Recent Graduate Alumni

Jacqueline Abrams (2012)
Freelance Writer
Dissertation Title: The Language of Loss: Writing at the Intersection of Literature and Philosophy

Naomi Beeman (2012)
Administrative and Development Assistant, 5th Avenue Theatre
Dissertation Title: The Break Through Experience: Literary Origins in Franz Kafka and W.G. Sebald

Patrick Blanchfield (2015)
Associate Faculty Member, Brooklyn Institute for Social Research
Dissertation Title: Universalities in Crisis: Parenthood and Paternity at the End of the Line

Scott Branson (2011)
Dissertation Title: Fictions of Life and Death in Wilde, Gide, Strachey, and Woolf

John Caligiuiri (2008)
Dissertation Title: Language and Being in Heidegger and Hölderlin

Ian Campbell (2003)
Associate Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature, Department of World Language and Cultures, Middle East Center, Georgia State University
Dissertation Title: The Raveling of the Labyrinth:Spatiality and Subjectivity in 20th century Maghrebian Autobiographical Narratives

Brooke Beloso (2008)
Associate Professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, Butler University
Dissertation Title: "Woman" for Sale: Feminism, Queer Theory, and the Question of Sex Work

Benjamin Clary (2019)
Senior Research Analyst, American Public Media - Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow (Post Doc)
Dissertation Title: Postal Poetics in Contemporary Northern Irish Poetry

Svetlana Babushkina-Corwin (2008)
Associate Professor of English, Belmont Abbey College
Dissertation Title: Eximate Existence: The Uncanny Poetics of Rainer Maria Rilke and Boris Pasternak

Lucas Donahue (2013)
Middle School Teacher, Oregon Family School
Dissertation Title: The Senselessness of an Ending in Wordsworth, P.B. Shelley, and Keats

Colleen Dunne (2011)
Adjunct Professor, Clayton State University
Dissertation Title: Poetic Visions: Figures of Sight and Feminine Subjectivity in the Works of Sylvia Plath, Anne Carson, and Mei-mei Berssenbrugge

Nicholas Ealy (2005)
Associate Professor English and Modern Languages Department, University of Hartford
Dissertation Title: Speculations of Desire: Narcissism and Love Imagery in the Literature and Iconography of Medieval France and Iberia

Ryan Fics (2019)
Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Humanities, Wesleyan University
Dissertation Title: The Position of the Unthought and the Invention of Nineteenth Century Democratic Literature

Yelizaveta Goldfarb Moss (2016)
Assistant Professor, University of North Georgia's Communication, Media, & Journalism Dept
Dissertation Title: Taking Place: Rhetoric of Abstract Space and Construction of Literary Architectures

Asher Haig (2014)
CEO StrongAI
Dissertation Title: Turning Diagrams: Systems of Calculus Based on Ordinal Logics

Michael Hessel-Mial (2016)
Adjunct Professor of English, Rockhurst University and the Kansas City Art Institute, editor and writer at Rosen Publishing
Dissertation Title: Complex Occasions: The Cybernetic Attunement of American Poetry

Christian Holland (2004)
Faculty in French and Italian Language and Literature and History, The John Dewey Academy
Dissertation Title: Time for Paul: Lyotard, Agamben, Badiou

Jacob Hovind (2011)
Associate Professor of English, Towson University
Dissertation Title: Dead Center: The Invention of Character in the Language of Modernism

Robert Hughes (2003)
Associate Professor of English, Ohio State University
Dissertation Title: Writing Out of Death: Literature, Ethics, and the Beyond of Language

Angela Hunter (2004)
Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Dissertation Title: Subjects of Love and the Vicissitudes of Reading: Rousseau, Stendhal, Baudelaire, Derrida, Barthes

Stephanie Johnson (2017)
Upper School English Teacher, Savannah Country Day School
Dissertation Title: Legacies of Loss: Traumatic Aftermaths in Twentieth-Century Literature

Christine Kalleeny (2010)
Director of the Arabic Language Program, Franklin and Marshall College
Dissertation Title: Figuring the Iconoclast: The Eros of Wine in Two Poems By Abū Nuwās and the Symposium of Plato

David Kelman (2007)
Associate Professor of English & Comparative Literature, California State University (Fullerton)
Dissertation Title: Counterfeit Politics: The Conspiracy Narrative in Twentieth Century U.S. and Argentine Literature

