This statement was unanimously passed by the English Department faculty in our department meeting on Tuesday 15th November, 2016.
The UMass Amherst English Department is a diverse and welcoming community. We combine the strengths of a liberal arts college with a major research University: our smaller classes facilitate substantive discussion, frequent writing, active student engagement, and face-to-face contact with research faculty.
Amid the diversity of our offerings is a common commitment to developing the student's ability to analyze literary and cultural texts and contexts, and to write clear, persuasive, and graceful prose. We encourage you to make language a source of your power in the world. These reading, thinking, and writing skills will enhance your capacity for persuasion, leadership, clarity, and interpersonal effectiveness in whatever career you pursue.
A long-forgotten 1891 novel written by an African-American woman is challenging assumptions about black history and literature because her book was about white characters in England, according to Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, the Paul Murray Kendall Chair in Biography at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
February 24, 2016
The Interdisciplinary Studies Institute (ISI) is delighted to welcome Professor Danielle Citron, Lois K. Macht Research Professor and Professor of Law, who will visit UMass from April 4-7 as part o...
October 13, 2015
Joe Skerrett joined the University of Massachusetts English department in 1973 where he taught courses in African American Literature, Multi-Ethnic Literature and courses in the American studies pr...
As leader of the the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation’s journalism sustainability project—designed to develop new structures and strategies to support a robust future of news—Josh works with journalists and newsrooms in New Jersey and New York to communicate their mission, expand their impact, and engage their communities.More >