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We Are English Majors: Ethan Victor
March 16, 2017
Ethan is a senior majoring in English and a standup comedian. We asked him four questions about the funny side of being an English major. 
How and when did you get the idea that you wanted to be a comedian?
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UC Davis English Cracks Top 20 in New PhD Rankings
March 14, 2017
UC Davis English has vaulted to #20 in the new US News and World Report rankings of English PhD Programs (released March 14, 2017). 
We’ve jumped 6 places from our previous ranking of #26.
German Exchange: Alica Buck Teaches ENL3
March 9, 2017

Every year, UC Davis English exchanges PhD students with the prestigious Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. This year, we are hosting Alica Buck, who is writing a dissertation on literature and the environment in Germany. Here, (read more)

Chancellor May's Science Fiction Reading List
March 2, 2017

The press release announcing the appointment of incoming UC Davis Chancellor Gary May mentioned that he was inspired by "comic books and science fiction." Since the English department is inspired by them as well—regularly offering courses on both (read more)

Alumni Stories: English Major Finds a High-Diver in Her Family Tree
February 23, 2017
Lindsey Gillespie graduated with an English Major in 2010. She is currently a librarian for the Rover Tobacco Control Library here at UC Davis. We asked her four questions about her work, her time at Davis English, and her current hobby: (read more)
We Are English Majors: Alida Araica
February 2, 2017
Alida is a fourth year English major pursuing a communication and technology management double minor. 
We asked her four questions about English and the UC Davis interdisciplinary ModLab, where she’s been very active in (read more)
Life After UC Davis English PhD
January 26, 2017
Molly Ball
Job Title: Assistant Professor of English at Eureka College, Eureka Illinois. 
At Eureka College, Molly focuses on honing students' written and analytical skills as they engage a wide (read more)
Professor Co-Directs New “Racial Capitalism” Research Initiative
January 23, 2017

Just announced: UC Davis English Professor Mark Jerng will be co-directing a new, three-year long research initiative supported by the Andrew Mellon Foundation on the topic of Racial Capitalism: Histories, Methods, (read more)

Alumni Stories: An English Major At Vet School
January 12, 2017

Bryanna Mariel Andrews graduated from Davis in 2015, having double majored in English and Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology. She is currently enrolled in the University of Edinburgh’s (read more)

News From Our PhD Student in Germany!
January 5, 2017

Every year, UC Davis English exchanges PhD students with the prestigious Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. This year, we sent a whole family!


PhD student Michael Clearwater was our departmental (read more)

We Are English Majors: Kirsten Burrell and colleagues from Her Campus at UC Davis
November 17, 2016

Kirsten Burrell is double major in English and Communication as well as the Editor for Her Campus at UC Davis. We asked Kirsten 3 questions in our (read more)

Supporting Our Students After the Presidential Election
November 15, 2016

We stand with colleagues across HArCS and the UCD campus in supporting students of all races, all religions, all gender identities, all sexualities, and all conditions of documentation (read more)

See Karen Brennan and Chiyuma Elliott Read
November 8, 2016
The creative writing program at UC Davis brings two more accomplished writers to campus for a public reading Tuesday, Nov. 15.

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Life After UC Davis English PhD
October 13, 2016
Ian Afflerbach 
Job title: Marion L. Brittain Fellow in the School of Literature, Media and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. 
In the first year of a three-year fellowship, Ian (read more)
We Are English Majors: Corey King & Eavan Huth
October 6, 2016
Corey (a senior and an English Major from Hollister, CA) and Eavan (from San Mateo, CA and also a senior in the English Major) are Officers of the Prytanean Women’s Honor Society, the oldest women’s honor society in the US, founded (read more)
Alumni Stories: English Major’s Startup Goes Live
September 29, 2016
Chris Tung graduated from Davis with an English Major in 2011. Since then, he’s been working in the tech sector and this month is launching his first startup, a company called Huttle (Link: (read more)
Emily Masuda Awarded Lawrence J. Andrews Prize
September 22, 2016

The Lawrence J. Andrews Prize is awarded annually by the Davis campus to a regularly enrolled student in the College of Letters & Science, who entered the College and the Davis campus as a freshman. Selection is based primarily on academic (read more)

Davis Creative Writing Program Grad Wins Major Award
September 21, 2016
Becky Mandelbaum (MA 2016) has been named this year’s winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. As part of the award, Becky’s winning collection of short stories, Bad Kansas, will be published by the University of Georgia Press (read more)
Must Reads: The Once and Future King by T.H. White
September 15, 2016

Professor Claire Waters helps us launch a (more or less) regular series of book recommendations by teachers in the UC Davis English Department.

This book (read more)

Life After UC Davis English PhD
September 8, 2016
Job title: Academic Technology Specialist, Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University
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