Doctor of Philosophy in English

Why study English language and literature?

Because reading and writing shape the world.

The Ph.D. degree offers the opportunity for advanced and concentrated research to students who hold an M.A. degree in English or a related field, from KU or elsewhere.

Our Literature and Literary Theory program has special strengths in ecocriticism and posthuman studies, African American & African diaspora literatures, nineteenth-century U.S. literature, science and technology studies, and Victorian literature.

Our Rhetoric & Composition program has special strengths in genre and language theory, public and professional discourses, multimodality and digital rhetorics, translingualism, writing pedagogy, and global writing research.

Our English Language Studies program has special strengths in historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, pragmatics, and discourse analysis.

Our Creative Writing program has special strengths in the novel, environmental writing, drama, mixed-genre work, and short story collections.

All of our programs boast distinguished and award-winning faculty with notable research publications and a deep foundation in their areas of specialization.