Jeanne Hamming

Associate Professor of English and Department Chair

PhD, West Virginia University, 2003
MA, West Virginia University, 1997
BA, Grand Valley State University, 1995

Specialities: Contemporary American literature, literary theory and criticism, literature of the environment, gender studies, digital cultures and new media

Jeanne Hamming’s research and teaching interests reside at the intersections of American literature, ecology, and new media. Her interdisciplinary interests have led her to draw on cultural studies, gender studies, and new media theory to inform both her teaching and scholarship. Her co-authored iBook, Highways of the Mind, was recently released from University of Pennsylvania Press and is now available on iTunes.

Phone: 318.869.5082
Email: email

David Havird

Professor of English

PhD, University of Virginia, 1986.
MA, University of South Carolina, 1976
BA, University of South Carolina, 1974

Specialties: 19th- and 20th-century British literature, Southern literature, poetry, creative writing

David Havird is the author of two collections of poems: Map Home (2013), a full-length collection, and Penelope's Design (2010), which won the 2009 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize. His poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Agni, The New Yorker, Poetry, Sewanee Review, Yale Review, The Southern Poetry Anthology, IV: Louisiana, and Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry. He has also published articles on James Dickey, Flannery O'Connor, and Elizabeth Spencer (among other authors). His essay memoir "In and Out of Class with James Dickey" is available online at the Virginia Quarterly Review. Since 2009 he has taught a May immersion course in Greece.

Phone: 318.869.5085
Email: email

Jeff Hendricks

Professor of English

PhD, University of Illinois, 1983
MA, University of Illinois, 1976
BA, Centenary College, 1975

Specialties: Modern American literature and culture, film studies, visual culture

Jeff Hendricks's research focuses on the intersection of American literature and progressive politics during the early and mid 20th century and he has published four books related to the American involvement in the Spanish Civil War. Current research includes a project on literature and left politics in the Deep South and a biography of the poet Edwin Rolfe. Dr. Hendricks teaches a wide range of courses, including Introduction to Visual Culture, Film History, Screenwriting, and Contemporary Literature. As founder and advisor to the Centenary Film Society, he helps program nightly showings of independent, foreign, and classic films at Centenary.

Phone: 318.869.5086
Email: email

Earle Labor

Emeritus Professor of American Literature; Director, Jack London Research Center

PhD, University of Wisconsin, 1961
MA, Southern Methodist University, 1952
BA, Southern Methodist University, 1949

Specialties: Late 19th- and early 20th-century American literature, literary criticism

Co-author of the internationally renowned Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature (Oxford UP), Earle Labor has also served as President of the College English Association and Editor of The CEA Critic. He is perhaps best known (in the recent words of a Danish professor) as "the maestro of Jack London scholarship," having inaugurated seminars in both Europe and the United States featuring "America's greatest world author." In addition to more than fifty articles and eight books on this famous author, including the widely reviewed Stanford editions of London's letters and short stories, he has published essays on such major figures as Henry James, Stephen Crane, Ernest Hemingway, and William Faulkner. He has been twice honored as Centenary's Outstanding Teacher; the numerous awards and published works of his academic proteges attest to the success of his mentoring.

Phone: 318.869.5084
Email: email

Michael A. Laffey

Lecturer in English & Communication

MA, University of Florida,1997
BA, University of Minnesota, 1993

Specialty: Cultural studies and digital communication

Michael Laffey's research focuses on popular culture; how it shapes, directs, and informs our encounters with a world in transition. Though born and raised in the cold, dark reaches of the Great White North, he has an unbounded passion for life in the South.

Phone: 318.869.5256
Email: email

George Newtown

Professor of English

PhD, Yale University, Comparative Literature, 1979
MPhil, Yale University, 1972
BA, University of Arkansas, 1969

Specialities: Autobiography and personal essay

George Newtown teaches essay writing, autobiography, postcolonial literature, and theater history. In the past few years he has carved out a niche as a scholar writing about intersections between his life and his scholarship. His personal essay “Voir Dire” won The Dallas Morning News 2006 Nonfiction Prize for Literary Excellence. Other excerpts from his essay collection on the effects of prostate cancer on male identity, Man Enough, won him designation as a finalist in the 2007 Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards Program. Recent pieces have appeared in The Southern Review, Soundings, a/b: (auto)biography studies, Angelaki, and Ten Spurs: Best of the Best. Centenary gave him the Outstanding Teacher Award for 1999-2000.

Phone: 318.869.5083
Email: email

Steve Shelburne

Professor of English

PhD, University of Connecticut, 1987
MA, Claremont Graduate School, 1979
BA, Furman University, 1978

Specialty: Medieval and Early Modern literature

Steve Shelburne teaches Shakespeare, Medieval and Early Modern English Literature, the Survey of British Literature, Shakespeare on Film, and The Arts of Representation. A dedicated interdisciplinarian, he has taught courses cross-listed in English, Art, Philosophy, Religion, and Theatre, as well as the pioneering internet courses History of Ideas Online and Medium and Message: Reading Culture Through Art and Artifact. His favorite courses are the first-year seminars, where students are introduced to the ideals of liberal education.

Phone: 318.869.5255
Email: email