News Archive

Erin Frymire’s Paper Named “Top Paper” in Communication & Law Division, NCA Conference

July 31, 2014

Doctoral Candidate Erin Frymire’s paper, “Legal Torture: A Dramatistic Analysis of the CIA’s Special Review: Counterterrorism and Interrogation Activities (September 2001-October 2003)” was named one of the Top Papers in the Communication and Law Division for the upcoming National Communication Association’s annual conference in Chicago.

Tabitha Kenlon (PhD ’14) Accepts Teaching Position at the American University in Dubai

July 22, 2014

We are happy to announce another position accepted by one of our 2014 doctorates.  Tabitha Kenlon has accepted a three-year position as Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the American University in Dubai (  She will join Cory Grewell, Ph.D. ’08 (now teaching at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, VA) in a growing roster of Northeastern alumni who have taught there. For more news about recent placements, click here.

Doctoral Student Kristi Girdharry Receives Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award

April 16, 2014

Doctoral student Kristi Girdharry was selected as one of two recipients of Northeastern University’s Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award. Kristi was nominated by Professors Gallagher and Lerner and was honored by President Aoun at the Academic Honors Convocation on April 16, 2014.

English Department Congratulates Jenna Sciuto and Danielle Skeehan

March 05, 2014

The department congratulates Jenna Sciuto (Ph.D. expected 2014), who has accepted a tenure-track position at the  Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Massachusetts, and Danielle Skeehan (Ph.D 2013), who has accepted a tenure-track position at Oberlin College.


Digital Humanities 2014 Conference – Poster Nominations

February 10, 2014

Congratulations to doctoral candidates and NULab for Texts, Maps and Networks graduate fellows Elizabeth Hopwood, Ben Doyle, Alicia Peaker, and Jim McGrath, whose posters have been accepted to the Digital Humanities 2014 Conference. Liz and Ben will present a poster session on the Early Caribbean Digital Archive, and Alicia and Jim will present a poster session on Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive. Digital Humanities is the annual international conference of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO), and will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland this July.

Writing Program Partnership Receives Cabot Family Gift

February 03, 2014

The Writing Program‘s partnership with 826 Boston, which supports a Writing Center at the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science in Roxbury has received a gift from the Cabot Family Charitable Trust.   Congratulations to Professors Chris Gallagher and Neal Lerner for their leadership in this community project.


CCCC Outstanding Book Award for Mya Poe

February 03, 2014


Congratulations to Professor Mya Poe, who, with Professor Asao Inoue (CSU Fresno) has received the CCCC Outstanding Book Award for 2014 in the Edited Collection category for their book Race and Writing Assessment.  Professor Poe is working on a book entitled “The Consequences of Writing Assessment” about the effects of writing assessment on diverse students.


Dr. Hanna Musiol (Ph.D. ’11) Creates Digital Storytelling Archive

November 04, 2013

Dr. Hanna Musiol (Ph.D. ’11) created an open access digital storytelling archive, The Immigrant Experience Initiative, at University of Massachusetts Boston.

Linguistics meets “legalese”

November 01, 2013

“Linguistics meets ‘legalese’: syntax, semantics, and jury instruction reform,” a report on recent research of the Plain English Jury Instruction Project, will be presented at the 2014 Linguistics Society of America Annual Meeting, January 2-5 in Minneapolis. This joint initiative of the Massachusetts Bar Association and Northeastern University involves Principal Investigator Janet Randall, two graduate students, and five undergraduates and is supported by funding from the CSSH’s Research Development Fund and Undergraduate Research Initiative.

Doctoral Candidate Steven Kapica Publication

October 07, 2013

Congratulations to Doctoral Candidate Steven Kapica whose article, “The Multivalent Feminism of The Notorious Bettie Page,” has been accepted for publication in Jump Cut 55 (Fall 2013).  (The Fall issue will go live in mid-November.) Mr. Kapica describes his article as one that “explores how Mary Harron’s 2005 film, The Notorious Bettie Page, affords us a way to understand the problems inherent in cinematically representing a female sexuality commensurate with current feminist schemas.”  Jump Cut debuted as a film publication in 1974 and its three founders, John Hess, Chuck Kleinhans, and Julia Lesage, continue to publish material on film and other media.

Doctoral Candidate Genie Giaimo Publication & Presentation

September 30, 2013

Congratulations to Doctoral Candidate Genie Giaimo on her publication, “Salvation in the Wilderness: Early African American Spiritual Autobiography’s Appropriation of the American Jeremiad, an Eco-Critical Analysis,” in Ecology and Life Writing.  Ed. Alfred Hornung and Zhao Baisheng. Heidelberg:  Universitätsverlag, 2013):  109-22.

