Burke, Michael
Professor of English
Degrees
1984 MFA University of Massachusetts at Amherst; 1977 BA University of California at Berkeley
Areas of Expertise
English: African-American Literature, American Literature, Environmental Literature

Michael Burke is the author of The Same River Twice (University of Arizona Press, 2006) and editor of Maine's Place in the Environmental Imagination (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009).  His nonfiction has appeared in many international, national, and regional publications.  He is a former whitewater river guide in the West with over 30 years of experience running whitewater and wilderness rivers, and he has taught at UMF since 1987.  He is currently President of the Part-Time Faculty Association in the University of Maine System.


Case, Kristen
Assistant Professor of English
Degrees
2009 PhD City University of New York; 2003 MFA City University of New York; 1998 BA Columbia University; 2000 MED Bank Street College of Education
Areas of Expertise
English: American Literature and Philosophy, Literature and the Environment, Transatlantic Romanticism, Twentieth-Century American Poetry

Kristen Case teaches courses in American literature, environmental writing, and the intersection of 20th- and 21st-century American literature and philosophy.  She has published essays on Henry David Thoreau, Charles Olson, Robert Frost, and Ezra Pound and is the author of American Pragmatism and Poetic Practice: Crosscurrents from Emerson to Susan Howe (Camden House, 2011). Her poems have appeared in Chelsea, The Brooklyn Review, Pleiades, Saint Ann’s Review, The Iowa Review, and Eleven Eleven.  She is editor of The Concord Saunterer: A Journal of Thoreau Studies for the Thoreau Society, co-editor of the forthcoming volume Thoreau at Two-Hundred: The Gospel of the Present Moment, and director of Thoreau’s Kalendar:  A Digital Archive of the Phrenological Manuscripts of Henry David Thoreau.


Darrohn, Christine
Associate Professor of English
Degrees
1996 PhD Rutgers University; 1992 MA Rutgers University; 1988 MFA University of Arizona; 1985 BA Penn State University
Areas of Expertise
English: Composition, Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century British Literature, Postcolonial Literature, Women's Literature

Christine Darrohn has always been a devoted reader--as a little girl she refused to take her naps unless she could take a book to bed.  Today Christine is devoted to guiding her students to become strong readers of literature who can explore the meanings of the very smallest of textual details.  In her scholarship, Christine also examines texts closely in relation to a variety of cultural contexts, such as the Great War, early twentieth-century auditory technologies, and attitudes towards empire.  More fundamentally, she is interested in writers' representations of the possibilities and difficulties of forming human connections across social barriers.  Holding an MFA in creative writing in addition to a PhD in literature, Christine is a published fiction writer and is currently working on a novel.  Christine also coordinates the First-Year Seminar and Writing Seminar program, which facilitates students' academic transition to college. 


Hughes, Lorna
Lecturer II English
Degrees
1997 PhD Trinity College, Dublin; 1973 MA University College, Dublin
Areas of Expertise
English: Irish Literature

Lorna Hughes has taught at UMF for many years, primarily Writing Seminars, Literary Analysis and Interpretation, and British Texts and Contexts II, and always with special attention to Irish literature.


Johnson, Michael
Professor of English
Degrees
1997 PhD University of Kansas; 1992 MA University of Kansas; 1987 BA University of Tennessee
Areas of Expertise
English: African-American Literature, American Literature, Literature and Film, Multicultural American Literature, Television and Popular Culture, Westerns

Michael Johnson teaches courses in American literature, literary theory, multicultural literature, and African American literature. Recent courses include African American Literature and Culture, The Western as Genre, The Splendid Drunken Twenties, and Contemporary Native American Literature and Film. The ENG 100 course he is currently teaching is on the topic of The Walking Dead. He claims to be the English Department’s resident expert on surviving the Zombie Apocalypse. Dr. Johnson’s primary research area is African American Literature. His book Black Masculinity and the Frontier Myth in American Literature was the first extended analysis of the depiction of African Americans in the literature of the frontier. His current book project, Hoo-Doo Cowboys and Bronze Buckaroos, a study of the African American West as represented in literature, film, and television, is forthcoming in 2014 from the University Press of Mississippi.


Kappeler, Erin
Visiting Assistant Professor of English
Degrees
2013 PhD English, Tufts University; 2007 MA English, Tufts University; 2005 BA English, Princeton University
Areas of Expertise
English: American Literature, Free Verse and Experimental Poetic Forms, Historical poetics, Modernism, Nineteenth-Century American Poetry, Twentieth-Century American Poetry

Erin Kappeler teaches courses in American literature, literary interpretation and analysis, and a first-year writing seminar on popular poetry. She specializes in modernist American poetry and prosody. Her research focuses on the history of American poetics, and she is currently working on a book-length project about the untold history of free verse in America between 1880 and 1920. She has articles forthcoming in Modernism/modernity and the edited volumes Critical Rhythm and the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Modernist Poetry. When Professor Kappeler isn't in class or in her office, she can be found hiking, biking, or running somewhere nearby. 


