PhD Alumni


Russell Backman, Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Humanities, Palomar College - San Marcos, CA
Dissertation: The Distributed Epic: Modularity, Networks, and Organization in the Novels of Thomas Pynchon (2016)

Daniel Grace, Lectureship, English Department, Auburn University, Alabama
Dissertation:  Guided Passages: Spiritual Progress and Travel Narrative in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature and Culture (2018)

Katja Jylkka, Visiting Assistant Professor in the English Department at Westfield State University
Dissertation:  Speculating Science: Nature, Narrative and the Cryptozoological Imagination (2019)

Michael Martel, Instructor in the English Department at the University of Alabama
Dissertation:  Anytown U.K.: The Local State of Victorian Print (2017)

Thomas Nez, Lectureship in English at Longwood University, Virginia
Dislocation and Surplus: Sites of Recording in the Documentary Poetics of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha

Leilani Serafin, Operations and Communications Lead in the The Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CEETL) at San Francisco State University
Dissertation:  The Fictions of American Liberalism: Modernism between Crisis and Consensus (2017)

Danielle Shaw, English Instructor, Department of English at West Valley College, Saratoga, California
Dissertation:  Mad Men, Playboys, and Hipsters: White Masculinity in Postwar U.S. Film and Literature (2016)

Samantha Snively, Proposal Writer, Proposal Services, UC Davis Office of Development and Alumni Relations
Dissertation:  Making Knowledge in Seventeenth-Century England: Recipes, Writing, and Experimentation (2019)

Martin Weis, Owner, Game the Room, Rohnert Park CA
Dissertation:  Bio-Gaming: The Real Biopolitics of Virtual Bodies (2015)

Bryan Yazell, Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the Danish Institute for Advanced Study and the Department for the Study of Culture at the University of Southern Denmark
Dissertation:  Vagrant Narratives: Governing the Welfare Subject in the US and Britain, 1880-1940 (2016)


Jordan Carroll, Assistant Professor of English and Writing, University of Tampa, 2018-Present
Publishing the Unpublishable: Obscenity and Editorship in U.S. Literary Culture (2016)

Sara Petrosillo, Assistant Professor in the Department of English at University of Evansville, IN 
Dissertation:  Pluck off Her Bells and Let Her Fly: Falconry as Medieval Reading Practice (2016)

George Thomas, Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgia Tech University
Dissertation: Telling Time: The Temporal Novels of Williams Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy, and Toni Morrison (2017)

Peter Weise, Assistant Teaching Professor at University of Michigan - Jiao Tong University Joint Institute in Shanghai
Dissertation:  Voice Beyond Language: Rethinking Sound Studies for British Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century (2015)


Simon Abramowitsch, English Instructor at Chabot College in Hayward, CA
Dissertation:  Under the Sign of the Rainbow: Thinking Racial and Ethnic Heterogeneity in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1960s-1990s (2018)

Ian Afflerbach, Assistant Professor of English, University of North Georgia
Dissertation:  The Fictions of American Liberalism: Modernism between Crisis and Consensus (2016)

Tobias Wilson-Bates, Lecturer, Writing and Communication Program at Georgia Tech
Dissertation: Time and its Machine: The Novel as Temporal Technology (2015)

Angela Lewandowski Hume, Assistant Professor of English, Creative Writing, and Environmental Literature at University of Minnesota, Morris 
Dissertation:  Lyric Interiors: The Contemporary Ecological Imagination in American Women's Poetry (2017)

Cordelia Ross, English Instructor at University of Alabama, Tuscasloosa
Dissertation:  Unearthing England: Conquest and Identity in Underground Narratives, 1150-1250 (2017)

Meg Sparling, University of California, Davis, Funding Analyst for the Interdisciplinary Research Support Team in the Office of Research
Dissertation:  The Literature that Slave Labor Made: Methods of Slave Labor's Representation in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (2017)

George Thomas, Lecturer, University of California, Davis
Dissertation:  Telling Time: The Temporal Novels of William Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy, and Toni Morrison (2017)


Molly Ball, Assistant Professor in English at Eureka College
Dissertation:  Writing Out of Time: Temporal Vulnerability in Nineteenth-Century Narrative (2016)

Jordan Carroll, Postdoctoral Scholar at University of California, Davis
Dissertation:  Publishing the Unpublishable: Obscenity and Editorship in U.S. Literary Culture (2016)

Jenae Cohn, Academic Technology Specialist in the Program in Writing & Rhetoric at Stanford University
Dissertation:  The Books that Bind Us: Remediation of the Printed Book as Social Practice in the 21st Century (2016)

Josef Nguyen, Assistant Professor of Game Studies at University of Texas at Dallas
Dissertation:  Creative Makings of the Digital Generation (2016)

Sara Petrosillo, Lecturer at University of California, Davis
Dissertation:  Pluck off Her Bells and Let Her Fly: Falconry as Medieval Reading Practice (2016)

