Faculty in the Department of English

Beth W. Capo     
   Professor of English    
   217.245.3346 |   
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, Department Chair
   Professor of English    
   217.245.3346 |   
B.A., M.F.A. Pennsylvania State University
Cynthia A. CochranCynthia A. Cochran   
   Associate Professor of English   
   217.245.3456 |   
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 |   Naomi E. Hahn
B.A. Augustana College; M.A., Ph.D. Purdue University
Jim L. Kerbaugh   
Jim Kerbaugh   Professor of English   
   217.245.3443 |  
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. 

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

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