Awards, Publications, & Projects - 2019


Name Awards, Publications, & Projects
Bloom, Gina Gina Bloom was invited to present the Shakespeare Birthday Lecture at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., an event held annually since 1932. Entitled "Rough Magic: Performing Shakespeare through Gaming Technology," the lecture is available for viewing at Bloom's book "Gaming the Stage: Playable Media and the Rise of English Commercial Theater" was published by the University of Michigan Press in Fall 2018 as part of the Theater: Theory/Text/Performance series. It has just been named the Runner Up for the Outstanding Book Award from The Association for Theatre in Higher Education and received Honorable Mention for the David Bevington Award given by the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society. The book is available open access through an award from the TOME Initiative sponsored by the UC Davis Library.
Chaganti, Seeta Seeta Chaganti gave a keynote talk entitled "White Incipit" at the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies in Sydney, Australia. She was also a featured speaker at the inaugural Race before Race Symposium at Arizona State University. She additionally spoke at the University of Tennessee's Marco Symposium, which brought together scholars of medieval Islam, Judaism, and Christianity to discuss responses to death in these different faith traditions. Her recent book, Strange Footing (Chicago, 2018), was featured in a cover-story review essay on dance scholarship appearing in the Times Literary Supplement. She also published a piece in Public Books that advocates for the removal of Confederate monuments by drawing upon Geoffrey Chaucer's thoughts on memorial and monument in The House of Fame. Finally, a new essay of hers on poetic form and emotion appeared in an edited volume on Emotion and Medieval Textual Media.
Clover, Joshua Joshua Clover was on leave all year but spent much of it overseeing translations of *Red Epic* into Swedish, and *Riot.Strike.Riot* into Turkish, German, Swedish, and French (with a new preface) along with the new English edition with new afterword; his writings on the Yellow Vest movement appeared in various venues and in seven languages.
Dolan, Frances Frances Dolan is excited about the launch of The Pulter Project, an open access online edition of the works of seventeenth-century poet Hester Pulter, to which she has contributed editions of numerous poems and contextual materials, including two poems she co-edited with recent Davis PhD Samantha Snively. You can play with Pulter here:
Freeman, Elizabeth Elizabeth Freeman finished a book, Beside You in Time: Sense-Methods and Queer Sociabilities in the American Nineteenth Century, which will be out from Duke University Press this summer. She also gave invited lectures and workshops in Los Angeles, Berlin, Copenhagen, Odense, London, and Manchester.
Houston, Pam In January, Pam Houston published a memoir called Deep Creek: Finding Hope In The High Country with her long time publisher, W.W. Norton. Currently 20,000 are in print.
Johns, Alessa Alessa Johns enjoyed a residential research fellowship at the Duke August Library in Wolfenbüttel, Germany from January to February. She published articles on Mary Wollstonecraft, Anna Jameson, German novels translated into English, and Frederick the Great's sisters Wilhelmine of Bayreuth and Philippine Charlotte of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel. Her international interest has extended to co-editing, with Katrin Berndt of the University of Halle-Wittenberg, the Handbook of the British Novel of the Long Eighteenth Century to highlight the work of scholars from 8 different countries (De Gruyter); accepting invitations to lecture at the University of Erlangen, Germany and Stockholm University, Sweden; and serving as Faculty Director of the London Abroad program in the Spring Quarter.
Martín, Desirée During the Spring quarter, Professor Martín taught ENL 149, "Career-Planning and English," with Janice Morand, Associate Director of the UC Davis Internship and Career Center, and Christina Cadang, Career Advisor. You can read about ENL 149 here. Professor Martín is also continuing to work on her book project, "UnTranslation: Translation and Media in Chicanx/Latinx and Border Culture," about the simultaneously hidden and excessive presence of translation in Latinx cultural production. She is also collaborating with a group of Latinx Studies faculty members from around the country to edit "The Furies Reader," about the racialization of women's anger in contemporary politics.
