A selective program that prepares graduates for an academic career, the Ph.D. program in Rice's Department of English offers students an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to American and British literature. The department's size allows our graduate students to work closely with faculty and fellow students, fostering a vibrant intellectual community. Our students and faculty work across a broad variety of British and American literatures and cultures ranging from the early modern era to the present, with strengths across literary periods in historicist criticism, literary and social theory, race and ethnicity studies, feminist and gender studies, queer theory and the history of sexuality, print and visual culture, and global, hemispheric, and postcolonial studies.

Generous funding for students is available. The Department of English offers stipends and tuition waivers for students accepted into our program.

For more information, please visit the Department of English website and download the graduate program handbook.

Degrees Offered:


While an M.A. degree is not available through the department, students typically earn one as they progress through the Ph.D. program.

Areas of Research

  • 18th-Century British Literature and Enlightenment Studies
  • 19th-Century British Literature
  • 20th-Century British Literature
  • 20th-21st Century U.S. Literature
  • Film and Media Studies
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Literary and Critical Theory
  • Literature and the Environment
  • Medieval Studies, Middle English Literature, and Medievalism
  • Minority Literature: African American, Chicano, and Native American Studies
  • Postcolonial Studies and Anglophone Literature
  • Renaissance and Early Modern Studies

The Department of English Contact Information

Professor Rosemary Hennessy, Chair
226 Herring Hall
Phone: 713-348-4840
Fax: 713-348-5991
Email: englgrad@rice.edu
URL: http://english.rice.edu/