Career placement is intended for informational purposes only and is based on our most recently available information.

This is not comprehensive of all students and alumni on the market.

Alumni can send career updates to the graduate program coordinators.

After Your Degree

Our department has a comprehensive Job Placement Program with a strong track record of graduate student mentoring and development. Our graduates in the critical and creative tracks go on to successful careers both within and beyond the academy, and we celebrate that success. From the first year, we provide extensive mentoring and support as they grow into their roles as professional academics, teachers, and writers, helping them build a portfolio of achievements, including securing both internal and external awards, grants, and funding, high-profile publications, field-specific teaching experience, and specialized trainings and certificates, that underpin a compelling dossier.

Each year, all dissertating (A.B.D) students have access to a year-long job market training service, which begins in the spring with a placement seminar, followed by a continuous program of job market material development, mock interviews, and practice job talks, in collaboration with multiple faculty. Our placement officer is available to all students to give advice about their career, and to help candidates strategize their approach to the job market, prepare for campus visits, and negotiate the terms of job offers.


Viola Lasmana, Assistant Professor, Comparative World Literature Program
California State University, Long Beach
Dissertation: Shadow Imaginations: Transpacific Approaches to Post-1965 Indonesian Archives

Past Positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies, Rutgers University (2022); Postdoctoral Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies, Columbia University (2020); Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Southern California (2018)

Khaliah Reed, Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Wake Forest University
Dissertation: Fifty Shades of Fandom: Shame, Respectability, and the Politics of Fanfiction


John Bruns, Professor of Film Studies at the College of Charleston
Past position: Associate Professor and Affiliated Faculty, Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the College of Charleston
Dissertation: Loopholes: Reading Comically
Website: http://brunsj.people.cofc.edu/

L. A. Johnson, Melon Humanities & University of the Future Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Southern California
Dissertation: Troublesome Bodies: The American Woman’s Long Poem Revisited

Brianna Beehler, Upper School English Teacher
The Nueva School
Dissertation: Dollplay: Narrative Rituals in Nineteenth-Century Britain
Past position: English Specialist, Khan Lab School (2021)

Cruz Arroyo, 2023 ACLS Leading Edge Fellow: Movement Building and Capacity Strategist
Dissertation: I Can’t Make This Stuff Up: Fictionality, Autobiography, and Deviance in American Stand-Up Comedy

Darby Walters, Assistant Instructor
University of Florida
Dissertation: Infectious Feelings: Disease, Sympathy, and the Nineteenth-Century Novel

Past Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Florida

Michael Benitez, Instructor
Mt. San Jacinto College
Dissertation: Shakespeare’s Archive-in-Action: Queer Futurity in Shakespeare’s Plays

Eliot Dunn, Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Southern California
Dissertation: “A door, an exit, a way out”: Trans*Temporality in Hybrid Media

Krishna Narayanamurti, Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Southern California
Dissertation: An Almost Unbroken Place: Desert Aesthetics and Environmental Connection in Southwestern Literature

Muriel Leung, Faculty in Poetry (tenure-track)
California Institute of the Arts
Dissertation: Wild Grammars

Kyunghee Eo, Tenure-Track Assistant Professorship in East Asian Languages and Literature
Yale University
Dissertation: Politics of Purity: The Making of Girlhood in South Korean Literature

Past position: Assistant Professor (tenure-track), University of Colorado, Boulder (2020)

Brandi Wells, Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
California State University, Fullerton
Dissertation: The Desperation of Desert Islands: Risk and Dreams in Feminist Dystopian Fiction

Jean Chen Ho, Visiting Assistant Professor
Skidmore College
Dissertation: Sight/Cite/Site: Racial Violence, Chinese Angelenos, and LA’s Lost Chinatown 1850-1938

Rachel Neve-Midbar, Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow (2023-2025)
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dissertation: Breaching the Labial Lips: Thought and New Language In the Menstrual Poem

Samantha Cohen, Visiting Assistant Professor
Oberlin College
Dissertation: Becoming Multiple: Cyborg Aesthetics and the Inversion of Horror


