Dr. Marla Lunderberg

Associate Professor of English
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Marla Lunderberg began teaching at Hope in 1994. Her teaching interests are wide-ranging: Shakespeare, British literature, cultural heritage, English composition, First Year Seminar and Senior Seminar. 


Marla's field of expertise is 17th-century British literature. She loves encouraging students as they tackle John Milton’s Paradise Lost and dissect John Donne’s Holy Sonnets. She has a secondary field of interest in Asian studies; she has led students on Hope’s May Term to Japan and has served as Hope’s Meiji Gakuin exchange professor.


  • Ph.D., early modern British literature, University of Chicago, 1996
  • M.A., University of Chicago, 1986
  • B.A., English, French, Hope College, 1982


  • Study tour of Japan and Korea, Great Lakes College Association – Global Liberal Arts Alliance grant, 2019
  • Provost’s Award for Excellence in Advising, Hope College, 2018
  • “Beyond East and West: Exchanges and Interactions across the Early Modern World (1400-1800),” National Endowment for the Humanities Institute at Indiana University, 2017
  • Field study in China, Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) grant, 2011
  • “Infusing East Asia into the Undergraduate Curriculum” Asian Studies Development Program Institute at University of Hawaii East-West Center, Freeman Foundation grant, 2008

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Outside the college

In her spare time, Marla loves travel, hiking, photography and ballroom dancing.

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Dr. Marla Lunderberg

Phone Number616.395.7243

Lubbers Hall-Room 307 126 East 10th Street Holland, MI 49423-3516
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