Scott Blanchard, PhD
Scott Blanchard received his PhD in 1987 from Columbia University and his BA from Middlebury College in 1978. His interests lie primarily in Renaissance Studies but also include secondary interests in modern poetry, linguistics, and literary criticism. His 1995 book, Scholars’ Bedlam (Bucknell University Press), examined the history of Menippean satire prior to and during the European Renaissance, and since then he has published in a variety of journals, including Renaissance Quarterly, The Journal of the History of Ideas, and Renaissance Studies. He has a translation of a fifteenth-century author, Francesco Filelfo, forthcoming in the I Tatti Renaissance Library series (Florentine Discussions On Exile [Harvard University Press]) and is also at work on an edition of Giovanni di Carlo’s fifteenth-century history of the Medici regime, Libri de temporibus suis, for an Italian series of primary texts of medieval and humanistic historiography. He hopes to be teaching a course on Italian Literature and Film in Florence for Misericordia in June, 2012, and in his spare time he starts furniture-building projects that he rarely has the time to complete.
Amanda Caleb, PhD
Dr. Caleb specializes in nineteenth-century British literature, particularly the novel and short story. She is also very interested in the intersection of science, medicine, and literature in the nineteenth- and twentieth century. She teaches classes on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature, women in literature, and science and literature. Dr. Caleb has published several articles on science and literature, as seen in the works of the works of H.G. Wells, Arthur Machen, and Robert Louis Stevenson. She is the editor of (Re)creating Science in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007) and Teleny (Valancourt, 2010), an anonymous novel associated with Oscar Wilde.
Patrick Hamilton, PhD
Patrick Hamilton is an Assistant Professor of English specializing in contemporary Chicano/a and U.S. multi-ethnic literatures, as well as the study of narrative and race/ethnicity in comics and graphic novels. He received his PhD from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2006, and, prior to that, his M.A. from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. In his book, Of Space & Mind: Cognitive Mappings of Contemporary Chicano/a Fiction (University of Texas Press, 2011), he explores the ways in which Chicano/a novelists from the late twentieth century challenge the ways we think and have been taught to think about the position of Chicanos/as within U.S. society. He has taught a wide variety of courses as Misericordia University, including ones in 19th and 20th century American literature, Chicano/a literature, U.S. multi-ethnic literature, and the city in literature. With Dr. Allan Austin of the History Department, he has team-taught a course in race and ethnicity in post-World War II graphic narrative. Currently, he and Dr. Austin are beginning work on a critical history of race and ethnicity in superhero comics; he is also continuing work on a separate project applying possible worlds theory to narrative in both graphic narrative and prose fiction.
Matthew Nickel, PhD
Matthew Nickel is an Assistant Professor of English. He has published essays about and presented on numerous American and British writers such as Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, William Faulkner, Robert Penn Warren, Elizabeth Madox Roberts, Richard Aldington, Lawrence Durrell, J. R. R. Tolkien, and others. He enjoys teaching Modernist literature, Southern literature, Christian literature, and Poetry. His most recent book, Hemingway’s Dark Night: Catholic Influences and Intertextualities in the Work of Ernest Hemingway examines Hemingway’s work in the light of his lifelong devotion to Catholicism. He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and his M.A. and B.A. from SUNY-New Paltz. He is currently working on a book-length examination of the short stories of Elizabeth Madox Roberts and a book of poetry.
Rebecca Steinberger, PhD
Department Chair and Professor
Department Chair and Professor Rebecca Steinberger began teaching at MU in Fall 2000. During her time here, she has published two books: Shakespeare and Twentieth-Century Irish Drama: Conceptualizing Identity and Staging Boundaries (Ashgate, 2008) and The Renaissance Literature Handbook (Continuum, 2009). A frequent presenter on early modern cultural studies and Irish writers, she conducts research at the British Library. She received her BA in English from Wilkes University, an MA from the University of Scranton, and a PhD in English Literature and Criticism from IUP. Her specializations include Shakespeare, Irish Studies, anything that has to do with the city of London, and the treatment of marginalized cultures, particularly in drama. In addition to her passion for teaching, Steinberger is a huge New York Giants fan.
Pro rata professor
Dr. Dewey recently finished his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from SUNY Binghamton in 2013, with a concentration in the department’s PLC Program: Philosophy, Literature, and Theory of Criticism. This concentration includes an M.A. in Philosophy, and his interests lie on the more philosophical side of literature, especially literary theory and apocalypse studies. His dissertation is entitled “The Key to Garden of Eden: Or the Way to Apocalypse,” which responds to questions regarding the popularity of apocalypse within modern works. His specializations also include Modern and Postmodern literature, notably studies of D.H. Lawrence, Aldous Huxley, Wallace Stevens, and Thomas Pynchon. He has taught comparative classes on Literature and Psychology, Literature and Society, and Rock and Roll Lyrics/Lyric Poetry while at Binghamton University, and numerous composition courses as an adjunct throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. His B.A. in English is from Loyola University Maryland, where he also minored in Philosophy and Business Entrepreneurship, and he is originally from Mountaintop, PA.
Pro rata professor
A Misericordia alum, Thomas Simko specializes in Postmodern and Postcolonial literature. He also teaches courses on Ancient and Medieval literature, Contemporary World literature, and literature with the theme of Metamorphosis. Beyond the university walls, he is also an avid musician. He resides in Wyoming with his wife and toddler daughter.