PhD Alumni

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2021
AlumnusTitle of DissertationCurrent Position
Baltus, LindsaySisterhood is Mediated: What the Archive of 1970s Feminism Reveals About Social Movements and Social Media TodayState of Oregon for the position of Communications Specialist in the newly formed Oregon COVID-19 Response and Recovery Unit
Bamert, SophiaPlotting Race: Narrative Form and Urban Racial GeographiesPostdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in the Engagements core curriculum at the University of Virginia
Buse, KatherineHow to Build a Planet: Science Fiction, Planetary Science, and the Making of WorldsPostdoctoral Researcher at the Rank of Instructor, Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago
Krzeminski, JessicaDisrupting Homogeneity: Geology's Living Fossils in Nineteenth-Century LiteratureCopywriter at Reagan Marketing + Design
Nez, ThomasExigencies of Inscription: Documentary Writing and the Crises of ModernismLecturer of English at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia
Sarpong, AshleyMaking Land, Making People: Rhetorics of Value and Improvement in Early Modern English LiteratureLecturer, English Department, University of CA at Davis, Davis, CA
2020
AlumnusTitle of DissertationCurrent Position
Barr, Clara"moth / eroding": Decomposing Femininity in the Works of Djuna Barnes and Mina LoyLecturer, UC Davis English Department
Coller, BryanAll of Us with All of That: Militarized Life and Communal Affect in Twenty-First Century American Experimental Poetry
Emrich, LeeWearable Techne: Dressing Knowledge in Early Modern EnglandPostdoctoral Teaching Associate in the Writing Program at Northeastern University
Fountain, AimeeNatural Enough: Contemporary Science, Capitalist Morality, and DickensSenior Science Writer at Lumos Labs
Hogue, RebeccaArchipelagos of Resistance: Anti-Nuclear Writing of OceaniaLecturer on History and Literature, Harvard University
Kemp, SawyerThe Politics of Accessibility in Contemporary Shakespeare TheatresPostdoctoral Researcher, Transgender Studies, Gender & Women’s Studies Department, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Petersen, SarahDieting with the Dead: Spiritualism and Alimentary Culture in 19th-Century American LiteratureEducation Specialist with the Bay Area literacy non-profit YokyWorks
Pufahl, ShannonOf love and wounding: Animals and children in American literature, 1860-1945Jones Lecturer in the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University
2019
AlumnusTitle of DissertationCurrent Position
Bryzik, ReneeAsymmetrical Friendship in the Age of Enlightenment SociabilityAdjunct Instructor at Christian Brothers University, Department of Literature & Languages, Memphis, TN
Connally, KennethQuestioning Reproduction in Seventeenth-Century English LiteratureLecturer, English Department, University of CA at Davis, Davis, CA
Crachiolo, ElizabethVegetable Feelings: Plants, Passions, and Knowledge in Early Modern EnglandAuditor Evaluator for the California State Auditor's Office
Hughes, WilliamSerial Feelings: Forms of Affect in Victorian LiteratureLecturer, English Department, University of CA at Davis, Davis, CA.
