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Graduate Students in the Department of English

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Abedeen, Lydia

she/her/hers
2nd-year MFA+MA
Field
: Poetry
Areas of Interest: Trauma theory, Caruthian literary analysis, ancient Greek mythology, fairy tale, classics and ancient history, cult and religious studies, effects of war on women, psychoanalysis, Bangladeshi identities, motherhood

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Abraham, George

he/him/his, they/them/theirs
2nd-year MFA+MA
Field
: Poetry
Areas of Interest: Anti-colonial Poetics, Palestinian Poetry, Southwest Asian & North African Diasporic Poetry, Experimental Poetic Forms, Digital Humanities, Horror and Speculative Fiction 

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Ady, Elisa

1st-year MFA+MA
Field
: Fiction

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Balooni, Agam

3rd-year PhD
Field: 19th-century British literature

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Bellaart, Elena

she/her/hers
PhD Candidate

Field: American literature
Areas of Interest: 19th-century American women’s writing, 19th-century representations of gender, labor, and domesticity

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Bergh, Rio

4th-year PhD
Field: American literature
Areas of Interest: development of consumerism and capitalism as it intersects with early American literature, particularly in the 18th- and 19th-centuries

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Bianchi, Andrea

she/her/hers
1st-year MFA+MA
Field
: Creative Nonfiction
Areas of Interest: memoir, lyric essay, relationship and family dynamics

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Boyden, Kayla

2nd-year PhD

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Browne, Kaitlin

PhD Candidate
Field: Medieval literature
Areas of Interest: medical and digital humanities, the construction of race in the middle ages, corporeal literacy, sociolinguistics, authorial theory

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Chase, Kai

they/them/theirs
3rd-year PhD

Field: Contemporary American Literature
Areas of Interest: Black feminist theory; Indigenous studies; gender and sexuality; Latin American and Caribbean literature; decolonial literature and theory; Marxism

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Cohen, Emma

she/her/hers
2nd-year PhD
Field
: Early Modern literature
Areas of Interest: embodiment, affect, illness

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Comerford, Jennifer

she/her/hers
PhD Candidate
Field: 18th-century British literature
Areas of Interest: the novel, epistolarity, cross-channel exchange, representations of consciousness, and women's writing

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Corning-Myers, Michaela

she/her/hers
3rd-year PhD

Field: American literature
Areas of Interest: American women’s writing, gender and sexuality, poetics, and domestic economies
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Dugas, May

she/her/hers
2nd-year MFA+MA
Field
: Creative Nonfiction
Areas of Interest: Fiction and nonfiction focusing on psychological aspects of trauma and grief, the intersection of consciousness with quantum physics, speculative fiction, fantasy, and epistolary forms

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Ellefson, Philip

he/him/his
PhD Candidate

Field: American literature
Areas of Interest: 19th/20th century American literature, urban fiction, architecture and housing

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English, Samantha

she/her/hers
3rd-year PhD

Field: 19th-century British and American literature
Areas of Interest: The novel, women's writing, transatlantic literary exchange, and commodity culture 

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Feero, Eliza

she/her/hers
3rd-year PhD

Field: Medieval literature
Areas of Interest: Pre-modern critical race studies; European representations of Islam and blackness; conversion and the body in pre-modern literature; manuscript studies and history of the book; textual afterlife

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Gibeily, Allison

she/her/hers
3rd-year PhD

Field: 18th-century British literature
Areas of Interest: travel narratives; medical humanities; women's writing; Ottoman and Middle Eastern studies; disease discourse

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Goddu, Charlotte

2nd-year PhD

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Godfrey, Johana 

PhD Candidate
Field: 19th-century British literature
Areas of Interest: response of formal aspects of emergent genres to imperial and urban expansion, material culture, and social and intellectual history

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Graves, Harrison

PhD Candidate
Field: 20th/21st-century Anglophone literature
Areas of Interest: African American literature, the intersections of race, spatial confinement, and spectacular punishment in 19th/20th-century prison literature, narratives of confinement, and visual & print culture

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Griffith-Gorgati, Isabel

she/her/hers
1st-year PhD

Field: 20th/21st-century transatlantic literature

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Gutierrez-Lowe, Mariana

she/her/hers
4th-year PhD

Field: American literature
Areas of Interest: Latinx literature, indigenous studies, postcolonial feminisms, borders and citizenship, decolonization, and motherhood

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Happe, Nat

1st-year MFA+MA
Field
: Creative Nonfiction

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Hirsi, Mariam

1st-year MFA+MA
Field
: Fiction

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Ibarra, Alexandra

she/her/hers
4th-year PhD

Field: American literature
Areas of Interest: Latinx literary and cultural studies

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Jiang, Nancy Haijing

PhD Candidate
Field: Medieval literature
Areas of Interest: Confession, Penitential literature, lay piety, medieval mercantilism, and History of the Book

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Johnson, Lauren

she/her/hers
1st-year PhD
Field
: 20th/21st-century American literature
Areas of Interest: African American literature, jazz studies, critical race and ethnic studies, and gender and sexuality studies

