Texas Tech University

Faculty in Book History

Affiliated Faculty


  • Tamra L. Walter (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2000) specializes in historical archaeology, particularly that of Spanish Colonial Texas. 

Art History and Visual Arts

  • Janis Elliott (Ph.D., University of Warwick, 2000) writes on fourteenth-century Italian Church decoration. She co-edited the highly acclaimed book, The Church of Santa Maria Donna Regina: Art, Iconography, and Patronage in Fourteenth-century Naples, 2004.
  • Dirk Fowler (BFA, West Texas State University) is an internationally recognized graphic designer whose work has been honored by The Society of Publication Directors, Type Director's Club, American Advertising Federation and the American Poster Institute.
  • Carolyn Tate (Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, 1986) publishes on Olmec and Maya art and city planning; the role of sculptural narrative in the development of Mesoamerican writing systems; Native American art; and gender and identity in Pre-Columbian society. 


  • Ronald K. Mitchell (Ph.D., University of Utah, 1994)is Professor of Entrepreneurship, and holds the Jean Austin Bagley Regents Chair in Management.

Creative Writing

  • Curtis Bauer  (Ph.D., Texas Tech, 2009) specializes in Creative Writing/Poetry and Translation. 

Film and Media Studies

  • Allison Whitney (Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2005) specializes in studies of film technology, genre cinema, and the relationship between technological history and film form. She is currently developing a digital archive, Texas Film Cultures. 


  • Gretchen Adams (Ph.D., University of New Hampshire) specializes in U.S. political and cultural history, as well as the history of memory.
  • Stefano D'Amico (Ph.D., University of Milan) specializes in Early Modern Europe, particularly social and economic history, and Italy.
  • Mark Stoll (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin) specializes in environmental history.
  • Abigail Swingen (Ph.D., University of Chicago) specializes in Early Modern Europe and Britain, as well as the British transatlantic empire, and colonial Caribbean and North America.
  • Aliza Wong (Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder) specializes in modern Italy and the Mediterranean, as well as in race, nationalism and Diaspora. 


  • J. Wesley Cochran (JD, University of Houston, 1978) specializes in copyright law, intellectual property, intellectual property and high technology, legislation, and mass media law. 


  • Julie Nelson Couch (Ph.D., Brown, 2000) specializes in Middle English literature and the modern reception of medieval literature.
  • Ryan Hackenbracht (Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 2012) specializes in early modern British poetry, prose, and drama.
  • Marta Kvande (Ph.D., Delaware, 2002) specializes in eighteenth-century British literature, with particular interests in women writers, the history of the novel, narrative, and the Gothic.
  • Brian McFadden (Ph.D., Notre Dame, 1999) studies marvels and miracle stories in Old English and Anglo-Latin prose, especially the concept of the monstrous.
  • Alison Rukavina (Ph.D., University of Alberta, 2007) specializes in nineteenth-century British and colonial literature and print culture. She is particularly interested in the transnational and global circulation of books and people in the nineteenth century.
  • John Samson (Ph.D., Cornell, 1980) specializes in historical and theoretical approaches to American novels and non-fictional prose narratives.
  • Jennifer Snead (Ph.D., Duke, 2001) specializes in eighteenth-century British and transatlantic literature and culture. Her primary research interests within the field are print culture, religion, and popular literacy. She has published articles on the work of Alexander Pope, Samuel Johnson, John Wesley, eighteenth-century reading practices, and the engagement of literary criticism with religion and religious issues in eighteenth-century literature. 


  • Nicky Ladkin 
  • Eileen Johnson (Ph.D.) is the Director of Academic and Curatorial Programs at the museum. She is also the director for the Lubbock Landmark Lake.

Technical Communication and Rhetoric

  • Abigail Selzer King (Ph.D., Purdue, 2013) studies organizing and rhetoric, especially as these topics connect more broadly to the communication of identities, genders, nationalisms, and meanings of work.
  • Susan Lang (Ph.D., Emory) specializes in computer-based instruction in composition and literature, intellectual property issues, hypertext, and textual theory.
  • Kristen Moore (Ph.D., Purdue, 2012) specializes in technical communication in the public sphere, especially public policy and participation.
  • Rich Rice (Ph.D., Ball State University 2002) has written on new media, contemporary composition and rhetoric, technology and pedagogy, teacher training, and distance education. 

Special Collections & Library

  • Bruce Cammack (Special Collections Librarian, Rare Books) has received grants from the Helen Jones Foundation in excess of $30,000 to promote book history education at TTU and on the South Plains.
  • Donell Callender (Associate Librarian) acts as liaison to the Education Department.
  • Sheila Curl Hoover (Associate Dean of Libraries)



Department of English