English

Faculty & Administration

Saint Peter’s faculty members are scholars and expert teachers interested in preparing students for a lifetime of learning, leadership, and service in a global society.

Full-Time Faculty

  • Scott F. Stoddart, Ph. D.

    Associate Professor of English and Interim Department Chair
    B.A., University of Maine, M.A., University of Illinois, Ph.D., University of Illinois
    Office: Loyola Hall, Room 34
    Email: sstoddart@saintpeters.edu

    Dr. Scott F. Stoddart is an Associate Professor of English, and teaches courses in American literature, cinema studies, and musical theatre history. He currently serves as the Interim Department Chair.

    He has published over 30 essays on the fiction of Henry James, E. M. Forster, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Patricia Highsmith; the musical plays of Stephen Sondheim; and the films of the Coen Brothers, Tom Ford, Jane Campion, Jack Clayton, George Cukor, John Ford, Oliver Stone and Martin Scorsese. He has also published on the image of the president in Hollywood film and in television.

    He is a host of the Sundance television series Love / Lust. He is also a contributing correspondent for the PBS series American Icons. And he was a featured contributor to the Smithsonian Channel series The Real Mad Men of Advertising.

    He has published five books: Exploring Downton Abbey: Critical Essays on the PBS Series (McFarland, 2018); True Detective, co-edited by Michael Samuel (Lexington, 2017); The New Western: Critical Essays on the Genre since 9/11 (McFarland, 2015); Analyzing Mad Men: Critical Essays on the Television Series (McFarland, 2011) and The 1980s: American Popular Culture through History (Greenwood, 2006).

  • Sherlyn Abdoo

    Lecturer
    B.A., Hunter; M.A., Columbia; M.Phil., New York University.
    Office: Loyola Hall, Rooms 31-35
    Phone: (201) 761-6312
    Email: sabdoo@saintpeters.edu

  • Paul Almonte

    Professor of English
    B.A., SUNY-Binghamton; M.A., Ohio State; Ph.D., New York University.
    Office: Loyola Hall, Rooms 31-35
    Phone: (201) 761-6317
    Email: palmonte@saintpeters.edu

    Dr. Almonte has published on a wide variety of authors, topics and disciplines, including classics and teaching pedagogy, Jane Austen, Bob Dylan, Thomas Hardy, and, most recently, the playwright Jean Anouilh. His current teaching and research interests include critical theory and colonial and post-colonial literature. He received a Fulbright Award in 2013.

  • Stephen M. Cicirelli

    Lecturer
    B.A., Saint Joseph’s University; M.F.A., Columbia University.
    Office: Loyola Hall, Rooms 31-35
    Phone: (201) 761-6314
    Email: scicirelli@saintpeters.edu

  • *Raymond Conlon

    Professor of English
    B.S., Columbia; M.A., Georgia; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts.
    Office: Loyola Hall, Rooms 31-35
    Phone: (201) 761-6313
    Email: rconlon@saintpeters.edu

    In addition to his ongoing teaching and studies in the Renaissance Drama of Great Britain and Continental Europe (including translations of 17th century Spanish plays), Dr. Conlon’s current research includes the writing of a history of western philosophy (from pre-Socratic scholars up to British linguistic philosophers of the mid-20th century) as well as the development of an extensive collection and study of western art—from paintings, to statuary, and religious icons.

  • Deborah W. Hairston

    Lecturer
    B.A., Northwestern University, M.A., New York University.
    Office: Loyola Hall, Rooms 31-35
    Phone: (201) 761-6322
    Email:  dhairston@saintpeters.edu

    Professor Hairston’s current writing and scholarly interests include historical research on David Bishop, whose family owned the largest mule market east of the Mississippi River (located on Bishop Street in Jersey City).

  • *William G. Luhr

    Professor of English
    Office: Loyola Hall, Rooms 31-35
    Phone: (201) 761-6316
    Email: wluhr@saintpeters.edu
    B.A., Fordham; M.A., Ph.D., New York University.

