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  Alexis Brooks de VitaAlexis Brooks de Vita is Professor of English with a Ph.D. and Master of Arts in Comparative Literature (University of Colorado at Boulder). Her areas of specialization include Women’s Literature, Literary Criticism, Film Studies, and African and African Diaspora Literatures (in English, French, Italian, and Spanish). Professor Brooks de Vita’s published works include analyses, translations, and novels. Two of her recent novels include Left Hand of the Moon and The Third Book of Joy: Burning Streams. Her essays are included in journals such as The Griot, English Language Notes, and Journal of the Fantastic in Arts. Professor Brooks de Vita’s professional affiliations include the College Language Association, National Association of African American Studies, International Association for the Fantastic in Arts, and National Research Council of Ford Fellows, among other. Brooksdevitaa@tsu.edu | 713-313-6702
 
  Charlene Taylor EvansCharlene Taylor Evans, Ph.D. Professor. As one of the senior members of the Department of English, I have thirty-five (35) years of experience at Texas Southern University , with seventeen (17) years in the classroom, and six (6) years as department head of English and foreign languages. I attained the rank of tenured professor and currently serve as director of the graduate program in English. I recently returned to the department after an eleven (11) year stint in central administration at the University. My administrative positions include executive assistant to the President, executive vice president, senior vice president of university relations, chief of staff, and ombudsperson; I managed various institutional units including athletics, information technology, marketing and communications, development, external affairs, governmental relations, human resources, public safety, and alumni affairs. evans_ct@tsu.edu | 713-313-7094
 
  Arbolina JenningsArbolina Jennings is Assistant Professor of English and Associate Director of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). She also serves as Co-Chair of the TSU Subcommittee on General Education. Professor Jennings is also involved with several committees of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). She teaches a variety of courses including Latin American Literature, World Literature, Mythology, and History and Theory of the English Language. Her scholarly work and publications are centered on Latin American fiction and fiction-film interrelationships. Professor Jennings is ABD for the Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at New York University, and she holds a M.A. in English (New York University), a M.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from New York University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English, French, and Spanish (Notre Dame College). Jennings_al@tsu.edu | 713-313-7661
 
  Iris LancasterIris Lancaster is Assistant Professor of English. She holds a Ph.D. in Critical Literacy (Texas A & M) and a Master of Arts in English (Texas Southern University). Professor Lancaster teaches Composition and Rhetoric courses as well as American Literature. Her specialization area is American Literature, 1899-1946. Professor Lancaster’s publications include work in the collection, The Street: A Critical Response to Ann Petry and an article on composition, literature, and classical rhetoric in the Louisiana English Journal. Her memberships and affiliations include the Modern Language Association, National Council of Black Studies, and College Language Association. Lancasterim@tsu.edu | 713-313-7653
 
  Ronald C. SamplesRonald C. Samples is Associate Professor of English. He holds the Ph.D. in English (Rice University) and the Master of Arts in English (Texas Southern University). Professor Samples’ areas of specialization include the American Novel, American Literature to 1910, and the work of Henry James. He is a charter member of The Henry James Society and holds membership in many professional organizations to include the College Language Association, Southern Conference of African American Studies, Conference of College Teachers of English, among others. Professor Samples’ published work includes a text, By Precept and Example: An Illustrated Guide to Analysis and Composition. Samples_rc@tsu.edu | 713-313-7218
 
  Michael SollarsMichael Sollars serves as Chair and is Professor of English. He holds the Ph.D. in English from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. His specialization areas include modernism, literary theory, existentialism, aesthetics, and theater as literature. Professor Sollars is the editor of the two-volume, The Companion to the World Novel, 1900 to the Present and the five-volume, The Encyclopedia of Literary Characters. Prior to his academic career, Professor Sollars was a professional editor, writer and publisher of medical journals.
Sollars_md@tsu.edu | 713-313-7957
 
  Albertina Walker-HugheyAlbertina Walker-Hughey is Associate Professor of English and member of the Graduate Faculty. She holds the Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies (University of Cincinnati) and the Master of Arts in English (University of Florida). Professor Hughey specializes in Rhetoric and Discourse Studies with an emphasis in discourse structures and use. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in English composition, advanced writing, rhetorical criticism, linguistics, history and theory of the English language, and Southern Literature. Hugheyal@tsu.edu | 713-313-1359
 
  Michael ZeitlerMichael Zeitler is Professor of English and holds the Ph.D. and Master of Arts in English (Johns Hopkins University). His area of specialization is British Literature. Professor Zeitler’s book publications include Representations of Culture: Thomas Hardy’s Wessex and Victorian Anthropology and an edited collection of essays on President Barack Obama. He has published essays in the following journals, among others—The Journal of Theory and Practice, Litera: A Journal of Western Literature, EAPSU Online: A Journal of Creative and Critical Work, and The Hardy Review. Professor Zeitler holds memberships in the Modern Language Association, Victorian Interdisciplinary Society of the Western United States, College English Association, College Language Association, John Steinbeck Society, and Conference of College Teachers of English, among others. Zeitlerma@tsu.edu | 713-313-7413