PhD Alumni

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2024
Alumnus Title of Dissertation Current Position
Lin, Tom   Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Iowa
2023
Alumnus Title of Dissertation Current Position
Arkenberg, Megan Problems of Life and Mind in Late Victorian Speculative Fiction Lecturer in English at UC Davis
Barrera, David Spatialized Violence in Chicanx Literature and Art Assistant Professor in English at California State University, Bakersfield
Burgess, Alexandra Print and the Path to African American Self-Determination in the Nineteenth Century Lecturer in English at UC Davis
DeWitt, Rachael Extra-Domestic Ecologies: Asexual Reproduction in Nineteenth-Century American Literature Postdoctoral scholar, Washington University in St. Louis
Giardina, Elizabeth The Book of Nature: Eighteenth- and Nineteenth- Century British Poetry & the Poetics of Earth System Design Lecturer in English at UC Davis
Radocay, Jonathan Stories in Severalty: Allotment and Indigenous Modernisms Tenure-track position, University of Washington (Seattle)
Weber, Breanne The Body and the Book: Ecologies of Inscription in the Early English Archive Tenure-track position at James Madison University in Virginia
2022
Alumnus Title of Dissertation Current Position
Blackman, Benjamin Just Speculation: Political Philosophy and the Science Fictional Imaginary at the End of the Eighteenth Century Upper School English Teacher at Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy
George Bagdanov, Kristin Nuclear Poetics: Energizing Social Forms in Cold War America Manager of Policy Research and Knowledge Sharing at the Building Decarbonization Coalition
Gray, Jessica Hanselman Reproductive Logic of Authorship and the Birth of the New Science Lecturer, UC Davis English Department
Hachimi, Yasmine The Eroticization of Tudor Queens in Early Modern England and Beyond Public Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow, Newberry Library
Hanley Cardozo, Kristen Brute: The British Beast in the Long Nineteenth Century Adjunct professor, teaching first-year writing, Mills College at Northeastern University
Hintze, Thomas Laughing Off White Supremacy, or: The Politics of Laughter in African American Modernism Union organizer with UAW 286
Miller, M.A. Gender Unconformities: Becoming-with the Environment in the Nineteenth-Century Anglophone Novel Tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Gender, Race, and Health in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington State University
Mlekoday, Michael Vegetal Imaginaries in Antebellum American Literature English Teacher at Charles Wright Academy for 11th and 12 grade
Peterson, Lauren Industrial Specters of Nineteenth-Century Literature: Mills, Ports, and Mines Tenure-track position, Walla Walla University
Qualls, Bethany E. Public Talk, Printed Pages: Gender, Gossip, and the Formation of Eighteenth-Century British Print Culture Lecturer in English at UC Davis
Wills, Melissa Ruptures: Life without Germs in the Microbiome Era Lecturer in the UC Davis Department of Science and Technology Studies
2021
Alumnus Title of Dissertation Current Position
Baltus, Lindsay Sisterhood is Mediated: What the Archive of 1970s Feminism Reveals About Social Movements and Social Media Today Strategic Implementation Manager in the Strategic Projects Office at the Oregon Department of Human Services
Bamert, Sophia Plotting Race: Narrative Form and Urban Racial Geographies Continuing Lecturer in Composition, Brooklyn College--CUNY)
Buse, Katherine How to Build a Planet: Science Fiction, Planetary Science, and the Making of Worlds Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies, The University of Chicago
Dhaliwal, Ranjodh Rendering the Computer: A Political Diagrammatology of Technology Assistant Professor of English and Film, Television, and Theatre at University of Notre Dame
Dietering, Averyl Front Matter: Reading and Writing the Forehead in Early Modern Literature Grant Writer, Mockingbird Analytics
Krzeminski, Jessica Disrupting Homogeneity: Geology's Living Fossils in Nineteenth-Century Literature Copywriter at Reagan Marketing + Design
Nez, Thomas Exigencies of Inscription: Documentary Writing and the Crises of Modernism Lecturer of English and Modern Languages at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia
Sarpong, Ashley Making Land, Making People: Rhetorics of Value and Improvement in Early Modern English Literature Tenure-track position at CSU-Stanislaus
Tinonga, Jennifer Patterning, Pinning, Making: Re-Reading Digital Craft Culture through Early-Nineteenth-Century Women's Writing Lecturer, UC Davis English Department
2020
Alumnus Title of Dissertation Current Position
