Brown, Eric
Professor of English
Degrees
1998 PhD Louisiana State University; 1993 BA English, University of Maine; 1993 BA Zoology, University of Maine
Areas of Expertise
English: Film Studies, Science and Literature, Shakespeare, Milton, and other Renaissance Literature

Eric Brown teaches courses in early British literature, including Shakespeare. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard University, where he was also a post-doctoral fellow in Renaissance studies, and at the Université du Maine (Le Mans).  He spent a year as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Bergen, Norway, and in 2011-12 he was Trustee Professor at the University of Maine at Farmington.  He has published over thirty essays on such figures as Shakespeare, Milton, Spenser, Sidney, Donne, and Marlowe.  He is editor of the book Insect Poetics (University of Minnesota Press, 2006), an interdisciplinary collection that theorizes insects in a variety of texts and contexts, and co-editor of the book Shakespeare in Performance (Cambridge Scholars, 2013).  His research interests range from film to the natural sciences, and his book on cinematic adaptations of Paradise Lost is forthcoming from Duquesne University Press in 2014.


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 poetry chapbook Temple was published by Miel books in 2014, and her full-length collection, Little Arias is forthcoming from New Issues in 2015.  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: Essays and Reassessments (Campbridge UP), and director of Thoreau’s Kalendar:  A Digital Archive of the Phrenological Manuscripts of Henry David Thoreau.


Darrohn, Christine
Associate Professor 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. 


Gunn, Daniel
Professor of English
Degrees
1980 PhD Boston College; 1974 BA College of the Holy Cross
Areas of Expertise
English: Eighteenth-Century English Literature., English Novel, History and Theory of the Novel, James Joyce, Jane Austen

Daniel Gunn has taught at UMF since 1980, offering courses in the English novel, the theory of the novel, the eighteenth century, Shakespeare, James Joyce, and many other areas.  During his time at UMF, he has served as Faculty Senate Chair, Chair of the Humanities Division, Acting Dean of Arts and Sciences, and Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  He has published critical essays on Jane Austen, George Eliot, James Joyce, Samuel Richardson, and other novelists in distinguished academic journals, including Narrative, Nineteenth-Century Literature, James Joyce Quarterly, and Eighteenth-Century Fiction. He has also published occasional essays in the Georgia Review, the Iowa Review, the Ohio Review and other magazines.  He won a fellowship to the National Humanities Center in 1988, a UMF Trustee Professorship in 2003, and the Theo Kalikow Award in 2014.  He will be on sabbatical leave for the 2014-15 academic year. 


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. He has also taught courses on the topic of The Walking Dead and 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, was published in 2014 by the University Press of Mississippi.


Klein, Sabine
Associate 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 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.