Department of English

2013 Academic Career Launches and National Recognitions

Tue, June 18, 2013
2013 Academic Career Launches and National Recognitions
2013 Academic Career Launches and National Recognitions

Katharine Beutner Katharine Beutner

Assistant Professor, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Honolulu, HI

Katharine Beutner writes fiction and creative nonfiction and studies the literature of the long eighteenth century. She is the author of Alcestis, a retelling of Greek myth that won the 2011 Edmund White Prize for Debut Fiction, and is currently at work on a novel tentatively titled Killingly, set at Mt. Holyoke College in the 1890s. Her academic research has focused primarily on the writing lives of a group of early eighteenth-century women writers, and her interests include literary history and historiography, life writing, genre fiction, digital humanities, and textual studies. She received her MA and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin and formerly taught at the College of Wooster.

BjorkOlin Olin Bjork

Assistant Professor of English, University of Houston-Downtown

Olin Bjork will be teaching courses in Technical Communication and Digital Humanities at the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD).  In addition to these fields, his interests include Computers and Writing, Milton Studies, and Textual Studies. Prior to the UHD appointment, he worked three years as a lecturer at Santa Clara University and three years as a post doctoral fellow at Georgia Tech. At the University of Texas at Austin, he served as assistant director of the Digital Writing and Research Lab, then known as the Computer Writing and Research Lab, worked as the English department's webmaster, and collaborated on digital "audiotext" editions of John Milton's Paradise Lost and Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass for UT-Austin's Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services. His current research centers on print and digital interface design for editions of literature and other texts.

Doug CoulsonDouglas Coulson

Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Carnegie Mellon University

Before pursuing the study of rhetoric in the doctoral program in English at The University of Texas at Austin, Doug received his Juris Doctor from Tulane Law School and practiced litigation in a major national law firm. In his scholarship and teaching, Doug focuses on legal rhetoric and argumentation, particularly the relationship of legal discourse to cultural identity, and he more broadly considers the history and theory of rhetoric, argument and argument theory, the role of narrative, memory, and proof in forensic discourse, and the comparative study of conflict resolution methods. His work has appeared in the Journal for the Association of Legal Writing Directors, the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities, and the University of Miami Race and Social Justice Law Review. You can find out more about Doug's scholarship and research interests on his website at

Jeremy DeanJeremy Dean

Chief of Education, Rap Genius

Jeremy Dean is the Chief of Education at Rap Genius. As Rap Genius expands their interactive archive beyond hip-hop lyrics to include literary, historical, legal and scientific texts, Jeremy is facilitating the integration of their “Genius” annotation platform into K-16 classrooms across the country. Jeremy is a scholar-educator with fifteen years of experience teaching at both the college and high school levels. He received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin where he worked as a Project Leader in the Digital Writing and Research Lab for four years developing units and lesson plans around a variety of digital tools.

Matt GertkenMatthew Gertken

Senior Analyst, Stratfor Global Intelligence

Matt Gertken's dissertation at UT explored the intersection of geopolitics and literature. He studied the media narratives and propaganda wars in the early British empire and, in particular, how authors like Jonathan Swift and Sir William Temple contributed to the development of balance of power theory. Both authors sought to define balance of power by reference to classical philosophical notions of political authority and decision making, as opposed to their rivals, who sought empirical means of measuring and weighing power. This philosophical tension persists in twenty-first century media narratives on politics and international relations. 

David HarperDavid Harper

Academy Professor in the Department of English and Philosophy, United States Military Academy, West Point

David Harper is currently an Assistant Professor of English at the United States Military Academy, West Point. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012, where his dissertation was entitled “Curb’d Enthusiasms: Critical Interventions in the Reception of Paradise Lost, 1667-1732.” His most recent publications include “Bentley’s Annotated 1674 Edition of Paradise Lost: Hidden Method and Peculiar Madness” (Review of English Studies, February 2013) and “Francis Gregory and the Defense of the King’s Book” (Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, March 2012). His latest article, “Revising Obsession in Shakespeare’s Sonnets 153 and 154,” is pending publication in Studies in Philology.

