Language, Literature, and Arts Faculty

Dr. Jackson Ayres, Assistant Professor of English and Graduate Program Coordinator

Jackson Ayres primarily teaches classes in modern and contemporary British literature, but also offers courses in film studies and comics studies. His teaching and research interests include British modernism, the twentieth-century British novel, British literature and culture after 1945, graphic literatures and popular culture. Dr. Ayres’ articles and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Literature/Film QuarterlyTwentieth-Century LiteratureJournal of Modern LiteratureModern Fiction Studies, Contemporary Literature, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, among other venues. He has also contributed essays to the Critical Insights series volumes on Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and George Orwell’s 1984. He is currently preparing the manuscript for his book, Alan Moore: A Critical Guide (Bloomsbury, 2020). A second book project currently in preparation focuses on contemporary British fiction and memories of the welfare state. Dr. Ayres is program coordinator for Master’s degree in English.

Office: Classroom Hall 314-P
Phone: (210) 784-2229
Dr. Ayres's CV

Ms. Christen Barron, Lecturer of English

Christen Barron is a lecturer of English at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Originally from Savannah, Georgia, Christen holds an M.F.A. in Writing and a B.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Prior to joining the faculty at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, Christen taught writing at Saint Leo University’s Savannah Campus and Savannah College of Art and Design’s Summer Seminar. From 2011 to 2016, Christen was a Writing Fellow at Deep, a nationally recognized literacy program in Savannah, Georgia. Outside of teaching, Christen has worked as a freelance food blogger and a web content writer for various businesses. Christen’s writing has appeared in YARN Literary Review, Black Fox Literary Magazine, and Document, among others. Her latest research interests include technical communication and service learning.

Office: Classroom Hall 318
Phone: (210)784-2277
Ms. Barron’s CV

Ms. Petra Baruca, Lecturer of English

Petra Jakulin Baruca is from Slovenia, Europe, where she has finished her undergraduate
degree with a double major in English Language and Literature, and Geography. She has
obtained her MA. in English as a Second Language at the University of Texas-Rio Grande
Valley. Her teaching experience includes teaching English as a Second Language to
international students in the U.S. and in her home country. Moreover, she has also taught First-
Year Composition courses at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley as a lecturer and at
Texas A&M University-San Antonio as an adjunct for the last two years. She has been teaching
Composition courses to non-traditional, first-generation students for four years now and is
interested in the new ways and teaching approaches to address and meet the needs of this
specific student body, especially in Composition courses. 

Office: Classroom Hall 320
Phone: (210) 784-2275
Ms. Baruca’s CV

Dr. Ann V. Bliss, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Language, Literature, and Arts

Ann V. Bliss is an Associate Professor of English at Texas A&M University-San Antonio and chair of the Department of Arts and Humanities. She received her Ph.D. in English (with a minor in Feminist Theory and Research) from the University of California, Davis. She teaches classes on 19th and 20th century American literature, women’s literature and visual culture. Her research interests include literature and photography, popular culture in contemporary American literature, and women’s domestic fiction. She is currently working on a book-length project that examines representations of the home economics movement and domestic work in popular culture, including middle-brow popular fiction, from the first half of the twentieth century. She has published on such diverse topics as the songs of Bruce Springsteen and abstinence in the Twilight series. Her most recent article, in the Journal of American Studies, discusses early twentieth-century women radio broadcasters in the American Mid-west – known as radio homemakers—and their relationship with their listeners.

Office: Classroom Hall 314-C
Phone: (210) 784-2216
Dr. Bliss's CV

Dr. Katherine Bridgman, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Jaguar Writing Center

Katherine Bridgman is an assistant professor of English at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Her research, which focuses on the use of digital social media by activists with an emphasis on how protestors work across digital interfaces to garner transnational support, has appeared in several venues, among them the journal Kairos, College English, South Atlantic Review, and the edited collection Re/Framing Identifications (2014). She is also a co-founder of the Florida State University postcard archive; her co-authored scholarship on the archive was recognized with the Michelle Kendrick Prize. At Texas A&M SA, she directs the Texas A&M-SA Writing Center and Writing Across the Curriculum program and teaches classes in composition, writing center practice and theory, and historical and contemporary rhetorical theory.