Zachary Mann, Associate Director
Levan Institute for the Humanities, University of Southern California
Dissertation: The Punch Card Imagination: Authorship and Early Machine Programming 

Justin Bortnick, Assistant Professor of Teaching
Department of English, University of Pittsburgh
Dissertation: Communities of Reality: Game Design, Narrative and Political Play

Nicholas Bredie, Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
Utah Valley University
Dissertation: Americans Abroad: Expatriate Experience and its Critics 
Creative Project: Not Constantinople





Safiya Sinclair, Associate Professor (tenure-track)
Arizona State University
Dissertation: Herself Behind Herself Concealed: a Biomythography of Jamaican Womanhood
Creative Project: Crania Americana
Past position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Brown University (2019)


Diana Arterian, Lecturer, Creative Writing
Merrimack College
Dissertation: Migratory Wounds: Relayed Trauma in Contemporary Poetics
Creative Project: Seiche

Lisa Locascio, Core Faculty (tenure-eligible)
Antioch University
Dissertation: A Bag of Shocking Pink: Occult Imagery in Contemporary American Fiction by Women
Creative Project: Open Me
Past position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Wesleyan University (2015)

Amanda Ruud, Adjunct Faculty
Biola University
Dissertation: Shakespeare’s Speaking Pictures


Alison Pearl, Postdoctoral Fellow, Thematic Option
University of Southern California
Dissertation: Archiving Ephemerality: The Politics of Preservation



Christina Belcher, Lecturer, American Studies and Ethnicity
University of Southern California
Dissertation: Backward: Queer Rurality in American Popular Culture from 1920 to the Present
Past position: Assistant Professor (visiting), Cal-State Northridge

Joshua Bernstein, Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
University of Southern Mississippi
Dissertation: “Where Beasts’ Spirits Wail”: The Great War and Animal Rights
Creative project: Stick-Light
Past position: Assistant Professor (tenure-track), University of Minnesota-Duluth

Elizabeth Callaghan, Instructional Designer
Foundry College
Dissertation: Domestic Topographies: Gender and the House in the Nineteenth-Century British Novel

Past position: Contributing writer, Apartment Therapy

Stephen Pasqualina, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of English
University of Detroit Mercy
Dissertation: History in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
Past position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Nevada, Reno

Dagmar Van Engen, Honors Faculty Fellow
Arizona State University
Dissertation: Tentacular Sex: Gender, Race, and Science in American Speculative Fiction

Erika Wright, Associate Director of HEAL (Humanities, Ethics / Economics, Art, and Law), Assistant Professor of Clinical Medical Education, Lecturer (English Department)
University of Southern California
Dissertation: Fictions of Health: Medicine and the Nineteenth-Century Novel
Past position: Lecturer, English Department, University of Southern California


Gino Conti, Lecturer, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Cal-State Los Angeles
Dissertation: Queer Enthusiasms: Cross-Gender Awakening and the Affective Remnants of Religious Feeling
Past position: Instructor (visiting), Whittier College

Michael Cucher, Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
Dissertation: Riding with Zapata through Las Entrañas del Monstruo: Representations of Emiliano Zapata from Cold War Hollywood, Chicana/o literature and culture, and the EZLN rebellion

Past Position: Assistant Professor of Latino Studies, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras (San Juan) Department of English (2011)

Stacy Lettman, Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
Florida Atlantic University
Dissertation: Unfaded echoes of slavery: The sublime language of violence in Jamaican literature and music
Past position: Assistant Professor (tenure-track), University of Central Arksansas

Ryan McIlvain, Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
University of Tampa
Dissertation: The Moral Basement: Investigations into Ethics and Irony in Contemporary Fiction
Creative Project: The Earth Will Roll Up Like A Scroll

Stephen Park, Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
Loyola University Maryland
Dissertation: The Pan American Imagination: Modern U.S. literature’s hemispheric vision
Past position: Assistant Professor (tenure-track), University of Texas-Brownsville; The Writing Program, University of Southern California (2011)

Annemarie Perez, Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Dissertation: Splitting Aztlán: American resistance and Chicana visions of a radical utopia
Past position: Lecturer, Loyola Marymount University

Robert Rabiee, Assistant Professor (non-tenure-track)
Temple University
Dissertation: Medieval America: Liberalism and Feudalism in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Culture

Jeffrey Solomon, Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
Wake Forest University
Dissertation: Unsettling the nation: Anti-colonial nationalism and narratives of the non-Western world in U.S. literature and culture, 1783–1860
Past position: Lecturer, English Department, University of Southern California; Department of English (part-time faculty), College of the Redwoods (2011)

Alex Trimble Young, Honors Faculty Fellow
Arizona State University
Dissertation: “Let us fake out a frontier”: Dissent and the Settler Colonial Imaginary in US Literature after 1945
Past positions: Dornsife Preceptor, University of Southern California; Copeland Visiting Fellow, Amherst College


Amanda Bloom, Lecturer, Writing Program
University of Southern California
Dissertation: Suppositional Thinking in Eighteenth-Century Literature: Authorship, Originality, and the Female Imagination

Mary Ann Davis, Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
Antioch College
Dissertation: Useful Dangers: The Erotics of Form, Sadomasochism, Victorian Narrative

Bryan Hurt, Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
Capital University
Dissertation: Repeatable Pamela
Creative Project: Everyone Wants to Be Ambassador to France
Past positions: St. Lawrence University (visiting professor); Colorado College (visiting professor)

Brandon Som, Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
University California, San Diego
Dissertation:Citing Passages: Citational Poetics and Transpacific Identities
Creative Project: The Tribute Horse

Alex Wescott, Lecturer (English)
University California, Riverside
Dissertation: Arrested Development: The Rise of the Slacker in Capitalism, from the 19th Century to the Present


Amanda Weldy Boyd, Adjunct Associate Professor
Hope International University
Dissertation: The Desire for Presence: Developments in Theatrical Biography During the Long Eighteenth Century
Past position: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Hope International University

Penelope Geng, Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
Macalester College
Dissertation: Popular Jurisprudence in Early Modern England

Chris Santiago, Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
University of St. Thomas
Dissertation: Sonic Displacement and Sonic Placemaking: The Poetics of Diaspora in Yoko Tawada, Jessica Hagedorn, and M.I.A.
Creative Project: Arkipelagos

Matt Smith, Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
Azusa Pacific University
Dissertation: Stage, Cathedral, Wagon, Street: The Grounds of Belief in Shakespeare and Renaissance Performance


J.C. Sibara, Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
Colby College
Dissertation: Imperial injuries: race, disease, and disability in North American narratives of resistance, 1908-2006


Michael Busk, (full-time)
Everest University
Dissertation: “A New and Sharper Vision”: Sensuous Aesthetics as Theological Immersion in Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, Thomas Kinkade’s Landscapes, and Ron Hansen’s Mariette in Ecstasy
Creative project: The Connoisseur of Pain (novel)

Matthew Carillo-Vincent, English teacher
Alverno Heights Academy
Dissertation: The Work of Being a Wallflower: Male Sentimentality and the Politics of the Periphery

Josie Sigler Sibara, Assistant Professor of English (tenure track)
Specializing in Creative Writing/Fiction
University of Rhode Island
Dissertation: Dangerous Climate: Race, Gender, and State Violence in Post Carbon Fiction

Marie Smart, Lecturer in American Literature
Baylor University
Dissertation: The World Wars and the ‘Other’ Avant-Garde Tradition


Alice Bardan, Research associate
Loughborough University, Loughborough, England
Dissertation: Contemporary European Cinema in a Transnational Perspective: Aftereffects of 1989

Jessica Bremmer, English teacher
Westridge School, Pasadena, CA
Dissertation: Self-representation, cultural formation, and Mexican-American modernism

