Faculty | English, B.A.

Lyle H. Smith, Jr.

  • Professor of English

  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • M.A., University of Minnesota
  • B.A., University of Minnesota

Lyle Smith grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He attended Wheaton College, and graduated from the University of Minnesota, where he also completed post-graduate work in English Renaissance studies. His dissertation dealt with the history of English anti-clerical satire between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries, culminating in the Martin Marprelate pamphlets of 1588-89. He is married to a...

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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 J 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....

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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

    • Associate Professor 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 and co-director of first-year writing 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 University of California, Irvine. His work has...

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    Elmar Hashimov

    • Assistant 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 teaches courses in rhetoric, writing, and language studies. He also directs the Biola Writing Center, and coordinates Writing Across the Curriculum. With an extensive background in classical philology, Slavic and Germanic linguistics, and English Language Learner pedagogy, he is also passionate about mentoring and supporting global students on campus. In addition to these primary...

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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 in the College of Creative Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara, and a master's degree in English and creative writing at 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

    • Assistant 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 of English
    • Chair, Department of English

    • D.Phil., University of Sussex

    Aaron Adams is associate professor of English and chair of the Department of English 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 teaches courses...

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    Shelley Garcia

    • Assistant Professor of English

    • 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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    Aurora Matzke

    • Assistant Professor of English