Ms. Giaimo is also presenting at the Mahindra Harvard Humanities Center as part of their 2013-2014 calendar of events. Save the date for her presentation in the field of Cognitive Theory and the Arts, “Where Time and Memory Collide: Maus and the Neuroscience of Comics,” Thursday, March 6, 7:00 pm, Room 133, Barker Center.

Doctoral Candidate Alicia Peaker Accepts Editor Position

July 31, 2013

Doctoral Candidate Alicia Peaker has recently accepted a position as Development Editor for GradHacker. GradHacker is a collaborative blog written by graduate students from a variety of universities, departments, and stages in their careers and for the entire range of graduate and professional students. GradHacker publishes three new articles every week and nets approximately 25,000 unique visitors to the site each month. GradHacker posts are published at and on Inside Higher Ed at

As the Development Editor, Alicia will be working with the Editors to improve GH’s reach, social media and web presence, and connections to other organizations in higher ed. She will also be in charge of organizing, scheduling, and proofing content from 12 permanent authors.

Graduation 2013

May 21, 2013

On May 3rd, 2013, the English department celebrated a graduating class of over thirty majors (including combined majors with Cinema Studies and Linguistics) with a reception in the Curry Student Center attended by family and friends of the graduates.  Students Tesla Cariani, Elise Funke, Robert Gewirtz and Mackenzie Cockerill shared valedictory remarks. 



Graduation 2013 Remarks by Tesla Cariani

May 20, 2013

Remarks by Tesla Cariani, BA Cinema Studies/English

English Majors’ Graduation Reception

May 3rd, 2013

I have been having horrible dreams lately. Usually my subconscious likes to place me as the hero in all sorts of action-adventure plots where I do a lot of running around and a lot of problem-solving at the last minute. But for the last couple weeks, there has been a Film Noir atmosphere with a backdrop of Armageddon. And it’s not surprising. This is a lot. Graduation is a lot. Especially thinking about what am I going to do in my own life, much less what I should say to a room full of people.


Laurie Edwards publishes book about Social History of Chronic Illness

April 12, 2013

Laurie Edwards has published In the Kingdom of the Sick: A Social History of  Chronic Illness in America (Bloomsbury/Walker, 2013).  Ms. Edwards, a Lecturer in the Writing Program, holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. She is developing a creative writing program for chronically ill children at Children’s Hospital Boston, for which she was recently awarded a Teachers as Writers Fellowship from the prestigious Calderwood Writing Initiative at the Boston Athenaeum.

Ms. Edwards will be appearing on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, which will likely air in mid-April. Check her website for updates,


*Update 4/12/13: Ms. Edwards’ Fresh Air interview can be heard online at:

Laurie also has an new article on WBUR’s Cognoscenti blog at:

Alicia Peaker Receives Scholar-in-Residence Award

April 03, 2013

The English Department congratulates doctoral candidate Alicia Peaker, who has been awarded a Friends of the Smith College Libraries (FSCL) Scholar-in-Residence Award.  The FSCL award supports research visits of four to six weeks for scholars using the rich resources of the Sophia Smith Collection and Smith College Archives.   During her period in residence Alicia will draw on these archives for work on her dissertation, “‘The Different Way We Tried to Respond’: Women, Literature, and the Environment, 1890-1950.”  FSCL scholars are expected to give a work-in-progress colloquium to the Smith College community during their residency.

Tom Murphy to present paper at Re:Humanities Conference

April 02, 2013

English major Tom Murphy will present a paper, “Memes, Distant Reading, and Finnegans Wake at the Re:Humanities Undergraduate Conference organized by students at Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr, and Haverford, and sponsored by the Tri-College Digital Humanities Initiative.  Tom began working on this project in Professor Ryan Cordell’s class, ENGL3339, “Technologies of Text,” and has continued working with Professor Cordell on a directed study.  The project also draws on work done in Professor Patrick Mullen’s class, ENGL4687: 20th Century Major Figure: James Joyce.

THATCamp with Professor Ryan Cordell

January 14, 2013

In conjunction with MLA Boston 2013, Professor Ryan Cordell organized a THATCamp (The Humanities and Technology Camp).  THATCamps are open, inexpensive meetings where humanists and technologists of all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot.  THATCamp MLA 2013 attracted nearly 200 humanities scholars to Northeastern. You can read more about the programs and workshops they participated in in the News@Northeastern.