Barr, Clara "moth / eroding": Decomposing Femininity in the Works of Djuna Barnes and Mina Loy Instructor, English Department and Writing Program at University of La Verne
Coller, Bryan All of Us with All of That: Militarized Life and Communal Affect in Twenty-First Century American Experimental Poetry  
Emrich, Lee Wearable Techne: Dressing Knowledge in Early Modern England Postdoctoral Teaching Associate in the Writing Program at Northeastern University
Fountain, Aimee Natural Enough: Contemporary Science, Capitalist Morality, and Dickens Writer/Strategist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Hogue, Rebecca Archipelagos of Resistance: Anti-Nuclear Writing of Oceania Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Toronto
Hulbert, Annette Writing in the Storm: Britain Visiting Professor of English, Willamette University
Kemp, Sawyer The Politics of Accessibility in Contemporary Shakespeare Theatres Assistant Professor at Queens College, CUNY
Petersen, Sarah Dieting with the Dead: Spiritualism and Alimentary Culture in 19th-Century American Literature Education Specialist with the Bay Area literacy non-profit YokyWorks
Pufahl, Shannon Of love and wounding: Animals and children in American literature, 1860-1945 Jones Lecturer in the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University
2019
Alumnus Title of Dissertation Current Position
Bryzik, Renee Asymmetrical Friendship in the Age of Enlightenment Sociability Adjunct Instructor at Christian Brothers University, Department of Literature & Languages, Memphis, TN
Connally, Kenneth Questioning Reproduction in Seventeenth-Century English Literature Lecturer in English at UC Davis
Crachiolo, Elizabeth Vegetable Feelings: Plants, Passions, and Knowledge in Early Modern England Auditor Evaluator for the California State Auditor's Office
Hughes, William Serial Feelings: Forms of Affect in Victorian Literature Professor, Porterville College
Jylkka, Katja Speculating Science: Nature, Narrative and the Cryptozoological Imagination Database Manager for Solid Starts
Kling, Rebecca Civil Ghosts: Transatlantic (Il)literacy and Personhood Lecturer, Department of English & Comparative Literature, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
Kossak, Benjamin Reading Bodies: Rethinking Embodied Cognition in Experimental Poetry Editorial Associate, Duke University Press
Leveling, Katherine Forms at the End of the World: Subject-System Identity and the Figuration of Late Capitalism in Contemporary American Poetry  
Snively, Samantha Making Knowledge in Seventeenth-Century England: Recipes, Writing, and Experimentation Proposal Writer, Proposal Services, UC Davis Office of Development and Alumni Relations
Wallis, Wally Utopian Occupations in Early Modern English Literature Lecturer in English at UC Davis
Wander, Ryan Queer Times Out West: Genres of the Settler Colonial US West, 1868-1912 Tenure-track position with Valdosta State University
2018
Alumnus Title of Dissertation Current Position
Abramowitsch, Simon Under the Sign of the Rainbow: Thinking Racial and Ethnic Heterogeneity in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1960s-1990s Faculty, English Department, Chabot College, Hayward, CA
Clearwater, Michael The Counter Domestic: The Culture Wars, Welfare Reform, and the Rewriting of the Family in Contemporary American Fiction Training Coordinator at the California Conservation Corps
Grace, Daniel Guided Passages: Spiritual Progress and Travel Narrative in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature and Culture (2018) Lecturer, English Department, Auburn University, Alabama
Kissinger, Zachary Currents of Speculation: Discourses of Water Scarcity in Contemporary Science Fiction Associate Director, Art of Problem Solving, Seattle, WA
2017
Alumnus Title of Dissertation Current Position
Balds, Treena Beckett's Calculus of the Subject Instructor of English and Mathematics at Starter Academy, Jamaica
Hume, Angela Lyric Interiors: The Contemporary Ecological Imagination in American Women Assistant Professor of English, Creative Writing, and Environmental Literature, University of Minnesota, Morris
Martel, Michael Anytown U.K.: The Local State of Victorian Print Instructor, English Department, University of Alabama
Ross, Cordelia Unearthing England: Conquest and Identity in Underground Narratives, 1150-1250 Instructor, English Department, University of Alabama
Serafin, Leilani The Fictions of American Liberalism: Modernism between Crisis and Consensus Operations and Communications Lead in the The Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CEETL) at San Francisco State University
