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Faculty | B.A. in English

Paul Buchanan

  • Associate Professor of English

    Paul Buchanan holds degrees in psychology, philosophy and creative writing. He specializes in writing fiction and has published more than twenty books. His most recent novel will be released next fall. Paul’s work has appeared in a number of literary journals and magazines, including Story Quarterly, Marlboro Review and Cicada. Last spring his play, “Occam’s Razor,” which was originally...

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    Aaron Kleist

    • Professor, English

    • Ph.D., University of Cambridge
    • M.A., Indiana University
    • B.A., Taylor University

    Raised on the island of Saipan, as well as in Saudi Arabia and Egypt, Aaron J. Kleist completed his doctorate degree in Old English literature at the University of Cambridge before coming to Biola in 2001. His research on reconstructing medieval texts through digital editions brought him a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship and posting as a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge in 2004....


    Collaborative Interdisciplinary General Education

    • IRIS [Integrated Reflections on Interdisciplinary Studies] 2008–2015

    Medieval Literature

    • Old English Literature and Language The Battle of the Sexes in the Middle Ages
    • Beowulf: Text and Culture Castles, Kings, and Conquest
    • Medieval English Literature Knights, Troubadours, & Damsels in Distress
    • Chaucer Rose & the Sword: Legends of King Arthur


    • Biola Shakespeare [off-campus program at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival]
    • Shakespeare: Major Works, Cinematic Adaptations, and the Scholarly Discourse
    • Shakespeare in Script, Stage, and Screen Film and Literature: Interpretations of Hamlet
    • The Histories: Wars of the Roses King Lear—Text, Criticism, and Adaptation

    Digital Learning

    • IRIS Online Dystopian Literature and Film
    • Science Fiction: The Building of Empire XML and Digital Manuscript Restoration

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    Haein Park

    • Associate Professor of English

    • Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
    • M.A., Middlebury College
    • B.A., Occidental College

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    Christopher Davidson

    • Chair, Department of English

    • M.F.A., University of California, Irvine
    • B.A., California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

    Chris Davidson is associate professor of English, co-director of first-year writing and the current chair of the English Department at Biola. He teaches courses in critical thinking and writing, writing for competency, and creative writing. He has a bachelor's degree in English from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from...

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    Elmar Hashimov

    • Associate Professor, English

    • Ph.D., Ball State University
    • M.A., Butler University
    • M.A., Azerbaijan University of Languages
    • B.A., Azerbaijan University of Languages

    Elmar Hashimov researches and teaches writing, philology, rhetoric, digital literacy and film. Elmar’s work seeks to bridge the classical liberal arts tradition and current empirical research. His focus areas include genre studies, epistemic and ontological rhetoric, activity and network theories, qualitative research methods, European and (post-)Soviet literature and cinema, and artificial...

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    Marc Malandra

    • Associate Professor of English

    • Ph.D., Cornell University
    • M.F.A., Cornell University
    • M.A., University of California, Davis
    • B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara

    Marc Malandra received his bachelor's degree in literature from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and master's degree in English and creative writing from the University of California, Davis. He also received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in English from Cornell University. Professor Malandra has had opportunities to teach at...

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    Bethany Williamson

    • Associate Professor, English

    • Ph.D., Southern Methodist University
    • M.A., Southern Methodist University
    • B.A., Cedarville University

    Bethany Williamson teaches courses in British and world literatures, as well as first-year writing. She earned her Ph.D. at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, specializing in Restoration and eighteenth-century British literature and the problems posed by globalization and empire during the Enlightenment and beyond. Her article on “English Republicanism and Global Slavery in Henry...

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    Aaron Adams

    • Associate Professor, English
    • Chair, Interdisciplinary Studies
    • Associate Professor of English

    • D.Phil., University of Sussex

    Aaron Adams is associate professor of English and chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Biola University. He earned his D.Phil. from the University of Sussex in 2010. His area of expertise focuses on the intersections between the sacred, the spatial, the social and nineteenth-century British literature. He is an advocate for public humanities and interdisciplinary learning. He...

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    Shelley Garcia

    • Assistant Professor of English

    • Ph.D., University of California, Riverside
    • M.A., University of California, Riverside
    • B.A., Vanguard University

    Shelley Garcia received her bachelor's degree in English and sociology at Vanguard University, and went on to do graduate work at the University of California, Riverside. She specializes in contemporary American literature, gender and minority discourses and has taught courses such as "Race and Ethnicity in American Literature," "American Literature Since 1865," "Contemporary Women Writers and...

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