The teaching and research provided through our department focus upon the critical interpretation, social and historical context, and creative expression of literature and culture. The department cultivates the understanding and skills critical to participation and success in a complex, multicultural and global world.
Jeffrey Arellano Cabusao received a BA in English and Cross-Cultural Ethnic Studies from Oberlin College, an MA in Asian American Studies from UCLA, and a PhD in English from the University of Michigan. In his teaching and research, he focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to culture, society, and social change.
I am poet laureate of Rhode Island emeritus and the author of six books of poetry. I have been a featured poet at the Library of Congress and the Robert Frost homestead. My work has been read by Garrison Keiller on NPR to a nationwide audience on six occasions. I have been a college professor for 30 years, and have been married to Lisa Smolski for 39 years.
When Maura Coughlin joined Bryant in 2007, she came with impressive academic credentials, a portfolio of accomplishments in art and art history, teaching experience at a number of prestigious institutions of higher education, and valuable contacts in the artists’ communities of Boston, Providence, and Cape Cod.
Amber Day is the author of Satire and Dissent: Interventions in Contemporary Political Debate. She has articles in Social Research, Popular Communication, The International Journal of Communication, The Electronic Journal of Communication, Communicazione Politica, and the anthology Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post Network Era.
Janet Dean writes and teaches about American literature, literary and social protest, women writers, and Native American Studies. She is the author of Unconventional Politics: Nineteenth-Century Women Writers and U.S. Indian Policy (U Mass Press, 2016). She has also published essays and reviews in a number of journals and edited collections.
Terri A. Hasseler has a Ph.D. for the University of Washington in Victorian literature, post-colonial literature and theory, and feminist theory.
Formerly Dean of Faculty (1978-85), I came to Bryant in 1975. Publications and conference papers include essays on Shakespeare's plays, medieval drama, Skelton(satire), Wyatt, More, Stevenson, Poe, Wharton, James, Hawthorne, Faulkner, Hemingway, Arthur Miller, Frost, Oates, Pynchon, others. Writing book on Hamlet, articles on Beowulf, Shakespeare, Joyce, others.
Kuhlman received a PhD in Comparative Literature from NYU in 2001. She has published articles on Central European Literature and comics, and coedited a book on graphic novelist Chris Ware.
Alex Perullo is currently Professor of Anthropology and African Studies at Bryant University in Rhode Island (USA) and a Visiting Professor at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. He received his Ph.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2003 and, over the past decade, has worked on community arts initiatives in the United States and in East Africa.
I came to Bryant in 2006 after receiving my PhD in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society from the University of Minnesota. My first book, Friendship as a Way of Life: Foucault, AIDS, and the Politics of Shared Estrangement, was published by SUNY Press in 2012. My second book, Screen Love: Queer Intimacies in the Age of Social Media.
Joan Zaretti received her Doctorate and Master of Arts in ethnomusicology from Indiana University, Bloomington and Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Since 2006, she has taught courses in world music, anthropology and humanities at Bryant University, served as a faculty mentor in the IDEA program.