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  • Alyson J. Kiesel

    Chair, English Department; Associate Professor of English

    Professor Kiesel earned a B.A. in English from Amherst College and a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from New York University. She specializes in 19th-century British literature.

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  • Seemee Ali

    Director, Western Heritage Program; Associate Professor of Great Ideas and English

    Professor Seemee Ali teaches courses in the interdisciplinary Great Ideas Program and English Department and is the director of the Western Heritage Program. Since joining the Carthage faculty in 2008, she has taught classes on Homer, Dante, William Faulkner, and Salman Rushdie, in addition to leading study tours in Rome to study the philosophic and literary dimensions of Shakespeare’s Roman plays. 

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  • Shannon Brennan

    Director, Writing Development; Assistant Professor of English

    Shannon Brennan is an Assistant Professor of English and Director of Writing Development at Carthage. She earned her B.A. degrees in English and theater from the University of Maryland, her M.A. in English from Fordham University, and her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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  • Maria Carrig

    Professor of English, Theatre, and Great Ideas

    Maria Carrig specializes in Shakespeare and Renaissance drama, as well as magic and witchcraft beliefs of the early modern period. She also teaches the classical tradition, early horror fiction and the Senior Seminar in literary theory. She coordinates the Shakespeare Sonnet Festival as well as Carthage’s annual trip to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario.

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  • Annette Duncan

    Associate Professor of English

    Professor Annette Duncan earned her B.A. from Evangel College and M.A. from the University of Nebraska. She teaches American Literary Traditions and Methods and Materials of Teaching English.

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  • David García

    Professor of English

    David García is an English Professor at Carthage College specializing in British Romanticism. His current research interests include the role of faculty in remaking the academy through curricular and pedagogical innovation and of making a case for the humanities in modern society.

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  • Richard Meier

    Associate Professor of English; Writer in Residence

    Richard Meier directs the Creative Writing Program, an emphasis within the English Department. He also curates and directs the Visiting Writers Series, through which writers of national prominence give public readings and meet with Carthage students.

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  • Pamela Smiley

    Maxwell Distinguished Professor in English; Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies

    Prof. Smiley has conducted extensive research work in literature and composition, expository writing, creative writing, and women’s studies. At Carthage, she teaches courses in introductory and topics in literature, Shakespeare, and advanced writing.

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  • David Steege

    Senior Associate Provost; Professor of English

    Senior Associate Provost David Steege has presented and published papers on British children’s literature and writing pedagogy. He teaches courses in American literature, Mark Twain, and literary genres, and serves as the faculty sponsor for the Carthage chapter of Alpha Chi, the National College Honor Scholarship Society and Director of J-Term.

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Additional Faculty

Bethany Kanter
Adjunct Faculty, English 

Jean Preston 
Adjunct Assistant Professor of English and Western Heritage 

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2020), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Carthage has ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $20,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 130 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 3 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …