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Steele Nowlin

Steele Nowlin

Teaching Professor of English

Internship Coordinator

13 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes

Office Phone: (814) 863-2342

Office Hours:

  • Tuesday 3:30-5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00-9:30 AM
  • And by appointment
  • Office hours held on Zoom.


  1. Ph.D., English, Pennsylvania State University, 2007
  2. M.A., English, Pennsylvania State University, 2002
  3. B.A., English, Kent State University, 1999

Professional Bio

I earned my Ph.D. at Penn State in 2007 and for the past ten years taught at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, where I was an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of English. I’ve taught a variety of writing and literature classes, including medieval and early modern literature, Chaucer, Shakespeare, the history of the English language, science fiction, first-year composition, professional writing, honors seminars, and interdisciplinary courses.

I’ve published several articles on the English poets Geoffrey Chaucer and John Gower, and my recent book, Chaucer, Gower, and the Affect of Invention (Ohio State UP, 2016), looks at the relationship between poetic invention and affective emergence in late medieval poetry. My research interests have turned more recently toward poetic invention and new materialist studies, thinking about the “matter” of poetry in all its forms.