Meet Our Students

Devan Bailey

Bailey

Year Entered Program: Fall 2015

Research Interests: 20th century American literature and culture, political economy, capital and reification, culture industry and spectacle society, conceptions of the social, ideologies of selfhood and consumption, advertising and propaganda, atomized subject formation and technology

Advisor: Richard Godden

Jacob Baumgartner

Baumgartner

Year Entered Program: Fall 2016
                                                       
Research Interests: Contemporary American Literature; Hemispheric American Studies; Environmental Humanities/Ecocriticism

Advisor: Rodrigo Lazo

Claire Burdick

Burdick

Year Entered Program: Fall 2017

Research Interests: poetics (particularly necropoetics - epitaphs, eulogies, pastoral, etc.); literary theory; feminist studies; embodiment studies; British Romanticism.

Advisor: Oren Izenberg

Danilo Caputo

Year Entered Program: Fall 2014

Research Interests: Early Modern Literature and Culture, Critical Animal Studies, Ecocriticism

Advisor: Julia Reinhard Lupton

Austin Carter

Carter

Year Entered Program: Fall 2014

Research Interests: 19th century American literature; domesticity and sentimentality; motherhood and maternity; feminist studies; affect theory

Advisors: Virginia Jackson  and Rodrigo Lazo 

Peter Cibula

Year Entered Program: Fall 2013

Research Interests: Early Modern Drama, Science Studies, and Posthumanism.

Advisor: Julia Reinhard Lupton

Thomas Cosgrove

Cosgrove

Year Entered Program: Fall 2016
                                                        
Research Interests: Early modern literature and culture, Critical Theory, Literary Theory, and Continental philosophy

Advisor: Julia Reinhard Lupton

Allison Dziuba

Dziuba

Year Entered Program: Fall 2015

Research Interests: rhetoric and composition; feminist studies; critical pedagogy; literacy studies

Advisor: Daniel M. Gross

Maureen A.J. Fitzsimmons

Research Interests: Rhetoric and Composition - composition historiographies and pedagogies; Jesuit pedagogy.

Select publications: “A Pilgrim's Staff Versus A Ladder of Contemplation: the Rhetoric of Agency and Emotional Eloquence in St. Ignatius' The Spiritual Exercises” in Traditions of Eloquence, edited by Cinthia Gannett and John Brereton; book review in Rhetorica on the Stephen J. Reid and Emma Annette Wilson edited Ramus, Pedagogy and the Liberal Arts

Advisor: Jerry Won Lee

Kimberlee Flack

Flack

Year Entered Program: Fall 2016

Research Interests: Old English & Middle English literature, medieval theology, medieval & early modern occultism, monstrosity, masculinity, Anglo-Saxon warrior culture, chivalry, queer studies, critical theory.

Advisor: Rebecca Davis

Garrett Gilmore

Gilmore

Year Entered Program: Fall 2013

Research Interests: 19th and 20th Century American Literature, Southern Literature and Politics, African American literature, Afropessimism, Queer Theory, Critical Theory, History of Literary Criticism

Advisor: Arlene Keizer and Richard Godden

Meredith Harrell

Harrell

Year Entered Program: Fall 2017

Research Interests: Shakespeare, Early Modern literature, hospitality, pre-colonial studies, immigrant studies, feminist studies

Advisor: Victoria Silver 

Toni Hays

Hays

Year Entered Program: Fall 2017

Research Interests: Asian American Literature; Contemporary American Literature; Contemporary British Literature; Representations of Mixed Race, Interracial Relationships, and Miscegenation; the Novel; Genre and Generic Criticism

Advisor: Christopher Fan 

Nicholas Joseph

Year Entered Program: Fall 2013

Research Interests: 20th and 21st century American literature; poetics; Language and post-Language poetries

Advisor: Virginia Jackson

Sharon Kunde

Kunde

Year Entered Program: Fall 2011

Research Interests: Accounts of industrialized agriculture and the financialization of the US economy in realist, naturalist, and early modernist American letters. Marxism, ecocriticism.

Advisor: Virginia Jackson

Jung Soo Lee

Lee

Year Entered Program: Fall 2017
                                                      
Research Interests: 20th & 21st C. American Literature, Postmodernism, Posthumanism, Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction

Advisor: Theodore Martin

Jasmine Lee

Lee

Year Entered Program: Fall 2012

Research Interests: Rhetoric and composition; critical theory; popular culture; "youth"; political economy and cultural production; public pedagogy

Advisor: Jonathan Alexander

Tara Leederman

Leederman

Year Entered Program: Fall 2012

Research Interests: Eighteenth century literature, ecocriticism, environmental science, medical science, ethics.

Advisor: Jayne Lewis

Jens Lloyd

Lloyd

Year Entered Program: Fall 2011

Research Interests: rhetoric/composition; geographies and ecologies of rhetoric, writing, and literacy; place-based and campus-based pedagogy; spatial theory; education and literacy in 19th c./early 20th c. U.S. literature.

Advisor: Jonathan Alexander

Gerald Maa

Maa

Year Entered Program: Fall 2010

Research Interests: 19th century British Literature, Romanticism, Thomas
De Quincey, Theatre and Theatricality, and Political Theory.

