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Faculty in the Department of English
Beth W. Capo     
   Professor of English    
   217.245.3346 | bcapo@mail.ic.edu   
  
B.A. Denison University; M.A., Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
  
 
I enjoy teaching 20th and 21st century American literature, women writers, 20th century Japanese writers in translation, and Gender & Women's Studies courses. My favorite writers are William Faulkner, Toni Morrison, and Marilynne Robinson, but I love many writers and read voraciously. Currently I'm working on a book comparing gendered violence in contemporary American and Japanese fiction. Places I've traveled that have inspired me are Kyoto, Japan, where I lived and taught for a year on a Fulbright Grant (2009-2010); Bath, England, where I studied abroad in college; and Barcelona, Spain. My hobbies include running, swimming, reading, and knitting.

 


Nicholas P. Capo
, Chair   
   Associate Professor of English    
   217.245.3346 | ncapo@mail.ic.edu   
 
B.A., M.F.A. Pennsylvania State University
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cynthia A. CochranCynthia A. Cochran   
   Associate Professor of English   
   217.245.3456 | ccochran@mail.ic.edu   
 
A.B., M.S., University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana; Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Naomi E. Hahn   
   A. Boyd Pixley Professor of Humanities - English   
   217.245.2454 | hahn@mail.ic.edu   Naomi E. Hahn
 
B.A. Augustana College; M.A., Ph.D. Purdue University
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Betsy Hall   
   Instructor in English    
   217.245.3879 | bhall@mail.ic.edu  
 
B.A., M.A. University of Illinois Springfield
 
Courses taught:  121, 130, 205, 208
Research interests:  food rhetoric, writing assessment, writing about writing (WAW), first-year composition
Current IC involvement:  IC Connections Academic Director, Student Life Committee
Other interest:  traveling, gardening, reading, bicycling, Homer (!)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jim L. Kerbaugh   
Jim Kerbaugh   Professor of English   
   217.245.3443 | jlkerbau@mail.ic.edu  
 
B.A., M.A., Ph.D. North Texas State University
 
I have led 6 breakaways to England and Italy.  The ones to Italy sparked an interest in art history, which I will use in the Senior Seminar, the topic for which is The Italian Renaissance.  I also teach a course focused on Dante.  Other courses include Chaucer, Studies in the English Renaissance, Classical Literature and Poetry Workshop.  Over forty of my poems have been published and I performed a reading of my work in the Spring 2012 semester. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Robert C. Koepp
   
Robert C. Koepp   Frances McReynolds Smith Professor of International Understanding and Professor of English
   217.245.3441 | rkoepp@mail.ic.edu   
 
B.A. St. Olaf College; M.A., Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
 

 
 
 
 









Lisa J. Udel
   Associate Professor of English   
   217.245.3284 | ludel@mail.ic.edu  
 
B.A. University of Michigan; M.A. Indiana University; Ph.D. University of Cincinnati  
 
 
 

    
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