Frederick Coye HeardFrederick Coye Heard

Assistant Professor of English, Rhetoric and Humanistic Studies, Virginia Military Institute

Frederick Coye Heard is an Americanist and phenomenologist who works primarily on the messy intersections of narrative form and public life. He has a particular interest in twentieth-century narrative innovations that address problems of hospitality and political action, an interest at the center of his dissertation, "Apposition, Displacement: An Ethics of Abstraction in Postwar American Fiction." Coye is also a committed teacher of rhetoric and writing and has spent considerable time supporting the Undergraduate Writing Center at UT as an assistant director and the broader writing center community as managing editor of Praxis: A Writing Center Journal.

Trevor HoagTrevor Hoag

Assistant Professor of English, Christopher Newport University

Trevor's research takes place at the intersections of rhetorical theory and continental philosophy. He is interested in questions related to memory, social movements, ethics, subjectivity, pedagogy, and digital media. Before earning his doctorate and second Master's in English (Rhetoric) at UT-Austin, he earned a Master's in philosophy from Ohio University. He also holds a Bachelor's degree in English from Emporia State University and an Associate's degree from Allen Community College.

Nicholas MyklebustNicholas Myklebust

Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Texas at Austin

Nicholas Myklebust completed his Ph.D. in December 2012 with emphases in linguistics and medieval literature. His dissertation, Misreading English Meter: 1400-1514, won the 2013 Michael H. Granof Outstanding Dissertation Award. He is currently working on a number of articles on Middle English prosody and serving as co-editor for a special issue of The Wallace Stevens Journal on cognitive science to appear in 2015. By 2015, he plans to complete two joint MEG/fMRI studies designed to test how readers of metrical verse respond to rhythmic ambiguities. His research explores the connections among cognition, literary form, and language disorders. 

Stephanie OdomStephanie Odom

Assistant Professor of English, University of Texas at Tyler

Stephanie Odom's Ph.D. concentration was in Rhetoric and Writing and her scholarly work focuses on composition pedagogy. She has presented at national conferences on composition and literature pedagogy. She earned a B.A. in English from Austin College and an M.A. in English from UT Austin before earning her Ph.D. from UT Austin in May 2013.

Laine PerezLaine Perez

English Instructor, North Arkansas College 

Laine Perez will graduate with her Ph.D. in August of 2013.  Her dissertation, supervised by Phillip Barrish and Gretchen Murphy, is tentatively entitled “Preparation, Protection, and a Practical Education:  Anxieties in Progressive Era Education.”  She has worked for the past two years as a writing consultant with the Free Minds Project, a program that provides low-income adults a chance to jumpstart their college education. In the fall, she will join the faculty of North Arkansas College as an English Instructor.

Ashley SquiresAshley Squires

Associate Director of the Writing and Communications Center and English Lecturer, New Economic School, Moscow, Russia

Ashley Squires graduated with her PhD in May 2012. Her dissertation, supervised by Phillip Barrish and Brian Bremen is entitled "Religious Healing in the Progressive Era: Literary Responses to Christian Science," and her work appears in Arizona Quarterly and American Literary Realism. She is going to the New Economic School to teach literature and composition in their Bachelor of Arts program and to help build the first US-style Writing Center in Russia.

Timothy TurnerTimothy Turner

Assistant Professor of English, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

Tim Turner received his Ph.D. in English from UT Austin in May 2010 with a specialization in Shakespeare and early modern English drama. Before becoming an assistant professor at USFSM, he was previously appointed to a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Southwestern University and a Presidential Excellence Postdoctoral Fellowship at UT Austin. He has published book reviews in Comitatus and The Sixteenth Century Journal and articles in Across the Disciplines: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Language, Learning, and Academic WritingDiscoveries in Renaissance Culture; and, most recently, Studies in English Literature 1500-1900. He is currently at work on a book project, tentatively entitled Torture and the State of Exception in Early Modern Drama, that explores English playwrights' critical scrutiny of extralegal powers exercised by Elizabeth I, her ministers, and their successors.

Caroline WiggintonCaroline Wigginton

Assistant Professor of English, University of Mississippi in Oxford

Caroline received her Ph.D. in May 2010 and has just completed a two-year ACLS New Faculty Fellowship at Rutgers University in American Studies and Women's and Gender Studies. She specializes in early American literature, focusing on questions of gender, race, and religion. Her anthology, Transatlantic Feminisms in the Age of Revolutions (co-edited with Joanna Brooks and Lisa Moore), was published last year with Oxford University Press. Her work appears in Early American Literature, Studies in American Indian Literatures, and Legacy, and she is completing a book manuscript, Epistolary Neighborhoods.

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