Skip navigation

Faculty & Staff

Miles Beckwith, Ph.D.

Assistant Chair, Associate Professor of English
Office: 32 Hubert
Phone: (914) 637-2725
Email: mbeckwith@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Yale University, 1996
BA, St. John's College, 1983

Dr. Miles Beckwith teaches courses in English, linguistics, Latin and other classical subjects. He has also directed independent study courses for students in Old Irish and Native American Linguistics. Dr. Beckwith has a number of publications on the linguistic development of Greek, Latin and Etruscan, and is currently working on the Algonquian languages of New England.


Christina Carlson, Ph.D.

Assistant Chair, Associate Professor of English
Office: 32 Hubert
Phone: (914) 633-2157
Email: cmcarlson@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., English, Fordham University
MA, English, University of Wales, Lampeter
BA, English, History and Women’s Studies, Drew University

Dr. Carlson currently teaches courses in Chaucer, medieval women, and Celtic spirituality, as well as core courses in composition and literature to 1700. She has an interest in the intersection of medieval studies and pop culture and has taught, written and presented on topics ranging from the Twilight series to medieval werewolf tales. Her current research interests include medieval children and families, Chaucer and Middle English romance. She is a member of the Honors faculty, and developed and coordinates the Study Abroad trip to the Isle of Iona in Scotland. Dr. Carlson is a member of The Medieval Academy, the New Chaucer Society, the Medieval Club of New York and the Hagiography Society.


Anna E. Clark, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English
Office: 32 Hubert
Phone: (914) 633-2054
Email: aclark@iona.edu
Degrees: AB, English and Philosophy, The University of Chicago
AM, English and Humanities, The University of Chicago
MA/Ph.D., English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Dr. Anna E. Clark currently teaches courses in Victorian literature and literary studies, and core courses in writing and post-1800 literature. She specializes in the nineteenth-century British novel, Victorian literature, Romanticism and narrative theory. Dr. Clark’s current research considers the representation of character and interiority in nineteenth-century British novels. Other research interests include the nineteenth-century city, narrative theory and theatrical adaptations of Victorian novels. Additional information about Dr. Clark’s teaching and research can be found at annaeclark.com.


Scott Cleary, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English
Office: 22 Hubert Place
Phone: (914) 633-2156
Email: scleary@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., New York University, 2005
MA, English Literature, New York University, 2002
BA, English Literature, St. Francis Xavier University, 2000

Teaching interests: 18th-Century British literature, Law and Literature, Science Fiction and Poetry. Dr. Cleary teaches a wide variety of courses in his areas of expertise and interest. Along with graduate and undergraduate courses in eighteenth-century British and American Literature, poetry and poetics, and book history (the expertise), he has taught courses on Law and Literature, Science Fiction, and the modern superhero film (the interests).
See more on Dr. Cleary


Dean Defino, Ph.D.

Professor of English
Department Chair

Director of Film Studies

Office: 32 Hubert
Phone: (914) 633-2160
Email: ddefino@iona.edu
Degrees: MA & Ph.D., Binghamton University

Dr. Dean Defino teaches on a wide variety of subjects, from multicultural literature and creative writing to international and independent cinemas. His teaching interests include film studies and 20th century American literature. Dr. Defino’s research interests include detective fiction, cult cinema, and television studies, and some publications include two books: The HBO Effect (Bloomsbury, 2013), and Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (Wallflower/Columbia UP, 2014).


Timothy S. Lyle, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English
Office: 32 Hubert
Phone: (914) 637-2725
Email: tlyle@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D. Howard University
BA/MA Georgia State University

Dr. Timothy Lyle teaches first-year writing courses, introductions to the humanities, theory/method, interdisciplinary upper division courses and graduate seminars that engage African American, American and African diasporan literatures and cultures, especially through the lens of queer theory, race studies, digital humanities and disability studies. He specializes in contemporary African American literature and culture, with a particular focus on the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and disability.
See more on Dr. Lyle


Namrata Mitra, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English
Office: 32 Hubert
Phone: (914) 633-2055
Email: ehamerman@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Literature and Philsophy, Theory and Cultural Studies, Purdue University
MA, English, Jadavpur University, India
BA, English, St. Stephen’s College, India

Dr. Namrata Mitra currently teaches courses in postcolonial literature, and core courses in writing and post-1800 literature. She specializes in postcolonial literature, literary theory, feminist theory, and social and political philosophy. Dr. Mitra’s dissertation focused on representations of sexual violence in South Asian partition literature. Her current research expands on her graduate work to focus on images of state-sanctioned violence and resistance in South Asian Literature.


