English Faculty

    Ellen E. Dolgin

    Professor of English, Coordinator of the English Program, Coordinator of Gender Studies minor

      Phone: (845) 848-4008
      Email: ellen.dolgin@dc.edu
      Office: Casey Hall English Annex

      B.S. – Syracuse Univ.
      M.A. – George Peabody College for Teachers of Vanderbilt University
      Ph.D. – NYU

      Ellen Dolgin has been teaching and developing courses at the college level for more than 30 years.  Her love of interdisciplinary/intercultural teaching and learning developed from her double major in English and Speech Arts as an undergraduate.  Frequently, her literature courses feature the arts of the eras surrounding the readings, and she encourages her students to incorporate this multi-disciplinary vision into their oral presentations and written assignments.

      As a teacher/scholar, she enjoys her involvement with professional organizations; through these, she has established friendships as well as professional collaborations.  Sharing these experiences with her students is paramount.  Her areas of research and conference presentations include modern drama, with particular emphasis on the early 20th century, and contemporary multicultural women writers across genres.

      With family and friends, she loves to attend plays, visit museums, and enjoy food and conversation at home and at restaurants, picnic areas, and other people’s homes.

      Roles in Professional Organizations:
      Past President, Northeast Modern Lang. Assn. (NeMLA)
      Vice-President, International Shaw Society (ISS) www.shawsociety.org
      Board Member, Comparative Drama Conference

      Areas of Interest/Research:
      Multicultural American literature
      Contemporary women’s fiction
      Modern drama and poetry

      See Dr. Ellen Dolgin's Publications and Presentations


      Shaw and the Actresses Franchise League: Staging Equality (McFarland & Co., 2015)
      Modernizing Joan of Arc: Concepts, Costumes & Canonization (McFarland & Co., 2008)
      “History Plays.” Chap. Contribution to Shaw In Context, Ed. Brad Kent. (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2015)

      Conferences on Bernard Shaw plays: Papers and talks at conferences, 2009-2017

      Summer, 2017: SHAW AT THE SHAW: Conference at the Shaw Festival, Ontario: “Joan of Arc in a 3-Way Mirror: Literature/Theatre/Opera- plenary session with Brigitte Bogar (York Univ., Toronto).

       COMPARATIVE DRAMA CONFERENCE: 2017: “Intersecting/re-focusing Brecht’s Mother Courage in Lynn Nottage’s Ruined—Roundtable discussion participant: Teaching (the plays of) Lisa Loomer

      COMPARATIVE DRAMA CONFERENCE: 2016: Author Meets Critics Special Plenary Session on my book, Shaw and the Actresses Franchise League (McFarland, 2015).**

      SHAW IN NY CONFERENCE: 2015: “ ‘a little theatre grown up’: The Theatre Guild as Shaw’s American Agent”

      ISS Symposia: Papers and talks given in Ayot-St. Lawrence, England, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, CA, and the Comparative Drama Conference in Baltimore and Los Angeles. These were about Shaw’s St. Joan, Pygmalion, Fanny’s First Play, Caesar and Cleopatra, Misalliance, Heartbreak House, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Major Barbara.

      NeMLA-(Northeast Modern Lang. Assn.) Several papers on women’s and gender studies topics, including: Edna St. Vincent Millay’s play, Aria da Capo, 1919, Julia Alvarez, In the Name of Salome, Nella Larsen, Quicksand, Hallie Flanagan’s Federal Theatre Project of the 1930s.


      Interview for WNYC/Studio 360: Spring, 2014: “How A Happy Ending Ruined [Shaw’s] Pygmalion. Aired June 27, 2014. Link online: http://www.studio360.org/story/how-a-happy-ending-ruined-pygmalion/

      Panelist at two public events sponsored by David Staller, Project Shaw, NY (2014, 2013)
      AAUW (American Association of University Women): Featured Speaker for Women’s History Month:
      Northwest Bergen Interbranch (2010): “She said THAT in public?!: From Pinkies to Pointers.” Women’s activism ca. 1850-1910s.
      Northwest Bergen Interbranch (2008) “Modernizing Joan of Arc: Joan As Social Everywoman.”

