department of english

114 Swan Hall, 60 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

Main Office: 401.874.5931 - Graduate Office: 401.874.4663

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The Director of Graduate Studies acts as a mentor to M.A. and Ph.D. candidates and as liaison to the Graduate School. Please email for an appointment.

  • Director of Graduate Studies
    Professor Kathleen Davis
    Swan 109 874-2016
  • Chair, Department of English
    Professor Travis Williams
    114A Swan Hall  874-5931
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Writing and Rhetoric
    Professor Nedra Reynolds
    322 Roosevelt Hall  874-4665
  • Chair, Department of Writing & Rhetoric
    Professor Jeramiah Dyhouse
    312 Roosevelt Hall  874-5135
  • Graduate Program Administrator
    Michelle Caraccia
    110 Swan Hall  874-4663
  • The Supervisors of Teaching Assistants and the Department Chair also advise and assist graduate students. Professor Jennifer Jones ( supervises graduate students teaching ENG courses; Stephanie West-Puckett ( and Professor Nedra Reynolds ( supervise those teaching WRT courses.
  • English Dept. Graduate Committee includes the Director of Graduate Studies, the Supervisor of Teaching Assistants, two faculty members at large, and one graduate student representative elected from the graduate student body. Please plan to participate in the elections and do communicate with your elected representatives so they may best represent graduate student priorities and concerns. 
  • The Graduate Liaison Committee, composed of three graduate students elected by their peers, also works with the department to address graduate issues, convey information between graduate students and faculty, and help welcome new applicants to the Program.
  • The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is a University-wide academic and social organization. Many of our students have been leaders. It offers some financial support for conference attendance.


  • The Graduate Student Manual is a detailed compendium of all rules, regulations, policies, and procedures for graduate study at URI. Please download a copy for reference; it will answer most questions you have about the Graduate School rules and procedures.
  • The Academic Calendar and Graduate School Calendar of Deadlines: Also found via the Graduate School website, these are issued annually and appear in the URI Catalog and online. As you near completion of your program, there will be important deadlines you need to meet.
  • The University Manual contains all URI academic information, rules and procedures.
  • The Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog of the University of Rhode Island contains information about program requirements, faculty, courses, fees, and other general information. Keep a copy of the catalog from the year you start. If requirements change, you have the option of fulfilling the requirements that were in effect when you began your graduate work.
  • The Department of English Engrad List is an email list for graduate students featuring deadline reminders, job postings, calls for papers, and other information. Be sure Michelle Caraccia, the Graduate Program Administrator, has your URI e-mail address.
  • Subscribe to the Graduate School Listserv: Email message (not in subject line) to  Subscribe gradschl username
  • Refer to the online support for e-Campus for Students for useful information.
  • Please visit the Graduate Student Blog and consider contributing to the blog, which is run by your graduate student colleagues. The blog showcases the events and achievements of our graduate students, faculty, and program.
  • The graduate students maintain the Sakai site “English Grads.” English Grads provides a secure online forum where graduate students can talk about/share thoughts and ideas regarding the program or teaching, explore opportunities on-campus or off, and support each other. This community is restricted to current M.A. and Ph.D. candidates ONLY.To be added to English Grads, contact Anna Brecke,
  • Professionalization Committee Sakai site: The graduate students in English have created a Professionalization Committee, which keeps a Sakai site with useful documents and organizes meetings on topics important to graduate students professional development.
  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Seventh Edition


  • Important! Changes in names, email, mailing addresses, and telephone numbers should be updated on e-Campus and provided to Michelle Caraccia, the Graduate Program Administrator.
  • Use your URI email address for departmental business.

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