Marx, John John Marx published a book entitled Media U: How the Need to Win Audiences Has Shaped Higher Education (w/Mark Garrett Cooper; Columbia UP: 2018) and spent the academic year as an American Council on Education Fellow, which had him shadowing President Elizabeth Hillman at Mills College in Oakland.
Milburn, Colin Colin Milburn published a new book, "Respawn: Gamers, Hackers, and Technogenic Life"
Miller, Liz Liz Miller was awarded both a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to help her complete her current book project titled "Extraction Ecologies and the Literature of the Long Exhaustion, 1830s-1930s."
Peterson, Katie Katie Peterson published a book of poetry, A Piece of Good News, with Farrar Straus and Grioux. The audiobook will be available this fall. She spent the spring on book tour, reading in Boston, New York, Portland, and locally. She also worked as dramaturg on a contemporary translation of Shakespeare's King John, which was staged in June in New York, as part of the Play On! project with the Ashland Shakespeare Festival. Katie and her husband, Davis Studio Art professor Young Suh, are in the initial stages of a collaboration based on road trips in Korea and Ireland. She is also working on a new book of poems that takes as its subject family arguments and difficult conversations.
Ronda, Margaret Margaret Ronda published two books over the past year: a critical study of postwar American poetry and ecological crisis, Remainders: American Poetry at Nature's End (Stanford University Press), and a book of poetry, For Hunger (Saturnalia Books). She recently gave a keynote talk at the World-Ecological Research Network Conference in San Francisco in May 2019.
Stahmer, Carl Carl Stahmer received a $275,000.00 award from the J. Paul Getty Foundation to fund continued development of an Image Recognition Software platform, Archive-Vision, for the automated discovery and cataloging on Early Modern Printed Materials. Arch-V was originally developed with funds provided by an Office of Digital Humanities Start-Up Award from the National Endowment of the Humanities and through the support of the UC Davis Library. It currently serves as the engine behind the Image Search functionality at the English Broadside Ballad Archive ( More information about the platform can be found at In addition to the Getty Award, Carl also co-authored an article titled, "Network Analysis to Evaluate the Impact of Research Funding on Research Community Consolidation" that was just formally accepted to PLOS ONE. The article applies Natural Language Processing techniques (LDA Topic Modeling and time-series network analysis) as a means of tracking the emergence, transformation, and consolidation of discourses in published scientific literature in order to better understanding the emergence of new disciplines and the role that external research funding plays in this emergence.
Waters, Claire Claire Waters finishes her term as Associate Dean of the Faculty at the end of 2018–19 and is looking forward to returning to the department full-time. She enjoyed co-teaching a first-year seminar on comic books with Matthew Vernon this past fall and has been working on a long-term project about the forms of creativity and thought that emerge around the Virgin Mary in the Middle Ages.
Werth, Tiffany Jo Tiffany Jo Werth is delighted to see the publication of *Premodern Ecologies in the Modern Literary Imagination*, an essay collection co-edited with Vin Nardizzi (University of Toronto Press 2019). She's been enjoying serving as President of the International Spenser Society and as one of three Directors for the Oecologies network. She's excited to have co-convened "Earth," a symposium (September 19-20, Oxford UK) whose central aim is to examine the varied and contested premodern approaches to the natural world, as well as to analyze how this premodern archive resonates with contemporary concerns around environmental degradation and global warming.

Graduate Student

Name Awards, Publications, & Projects
Arkenberg, Megan Megan Arkenberg won the 2018 William H. Scheuerle Award for the best paper by a graduate student presented at the VISAWUS (Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States) annual conference. Her short fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Nightmare Magazine, and the hybrid fiction/Classics scholarship collection Making Monsters.
Bagdanov, Kristin George Kristin George Bagdanov’s poetry collection, Fossils in the Making, was published by Black Ocean in April 2019. Her chapbook, Diurne, won the 2019 Sunken Garden Chapbook Prize and will be published this summer by Tupelo Press. She has articles forthcoming in Symplokê and Oxford Literary Review and was recently awarded a Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation Fellowship.