Jylkka, KatjaSpeculating Science: Nature, Narrative and the Cryptozoological ImaginationAssistant Professor - English, Westfield State University, Westfield, MA
Kling, RebeccaCivil Ghosts: Transatlantic (Il)literacy and PersonhoodLecturer, Department of English & Comparative Literature, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
Kossak, BenjaminReading Bodies: Rethinking Embodied Cognition in Experimental PoetryLecturer, English Department, University of CA at Davis, Davis, CA
Leveling, KatherineForms at the End of the World: Subject-System Identity and the Figuration of Late Capitalism in Contemporary American Poetry
Snively, SamanthaMaking Knowledge in Seventeenth-Century England: Recipes, Writing, and ExperimentationProposal Writer, Proposal Services, UC Davis Office of Development and Alumni Relations
Wallis, ChristopherUtopian Occupations in Early Modern English LiteratureLecturer, English Department, University of CA at Davis, Davis, CA
Wander, RyanQueer Times Out West: Genres of the Settler Colonial US West, 1868-1912Visiting Assistant Professor, College of Idaho
2018
AlumnusTitle of DissertationCurrent Position
Abramowitsch, SimonUnder the Sign of the Rainbow: Thinking Racial and Ethnic Heterogeneity in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1960s-1990sFaculty, English Department, Chabot College, Hayward, CA
Clearwater, MichaelThe Counter Domestic: The Culture Wars, Welfare Reform, and the Rewriting of the Family in Contemporary American FictionTraining Coordinator at the California Conservation Corps
Grace, DanielGuided Passages: Spiritual Progress and Travel Narrative in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature and Culture (2018)Lecturer, English Department, Auburn University, Alabama
Kissinger, ZacharyCurrents of Speculation: Discourses of Water Scarcity in Contemporary Science FictionAssociate Director, Art of Problem Solving, Seattle, WA
2017
AlumnusTitle of DissertationCurrent Position
Balds, TreenaBeckett's Calculus of the SubjectInstructor of English and Mathematics at Starter Academy, Jamaica
Hume, AngelaLyric Interiors: The Contemporary Ecological Imagination in American WomenAssistant Professor of English, Creative Writing, and Environmental Literature, University of Minnesota, Morris
Martel, MichaelAnytown U.K.: The Local State of Victorian PrintInstructor, English Department, University of Alabama
Ross, CordeliaUnearthing England: Conquest and Identity in Underground Narratives, 1150-1250Instructor, English Department, University of Alabama
Serafin, LeilaniThe Fictions of American Liberalism: Modernism between Crisis and ConsensusOperations and Communications Lead in the The Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CEETL) at San Francisco State University
Sparling, MegThe Literature that Slave Labor Made: Methods of Slave Labor's Representation in Nineteenth-Century American LiteratureFunding Analyst for the Interdisciplinary Research Support Team in the Office of Research, University of California, Davis,
Thomas, GeorgeTelling Time: The Temporal Novels of Williams Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy, and Toni MorrisonMarion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgia Tech University
2016
AlumnusTitle of DissertationCurrent Position
Afflerbach, IanThe Fictions of American Liberalism: Modernism between Crisis and ConsensusAssistant Professor, English Department, University of North Georgia
Backman, RussellThe Distributed Epic: Modularity, Networks, and Organization in the Novels of Thomas PynchonAssistant Professor, Department of English and Humanities, Palomar College, San Marcos, CA
Ball, MollyWriting Out of Time: Temporal Vulnerability in Nineteenth-Century NarrativeAssistant Professor, Humanities Department, Eureka College, Eureka, IL
Carroll, JordanPublishing the Unpublishable: Obscenity and Editorship in U.S. Literary CultureAssistant Professor, English and Writing, University of Tampa, Tampa, FL
Druckman Cohn, JenaeThe Books that Bind Us: Remediation of the Printed Book as Social Practice in the 21st CenturyDirector of Academic Technology at Sacramento State
Nguyen, JosefCreative Makings of the Digital GenerationAssistant Professor, School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication, University of Texas at Dallas
Petrosillo, SaraPluck off Her Bells and Let Her Fly: Falconry as Medieval Reading PracticeAssistant Professor, Department of English, University of Evansville, IN
Shaw, DanielleMad Men, Playboys, and Hipsters: White Masculinity in Postwar U.S. Film and LiteratureInstructor, Department of English, West Valley College, Saratoga, CA
Shipe, CaraBodies Beholden: Intersections of Race and Disability in Literature of the Long Nineteenth-Century U.S.Adjunct Instructor, English at Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, North Carolina
Yazell, BryanVagrant Narratives: Governing the Welfare Subject in the US and Britain, 1880-1940Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the Danish Institute for Advanced Study and the Department for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark
2015
AlumnusTitle of DissertationCurrent Position
Chaozon-Bauer, PearlPerformative Subversions: The Epithalamuim, Sappho, and the VictoriansAssistant Professor, Department of English, Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, CA
Jennings, HeatherPedagogy, Delivery, Drama: Performance in the Later Middle AgesAcademic Dean, The Ambrose School, Meridian, ID
Kenley, NicoleDetecting Globalization: America's Emerging Genre of Global Detective FictionLecturer, Department of English, Baylor University, Waco, TX.