Sparling, Meg The Literature that Slave Labor Made: Methods of Slave Labor's Representation in Nineteenth-Century American Literature Funding Analyst for the Interdisciplinary Research Support Team in the Office of Research, University of California, Davis,
Thomas, George Telling Time: The Temporal Novels of Williams Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy, and Toni Morrison Visiting Assistant Professor at Guilford College
2016
Alumnus Title of Dissertation Current Position
Afflerbach, Ian The Fictions of American Liberalism: Modernism between Crisis and Consensus Assistant Professor, English Department, University of North Georgia
Backman, Russell The Distributed Epic: Modularity, Networks, and Organization in the Novels of Thomas Pynchon Assistant Professor, Department of English and Humanities, Palomar College, San Marcos, CA
Ball, Molly Writing Out of Time: Temporal Vulnerability in Nineteenth-Century Narrative Assistant Professor, Humanities Department, Eureka College, Eureka, IL
Carroll, Jordan Publishing the Unpublishable: Obscenity and Editorship in U.S. Literary Culture Assistant Professor, English and Writing, University of Tampa, Tampa, FL
Druckman Cohn, Jenae The Books that Bind Us: Remediation of the Printed Book as Social Practice in the 21st Century Director of Academic Technology at Sacramento State
Nguyen, Josef Creative Makings of the Digital Generation Assistant Professor, School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication, University of Texas at Dallas
Petrosillo, Sara Pluck off Her Bells and Let Her Fly: Falconry as Medieval Reading Practice Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Evansville, IN
Shaw, Danielle Mad Men, Playboys, and Hipsters: White Masculinity in Postwar U.S. Film and Literature Instructor, Department of English, West Valley College, Saratoga, CA
Shipe, Cara Bodies 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, Bryan Vagrant Narratives: Governing the Welfare Subject in the US and Britain, 1880-1940 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
2015
Alumnus Title of Dissertation Current Position
Chaozon-Bauer, Pearl Performative Subversions: The Epithalamuim, Sappho, and the Victorians Assistant Professor, Department of English, Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, CA
Jennings, Heather Pedagogy, Delivery, Drama: Performance in the Later Middle Ages Academic Dean, The Ambrose School, Meridian, ID
Kenley, Nicole Detecting Globalization: America's Emerging Genre of Global Detective Fiction Lecturer, Department of English, Baylor University, Waco, TX.
Kitses, Jasmine Simple Marks: Moments of Punctuation in Twentieth-Century Poetry Middle School Language Arts Teacher, Synergy School, San Francisco, CA
Taff, Dyani Johns Contested Vessels: Gender and the Maritime in Early Modern Texts Assistant Professor position at Colby College
Wallis, Bryan The Greatest Light is the Greatest Shade: Wendell Berry and the Darkness of Coexistence Owner, Saturnworks Pedals, Davis, CA
Weis, Martin Bio-Gaming: The Real Biopolitics of Virtual Bodies Owner, Game the Room, Rohnert Park, CA.
Weise, Peter Voice Beyond Language: Rethinking Sound Studies for British Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century Assistant Teaching Professor, University of Michigan - Jiao Tong University Joint Institute, Shanghai City, China
Wilson-Bates, Tobias Time and its Machine: The Novel as Temporal Technology Assistant Professor, English Department, Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville, GA
2014
Alumnus Title of Dissertation Current Position
Aldebol-Hazle, Kristen Managing a Literate Laity: the Pilgrimage of the Life of Man in Fifteenth-Century England Lecturer, Clemson University
Billing, Valerie Big Women, Small Men: The Erotics of Size in Early Modern English Literature and Culture Assistant Professor, Department of English, Central College, Iowa
Elliott, William ‘Losing Alaska to the Name Itself’: Elegy and Futurity in a Changing North Assistant Professor of English, University of Alaska, Southeast
Franks, Matt Queer Eugenics: Modernism and the Biopolitics of Uplift Assistant Professor, University of West Georgia
Hendel, Erin We the Separate Peoples: Literatures of Alternative Nationalisms in the United States 1800-1900 Donor Communications Manager, The Nature Conservancy
Jupin, Tanner Gamic Fiction: the Intermediation of Literature and Games English Teacher, Basis Independent, Silicon Valley, CA
Klotz, Sarah Sentimental Literacies: Grief, Writing, and American Indigenous Rights 1820-1885 Project Specialist and Research Assistant Professor, Center of Urban Education, University of Southern California
