Graduate Placement

The 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.)


Loretta Ramirez
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."


Christopher Taekwan Kang
Assistant Professor, College of Wooster
Dissertation: "“Zero Ecology: A Study of British Romantic Poetry”"

Gerald Maa
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"


James Funk
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"

Jasmine Lee
Assistant Professor, California State University, San Bernardino
Dissertation: "Appraising Our Investments in Youth: Rhetorical Education in the Age of Neoliberalism"

Jens Lloyd
Visiting Assistant Professor, Drew University
Dissertation: "Campus Life: Rhetorical Education and College Writing amidst an Evolving Geography"

Dana Murphy
LSA Collegiate Postdoc and Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
Dissertation: "Divine Quiet: Phillis Wheatley's Gentle Mastery of Meter, Genre, and Address"

Brendan Shapiro
Assistant Professor, College of Southern Nevada
Dissertation: "Closed Minds and Open Systems: Narrative Voice and Institutional Complexity in the Late Modern Novel"

Selamawit Terrefe
Assistant Professor, Tulane University
Dissertation: "Dissociative States: The Metaphysics of Blackness and the Psychic Afterlife of Slavery"

Jessie Wirkus
Performance Consultant, Allen Communications
Dissertation: "The Hand: Grasping Embodiment in British Literature 1690-1746"


Maria Bose
Assistant Professor of English, Clemson University
Dissertation: "Race Writing in the Internet Age"

Anna Finn
Assistant to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, UC Riverside
Dissertation: "Changing Times: Kipling, Yeats, Eliot, and the Measure of Modernity"


Danielle Domzalski
English Instructor, Sierra Canyon School
Dissertation: "‘The Language of Trade’: Rhetoric, Power, and the Commercial Identity in Eighteenth-Century British Fiction"

Leo Hoar
Honors Collegium Program Manager, Ohio State University
Dissertation: "Beyond Stage and Screen: The Making of the Scene in Modernist Fiction"

Judy Joshua
Assistant Professor, San Bernardino Valley College
Dissertation: "Body and Tool: An Enactive Approach to Perceptual Entrainment in Fiction and Science Fiction"

Sheiba Kaufman
Lecturer, UCI
Dissertation: "The Hospitable Globe: Persia and the Early Modern English Stage"


Hillary Branman
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"

Elizabeth Catchings
Teaching Assistant Professor, University of Denver
Dissertation: "Composing (In) Commensurable Publics: Dual Sponsorship and Askesis in the Writings of Detained Youth"

Tracy Cummings
Lecturer, San Diego State University
Dissertation: "A Call to Act: Witness, Testimony, and Political Renewal in Shakespeare's Plays"

Brian Fonken
Instructor, Orange Coast College
Dissertation: "Gothic Episodes in Nineteenth-Century American Literature"

Brian Garcia
Assistant Professor, Long Beach City College
Dissertation: "‘Everything Was Strange’: Regional Nationalism and Ironic Identities in Early National American Fiction"

Ian Jensen
Lecturer, UCI
Dissertation: "The Wilderness of Language: Toward a ‘Wild’ Reading of American Nature Writing"

John Nieman
Lecturer, UCI
Dissertation: "‘This New Species of Affliction’: Self-Destruction and the Eighteenth-Century Ethic of Self-Improvement"

Erin Pearson
Lecturer, Harvard University
Dissertation: "Savage Hunter: Cannnibalism and the Discourse on Slavery in the United States and Caribbean"

Cristina Rodriguez
Assistant Professor, Providence College
Dissertation: "Find Yourself Here: Neighborhood Logics in Twenty-First Century Chicano and Latino Literature"

Erin Sweeney
Lecturer, UCI
Dissertation: "Dwelling in Possibility: American Literature, Architecture, and Domestic Innovation, 1850-1900"


Tyler Dean
Adjunct Professor of Writing, Whittier College
Dissertation: "Distended Youth: Arrested Development in the Victorian Novel"

Maia Krause
Academic Counselor, HS2 Academy
Dissertation: "Dangerous Investigations: Experiment as Deep Play in Eighteenth-Century British Literature"

Lance Langdon
Lecturer, UCI
Dissertation: "Feeling Engaged: College Writers as Literacy Tutors"

Daniel Matlock
Lecturer, UCI
Dissertation: "Viable Crimes and Victorian Gentlemen: Rhetorics of (In)Consistency and the 19th-Century Novel"

Rachel Mykkanen
English Field of Study Coordinator, Beijing Bayi School
Dissertation: "Militarized Desires: Consumerism in American Literature, 1939-1955"

Brent Russo
Lecturer, Chapman University
Dissertation: "Romantic Liberalism"

Katherine Ryan
Assistant Professor, San Jacinto College
Dissertation: "Modernism's Suicidal Impulse: Psychic Contamination and the Crowd"

Takahiro Sakane
Assistant Professor, Kwansei Gakuin University
Dissertation: "Manners of Contradiction: Economy and Gender in Early Twentieth-Century American Narrative"

Tae Sung
Assistant Professor, California Baptist University
Dissertation: "Pragmatism and the Gift: Toward a Charismology of Dynamic Gifts in American Literature and Religion"