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Johnson, Mitchell

1st-year MFA+MA
Field
: Creative Nonfiction

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Jones-Torregrosa, Paulina

she/her/hers
PhD Candidate

Field: 20th/21st-century American literature
Areas of Interest: multiethnic American literatures since 1900, especially Latinx and African-American literatures, feminist, gender, and sexuality studies, critical race and ethnic studies

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Kim, Irene

she/her/hers
PhD Candidate

Field: 20th/21st-century American literature
Areas of Interest: race and ethnic studies, affect, aesthetics, poetics, media theory, and visual culture

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Lombardo, Christopher

he/him/his
3rd-year MFA+MA

Field: Fiction
Areas of Interest: speculative, weird, and Gothic fiction; trauma theory; media studies and theories of play; and apocalypse and eschatology

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McGrath, Jackson

he/him/his
2nd-year MFA+MA
Field
: Creative Nonfiction

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Mercer, Harris 

he/him/his
PhD Candidate

Field: British literature, 1500-1650
Areas of Interest: Economic and social history and other historicisms; disability, queer, and gender studies; political philosophy

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Milner, Surya

2nd-year MFA+MA
Field
: Creative Nonfiction

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Narayan, Govind

3rd-year PhD
Field: 19th-century British literature
Areas of Interest: Victorian literature, empire, and environmental humanities

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Nhu, Ryan

2nd-year PhD
Field: 20th/ 21st-century American literature
Areas of Interest: Autobiography Studies, Comparative Race and Ethnicity, Poetry and Poetics, Psychoanalysis, Queer Theory

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Nisenson, Sarah

she/her/hers
2nd-year PhD
Field
: 20th/ 21st-century American literature
Areas of Interest: new media and aesthetics, environmental justice, memorializations of trauma

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Pan, Phoebe

2nd-year PhD
Field
: Renaissance/early modern literature
Areas of Interest: poetry & poetics, consciousness, queer ecologies

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Ramirez, Jessica

PhD Candidate
Field: 20th/21st-century Anglophone literature
Areas of Interest: Latinx studies and multiethnic poetry, interdisciplinary approaches to race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality studies

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Rips, Avey

4th-year PhD
Field: American literature

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Scanlon, Suzanne

3rd-year  MFA+MA
Field: Fiction

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Scharfenberg, Katherine

PhD Candidate
Field: American literature
Areas of Interest: Early/19th-century American literatures, Indigenous studies, geography, narrative incoherence, nationalism

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Schell, Cameron

PhD Candidate
Field: 18th-century/Romantic British literature

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Singh, Angad

2nd-year PhD

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Smith, Katana

3rd-year MFA+MA
Field: Poetry
Areas of Interest: Queer theory, critical race theory, visual culture, narrative poetry

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Syvertsen, Adam

PhD Candidate
Field
: American literature
Areas of Interest: 18th/19th-century utopian fiction, 18th/19th-century political economy, critical theory, history/philosophy of science

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Talbott, Tyler

PhD Candidate
Field: 19th/20th-century British literature
Areas of Interest: Victorian and postcolonial British literature, ethnonationalism, postcolonial studies, undisciplining Victorian studies, theories of writing and pedagogy

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Tucker, Kira

she/her/hers, they/them/theirs
3rd-year MFA+MA

Field: Poetry
Areas of Interest: dreams, mythologies, queer theory, traditions of the American South, BIPOC voices, Russian poetry and poetics

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Vieytez, Maria

4th-year PhD
Field: Medieval literature
Areas of Interest: Narratology, critical race studies, and affect theory

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Weihl, Harrington

PhD Candidate
Field: 20th/21st-century Modern literature

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Winter, Elizabeth

she/her/hers
4th-year PhD

Field: 19th-century British literature
Areas of Interest: transatlantic literary exchange, feminist theory, and critical race theory

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Xu, Olivia Lingyi

PhD Candidate
Field: 19th-century British literature
Areas of Interest: Nineteenth-Century British literature; Early Twentieth-Century Chinese Literature; History of the Novel; Translation Theories; Literary Theory; Postcolonial Studies; Visual Arts and Nineteenth-century Aesthetic Theories

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Yarberry, Smith

they/them/theirs
3rd-year PhD

Field: Poetry & Poetics
Areas of Interest: prosody, romanticism, Blakean studies, twenty-first century poetry & poetics, trans(gender) literature, avant-garde traditions

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Yen, Sreddy

they/them/theirs
PhD Candidate

Field: 20th/21st-century Anglophone literature
Areas of Interest: contemporary African literatures, humanism, relationality, identity politics

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Yoon, Yasmin

she/her/hers
2nd-year PhD
Field
: Contemporary Asian American literature
Areas of Interest: Eco-criticism, New Materialism, Affect Theory, Posthumanism

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Zalokostas, Anna

she/her/hers
PhD Candidate
Field: 20th/21st-century American literature
Areas of Interest: multiethnic US literature and culture since 1900, especially post-1965, Marxist theory, especially feminist theories of social reproduction, transnational labor and migration

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