Neil, Kelly Inscrutable Suicide: Politics, Gender, and the Felo de se in Early Modern Drama Professor of English, Spartanburg Methodist College, Spartanburg, SC
Paszko, Erin Reluctant Realism: on Postcolonialism, Terrorism, and the Contemporary Crisis of Capitalism  
Tirapelle, Grace Hotel Publics: Space, Hospitality, and U.S. Literature, 1893-2010 Student-Athlete Support Program Director, Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club
Valvo, Nicholas enurious Payments: Debt, Dependence, and Communal Form in Eighteenth-Century Britain Lecturer, English, Reading and Speech Department, City Colleges of Chicago
Walker, Kaitlin Embroidering a Transnational Feminist Room of One's Own: Desire, Labor, and Narrative in Sandra Cisneros' The House on Mango Street and Caramelo  
2013
Alumnus Title of Dissertation Current Position
Cattivera, Alexis At Home and on the Road: The Politics of Postwar Space in American Literature and Film Adjunct English Instructor, DeAnza College, Cupertino, CA
Dawkins, Claire Not a Whore: The Defense against Slander in Early Modern English Romances English Instructor, Stanford Online High School, Redwood City, CA
Embry, Karen The Incalculable Truth of Art: Thinking Through the Artwork in the Twentieth Century Instructor, Composition and Literature, Portland Community College, Portland, OR.
Garrison, Alysia The Secret History of the Circum-Atlantic Novel Assistant Professor, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.
Jessop, Anett Definitional Poetics: Modernist Poetry, Language, and The Word Woman Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX
Kreiner, Timothy The Long Downturn and its Discontents: Language Writing and the New Left Lecturer, English Department, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Long, Britt Choose Your Own Adventure: Fandom, Authorship, and Alternate History in an Age of New Media  
O’Brien, Eric Inexpressible: The Agrarian Roots of Romantic Rhetoric Adjunct Professor, English, University of Nebraska Omaha, Omaha, NE
Page, Ryan The Melodramatic Diegesis: Sensational Realism, Dramatism, and the Advent of Literary Naturalism  
Recker, Laurel Chronotopias: The Politics of Time and Space in Transatlantic Modernisms Adjunct Faculty at California State University, Monterey Bay
Tran, Ha Alien Cities: Anxieties about Race, Space, and the Body Politic in the Science Fiction City  
Zimbalist, Barbara Translating Christ in Medieval Women’s Visionary Texts Assistant Professor, University of Texas, El Paso, TX
2012
Alumnus Title of Dissertation Current Position
Anderson, Sara Archives of Futurity: Prophetic Discourse Networks and the End of Race in the United States  
Balachandran-Orihuela, Sharada From Flags to Freeways: Hemispheric Routes of Exchange, Marginalized Economies, and Liberal Rights Associate 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, Gina Being, Feeling, and Seeing Red in the Native South Associate Professor, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Dennis, Valerie The Divine is in the Details: Changing Representations of God in Medieval and Early Modern English Drama Instructor of English, West Texas A&M University, Canyon, TX
Fong, Ryan Britannia Assistant Professor, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI
Grand, Natalie Teaching the Turk, Teaching as the Turk: Female Characters as Tutors on the Early Modern English Stage  
Kilgore, John The Revival of Revolt: Enthusiasm and Event in U.S. Literature from the American Revolution to the Civil War Associate Professor, English Department, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
McMann, Mindi Ethical States Associate Professor, English Department, College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ
Pruitt, Anna Shadow Patriarchs: Rogues, Witches, Bawds, and the Model of the Patriarchal Family in Jacobean Drama Managing Editor, Giving USA, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indianapolis, IN
Sperber, Lisa The Poetic Relationship of Adrienne Rich, Jean Valentine and Jane Cooper Lecturer, University Writing Program, University of California at Davis, Davis, CA
Swinkin, Rachel The Limits of Sympathy: Animals and Sentimentality in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture, 1759-1810  
2011
Alumnus Title of Dissertation Current Position
Degnan, Cynthia The Nation Therapist and Counseling Coordinator, Rape Advocacy, Counseling and Education Services, Champaign, IL
Dunn, Jason Literacy, 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, John Enriching Friendship: Representations of Profitable Amity from Chaucer to Milton Professor, Department of English, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA
Hageman, Andrew The Hour of the Machine Associate Professor of English, Luther College, Decorah, IA
