New Visiting Assistant Professor of Early and Nineteenth Century American Lit

Berton Emerson

In 2013-2014, Dr. Berton Emerson will be joining the EFL faculty. Emerson's research interests range widely in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and draw upon a variety of disciplinary investments: literary aesthetics; critical theory; popular culture; regionalisms/nationalisms/transnationalisms; post-colonial theory; global American souths; and material history (esp. book and print culture history).

His current project, Local Rules: The Alternative Democracies of Mid-19th-Century U.S. Print Culture, examines one set of misfits of mid-19th century U.S. literary history—prose fictions that fail to fit traditional, nationally-inclined literary categories and instead perform a type of cultural work that celebrates their locality. Such local fictions narrate scenes of political experience wrenched free from the Constitutional management of the nation and posit alternative modes by which individuals might claim or reclaim their democratic agency.

As an educator, Emerson strives to design mindful learning experiences and foster a dynamic environment promoting the open exchange of ideas. Students in his courses can expect a variety of methods and activities that spark lively engagement with texts and contexts.


Tutoring Course Provides Students Experience, Employment

Kristy Hodson

The EFL department is pleased to announce an exciting new opportunity for students to gain professional experience and immediate employment as writing tutors at Cal Poly Pomona. Because of the recent changes to the composition program, the EFL department is training students with the skills necessary to be successful tutors both at CPP and beyond. Students who enroll in ENG 209: Practicum in Tutoring English will be eligible to take part in this exciting opportunity.

Following the “Learn-by-Doing” model, the new hybrid class introduces students to tutoring theory and pedagogy, and provides hands-on training for both face-to-face and online tutoring. Those who successfully complete the course will be recommended for a very flexible, work-from-home, set-your-own-hours summer online tutoring job offered through the EFL department.

If you have questions about the opportunity or would like to learn more about the course, please contact Kristy Hodson by phone at (909) 869-3835 or by e-mail at


An integrated department of languages, literature and cultures, EFL offers programs rich in multi-disciplinary synergies that uniquely prepare students for graduate study and the globalized workplace. Our literature programs feature English and American traditions, Spanish and Latin American traditions, and world traditions. Our foreign languages program includes Chinese, French, German, and Spanish. We also offer programs in English Education, TESL, English Composition, and Spanish Linguistics. Our English M.A. program routinely places graduates in teaching positions at area colleges and universities and in Ph.D. programs nationwide.

Profiles of our Faculty