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Rob Doggett

Professor of English
Welles 226
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​​​​​​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. 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 101: Top Lit: Irish Literature

    A course exploring a particular topic involving specific themes, issues, authors, literary forms, or media types. Subtitles of "Topics in Literature" help students develop fundamental skills for critical reading and effective writing.

  • ENGL 203: Rdr&Text: Poetics

    An introduction to the discipline of English through the study of particular topics, issues, genres, or authors. Subtitles of "Reader and Text" help students develop a working vocabulary for analyzing texts and relating texts to contexts; understand the theoretical questions that inform all critical conversations about textual meaning and value; and participate competently, as writers, in the ongoing conversation about texts and theory that constitutes English as a field of study.

  • EXPL 101: Geneseo First-Year Seminar

    This course is intended for first-year students who are exploring the college and academic majors. Student work will focus on four areas: understanding the Geneseo curriculum; identifying a major based on skills and interests; cultivating academic success by embracing good study habits, formulating strategies for engagement, learning to navigate a diverse and inclusive campus, and practicing healthy responses to stressors; and gaining familiarity with Geneseo's curricular and co-curricular resources and high-impact learning opportunities. Coursework will include self-reflective writing, seminar readings on success strategies, and hands-on work with enhanced advisement, career exploration, and goal-setting.