Department of English

2017 Academic Career Launches

Fri, July 21, 2017
2017 Academic Career Launches
Photo collage of recent graduates

The Department of English congratulates recent graduates on their placement and achievements!

Beck Wise: Lecturer in Writing, University of New England

Beck Wise earned her Ph.D in May 2017 and now works as a (tenure track) Lecturer in Writing at the University of New England. Her dissertation, "Transparent Manipulation: The Public Arguments of Medical Imaging", tracked the adaptation and use of medical imaging technologies by creative professionals to naturalize and promote raced, gendered and able bodies. While at UT, Beck served as Assistant Director of the Digital Writing & Research Lab (2015-17). She is currently developing her dissertation into a book and her next article is forthcoming in Pre/Text: A Journal of Rhetorical Theory. You can find out more about Beck's current projects on her website (

Ashley Palmer: Assistant Professor of English and Writing, University of Tampa

Ashley Palmer completed her PhD at the University of Texas at Austin in August 2015. Previously a Visiting Lecturer at Indiana University Bloomington, she will begin a position as Assistant Professor of English and Writing at the University of Tampa in fall 2017. While at UT, she served as Assistant Director in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing and won the English department’s Outstanding Assistant Instructor award (2014). Her dissertation, "‘I Never Once Thought of Them’: Retail Workers in American Department Store Fiction” (supervised by Phillip Barrish), recovers popular fiction written about department store shopgirls between 1880 and 1920. Her research and teaching examine narrative representations of consumer culture, working women, and consumer reform in American literature and contemporary rhetoric, and her scholarship has appeared in Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers and American Literary Realism.

Martin Lockerd: Assistant Professor of English, Schreiner University

Martin Lockerd earned his PhD from UT-Austin in 2016 and now works as Assistant Professor of English at Schreiner University, where he teaches literature and writing. While at UT, Martin worked for two years as an Assistant Director in the University Writing Center. His current book project, Decadent Catholicism in the Age of Modernism, argues for greater recognition of the late Victorian, literary phenomenon of decadent Catholicism in the imaginative genealogy of such authors as W. B. Yeats, James Joyce, T. S. Eliot, and Evelyn Waugh. His work has appeared in theYeats/Eliot Review, the Journal of Modern Literature, and the Writing Center Journal.

Axel Bohmann: Assistant Professor, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität

Axel Bohmann earned his PhD from the University of Texas in Spring 2017 and currently holds a position as assistant professor (Akademischer Rat auf Zeit) at the English department of Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany. His dissertation, “Variation in English world-wide: Varieties and genres in a quantitative perspective,” analyzes 236 linguistic features in 7,309 written, spoken, and Twitter text samples from across the English-speaking world in order to quantify the linguistic relationships among these texts. It pays specific attention to the influence geography and genre have on such relationships and develops strategies to automatically categorize new texts to support further linguistic analysis. In Freiburg, Axel is conducting a project investigating the mixed linguistic resources and communicative strategies among asylum seekers of different national backgrounds. He has published articles in journals such as Language (together with Lars Hinrichs and Benedikt Szmrecsanyi) and English Language and Linguistics. His M.A. work on hyper-correct speech and language ideologies in Jamaica has been honored with the 2013 Richard M. Hogg Prize by the International Society for the Linguistics of English.


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