Regular Faculty

James Ford III, Chair

Associate Professor, English; Advisory Committee, Black Studies
B.A., Morehouse College; M.A., Ph.D, University of Notre Dame
Research interests include Late 19th- to Mid 20th-Century African American Literature, Black Radicalism, WEB Du Bois Studies, Marxist Theory, Ethics, Aesthetic Philosophy, Black Popular Culture, Hip-Hop Studies
Professor Daniel Fineman

Daniel Fineman

Professor, English
B.A., Franklin and Marshall College; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University
Daniel Fineman’s primary fields of interest are American literature and literary theory.
Professor Ross Lerner

Ross Lerner

Assistant 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. Read his Oxy Story profile.
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

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

Jean Wyatt

Professor, English
A.B., Pomona College; Ph.D., Harvard University
Jean Wyatt teaches courses in contemporary American fiction, modern British literature, and race and gender studies. She is the recipient of the 2003 Sterling Award for outstanding scholarship and teaching.

On Special Appointment

Professor Zinzi Clemmons

Zinzi Clemmons

Writer in Residence; Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor, English
B.A., Brown University; M.F.A., Columbia University
Zinzi Clemmons’ interests include creative writing, African American fiction, experimental and avant garde literature, and political writing.