The Ohio State University at Lima


Department of English

Meet the English Faculty

David Adams (Office: Galvin 470-D)

David Adams's research focuses on twentieth-century British and postcolonial literature, literary theory, and cultural studies. He is the author of Colonial Odysseys: Empire and Epic in the Modernist Novel as well as various articles and translations.

He teaches courses on the modern novel, postcolonial literature, the history of autobiography, Shakespeare, queer studies, and essay writing. He is the Coordinator of the English Program on the Lima campus.


Gosia Gabrys (Office: Galvin 410-A)

Malgorzata (Gosia) Gabrys comes from Poland. She received her Ph. D. in English literature from Ohio State University in 2000. Currently, as a lecturer at our university, she teaches writing and American literature after the Civil War. She loves literature, music, and hiking in the Rockies.


John Hellmann (Office: Galvin 402-E)

Dr. John Hellmann is the author of three books: Fables of Fact: The New Journalism as New Fiction (1981), American Myth and the Legacy of Vietnam (1986), and The Kennedy Obsession: The American Myth of JFK (1997). He has twice been awarded grants to serve abroad as a Senior Fulbright Lecturer: in 1985 at the University of Antwerp in Belgium, and in 1992-1993 at the University of Bonn in Germany. He has been the recipient of a full year's grant from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). He is currently working on a book on major literary and cinematic texts of the 1960s. He is a Full Professor and specializes in American literature and film.


Jessica Johnson (Office: Galvin 420-K)

Dr. Jessica A. Johnson is an English lecturer teaching composition, U.S. literature, and Comparative Studies (race and sports). She received her Ph.D. in educational policy and leadership (cultural studies) from the Ohio State University. She is the author of two books, Salt of the Earth Georgia Boy (2013) and The Transplanted Tennessean (forthcoming). She is a special correspondent for The Columbus Dispatch and an opinion columnist for The Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald and has written over 200 op-eds that examine race, biblical faith, popular culture, sports, higher education, and politics.


Beth Sutton-Ramspeck (Office: Galvin 470-B)

Beth Sutton-Ramspeck's specialty is Victorian literature and culture, especially Victorian women writers. She is the author of Raising the Dust: The Literary Housekeeping of Mary Ward, Sarah Grand, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman (Ohio University Press, 2004) and the editor of three novels by turn-of-the century women:Marcella and Helbeck of Bannisdale by Mary Augusta Ward, and Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. She is currently working on a book about the Harry Potter series called "Mischief Managed": Rule Breaking and Resistance in the Harry Potter Series. She mainly teaches British literature courses, including the survey in British literature from 1800 to the present and seminars in Romantic-era poetry, Victorian poetry, the Victorian novel, and Victorian women writers. She also teaches a Harry Potter course and the introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.


Doug Sutton-Ramspeck (Office: Galvin 401-A)

Doug Sutton-Ramspeck (writing under the name Doug Ramspeck) is the author of six collections of poetry and one collection of short stories. His most recent book of poems, Black Flowers (2018), is published by LSU Press. Other recent books include The Owl That Carries Us Away (2017), winner of the 2016 G. S. Sharat Chanda Prize for Short Fiction, and Original Bodies (2014), selected for the 2013 Michael Waters Poetry Prize and published by Southern Indiana Review Press. He is also the author of Mechanical Fireflies (2011), which was selected by Mary Ruefle for the Barrow Street Press Poetry Book Prize, Possum Nocturne (2010) and Black Tupelo Country (2008), which received the 2007 John Ciardi Prize for Poetry. His chapbook Where We Come From appeared in 2009. His poems and short stories have been published by literary journals that include The Kenyon Review, Slate, The Georgia Review and The Southern Review. He is a two-time recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award.

Faculty advisor for the online literary journal Asterism, Sutton-Ramspeck works with student interns to produce a yearly showcase of poetry and fiction by undergraduates across the United States and beyond.