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Graduate Students in the Department of English

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Ayala, Uta

PhD Candidate
Field: Medieval literature

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Balooni, Agam

1st-year PhD
Field: 19th-century British literature

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Barker, Jeremiah

3rd-year MFA+MA
Field: Creative Nonfiction
Areas of Interest: queer theory, cultural criticism, auto-fiction, life writing, ecocriticism, biopolitics

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Batra, Rishika

3rd-year MFA+MA
Field: Poetry

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Beeber, Matthew

PhD Candidate
Field: 20th/21st-century Modern literature
Areas of Interest: Proletarian and radical literature of the 1930s, institutions of literary production

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Bellaart, Elena

she/her/hers
3rd-year PhD

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

2nd-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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Blankenau, Katie
PhD Candidate
Field: British literature, 1500-1650
Areas of Interest: Early Modern drama, hospitality, travel literature, and framing texts

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

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Browne, Kaitlin

4th-year PhD
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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Chan, Min Li

3rd-year MFA+MA
Field: Creative Nonfiction
Areas of Interest: the essay form, cultural criticism, media and technology, critical theory, queer theory

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Chase, Kai

they/them/theirs
1st-year PhD

Field: 20th/21st-century Anglophone literature
Areas of Interest: Latin American and Caribbean studies; diasporic Latinx literature; indigenous studies; gender and sexuality studies; critical race studies; Marxism; decolonial literature and theory

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Cogswell, Clay

PhD Candidate
Field: 19th-century British literature

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Collins, Jayme

she/her/hers
PhD Candidate

Field: Poetry & Poetics
Areas of Interest: poetry and poetics since 1945 of the US, the UK, and Canada; environmental humanities

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Comerford, Jennifer

she/her/hers
3rd-year PhD

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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Coomes, Nina Li

2nd-year MFA+MA
Field: Creative Nonfiction
Areas of Interest: History, memory, and translation in essay

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Corning-Myers, Michaela

she/her/hers
1st-year PhD

Field: American literature
Areas of Interest: American women’s writing, gender and sexuality, poetics, and domestic economies
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Dikcis, Maria
she/her/hers
PhD Candidate
Field: 20th/21st-century American Literature
Areas of Interest: poetry and poetics; African American, Asian American, and Latinx literature; critical race and ethnic studies; media aesthetics; film and television; critical prison studies

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Dubos, Bradley

he/him/his
PhD Candidate

Field: American literature
Areas of Interest: Early/19th-century American poetry and culture, Indigenous studies, religion and philosophy, phenomenology

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Ellefson, Philip

he/him/his
PhD Candidate

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

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English, Samantha

she/her/hers
1st-year PhD

Field: 19th-century British literature
Areas of Interest: The novel, women's writing, feminist poetics, animality studies

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Feero, Eliza

she/her/hers
1st-year PhD

Field: Medieval literature
Areas of Interest: Textual afterlife, history of the book, manuscript studies, gender and sexuality studies

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Gibeily, Allison

she/her/hers
1st-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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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- and 20th-century prison literature, narratives of confinement, and visual & print culture

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Gutierrez-Lowe, Mariana

she/her/hers
2nd-year PhD

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

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Hengstebeck, Eric
PhD Candidate
Field: American literature
Areas of Interest: 19th-century American literature

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Hughes, Erica

3rd-year MFA+MA
Field: Poetry

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Ibarra, Alexandra

she/her/hers
2nd-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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Jones-Torregrosa, Paulina

she/her/hers
3rd-year PhD

Field: 20th/21st-century Modern literature
Areas of Interest: African-American and Latinx literatures, critical race and ethnic studies, border and diaspora studies, feminist, gender, and sexuality studies

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Kim, Irene

she/her/hers
2nd-year PhD

Field: 20th/21st-century American literature
Areas of Interest: comparative race and ethnicity, visual culture, assemblage, aesthetic and spatial theories, new media

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Larkin, Ilana
PhD Candidate
Field: American literature
Areas of Interest: 19th-century American literature, children's literature, childhood studies, medical humanities, psychoanalysis

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Lee, Michelle Goun

she/her/hers
2nd-year MFA+MA

Field: Fiction
Areas of Interest: memory and loss, diaspora, body and illness, animal studies

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Lombardo, Christopher

he/him/his
1st-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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Mason, Sarah 

PhD Candidate
Field: 19th-century British Literature
Areas of Interest: Victorian literature, sound and technology studies, medical humanities, disease discourse

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Mercer, Harris 

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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Moon, Nina

she/her/hers
PhD Candidate

Field: 18th-century/Romantic British literature
Areas of Interest: women's writing; travel narratives; transatlantic literature; feminist studies; postcolonial studies

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Narayan, Govind

1st-year PhD
Field: 19th-century British literature
Areas of Interest: Victorian literature, material culture, and environmental humanities

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Papanikolas, Tony
PhD Candidate
Field: American literature

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Pierce, Will
PhD Candidate
Field: British literature, 1500-1650
Areas of Interest: Reformation and Counter-Reformation; theology and literature; surveillance studies

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Ramirez, Jessica

4th-year PhD
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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Richardson, Matthew

2nd-year MFA+MA
Field: Fiction

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Richardson, Natalie Rose

3rd-year MFA+MA
Field: Poetry
Areas of Interest: Latin American literature, magical realism, critical race studies, contemporary narrative poetry 

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Rips, Avey

2nd-year PhD
Field: American literature

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Scanlon, Suzanne

1st-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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Simpson, Serena

3rd-year MFA+MA
Field: Creative Nonfiction
Areas of Interest: memory, place, and the overlap, interstices, and interplay between them

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Skipper, Samantha

3rd-year PhD
Field: American literature

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Smith, Katana

1st-year MFA+MA
Field: Poetry

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Syvertsen, Adam

4th-year PhD
Field
: American literature
Areas of Interest: 18/19th-century utopian fiction, 18/19th-century political economy, critical theory, history/philosophy of science

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Talbott, Tyler

4th-year PhD
Field: 19th-century British literature
Areas of Interest: the Victorian novel, transnational literature, and British emigrant writing in colonial spaces

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Tucker, Kira

she/her/hers, they/them/theirs
1st-year MFA+MA

Field: Poetry
Areas of Interest: limitations, dreams, gender and sexuality, mental health narratives, traditions of the American South, BIPOC voices, Russian poetry and poetics

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Vieytez, Maria

2nd-year PhD
Field: Medieval literature
Areas of Interest: Middle English romance, subject formation theories, and gender

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Weihl, Harrington

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

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Winter, Elizabeth

she/her/hers
2nd-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

3rd-year PhD
Field: 19th-century British literature
Areas of Interest: the intersection of the 19th-century English novel, visual arts and aesthetic theories

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Yarberry, S.

they/them/theirs
1st-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

he/him/his, they/them/theirs
2nd-year PhD

Field: 20th/21st-century Anglophone literature
Areas of Interest: contemporary African and Caribbean literatures, global modernisms, queer studies

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Zalokostas, Anna

4th-year PhD
Field: 20th/21st-century Anglophone literature

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