Department of English

Current Graduate Students

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Abigail Adams

Graduate student

Education: MPhil, Medieval Literature, 2016, University of Cambridge

Interests: Middle English literature; book history; history of religion and mysticism

Annie Bares

Graduate student

Interests: 20th and 21st century literature and culture, African American literature and culture, environmental and energy humanities, critical disability theory, critical race theory, visual culture, archives.

Caroline B Barta

Graduate student

Education: M.A., Boston College

Interests: bibliography and textual studies; history of the cookbook

Micah Bateman

Graduate student |
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Interests: Nineteenth-century American literature, American poetry after Whitman, poetry and poetics, digital humanities, textual/book studies

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Rhya Brooke

PhD Student

Education: MA English, Northeastern University

Interests: literatures of the African diaspora; 20th and 21st century literature; neo-slave narratives; speculative fiction; disability studies; postcolonial literature & theory; critical race theory; feminist theory

Colwill Brown

Graduate Student, E316 Teaching Assistant

Education: M.A. English Literature, Boston College

Erica Brozovsky

Graduate student

Interests: Sociolinguistics; Accent

Zoe Bursztajn-illingworth

PhD Student

Interests: modern and contemporary poetry; poetic theory; lyric studies; film studies; visual culture; modernism; new approaches to formalism

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Michal Calo

PhD Student

Education: BA & MA, Ben-Gurion University in the Negev

Interests: 20th century poetics; modernism; feminist & queer theory; embodiment; critical race theory; disability studies; history of medicine and sexuality

Amber Clark

Graduate student

Interests: Medieval literature; cartography; saints’ lives; travel narratives; literary representations of geography, space, and place

Ansley Colclough

Graduate student

Interests: continental philosophy, media theory, tactical media, the rhetoric of social movements, biopolitics/necropolitcs, solidarity and identification

Jake Cowan

Graduate student

Interests: continental philosophy; psychoanalysis; social media ecology; the metaphysics of online presence; Joyce, Kubrick, Žižek

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Loren Cressler

Ph.D. Candidate

Education: PhD, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Early modern drama; genre theory; Shakespeare; classical reception; early modern religious toleration; politics and aesthetics.

Kiara Davis

Graduate student

Haley Eazor

Graduate student

Interests: 20th and 21st century poetry and poetics, contemporary literature, environmental criticism, feminist theory, critical race theory

Reid Echols

Ph.D. Candidate

Interests: Modern British Literature, Irish Poetry and Drama, Religion and Literature, Conflict Studies

Brice Ezell

Ph.D. Candidate

Education: M.A, English, University of Texas

Interests: Modern and contemporary drama; philosophy and literature; film and television

Kaitlyn Farrell

Ph.D Candidate

Interests: 20th and 21st Century Drama; Performance Studies, Feminist Theater

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Liz Fischer

Graduate student

Jane Fleming

Ph.D. Student

Education: B.A., English, University of Texas at El Paso

Interests: Nineteenth Century American Realism and Regionalism

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Hannah Foltz

Assistant Instructor

Education: MA, Rhetoric & Writing, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Technical and professional communication, genre, critical theory, international development, infrastructure, visual rhetorics

John D Fry

Assistant Instructor, Department of English

Education: M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Poetry), Texas State University

Interests: Middle English; Chaucer and his afterlives; medieval drama; lay spirituality and vernacular theology; the cult of saints; periodization; historiography; artes memorativa; queer theory; affect; temporality; archive theory; psychoanalysis; contemporary poetry and poetics.

James Garner

Postdoctoral Lecturer

Education: Ph.D, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: The history of rhetoric, public political rhetoric, conversational writing, toleration, metadiscourse in student writing, tolerance in the college classroom

Raelynn Gosse

Graduate student

Halah Salman Hadla

Graduate student

Education: PhD candidate, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Modern and contemporary literature, Trauma and War Literature. American studies. Middle Eastern studies.

Kirsten Hall

Graduate student

Interests: 18th century literature, the novel, Sterne, Austen, Richardson

Patrick Aaron Harris

Graduate student

Education: MLitt/MFA in Shakespeare & Performance, Mary Baldwin University

Interests: Shakespeare and early modern drama, adaptation theory, premodern critical race studies, postcolonial theory, diaspora studies, dramaturgy and performance studies

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Justin Hatch

Graduate student

Interests: Rhetoric and Writing, Public Deliberation, The Black Freedom Struggle, and Digital Writing Pedagogy. 

Melissa Heide

PhD Student

Education: M.A., University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Medieval literature and culture; social class; social inequity in the European Middle Ages; critical theory; progressive and feminist pedagogies.