Hopf, Courtney Story Networks: The Politics and Poetics of Mass Collaboration Lecturer and Program Manager, Liberal Studies and Creative Arts, New York University, London
Irvin, Darcy "In the Mind Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
Jensen, Kristian The Birth of Literary Ethnography: Struggles with Anthropology in Antebellum America  
Lauro, Sarah Juliet The Modern Zombie: Living Death in the Technological Age Assistant Professor, University of Tampa, Tampa, FL
Metzger, Douglas Plots of Incline: American Local Color and Postbellum Philosophy  
Rapatz, Vanessa Neither This Nor That: Convents and Novices in Early Modern English Problem Plays Assistant Professor, Ball State University, Muncie, IN
2010
Alumnus Title of Dissertation Current Position
France, Margaret "Now for Something Completely Different": The Non Sequitur in Daniel Defoe, Sarah Fielding, and Sarah Scott Instructor, Yakima Valley College, Yakima, WA
Fung, Catherine Perpetual Refugee: Memory of the Vietnam War in Asian-American Literature English Teacher, Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco, CA
Giannini, Natalie Serving at the Pleasure of the Queen: Staging Counsel in Elizabethan England Professor, Composition and Rhetoric-Literary Studies, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
Glass, Daniel Total Noise: Language Poetry, Hip-Hop, and Urban Collapse  
Langmade, Lynn GemiNation: A Theory of Twin Literary Criticism in American Literature Founder & Digital Marketing Consultant, Verge Marketing Agency, Lafayette, CA
Milos, Nathan Messthenics as an Alternative to the Avant Garde Youth Services Librarian, Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento, CA
Pivetti, Kyle "We'll Remember with Advantage": National Memory and Literary Form in Early Modern England Associate Professor of English, Norwich University, Northfield, VT
Rodger, Katharine "Toward the Western Sea": Science, Culture, and Narrative in the American Pacific Continuing Lecturer, University Writing Program, UC Davis, Davis, CA
Walker, Karen Chase 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  
Wolf, Keri Place, Space, and Identity in Six Old English “Comitatus” Poems Professor, English, Bakersfield College, Bakersfield, CA
Zanten, Clara Van Word Clouds: Ashbery, Weather Poems, Ecology  
2009
Alumnus Title of Dissertation Current Position
Bender, Melissa "Work Hard and Act Right": The Neoliberal Self-Made Individual in U.S. Memoir Continuing Lecturer, University Writing Program, UC Davis, Davis, CA
Braun, Gretchen A Writing of Fire Within: Trauma, Transgression, and Gender in Victorian Fiction Associate Professor of English, Furman University, Greenville, SC
Burchett, Karen Gonzalez Platform of Influence: The Power of Public Speaking in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction  
Halpin, Jennifer In Time, Just: Staging Ethics and Physics in Post-Cold War Drama Associate Professor, English, Languages and Cultures, Savannah State University, Savannah, GA
Jacobsen, Ann The Poetics of Interiority: Emily Dickinson, Edith Wharton, Willa Cather and the Use of Interior Space Adjunct Professor of English, Sacramento City College, Sacramento, CA
Pauza, Colleen Mysticism and the Mind: Varieties of Subjectivity in British and Irish Fiction, 1860 - 1940 and Beyond  
Pedersen, Tara Confounding Categories of Knowledge: Mermaids in Early Modern English Theatrical Culture Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin, Parkside, WI
Poll, Ryan Main-Street Modernity: U.S. Narratives of Nationalism, Imperialism, and Exceptionalism Assistant Professor, Graduate Coordinator & Undergraduate Advisor of English, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL
Reddy, Vanita e-Modeling Minority: Mapping Critical Femininities in the South Asian American Diaspora? Associate Professor, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Schaberg, Chistopher Airport Reading Dorothy Harrel Brown Distinguished Professor of English, Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Smith, Kendra O Untimely Translation in Fourteenth-Century British Literature Intellectual Property Analyst, UC Davis, Davis, CA
Strong, Melissa A Taste For Charity: The Cultural Work of American Women Faculty, English Department, Community College of Philadelphia, PA
Thompson, KT A Romance with Many Reservations: American Indian Figurations and the Globalization of Indigeneity Assistant Professor of English, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
Wilhelm, Julie Ann The Funny Business of 19th-Century Sentimentalism Academic Program Director: Bachelor of Arts Major in English, National University, Costa Mesa Campus, Costa Mesa, CA