Creative Writing

Creative Writing
225 Herring Hall

Alexander T. Regier
Department Chair

Rice English integrates creative and critical practice through training in close reading, analytical writing, cultural history and theory, and craft/form. Our faculty research and pedagogy cover the breadth of the study of British and American literatures and cultures ranging from the medieval era to the present. The curriculum emphasizes literature and literary history, race and ethnicity studies, feminist and gender studies, queer theory and the history of sexuality, visual culture and comparative media studies, and the Anglophone literature of the  postcolonial world. Faculty have particular strengths in the newer interdisciplinary areas of medical humanities, ecocriticism, post-humanism, and environmental humanities. Recent research and writing in the public humanities innovates the departmental mission as faculty and students engage new audiences. Rice English is also home to a vibrant creative writing concentration offering a range of courses in fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction.

Creative Writing does not currently offer an academic program at the graduate level.


Alexander T. Regier

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Lacy Johnson

Director of Graduate Studies

Susan Lurie


José F. Aranda, Jr.
Joseph A. Campana, Jr.
Krista Comer
Rosemary Hennessy
Betty Joseph
Kiese Laymon
Caroline F. Levander
Helena Michie
Timothy Morton
Kirsten Ostherr
Alexander T. Regier
Edward A. Snow
Cary E. Wolfe

Associate Professors

Amber Dermont
Scott S. Derrick
Sarah Ellenzweig
Emily Houlik-Ritchey
Lacy Johnson
Susan Lurie
Tomás Q. Morín
Nicole Waligora-Davis

Assistant Professors

Margarita Castromán
Alden Marte-Wood
Ragini Srinivasan
Bryan Washington

Associate Teaching Professor

Ian Schimmel

Professors in the Practice

Andrea Bajani
Logan D. Browning


Jefferson Caruthers
Cameron Hammon
Leslie Schwartz

Writer in Residence

Justin C. Cronin

For Rice University degree-granting programs:
To view the list of official course offerings, please see Rice’s Course Catalog
To view the most recent semester’s course schedule, please see Rice's Course Schedule

Description and Code Legend

Note: Internally, the university uses the following descriptions, codes, and abbreviations for this academic program. The following is a quick reference: 

Course Catalog/Schedule

  • Course offerings/subject code: Courses from various subjects may apply towards this program

Department (or Program) Description and Code

  • English: ENGL

Undergraduate Minor Description and Code 

  • Minor in Creative Writing: CREW

CIP Code and Description1

  • CREW Minor: CIP Code/Title: 23.1302 - Creative Writing