Graduate PlacementThe UCI PhD Program in English has placed graduates in a wide range of careers, from tenure-track appointments at research universities to "alt-ac" positions in humanities education and university administration to opportunities in private-sector employment. For our most recent graduating class of 2018, 40% of graduates found tenure-track faculty positions and 30% entered non-tenure-track or alt-ac positions. More broadly, of the students who received their PhDs between 2011 and 2018, 35% are tenure-track faculty and 50% are non-tenure track instructors or in alt-ac positions.
The placement information below offers detail on the positions obtained by our graduates alongside information about their dissertation research.
(Dates refer to year of appointment rather than year of graduation. All assistant professor appointments tenure track unless otherwise noted.) (All assistant professor appointments tenure track unless otherwise noted.)
Assistant Professor, California State University, Long Beach
Dissertation: "Textual and Visual Rhetorics of the Generative Wound: A Historical Genealogy from Medieval Iberia to Contemporary Chicanx Self-Representation Strategies and Pedagogies."
2019Christopher Taekwan Kang
Assistant Professor, College of Wooster
Dissertation: "“Zero Ecology: A Study of British Romantic Poetry”"
Editor, The Georgia Review, University of Georgia
Dissertation: "“Thomas De Quincey's Theatric Prose: Theater, Rhetoric, and Literature after the British Enlightenment”"
Alden Sajor Marte-Wood
Assistant Professor, Rice University
Dissertation: "Philippine Anglophone Literature in the Age of Reproductive Labor"
Visiting Assistant Professor, Clemson University
Dissertation: "Unity Defective: Figurations of Sovereignty in Early Modern English Literature"
Garrett Bridger Gilmore
Lecturer, University of Alabama
Dissertation: "The White Man's Magic Word: Southern Knowledge and White Racial Melancholy"
Assistant Professor, California State University, San Bernardino
Dissertation: "Appraising Our Investments in Youth: Rhetorical Education in the Age of Neoliberalism"
Visiting Assistant Professor, Drew University
Dissertation: "Campus Life: Rhetorical Education and College Writing amidst an Evolving Geography"
LSA Collegiate Postdoc and Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
Dissertation: "Divine Quiet: Phillis Wheatley's Gentle Mastery of Meter, Genre, and Address"
Assistant Professor, College of Southern Nevada
Dissertation: "Closed Minds and Open Systems: Narrative Voice and Institutional Complexity in the Late Modern Novel"
Assistant Professor, Tulane University
Dissertation: "Dissociative States: The Metaphysics of Blackness and the Psychic Afterlife of Slavery"
Performance Consultant, Allen Communications
Dissertation: "The Hand: Grasping Embodiment in British Literature 1690-1746"
Assistant Professor of English, Clemson University
Dissertation: "Race Writing in the Internet Age"
Assistant to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, UC Riverside
Dissertation: "Changing Times: Kipling, Yeats, Eliot, and the Measure of Modernity"
English Instructor, Sierra Canyon School
Dissertation: "‘The Language of Trade’: Rhetoric, Power, and the Commercial Identity in Eighteenth-Century British Fiction"
Honors Collegium Program Manager, Ohio State University
Dissertation: "Beyond Stage and Screen: The Making of the Scene in Modernist Fiction"
Assistant Professor, San Bernardino Valley College
Dissertation: "Body and Tool: An Enactive Approach to Perceptual Entrainment in Fiction and Science Fiction"
Dissertation: "The Hospitable Globe: Persia and the Early Modern English Stage"
Freelance Writer and Editor
Dissertation: "For the Record: Gendered Collective Memory in the Works of Pauline Hopkins, Edith Eaton/Sui Sin Far and Abraham Cahan"
Teaching Assistant Professor, University of Denver
Dissertation: "Composing (In) Commensurable Publics: Dual Sponsorship and Askesis in the Writings of Detained Youth"
Lecturer, San Diego State University
Dissertation: "A Call to Act: Witness, Testimony, and Political Renewal in Shakespeare's Plays"
Instructor, Orange Coast College
Dissertation: "Gothic Episodes in Nineteenth-Century American Literature"
Assistant Professor, Long Beach City College
Dissertation: "‘Everything Was Strange’: Regional Nationalism and Ironic Identities in Early National American Fiction"
Dissertation: "The Wilderness of Language: Toward a ‘Wild’ Reading of American Nature Writing"
Dissertation: "‘This New Species of Affliction’: Self-Destruction and the Eighteenth-Century Ethic of Self-Improvement"
Lecturer, Harvard University
Dissertation: "Savage Hunter: Cannnibalism and the Discourse on Slavery in the United States and Caribbean"
Assistant Professor, Providence College
Dissertation: "Find Yourself Here: Neighborhood Logics in Twenty-First Century Chicano and Latino Literature"
Dissertation: "Dwelling in Possibility: American Literature, Architecture, and Domestic Innovation, 1850-1900"
Adjunct Professor of Writing, Whittier College
Dissertation: "Distended Youth: Arrested Development in the Victorian Novel"
Academic Counselor, HS2 Academy
Dissertation: "Dangerous Investigations: Experiment as Deep Play in Eighteenth-Century British Literature"
Dissertation: "Feeling Engaged: College Writers as Literacy Tutors"
Dissertation: "Viable Crimes and Victorian Gentlemen: Rhetorics of (In)Consistency and the 19th-Century Novel"
English Field of Study Coordinator, Beijing Bayi School
Dissertation: "Militarized Desires: Consumerism in American Literature, 1939-1955"
Lecturer, Chapman University
Dissertation: "Romantic Liberalism"
Assistant Professor, San Jacinto College
Dissertation: "Modernism's Suicidal Impulse: Psychic Contamination and the Crowd"
Assistant Professor, Kwansei Gakuin University
Dissertation: "Manners of Contradiction: Economy and Gender in Early Twentieth-Century American Narrative"
Assistant Professor, California Baptist University
Dissertation: "Pragmatism and the Gift: Toward a Charismology of Dynamic Gifts in American Literature and Religion"
Project Manager, Marine Surveys & Assessments (environmental consulting firm)
Dissertation: "‘This Rough Magic’: Experimental Literature in Seventeenth-Century England"
Assistant Professor, Irvine Valley College
Dissertation: "The Ins and Outs of Inns In Eighteenth-Century British Culture and Fiction"
Assistant Professor, Connecticut College
Dissertation: "The Antebellum Animal"
Robin S. Stewart
Dissertation: "Redeeming Time: Messianism and Opportunism in the Development of the English History Play"
Advanced Practice Midwife
Dissertation: "The Birth of the Mother: Puritanism and Conceptions of Maternity in American Literature, 1650-1859"
Director of Humanities, Manhattan High School for Girls
Dissertation: "From Scripture to Script: David, Daniel, Esther, and the Performance of Early Modern Identity"
Assistant Course Director, UC Irvine Composition Program
Dissertation: "‘Barbarous, Antiquated Stuff’: The Politics of Medievalism in England, 1688-1740"