    Dr. Luhr’s primary research interests are literary and cinema studies, often writing on film adaptations of literary works. He’s a Standing Editor for the Oxford University Press’ Bibliography for Cinema and Media Studies, and is currently at work on revisions to the 4th edition of his film studies textbook: Thinking About Movies: Watching, Questioning, Enjoying (Wiley-Blackwell). In high demand as a speaker on literature, film, and media, Dr. Luhr maintains a busy conference and appearance schedule, most recently appearing on the CUNY-TV cable show, City Cinematheque, discussing the 1953 French film, Wages of Fear and has been invited to deliver a presentation on silent cinema at the 2015 Le Giornate del Cinema Muto (in Pordenone, Italy) in October. He also co-chairs the Columbia University Faculty Seminar on Cinema and Interdisciplinary Interpretation.

  • *Kathleen N. Monahan

    Professor of English
    B.A., Saint Peter’s; M.A., University of Massachusetts; Ph.D., New York University.
    Office: Loyola Hall, Rooms 31-35
    Phone: (201) 761-6318
    Email: knmonahan@saintpeters.edu

    Dr. Monahan’s research interests span the 19th and 20th century American Literary landscape. She’s published numerous works, most notably on the writers Nathaniel Hawthorne and William Kennedy, and the poet William Carlos Williams. Her current teaching focus is on American drama. Dr. Monahan is a recipient of Saint Peter’s George F. Johnson Faculty Award.

  • *Constance G. Wagner

    Lecturer, Director of Writing Program
    B.A., Jersey City State College; M.A., New School for Social Research.
    Office: Loyola Hall, Rooms 31-35
    Phone: (201) 761-6323
    Email: cwagner@saintpeters.edu

  • Michael Walonen

    Assistant Professor of English
    B.A., M.A., Sonoma State; Ph.D., University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
    Office: Loyola Hall Rooms 31-35
    Phone: (201) 761-6325
    Email: mwalonen@saintpeters.edu

    Michael K. Walonen specializes in postcolonial studies and world literature. He is the author of the books Contemporary World Narrative Fiction and the Spaces of Neoliberalism and Writing Tangier in the Postcolonial Transition: Space and Power in Expatriate and North African Literature, and Imagining Neoliberal Globalization in Contemporary World Literature (forthcoming), as well as articles that have appeared in journals including Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature, LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory, The Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Studies in Travel Writing, African Literature and Culture, and *Frontiers: The International Journal of Study Abroad, and in the collections Geocritical Explorations, William T. Vollmann: A Critical Companion, and Biopolitics and Memory in Postcolonial Literature and Culture.

  • Rachel Wifall

    Associate Professor of English
    B.A. St. John’s University; M.A. St. John’s University; Ph.D. New York University.
    Office: Loyola Hall, Rooms 31-35
    Phone: (201) 761-6326
    Email: rwifall@saintpeters.edu

    Dr. Wifall specializes in English Renaissance Drama, on the page and on stage. She is interested in cultural history in general, and has recently written about astrological references in works of early modern English drama, and connections between the popularity of William Shakespeare and Jane Austen.

Adjunct Lecturers

Professors Emeriti

      • In memoriam:

        *T. Patrick Lynch, Ph.D.

      • Robert McCarty, S.J.

      • *John McElroy, Ph.D.

      • In memoriam:

        Elizabeth Nelson, Ph.D.

      • *Loren F. Schmidtberger, Ph.D.

      • *Victoria Sullivan, Ph.D.

      • *John Michael Walsh, Ph.D.

Staff

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        Barbara Kuzminski

        Administrative Assistant
        Office: Loyola Hall, Rooms 31-35
        Phone: (201) 761-6310
        Fax: (201) 761-6311
        Email: bkuzminski@saintpeters.edu

*Recipient of the Bene Merenti award for more than 20 years of service to Saint Peter’s University