Doctoral Alumni

2000-Present

2017

Frank Capogna

Dissertation: “Beyond the Frame: Modernist Ekphrasis and Museum Politics
Dissertation Co-Directors: Mary Loeffelholz and Guy Rotella
Current Position: Visiting Lecturer, Framingham State University


Erin Frymire

Dissertation: “State Violence and the Rhetoric of Other People’s Bodies: Visibility, Empathy, Agency
Dissertation Director: Beth Britt
Current Position: Full-time Lecturer in the Allan K. Smith Center for Writing and Rhetoric at Trinity College in Hartford, CT


Dana Horton

Dissertation: “12 Years a Slave-Master: Gender, Genre, and Race in Post-Neo-Slave Narratives
Dissertation Director: Nicole Aljoe
Current Position: Assistant Professor of English specializing in African American Literature in the Department of Literature and Language at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY


Meg Tarquinio

Dissertation: “The Pleasure of the Intertext: Towards a Cognitive Poetics of Adaptation
Dissertation Director: Kathleen Kelly
Current Position: Senior Editor at Spotify


Kathryn Templeton

“The Radical Eye: Documentary Aesthetics in New Deal America”
Dissertation Director: Carla Kaplan


Ethan Whittet

Dissertation: “The Mass Production of Old New England
Dissertation Director: Elizabeth Maddock Dillon

2016

Neval Avci

Dissertation: “Transatlantic Triangulations: Captivity Narratives and the Evolution of Anglo-American Identities from the Colonial to the Early National Period
Dissertation Director: Elizabeth Maddock Dillon


Tabitha Clark

Dissertation: “Documentary Modernism and the Modern Storyteller
Dissertation Director: Carla Kaplan
Current Position: Lecturer in English at Northeastern University


Jeffrey Cottrell
Dissertation: “Remapping the Politics of Space: Antebellum Countergeographies and Print
Dissertation Director: Elizabeth Maddock Dillon


Michael Dedek

Dissertation: “Practicing Change: Curricular Innovation and Change in Writing Programs
Dissertation Director: Chris Gallagher
Current Position: Lecturer in English at Northeastern University


Shannon Garner-Balandrin
Dissertation: “Into Something Rich and Strange: Early Modern English Romance and Ecotheory
Dissertation Director: Marina Leslie
Current Position: Instructor in English at Northern Virginia Community College


Kristi Girdharry
Dissertation: “Composing Digital Community Spaces: Design and Literacy Practices in/of the Archive
Dissertation Director: Chris Gallagher
Current Position: Assistant Professor of English at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island


Laura Hartmann-Villalta
Dissertation: “Witness to war: Photography, Anglophone womens writing, and the Spanish Civil War
Dissertation Director: Carla Kaplan
Current Position: Lecturer in English at Northeastern University, Instructor at Georgetown University in the Writing Program


Elizabeth Hopwood
Dissertation: “Eating the Atlantic: Nineteenth-Century U.S. and Caribbean Literature and the Gastroaesthetic
Dissertation Director: Elizabeth Maddock Dillon
Current Position: Instructor in Digital Humanities and Textual Studies at the Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities (CTSDH) at Loyola University Chicago


Lauren Kuryloski

Dissertation: “Textual Deviants: Women, Madness, and Embodied Performance in Late Twentieth-Century American Literature and Photography”
Dissertation Director: Carla Kaplan
Current Position: Lecturer in English at the United States Coast Guard Academy


Charles Lesh
Dissertation: “Writing Spaces and Places: A GeoEthnography of Graffiti Writing in Boston
Dissertation Director: Chris Gallagher
Current Position: Assistant Professor of English at Auburn University


Jessica Nelson
Dissertation: “‘Good education, good position, and good blood’: Creole womens literature of the nineteenth-century British West Indies
Dissertation Director: Laura M. Green
Current Position: Lecturer in English at Northeastern University


Amanda Blair Runyan
Dissertation: “The Dress and the Colonial Body in Transatlantic Texts, 1767-1853
Dissertation Director: Nicole N. Aljoe
Current Position: Lecturer in English at Northeastern University