        Kathleen Hickey

        Professor of English

          Phone: (845) 848-4009
          Email: kathleen.hickey@dc.edu
          Office: Casey Hall 19

          B.A. – Queens College, CUNY
          M.S. – Queens College, CUNY
          Ed.D. – Teachers College, Columbia University

          As an educator for 40 years, Professor Hickey has taught a variety of students, ranging from traditional aged students to returning adults, both undergraduate and graduate students. Her research interests include reading and writing with special emphasis on “remedial” work at the college level. She was instrumental in revamping Dominican College’s Freshmen Writing Sequence to accelerate students with their remediation so they could swiftly proceed with their college careers.   Additional research interests span the gamut from at-risk students to multicultural aspects of literature. She is a member of NCTE—National Council of Teachers of English, the NYCLA—New York College Learning Association and NADE—the National Association of Developmental Educators. Yearly, she judges, The Global Undergraduate Awards, an international competition of undergraduate papers from around the world.  Additionally, each fall she participates in the NCTE Day of Writing, submitting entries for their National Day of Writing.

          Her outside interests include traveling, attending plays, reading, listening to all genres of music, and generally being active.

          See Professor Hickey's Presentations and Publications

          “Revamping a Developmental Program: Making Big Changes” in The English Record—New York State English Council.

          “Working With Marginalized Students—Uncovering Some Assumptions.” National Association of Developmental Education

          38th Annual Northeast Modern Language Association Convention “Lovely, Lilting Voices: Contemporary Irish Women Poets’ Environs”

          Bridging the Dominican Cultures at Dominican College Colloquium at Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

            Tanya Radford

            Assistant Professor of English

              Phone: (845) 848-4044
              Email: tanya.radford@dc.edu
              Office: Casey Hall 19

              B.A. – English: University of Utah
              M.A. – English: University of Utah
              Ph.D – English: City University of New York – Graduate Center

              Dr. Tanya A. Radford completed a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English literature at the University of Utah and a PhD in English literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.  Her field of specialization is Eighteenth Century studies, with particular interest in British and American literature of this period.  Her research interests also extend to the representation of visual experience in literature and the representation of reading as a magical act in children’s literature.

                James Reitter

                Associate Professor of English

                  Phone: (845) 848-4014
                  Email: james.reitter@dc.edu
                  Office: Casey Hall 19

                  B.A. – SUNY Oswego
                  M.F.A. – CUNY Brooklyn
                  Ph.D. – University of Louisiana Lafayette

                  Professor Reitter has been teaching in higher education for over two decades, specializing in Creative Writing, 19th Century Literature, Folklore, and Film Studies. He has published articles and/or chapters on Charles Dickens, Civil War poets, human/animal interaction and symbolism, and zombies in film. He is also the author of Scratched Records, an ekphrastic book of poetry and art, and co-author of Speculative Modernism: How Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Conceived the 20th Century. In addition, he actively publishes poems in a variety of print and online publications and is currently Editor-In-Chief for Masque and Spectacle, a biannual arts and literature online journal.

                  Outside of his academic interests, he is an avid birder and naturalist, enjoys listening to and playing a diverse array of music, and regularly watches cartoons.   


                    Robert Stauffer

                    Associate Professor of English

                      Phone: (845) 848-4105
                      Email: robert.stauffer@dc.edu
                      Office: Casey Hall 19

                      B.A. – New York University (English)
                      M.A. – Brooklyn College (English Education)
                      Ph.D. – Arizona State University (Medieval Literature)

                      Robert Stauffer began working at Dominican College in 2012. His research and teaching interests are in medieval and Renaissance literature, postcolonial studies, science fiction and fantasy literature, and early 20th century writers. He is currently working on editing and writing for a volume for Brill Publishing entitled A Marguerite Porete Companion focusing on Marguerite Porete, a thirteenth-fourteenth century beguine, and her book The Mirror of Simple Souls. His publications include fantasy short stories and baseball biography. He has given several papers at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.