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Rob Doggett

Department Chair, Professor of English
Welles 226

​​​​​​Rob Doggett received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Maryland in 2002 and has taught at Geneseo since 2005. He currently teaches courses focused on 20th-century British and Irish literature and serves as the chair of the English department. In 2011 he received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and in 2018 he received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. His research centers primarily on Irish literature, particularly on poet William Butler Yeats. He is the author of numerous articles, as well as a monograph titled Deep-Rooted Things: Empire and Nation in the Poetry and Drama of William Butler Yeats (U. of Notre Dame Press, 2006). He also served as the editor of When You Are Old: Early Poems, Plays, and Fairy Tales by W. B. Yeats (Penguin Classics, 2015). 

Every other year, Doggett brings groups of Geneseo students to Ireland for three to four weeks to travel and study at the Yeats International Summer School in County Sligo. The course syllabus can be found here. Doggett is the founder of the Genesee Valley Peace Poetry Contest, which he coordinated from 2005-2015. 

Rob Doggett in Ireland


  • ENGL 424: Novel:ContempNorthIrishFiction

    A study of representative novels emphasizing the development of the Anglophone novel as a literary form. Course topics include The Rise of the Novel; the Picaresque Novel in English; the Nineteenth-Century British Novel; Dandyism and the Novel; the American Civil War Novel; The Novel during the Interwar Period; and the Black British Novel. (May be taken twice for credit under different subtitles.)Offered when demand is sufficient. Prerequisites: ENGL 203 or permission of instructor.