Our Graduate Students

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
Dissertation (working title): “Precarious Maps, Elusive Spaces: Mapping Practices in Early Modern Cartography and Drama”

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


Rhya Moffitt Brooke
Previous Institutions: Southern Adventist University (BA)
Program and Fields: MA;


Kelcy Dolan
Previous Institutions: Arcadia University (BA)
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
Dissertation (working title): “Writing Genre, Writing Resistance: Uptake, Action and the Making of Resistance in Anglophone Caribbean Poetry”


Heather Falconer
Previous Institutions: University of Glasgow (MLitt); Emerson College (MFA); Unity College (BS)
Program and Fields: PhD; WAC/WID; Writing in the sciences; equity pedagogies; rhetorical genre studies
Dissertation (working title): “Triple-binds and unintended consequences: Exploring the development of discursive identity in science by three women of color”


fitzJonathan Fitzgerald
Previous Institutions: University of Massachusetts Boston (MA), Gordon College (BA)
Program and Fields: PhD; Literary Journalism, 20th century American literature, Digital Humanities
Dissertation (working title): “Setting the Record Straight: Women Literary Journalists Writing Against the Mainstream”


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


Karla Gaitan
Previous Institutions: Santa Clara University (BA)
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: University of Massachusetts Boston (MA); Millersville University of Pennsylvania (BA)
Program and Fields: PhD;


Nicole Infanta Keller
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
Dissertation (working title): “Making Her Case: Gendered Evidence in Women’s Astronomical Writing of the Long Eighteenth Century


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


AbbieAbbie Levesque
Previous Institutions: Northeastern University (MA), Lesley University (BA)
Program and Fields: PhD; rhetoric and composition, writing center research, composition pedagogy, digital humanities, social activism, and queer theory


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


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;


Kyle Oddis
Previous Institutions:  Loyola Marymount University (BA)
Program and Fields: PhD;


Kenneth Oravetz
Previous Institutions:  University of California Santa Barbara (BA)
Program and Fields: PhD;


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
Dissertation (working title): “Women Writing Racelessness: Performativity and Racial Absence in Twentieth-Century Women’s Writing”


Ivy Pepin
Previous Institutions: Northeastern University
Program and Fields: PlusOne (BA/MA);


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”


Alanna Prince
Previous Institutions: Bates College (BA)
Program and Fields: PhD;


Proszak_GradPicLaura Proszak
Previous Institutions: Tulane University (BA, MA)
Program and Fields: PhD; rhetorical education; historiography; archival methods; history of education; composition pedagogy
Dissertation (working title): 
“An Experiential and Classed Rhetorical Education at a Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth-Century Manual Training School for Immigrants


Halie Pruitt
Previous Institutions: University of New England (BS, BA)
Program and Fields: MA; literature and science, pacific indigenous literature, comparative literature, and contemporary global literature


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


Wafaa Razeq
Previous Institutions: Central Connecticut State University (BA)
Program and Fields: MA;


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; Queer Theory, Modernist and Decadent literature, and Transgender Studies


Eric Sepenoski
Previous Institutions: Emerson College (MFA); Emmanuel College (BA)
Program and Fields: PhD;


Alexander Slotkin
Previous Institutions: Drew University (BA)
Program and Fields: MA;


Kevin Smith
Previous Institutions: DePaul University (MA), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (BA)
Program and Fields: PhD; writing studies, digital humanities, rhetorical genre studies, digital rhetoric, computers and writing
Dissertation (working title): “(Re)Making/(Re)Marking: Genre, Design, and Markup in the Writing Classroom


Megan Stefanski
Previous Institutions: William Paterson University of New Jersey (BA)
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


Michael Turner
Previous Institutions: The College of New Jersey (BA), Rutgers University-Newark (MFA, Poetry), University of Massachusetts-Boston (MA)
Program and Fields: PhD; affect studies, writing center research, rhet/comp


Kyle Wholey
Previous Institutions: University of Massachusetts Boston (BA)
Program and Fields: MA;