Cara Shipe, Lecturer at University of California, Davis
Dissertation:  Bodies Beholden: Intersections of Race and Disability in Literature of the Long Nineteenth-Century U.S. (2016)


Pearl Chaozon-Bauer, Assistant Professor at Notre Dame de Namur University
Dissertation: Performative Subversions: The Epithalamuim, Sappho, and the Victorians (2015)

Heather Jennings, Academic Dean, The Ambrose School, Idaho
Dissertation:  Pedagogy, Delivery, Drama: Performance in the Later Middle Ages (2015)

Nicole Kenley, Lecturer, Department of English, Baylor University
Dissertation: Detecting Globalization: America's Emerging Genre of Global Detective Fiction (2015)

Dyani Johns Taff, Lecturer at Ithaca College
Dissertation: Contested Vessels: Gender and the Maritime in Early Modern Texts (2015)


Kristen Aldebol, Lecturer at Clemson University
Dissertation: Managing a Literate Laity: the Pilgrimage of the Life of Man in Fifteenth-Century England (2014)

Treena Balds, Instructor of English and Mathematics at Starter Academy, Jamaica
Dissertation:  Beckett's Calculus of the Subject (2014)

Valerie Billing, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Central College, Iowa
Big Women, Small Men: The Erotics of Size in Early Modern English Literature and Culture (2014)

Tanner Jupin, English Teacher at Basis Independent
Dissertation: Gamic Fiction: the Intermediation of Literature and Games (2014)

William Elliott, Adjunct Professor at University of Alaska, Southeast
Dissertation: ‘Losing Alaska to the Name Itself’: Elegy and Futurity in a Changing North (2014)

Matt Franks, Assistant Professor at University of West Georgia
Dissertation: Queer Eugenics: Modernism and the Biopolitics of Uplift (2014)

Erin Hendel, Developmental Writer at The Nature Conservancy
Dissertation: We the Separate Peoples: Literatures of Alternative Nationalisms in the United States 1800-1900 (2014)

Kelly Neil, Assistant Professor at Spartanburg Methodist College
Dissertation: Inscrutable Suicide: Politics, Gender, and the Felo de se in Early Modern Drama (2014)

Sarah Klotz, Assistant Professor at Butte College
Dissertation: Sentimental Literacies: Grief, Writing, and American Indigenous Rights 1820-1885 (2014)

Erin Paszko, Lecturer at UC Davis
Dissertation: Reluctant Realism: on Postcolonialism, Terrorism, and the Contemporary Crisis of Capitalism  (2014)

Nicholas Valvo, Adjunct Professor at Bates College
Dissertation Penurious Payments: Debt, Dependence, and Communal Form in Eighteenth-Century Britain (2014)


Claire Dawkins, Stanford University Online High School (English Instructor)
Dissertation: Not a Whore: The Defense against Slander in Early Modern English Romances

Alysia Garrison, Dartmouth College (Assistant Professor)
Dissertation: The Secret History of the Circum-Atlantic Novel

Anett Jessop, University of Texas, Tyler (Assistant Professor)
Dissertation: Definitional Poetics: Modernist Poetry, Language, and The Word Woman

Barbara Zimbalist, University of Texas, El Paso (Assistant Professor)
Dissertation: Translating Christ in Medieval Women’s Visionary Texts 


Sharada Balachandran-Orihuela, University of Maryland, College Park (Assistant Professor)
Dissertation: From Flags to Freeways: Hemispheric Routes of Exchange, Marginalized Economies, and Liberal Rights

Gina Caison, Georgia State University (Assistant Professor)
Dissertation: Being, Feeling, and Seeing Red in the Native South

Ryan Fong, Kalamazoo College (Assistant Professor)
Dissertation: Britannia's Unruly Pages: Victorian Forms and Neo-Victorian Fiction

Mindi McMann, College of New Jersey (Assistant Professor)
Dissertation: Ethical States

Anna Pruitt, Indiana University School of Liberal Arts (Assistant Research Professor); New Oxford Shakespeare Project (Associate Editor)
Dissertation: Shadow Patriarchs: Rogues, Witches, Bawds, and the Model of the Patriarchal Family in Jacobean Drama


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

John Garrison, Carroll University (Assistant Professor)
Dissertation: Enriching Friendship: Representations of Profitable Amity from Chaucer to Milton

Andrew Hageman, Luther College (Assistant Professor)
Dissertation: The Hour of the Machine

Darcy Irvin, University of Puget Sound (Visiting Assistant Professor)
Dissertation: "In the Mind's Eye": Pictured Reading in Victorian Narrative

Kristian Jensen, Basis Independent, Silicon Valley (English Teacher)
Dissertation: The Birth of Literary Ethnography: Struggles with Anthropology in Antebellum America

