Loyola University Maryland

Department of English

Juniper Ellis

Dr. EllisProfessor


Humanities 242 I
Department of English
Loyola University Maryland
4501 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21210

Phone: 410-617-5492


  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Academic Profile

Dr. Juniper Ellis teaches courses including Critical Methodologies: Banned Books, Travel Literature, Islands Literature, Post-Colonial Literature, American Literature, Humor Studies, and Literature of the City.

Her first year at Loyola she received the Teacher of the Year award from students of the international English honor society, Sigma Tau Delta.

Her book, Tattooing the World: Pacific Designs in Print and Skin, was published by Columbia University Press in 2008. Tattooing the World won the City Paper award for Best New Book by a Baltimore Author, was listed as "required reading" in the New York Post, and led to lively interviews on NPR stations. Her articles have appeared in journals including PMLA, Mosaic, Ariel, and Arizona Quarterly. A recent essay was published in Tattoos: I Ink, Therefore I Am. Her book, Worlds of Laughter: Humor Literature and Culture (co-authored with Kathleen Haley) is under contract with Columbia University Press. Professor Ellis has received Fulbright grants for research in Germany and New Zealand, and other national grants including NEH and Andrew W. Mellon fellowships.

She chairs the national steering committee on justice in Jesuit higher education and gives talks and workshops on subjects ranging from social justice to tattoo.

Courses Taught

  • EN 101 Understanding Literature
  • EN 203 Major Writers: American Literature
  • EN 346 Seminar: Humor Studies
  • EN 376 Foundations of Post-colonial Literature
  • EN 385 Travel Literature
  • EN 385 Islands Literature
  • EN 387 Seminar: 21st Century Literature and Time
  • EN 409 Honors Seminar: Read the World


  • Ellis, Juniper. "Convergence: Irony and Urban Indian Epistemologies in Tommy Orange’s There There."  Postcolonial Text vol. 15, no. 2, 2020, pp. 1-16.
  • Ellis, Juniper. "Da decolonizing real: Liberating humour in Joe Balaz's Pidgin Eye."  The Journal of Commonwealth Literature October 2020, 14 pages.
  • "Laughter’s Truths: Hurston, Ellison, and Open-Ended Dialogue,” Studies in American Humor, vol. 6, no. 1, 2020, pp. 91-109.
  • “Oceanian Knowing and Decolonial Love in Sia Figiel’s Freelove.”  New Oceania: Modernisms and Modernity in the Pacific.  Eds. Matthew Hayward and Maebh Long.  Routledge, 2019, pp. 210-226.
  • “Humour as Indigenous Liberation: A Tattooed Anus for World Peace in Kisses in the Nederends,” Journal of Postcolonial Writing, vol. 55, issue 5, 2018, pp. 614-626. Published 7 Feb. 2019.

Mary Thackston Evert

This 1996 Greyhound innovates and inspires with her Florida-based athletic apparel company