Victoria Papa
Dissertation: “The invention of survival: Time and the transformation of trauma in American modernist literature
Dissertation Director: Carla Kaplan
Current Position: Tenure-track position in the Department of English/Communications at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts


Patricia “Kate” Simpkins
Dissertation: “The Absent Agronomist and the Lord of Poison: Cultivating Modernity in Transatlantic Literature, 1758-1854
Dissertation Director: Elizabeth Maddock Dillon
Current Position: Instructor in the English Communications Division at Wallace Community College, Dothan, Alabama


Lauren Thacker
Dissertation: “‘Every move is punctuated’: Writing identity and space in Irish poetry 1963-2016
Dissertation Director: Patrick Mullen
Current Position: Director Of Advancement Communications at Penn Arts and Sciences

2015

Emily Artiano
Dissertation: “Vexed tongues: A translingual approach to eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Atlantic literature
Dissertation Director: Elizabeth Maddock Dillon
Current Position: Lecturer in the Writing Program at University of Southern California


Brent Griffin
Dissertation: “Geographies of (In)Justice: Radical Regionalism in the American Midwest, 1930-1950
Dissertation Director: Carla Kaplan
Current Position: Assistant Teaching Professor in the Global Pathways and American Classroom Programs at Northeastern University


Steven Kapica
Dissertation: “Permeable Boundaries: Rhetorical Delivery and the Negotiation of Obscenity
Dissertation Director: Chris Gallagher
Current Position: Writing Program Director at the Metropolitan Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey


Shun Yin Kiang
Dissertation: “‘Only Connect’: Friendship, belonging, and space in the works of J. M. Barrie, E. M. Forster, and J. R. Ackerley
Dissertation Director: Laura M. Green
Current Position: Lecturer in the SAGES program, housed in the English Department, at Case Western Reserve University


Anne Kingsley
Dissertation: “‘A poem among the diagrams’: Poetry as archival work in Muriel Rukeyser, Susan Howe, and M. Nourbese Philip
Dissertation Director: Mary Loeffelholz
Current Position: Assistant Professor of English at Diablo Valley College


James McGrath
Dissertation: “Borrowed country: Digital media, remediation, and North American poetry in the twenty-first century
Dissertation Director: Elizabeth Maddock Dillon
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Public Humanities at Brown University


Duyen Nguyen
Dissertation: “Orphans, immigrants, and empire: Making and unmaking identity in the Victorian novel
Dissertation Director: Laura M. Green
Current Position: Lecturer in English at Northeastern University


David Ober
Dissertation: “A crisis of sovereignty: Popular sovereignty and territorial claims in antebellum American literature
Dissertation Director: Elizabeth Maddock Dillon
Current Position: Lecturer in English at Northeastern University, Bunker Hill Community College, Wentworth Institute of Technology

2014

Gregory Cass
Dissertation: “Transatlantic poetry in the long eighteenth century: Milton, empire, and the poetics of liberty
Dissertation Director: Elizabeth Maddock Dillon
Current Position: Instructor at Wheelock College


Sarah Connell
Dissertation: “‘No room in history’: Genre and identity in British and Irish national histories, 1541-1691
Dissertation Director: Marina Leslie
Current Position: Assistant Director of NULab and Assistant Director of the Women Writers Project at Northeastern University


Lana Cook
Dissertation: “Altered states: The American psychedelic aesthetic
Dissertation Director: Carla Kaplan
Current Position: Development Associate in the Office of Digital Learning at MIT


Genie Giaimo
Dissertation: “Unable to remember but unwilling to forget: Cognition, perception, and memory in the contemporary American memoir
Dissertation Director: Lori H. Lefkovitz
Current Position: Director of the Writing Center at The Ohio State University


Tabitha Kenlon
Dissertation: “Performances of womanhood in the eighteenth-century English theatre and novel
Dissertation Director: Elizabeth Maddock Dillon
Current Position: Assistant Professor of English at American University, Dubai


Alicia Peaker
Dissertation: “‘Our English ground’: Domesticity, nationalism, and the natural world, 1900-1950
Dissertation Director: Laura M. Green
Current Position: Digital Scholarship Specialist at Bryn Mawr College


