Eric Brown teaches courses in early British literature, including Shakespeare, and his research interests range from film to the natural sciences. He has twice 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). He has recently published the book Milton on Film, detailing cinematic adaptations of Paradise Lost.
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, Henry James, 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 Trustee Professorship in 2003, the Theo Kalikow Award in 2014, and the Award for Outstanding Teaching in Honors in 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Donaldson teaches courses in French, English, and International & Global Studies. Before joining UMF in 2015, she taught at Beloit College, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Virginia Tech, and Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan. Prior to completing the PhD, she was a volunteer TOEFL teacher with the Peace Corps in Benin, West Africa. She loves working with students of all ages and backgrounds and has taught everything from first-year seminars and world literature, to French and English language, to women's health and HIV/AIDS awareness. Her teaching and research interests include Francophone studies, postcolonial studies, migration studies, gender studies, transnational feminisms, social justice, service learning and study abroad. She and her family value the sense of community they've found in Farmington, and they enjoy exploring the many outdoor offerings in the region.