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Research and Engagement

Our faculty and students engage in wide-ranging research and scholarship that gives life a deeper, richer meaning. Our work enriches understanding, preserves cultures, fosters appreciation for that which forms us, shapes thought.

Think and Do

In the Department of English, both research and scholarship help us process the past, make sense of our lives, and imagine other worlds. Our authors, poets and scholars help us better understand and appreciate our very humanity.

Our faculty and students augment their creativity and imagination with cutting-edge technologies. Whether through digital humanities, sociolinguistics, rhetoric, film studies or any of a range of explorations into the spoken or written word, we look for meaning, and in the process, we find purpose.

Student Research

NC State graduate student Karen Eisenhauer

Students at all levels engage in meaningful research here. Undergraduates, master’s and doctoral students work alongside faculty mentors or pursue projects of their own. They participate – and win prizes – in the university’s research symposia for students. They travel to present their research at conferences across the state and nation. They contribute to books, and sometimes write their own.

As a student of English, you will be challenged to hone your writing and communication skills, and encouraged to follow your passions through research and scholarship.

Hidden in the Text

English professor Tim Stinson is working with scientists to extract biological clues embedded in old books. Teaming up with bioarchaeologists, Stinson has collected structural proteins and DNA from the pages of medieval manuscripts. 

Community Engagement

We share our love of the written and spoken word – of literature, film, poetry, of rhetoric and dialects – with the world around us.

Our annual statewide poetry and fiction contests are among the largest in the southeast. And there’s no cost to participate. Each summer, we hold writing workshops for teens and for younger aspiring writers. We organize film series and host an exciting list of public readings throughout the year.

Faculty Publications

Fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry… our faculty are prolific writers. Here’s a short, short list of some of our faculty’s many, many books: