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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). He is the general editor of the Journal of International Yeats Studies

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. 


  • ENGL 188: Exp:Intro to the English Major
  • ENGL 367: Con-ModLit:Survey Brit Romanti

    A study of selected Anglophone literary texts written between 1660 and 1900 focusing on the dynamic relationship between individual works and the broader culture from which they emerge. The course emphasizes historical, political and social events through which this literature was produced; the development of genres and poetics over time; and important changes in language. Representative offerings include: Poetry of the Augustan Age; Victorian Comedy; Literature of 19th Century Social Reform; Napoleon in British Literature; Antebellum Literature; Silver Fork Fiction; Virtual Thoreau; Transatlantic Romantic Prose. (May be taken twice for credit under different subtitles.) Prerequisite: ENGL 203. Offered at least once a year.

  • INTD 245: IrishStudies:Post1965N.Irelnd

    This course introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of Irish Studies. The study of the literature, art, culture, and history of Ireland draws on digital humanities methodologies as well as interdisciplinary theoretical approaches to colonial and postcolonial history, peace and reconciliation, gender, pluralism and diversity, political power, and globalism. Offerings of this course will focus on a particular topic or theme in Irish Studies, for example: historical memory and the Famine; literature, nationalism, and resistance in the early 20th century; partition, peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland; or masculinities in Irish culture. Course work in this seminar-style class will include a mixture of discussion, analytical writing assignments, and the creation of a final research project that includes a digital component. Credits 4(4-0).