Jennifer Hemstreet

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Interests: Long 18th Century; Classics and Neoclassicism; literary eternization; Pope, Swift, and the Scriblerians

Xuan An Ho

Graduate student

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Cindy-Lou Holland

Ph.D. Student

Interests: Cindy’s research interests include the critical posthumanities, Indigenous theories of agent ontology, and emergent figurations of subjectivity. She lives in a collaboratively built tiny house parked out in the country, where chickens, bobcats, dogs, coyotes, a husband, and bugs of startling size routinely make things happen.

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Hannah Hopkins

Ph.D. Student

Education: MA English/MS Information Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Speculative rhetorics, technical communication, data infrastructures, science and speculative fiction, environmental humanities, digital humanities

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Cody Jarman

PhD Student

Education: MA in Irish Writing & Film, University College Cork

Interests: Irish literature; African-American literature; Global modernism; Postcolonial theory; Cultural revivalism; Critical Whiteness studies

Robert W Jones

Graduate student

Interests: Shakespeare Studies, Renaissance Drama, Modern Drama, Contemporary Performance, Film Criticism

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Martha Karnes

Assistant Director of Lower-Division Writing

Interests: feminist disability studies, rhetoric of health and medicine, inclusive pedagogy, advocacy, technical communication, video games

Alfredo Khoshnood

Graduate student

Education: B.A., English, The University of Iowa

Interests: Milton, early modern poetry and poetics, monism/materialism, early modern religious poetry

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Raffi Robert Kiureghian

Ph.D Student

Interests: early modern literature, travel writing, utopias, environmental humanities

Rosy Mack

Graduate student

Education: Doctoral Student, Department of English, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Late 20th Century Feminist Publishing, Print Culture, Queer Theory, Feminist Theory, Genre Fiction, Social Movement Cultures, Legal Theory

Sierra Mendez

Graduate student

Education: Ph.D. Candidate, University of Texas at Austin

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Regina Marie Mills

PhD Candidate

Interests: Latinx Literature, Literature of the African Diaspora, US Immigrant Literature (particularly of the Central American diaspora), Human Rights, Refugee Studies

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Amrita Mishra

Graduate student

Education: Doctoral Candidate, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Indentured labor, slavery, Caribbean studies, migration and postcolonial studies, Third World feminisms, global south-south connections, novel theory

Lauren Nelson

PhD Student |
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Education: M.A., University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Caribbean literature, postcolonial theory, environmental criticism, posthumanism, ontology, materialisms

Nigel O'Hearn

Graduate student

Alexandrea Pérez Allison

PhD Candidate

Interests: U.S. Latinx/a/o Literature, Decoloniality, Latina Feminism, the Archive

Eric Pitty

Graduate student

Michelle Rabe

Graduate student

Interests: 20th and 21st century American fiction, creative non-fiction/memoir, disability studies

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Adena Rivera-Dundas

PhD Candidate

Interests: Contemporary American experimental nonfiction; academic and personal narrative; speculative fiction

Iana Robitaille

PhD Student

Interests: 20th- and 21st-century literature and culture; global Anglophone literature; American transnationalism; postcolonial literature and theory; narrative theory; rhetoric of humor

Gabriella Rodriguez

Graduate student |
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Interests: Caribbean Literature, African Diaspora Studies

KJ Schaeffner

Graduate student

Sarah Schuster

Ph.D Student

Interests: 19th century American literature, disability studies, animal studies

Mac Scott

Graduate student

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Sierra Senzaki

English -- Doctoral Candidate

Interests: British Modernist literature, British Victorian literature, Environmental Humanities, science and literature, genre

Zachary Sharp

Graduate student |
FAC 16

Interests: Renaissance rhetoric and poetics; Puritanism; ethics and literature.

Richard Shear

Assistant Instructor

Valerie Sirenko

Ph.D. Candidate

Interests: American literature, literature and the law, object studies, cultural studies

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Megan Snell

Graduate student

Education: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Early modern literature; drama

Emma Train

PhD Candidate

Education: MFA in creative writing, poetry, University of California Davis

Interests: 20th and 21st century American poetry and poetics; queer theory; ecocriticism and environmental theory; feminism; critical theory

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Amy Tuttle-Charron

Graduate student

Education: PhD Candidate, The University of Texas at Austin

Mariah Wahl

GRA at the Harry Ransom Center

Thomas Ward

Graduate student

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J Wells

Graduate student

Sarah Welsh

Graduate student

Education: MA, Liberal Studies and Digital Humanities, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Interests: Digital communication and rhetorical approaches to technology, reputation management, information ethics

Brie Winnega

Graduate student

Erin Yanota

Graduate student

Education: MA in English Literature, UT Austin

Interests: Transatlantic modernisms; poetry & poetics; women's writing; religion & literature; classical reception & folklore studies