Jenna Sciuto
Dissertation: “Postcolonial palimpsests: Fragmented subjectivities, sexual violence, and colonial inheritance in Tierno Monenembo, Marie Vieux-Chauvet, and William Faulkner
Dissertation Co-directors: Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, Nicole N. Aljoe
Current Position: Assistant Professor of English at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

2013

Jennifer Sopchockchai Bankard
Dissertation: “Testing realitys limits: ‘Mad’ scientists, realism, and the supernatural in late Victorian popular fiction
Dissertation Director: Laura M. Green
Current Position: Lecturer in the Writing Program at University of Southern California


Aparna Mujumdar
Dissertation: “Colonial education and forms of counter knowledge: Scenes of schooling in the novels of V. S. Naipaul, Erna Brodber, Amitav Ghosh and Julian Barnes
Dissertation Director: Patrick Mullen
Current Position: Associate Lecturer at University of Massachusetts-Boston


Stephanie Loomis Pappas
Dissertation: “Research shows: Recasting research instruction in writing-about-writing approaches to first-year composition
Dissertation Director: Beth Britt
Current Position: Blogger at Snackdinner.com


James Richie
Dissertation: “Third Way Poets: Navigating the Streams of Modern and Postmodern Poetic Uncertainty
Dissertation Director: Guy Rotella
Current Position: Adjunct Assistant Professor at Queens College


Danielle Skeehan
Dissertation: “Creole domesticity: Women, commerce, and kinship in early Atlantic writing
Dissertation Director: Elizabeth Maddock Dillon
Current Position: Assistant Professor of English at Oberlin College


Arturo Zilleruelo
Dissertation: “‘Severer interventions’: William Wordsworth and the play of the line
Dissertation Director: Stuart Peterfreund
Current Position: Assistant Teaching Professor of English at Penn State Schuylkill

2012

Mary Balestraci
Dissertation: “Victorian voices: Gender ideology and Shakespeares female characters
Dissertation Director: Laura M. Green
Current Position: Lecturer in English at Northeastern University


Rebecca Thorndike-Breeze
Dissertation: “Ambivalent recognition: Mapping intimacies in the novels of George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, and Virginia Woolf
Dissertation Director: Laura M. Green
Current Position: Lecturer, Writing and Communication Center and Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication at MIT


Tanya Zhelezcheva
Dissertation: “The poetics of the incomplete in the works of Thomas Traherne (ca. 1638–1674)
Dissertation Director: Francis Blessington
Current Position: Assistant Professor at Queensborough Community College

2011

Amy Carleton
Dissertation: “Eternal palimpsest: Miltons Rome
Dissertation Director: Francis Blessington
Current Position: Lecturer in English at Northeastern University


Hanna Musiol
Dissertation: “‘Objects of emancipation’: The political dreams of modernism
Dissertation Director: Carla Kaplan
Current Position: Associate Professor of Literatures in English at NTNU, Trondheim, Norway

2010

Michele Braun
Dissertation: “Cyborgs and clones: Production and reproduction of posthuman figures in contemporary British literature
Dissertation Director: Kathleen Kelly
Current Position: Program Director for the Centre for Extension Credit at Mount Royal University


Tiffany Conroy
Dissertation: “‘Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say’: Political dissent in Grigory Kozintsevs Shakespeare
Dissertation Director: Harlow Robinson
Current Position: Business Communications Instructor at Year Up


Laurel Kornhiser
Dissertation: “Junctions: The railroad, consumerism, and deep time in nineteenth-century literature
Dissertation Director: Guy Rotella
Current Position: Instructor of English and Humanities at Quincy College


Jennifer K. Martin
Dissertation: “Raising a nation: Anna Letitia Barbauld as artistic and pedagogic mother of the Romantic citizen
Dissertation Director: Stuart Peterfreund
Current Position: Instructor, Director of the First-Year English Program at Mount Ida College


Kurt Moellering
Dissertation: “William Wordsworth, Henry David Thoreau, and the construction of the Green Atlantic World
Dissertation Director: Mary Loeffelholz
Current Position: Head of 8/9 Division at The Carrol School

2009

Benjamin Leubner
Dissertation: “The limits of my language : Wittgenstein and contemporary American poetry
Dissertation Director: Guy Rotella
Current Position: Assistant Teaching Professor at Montana State University

