Black Lives Matter Statement
The Department of English wholeheartedly supports the Black Lives Movement. We reject police brutality and the everyday violence that white supremacy visits upon Black people everywhere. We reaffirm our commitment to the University at Albany's Black students: to actively mentor and support you; to practice an anti-racist pedagogy that centers BIPOC and LGBTQ+ of color voices and expressive practices, as well as global histories of colonialism and imperialism; and to continue urging the UA administration to replace the two tenure-track professorships in African American literature and rhetoric that our department has recently lost. The University at Albany has committed itself to diversity and dismantling structural racism. We believe in making the study of African American literature available to students. This is because Black Lives Matter.
Noteworthy: Research grants, awards and publications
The latest on University at Albany faculty and staff receiving research grants, awards and other noteworthy attention.
UAlbany Professor Finds New Poem by Famed Early American Poet Phillis Wheatley
A University at Albany professor has discovered the earliest known full-length elegy by famed poet Phillis Wheatley (Peters), widely regarded as the first Black person, enslaved person and one of the first women in America to publish a book of poetry.
Announcing a New Writing Concentration for English Majors
Starting in Fall 2022, English majors will be able to enroll in a new Writing Concentration. The concentration will be officially recognized on students’ transcripts, thus allowing graduates to announce their extensive work in writing to potential employers and graduate schools.
Professor Wendy Roberts awarded 2022 Early American Literature Book Prize
Congratulations to Professor Wendy Roberts for her receipt of the 2022 Early American Literature Book Prize for her monograph Awakening Verse: The Poetics of Early American Evangelicalism (2020). Early American Literature is the most prestigious academic journal in Professor Roberts' field.
Professor Kir Kuiken awarded the 2022 Keats-Shelley Association Essay Prize.
Congratulations to Professor Kir Kuiken, whose essay "Unavowed Community in Kleist's Betrothal in San Domingo" has been awarded the 2022 Keats-Shelley Association Essay Prize.