Mary-Ann Davis, Visiting Assistant Professor (non-tenure track)
Scripps College, Pomona;
Lecturer at Mt. St. Mary’s College
Dissertation: Useful dangers: The erotics of form, sadomasochism, Victorian narrative

Alexis Lothian, Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies and LGBT Studies
University of Maryland, College Park
Dissertation: Deviant Futures: Queer Temporality and the Cultural Politics of Science Fiction
Website: http://queergeektheory.org

Jose A. Navarro, Assistant Professor of English (tenure track)
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Dissertation: Machos y Malinchistas: Chicano/Latino Gang Narratives & Culture

Matthew Smith, Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
Azusa Pacific University, English
Dissertation: Stage, Cathedral, Wagon, Street: The Grounds of Belief in Shakespeare and Renaissance Performance
Website: http://www.matthewjsmith.net

Adrienne Walser, Assistant Professor of Literature
Bard College MAT, California
Dissertation: Modernism’s Poetics of Dislocation


Natasha Alvandi Hunt, Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
Lone Star College
Dissertation: Transitive Spaces: Mid-Victorian Anxiety in the Face of Change

Jennifer Ansley, Postdoctoral Fellow
Duke University, Thompson Writing Program
Dissertation: Labors of Love: Reading Queer Female Kinship in the Melodramatic Mode

Judith DeTar, Senior Editor
American Indian Studies Center
University of California, Los Angeles;
Adjunct Instructor
Los Angeles City College
Dissertation: Real work: The stage actress in the Bildungsromans of Geraldine Jewsbury and Louisa May Alcott

Shayna Kessel, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School
University of Southern California
Dissertation: Open Wounds: Rethinking Trauma in Twentieth-Century Literature and Visual Culture

Rory Lukins, Lecturer in the Department of English
University of Southern California
Dissertation: The Ethics of Form: Politics, the Passions, and Genre Formation in the English Renaissance

Brett Myhren, Assistant Professor (tenure track)
Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA
Dissertation: Ahistoricism and the literature of California, 1510–1846

Elizabeth Park, Writer
Kelly House Museum
Dissertation: Going Beyond the Victory Garden: War, Gender, and Women of National Concern

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Chris Abani, Regents Board of Trustees Endowed Professor of English
Northwestern University
Dissertation: The Myth of Fingerprints: Signifying as Displacement in Derek Walcott’s “Omeros”
Creative project: Daphne’s Lot (novel)

Vidhu Aggarwal, Assistant Professor (tenure track)
Rollins College
Dissertation: Undecidable Cases: Investigations into Lyric Modes and Affective Processes

William (Memo) Arce, Assistant Professor (tenure track)
University of Texas-Arlington
Dissertation: A Nation in Uniform: Chicano/Latino War Literature and the Construction of Nation 1951–1976

Kent Baxter, Associate Professor
California State University, Northridge
Dissertation: Identity in crisis: Modernism and the Texts of Adolescence

Sumangala Bhattacharya, Associate Professor
Pitzer College
Dissertation: Victorian Hunger

Elizabeth Binggeli, High School Teacher
Immaculate Heart;
Dissertation: ‘Obviously not for the Screen’: Race, Hollywood Story Searches, and the Revenge of Unfilmable Narrative
Past position: Postdoc at University of Chicago in English and Cinema and Media Studies

Michael Blackie, Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine
Northeast Ohio Medical University
Dissertation: Rest Cures: The Narrative Life of a Medical Practice
Past position: 2-year Postdoc in Film and Literature
Hiram College Literature and Medicine Program

Ruth Blandon, Department of English (full-time faculty)
East Los Angeles College
Dissertation: Trans-American Modernisms: Racial Passing, Travel Writing, and Cultural Fantasies of Latin America

Elizabeth Bleicher, Associate Professor (tenure track)
Coordinator of English Education
Academic Director, Ithaca College Exploratory Program
Honors Program Faculty Member
Ithaca College
Dissertation: ‘Whom Do You Take me For?’: Narrative Self-fashioning and Confidence in Victorian Fiction

Amaranth Borsuk, Assistant Professor (tenure track)
University of Washington, Bothell
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at MIT, 2010-2012
Dissertation: “Machines Made of Words”: Poets, Technology, and the Mediation of Subjectivity
Creative project: Pomegranate-eater (poems)
Website: http://www.amaranthborsuk.com/

Amy Braden, Associate Director
USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute
Dissertation: As She Fled: Women and Movement in Early Modern English Poetry and Drama

Leslie Bruce, Full-time lecturer, Department of English
California State University, Fullerton
Dissertation: Outlaw mothers: Marital conflict, family law, and women’s novels in Victorian England

Elizabeth Callaghan, Contributing writer
Apartment Therapy
Dissertation: Domestic Topographies: Gender and the House in the Nineteenth-Century British Novel

Brooke Allan Carlson, Lectureship
Chaminade University, Honolulu
Dissertation: Printing Pleasing Profit: Crafting Capital Sales and Selves in Early Modern English Drama
Past position: Non-TT, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, South Korea
Website: http://www.chaminade.edu/faculty/profiles/Brooke_Carlson.php

Erin Toth Caron, Lecturer
Department of Theatre Arts
California State University, Long Beach
Dissertation: Vietnam War Drama 1966-2008: American Theatrical Responses to the War and its Aftermath

Joseph Carrithers, Professor
Fullerton College
Dissertation: On the Margins of Memory: Narrating the Past in the Contemporary Multicultural Novel

Arnab Chakladar, Assistant Professor (tenure track)
University of Colorado at Boulder
Dissertation: At Home in the World: Indian Literature in the Postcolonial Academy

Ava Chin, Associate Professor (tenure track)
CUNY-Staten Island
Dissertation: A Nation in Uniform: Chicano/Latino War Literature and the Construction of Nation 1951–1976
Website: http://www.avachin.com

Stephan Clark, Assistant Professor of English (tenure track)
Augsburg College, Minnesota
Dissertation: The Grotesque in Post-War American Literature
Creative project: The Flavorist (novel)

Jennifer Conary, Assistant Professor (tenure track)
De Paul University
Dissertation: Beautiful Lost Causes: Quixotic Reform and the Victorian Novel

Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, Associate Professor (tenured)
St. Olaf’s College
Website: http://pages.stolaf.edu/dobbs

Shauna L. Eddy-Sanders, (part-time faculty)
Brigham Young University
Dissertation: Signing Identity and Rethinking U.S. Poetry: Acts of Translating American Sign Language, African American, and Chicano Poetry and the Language of Silence

Molly Engelhardt, Associate Professor (tenure track)
Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi
Dissertation: Dancing out of Line: Ballrooms, Ballets, and Victorian Bodies in Motion

Richard Fliegel, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs
University of Southern California
Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences
Dissertation: The Codes of Literacy
Website: http://www-bcf.usc.edu/~fliegel/

Plamen Gaptov, Assistant Professor
Sofia University, Bulgaria
Dissertation: Slow Folk at Work! Literary appropriations of local traditions by Irish, Caribbean, Spanish, and Bulgarian modernists

Alicia Garnica, Lecturer in Department of Comparative Literature
University of Southern California
Dissertation: The Curious Life of the Corpse in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture

Nora Gilbert, Assistant Professor of English (tenure track)
University of North Texas
Dissertation: The Joy of Censorship: Strategies of Circumvention in Novel and Film

Jitender Gill, Associate Professor
Department of English
Janki Devi College, University of Delhi
Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, 2010-2011
Dissertation: Servants of the Raj: Colonials and their fictions, 1770–1930

Joel Gordon, Attorney
O’Melveny and Meyers, LLP
Dissertation: The Reformation of the World: History, Revelation, and Reform in the Antebellum Romance

Theresa Gregor, Executive Director
InterTribal Long Term Recovery Foundation
Associate Researcher
California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center
California State University, San Marcos
Dissertation: From Captors to Captives: Native American Responses to Popular American Narrative Forms

