Department of English Faculty


UB English faculty are highly published, award-winning teachers, writers, and scholars.

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Named Chairs

  • Edward H. Butler Professor of English
  • David Gray Chair of Poetry and Letters
  • McNulty Chair in the Poetics Program
  • James Agee Professor of American Culture

Distinguished Professorships

  • 4 SUNY Distinguished Professors
  • 2 SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professors
  • 1 UB Distinguished Professor

Chancellor Awards

  • 7 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities

National and International Awards among current faculty

  • ALA/AAUP “Best of the Best from University Presses” Award
  • American Anthropological Association President’s Award
  • BBC Radio 4 “Book of the Week” (serialized broadcast)
  • Beatrice White Book Prize for scholarly work in English literature before 1590
  • Chevalier, National Order of Merit (France)
  • Chevalier, Arts and Letters (France)
  • Dorothy Doyle Lifetime Achievement Award, PEN New Mexico
  • Florence Howe Award for Feminist Studies, the Women’s Caucus of MLA
  • George Freedley Memorial Award, Theatre Library Association
  • Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies, one of the top Renaissance scholars in the world under 40
  • Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Award
  • PEN Translation Prize
  • Rhetoric Society of America Book Award
  • Roland H. Bainton Book Prize for Literature
  • Ross Winterowd Award for Most Outstanding Book in Composition Theory
  • Royal Society of Literature/Jerwood Award for Non-fiction
  • Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography
  • Society for Humanistic Anthropology’s Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing

International Fellowships

  • 2 Fundacion Valparaiso (residency in Spain)
  • 2 Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Fellowship (Germany)
  • Kulturwissenschaftliches Istitut Fellowship (Germany)
  • Oxford Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Skirbal Fellow (England)
  • Oxford University, Rothermere American Institute Fellow (England)
  • Simon Dubnow Institut, Gastwissenschaftler Fellow (Germany)

Major National Fellowships & Awards

  • 3 ACLS Fellowships, one at the New York Public Library
  • 2 American Philosophical Society awards
  • American Antiquarian Society Fellowship
  • 3 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowships
  • Charles Warren Center in US History Fellowship
  • Center for Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture Residential Fellow
  • Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair Award
  • Fulbright Lectureship (American Literature)
  • Fulbright-Freud Visiting Scholar of Psychoanalysis
  • 5 (current), 17 (total) Guggenheim Fellowships
  • Huntington Library Research Fellowship
  • 8 NEH Research Fellowships
  • 3 NEA Fellowships
  • NEA, Folk Arts Program
  • Newberry Library Research Fellowship
  • 3 Society for the Humanities Fellowships from Cornell University
  • 3 Radcliffe Institute Fellowships

SUNY/UB Awards Teaching Awards and Fellowships to current faculty

  • College of Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Geoffrey Marshall Mentoring Award
  • 5 Milton Plesur Awards for Excellence in Teaching
  • New York State and UUP Excellence Award
  • Pan-Hellenic Council Chi Omega Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2 Provost’s Sustained Achievement Awards
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Golden Key National Honor Society
  • 4 UB Gender Institute Research Awards
  • 11 UB Humanities Institute Fellowships
  • 17 UUP Individual Development Awards
  • 9 UUP Professional Development Awards

Teaching Awards at Other Institutions

  • Kaneb Center Award for Excellence in Teaching (Notre Dame)
  • University of Illinois List of Excellent Teachers
  • Wig Distinguished Professor Award for Teaching (Pomona)

Foundation Grants recently awarded to the Department

  • Baird Foundation Grant
  • Higgins Foundation
  • L. J. Skaggs and Mary C. Skaggs Foundation
  • Margaret L. Wendt Foundation
  • Margaret Wendt Foundation Grant
  • Oishei Foundation Grant
  • Robert and Patricia Colby Foundation

Recent Major Awards to Emeritus Faculty

  • Academy of American Poets Fellow
  • Bollingen Prize for Poetry
  • Guggenheim Fellowship
  • MacArthur Fellow
  • MLA Ruth Lilly Prize
  • National Institute of Arts and Letters Award
  • NEA Fellowship
  • Pulitzer Prize in Poetry
  • Rockefeller Study Center Fellowship (Italy)
  • SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities