Our Community

We are a community of readers and writers, scholars and teachers. We range across the literatures of English in space as well as time, combining global diversity with broad historical coverage. This resource opens for you as students under the guidance of faculty who are committed to their roles as teachers and mentors. In our department, you will feel at once welcomed and challenged—starting with the openness of our faculty, staff, and students and stretching to the novel encounters with language your peers and instructors will help to spark.

About our Department

English is one of the most storied departments in the College of Arts & Sciences. Our recent history includes two U.S. Poet Laureates and multiple National Book Award winners as well as noted scholars in many fields of literary history. Our accomplishments as a faculty become an invitation, for you as students, to reach the level of excellence you expect of yourselves, whether in the form of a national award or an essay or poem well written. We have been recognized as exceptional in this respect: USA Today has ranked us as the sixth-best home in the nation for undergraduate authors, while College Magazine has placed us at number eight. Such recognition testifies to the tradition of collaboration in our department, where we share the experience of literature’s power to enlighten, inspire, challenge, and lead.

“To unpack and enjoy complex texts; to read with a critical eye; to write and communicate with concision and purpose -- these are skills invaluable to my pursuit of the law, my pursuit of meaning, and without them I would be lost.” 

―Ryan Foreman BA, 2014
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Career Opportunities

The Department of English at Washington University in St. Louis is seeking to fill two tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant Professors, one in each of the following areas: 1) African American Literatures before 1900, 2) Black Diaspora and/or African Anglophone Literatures. These two positions will deepen the department's historic and current strengths in the fields of Black writing and Black literary history. The two positions are linked but distinct. In African American Literatures before 1900, we seek a scholar and teacher of exceptional promise, whose work is firmly rooted in African American Literatures of the 19th century or earlier, and whose research trajectory clearly narrates a scholarly development within this period; the genres of specialization are open. In Black Diaspora and/or African Anglophone Literatures, we seek a scholar and teacher of exceptional promise, whose work is centered in the literatures of Blackness written outside of the United States and studied in transnational and global contexts; the genres of specialization are open, and special encouragement is extended to candidates working in pre-1900 periods.

Visit this link for more information and to apply: https://english.wustl.edu/21-22-hiring