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About the Department

One of the founding departments of Stanford University in 1891, the English department is the cornerstone of the humanities at Stanford. The pioneer faculty of English was an eclectic group of writers, comparativists, and literary scholars. Today, the faculty continues to reflect the innovation and creativity of the Bay Area, conducting bold research and teaching across the traditions of British, American, and World literary history. Consistently ranked as one of the top departments in the country, Stanford English is home to the Center for the Study of the Novel, the Literary Lab, and the world-renowned Creative Writing Program.

Alex Woloch
Professor of English
Department Chair