Pamela Grieman, Publications Manager
American Indian Studies Center
University of California, Los Angeles;
Adjunct Professor
Los Angeles City College
Dissertation: Representing the Unnarratable: ‘Feminist Terrorism’ and the Problem of Realism in the Novel
Website: www.books.aisc.ucla.edu

Andrew Hakim, Lecturer
Princeton University, Writing Program
Dissertation: Fictions of Representation: Narrative and the Politics of Self-Making in the Interwar American Novel

Desmond Harding, Associate Professor (tenure track)
Central Michigan University
Dissertation: Writing the City: Urban Visions and Literary Modernism (pb. Routledge, 2003)

Tanya Heflin, Assistant Professor of English (tenure track)
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Dissertation: Those Secret Exhibitionists: Women’s Psychological Diaries at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Lucia Hodgson, Assistant Professor (tenure track)
Texas A&M University
Dissertation: Nature, Nurture, Nation: Race and Childhood in Transatlantic American Discourses of Slavery

Shakira Holt, English Teacher
Firebaugh High School
Dissertation: ‪On Speaking Terms: Spirituality and Sensuality in the Tradition of Modern Black Female Intellectualism

Yetta Howard, Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature (tenure-track)
San Diego State University
Dissertation: Ugly Dykes: Pejorative Identities and the Anti-Aesthetics of Lesbianism
Website: http://literature.sdsu.edu/bios/yetta_howard.html

Jinny Huh, Assistant Professor (tenure track)
University of Vermont;
Postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA
Dissertation: The Arresting Eye: Race and the Detection of Deception

Cathy Irwin, Associate Professor
University of La Verne
Dissertation: Voices in the Mirror: Sacrifice and the Theater of the Body in the Dramatic Monologues of Ai and Frank Bidart

Katherine Karlin, Associate Professor of English (tenure track)
Kansas State University
Dissertation: Alewives and Factory Girls: Literary Representations of Working Woman
Creative project: Freedom of Information (novel)

Tiffany Knight, Marketing Director
Dissertation: Labor, Performance, and Theatre: Strike Culture and the Emergence of Organized Labor in the 1930’s

Kevin Laam, Associate Professor (tenure track)
Oakland University
Dissertation: Borrowed Heaven: Early Modern Devotion and the Art of Happiness

Unhae Langis, Assistant Professor (tenure track)
Slippery Rock State College
Dissertation: Disciplined Passion: Virtuous Moderation in Shakespearean Drama

Sun Hee Theresa Lee, Visiting Assistant Professor
Carleton College
Dissertation: Self-Reflexivity and Minority Politics in Contemporary American Literature and Performance

Deborah Levitt, Assistant Professor (tenure track)
Eugene Language College, The New School for Liberal Arts
Dissertation: ZoeTropes: Cinema, literature, and the modernity of the living picture

Frank Mabee, Associate Professor (tenure track)
Fitchburg State
Dissertation: The Pastured Sea: Maritime Radicalism and British Romanticism

Jennifer Malia, Assistant Professor of English (tenure track)
Norfolk State University
Dissertation: Romancing the Bomb: Gothic Terror and Terrorism in Literature of the Long Nineteenth Century

Marci McMahon, Associate Professor, Department of English
Director, Mexican American Studies
University of Texas, Pan American
ADVANCE Administrative Fellow, VPFA
Dissertation: Domestic Negotiations: Chicana Domesticity as a Critical Discourse of U.S. Literature and Culture
Website: https://utpa.academia.edu/MarciMcMahon

Barbara Mello, Adjunct Faculty
California State University, Long Beach

Michael Miklos, Ralph Bunche Professor, English
Los Angeles City College
Dissertation: Undermining Common Sense: Racial Legislation, Comedy, and the Family

Peter O’Neill, Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Literature
University of Georgia, Athens
Dissertation: Transatlantic Irish and the Racial State