Kennedy, Tanya
Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies/First-Year Composition
Degrees
2004 PhD Rice University; 1991 BA Reed College
Areas of Expertise
English: Cultural Studies, Feminist Theory, Postcolonialism and Globalization, Race/Ethnicity Studies, US Fiction

Ann Kennedy came to the University of Maine-Farmington in 2007 from the University of Houston-Downtown. She holds a joint appointment in Women’s and Gender Studies and in First-Year Composition. She regularly teaches first-year writing seminar and Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies. She also teaches Contemporary Feminist Thought, The Female Body in Western Culture, and Gender and the Cultures of Globalization. She is a member of the Humanities Division and the Women’s and Gender Studies Council and has served on the Interdisciplinary and General Education committee. Her research areas include media and new media studies, feminist theory, race and ethnicity, gender and globalization, and U.S. literature and culture. Dr. Kennedy has recently published an article in the journal New Global Studies. She is working on a book, currently titled Moving Past It: Postfeminist and Postracial Discourse in U.S. Culture


Klein, Sabine
Assistant Professor of English
Degrees
2000 MA English, University of Georgia at Athens; 2008 PhD American Studies, Purdue University
Areas of Expertise
English: American Studies Methodologies, Colonial New England, Colonial New Netherland, Comparative Colonial American Studies, Early Native American Studies, Transnational American Studies

Dr. Klein came to UMF after completing her doctoral work at Purdue University in 2008. Since then, she has taught multiple classes investigating the evolving relationships between settlers and Native Americans in the colonial era. However, her teaching interests are diverse, ranging from memory, history, and trauma in American literature to graphic novels to American intellectual history. She has published articles in Early American Literature and Early American Studies, and presented her work at multiple conferences and symposia. She is currently working on a book project that addresses the critical gap between transatlanticsm and Native American studies in Colonial America. 
Dr. Klein is also UMF's Director of Academic Program Assessment. In this role, she coordinates the efforts of academic programs to evaluate and improve student learning. 

In her free time, Dr. Klein enjoys exploring Maine's geography and history with her family.


Krueger, Misty
Visiting Assistant Professor of English
Degrees
2010 PhD University of Tennessee; 2003 MA Texas A & M University; 2001 BA University of Texas at San Antonio
Areas of Expertise
English: Early Modern Drama, Restoration and 18th-Century British Literature, Women's Literature

Professor Krueger teaches 18th-century literature, early British literature, Shakespeare, Romantic literature, literary interpretation and analysis, and first-year writing at UMF. She  specializes in Restoration and 18th-century English literature. Her research focuses on drama and gender studies, and she is currently working on a book-length project on revenge in Restoration and early 18th-century tragic drama. She has published articles on revenge, adaptaions of Shakespeare, and masculinity in Restoration drama. She is currently at work on essays about William Blake and Jane Austen. In her spare time she enjoys taking part in "readers' theatre" performances of 18th-century plays. 


Pu, Ming-Ming
Professor of English
Degrees
1982 BA Hefei Polytechnic University; 1984 MA Huazhong University of Science and Technology; 1991 PhD University of Alberta
Areas of Expertise
English: Linguistics

Ming-Ming Pu teaches courses in linguistics and first-year composition. She specializes in psycholinguistics. Her research interests lie mainly in exploring the fundamental relationship between language and cognition, especially how universal cognitive factors of memory and attention constrain the way we use language, and what general cognitive strategies we employ to facilitate language processing. She has been conducting empirical studies as well as comparative discourse analyses between Chinese and English, which have demonstrated that these two historically unrelated languages share common characteristics in discourse processing regardless of their morphosyntactic differences. In addition to her book Discourse Anaphora, she has published in linguistic journals such as Discourse Processes, Chinese Language Studies, Cognitive Linguistics, Canadian Journal of Linguistics and contributed chapters in numerous books.


Yetter, Luann
Assistant Professor of English
Degrees
2003 MS University of New England; 1978 BA Macalester College
Areas of Expertise
English: First-Year Writing, Journalism

Luann Yetter is the author of two works of creative nonfiction:  Portland's Past and Remembering Franklin County.  She is advisor to the student newspaper, The Farmington Flyer, and writes a blog at luannyetter.wordpress.com.  For her first-year writing seminars, she likes to use rock and roll themes such as The Beatles and Bob Dylan. She also enjoys traveling to Italy with UMF students for study abroad courses.   


Youngdahl, Shana
Assistant Professor of English
Degrees
2006 MFA Creative Writing: Poetry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; 2001 BA English, Mills College
Areas of Expertise
English: Composition

Shana Youngdahl's first full-length collection of poems, History, Advice and Other Half-Truths (Stephen F. Austin State University Press) was a finalist for the 2013 Maine Book Award. She is also the author of two chapbooks Winter/Window (Miel Books 2013), Of Nets (Gendun 2010) which recieved a grant for completion from the Iowa Arts Council and a nomination for the Pushcart Prize, and Donner: A Passing (2008). Her individual poems have been published widely in journals such as Third Coast, The Briar Cliff Review, and Shenandoah. Her short-short fiction appeared in the anthology Blink Again: Sudden Fiction from the Upper Midwest.