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.

Cecilia Konchar Farr, Ph.D.

Professor, English and Women's Studies

Cecilia Konchar Farr is Chair of English and International Languages, Carondelet Scholar, and Professor of English and Women's Studies in the Women's College at St. Kate's. Her research interests all circle around novels--their history, their (women) readers, and their social, educational, aesthetic, and political work. She will tell you that the most fun she has had as a professor was editing A Wizard of Their Age: Critical Essays from the Harry Potter Generation (SUNY 2015) with a team of student editors. She also enjoys talking about novels in Conversations with Books, a fifty-five year alumnae tradition begun by Professor Catherine Lupori.

Gay Herzberg, PhD

Assistant Professor, English

I was a high school English teacher for eight years before returning to school to pursue further studies. I completed my Ph.D. in American Literature at State University of New York at Buffalo after completing my dissertation on the works of Harriet Beecher Stowe. I have taught both writing and literature courses at St. Catherine University for the last twenty-one years and also publish Colleagues, the faculty staff newsletter, that features the writing of faculty/staff and students. I have served on various committees during my time at St. Kate's, mentored and advised students in different capacities and pioneered and implemented innovative course designs for my department.

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, English & International Languages

I began my position as Assistant Professor of English and Language Studies at St Kate in Fall 2019. My research focuses on sound change and language contact. How do the sound systems of languages vary and how do they change over time. What role does language contact (ex: bilingualism and multilingualism) play? Courses I will be teaching at St. Kate include Language in Society, World Englishes, Writing in the Digital Age, Linguistics, Language and Power, and College Writing. Previous courses I have taught (at the University of Pittsburgh) include Introduction to Linguistics, Phonetics/Phonology, Historical Linguistics, and Language Variation and Change.

Joanne Cavallaro

Professor, English

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.

Natalie K. Eschenbaum, PhD

Division Chair of the 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 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/Classics, Philosophy, Theology, Music, and Theatre) in 2020.

Patricia Montalbano, PhD

Assistant Professor, English


Taiyon J Coleman

Assistant Professor, English