Maya Kesrouany (2011)
Assistant Professor of Literature, NYU Abu Dhabi
Dissertation Title: Stranded in Arabic: Tales of the Novel in Translation

Raina Kostova (2006)
Associate Professor of English, Jacksonville State University
Dissertation Title: Poetic Text and Socio-Political Reality in the Work of Wallace Stevens and Osip Mandelstam

Ania Kowalik (2015)
Assistant Director at Center for Teaching Excellence, Rice University
Dissertation Title: Errant Grounds: Eco-epic Textures in Contemporary Caribbean Literature

Christina León (2014)
Assistant Professor of English, Princeton University
Dissertation Title: Reading for Opacity in Queer Latinidad

Dan Leshem (2009)
Executive Director (Film), The Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center & Archives, Queensborough Community College, CUNY
Dissertation Title: The Language of Suffering: Writing and Reading the Holocaust

Mirja Lobnik (2010)
Dissertation Title: Nomad Memory: Inscribing Orality in Literature of the Americas and South Asia

Ruxandra Mandoiu (2009)
Adjunct faculty, English and Modern Languages Department & University Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Hartford; Modern Languages Department, Central Connecticut State University
Dissertation Title: Literary Representations of Family and Nation In the Writings of Joseph Roth, Günter Grass, Milan Kundera, and Ingeborg Bachmann

Armando Mastrogiovanni (2019)
Adjunct, Department of English Baruch College & Lander College for Women - part of the Touro College and University System
Dissertation Title: Outside the Habitable Zone: The Poetry and Politics of Life in Wordsworth’s Salisbury Plain Poems

Maya Maxym (2003)
Pediatrician for Passaic Pediatrics
Dissertation Title: Modes of Accompaniment: Paul Celan's Language of Loss

Deborah Mayrhofer (2011)
Principal Customer Success Manager, Cvent
Dissertation Title: Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves: Deviants in Post-Revolutionary French and American Novels

Brian McGrath (2006)
Associate Professor of English, Clemson University
Dissertation Title: Future Reading: Romanticism, Aesthetics, Politics

Ronald Mendoza-de Jesús (2015)
Assistant Professor of Spanish & Portuguese, University of Southern California
Dissertation Title: Reading Now: Historical Danger in Spanish Caribbean Literary Modernism

Ben Miller (2009)
Senior Lecturer of English, Emory University
Dissertation Title: Testimonial Media

Derrilyn Morrison (2004)
Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Middle Georgia State University
Dissertation Title: Shifting Poetics: Creolization, Migration, Relation

Catherene Ngoh (2018)
Post-doc, UC Santa Barbara
Dissertation Title: Affects of War: Sovereignty and Violence in Wordsworth, Coleridge, Hazlitt, And De Quincey

Jennifer Orth-Veillon (2011)
English Lecturer at Ecole catholique des arts et métiers (ECAM) and at Ecole supérieur de traduction et de relations internationales (ESTRI), Lyon, France
Dissertation Title: "Writing Betwen Fascism and Stalinism: Ignazio Silone, Albert Camus, and Manes Sperber"

Christina Parker-Flynn (2010)
Assistant Professor in the Department of Film and Literature, Florida State University
Dissertation Title: Artificial Generation: The Hybridization of Female and Form in Gautier, Villiers, Wilde, Hitchcock

David Ritchie (2019)
Director of Consumer Accounts, McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC
Dissertation Title: The Destabilizing Affects of Writing: Sedgwick, Derrida, and the Critique of Cognitive Literary Studies

Matthew Roberts II (2013)
Assistant Professor and Librarian for English and Drama, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dissertation Title: The Tears of Dionysus: the Birth of Catastrophic Theater in British Drama

Adam Rosenthal (2014)
Assistant Professor of International Studies, Texas A&M University
Dissertation Title: The Gift of Poetry in Romantic and Post-Romantic Literature

Ariel Ross (2010)
Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Oklahoma State University
Dissertation Title: Afterlives of Epic: Baudelaire and Tsvetaeva

Andrew Ryder (2010)
Adjunct Faculty, John V. Roach Honors College of Texas Christian University, in Fort Worth
Dissertation Title: Georges Bataille and a Materialist Ethics of Experience

