Regular Faculty

Professor Ross Lerner

Ross Lerner, Chair

Associate Professor, English
B.A., Haverford College; M.A., Princeton University; Ph.D., Princeton University
Ross Lerner specializes in medieval and Renaissance British literature, especially poetry.
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James Ford III

Associate Professor, English and Black Studies
B.A., Morehouse College; M.A., Ph.D, University of Notre Dame
James Edward Ford III’s teaching and scholarship focus on three fields: The Aesthetics of Black Radicalism; Black Popular Culture; and Western Political Thought.
Professor Warren Montag

Warren Montag

Louis M. Brown Family Professor in Literature in English
B.A., UC Berkeley; M.A., Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School
Warren Montag teaches 18th-century British and European literature with particular reference to political philosophy; he also teaches 20th-century European critical theory.
Leila Neti

Leila Neti

Professor, English
B.A., UCLA; M.A., Ph.D., UC Irvine
Leila Neti teaches in the fields of postcolonial Anglophone literature and theory, 19th and 20th century British literature, and literary and cultural criticism.

Non-Tenure Track Faculty

Chekwube O. Danladi

Writer in Residence; Visiting Assistant Professor, English
B.A., Oberlin College; M.F.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Promise Li

Visiting Instructor, Critical Theory & Social Justice
A.B., Occidental College; M., A., Princeton University; Ph.D., Princeton University (in progress)

Zachary M. Mann

Visiting Assistant Professor, English
B.A., University of California, Berkeley; M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach; Ph.D., University of Southern California

Emeriti/ae Faculty

Professor, English Emeritus (1976-2020)

Daniel Fineman’s primary fields of interest are American literature and literary theory.

Irma and Jay Price Professor of English Literature, English, Emerita

A 2007 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, she has published a number of poetry and fiction books and chapbooks, including Vertigo (2008), which was a National Poetry Series selection, and In a Landscape of Having to Repeat (2004), which received the PEN USA 2005 poetry award.


Professor, English, Emeritus (1981-2019)
Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies
Interdisciplinary Writing

Swift's main field of teaching and research was late 19th- and early 20th-century British and American literature. He also taught for many years an interdisciplinary course on Los Angeles in Occidental's cultural studies program.

Professor, English; Emerita
Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies

Research Fields

Jean Wyatt’s main research field is contemporary women writers of color, with a special focus on African American and Black British women writers.

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