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Paul Russell Professor of English

Paul Russell is the author of five novels—The Salt Point (1991), Boys of Life (1992), Sea of Tranquillity (1994), The Coming Storm (1999; winner of the Ferro-Grumley Award) and War Against the Animals (2003)—as well as a work of nonfiction, The Gay 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Gay Men and Lesbians, Past and Present (1995). His poetry, essays, and short fiction have appeared in such journals and anthologies as Epoch, Carolina Quarterly, The James White Review, The Black Warrior Review, Sou’wester, Lumina, Men on Men 4, The Mammoth Book of New Gay Erotica, Queer 13, Gastronomica and Best Food Writing 2001. An extended print interview with him can be found in Hear Us Out: Conversations with Gay Novelists. He received an AB from Oberlin College, and an MFA, MA, and PhD from Cornell University. His teaching interests include Dickens, Joyce, Woolf, Mann, Proust, Nabokov, gay and lesbian studies/queer studies, 20th century British and Irish Literature, and creative writing.

  • AB, Oberlin College; MFA, MA, PhD, Cornell University
  • At Vassar since 1983


Departments and Programs


  • ENGL 101. The Art of Reading and Writing
  • ENGL 256. Modern British and Irish Literature
  • ENGL 382. English Seminar