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Department Liaisons

Smith College Department of English liaisons are junior or senior English majors who, as their title implies, act to connect undergraduates with faculty in the department. They meet occasionally with the chair to report on student issues or concerns, and they organize social events—parties, film screenings and informal discussions with individual faculty members. English majors and prospective majors are invited to talk to the liaisons.

2014-2015 Liaisons



Mary Jordan Hill '15

Mary Jordan HillJordan is an English major with a Spanish minor. She is particularly interested in the literature of South America, specifically Luis Borges and Gabriel Marquez. Another interest of hers is contemporary American and British literature. She focuses on short fiction such as the stories of Flannery O'Connor and Muriel Spark. She also writes short fiction and tries to take many creative writing classes, including working on pieces for her Creative Writing Workshop special studies. Other authors she appreciates are Truman Capote, Herman Hesse, and she has a particular fondness for Jeanette Winterson. She lives in Hopkins one of the two co-ops on campus and loves making granola, inhaling coffee, and if she's not in class you'll find her at the kitchen table.

Please send her an email at mhill@smith.edu if you have questions about studying abroad, crafting special studies, professors, and classes.


Shalini Abayasekara '15

Shalini is an English major and Psychology minor. She loves reading Agatha Christie’s detective novels and has enjoyed watching some of the movie versions of them too. She also likes C. S. Lewis’ fiction, especially the Chronicles of Narnia, and the novels of Jane Austen, and has an interest in Abnormal Psychology. She occasionally writes poetry and short stories and is hoping to do more of that after graduating. Ballet is one of the things she’s always longed to try out and she’s excited she’s finally getting to take a class this semester! She also loves swimming, singing, and spending time with family and friends.

She’s happy to talk to anyone who has questions about classes, professors and/or approaching an Honors project. You can contact her at sabayasekara@smith.edu. In particular, she’s available to talk to transfer students as she transferred to Smith as a junior last fall.