Office: Classroom Hall 314-N
Phone: (210) 784-2236
Dr. Bridgman's CV
Jaguar Writing Center

Dr. Nicole Carr, Assistant Professor of English

Nicole R. Carr received her Ph.D. from the University of Miami. She teaches classes in African American literature, Black Feminisms, and Pop Culture. Her recent course offerings include The Souls of Mixed Folk and Toni Morrison. Her scholarship focuses primarily on black maternity, black feminisms, and the ways in which black women negotiate their own unique subjectivities vis à vis white supremacy. She is currently at work on her first book, I Am Not Your Mammy: Black Feminist Mothering in the 21st Century. Her latest article, “Spoilt like a Rotten Oyster: Fictive Sterilization in Kathryn Stockett’s The Help” can be found in The Mississippi Quarterly. Dr. Carr’s most recent panel presentation, “#MeToo in Academia: Addressing Sexual Harassment, Assault, and Violence in the Halls of the Ivory Tower,” at the annual Association for Humanist Sociology conference explores the failed notion of solidarity among marginalized Black, Indigenous, people of color within academia. Dr. Carr is currently developing her panel presentation into an article. 

Office: Classroom Hall 314-E
Phone: (210) 784-2804
Dr. Carr’s CV

Mx. Sarah Dwyer, Lecturer of English

Sarah Dwyer received an M.A. from the University of Rochester and a Graduate Certificate in Composition Studies from Indiana University. They primarily teach classes in composition and professional and technical writing. Their research interests include pedagogy, game studies and gamification, and issues of diversity within higher education. They are also significantly involved with and present regularly at the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

Office: Classroom Hall 322
Phone: (210) 784-2254
Mx. Dwyer's CV

Dr. Sonya Barrera Eddy, Assistant Director of the Writing Center and Lecturer of English

Dr. Eddy was born in San Antonio and raised in Arizona. She is fifth generation Tejana and first-generation college graduate.  She earned her Ph.D. in English at the University of Texas at San Antonio, an MA in Creative Writing/Writing from Our Lady of the Lake University and a BA in Creative Writing from University of Arizona. Her work centers around the intersection of art, rhetoric, and writing with a focus on how marginalized communities employ art and community education in deliberative contexts. Her academic article “Reclaiming Hays Street Bridge” appeared in Open Words. Her creative work has been published in Voices De La Luna, Sagebrush Review, and the San Antonio Current Flash Fiction Blog. Dr. Eddy’s teaching experience varies from community work as a Writer in Residence at Gemini Ink, to Freshman Composition, and poetry at UTSA and Developmental Writing at OLLU. She has edited several books including several volumes of Sagebrush Review and The Magic Mirror, a collection of fairytales written by women from the Guadalupe Home

Office: Classroom Hall 314-I
Phone: (210) 784-
Eddy’s CV

Dr. James Finley, Associate Professor of English and Undergraduate Program Coordinator

James S. Finley earned a PhD from the University of New Hampshire. His teaching focuses on early and nineteenth-century American literature, environmental literature, English pedagogy, and the history of slavery in the United States. He is the editor of Henry David Thoreau in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and he is at work on a monograph tentatively titled "Free Soil Abolition: Slavery, Race, and Ecology in Antebellum America." Other scholarship has been published in  ESQ: A Journal of the American RenaissanceISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and EnvironmentThe Concord Saunterer: A Journal of Thoreau Studies, and Thoreau at 200: Essays and Reassessments (Cambridge, 2016).

Office: Classroom Hall 328
Phone: (210) 784-2257
Dr. Finley's CV

Dr. Scott Gage, Associate Professor of English and Director of First-Year Composition

Scott Gage is an assistant professor of English and Director of First-Year Composition. His research addresses the intersections of rhetoric, race, and violence and appears in Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society and College English.  

Office: Classroom Hall 314-G
Phone: (210) 784-2258

Dr. Katherine Gillen, Associate Professor

Katherine Gillen teaches courses in Shakespeare, early British literature, drama, and critical race and gender studies, as well as core English courses. Her current work focuses on constructions of race in early modern drama and Shakespeare adaptation, with particular emphasis on Latinx Shakespeare. She is currently co-editing a collection called Latinx Shakespeare: Performance, Appropriation, and Pedagogy and writing a monograph called Race, Rome, and Early Modern Drama: The Whitening of England and the Classical World. Her book Chaste Value: Economic Crisis, Female Chastity, and the Production of Social Difference on Shakespeare’s Stage is available from Edinburgh University Press and she has published essays in collections and journals including Studies in English Literature and Shakespeare Studies.

