Professor Guruswamy, the chairperson of the English Department, received her PhD at Kent State University and her MA at the University of Maryland. Her specialization and teaching interests include Early American literature and African-American literature. She has published various articles in Early American Literature, New England Quarterly, and Studies in Puritan American Spirituality. Her book The Poetry of Edward Taylor was published by Greenwood Press in 2003. An essay on the poetry of Jupiter Hammon also appeared in Genius in Bondage: Literature of the Early Black Atlantic (2002). She is on the advisory board of the Society of Early Americanists, which she helped to found in 1992.