Regular Faculty

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James Ford III, Chair

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 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

Leila Neti

Associate 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.

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

Prof. Brandon Shimoda

Brandon Shimoda

Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor, English
B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, M.F.A., University of Montana
  Publications Books The Grave on the Wall (City Lights, 2019) The Desert (The Song Cave, 2018) Evening Oracle (Letter Machine Editions, 2015) Portuguese (Octopus Books/Tin House, 2013) O Bon (Litmus...