Department of English

Dr. Mark Ferrara

Associate Professor

Office Hours ( Fall 2015):
TTh 12:00-1:00pm

Courses (Fall 2015):
COMP 150 - Introduction to Creative Writing
LITR 100 - Themes in Literature
WLIT 281 - The Chinese Novel

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Mark S. Ferrara has taught at universities in the United States, South Korea, China, and on a Fulbright scholarship in Turkey. His courses are internationally focused, interdisciplinary, and aim to raise critical insight of other cultures through their literatures.

Ferrara's research interests include religious studies, Eastern philosophy, rhetoric and political discourse, critical cultural studies, and world literatures. His most recent book is entitled Palace of Ashes: China and the Decline of American Higher Education (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015).

He is also author of Barack Obama and the Rhetoric of Hope, a study of the president's appropriation of American culture and history in the political campaigns, and co-editor of the translated book Between Noble and Humble: Cao Xueqin and Dream of the Red Chamber, an historical introduction to the masterwork of Chinese novelist Cao Xueqin (1715-1763).

Ferrara blogs about the crisis in American higher education at

Dr. Ferrara's CV