Our Graduate Students

AfornalliJoanne Afornalli
Previous Institutions: Northeastern University
Program and Fields: PlusOne (BA/MA);

Param_squareParam Ajmera
Previous Institutions: Denison University (BA, English Literature and Economics)
Program and Fields: MA; Long 18th Century Studies, Transatlantic Studies, Digital Humanities, Racial Capitalism, Colonial / Postcolonial Studies, the Novel and the Public Sphere


Kayla Allen
Previous Institutions: Northeastern University
Program and Fields: PlusOne (BA/MA); fantasy, juvenile and young adult fiction, and pop culture


Joel Armstrong
Previous Institutions: Western Michigan University (MA), Cornerstone University (BA)
Program and Fields: PhD; Modern British literature, transatlantic modernisms


Neval Avci
Previous Institutions: University of Massachusetts-Boston (MA), Fatih University, Turkey (BA)
Program and Fields: PhD; 18th century literature, children’s literature, early American literature
Dissertation (working title):  “Transatlantic Orientalisms: Triangulation of American, British, and Muslim Identities in Transatlantic Print Culture”


Paul Babin
Previous Institutions: Clark University (MA), Wheaton College (BA)
Program and Fields: PhD; Renaissance Maps and Travel Narratives, Shakespeare, 16th and 17th Century English Literature, Critical Theory


Kathryn Bloom
Previous Institutions: University of Toronto (MA), Hebrew College (MJLS), Rutgers University (BA)
Program and Fields: PhD; middlebrow studies, intersection between philosophy and literature
Dissertation (working title):  “Fanfare for the Common Woman”


William Bond
Previous Institutions: Syracuse University (MA), University of Oxford (BA)
Program and Fields: PhD; 19th century American literature, poetics and philosophy, American environmental and wilderness writing


bristHeather Brist
Previous Institutions:
Program and Fields: MA;


Frank Capogna
Previous Institutions: Adelphi University (BA)
Program and Fields: PhD; Nineteenth- and twentieth-century Anglophone poetry; transatlantic modernism; poetics; genre studies; theory and criticism
Dissertation (working title):  “Beyond the Frame: Modernist Ekphrasis and Museum Politics”


cote_squareMatthew Cote
Previous Institutions: Northeastern University (BA)
Program and Fields: MA; Victorian and Gothic Literature, Speculative Fiction, Modernism and Postmodernism, Digital Humanities


Nicole Keller Day
Previous Institutions: Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College (MA), Vassar College (AB)
Program and Fields: PhD; Women’s Scientific Writing, the Rise of the Novel, Victorian Literature


Kelcy Dolan
Previous Institutions:
Program and Fields: MA;


Ben DoyleBenjamin J. Doyle
Previous Institutions: Northeastern University (BA)
Program and Fields: PhD; 18th and 19th century American print and performance cultures


Jimmy Duggan
Previous Institutions: University of Massachusetts-Boston (MA), Emmanuel College (BA)
Program and Fields: PhD; 20th & 21st century American literature; global literatures in English, the novel, critical theory, aesthetics


Dania Dwyer
Previous Institutions: Clark University (MA), University of the West Indies (BA), Mico University College (Dip.Ed)
Program and Fields: PhD; Caribbean literature and Postcolonial literature and theory


IMG_1593Heather Falconer
Previous Institutions: University of Glasgow (MLitt); Emerson College (MFA); Unity College (BS)
Program and Fields: PhD; rhetoric in science, literacy, WAC/WID


fitzJonathan Fitzgerald
Previous Institutions: University of Massachusetts Boston (MA), Gordon College (BA)
Program and Fields: PhD; Literary Journalism, 20th century American literature, Digital Humanities


Brigid Flynn
Previous Institutions: URI (BA, MA)
Program and Fields: PhD;


Aislyn Fredsall
Previous Institutions: Northeastern University
Program and Fields: PlusOne (BA/MA);