2013 Modern Language Association Convention

November 26, 2012

The Modern Language Association Convention takes place this year in Boston, January 3-6, 2013, and Northeastern’s English Department will be well represented on the program.  Two faculty members, Professors Ryan Cordell and Mary Loeffelholz, will participate in roundtables,  How I Got Started in Digital Humanities: New Digital Projects from DHCommons (Cordell) and  Rethinking Recovery: American Women’s Writing (Loeffelholz).

Dr. Jonathan Benda will give a paper on a panel on Reorientations: East Asia in Recent Anglophone Fiction; Professor Bonnie TuSmith on Urban Ethnicity: Work, Protest, and the American Dream; and Professor Kimberly Juanita Brown on two panels:  Mentoring: Its Significance and Impact on Degree Completion and Tenure Attainment, and Black Women’s Sexualities in African American Literature and Cultural Production.   Dr. Brett Keeling will also present on two panels:  Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield and An Alternative Genealogy of Poetry.

Professor Kathleen Kelly will preside over Medieval Things, a panel on which Northeastern PhD Amy Kaufman, now a professor at Middle Tennessee State University, will present. Two English doctoral candidates will also present papers: Aparna Mujumdar on Planetary Modernisms and Modernities; Genie Giaimo on Paintings and Photographs Remediated in Film, Graphic Narrative, and Newspaper, and recent graduate Dr. Hanna Musiol will present on Undercover America.

Professor Chris Gallagher Publishes Book About Teaching Leadership for Writing Assessment

October 12, 2012

Professor Chris Gallagher’s book, Our Better Judgment: Teaching Leadership for Writing Assessment, co-written with Eric Turley, has been published by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) as part of the “Principles in Practice” imprint.  Gallagher and Turley argue for the importance for teachers of taking ownership of an inquiry-based framework for writing assessment.  Professor Gallagher is also the author of Radical Departures: Composition and Progressive Pedagogy.

PhD Candidate Wins ACLS Fellowship

October 09, 2012

Doctoral candidate Danielle Skeehan is completing her dissertation, “Creole Domesticity: Women, Commerce, and Kinship in Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Writing,” with the support of an ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship.  This summer, Danielle also held a fellowship for research at the John Carter Brown library, a rare books library at Brown University.  You can read Danielle’s article about her research, written with Janice Neri (Boise State), in the Newsletter of the JCB Library.

PhD Candidate Steven Kapica’s Article To Appear

September 07, 2012

PhD Candidate Steve Kapica’s article “What a Glorious Moment in Jurisprudence”: Rhetoric, Law, and Battlestar Galactica” has been accepted for publication in Law, Culture and the Humanities. This essay was also a runner-up in last year’s graduate essay competition.

Co-Hosting 2nd Biennial Meeting of BABEL Working Group

July 10, 2012

The Department of English at Northeastern University (with support from the Dean’s Office of the CSSH and the Northeastern Humanities Center) and the BABEL Working Group are co-hosting the 2nd Biennial Meeting of the BABEL Working Group in Boston, Massachusetts from 20-23 September 2012:  “cruising in the ruins: the question of disciplinarity in the post/medieval university.” The conference is partly inspired by Bill Readings’ book The University in Ruins, and his proposal that, instead of abandoning or exchanging older disciplines for “a simply amorphous disciplinary space in the humanities,” we should permanently “keep open the question of what it means to group knowledges in certain ways, and what it has meant that they have been so grouped in the past.” The conference program can be found here:

Local co-sponsors include Boston College, Harvard, M.I.T., and Tufts, with additional sponsorship from the College of Charleston, Palgrave Macmillan, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Doctoral Student Receives Research Fellowship

June 04, 2012

Doctoral student ‘Ila Tua’one won a research fellowship at Chawton House in England for her project exploring the responses of British women to the publication of Captain Cook’s journals.

Memory takes new forms

June 03, 2012

“Quilting, photography and wood don’t often come together as an art exhibit, but Northeastern’s Gallery 360 featured all three media in a showing that runs through Summer semester.” Read all about it the Huntington News and in the Spring 2012 Alumni/ae e-Newsletter.

Euripides’ Trojan Women by Professor Blessington

June 02, 2012

by Euripides Trojan Women
a new translation by
Francis Blessington
directed by
Benjamin Evett

May 18th-June 2nd, 2012
The Factory Theatre

After the fall of Troy, the women of the city endure together. Stuck in camps, they await their fates. In this world between atrocities, their only interruptions arrive as news briefings from a messenger who swiftly comes and goes. As they wait, bombarded with devastation and trapped by their husbands’ war, we see what it means to survive.


