Colin Wells joined the St. Olaf English Department in 1995. Born in Liverpool, England, and raised in Massachusetts, he received his B.A. from Boston College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Rutgers University. His areas of interest include the literature of the American Revolutionary and Early National periods, 18th-century English poetry, and the relations between literature, politics and religion. At St. Olaf, Colin has taught courses in 18th-century and early American literature, comedy, satire, the novel, and Marxist literary theory. He is currently teaching in and directing the American Conversations program. His book, The Devil and Doctor Dwight: Satire and Theology in the Early American Republic appeared in Spring 2002 from the University of North Carolina Press. He lives in Edina, Minnesota with his wife, Martha, and daughters Maggie and Elizabeth.