2008

Nichole DeWall
Dissertation: “‘A plague ‘o both your houses : Shakespeare and early modern plague writing
Dissertation Director: Kathy Howlett


Cory Grewell
Dissertation: “Subversive merit : the revision of the classical clever slave as witty servant and social satirist in the comedies of Ben Jonson
Dissertation Director: Kathy Howlett
Current Position: Associate Professor at Patrick Henry College

2006

Susan Carlisle
Dissertation: “Night Walker: Henry David Thoreau’s Culture of Darkness”
Dissertation Director: Wayne Franklin
Current Position: Dean of Academics, English teacher at Cushing Academy, Ashburnham, MA


Amy Kaufman
Dissertation: “‘Ye are nat wyse to kepe the swerde fro me’: Feminist re-vision of Malory’s ‘Morte Darthur’
Dissertation Director: Kathleen Kelly
Current Position: Associate Professor at Middle Tennessee State University


Alexander Moffett
Dissertation: “The insistence of memory: Mnemonic transformations in the works of Thomas Hardy, Henry Adams, Willa Cather, and Virginia Woolf
Dissertation Director: Guy Rotella
Current Position: Assistant Professor at Providence College

2005

Donna Decker
Dissertation: “Vexatiously Ever After: Marriage in the New Woman Novel”
Dissertation Director: Laura M. Green
Current Position:  Professor of English at Franklin Pierce University


Lisa Perdigao
Dissertation: “Encrypting the body: Entombment, exhumation, and figuration in twentieth-century American literature
Dissertation Director: Guy Rotella
Current Position: Associate Professor of Arts and Communication at Florida Institute of Technology


Charlotte Simmonds-Hammons
Dissertation: “‘I, Too, Sing, America’: A History of Rhetoric and Writing at Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Arkansas”
Dissertation Director: Kathleen Kelly
Current Position: (retired)

2004

Bonnie Asselin
Dissertation: “A far from ‘simple record’ of nature and village life: Susan Fenimore Cooper’s ‘Rural Hours’”
Dissertation Director: Wayne Franklin
Current Position: Associate Professor of English and Communication at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College


Lorianne (Schaub) DiSabato
Dissertation: “‘Lying between the earth and the heavens’: Spirituality of place in 19th- and 20th-century American nature writing
Dissertation Director: Wayne Franklin
Current Position: Assistant Professor at Framingham State University

2003

Mary Annas
Dissertation: “Continuity, Incongruity, and Class in Contemporary Canadian Literature: From Settler Colony Anxieties to Articulations of Home”
Dissertation Director: Kathleen Kelly
Current Position: Lecturer in English at Northeastern University


Mark Bates
Dissertation: “Cultures of connivance: Class (and other) voices in post -war British poetry and fiction
Dissertation Director: Guy Rotella
Current Position: Professor of English and Coordinator of the Humanities Work Area at Quinsigamond Community College


Pavel Cenkl
Dissertation: “This Vast Book of Nature: Writing the Landscape of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, 1784-1911”
Dissertation Director: Wayne Franklin
Current Position: Dean of the College and Faculty at Sterling College, VT


Daniel Collier
Dissertation: “A Boke Written Al with Rede Ynke: Authoritative Discourses, Women’s Devotional Writings, and the Body of Christ”
Dissertation Director: Kathleen Kelly

2001

Kelly Garneau
Dissertation: “Machines, Memory, and the Modern I”
Dissertation Director: Mary Loeffelholz
Current Position: Associate Teaching Professor in  English at Northeastern University


Kathryn Mudgett
Dissertation: “Our Craft is a Lie: Dana, Melville, and Justice Story: Writing the Seaman’s Tale in Nineteenth-Century Law and Literature”
Dissertation Director: Wayne Franklin
Current Position: Professor of English at Massachusetts Maritime Academy


Carmen Rivera
Dissertation: “In the Company of Women: The Narrative Voices of Contemporary U.S. Latina Writers”
Dissertation Director: Bonnie TuSmith
Current Position: Dean of Academic Affairs in the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at University of Puerto Rico

2000

Janet McIntire
Dissertation: “H. Rider Haggard and the Victorian occult
Dissertation Director: Francis Blessington