Professor Boeckeler Awarded Newhouse Center Fellowship

March 15, 2012

Professor Erika Boeckeler has been awarded a 2012-2013 Newhouse Center Fellowship at Wellesley College.  As one of a small number of external fellows, she will work on her book manuscript and several other projects and plan interdisciplinary programming related to her alphabet studies.

“Olympics Über Alles” Takes Center Stage in February

February 10, 2012

Olympics Über Alles, co-written by Professor Samuel Bernstein and Marguerite Krupp and presented by Eric P. Vitale, will be playing at Kresge Little Theater at MIT February 10-19. Olympics Über Alles tells the story of the 1936 “Nazi Olympics”, when Jewish-American runners Marty Glickman and Sam Stoller became victims of hate-mongering.


Professor Lerner’s Book Receives 2012 Advancement of Knowledge Award

February 03, 2012

A book written by Professor Neal Lerner with Mya Poe and Jennifer Craig, Learning to Communicate in Science and Engineering: Case Studies from MIT, has received the 2012 Advancement of Knowledge Award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication. The selection committee for the award commented that “Poe, Lerner, and Craig’s work advances knowledge not only in the findings of their research about learning to communicate in the STEM fields, but in their research process, in the details of the pedagogical collaboration of which they were a part, and in the clarity of their ideas and writing.” The award will be presented in March at the 2012 CCCC Convention.

Professor Boeckeler Teaches Homeschooled Student Group About Shakespeare

January 13, 2012

On Wednesday morning, Snell Library at Northeastern University transformed into an interactive classroom for more than two dozen homeschooled students to learn about Shakespeare and the history of the book.

Erika Boeckeler, an assistant professor of English, and University Libraries staff arranged the event for children who are participating in a nonprofit educational program called All the World’s a Stage Players. The Littleton, Mass.-based program is focused on teaching homeschooled students about Shakespeare and facilitating full-length productions of his plays.

View the full article at the news@Northeastern website.

Professor Kaplan Honored as 2012 Klein University Lecturer

December 31, 2011

Davis Distinguished Professor in American Literature Carla Kaplan has been selected as the 48th Robert D. Klein University Lecturer.  Her talk, “Being Who We Are(n’t):  Lessons from the 1920s,” will be delivered at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, in the Raytheon Amphitheater. 

The Klein University Lecturer Award established in 1964, upon the recommendation of the Faculty Senate, honors a member of the teaching faculty who has contributed with distinction to his or her own field of study.  The University Lecture enables that faculty member to share the fruits of that scholarship with the University community and the general public.  In 1979, the award was renamed in tribute to the late Robert D. Klein, professor of mathematics, chairman of the Faculty Senate Agenda Community, and vice chairman of the Faculty Senate.

Professor Lerner’s Book Wins David H. Russell Award

October 27, 2011

Professor Neal Lerner’s book, The Idea of a Writing Laboratory (Southern Illinois UP, 2009), won the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) 2011 David H. Russell Award for Distinguished Research in the Teaching of English.

Professor Blessington’s Translation Wins Der-Hovanessian Translation Award

October 19, 2011

Professor Francis Blessington’s translation of Euripedes’ tragedy The Trojan Women has won the 2011 Der-Hovanessian Translation Award of the New England Poetry Club. The Trojan Women will play in Boston at the Factory Theater from May 18 – June 2, 2012.

Professor Lefkovitz to Receive Honorary Degree

October 19, 2011

Professor Lori Lefkovitz, Ruderman Professor of Jewish Studies, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in June 2012 from her former institution, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. According to their letter of nomination, the honorary degree “is awarded to one individual each year who has produced scholarship of rare distinction, contributed in an outstanding way to Jewish communal and religious life in North America or Israel, and has acted in keeping with Reconstructionist ideals.”

Professor Brown Receives Research Grant

October 19, 2011

Professor Kimberly Juanita Brown, currently on leave as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and visiting at Brown University’s Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, has received a research grant from The Ruth Landes Memorial Research Fund, a program of The Reed Foundation, in support of her book project “The Repeating Body: Slavery’s Resonance in the Contemporary.” The Fund was established in 1991 in honor of anthropologist Ruth Landes, who conducted fieldwork among Afro-Brazilians, African-Americans in the United States of America, and American Indians, including the Ojibwa, Potawatomi, and Sioux.

Midnight in Paris

July 18, 2011

Carli Velocci, a third-year English major, with minors in journalism and cinema studies, has written a review of Woody Allen’s latest film, Midnight in Paris. You can find her review on the news@Northeastern website.