Kitses, JasmineSimple Marks: Moments of Punctuation in Twentieth-Century PoetryMiddle School Language Arts Teacher, Synergy School, San Francisco, CA
Taff, Dyani JohnsContested Vessels: Gender and the Maritime in Early Modern TextsAssistant Professor position at Colby College
Wallis, BryanThe Greatest Light is the Greatest Shade: Wendell Berry and the Darkness of Coexistence Owner, Saturnworks Pedals, Davis, CA
Weis, MartinBio-Gaming: The Real Biopolitics of Virtual BodiesOwner, Game the Room, Rohnert Park, CA.
Weise, PeterVoice Beyond Language: Rethinking Sound Studies for British Literature of the Long Eighteenth CenturyAssistant Teaching Professor, University of Michigan - Jiao Tong University Joint Institute, Shanghai City, China
Wilson-Bates, TobiasTime and its Machine: The Novel as Temporal TechnologyAssistant Professor, English Department, Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville, GA
2014
AlumnusTitle of DissertationCurrent Position
Aldebol-Hazle, KristenManaging a Literate Laity: the Pilgrimage of the Life of Man in Fifteenth-Century EnglandLecturer, Clemson University
Billing, ValerieBig Women, Small Men: The Erotics of Size in Early Modern English Literature and CultureAssistant Professor, Department of English, Central College, Iowa
Elliott, William‘Losing Alaska to the Name Itself’: Elegy and Futurity in a Changing NorthAssistant Professor of English, University of Alaska, Southeast
Franks, MattQueer Eugenics: Modernism and the Biopolitics of UpliftAssistant Professor, University of West Georgia
Hendel, ErinWe the Separate Peoples: Literatures of Alternative Nationalisms in the United States 1800-1900Donor Communications Manager, The Nature Conservancy
Jupin, TannerGamic Fiction: the Intermediation of Literature and GamesEnglish Teacher, Basis Independent, Silicon Valley, CA
Klotz, SarahSentimental Literacies: Grief, Writing, and American Indigenous Rights 1820-1885Project Specialist and Research Assistant Professor, Center of Urban Education, University of Southern California
Neil, KellyInscrutable Suicide: Politics, Gender, and the Felo de se in Early Modern DramaProfessor of English, Spartanburg Methodist College, Spartanburg, SC
Paszko, ErinReluctant Realism: on Postcolonialism, Terrorism, and the Contemporary Crisis of Capitalism
Tirapelle, GraceHotel Publics: Space, Hospitality, and U.S. Literature, 1893-2010Student-Athlete Support Program Director, Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club
Valvo, Nicholasenurious Payments: Debt, Dependence, and Communal Form in Eighteenth-Century BritainLecturer, English, Reading and Speech Department, City Colleges of Chicago
Walker, KaitlinEmbroidering a Transnational Feminist Room of One's Own: Desire, Labor, and Narrative in Sandra Cisneros' The House on Mango Street and Caramelo
2013
AlumnusTitle of DissertationCurrent Position
Cattivera, AlexisAt Home and on the Road: The Politics of Postwar Space in American Literature and FilmAdjunct English Instructor, DeAnza College, Cupertino, CA
Dawkins, ClaireNot a Whore: The Defense against Slander in Early Modern English RomancesEnglish Instructor, Stanford Online High School, Redwood City, CA
Embry, KarenThe Incalculable Truth of Art: Thinking Through the Artwork in the Twentieth CenturyInstructor, Composition and Literature, Portland Community College, Portland, OR.
Garrison, AlysiaThe Secret History of the Circum-Atlantic NovelAssistant Professor, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.