Erin Frymire
Previous Institutions: Skidmore College (BA)
Program and Fields: PhD; Rhetorics of Law, Rhetorics of the Body, Human Rights Rhetorics, Language Politics, Composition Pedagogy, Visual Studies
Dissertation (working title): “State Violence and the Rhetoric of Other People’s Bodies”


Karla Gaitan
Previous Institutions:
Program and Fields: MA;


KasraM. “Kasra” Ghorbaninejad
Previous Institutions: University of Tehran (BA, MA); University of Edinburgh
Program and Fields: PhD; early modern British literature, English Renaissance drama and Shakespeare, comparative studies, early modern Euro-Islamic encounters, Persianate literatures and cultures, Digital Humanities
Dissertation (working title): “The Poetics of Nation Formation in Tudor/Stuart England and Safavid Persia: Shakespeare and the Shāhnāmah


Arsalan ul Haq
Previous Institutions: Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (B. Arch), Dartmouth College (MA)
Program and Fields: PhD; 20th and 21st Century Literature, Modernism and Postmodernism in Design and Literature, Interdisciplinary Studies, Design and Writing Pedagogy, Literary and Cultural Criticism


Sarah Hastings
Previous Institutions: Northeastern University (MA), University of Delaware (BA)
Program and Fields: PhD; 18th century British novel/Rise of the Novel, Enlightenment rhetoric and philosophy, gender studies, early modern feminist rhetoric, the history of marriage.
Dissertation (working title):  “‘Words are Women’: Marriage, Language and the Production of ‘Woman’ in Eighteenth-Century British Women’s Fiction”


Matthew Hitchcock
Previous Institutions: 
Program and Fields: PhD;
Dissertation (working title):


Dana Horton
Previous Institutions: Temple University (BA)
Program and Fields: PhD; Black Feminist Theory, Cultural Studies, Representations of Slavery in Film and Music, American and Caribbean Immigration Narratives, Translingual Literature
Dissertation (working title): “Post-Neo Slave Narratives and Fictional Representations of Female Slave-Owners in Contemporary American Literature, Film, Visual Culture, and Music”


Laurie Kladky
Previous Institutions: Barnard College at Columbia University (BA)
Program and Fields: PhD; Modernism and Translation


Lauren Kuryloski
Previous Institutions: Temple University (BA)
Program and Fields: PhD; 20th century American literature and life writing, 20th century Caribbean literature, feminist theory, visual culture
Dissertation (working title):  “Deviant Acts: Women, the Body, and Performances of Madness”


AbbieAbbie Levesque
Previous Institutions: Lesley University (BA)
Program and Fields: MA; Postmodern literature, Modern novel, digital humanities, ethnic American literature, feminist literature


Rachel Lewis
Previous Institutions: Northeastern University (MA), University of Massachusetts-Amherst (BA)
Program and Fields: PhD;


Colin McCormack
Previous Institutions: Bridgewater State University (M.Ed), Providence College (BA)
Program and Fields: MA; English Renaissance, Devotional Poetry, and Holy Scripture in Literature


medina_squareDavid Medina
Previous Institutions: University of Texas at El Paso (BA, MA)
Program and Fields: PhD; Early American Literature; Colonial Studies; Digital Humanities


messina_squareCara Messina
Previous Institutions: St. John’s University (BA, MA)
Program and Fields: PhD; writing center research; fanfiction scholarship; digital humanities; composition pedagogy merged with social justice, representation, and pop culture


Christopher Myers
Previous Institutions: SUNY Buffalo (MA), University of Southern California (BA)
Program and Fields: PhD;


jessica myersJessica Myers
Previous Institutions: Pennsylvania State University (BA)
Program and Fields: MA; Ancient Latin poetry and philosophy, transcendental poetry, and 20th century American literature


Asimina Ino Nikolopoulou
Previous Institutions: Columbia University (MA), Aristotle University, Greece (BA)
Program and Fields: PhD; Contemporary American literature, modernism and postmodernism, gender studies, African American and Caribbean literature, Latino literature, cinema studies and visual studies, cultural studies and literary theory
Dissertation (working title):  “Deciphering Dispossession Through the Visual In Contemporary Anglophone Literature”


