FDU School of the Humanities Faculty

Janet Boyd, Ph.D.

Janet Boyd

Associate Professor of English

Ph.D., M.Phil., M.A, Columbia University

B. A. Rutgers University

Teaching and research interests: academic writing and pedagogy; Modernism; and American literature


James Gifford, Ph.D.

Ph.D., University of Alberta, Canada

M.A., California State University

Post-Baccalaureate, Simon Fraser University

B.A., English, Simon Fraser University

Dipl., Music, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Teaching and research interests: American, British, Canadian, and Irish literatures of the 19th and 20th centuries; postcolonial literature; travel literature; critical theory; cultural studies; digital humanities; music; and popular culture


Francis Ingledew, Ph.D.

Francis Ingledew

Professor of English

Ph.D., M.A., Washington University in St. Louis

Dip. Ed., University of the West Indies

B.A., Reading University, England

Teaching and research interests: Medieval literature and historiography; Caribbean literature; and interdisciplinary teaching


Martha B. Pitts, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English

Ph.D., Louisiana State University

M.A., George Mason University

A.B., Princeton University

Teaching and research interests: U.S. life writing,  19th-century African American literature; 19th and 20th century American literature; feminist theory


Chris Rasmussen, Ph.D.

Chris Rasmussen

Associate Professor of History

B.A., Grinnell College; M.A., Ph.D., Rutgers University

Teaching and research interests: United States cultural and intellectual history; history of American culture; popular culture; and technology


Jason Scorza, Ph.D.


Princeton University

Vice Provost for Global Learning and Professor of Philosophy and Political Science 

Interests: Political Philosophy, Ethics and Public Affairs, American Philosophy


Carrie Shanafelt, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor of English 

Ph.D., City University of New York

M.A., B.A., Case Western Reserve University

Teaching and research interests: 18th century British and global literature; aesthetics; ethics; rhetoric; and sexuality


Antonio Velásquez, Ph.D.

B.A., University of Waterloo

M.A., University of Toronto

Ph.D., University of Toronto 

Specialties: 20th Century Spanish & Latin American prose.

Areas of Interest: Language Teaching through Technology; Transatlantic, Inter-American Literary Studies; Translation Studies


Julia Wagner, M.F.A.

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Senior Lecturer of English

M.F.A., Brooklyn College, City University of New York

B.A., University of Cincinnati

Teaching and research interests: academic writing, creative writing, and poetry


Laurence Winters, Ph.D.

The New School University

M.A. McGill University, Canada

B.A., Boston University

Teaching and research interests: continental philosophy; philosophy of social and natural sciences; logic; and interdisciplinary studies


William G. Zimmerle, Ph.D.

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

M.Div., Harvard University

B.A., Fairleigh Dickinson University

Teaching and research interests: religion and philosophy; morality and ethics; Christianity and Islam; Middle East studies; technology and globalization; anthropology and cultural heritage; museum studies; intellectual property



Zhanna Buzharsky

M.A.T., Fairleigh Dickinson University

B.A., Barnard College, Columbia University

Teaching and research interests: French, Russian, linguistics, and anthropology

Catherine Dalal

M.A., Montclair State University

B.A., William Paterson University

B.A., Ramapo College of New Jersey

Teaching and research interests: French language and the Middle Ages in France

Stephanie Honchell

Adjunct Instructor, online courses

Ph.D., Ohio State University

Teaching interests: Islamic, African, Central Asian, South Asian, and world history; cultural history


Ruby Yao

M.P.A., Fairleigh Dickinson University

B.A., Rutgers University

Teaching and research interests: Chinese language