PhD Alumni

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Renee Bryzik

Dissertation:  Asymmetrical Friendship in the Age of Enlightenment Sociability


Kenneth Connally
Dissertation:  Questioning Reproduction in Seventeenth-Century English Literature

Current Position: Lecturer, English Department, University of CA at Davis, Davis, CA.


William Hughes
Dissertation:  Serial Feelings: Forms of Affect in Victorian Literature

Current Position: Lecturer, English Department, University of CA at Davis, Davis, CA.


Katja Jylkka
Dissertation:  Speculating Science: Nature, Narrative and the Cryptozoological Imagination

Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, English Department, Westfield State University, Westfield, MA.


Rebecca Kling
Dissertation:  Civil Ghosts: Transatlantic (Il)literacy and Personhood

Lecturer, Department of English & Comparative Literature, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA.


Benjamin Kossak
Dissertation:  Reading Bodies: Rethinking Embodied Cognition in Experimental Poetry

Current Position: Lecturer, English Department, University of CA at Davis, Davis, CA.


Samantha Snively
Dissertation:  Making Knowledge in Seventeenth-Century England: Recipes, Writing, and Experimentation

Current Position: Proposal Writer, Proposal Services, UC Davis Office of Development and Alumni Relations


Christopher Wallis
Dissertation:  Utopian Occupations in Early Modern English Literature

Current Position: Lecturer, English Department, University of CA at Davis, Davis, CA.


Ryan Wander
Dissertation:  Queer Times Out West: Genres of the Settler Colonial US West, 1868-1912

Current Position: Lecturer, English Department, University of CA at Davis, Davis, CA.



Simon Abramowitsch
Dissertation:  Under the Sign of the Rainbow: Thinking Racial and Ethnic Heterogeneity in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1960s-1990s

Current Position: Faculty, English Department, Chabot College, Hayward, CA.


Michael Clearwater

Dissertation: The Counter Domestic: The Culture Wars, Welfare Reform, and the Rewriting of the Family in Contemporary American Fiction


Daniel Grace
Dissertation:  Guided Passages: Spiritual Progress and Travel Narrative in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature and Culture (2018)

Current Position: Lecturer, English Department, Auburn University, Alabama


Zachary Kissinger

Dissertation:  Currents of Speculation: Discourses of Water Scarcity in Contemporary Science Fiction

Current Position: Associate Director, Art of Problem Solving, Seattle, WA.



Treena Balds
Dissertation:  Beckett's Calculus of the Subject

Current Position: Instructor of English and Mathematics at Starter Academy, Jamaica


Angela Lewandowski Hume
Dissertation:  Lyric Interiors: The Contemporary Ecological Imagination in American Women's Poetry

Current Position: Assistant Professor of English, Creative Writing, and Environmental Literature, University of Minnesota, Morris 


Michael Martel
Dissertation:  Anytown U.K.: The Local State of Victorian Print

Current Position: Instructor, English Department, University of Alabama


Cordelia Ross
Dissertation:  Unearthing England: Conquest and Identity in Underground Narratives, 1150-1250

Current Position: Instructor, English Department, University of Alabama


Leilani Serafin
Dissertation:  The Fictions of American Liberalism: Modernism between Crisis and Consensus

Current Position: Operations and Communications Lead in the The Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CEETL) at San Francisco State University


Meg Sparling
Dissertation:  The Literature that Slave Labor Made: Methods of Slave Labor's Representation in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Current Position: Funding Analyst for the Interdisciplinary Research Support Team in the Office of Research, University of California, Davis,


George Thomas
Dissertation: Telling Time: The Temporal Novels of Williams Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy, and Toni Morrison

Current Position: Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgia Tech University



Ian Afflerbach
Dissertation:  The Fictions of American Liberalism: Modernism between Crisis and Consensus

Current Position: Assistant Professor, English Department, University of North Georgia


Russell Backman
Dissertation: The Distributed Epic: Modularity, Networks, and Organization in the Novels of Thomas Pynchon

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of English and Humanities, Palomar College, San Marcos, CA


Molly Ball
Dissertation:  Writing Out of Time: Temporal Vulnerability in Nineteenth-Century Narrative

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Humanities Department, Eureka College, Eureka, IL.


Jordan Carroll
Dissertation:  Publishing the Unpublishable: Obscenity and Editorship in U.S. Literary Culture

Current Position: Assistant Professor, English and Writing, University of Tampa, Tampa, FL.