Jonathan Osborne
Previous Institutions: Tulane University (BA, MA)
Program and Fields: PhD;


gregGregory Palermo
Previous Institutions: SUNY Geneseo (BA)
Program and Fields: PhD; Data Modeling, Text Analysis, Citation Studies, Visual Rhetoric, Critical Race Theory, Masculinities


Sarah Payne
Previous Institutions: Boston University (BA)
Program and Fields: PhD; Modernism and Literature of the American South


Elizabeth Polcha
Previous Institutions: Florida State University (MA), University of Tulsa (BA)
Program and Fields: PhD; 18th century American and Caribbean literature, Digital Humanities, Feminist Theory
Dissertation (working title): “The Sable Curtain: Redaction and the Exchange of Women in Eighteenth-Century Transatlantic Print Culture”


Proszak_GradPicLaura Proszak
Previous Institutions: Tulane University (BA, MA)
Program and Fields: PhD; Italian American rhetorics, embodied rhetorics, archival methods


Halie Pruitt
Previous Institutions:
Program and Fields: MA;


Samantha Przybylowicz
Previous Institutions: Mills College (MA), Widener University (BA)
Program and Fields: PhD; Victorian Studies and British Romanticism


William Quinn
Previous Institutions: University of Tulsa (MA), University of Arkansas (BA)
Program and Fields: PhD; Digital Humanities, Modernism, and Periodical Studies


Lara Rose profileLara Rose
Previous Institutions: Colorado State University, Fort Collins (MA); University of Colorado, Boulder (BA)
Program and Fields: PhD; Early American & Transatlantic Literature; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Digital Humanities


Areti Sakellaris
Previous Institutions:  Northeastern University (MA), Connecticut College (BA)
Program and Fields: PhD; rhetoric and composition, community engagement, action research, digital humanities


Eamon Schlotterback
Previous Institutions: New York University (BA)
Program and Fields: PhD;


Eric Sepenoski
Previous Institutions:
Program and Fields: PhD;


IMG_1287Zachary Shaw
Previous Institutions: Northeastern University (BA)
Program and Fields: MA; literature and film adaptations, cinema studies, digital humanities, and 20th century american literature


Kevin Smith
Previous Institutions: De Paul University (MA), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (BA)
Program and Fields: PhD; Digital Humanities, specifically digital archival methodologies; network theory; new media; community literacy; digital writing
Dissertation (working title): “Designing XML in the Composition Classroom”


Megan Stefanski
Previous Institutions:
Program and Fields: MA;


Surprenant_sqChristopher Surprenant
Previous Institutions: The College of Saint Rose (BA)
Program and Fields: MA; Modernist Literature, Early 20th Century British and American Literature, Feminist Theory and Gender Studies


MEG-NEUMeg Tarquinio
Previous Institutions: SUNY Albany (MA), Northeastern University (BS)
Program and Fields: PhD; cinema studies, adaptation studies, the digital humanities, digital curation, music and literature, contemporary media arts & communications.
Dissertation (working title):  “The Pleasure of Intertext: Towards a Cognitive Poetics of Adaptation”


Kathryn Templeton
Previous Institutions: University College London (MA), University of Massachusetts Boston (BA)
Program and Fields: PhD; Modern American Literature, Photography and Visual Culture, Marxist Aesthetic Theory.
Dissertation (working title):  “The Radical Eye: Documentary Aesthetics in New Deal America”


Michael Turner
Previous Institutions: The College of New Jersey (BA), Rutgers University-Newark (MFA, Poetry), University of Massachusetts-Boston (MA)
Program and Fields: PhD; 19th-century American literature and poetry; history of scientific thought, particularly neuro-physiological, in the 19th century; contemporary poetry; creative writing; writing center research


Ethan headshotEthan Whittet
Previous Institutions: Rutgers University (MA), Gordon College (BA)
Program and Fields: PhD; Nineteenth-century American literature, New England Regionalism, Technology, Childhood and Gender studies, Aesthetics, Games
Dissertation (working title): “The Mass Production of Old New England”