Mary M. Balkun, Ph.D.
Professor of English and Chairperson of the English department
College of Arts and Sciences
Mary McAleer Balkun is Professor of English and Chairperson of the English department at Seton Hall University. She is the Director of Faculty Development and Vice-Chairperson of the Faculty Senate. Since joining the university in 1995, she has chaired and served on a variety of committees, including the Faculty Guide Committee, the Program Review Committee, and the College of Arts and Sciences Rank and Tenure Committee.
She is author of The American Counterfeit: Authenticity and Identity in American Literature and Culture ( (U of Alabama P) and articles on early American literature, pedagogy, and faculty governance. She is associate editor of The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry: From the Colonial Era to the Present and The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry , and editor of Literature: A Prentice Hall Pocket Reader. Her forthcoming publications include Women of the Early Americas and the Formation of Empire (Palgrave) and New World Upside Down: The Early American Grotesque (U of Alabama P).