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2023-2024 Cal State East Bay Catalog 
2023-2024 Cal State East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of English

Hayward Hills Campus MapThe Department office is located in the Music and Business building, Room 2579
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
Dept Phone: (510) 885-3282


Professor Emerita

Ke Zou, Ph.D. University of Southern California


Associate Professor Emeriti

Margaret Tomlinson-Rustick, Ph.D. Washington State University



Dennis M. Chester (Chair), Ph.D. University of Washington

Sarah E. Nielsen, Ph.D. University of California, Davis


Associate Professors

Ryan Heryford, Ph.D. University of California, San Diego

Douglas Taylor, Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill



Assistant Professors

Sara Borjas, MFA University of California, Riverside

Mary Bramlett, Ph.D. University of Maryland

Trinie Dalton, M.F.A. Bennington College

Christine Gottlieb, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles

Crystal Perez, Ph.D. University of California, San Diego



Department Statement

The Department of English offers its diverse student population a rich array of courses in literature, language, creative writing, and composition. The department attempts to foster in its students an understanding and appreciation of 1) the major works of British and American literature, including works by and about ethnic and cultural minorities and women, 2) the history and structure of the English language in all its variety, and 3) the aims and processes of writing, both creative and critical. In all its courses, the department attempts to help its students develop the advanced skills in reading, writing, and critical thinking necessary for successful careers in teaching, publishing, law, administration, and business.

About the Department

Use our university website link to learn more about what the English Department has to offer.

  • Writing Programs
  • Arroyo Literary Review
  • Occam’s Razor
  • Distinguished Writers Program
  • Awards and Prizes
  • And more…


    Bachelor of Arts


    Master of Arts


      English: American/Global LiteratureEnglish: American LiteratureEnglish: British LiteratureEnglish: EducationEnglish: FilmEnglish: FoundationEnglish: Global LiteratureEnglish: GraduateEnglish: Language/GrammarEnglish: Literary TheoryEnglish: Rhetoric and CompositionEnglish: World LiteratureEnglish: Writing WorkshopEnglish: Other