Jessop, AnettDefinitional Poetics: Modernist Poetry, Language, and The Word WomanAssistant Professor, University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX
Kreiner, TimothyThe Long Downturn and its Discontents: Language Writing and the New LeftLecturer, English Department, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Long, BrittChoose Your Own Adventure: Fandom, Authorship, and Alternate History in an Age of New Media
O’Brien, EricInexpressible: The Agrarian Roots of Romantic RhetoricAdjunct Professor, English, University of Nebraska Omaha, Omaha, NE
Page, RyanThe Melodramatic Diegesis: Sensational Realism, Dramatism, and the Advent of Literary Naturalism
Recker, LaurelChronotopias: The Politics of Time and Space in Transatlantic ModernismsAdjunct Faculty at California State University, Monterey Bay
Tran, HaAlien Cities: Anxieties about Race, Space, and the Body Politic in the Science Fiction City
Zimbalist, BarbaraTranslating Christ in Medieval Women’s Visionary TextsAssistant Professor, University of Texas, El Paso, TX
2012
AlumnusTitle of DissertationCurrent Position
Anderson, SaraArchives of Futurity: Prophetic Discourse Networks and the End of Race in the United States
Balachandran-Orihuela, SharadaFrom Flags to Freeways: Hemispheric Routes of Exchange, Marginalized Economies, and Liberal RightsAssociate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Brock, Jennifer"You Shall Go Home Again.." Narratives of Colonial Return from the Late Eighteenth through the Nineteenth Centuries
Caison, GinaBeing, Feeling, and Seeing Red in the Native SouthAssociate Professor, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Dennis, ValerieThe Divine is in the Details: Changing Representations of God in Medieval and Early Modern English DramaInstructor of English, West Texas A&M University, Canyon, TX
Fong, RyanBritanniaAssistant Professor, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI
Grand, NatalieTeaching the Turk, Teaching as the Turk: Female Characters as Tutors on the Early Modern English Stage
Kilgore, JohnThe Revival of Revolt: Enthusiasm and Event in U.S. Literature from the American Revolution to the Civil WarAssociate Professor, English Department, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
McMann, MindiEthical StatesAssociate Professor, English Department, College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ
Pruitt, AnnaShadow Patriarchs: Rogues, Witches, Bawds, and the Model of the Patriarchal Family in Jacobean DramaManaging Editor, Giving USA, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indianapolis, IN
Sperber, LisaThe Poetic Relationship of Adrienne Rich, Jean Valentine and Jane CooperLecturer, University Writing Program, University of California at Davis, Davis, CA
Swinkin, RachelThe Limits of Sympathy: Animals and Sentimentality in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture, 1759-1810
2011
AlumnusTitle of DissertationCurrent Position
Degnan, CynthiaThe NationTherapist and Counseling Coordinator, Rape Advocacy, Counseling and Education Services, Champaign, IL
Dunn, JasonLiteracy, Pedagogy, and the Princely Reader in Mirrors for Princes of Late Medieval France and England (2011)Associate Professor of English, Thomas University, Thomasville, GA
Garrison, JohnEnriching Friendship: Representations of Profitable Amity from Chaucer to MiltonProfessor, Department of English, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA
Hageman, AndrewThe Hour of the MachineAssociate Professor of English, Luther College, Decorah, IA
Hopf, CourtneyStory Networks: The Politics and Poetics of Mass CollaborationLecturer and Program Manager, Liberal Studies and Creative Arts, New York University, London
Irvin, Darcy"In the MindVisiting Assistant Professor, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
Jensen, KristianThe Birth of Literary Ethnography: Struggles with Anthropology in Antebellum America
Lauro, Sarah JulietThe Modern Zombie: Living Death in the Technological AgeAssistant Professor, University of Tampa, Tampa, FL
Metzger, DouglasPlots of Incline: American Local Color and Postbellum Philosophy