Office: Classroom Hall 314-J
Phone: (210) 784-2223
Dr. Gillen's CV

Ms. Laurie Ann Guerrero, Writer-in-Residence

Laurie Ann Guerrero, was born and raised in the Southside of San Antonio. Winner of the 2012 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize, her first full-length collection, A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying, was released by University of Notre Dame Press in 2013 and received an International Latino Book Award. Her latest collection, A Crown for Gumecindo, a collaboration with visual artist, Maceo Montoya, was released by Aztlan Libre Press in 2015 and received the 2016 Helen C. Smith Poetry Award from the Texas Institute of Letters. Guerrero has held consecutive positions of Poet Laureate of the city of San Antonio (2014-2016) and the State of Texas (2016-2017). She holds a B.A. in English Language & Literature from Smith College, an MFA in poetry from Drew University, and is the Writer-in-Residence at Texas A&M-San Antonio. 

Office: Classroom Hall 314-Y
Phone: (210) 784-2250
Ms. Guerrero’s CV

Dr. Lisa Jennings, Lecturer of English

Lisa Gay Jennings was born in Kingston, Jamaica and immigrated to the United States during her teens. She earned her Ph.D. in English Literature from Florida State University. Her research interests include early modern English poetry, Shakespeare, poetic theory and form, postcolonial literature and theory, gender and sexuality studies and critical race studies. Her scholarship centers on forms of dissent in early modern English poetry as well as Caribbean poetry.  She is currently at work on a project on Edmund Spenser where she is examining medieval and renaissance alchemic manuscripts in order to determine how Spenser appropriates alchemic images in order to construct discourses on sexuality and race. It must also be said that she wrote poetry as a child, and received acclaim from teachers, family and friends, but abandoned it for more reasonable pursuits. She is now rediscovering her love for writing poetry, and is hoping that this minor contravention will not be held against her.

Office: Classroom Hall 326
Phone: (210) 784-2263
Dr. Jenning's CV

Justin Korver, Lecturer in Art

Justin Korver is an artist living and working in San Antonio, Texas. He is originally from a small town in the northwest corner of Iowa which he credits for his penchant for minimalism. Korver moved to Holland, Michigan to complete his undergraduate work at Hope College. While in Michigan, he was influenced by the heritage of mid-century design and discovered a passion for hardware stores. He also lived and worked briefly in New York through the N.Y.C.A.M.S. program where he interned with Phoebe Washburn who served as an early influence on his studio practice. Korver received his MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is now a full-time lecturer at Texas A&M San Antonio. He exhibits his work extensively in Texas and nationally. He recently was selected for the artist-in-residence programs at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin and another at Casa Lü in Mexico City. Examples of Korver's work can be found at:

Office: Classroom Hall 314-F
Phone: (210) 784-2289

Mr. Curt Meyer, Lecturer of English

Curt Meyer graduated from the University of North Texas in 2000 with a Master’s degree in English, emphasizing creative writing; he completed all but his dissertation in American literature with an emphasis on American Romanticism and the Beat generation there as well. Curt has taught composition and literature at the college level for nearly 20 years, most notably with the University of North Texas, Clemson University, University of Illinois, Springfield and Bossier Parish community College. Curt currently serves as a lecturer in the First-Year Composition program here at Texas A&M-San Antonio. 

Office: Classroom Hall 316
Phone: (210) 784-2270
Mr. Meyer’s CV

Marcus S. Palmer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Spanish

Dr. Palmer is a native Texan and proud to be a Jaguar. His BA in Spanish is from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. He received a MA in Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Nevada, Reno, and holds a PhD in Spanish is from the University of Iowa.