Sarah Juliet Lauro, University of Tampa (Assistant Professor)
Dissertation: The Modern Zombie: Living Death in the Technological Age

Vanessa Rapatz, Ball State University, (Assistant Professor)
Dissertation: Neither This Nor That: Convents and Novices in Early Modern English Problem Plays


Margaret France, Augustana College (Visiting Assistant Professor)
Dissertation: "Now for Something Completely Different": The Non Sequitur in Daniel Defoe, Sarah Fielding, and Sarah Scott 

Catherine Fung, Bentley University (Assistant Professor)
Dissertation: Perpetual Refugee: Memory of the Vietnam War in Asian-American Literature

Kyle Pivetti, Norwich University (Assistant Professor)
Dissertation "We'll Remember with Advantage": National Memory and Literary Form in Early Modern England 

Keri Wolf, Bakersfield College (Assistant Professor)
Dissertation: Place, Space, and Identity in Six Old English “Comitatus” Poems


Gretchen Braun, Furman University (Assistant Professor)
Dissertation: A Writing of Fire Within: Trauma, Transgression, and Gender in Victorian Fiction

Karen Gonzalez Burchett, American River College (Assistant Professor)
Dissertation: Platform of Influence: The Power of Public Speaking in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction

Jennifer Halpin, Savannah State University (Assistant Professor)
Dissertation: In Time, Just: Staging Ethics and Physics in Post-Cold War Drama

Tara Pedersen, University of Wisconsin, Parkside (Assistant Professor)
Dissertation: Confounding Categories of Knowledge: Mermaids in Early Modern English Theatrical Culture

Ryan Poll, Northeastern Illinois University (Instructor)
Dissertation: Main-Street Modernity: U.S. Narratives of Nationalism, Imperialism, and Exceptionalism      

Vanita Reddy, Texas A&M University (Assistant Professor)
Dissertation Re-Modeling Minority: Mapping Critical Femininities in the South Asian American Diaspora

Chistopher Schaberg, Loyola New Orleans (Assistant Professor)
Dissertation: Airport Reading

Melissa Strong, Northeastern State University, Oklahoma (Associate Professor)
Dissertation: A Taste For Charity: The Cultural Work of American Women's Benevolence Literature, 1850-1910 

Kara Thompson, College of William and Mary (Assistant Professor)
Dissertation: A Romance with Many Reservations: American Indian Figurations and the Globalization of Indigeneity

Julie Ann Wilhelm, Lamar University (Assistant Professor)
Dissertation: The Funny Business of 19th-Century Sentimentalism


Shellie Banga, Saddleback College (Assistant Professor)
Dissertation: A Banquet of Silhouettes: William Least Heat-Moon's Travel Trilogy in Context

Steven Ryan Blevins, Florida International University (Assistant Professor)
Dissertation: History Unhoused: Imagining Redress in Post-Imperial Britain

Seth Forrest, Coppin State University (Tenure Professor)
Dissertation: "Thus Far the Transmission is Oral": Orality, Aurality, and the Poetry of the Black Mountain School

Maura Kathleen Grady, Ashland University (Assistant Professor)
Dissertation: "I'm telling you she's your man:" The Female Organization Man in Twentieth Century Fiction and Film

Tony R. Magagna, Millikin University (Assistant Professor)
Dissertation: Placing The West: Landscape, Literature, and Identity in the American West 


Jessica Howell, Texas A&M (Assistant Professor)
Dissertation: Under the Weather: Disease, Race and Climate in Victorian Tales of Travel 

Jung-Kook Paik, Korea University (Lecturer)
Dissertation: Shakespeare's Strangers, Resistance, and State Power

Candace Hull Taylor, Merced College (Professor of English)
Dissertation: "A prudent feruentnesse or a feruent prudence": Reading Prudence in Classical, Patristic and Medieval Texts


Ann Bliss, Texas A&M at San Antonio (Assistant Professor)
Dissertation: "Fixing" the Family: The Function of the Family Photograph in Albums and Literature

Helena M. Feder, East Carolina University (Assistant Professor)
Dissertation: Coming into Culture: Ecocultural Materialism and the Bildungsroman 

J. Samaine Lockwood, George Mason University (Assistant Professor)
Dissertation: Recollecting a Region: Gender, Tourism, and the Literature of New England, 1870-1900

Jodi Rene Schorb, University of Florida, Gainesville (Assistant Professor)
Dissertation: From Sodomy to Indian Death: Sexuality, Race, and Structures of Feeling in Early American Execution Narratives 


Mark Bradshaw Busbee, Samford University (Associate Professor and Chair)
Dissertation: N.F.S. Grundtvig's Interpretation of Beowulf as a Living Heroic Poem for the People

J. Chris Westgate, California State University, Fullerton (Associate Professor and Graduate Adviser); President, The Eugene O'Neil Society
Dissertation: Staging the Metropolis: Theater, Politics, and the American City