Bamert, Sophia Sophia Bamert spent this year as UC Davis exchange lecturer at the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, where she taught MA seminars on theory/methodology and American urbanism. While in Germany, she presented at a conference at Bielefeld University and gave invited guest lectures at the University of Düsseldorf and the Obama Institute.
Bryzik, Renee Graduating PhD Renee Bryzik is this year's Association for Eighteenth-Century Studies Rare Book School Scholarship awardee. She will be attending "Introduction to the Principles of Bibliographical Description" at UVA this summer in support of her research on friendship in the late hand press and early machine press periods.
DeWitt, Rachael Rachael DeWitt's "Resisting Extinction with Thoreau’s Mystical Empiricism" was published in the roundtable on resistance in the Concord Saunterer.
Dietering, Averyl Averyl Dietering was awarded a Bilinski Fellowship and presented at The Early Modern Research Group's incredibly successful "After #RaceB4Race" event. Her conference notes from the Race before Race Symposium were retweeted by the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. She also experienced failures (re: writing, conferencing, fellowships, etc.) and would be happy to talk to you about them if you want to email her or grab a coffee.
Emrich, Lee Lee Emrich has been selected to be a Leaders for the Future fellow for the 2019-2020 academic year. She has also been accepted to and will attend the Los Angeles Review of Books Summer Publishing Workshop in July 2019.
Fries, Cristina Cristina Fries was awarded a 2020 Fulbright Grant for Creative Writing in Argentina. She is also a Tin House Scholar for summer 2019, and her opera libretto was selected to be performed by the North American New Opera Workshop in Atlanta, GA in May 2019. Her short story is forthcoming in the journal War, Literature, and the Arts.
Hogue, Rebecca Rebecca Hogue was awarded a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for the 2019-2020 school year. She spent the 2018-2019 year as a Professors for the Future fellow, and she will complete this summer, as a Mellon Public Scholar, a digital humanities project detailing Pacific Islander activism in Northern California. She had two articles accepted this year, one to an edited collection on climate change in the Pacific and the other in a collection on empire and the environment. She also has been selected to co-edit a special issue on Transnational Nuclear Imperialisms for the Journal of Transnational American Studies.
Hughes, William Lee William Lee Hughes published “Impersonal Grief: Charles Dickens and Serial Forms of Affect” in the December 2018 issue of differences: A Journal Of Feminist Cultural Studies. He also presented a paper entitled “‘Where the Sequence Failed’: Looking at the Serial Temporality of Kipling’s Kim” at the North American Victorian Studies Association Annual Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Jylkka, Katja Katja Jylkka has an article titled "Invasive Humans and Posthumanist Horror in Johanna Sinisalo's Birdbrain" forthcoming in ISLE and will be a Visiting Assistant Professor at Westfield State University for the 2019-2020 school year.
Kemp, Sawyer Sawyer Kemp was an invited presenter at the first ever Early Modern Trans* Studies conference at Bryn Mawr College in advance of a special issue of the Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies. They published a chapter in the edited collection "Teaching Social Justice Through Shakespeare" due in October from Edinburgh University Press; an article in Shakespeare Studies titled "'In That Dimension Grossly Clad'; Transgender Rhetoric and Shakespeare," out this fall; and co-authored an online article with Dr. Alicia Andrzejewski for Synapsis Health Humanities Journal. They also received a Bilinski Fellowship for 2019-20.
Keramati, Saba Saba Keramati was awarded a 2019 Margrit Mondavi Fellowship from the UC Davis Humanities Institute to continue work on her poetry thesis. Earlier this year, she was published in the Michigan Quarterly Review.
Krzeminski, Jessica Jessica Krzeminski accepted a spot as a 2019-2020 Professors for the Future Fellow. She will also be published in the September edition of the Henry James Review in the Emotion, Feelings, Sentiment Forum and has a forthcoming piece in Edge Effects, a digital magazine produced by the Center for Culture, History, and Environment at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Mlekoday, Michael Michael Mlekoday was awarded a Katharine Bakeless Nason Scholarship to attend the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers' Conference at Middlebury College. Mlekoday also had poems published in Washington Square Review and Southern Indiana Review.