Jenae Cohn
Dissertation:  The Books that Bind Us: Remediation of the Printed Book as Social Practice in the 21st Century

Current Position: Academic Technology Specialist, Writing & Rhetoric Operations, Stanford University


Josef Nguyen
Dissertation:  Creative Makings of the Digital Generation

Current Position: Assistant Professor, School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication, University of Texas at Dallas


Sara Petrosillo
Dissertation:  Pluck off Her Bells and Let Her Fly: Falconry as Medieval Reading Practice

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Evansville, IN 


Danielle Shaw
Dissertation:  Mad Men, Playboys, and Hipsters: White Masculinity in Postwar U.S. Film and Literature

Current Position: Instructor, Department of English, West Valley College, Saratoga, CA.


Cara Shipe
Dissertation:  Bodies Beholden: Intersections of Race and Disability in Literature of the Long Nineteenth-Century U.S.


Bryan Yazell
Dissertation:  Vagrant Narratives: Governing the Welfare Subject in the US and Britain, 1880-1940

Current Position: Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the Danish Institute for Advanced Study and the Department for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark



Tobias Wilson-Bates
Dissertation: Time and its Machine: The Novel as Temporal Technology

Current Position: Assistant Professor, English Department, Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville, GA.


Pearl Chaozon-Bauer
Dissertation: Performative Subversions: The Epithalamuim, Sappho, and the Victorians

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of English, Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, CA.


Heather Jennings
Dissertation:  Pedagogy, Delivery, Drama: Performance in the Later Middle Ages

Current Position: Academic Dean, The Ambrose School, Meridian, ID.


Nicole Kenley
Dissertation: Detecting Globalization: America's Emerging Genre of Global Detective Fiction

Current Position: Lecturer, Department of English, Baylor University, Waco, TX.


Dyani Johns Taff
Dissertation: Contested Vessels: Gender and the Maritime in Early Modern Texts

Current Position: Lecturer, Department of English, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.


Martin Weis
Dissertation:  Bio-Gaming: The Real Biopolitics of Virtual Bodies

Current Position: Owner, Game the Room, Rohnert Park, CA.


Peter Weise
Dissertation:  Voice Beyond Language: Rethinking Sound Studies for British Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century

Current Position: Assistant Teaching Professor, University of Michigan - Jiao Tong University Joint Institute, Shanghai City, China



Kristen Aldebol-Hazle
Dissertation: Managing a Literate Laity: the Pilgrimage of the Life of Man in Fifteenth-Century England

Current Position: Lecturer, Clemson University


Valerie Billing
Dissertation: Big Women, Small Men: The Erotics of Size in Early Modern English Literature and Culture

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of English, Central College, Iowa


William Elliott
Dissertation: ‘Losing Alaska to the Name Itself’: Elegy and Futurity in a Changing North

Current Position: Assistant Professor of English, University of Alaska, Southeast


Matt Franks
Dissertation: Queer Eugenics: Modernism and the Biopolitics of Uplift

Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of West Georgia


Erin Hendel
Dissertation: We the Separate Peoples: Literatures of Alternative Nationalisms in the United States 1800-1900

Current Position: Donor Communications Manager, The Nature Conservancy


Tanner Jupin
Dissertation: Gamic Fiction: the Intermediation of Literature and Games

Current Position: English Teacher, Basis Independent, Silicon Valley, CA.


Sarah Klotz
Dissertation: Sentimental Literacies: Grief, Writing, and American Indigenous Rights 1820-1885

Current Position: Project Specialist and Research Assistant Professor, Center of Urban Education, University of Southern California


Kelly Neil
Dissertation: Inscrutable Suicide: Politics, Gender, and the Felo de se in Early Modern Drama

Current Position: Professor of English, Spartanburg Methodist College, Spartanburg, SC.


Erin Paszko
Dissertation: Reluctant Realism: on Postcolonialism, Terrorism, and the Contemporary Crisis of Capitalism


Grace Tirapelle

Dissertation: Hotel Publics: Space, Hospitality, and U.S. Literature, 1893-2010

Current Position: Student-Athlete Support Program Director, Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club


Nicholas Valvo
Dissertation Penurious Payments: Debt, Dependence, and Communal Form in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Current Position: Lecturer, English, Reading and Speech Department, City Colleges of Chicago


Kaitlin Walker

Dissertation: Embroidering a Transnational Feminist Room of One's Own: Desire, Labor, and Narrative in Sandra Cisneros' The House on Mango Street and Caramelo



Alexis Cattivera

Dissertation: At Home and on the Road: The Politics of Postwar Space in American Literature and Film

Current Position: Adjunct English Instructor, DeAnza College, Cupertino, CA.


Claire Dawkins
Dissertation: Not a Whore: The Defense against Slander in Early Modern English Romances

Current Position: English Instructor, Stanford Online High School, Redwood City, CA.


