Current Graduate Students

Meet some of our current M.A. and Ph.D. students and learn about their areas of interest.

AbujadIbtisam Abujad, PhD candidate
Area of Interest/Study: Transnational Cultural Studies, with a focus on migrancy, gender, race, and the burgeoning field of Critical Muslim Studies

BraunKate Braun, MA candidate
Area of Interest/Study: 19th-Century British Literature, Children's Literature, and Gender Studies

No ImageMatthew Burchanoski, Ph.D. candidate
Area of Interest/Study: 20th/21st-century Anglophone literature; critical theory

BurgessHolly Burgess, Ph.D. candidate
Area of Interest/Study: African-American Literature, The Black Power/Arts Movements, Gender Studies and Queer Theory, Twentieth-Century American Literature, Black Feminist Theory, and Film Studies 

DarnellKasey Darnell, MA candidate
Areas of Interest/Study: Irish Troubles Literature, 19th-Century Literature, as well as the intersection of religion and literature more generally

DerksJackielee Derks, Ph.D. candidate
Areas of Interest/Study: 20th and 21st Century Anglophone literature, Postcolonial and Transcultural literatures, Creative non-fiction (memoir), Feminist and Gender theories, and Pedagogy

No ImageWendy Fall, Ph.D. candidate
Areas of Interest/Study: Gothic literature, drama, fantasy and science fiction 

No ImageJessie Haynes, Ph.D. candidate
Areas of Interest/Study: Long 19th-century British Literature, gender studies, Gothic novels and Gothic representations of maternity

SuarezJose Intriago-Suarez, Ph.D. candidate
Areas of Interest/Study: Post Colonial 20th-century Anglophone literature and its humor, contemporary popular culture, Flann O’Brien, and critical theory


jamisonSerina Jamison, MA candidate
Areas of Interest/Study: Poetry, Creative Writing, and 20th- & 21st-Century African American Literature

johnsonStephen Johnson, MA candidate
Areas of Interest/Study: Existentialist Literature and Philosophy, 19th-Century British Literature, and film.

LandwerSusan Jones-Landwer, Ph.D. candidate

Areas of Interest/Study: 19th-Century Women's Literature with a focus on the antebellum women's experience. 

KenneyDavid Kenney, Ph.D. candidate
Areas of Interest/Study: Irish Literature, 19th-century British Literature, Gothic Novels, Shakespeare

No ImageMaggie Patchet, Ph.D. candidate
Areas of Interest/Study: 20th- and 21st-Century American Literature, War Literature

SimmererCatherine Simmerer, Ph.D. candidate
Areas of Interest/Study: 19th- and 20th-century British literature; Catholic literature; war literature and trauma theory; narrative and chronology; disillusionment and nostalgia

SpauldingPeter Spaulding, Ph.D. candidate
Areas of Interest/Study: English Renaissance, American Modernism, and the encyclopedic novel 

ThomasonJannea Thomason, Ph.D. candidate
Areas of Interest/Study: Gothic Literature, Medical Sciences in Literature, Motherhood Studies, Systems Literacy, Ecocriticism, Feminist Theory, SOTL studies

whettenHailey Whetten, MA candidate
Areas of Interest/Study: Indigenous Literature and Methodology, and Race and Ethnic Studies 

KellerEmily Workman Keller, Ph.D. candidate
Areas of Interest/Study: British Romanticism, Gothic novels and chapbooks, the literature of British imperialism, and Britain's national identity 

ZastrowAmanda Zastrow, Ph.D. candidate
Areas of Interest/Study: 
Late 19th/Early 20th-century American literature with research interests in gender studies and place studies

ZirbelJason Zirbel, Ph.D. candidate
Areas of Interest/Study: Early Modern British literature and politics; genre; and Shakespeare