Gahan, William

William Gahan Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English; Chair, Department of English
Phone: 815-394-5213




Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A., Loyola Marymount University
B.A., University of Washington


Dr. Bill Gahan, Chair of the English Department and Faculty Trustee at Rockford University, arrived in Rockford in 2009. He is a native of Madrid, Spain, where he lived until he was twenty.

Dr. Gahan enjoys the intellectual comradery among various disciplines at Rockford University. He has published on Shakespeare, philosophy, history, and early modern English writing and culture; Spanish painting; and Latin American and U.S. poets. He has also published translations of Renaissance Spanish literature, presented on medieval and early modern literature, Golden Age plays, and Shakespearean drama. He is currently collaborating with other RU professors on a book about poetry and philosophy.

At Rockford University, he won the Last Lecture Award in 2013 and the Excellence in Teaching and Campus Leadership Award in 2014. He enjoys travel, fly fishing, socializing, and spending time with family.

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