Thomas Moretti, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English

Co-editor of The Shakespeare Newsletter

Office: 32 Hubert
Phone: (914) 633-2058
Email: tmoretti@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park
MA, University of New Hampshire
BA, Providence College

Dr. Thomas Moretti teaches courses in composition, literature surveys, Shakespeare and early modern English literature. He specializes in early modern English literature, and his current research concerns the ties between religious conflict and gender performance in early modern English drama.
See more on Dr. Moretti


Aaron Rosenfeld, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English

Director of Writing

Office: 32 Hubert
Phone: (914) 633-2052

Email: arosenfeld@iona.edu
Degrees: MA/Ph.D., 20th Century Literature, New York University, 2000
BA, English and Politics, Brandeis University 

Dr. Aaron Rosenfeld regularly teaches classes in modern British and American poetry, literary theory and criticism, and freshman composition. He also teaches literature surveys as part of the core curriculum and classes in the modern and contemporary world as part of Iona College’s Honors Program. His teaching interests include Modern British and American poetry, theory, and composition. His current research interests include modern poetry, pedagogy and composition. His dissertation was on paranoia as a literary structure and focused on George Orwell and the utopian/dystopian tradition. Dr. Rosenfeld’s past critical essays have appeared in Twentieth Century Literature, Critical Survey and Doris Lessing Studies. Recent publications include an essay about why we should treat poems like pop songs, which appeared in the journal Pedagogy in 2017, and an essay on sea voices in Whitman and Eliot, which appeared in Literary Imagination, also in 2017.


Laura Shea, Ph.D.

Professor of English
Office: 32 Hubert
Phone: (914) 637-2723
Email: lshea@iona.edu
Degrees: MA/Ph.D., Boston University
BA, Barnard College of Columbia University

Dr. Laura Shea teaches courses in modern and contemporary drama, and she coordinates the internships for English majors. She has taught writing in the Honors Program since 2000. Dr. Shea is the author of A Moon for the Misbegotten on the American Stage, and her essays and reviews on topics in theater and drama have appeared in A Moon for the Misbegotten on the American Stage and American Theater Web, among others. She is also the author of A Dying Fall, a mystery novel.


Hugh Short, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English
Office: 32 Hubert
Phone: (914) 637-2750
Email: hshort@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Modern American Literature, Fordham University
MA, Medieval Literature and Renaissance Literature, Fordham University
BA, English and History, Manhattan College

Dr. Hugh Short teaches a wide range of courses, ranging from freshman composition and Core literature to major-level literature and graduate literature classes, as well as Honors humanities classes. His teaching interests are broad and varied. In major and graduate classes his interests include classical Greek drama, tragedy, the Epic across the ages, American literature of the 19th century, American literature between the wars, American drama comes of age, and many courses on specific writers, such as Sherwood Anderson, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Arthur Miller and others.
See more on Dr. Short


Ivy Linton Stabell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English
Office: 32 Hubert
Phone: (914) 633-2056
Email: istabell@iona.edu
Degrees: MA, Ph.D., University of Connecticut
BA, Assumption College

Dr. Ivy Stabell’s teaching interests include young adult literature, children’s literature and Early American literature. Her current research interests include 21st century nonfiction for children and young adults and antebellum biographies of African American children. Dr. Stabell’s dissertation focused on the construction of American identity in biographies published for children from the colonial era to the eve of the Civil War. An abridged chapter of her dissertation, an essay examining the way the first children’s biographies of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin figure the child’s role in the young nation’s authority structures, appears in Children’s Literature.


Amy Stackhouse, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English
Office: 32 Hubert
Phone: (914) 633-2056
Email: istabell@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., The University of Maryland at College Park
MA, English, Boston College 

Certificate, Spanish Language and Composition, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain
AB, English, The College of William and Mary

Dr. Amy D. Stackhouse teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her courses include John Milton, Seventeenth-Century literature, the Metaphysicals, Shakespeare on Film, Renaissance literature, Literary London and Poetry. Dr. Stackhouse also teaches courses in the Honors Program, including Honors Composition, The Ancient World, The Medieval World and the Early Modern World. Her current research interests are on John Milton, the history of authorship and poetry.
See more on Dr. Stackhouse


Faculty Emeriti

Helen Bauer, Ph.D.
James Brophy, Ph.D.
John Mahon, Ph.D.
Eileen Panetta, Ph.D.
Barbara Solomon, Ph.D.
Stanley Solomon, Ph.D.
Cedric Winslow, Ph.D.

Sigma Tau Delta - the International English Honor Society

Nu Omicron is the Iona chapter of Sigma Tau Delta - the International English Honor Society. To learn more about the opportunities available with Sigma Tau Delta, contact Dr. Christina Carlson.

Student Success

"I came to Iona with hopes of pursuing publishing, and I know that dream would not have been achieved without Iona."

Shannon Andrews
Shannon Andrews
Read About Shannon