Samuel Park, Assistant Professor
Columbia College
Dissertation: The Performance of Race in Asian American Drama

Kirsten Parkinson, Director, Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature
John S. Kenyon Professor of English
Hiram College
Dissertation: Home Work: Women, Accomplishments, and Victorian Constructions of Class

James Penner, Assistant Professor (tenure track)
English Department of the College of General Studies, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras (San Juan)
Dissertation: Pinks, Pansies, and Punks: The Rhetoric of Masculinity in American Literary Culture from the Depression to the Sexual Revolution

Kevin Pinkham, Assistant Professor of English
Nyack College, New York
Dissertation: Through the Bottom of a Glass Darkly: Narrative, Alcohol, and Identity in Temperance and Prohibition-Era

Shefali Rajamannar, Associate Director of The Writing Program
University of Southern California
Dissertation: Making Kingdoms Out of Beasts: Animals and the British Raj

Michael Robinson, Adjunct Faculty in Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
University of Southern California
Dissertation: Ornamental Gentlemen: Literary Curiosities and Queer Romanticisms

Cynthia Sarver, Assistant Professor (tenure track)
Dissertation: Seeing in the Dark: Race, Representation and the Ethics of Visuality in Literary Modernism

Ned Schantz, Associate Professor
McGill University
Dissertation: Gossip, Letters, Phones: The Scandal of Female Networks in Film and Literature

Amy Schroeder, Assistant Professor
Dogus University
Dissertation: Typewriters and Cooking Smells: The Associated Sensibilities of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, T.S. Eliot, and Jorie Graham
Creative project: The Sleep Hotel (poetry collection)

Joshua Smith, Department of English (part-time faculty)
Chaffey Community College
Dissertation: Black Origins of the American Self: Frontier Mythology in Early African American Literature

Jeffrey M. Solomon, Lecturer
University of Southern California, English
Dissertation: Fabulous Potency: Gertrude Stein, Truman Capote, Authorial Personae, and Homosexual Identity from the Wilde Trials to Stonewall
Past position: Visiting Assistant Professor (non-tenure track)
St. Olaf College, Minnesota

Jennifer Stoever-Ackerman, Associate Professor (tenure track)
Binghamton University;
Editor in Chief, Sounding Out!
Dissertation: The Contours of the Sonic Color-line: Slavery, Segregation, and the Cultural Politics of Listening
Website: http://jenniferstoever.com and http://soundingoutblog.com

Kathryn Strong Hansen, Assistant Professor (tenure track)
The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina
Dissertation: Dress and Deception: Women’s Dress and the Eighteenth-Century British Novel

Hande Tekdemir, Assistant Professor (tenure track)
Bosphorus University, Istanbul
Dissertation: Collective Melacholy: Istanbul at the Crossroads History, Space and Memory

Mary Beth Tegan, Associate Professor
St. Xavier University
Dissertation: Vanity’s Heirs: Feminist Readers’ Reflections Within the Mirror of Romance, 1788-1876

David Tomkins, Lecturer in The Writing Program
University of Southern California
Dissertation: Cowboys of the Wasteland: Modernism and the American Frontier

Laura Skandera Trombley, President elect
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
President, Pitzer College
Dissertation: The charmed circle: Mark Twain, women, and the integration of imagination

Alison Tymoczko Jeffries, Adjunct Faculty in the Department of English
Pasadena City College
Dissertation: Writing Under the Auspices of Eros: Female Encounters with Ovid’s Cupid in Early Modern English Literature

Onita Vaz, Associate Professor
Davidson College
Dissertation: Perpetual Self-Duplication: Coleridge’s Practice of Revision

Alice Marie Villaseñor, Assistant Professor (tenure track)
Medaille College, New York
Dissertation: Women Readers and the Victorian Jane Austen

Sean Zwagerman, Associate Professor
Undergraduate Chair, Department of English
Simon Fraser University
Dissertation: At Wit’s End: The Rhetoric of Humor and the Ends of Talk

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