Meet the English Faculty

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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.

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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.

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Zach Hines (Office: Galvin 420-H)

Zach Hines specializes in medieval poetry and book history. His scholarship explores relationships between premodern texts and the old books which have preserved them, objects painstakingly copied by hand on gatherings of prepared animal skin. In addition to courses on books and libraries and readers, Zach teaches first-year writing, historical surveys in British Literature, and seminars on medieval and early modern literary culture. His other interests include detective fiction, saints’ lives, women’s writing, and the Victorian gothic.

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Jessica A. Johnson (Office: Galvin 420-K)

Dr. Jessica A. Johnson teaches English composition with an expertise in cultural studies. She is a 2014 Ted Scripps Leadership Institute Graduate (Society of Professional Journalists) and serves as a special correspondent for The Columbus (OH) Dispatch, an opinion columnist for The Athens (GA) Banner-Herald, and a guest columnist for The Lima News. Her columns examine faith and racial and social issues in sports, popular culture, higher education, and politics. Some of her noted interviews include the late Bill Willis, who was one of the foursome who reintegrated the NFL in 1946, civil rights icon C.T. Vivian, Philadelphia Eagles safety and Players Coalition’s co-founder Malcolm Jenkins, former heavyweight champion James “Buster” Douglas, Canadian Screen Award winner Stephan James, and Marlene Owens Rankin and Gloria Owens Hemphill, the daughters of Jesse Owens.

Dr. Johnson is the author of Salt of the Earth Georgia Boy, a memoir that chronicles the life of Dr. Wilburn H. Weddington, Sr., who was born a sharecropper in 1924 in Hiram, Georgia and became the first black physician to be promoted to full professor in Ohio State’s College of Medicine. She is active in the Columbus community through her church, Vision of Breath with Life Ministries, where she serves as a musician for the praise and worship team and writes a monthly devotional titled “Jessica’s Corner” at

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Beth Sutton-Ramspeck (Emeritus Faculty)

Beth Sutton-Ramspeck's specialties are the Harry Potter series and 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 called "Mischief Managed": Rule Breaking as Resistance in the Harry Potter Series. In addition to teaching a course in the Harry Potter novels, she mainly teaches British literature courses, including surveys of British literature and seminars in Romantic-era poetry, Victorian poetry, the Victorian novel, and Victorian women writers. She also teaches first-year composition and the introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She retired from Ohio State Lima in 2020.

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Doug Sutton-Ramspeck (Emeritus Faculty)

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 (2018), winner of the G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, and Original Bodies (2014), selected for the Michael Waters Poetry Prize. 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. A Full Professor and Coordinator for the English Program on the Lima campus, he teaches creative writing, literature, and composition. He is also the faculty advisor for the online literary journal Asterism, which publishes poetry and fiction by undergraduates across the United States and beyond. His author website can be found at He retired from Ohio State Lima in 2020.