Peterson, Lauren S. Lauren Peterson's first article, "Miasmatic Ghosts in Rebecca Harding Davis's 'Life in the Iron-Mills'" is forthcoming this summer in Literary Geographies.
Qualls, Bethany Bethany Qualls was awarded the 2019 Catherine Macaulay Prize from Women’s Caucus of the American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) for her essay “Talking Statues, Treasonous Bishops, and Grave Robbery: Creating the Celebrated Sally Salisbury’s Print Afterlives.” Besides presenting and co-chairing a panel at the ASECS annual meeting, she also presented at the inaugural International Eliza Haywood Society conference where she was elected to the executive board. She created the fashion section and edited content for Broadview Online: Jane Austen in Context resource site and has a chapter in the edited collection A Spy on Haywood: addresses to a multifarious writer forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.
Snively, Samantha Samantha Snively has been serving as the Social Media and Public Outreach Manager for the digital media edition The Pulter Project, and published an article in The Conversation on the work of Hester Pulter as part of that work. As Program Manager for the Undergraduate Research Center's Mentor-Mentee Program, she launched the program's expansion to its first cohort of transfer students. This spring, she completed her dissertation, Making Knowledge in Seventeenth Century England: Recipes, Writing, and Experimentation , graduated, and currently works as a Proposal Writer in UC Davis's Office of Development and Alumni Relations.
Tinonga-Valle, Jennifer Jennifer Tinonga-Valle has an article on reading Emily Dickinson using Pinterest forthcoming in a special issue of Nineteenth-Century Studies. She was also awarded first place in the 2018 JASNA (Jane Austen Society) graduate-student essay competition and her essay was published on their website. She presented conference papers at PAMLA and at the Dickens Universe Winter Conference, co-taught a week-long workshop at Dickens Universe, and will present a paper this summer at the BAVS (British Association for Victorian Studies) conference in Dundee, Scotland. She also exhibited artwork and a website inspired by her dissertation research at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art.


Name Awards, Publications, & Projects
Abbott, Don Don Abbot's recent publications include: "'A New Genus:' Mary Wollstonecraft and the Feminization of Elocution," Rhetorica (2018); "The Social Life of Books" (Review), Rhetorica (2019); Mrs. Ellis and the Domestication of Elocution," Rhetoric Review (forthcoming). He has also been asked to contribute two chapters to the forthcoming 5 volume Cambridge History of Rhetoric.
Hays, Peter Peter Hays published three articles (in the "Hemingway Review", "ANQ," the "Steinbeck Review"), a book chapter in "Wharton and Hemingway: Gender and the Advent of Modernism," a review of Vol. 4 of "Hemingway's Letters" in the "Hemingway Review," and his annual column in the "Fitzgerald Review." He also continues to teach first-year seminars and for the OLLI program.
Morris, Linda A. Linda A. Morris was co-producer/editor of a video entitled "Mark Twain’s Joan of Arc." It was named “best documentary film” at the 1st Anstia Film Festival in Paris, 2018, and is available on YouTube. In July, she was awarded “The Charlie Award” by the American Humor Studies Association, a lifetime achievement award. She was also awarded a Quarry Farm fellowship in May by the Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College. She published “Mark Twain and Sexuality,” in Mark Twain in Context, Ed. John Bird, Cambridge University Press, In Press.
Williamson, Alan Alan Williamson's new book of poems, Franciscan Notes, will be published by Tupelo in October 2019. The Living Theatre: Selected Poems of Bianca Tarozzi, co-translated with Jeanne Foster, won the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award for poetry in translation in 2018.


