Department of English

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The English Department condemns the brutal murder of George Floyd by members of the Minneapolis Police Department. We condemn the U.S. heritage of racialized violence that continues in the wake of Mr. Floyd’s murder. At times like these, protest is not optional but compulsory. The criminal justice system in the U.S. is racist with modern police forces arising out of vigilante groups that hunted down escaped slaves. We know that a transformative rethinking of the police is long overdue. Given our privileged positions at a liberal arts college, we must combat the systemic racism of all U.S. institutions, whether political, economical, governmental, cultural, and/or educational; otherwise, our very democracy is threatened, and education is hampered in its role of developing global citizens committed to racial and economic justice.

The English Department at Gustavus Adolphus College proposes the following:

  • The English Department commit to anti-racist pedagogy and decolonize the curriculum.

  • We will seek input from students of color on topics, texts, and approaches to literature, film, history, and culture. We will make mistakes and invite students of color to intervene when we do so; and

  • We will teach canonical texts from a non-white/non-canonical perspective and we will unpack the concept of canon itself for its colonialist privileging of whiteness.

  • The English department will improve our ways of advising and mentoring students of color and develop recruitment strategies that attract students of color to the English major and minor.

  • English department members will accept only those service roles that address anti-racism.

  • The English Department will propose a minor or concentration in Global Englishes, with an emphasis on anti-racism and Black Lives Matter.

  • Focus Bards in the Arb exclusively on Black writers for the next three years and continue to emphasize writers of color thereafter, so that Gustavus’s premier showcase of artists, poets, and scholars publicly represents the English Department’s commitment to anti-racism to both the campus and the wider community.

  • We strongly urge the creation of a Faculty of Color Endowed Chair named after Phil Bryant with Bryant as the inaugural professor.

Sean CobbAssociate Professor and Co-Chair507-933-6085
Robert KendrickAssociate Professor and Co-chair507-933-6090
Eric VroomanDirector of the Writing Center and Continuing Assistant Professor507-933-7395
Elizabeth BaerResearch Professorweb
Philip Bryant ’73Professor507-933-7393web
Rebecca FremoProfessor507-933-7392web
Elizabeth KubekProfessor507-933-7541
Florence AmamotoAssociate Professor507-933-7399
Sun Hee LeeAssociate Professor507-213-7960
So Young ParkAssociate Professor507-933-7398
Martha NdakalakoAssistant Professor507-933-6083
Matt Rasmussen ’98Assistant Professor507-933-6052
Vera FoleyVisiting Assistant Professor507-933-6087
Nissa ParmarVisiting Assistant Professor507-933-6080
Jenny TollefsonAdministrative Assistant507-933-7391
Joyce Sutphenweb
Ann BradyProfessor Emerita
Deborah Downs-MiersProfessor Emeritaweb
Claude BrewProfessor Emeritusweb
Gregory MasonProfessor Emeritusweb
Larry OwenProfessor Emeritus