Other Interests: 20th and 21st century American Literature, Asian American Literature. Race Relations.

Advisor: Jerome Christensen

Michael Mahoney

Mahoney

Year Entered Program: Fall 2012

Research Interests: Post 45 U.S. fiction and culture (with particular focus on 1973-2008); Western Marxism and the history of symptomatic reading practices; clinical and cultural symptomologies of neurodevelopmental pathologies (with an emphasis on ADHD, Autism, and OCD); experimental/avant-garde music (from 1913-present); stateside cultures of DIY media production from 1980-present.

Publications: Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles - “On Air and Undressed: Jim Spagg and the No-Frills Utopia of Public-Access Television.” Western Humanities Review. Fall 2016. 43-69.

Advisor: Michael Szalay

Elizabeth Mathews

Mathews

Year Entered Program: Fall 2011

Research Interests: Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British fiction, embodiment, affect, and feminist studies.

Advisor: Daniel M. Gross

James Nyenhuis

Nyenhuis

Year Entered Program: 2013

Research Interests: 19th and 20th century American literature; poetics; oral literature; repetition and affect

Advisor: Oren Izenberg

Bridget O'Reilly

O'Reilly

Year Entered Program: Fall 2017

Research Interests: Modernism, James Joyce, Genetic study of Joyce, 20th century British, American, Irish novel, 20th century Irish and American Drama, Irish post-colonial history, the Plays of Brian Friel

Advisor: Laura O’Connor

Shyam Patel

Year Entered Program: Fall 2014

Research Interests: 19th century British literature and criticism; politics and aesthetics in late Victorian culture; utilitarianism and historical progressivism; Marxism and eudaimonism; utopianism and community formation; rhetoric and performance; the history of literary criticism

Advisor: Andrea Henderson

Olivia Rall

Rall

Year Entered Program: Fall 2017

Research Interests: Contemporary American literature; Religious studies; Critical theory; Continental philosophy; Ecocriticism; Irony; Limits; Ceremony and ritual

Advisor: Richard Godden

Loretta Ramirez

Ramirez

Year Entered Program: Fall 2016
                                   
Research Interests: Rhetoric, Religious Rhetoric and Visual Arts, Early Modern Iberian Culture, Medieval Literature and Culture, Franciscan Literature and Philosophy, Marian Studies, Humanism, Emotion Studies, Race Relations, Chicano and Latin American Literature and Arts, Native American Culture and Representation, Devotion in Literature and Philosophy, Rhetoric of the Modern Papacy
                                                   
Select Publications: “David Lamelas’s The Desert People: An Odyssey for Authentic Representation,” published in Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture, University of Pittsburgh (2016, pending  “David Lamelas: Restaging Past Art to Foster Reinvention,” published in Dandelion Journal, Vol. 7, No. 1, Birkbeck College, Univ. of London (2016) Spain’s Toledo Vírgen Abridera: Revelations of Castile’s Shift in Marian Iconography from Medieval to Isabelline (2016, Master’s Thesis), published by ProQuest

Advisor: Daniel M. Gross

Miguel Ramon

Year Entered Program: Fall 2014

Research Interests: cognition and pedagogy, 20th and 21st Century American literature and culture, advertising discourse, affect theory, value-form theory and media studies.

Advisor: Richard Godden 

Margaret Speer

Speer

Year Entered Program: 2015

Research Interests: The British Victorian and modern novels; the Angel in the House; excess and asceticism; monstrosity; perversity; fragmentation; legibility; lesbian alterity; queer lines of flight; affect theory and embodiment; womanhood and epistemology

Advisor: Andrea Henderson

Franziska Tsufim

Tsufim

Year Entered Program: Fall 2015

Research Interests: Victorian literature; economics and literature; theory of the novel; realism; narrative theory

Advisor: Irene Tucker 

MacKenzie Weeks

Weeks

Year Entered Program: Fall 2014

Research Interests: contemporary American literature and popular culture; vocality, polyvocality, and sound in the novel; critical theory; horror studies.

Advisor: Michael Szalay

Brandon Wild

Wild

Year Entered Program: Fall 2014

Research Interests: nineteenth-century american literature and culture—black studies—american studies—radical and anti-racist pedagogies—critical university studies—non-national frames of analysis—historical and materialist epistemologies of social relation, production, and circulation—anti-colonial theory—critical theories of race, mediation, institutionality, historicity, and historiography—opacity, failed translation, unsettlement, and non sequitir

Advisor: Virginia Jackson

Alden Sajor Wood

Wood

Year Entered Program: Fall 2014

Research Interests: 20th and 21st century American narrative, Marxism, political economy, the culture industry, value-form theory, critical finance studies, and world-systems theory.

Advisor: Michael Szalay

David Woods

Woods

Year Entered Program: Fall 2010

Research Interests: 17th Century Prose and Poetry (esp. John Donne and Thomas Browne); Classical Literature and Mythology; Medieval Literature; History and Theory of Rhetoric; Skepticism; Theology and Epistemology; Religion and Science; Theories of Idolatry from the Hebrew Scripture to the 20th century; Love and Devotion in Literature and Philosophy; Cicero; St. Paul; Montaigne; Wittgenstein; Benjamin; Adorno.

Advisor: Victoria Silver