Steering Committee and Faculty

Program Director

Donette Francis

Assoc. Professor
Director of American Studies

(305) 284-5608
Donette Francis specializes in Caribbean literary and intellectual histories, American immigrant literatures, African diaspora literary studies, globalization and transnational feminist studies, and theories of sexuality and citizenship. Her book, Fictions of Feminine Citizenship: Sexuality and the Nation in Contemporary Caribbean...

Faculty With Joint Appointments

Christina Lane

Assoc. Professor

(305) 284-3657

Steering Committee

Robin Faith Bachin

Assoc. Professor
Assistant Provost for Civic and Community Engagement

(305) 284-4261
Robin F. Bachin is the Charlton W. Tebeau Associate Professor of History and the Assistant Provost for Civic and Community Engagement at the University of Miami (UM). She received her B.A. from Brandeis University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, with Highest Honors in History and the History of Ideas. She received her M.A. and Ph.D....

Michael T Bernath

Assoc. Professor

(305) 284-4554
Michael Bernath specializes in 19th-Century American history with particular emphases on the Civil War Era, the South, and 19th-Century cultural and intellectual history. Born in Maryland, he grew up in rural Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor’s degree from Brown University in 1997 and his Ph.D. from Harvard in 2005.His first book,...

John R. Funchion

Assoc. Professor
Director of Graduate Studies

(305) 965-1037
Personal Web Page John Funchion’s essays have appeared in Early American Literature, Modern Language Quarterly, Modernist Cultures, and The Henry James Review. He recently completed a series of final revisions on his first book, States of Nostalgia: the Aesthetics of Antagonism in the Nineteenth-Century...

David W Kling

Chair, Department of Religious Studies

(305) 284-3704
David Kling has been at the University of Miami since 1986, serving initially in an administrative capacity before joining the Department of Religious Studies in 1993. He is the author of A Field of Divine Wonders: The New Divinity and Village Revivals in Northwestern Connecticut, 1792-1822 (Penn State Press, 1993; Winner of...

Laura Kohn Wood

Dean of School of Education and Human Development

(305) 284-6474
Dr. Kohn-Wood is currently a Professor and Dean of the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami (UM). She also serves as the Senior Resident Faculty of Pearson Residential College and is co-Chair of the University’s Standing Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Dr. Kohn-Wood received her Ph.D. in...

Christina Lane

Assoc. Professor

(305) 284-3657

Kunal M. Parker


(305) 284-9788

Timothy P Watson

Department Chair

(305) 284-3818
Tim Watson teaches 19th- and 20th-century literatures in English. He is the author of Culture Writing: Literature and Anthropology in the Midcentury Atlantic World (Oxford University Press, 2018) and of Caribbean Culture and British Fiction in the Atlantic World, 1780-1870 (Cambridge University Press, 2008)....

Ashli C White

Assoc. Professor

(305) 284-5005
Ashli White specializes in early American history, with particular attention to the connections between North America and the larger Atlantic World.  To date, most of her research has concentrated on the political, social, and cultural history of the age of revolutions.  White’s first book, Encountering Revolution:...