Graduate Opportunities in English

Dear Potential Graduate Applicant:

We would like to introduce ourselves and urge you to consider the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for your graduate studies.

The Department of English offers a more flexible, creative approach to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees than many research universities. For the Ph.D., students may take courses and pursue in-depth study in any of the following areas of concentration—literature studies, creative writing, and composition and rhetoric. Such flexibility provides graduates with the wider range of teaching and research skills necessary to succeed in the current academic market. Aside from these three concentrations, the Department features faculty whose teaching and research reflect a deep investment in ethnic and gender diversity as well as the growing interest in interdisciplinary scholarship. Diversity studies in our department allows for rich and probing critical engagements across many areas of English Studies. Some of our recent graduate course offerings reflect our commitments and include African American Literature and Law, African American Literature 1787 to the Present, Women of the Harlem Renaissance, African Literature, Native Ecofeminism, Latina/Chicana Literature and Theory, and Twentieth-Century Lesbian Literature.

As evidenced by these and other course offerings, we have an excellent and diverse program including nationally known faculty who have graduated from Liberal Arts universities, Historically Black Colleges/Universities (HBCU), and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI), as well as other top-tier research centers worldwide. Our faculty are strong in ethnic literatures and studies, women´s and gender studies, environmental criticism, digital research and scholarship, creative writing, rhetoric/composition studies, and several have joint appointments in relevant programs across the university. While offering rigorous and challenging programs, the Department has historically cultivated a nurturing and engaging climate that encourages exploration, original thinking, interdisciplinarity, and intellectual risk-taking.

We encourage you to visit our webpage to further explore the possibilities in the Department of English at UNL. On this site you will find a link to a list of our current faculty members. I encourage you to review the faculty web pages and contact a faculty member in your prospective area.

If you have further questions or would like to arrange a campus visit, please feel free to contact me at or at the number listed below. Thank you for your consideration and we wish you continued success!


Marco Abel
Department Chair