Faculty Profiles

Our faculty are active researchers, writers and speakers; many of them internationally known for their contributions toward the advancement of their fields of study. But, most of all, they're passionate, caring teachers.

  • Francine Conley, PhD

    Professor, International Languages and Literature


  • Hella Cohen, PhD

    Associate Professor, English

    Hella Cohen specializes in postcolonial literature and theory, Anglophone global writing, and Israel-Palestine studies. She teaches courses cross-listed with Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity, and Women's Studies. She studied English and Political Science as an undergraduate, and obtained her masters degree in English and American literature thereafter. As a doctoral student, her primary concentration was modern and contemporary literature of the Commonwealth and liberated British colonies, and her secondary concentration was eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British imperialist literature.

  • Holman Tse, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Language Studies, Dept. of Literature, Language, and Writing

    Holman Tse is a linguist who specializes in sound change in language contact settings. For example, his current research focuses on English influence (as well as lack of influence) on vowel pronunciation patterns among bilingual Cantonese heritage speakers in Toronto, Canada. At St. Kate’s, Dr. Tse teaches general linguistics and sociolinguistics courses for the Language Studies Program. These courses are part of the “language” part of the Department of Literature, Language, and Writing (formerly Dept. of English and International Languages). Dr. Tse also teaches a section of Global Search for Justice (CORE 3990W) focusing on Language as a Human Right.

  • Juliette Lapeyrouse-Cherry, PhD

    Assistant Professor, English

    Juliette Lapeyrouse-Cherry is an Assistant Professor of English in the Department of English and International Languages at St. Catherine University. Her research interests include rhetorics of extraction on the US Gulf Coast and pedagogy at the intersection of writing studies and the emergent environmental humanities. She teaches courses in digital composition, environmental literature, and in the interdisciplinary Core curriculum.

  • Kristen Lillvis, PhD

    Mary Alice Muellerleile Endowed Chair and Professor of English

    Kristen Lillvis is the Mary Alice Muellerleile '60 Endowed Chair in English at St. Catherine University, where she teaches courses on digital humanities and contemporary American and African American literatures. Her research explores issues of identity in diverse texts across a range of media, including works of electronic literature.

  • Lucas Pingel, MFA

    Associate Professor, English

    Poet, Critic, Teacher

  • Natalie K. Eschenbaum, PhD

    Division Chair, Arts and Humanities; Professor, English

    Natalie K. Eschenbaum earned her B.A. in English (minor in Philosophy) from Tulane University (1997) and her Ph.D. in English from Emory University (2006). Her research focuses on sensation studies and affect theory (specifically the affect of disgust) in early modern English literature. She publishes on Shakespeare and seventeenth-century poets, including Robert Herrick. She was Professor of English, Chair of English, and Chair of Faculty Senate at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, through 2020. She began at St. Catherine University as Professor of English and Division Chair of Arts and Humanities (Art/Art History, English/International Language & Literature, History/International Studies, Philosophy, Theology, and Music) in 2020.

  • Patricia Montalbano, PhD

    Assistant Professor, English


  • Susan D. Bosher, PhD

    Professor and Director, English as a Second Language

    I received my M.A. in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1984 and my PhD in Second Languages and Cultures Education from the University of Minnesota in 1995. From 1984–1986, I taught in the English Program for International Students at University of Minnesota and from 1984–1988 in the Commanding English Program, a 1-year transitional program for high school immigrant youth, at General College, University of Minnesota. As Curriculum Coordinator for the Commanding English Program, from 1988–1992, I was responsible for evaluating and revising the curriculum to focus on content-based academic reading and writing.

  • Taiyon J Coleman, MA, MFA, PhD

    Associate Professor, English Literature & Women's Studies

    Taiyon J Coleman is a writer, scholar, and educator.

    Taiyon’s research focus includes US American and African-American and African Diaspora literatures and cultures; film; gender and women’s studies; college composition and rhetoric; developmental writing; creative writing; education; assessment; and DEI consulting.
    She is a Cave Canem and VONA fellow, and her writing appears in Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam; Riding Shotgun: Women Writing about Their Mothers; The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South ; Blues Vision; How Dare We! Write: A Multicultural Creative Writing Discourse; and What God Is Honored Here: Writing on Miscarriage and Infant Loss by and for Native Women and Women of Color.