Department of English

Alumni Achievements


Emily Bloom Book Prize Winner

Emily Bloom Book Prize Winner

The Modernist Studies Association awarded its prize for a first book to Emily B. Bloom's The Wireless Past: Anglo-Irish Writers and the BBC, 1931-1968 (Oxford University Press, 2016). In this text, [Read more....]

Louisa Hall and Speak

In conversation with Louisa Hall about her new book, Speak

English Department graduate program alumna and past Lecturer Louisa Hall has a new book out called Speak, and it’s getting rave reviews from the likes of National Public Radio and The Guardian. [Read more...]

Meghan Andrews

Meghan Andrews wins the 2015 University Co-op and OGS Best Dissertation Award

Congratulations to Meghan Andrews, who has been awarded the 2015 University Co-op and OGS Best Dissertation Award. [Read more...]

Dr. Stephen Dobranski

Alumnus Stephen Dobranski is named Distinguished University Professor at Georgia State

Congratulations to Dr. Stephen Dobranski, one of the English Department’s accomplished graduates, on his being named a Distinguished University Professor at Georgia State University [Read more...]

David Harper

Alumnus David Harper becomes a Rare Book School-Mellon Fellow

Congratulations to Lieutenant Colonel David Harper, a graduate of the UT English Literature Ph.D. program who is now an assistant professor at the United States Military Academy [Read more...]

Dustin Stewart

An Interview with Dustin Stewart, our 2013 department level dissertation prizewinner

Dustin Stewart has been named the 2013 English Department dissertation prizewinner.  [Read more...]

Jeremy Dean

Alumnus Jeremy Dean, the Education Czar of Rap Genius, discusses his career path with us, will give campus talk next week

If you’re not already familiar with Rap Genius, the website that just over a year ago received a $15 million dollar investment from the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (founded by Marc Andreessen, the inventor of the web browser), it’s a website founded in 2009 by three Yale grads with a love of rap music. [Read more...]

Supriya Nair

Dr. Supriya Nair's newest book wins the prestigious Nicolás Guillén Award

Supriya Nair earned her Ph.D. in the English Department at UT in 1992 by writing a dissertation on "Making History: Social Revolution in the Novels of George Lamming," a version of which, Caliban's Curse: George Lamming and the Revisioning of History, was published as her first book in 1996 by the University of Michigan Press. [Read more...]

Layne Craig

English department alumna Layne Parish Craig, now an instructor at TCU, publishes her first book

In alumni news, Dr. Layne Parish Craig, a graduate of the University of Texas Ph.D. program in English Literature, now an Instructor of English at Texas Christian University, has published her first book, When Sex Changed: Birth Control Politics and Literature between the World Wars. [Read more...]

Margot Backus

University of Houston Associate Professor Margot Backus, a UT alumna, publishes second book

In alumni news, Margot Backus, a graduate of the University of Texas M.A. and Ph.D. programs in English Literature, now a professor of English at the University of Houston, has published her second book [Read more...]

Terri Leclercq

Alumna Terri LeClercq fights uphill battle to preserve prisoners’ rights

After 10 years spent investigating and exploring the conditions of the U.S. prison system, Alumna Terri LeClercq is fighting the uphill battle to preserve the legal rights of prison inmates [Read more...]

Jeanette Herman

English Alumna Jeanette Herman wins Cale McDowell Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Studies

The Department of English congratulates English alumna Jeanette Herman [Read more...]

Susan Schorn

Alumna Susan "George" Schorn publishes 'Smile at Strangers: And Other Lessons in the Art of Living Fearlessly'

The Department of English congratulates alumna Susan "George" Schorn on the forthcoming publication of her memoir [Read more...]

NEH Fellowship

Greg Barnhisel and Vessela Valiavitcharska receive prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship

The Department of English congratulates alumni Greg Barnhisel and Vessela Valiavitcharska [Read more...]

Terri Leclercq

Chicago-Kent College of Law appoints graduate alumna Terri LeClercq as first ever Ralph L. Brill Distinguished Visitor

The Department of English congratulates graduate alumna Terri Leclercq on her recent appointment as the Ralph L. Brill Chair Distinguished Visitor at Chicago-Kent College of Law. Leclercq, a pioneer in the field of legal writing, is the first scholar to hold the College of Law’s newly established Distinguished Visitor position. [Read more...]


A Q&A with Michael Erard, Author of 'Babel No More'

English graduate alumnus Michael Erard speaks with ShelfLife about his new publication. [Read more...]


Allison DIllon

Alumni Focus: Allison Dillon in Shakespeare Studies Program at King's College London

Allison Dillon, our inaugural Shakespeare at Winedale Outreach (SHOUT) Assistant and also an alumna of the undergraduate English program and the Shakespeare at Winedale program, is beginning her graduate studies in the Shakespeare Studies program at King’s College London this fall. [Read more...]

April Matthis

English Alumna April Matthis receives Obie Award

Congratulations to English Department alumna April Matthis, who was this summer awarded an Obie for “sustained excellence of performance.” [Read more...]

Kirk Lynn

English Alumnus Kirk Lynn's Commencement Address Notes

My First Alarm Clock: One of the reasons I’m here, that nobody talks about, is because when I was a kid I invented my own alarm clock. [Read more...]

Erick Prince-Heaggans

Former UT English major and veteran travels the world, creates non-profit foundation

When Erick Prince-Heaggans came to the University of Texas, he had already completed four tours of military duty in Iraq and Afghanistan as a security forces and maintenance specialist for C-130 aircraft [Read more...]

Ben Stroud

English Alumnus Ben Stroud publishes Byzantium

The literary world is buzzing about Department of English Alumnus Ben Stroud [Read more...]

Pamela Willeford

English Graduate Pamela Willeford Receives Distinguished Alumnus Award

The Honorable Pamela Willeford (BA English, ’72) has been named one of six University of Texas Distinguished Alumni by the Texas Exes. [Read more...]

What Can't Wait

A Q&A with Ashley Hope Perez, Author of "What Can't Wait"

English alumna Ashley Hope Perez speaks with ShelfLife about her young adult novel.[Read more...]

Knife and Butterfly

A Q&A with Ashley Hope Perez, Author of "The Knife and the Butterfly"

English alumna Ashley Hope Perez speaks with ShelfLife about her young adult novel.[Read more...]