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) positions transitioned on July 1. The department would like to thank our departing Chair, Robert Mitchell, and DUS Corina Stan.  After four years, Professor Robert Mitchell was succeeded as Department Chair by Professor Charlotte Sussman. Mitchell served as Chair during the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused the department to make significant adjustments and look for new ways of… read more about Sussman and Vadde New English Department Officers »

“Keep a Dickens novel around you always. You’ll laugh; you’ll cry; you’ll be eager to know what happens next.” Michael Malone, former Duke professor of theater studies and English who died on August 19, as remembered by Deborah Jakubs, university librarian emerita. As part of a celebration of the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens in 2012, Malone delighted an audience in the Gothic Reading Room by reading from Dickens novels in character… read more about In Memoriam: Michael Malone »

Michael Malone was born in Durham, North Carolina in 1942. He died on August 19, 2022, at his home in Clinton, Connecticut.  read more about Duke Flags Lowered: Michael Malone, Faculty Member in Theater Studies and English, Dies »

J.P. Gritton wasn’t always interested in mystery writing. The assistant professor of the practice in creative writing has since changed his mind, not only teaching students to appreciate the role of the genre but incorporating the hallmarks of mystery writing into his own works. His debut novel, Wyoming — a Kirkus best debut book of 2019 — tells the story of a struggling Colorado man in the 1980s through the blending of mystery, crime and literary fiction elements. In a recent interview, Gritton reflects on a mystery… read more about J.P. Gritton Reflects on the Ubiquity of the Mystery Genre »

Nathaniel Mackey, Author of Double Trio: Tej Bet, So's Notice, Nerve Church (Box Set) talks about his books of poems. read more about Nathaniel Mackey - Double Trio »

The New York Times article "His First Novel Was a Critical Hit. Two Decades Later, He Rewrote It" features Professor Sharma discussing the rewrite of his debut novel "An Obedient Father," published over two decades ago. read more about His First Novel Was a Critical Hit. Two Decades Later, He Rewrote It. »

Professor Nathaniel Mackey, Double Trio, is on Duke Alumni Lifelong Learning summer reading list. Duke Alumni’s Lifeline Learning initiative has some suggestions of books from Duke authors for your summer reading nightstand. The 11 titles span the disciplines from the humanities and arts to science and philosophy, as well as novels and poetry. read more about Summer Reads 2022 »

Faculty member R. Darren Gobert will serve as a Princeton short-term visiting fellow, the Whitney J. Oates Fellow in the Humanities Council and Department of English. read more about Princeton University Humanities: Council Announces 2022-23 Long-Term and Short-Term Visitors »

Charlotte Susman, professor of English, will chair the search committee for the next dean of Trinity College of Arts and Science. Fellow English faculty member Mark Anthony Neal will also serve on the committee. read more about Sussman to Chair Search Committee  »