Name Awards, Publications, & Projects
Abraham, Eman Eman Abraham was awarded second place in the Pamela Maus Contest in Creative Writing for Poetry for the poems “Pre-teen in the I.E.”, “Fuck This Bar/Gin Intercepts the Last Sleep”, “From Below”, “Wool Women”, “Virgo Sun/Virgo Moon” & “Econo Lodge.”
Crocoll, Bailey Bailey Crocoll won first place in the Pamela Maus Contest in Creative Writing for Fiction and the second place Diana Lynn Bogart Fiction Prize for the story “Name Sign.”
DiCarlo, Anthony Anthony DiCarlo won the Celeste Turner Wright Academy of American Poetry Prize for a collection of poems including “I have never seen anything like this-," “A Hangover,” “someday or another,” “Reasons to Drink: #1,” and “For Fiver and Cassandra.” He was also an Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prize UC Davis finalist for “Bernini’s Daphne”, “Poem #29”, “A Hangover”, “upon the Field of Mars”, “November”, “Fundamental and Overtone”, “To a Gull”, and “Little Planet.”
Dusanapudi, Teja Teja Dusaapudi was awarded a Lois Ann Lattin Rosenberg Essay Prize Honorable Mention for the essay “Tongues Forked and Splintered: The Snake as a Conduit for Divine Connection.”
Holland, Kaija Kaija Holland won second place in the Pamela Maus Contest in Creative Writing for Fiction for the sort story “Summer.”
Imas, Maryna Maryna Imas won the Lois Ann Lattin Rosenberg Essay Prize for the essay “The Occult Context of Heinlein’s Fiction: Sex, Magic and Quantum Mechanics.”
Kim, Ashley Ashley Kim was an Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prize UC Davis finalist for “Hardening.”
Malins, Lisa Lisa Malins won the Peter Hays Writing Prize for her essay “‘Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations’:
Moseidjord, Anna Kristina Anna Kristina Moseidjord won third place in the Pamela Maus Contest in Creative Writing for Poetry for the collection “6 poems make an identity crisis.”
Mulcaire, Gabriel Gabriel Mulcaire won third place in the Pamela Maus Contest in Creative Writing for Fiction for the short stories “In Public”, “Sunday Night” and “Boiling.”
Rogers, Jarrett Jarrett Rogers was an Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prize UC Davis finalist for the poems “God’s Order”, “Modern Warfare”, “Death Valley”, “Goodbye, my love”, “Ciancetti”, “The Wrong Men for the Show”, “All Reformation in Diesel Politics.”
Spanier, Haley Haley Spanier won the Elliot Gilbert Memorial Prize for Best Undergraduate Honors Critical Thesis, for her work on "Between Social Dependence and Social Integration: The Post-WWII Existential Bildungsroan,” under the direction of thesis advisor Mark Jerng.
Stack, Emily Emily Stack was awarded an Elliot Gilbert Memorial Prize for Best Undergraduate Honors Thesis Honorable Mention for her thesis "'The little O, the earth’: Ecology, Theatrical Land, and Shakespeare’s Tragedies” under the direction of thesis advisor Gina Bloom. Emily was also a Lois Ann Lattin Rosenberg Essay Prize Honorable Mention for the essay “Wild Colonial Boy: “‘Gone Girl’ and the Uses of Contemporary Irish-American Identity.”
Thornton, Jennifer Jennifer Thornton was awarded the Elliot Gilbert Memorial Prize for Best Undergraduate Honors Creative Writing Project for "The Second Story Bathroom Girls” under the direction of honors advisor Greg Glazner.
West, Megan Megan West was awarded the Lois Ann Lattin Rosenberg Prize for Outstanding Graduating Senior Award and the 2019 Outstanding Senior Award Campus-Wide Recognition.
Wiseman, Cheyenne Cheyenne Wiseman won the first place Diana Lynn Bogart Fiction Prize for the short story “The Drowning."
Yang, Charlene Charlene Yang won first place in the Pamela Maus Contest in Creative Writing for Poetry for the poems “love in the fisheye”, “the logic of benthos”, “gate” & “sum.”