Rapatz, VanessaNeither This Nor That: Convents and Novices in Early Modern English Problem PlaysAssistant Professor, Ball State University, Muncie, IN
2010
AlumnusTitle of DissertationCurrent Position
France, Margaret"Now for Something Completely Different": The Non Sequitur in Daniel Defoe, Sarah Fielding, and Sarah ScottInstructor, Yakima Valley College, Yakima, WA
Fung, CatherinePerpetual Refugee: Memory of the Vietnam War in Asian-American LiteratureEnglish Teacher, Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco, CA
Giannini, NatalieServing at the Pleasure of the Queen: Staging Counsel in Elizabethan EnglandProfessor, Composition and Rhetoric-Literary Studies, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
Glass, DanielTotal Noise: Language Poetry, Hip-Hop, and Urban Collapse
Langmade, LynnGemiNation: A Theory of Twin Literary Criticism in American LiteratureFounder & Digital Marketing Consultant, Verge Marketing Agency, Lafayette, CA
Milos, NathanMessthenics as an Alternative to the Avant GardeYouth Services Librarian, Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento, CA
Pivetti, Kyle"We'll Remember with Advantage": National Memory and Literary Form in Early Modern EnglandAssociate Professor of English, Norwich University, Northfield, VT
Rodger, Katharine"Toward the Western Sea": Science, Culture, and Narrative in the American PacificContinuing Lecturer, University Writing Program, UC Davis, Davis, CA
Walker, Karen ChaseDark Side of the Machine: Race, Technology, and Nonhumanist Beings in Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony, and Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian & The Road
Wolf, KeriPlace, Space, and Identity in Six Old English “Comitatus” PoemsProfessor, English, Bakersfield College, Bakersfield, CA
Zanten, Clara VanWord Clouds: Ashbery, Weather Poems, Ecology
2009
AlumnusTitle of DissertationCurrent Position
Bender, Melissa"Work Hard and Act Right": The Neoliberal Self-Made Individual in U.S. MemoirContinuing Lecturer, University Writing Program, UC Davis, Davis, CA
Braun, GretchenA Writing of Fire Within: Trauma, Transgression, and Gender in Victorian FictionAssociate Professor of English, Furman University, Greenville, SC
Burchett, Karen GonzalezPlatform of Influence: The Power of Public Speaking in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction
Halpin, JenniferIn Time, Just: Staging Ethics and Physics in Post-Cold War DramaAssociate Professor, English, Languages and Cultures, Savannah State University, Savannah, GA
Jacobsen, AnnThe Poetics of Interiority: Emily Dickinson, Edith Wharton, Willa Cather and the Use of Interior SpaceAdjunct Professor of English, Sacramento City College, Sacramento, CA
Pauza, ColleenMysticism and the Mind: Varieties of Subjectivity in British and Irish Fiction, 1860 - 1940 and Beyond
Pedersen, TaraConfounding Categories of Knowledge: Mermaids in Early Modern English Theatrical CultureAssociate Professor, University of Wisconsin, Parkside, WI
Poll, RyanMain-Street Modernity: U.S. Narratives of Nationalism, Imperialism, and ExceptionalismAssistant Professor, Graduate Coordinator & Undergraduate Advisor of English, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL
Reddy, Vanitae-Modeling Minority: Mapping Critical Femininities in the South Asian American Diaspora?Associate Professor, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Schaberg, ChistopherAirport ReadingDorothy Harrel Brown Distinguished Professor of English, Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Smith, Kendra OUntimely Translation in Fourteenth-Century British LiteratureIntellectual Property Analyst, UC Davis, Davis, CA
Strong, MelissaA Taste For Charity: The Cultural Work of American WomenFaculty, English Department, Community College of Philadelphia, PA
Thompson, KTA Romance with Many Reservations: American Indian Figurations and the Globalization of IndigeneityAssistant Professor of English, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
Wilhelm, Julie AnnThe Funny Business of 19th-Century SentimentalismAcademic Program Director: Bachelor of Arts Major in English, National University, Costa Mesa Campus, Costa Mesa, CA