Graduate Studies at Maryland

The Department of English at the University of Maryland offers a PhD program in English Language and Literature, an MA Program with concentrations in literature as well as in Rhetoric and Writing, and an MFA program in poetry and fiction. We also offer a PhD in Comparative Literature. In addition, graduate students are able to earn certifications in Critical Theory and Women’s Studies. With a large and distinguished graduate faculty of over sixty members, the Department is able to provide its graduate students with an extraordinary depth and range of expertise as well as with highly individualized professional and pedagogical mentorship. Each area group, in collaboration with the Center for Literary and Comparative Studies and the Graduate English Organization (GEO), contributes to the Department’s vibrant, diverse, and inclusive intellectual life. Particular strengths of the department include early British literature, especially Medieval and Renaissance; American literature; literature of the African diaspora; postcolonial and transnational literary studies; digital humanities; feminist theory and gender studies; and composition and rhetoric. Most students enrolled in graduate programs in English Language and Literature seek employment in higher education, but many also seek non-academic employment in publishing, business and technical writing, administration, and personnel management. In order to maintain its excellent record in professionalization and job placement, the department has a Placement Director and offers publication and dissertation writing workshops every academic year, in addition to a rich choice of graduate courses.

News and Announcements

April 23, 2014
Congratulations to M.K. Foster, Aaron Brown, Ali Goldstein, and Jacob Eckstein!
April 23, 2014
Congratulations to Kelsey on her upcoming publications and acceptances! Continue reading to learn more.
April 23, 2014
Michelle Boswell, Ph.D. had her review of Daniel Brown's Poetry of Victorian Scientists: Style, Science and Nonsense appear in the Autumn 2013 (44.4) issue of The Wordsworth Circle.
April 17, 2014
PhD candidate Heather Lindenman's Writing for Change (ENGL292/388C), which brings University of Maryland students to Northwestern High School in Hyattsville to collaborate on social issues, featured in Capital News Service!
April 17, 2014
Congratulations to Laura Lauth, awarded the Spring 2014 Orlando Poetry Prize for her poem, “Mass Grave, Ukraine.”
April 17, 2014
Congratulations to Elizabeth Acevedo for being featured on Split This Rock with her poem, "The Therapist Says To Talk Through Your Door In Case You're Listening." 
April 8, 2014
Congratulations to Annette Debo, WCU's recipient of the 2014 UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching!
March 25, 2014
The 7th Annual Graduate English Organization's (GEO) conference took place on Saturday, March 8th to much success. 
March 14, 2014
Win a free iTunes gift card! Play Sound+ Bingo by listening to sounds that will be played in Tawes Hall on the television monitor in the lobby during the week leading up to the conference. Write the date you hear the sound on the corresponding square. Get five in a row (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal) to get Bingo! Turn in your completed Bingo sheets at the Sound+ registration table in Tawes Hall. Winners will be entered into a drawing for an iTunes gift card on Saturday March 29th! 
March 5, 2014
Hannah Baker Saltmarsh (2004 B.A. in English and 2006 MFA in Creative Writing, both at UMD) accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in English at Dillard University in New Orleans, LA.
April 17, 2014
The Life of a Poet: Edward Hirsch Wednesday, April 23, 7:00 PMLocation: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) 
April 11, 2014
On April 23, the feast of Shakespeare and St. George, Michael Olmert will be speaking at Tudor Place, a 1805-09 house and grounds in Georgetown, D.C. The talk is mainly to celebrate the restoration of their original smokehouse. He'll be talking about the role of the smokehouse in a society dependent on slavery and servitude, as well as the architectural and cultural forebears of this small-building type.
April 11, 2014
This is the second of three history lectures on the beverages, libations and social culture of 18th century life. In this talk, join us as Mike Olmert speaks on colonial coffee house culture!
April 9, 2014
On Friday, April 18, from 9:15 am - 5 pm, the Graduate Field Committee in Medieval & Early Modern Studies will host an all-day seminar and practicum, "Paleography & the Archives." Professors Sabrina Baron, Holly Brewer, Alejandro Cañeque (all from the History Department), and Professor Ralph Bauer (from English) will present panels on Spanish and British Atlantic World topics and then guide participants through hands-on paleography practice.
April 4, 2014
The deadline for submission is May 1, 2014. The prize carries an award of $500. Announcement of winner will be made by mid May. If you have any questions, please direct them to the Director of Comparative Literature, Sheila Jelen (
April 1, 2014
Thursday April 3, 4:00-5:30 PMMcKeldin Library, Room 6137Special Events Room  
March 13, 2014
ACCESS2ALUMNI Tuesday, April 8 4:00 p.m. Riggs Alumni Center Keynote speaker will be John Kelly '84, columnist for the Washington Post! Since 2004, "John Kelly's Washington" has been shining the light on Washington's less-famous side, celebrating its citizens, bemoaning its irritations and ferreting out quirky bits of local history. Come to A2A this year to hear from John on how his English degree helped him succeed in his professional life. Read more about John here:
February 6, 2014
PHLINC 2: Language and Other Minds is an exploration from the perspectives of linguistics, philosophy, and cognitive science of the diverse and far-ranging relations between language use and awareness of other minds.PHLINC 2 is sponsored by PHLING and will feature invited talks by Mandy Simons (CMU) and Jason Stanley (Yale) as well as graduate student presentations and a discussion session moderated by recent UMD linguistics graduate Shevaun Lewis.The conference will take place Friday, February 14th and Saturday, February 15th in Marie Mount Hall.For more details, please see the attached schedule. Registration is available here and will be open until next Wednesday (Feb. 12). This event is funded in part by your Graduate Student Activities Fee and is open to the entire UMD community. We look forward to seeing many of you there!
January 31, 2014
When: February 27, 2014 What time: 3:30 pm Where: 2212B Benjamin Building
January 23, 2014
Saturday, February 1st 7pm - 11pm