Taylor Schey (2015)
Lecturer in the English Department, University of Michigan
Dissertation Title: After Skepticism: Hume and the Political Aesthetics of Romanticism

Petra Schweitzer (2003)
Professor of Comparative Literature (French & German), Director of Gender and Women's Studies
Dissertation Title: Art Under Duress: Trauma, Language and Witness in Charlotte Delbo and Paul Celan

Jessica Sellountos (2012)
Dissertation Title: "Revolutionary Claims: Transatlantic Agency in the Fictions of Godwin, Brown, and Irving"

Melissa Sexton (2008)
Dissertation Title: Playing, Beyond the Fields of Trauma: An Interdisciplinary and Multi-Media Approach to Reading Thanatos and Eros in Psychoanalysis, Literature, Science and Technology

Brian Smith (2015)
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English, Clemson University
Dissertation Title: All Access: YouTube, the History of the Music Video, and Its Contemporary Renaissance

Martyn Smith (2006)
Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Lawrence University
Dissertation Title: How to Build Places with Words: The Narrative Construction of Sacred Abydos, Delos, and Mecca

John Steen IV (2012)
Dissertation Title: Rhymes Unbearable: Crises of Feeling in 20th-Century U.S. Lyric

Sarah Stein (2012)
Assistant Professor of English, Arkansas Tech
Dissertation Title: A Hebraic Modernity: Poetry, Prayer and Translation in the Long Eighteenth Century

Mark Stoholski (2016)
Dissertation Title: Affecting the Logos

Tze-Yin Teo (2015)
Assistant Professor in Comparative Literature (Translation Studies), University of Oregon
Dissertation Title: The Rest of the World: Inoperative Modernism and the Conditions of Translatability

Rodrigo Therezo (2017)
Dissertation Title: Geschlecht : Sex and Species, Being and Difference

Cameron Thurber (2018)
Research Associate, Apex Leaders
Dissertation Title: The Technological Production of Subjectivity: Images of the Body Under Late Capitalism

Eszter Timar (2009)
Assistant Professor of Gender Studies, Central European University
Dissertation Title: Queer Citizens: the Structural Similarity between the post-Revolutionary Citizen and the Figure of the Homosexual

Sean Tommasi (2013)
Dissertation Title: Life Without Measure: Literary Reflections on Freedom and Commerce in Émile Zola, Henry James, Thomas Mann, and Charles Dickens

Apostolos Vasilakis (2004)
Instructional Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of English, Texas A&M University
Dissertation Title: Mnemotechnologies: Memory, and Experience in Late 20th Century Philosophy and Literature

Robert Vork (2013)
Assistant Professor of English, Arkansas Tech
Dissertation Title: Opening Acts: The Performance of Trauma in the Work of Shakespeare, Artaud, Brecht, and Cervantes

Alex Weil (2014)
Adjunct Professor in the Department of English, Irvine Valley College
Dissertation Title: Passages and the Screens: Media Technologies in Texts by Henry James, Clara Smith, Theodora Bosanquet, Mina Loy, and Kenneth Fearing

Kathryn Wichelns (2007)
Associate Professor of English and Women's Studies, University of New Mexico
Dissertation Title: Enacting Sexual Difference: Re-visions of Henry James in the Writing of Marguerite Duras and Emily Dickinson

Leah Wolfson (2008)
Senior Program Officer, National Academic Programs, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Dissertation Title: A Path Through the Abyss: Re-inventing Testimony Through Post-Holocaust Survivor Poetry, Memoir, and Video Oral Histories

Seth Wood (2011)
Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Oklahoma State University
Dissertation Title: The A. B. C of Autography: Edgar Allan Poe and Archive Trouble of Antebellum American Literature

Eugene Brent Young (2010)
Professor of Practice in English and Philosophy, Le Moyne College
Dissertation Title: Literary Paradox: Figures of Displacement and Disguise in Carroll, Kafka, Nietzsche, Blanchot, and Deleuze

Daniel Yu (2018)
Visiting Assistant Professor of English, St. Mary's College of Maryland
Dissertation Title: The Fiction of Generosity: Disinterest and the Eighteenth Century

Lili Zhang (2005)
Associate Professor of Comparative Religion, Texas Wesleyan University
Dissertation Title: The Cultivation of the Self: Critique of Technical Practice within and without Chinese Chan Buddhism