He has translated an article and book chapter for publication related to the literary representation of the Orient, while his own research examines the writing practices of Latin American writers who identity as Arabs. Traditionally, the term Arab-American refers to an immigrant or descendant of an Arab immigrant residing or having been born in the United States. His work broadens this term to include writers in the Americas who publish in Spanish and Portuguese and analyzes the writing strategies and cultural identity markers. While the majority of his long-term research experience has been in Argentina and literary studies, he also teaches Latin American film history and research contemporary cinematic representations of the Orient and Arab culture.  His research interests focus on Orientalist writing practices in Latin America, Arab immigrant writing, cultural identity, and film studies

Office: Classroom Hall 314-Q
Phone: (210) 784-2268
Dr. Palmer’s CV

Dr. Alexandra Rodriguez Sabogal

Dr. Rodriguez is a Lecturer of Spanish. She comes to Texas A&M University-San Antonio after completing a PhD in Spanish at Vanderbilt University in 2017, where she also has instructed various levels of Spanish language. At Texas A&M University-San Antonio she teaches Spanish language as well as courses on Latin American culture and literature. Among her major research interests are religious and cultural studies, magical realist narrative, gender and sexuality, and Portuguese language. She is the author of the article “Lo real y lo maravilloso en la representación de la prostituta en tiempos de dictaduras: El caso de Brasil y Cuba.” Published by the Afro-Hispanic Review.

Office: Classroom Hall 314-O
Phone: (210) 784-2292
Dr. Rodriguez’s CV

Dr. Adrianna Santos, Assistant Professor of English

Dr. Adrianna M. Santos earned a B.A. in English from UT-Austin, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Chicana/o Studies with an emphasis in Feminist Studies from UC, Santa Barbara. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, faculty advisor for the Mexican American Student Association and co-coordinator of the Mexican American, Latinx, and Borderlands Studies Minor. She has published in El Mundo Zurdo, Aztlán, Chicana/Latina Studies and volunteered at Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center and Child Advocates of San Antonio. Dr. Santos is currently working on a book called Beyond Survival: Trauma Studies and Chicanx Poetics in the Literary Borderlands.

Office: Classroom Hall 314-L
Phone: (210) 784-2278
Dr. Santos's CV

Dr. Martha Saywell, Lecturer in Music

Martha Saywell holds a Bachelor of Arts in Keyboard Studies degree (piano, organ, and harpsichord) from Murray State University, and both Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees with a specialization in collaborative piano from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.  She joined the faculty of A&M-SA in fall of 2016 as the first full-time music instructor on the campus.  In addition to her teaching duties, she directs the University Voices choral ensemble, hosts the San Antonio Chamber Winds Ensemble, and serves as faculty advisor to the Jaguar Music Student Organization.  In demand as a collaborative pianist, she maintains an active performance schedule, most recently in Tennessee, Missouri, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and across the state of Texas.  Dr. Saywell is a member of the College Music Society, International Alliance for Women in Music, Music Teachers National Association, and the Board of Governors for the Laredo International Piano Competition.

Office: Classroom Hall 314-H
Phone: (210) 784-2563
Dr. Saywell's CV

Aravis Thomas, Lecturer in English

Office: Classroom Hall 314-K
Phone: (210) 784-2244
Ms. Thomas’s CV

Dr. Lizbett Tinoco, Assistant Professor of English

Dr. Lizbett Tinoco teaches courses in rhetoric and writing. She earned her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). She completed her M.A. in English from California State University, Bakersfield and her B.A. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests include expanding the intersections of composition studies, writing program administration (WPA), and community engagement. Her current research project examines the work of community college WPAs and how they engage in strategic ways to advocate for their work. Her most recent publications include chapters titled “Dismantling Writing Assessment: Toward Collaborative Rubrics at an HSI in the Southwest.” and “Tenemos Que Hacer la Lucha: Reflections of Latinas in Rhetoric and Writing Studies.” She has presented her research at national and international conferences including the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the National Council of Teachers of English, the Council of Writing Program Administrators, and the International Writing Centers Association. Dr. Tinoco was awarded the 2018 Council of Writing Program Administrators Award for Graduate Writing in WPA Studies for her work on writing program administration at community colleges. She is a proud member of the CWPA People of Color Caucus. As a Latina and first-generation college graduate, Dr. Tinoco is committed to building equitable and sustainable practices in pedagogy, research, program development, and community engagement. When taking a break from academic work, Dr. Tinoco enjoys traveling, watching college football, spending time with her dog, and visiting her family in California.

 Office: Classroom Hall 314-D
Phone: (210) 784-2252
Dr. Tinoco’s CV