Karen Embry
Dissertation: The Incalculable Truth of Art: Thinking Through the Artwork in the Twentieth Century

Current Position: Instructor, Composition and Literature, Portland Community College, Portland, OR.


Alysia Garrison
Dissertation: The Secret History of the Circum-Atlantic Novel

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.


Anett Jessop

Dissertation: Definitional Poetics: Modernist Poetry, Language, and The Word Woman

Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX.


Timothy Kreiner

Dissertation: The Long Downturn and its Discontents: Language Writing and the New Left

Current Position: Lecturer, English Department, Yale University, New Haven, CT.


Britt Long

Dissertation: Choose Your Own Adventure: Fandom, Authorship, and Alternate History in an Age of New Media


Eric O’Brien

Dissertation: Inexpressible: The Agrarian Roots of Romantic Rhetoric

Current Position: Adjunct Professor, English, University of Nebraska Omaha, Omaha, NE


Ryan Page

Dissertation: The Melodramatic Diegesis: Sensational Realism, Dramatism, and the Advent of Literary Naturalism


Laurel Recker

Dissertation: Chronotopias: The Politics of Time and Space in Transatlantic Modernisms

Current Position: Adjunct Faculty at California State University, Monterey Bay, CA


Ha Tran

Dissertation: Alien Cities: Anxieties about Race, Space, and the Body Politic in the Science Fiction City


Barbara Zimbalist
Dissertation: Translating Christ in Medieval Women’s Visionary Texts 

Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Texas, El Paso, TX



Sara Anderson

Dissertation: Archives of Futurity: Prophetic Discourse Networks and the End of Race in the United States


Sharada Balachandran-Orihuela
Dissertation: From Flags to Freeways: Hemispheric Routes of Exchange, Marginalized Economies, and Liberal Rights

Current Position: Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of Maryland, College Park, MD


Jennifer Brock

Dissertation: "You Shall Go Home Again.." Narratives of Colonial Return from the Late Eighteenth through the Nineteenth Centuries


Gina Caison
Dissertation: Being, Feeling, and Seeing Red in the Native South

Current Position: Associate Professor, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA


Valerie Dennis

Dissertation: The Divine is in the Details: Changing Representations of God in Medieval and Early Modern English Drama

Current Position: Instructor of English, West Texas A&M University, Canyon, TX


Ryan Fong
Dissertation: Britannia's Unruly Pages: Victorian Forms and Neo-Victorian Fiction

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI


Natalie Grand

Dissertation: Teaching the Turk, Teaching as the Turk: Female Characters as Tutors on the Early Modern English Stage


John Kilgore

Dissertation: The Revival of Revolt: Enthusiasm and Event in U.S. Literature from the American Revolution to the Civil War

Current Position: Associate Professor, English Department, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL


Mindi McMann
Dissertation: Ethical States

Current Position: Associate Professor, English Department, College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ


Anna Pruitt
Dissertation: Shadow Patriarchs: Rogues, Witches, Bawds, and the Model of the Patriarchal Family in Jacobean Drama

Current Position: Managing Editor, Giving USA, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indianapolis, IN


Lisa Sperber

Dissertation: The Poetic Relationship of Adrienne Rich, Jean Valentine and Jane Cooper

Current Position: Lecturer, University Writing Program, University of California at Davis, Davis, CA


Rachel Swinkin

Dissertation: The Limits of Sympathy: Animals and Sentimentality in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture, 1759-1810



Cynthia Degnan

Dissertation: The Nation's Child: Sexuality, U.S. Nationalism, and Representations of the Child Since the Cold War

Current Position: Therapist and Counseling Coordinator, Rape Advocacy, Counseling and Education Services, Chamaign, IL.


Jason Dunn
Dissertation: Literacy, Pedagogy, and the Princely Reader in Mirrors for Princes of Late Medieval France and England (2011)

Current Position: Associate Professor of English, Thomas University, Thomasville, GA.


John Garrison
Dissertation: Enriching Friendship: Representations of Profitable Amity from Chaucer to Milton

Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of English, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA.


Andrew Hageman
Dissertation: The Hour of the Machine

Current Position: Associate Professor of English, Luther College, Decorah, IA.


Courtney Hopf

Dissertation: Story Networks: The Politics and Poetics of Mass Collaboration

Current Position: Lecturer and Program Manager, Liberal Studies and Creative Arts, New York University, London.


Darcy Irvin
Dissertation: "In the Mind's Eye": Pictured Reading in Victorian Narrative

Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA.


