English at Aquinas College

Michelle De Rose, Ph. D.

Professor of English, Coordinator of Irish Studies
(616) 632-2826
AB 358


Michelle DeRose, Ph.D., joined the English Department full-time in August 1999 to use her specialty in post-colonial literature and theory to teach the world and African-American literature courses. She is also the Coordinator of the Irish Studies minor, and an active poet. Her publications include both original poetry and scholarly work on poetry, and her recent work examining literature from Ireland and various Caribbean islands resulted in the paper “The Island Metaphor in Poetry from Islands,” which she presented at the Interchanges conference in Ireland in 2015.   Twice she has served as faculty co-director for the Ireland program, teaching students while she lived in Tully Cross, Ireland.  She earned her Ph.D. with a focus on Caribbean epic poetry from the University of Iowa, where she learned to imagine ocean waves in the undulations of the cornfields and to love bicycling alongside those cornfields. Besides teaching, writing, and bicycling, Michelle loves any outdoor activity that requires neither motor nor ball and spends most of her free time hiking, canoeing, backpacking, camping, or cross-country skiing with her husband and son.


  • Ph.D., University of Iowa
  • B.A., Calvin College