Kristian Jensen
Dissertation: The Birth of Literary Ethnography: Struggles with Anthropology in Antebellum America


Sarah Juliet Lauro
Dissertation: The Modern Zombie: Living Death in the Technological Age

Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Tampa, Tampa, FL.


Douglas Metzger

Dissertation: Plots of Incline: American Local Color and Postbellum Philosophy


Vanessa Rapatz
Dissertation: Neither This Nor That: Convents and Novices in Early Modern English Problem Plays

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Ball State University, Muncie, IN.



Margaret France
Dissertation: "Now for Something Completely Different": The Non Sequitur in Daniel Defoe, Sarah Fielding, and Sarah Scott 

Current Position: Instructor, Yakima Valley College, Yakima, WA.


Catherine Fung
Dissertation: Perpetual Refugee: Memory of the Vietnam War in Asian-American Literature

Current Position: English Teacher, Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco, CA.


Natalie Giannini

Dissertation: Serving at the Pleasure of the Queen: Staging Counsel in Elizabethan England

Current Position: Professor, Composition and Rhetoric-Literary Studies, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA.


Daniel Glass

Dissertation: Total Noise: Language Poetry, Hip-Hop, and Urban Collapse


Lynn Langmade

Dissertation: GemiNation: A Theory of Twin Literary Criticism in American Literature

Current Position: Founder & Digital Marketing Consultant, Verge Marketing Agency, Lafayette, CA.


Nathan Milos

Dissertation: Messthenics as an Alternative to the Avant Garde

Current Position: Youth Services Librarian, Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento, CA.


Kyle Pivetti
Dissertation "We'll Remember with Advantage": National Memory and Literary Form in Early Modern England 

Current Position: Associate Professor of English, Norwich University, Northfield, VT.


Katharine Rodger

Dissertation: "Toward the Western Sea": Science, Culture, and Narrative in the American Pacific

Current Position: Continuing Lecturer, University Writing Program, UC Davis, Davis, CA.


Clara Van Zanten

Dissertation: Word Clouds: Ashbery, Weather Poems, Ecology


Karen Chase Walker

Dissertation: Dark 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


Keri Wolf,
Dissertation: Place, Space, and Identity in Six Old English “Comitatus” Poems

Current Position: Professor, English, Bakersfield College, Bakersfield, CA.




Melissa Bender

Dissertation: "Work Hard and Act Right": The Neoliberal Self-Made Individual in U.S. Memoir

Current Position: Continuing Lecturer, University Writing Program, UC Davis, Davis, CA.


Gretchen Braun
Dissertation: A Writing of Fire Within: Trauma, Transgression, and Gender in Victorian Fiction   

Current Position: Associate Professor of English, Furman University, Greenville, SC.


Karen Gonzalez Burchett
Dissertation: Platform of Influence: The Power of Public Speaking in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction   


Jennifer Halpin
Dissertation: In Time, Just: Staging Ethics and Physics in Post-Cold War Drama

Current Position: Associate Professor, English, Languages and Cultures, Savannah State University, Savannah, GA.


Ann Jacobsen

Dissertation: The Poetics of Interiority: Emily Dickinson, Edith Wharton, Willa Cather and the Use of Interior Space


Colleen Pauza

Dissertation: Mysticism and the Mind: Varieties of Subjectivity in British and Irish Fiction, 1860 - 1940 and Beyond


Tara Pedersen
Dissertation: Confounding Categories of Knowledge: Mermaids in Early Modern English Theatrical Culture

Current Position: Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin, Parkside, WI.


Ryan Poll
Dissertation: Main-Street Modernity: U.S. Narratives of Nationalism, Imperialism, and Exceptionalism      

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Graduate Coordinator & Undergraduate Advisor of English, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL.


Vanita Reddy

Dissertation Re-Modeling Minority: Mapping Critical Femininities in the South Asian American Diaspora

Current Position: Associate Professor, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.

Chistopher Schaberg
Dissertation: Airport Reading

Current Position: Dorothy Harrel Brown Distinguished Professor of English, Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, LA.


Kendra Smith

Dissertation: Untimely Translation in Fourteenth-Century British Literature


Melissa Strong
Dissertation: A Taste For Charity: The Cultural Work of American Women's Benevolence Literature, 1850-1910 

Current Position: Faculty, English Department, Community College of Philadelphia, PA.


KT Thompson
Dissertation: A Romance with Many Reservations: American Indian Figurations and the Globalization of Indigeneity

Current Position: Assistant Professor of English, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ.


Julie Ann Wilhelm
Dissertation: The Funny Business of 19th-Century Sentimentalism

Current Position: Academic Program Director: Bachelor of Arts Major in English, National University, Costa Mesa Campus, Costa Mesa, CA.