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Graduate Students

Graduate students in the UMass English Department hail from all over the United States and around the world, and they are wonderfully diverse with respect to age, race, sexual orientation, and professional interests. They regularly present papers at both regional and national conferences, and many leave with at least one publication at the time of their doctorate. Our students also compete successfully for University Fellowships, national fellowships, and the university's distinguished teaching awards. Students play an active role in program policy and governance, and they organize an annual conference, hosted by the English Graduate Organization.

Headshot of Elena Kalodner-Martin Elena Kalodner-Martin
Ph.D.
Composition and Rhetoric
W.E.B. Du Bois 1229

ekalodnermar@umass.edu

Elena Kalodner-Martin recieved a BS in English at Towson University and is a current MA/PhD student in Composition and Rhetoric. Some of her scholarly interests include disability studies, the rhetoric of health and medicine, and the digital humanities. She is a current TO in the Writing Program and teaches College Writing 112. When she isn't on campus, you can find her hiking and biking Pioneer Valley or cuddling with her two cats. 

Magdalena Zapedowska Eriken
Thakshala Tissera
Zoe Tuck
Matthew Walsh
Heather Wayne
Ph.D.

hwayne@english.umass.edu

Heather Wayne received her BA in English and Art from Furman University and completed her MA in Literary, Cultural, and Textual Studies at the University of Central Florida. She is currently working on her PhD in Literature with a focus on 19th century American fiction. Her current research interests include transnational approaches to American literature, studies of commodity chains and "thing theory," and intersections between the literary and visual arts. Heather has presented at the Conference for the Society for the Study of American Women Writers, the British Women Writers Conference, and the Nineteenth Century Studies Association Conference.

Damien Weaver
Ph.D.
American Studies

dcweaver@english.umass.edu

Damien Weaver holds a BA in American Studies from Texas A&M University. He received his MFA in creative writing from The New School, and his MA in American Studies from NYU. He is currently working on a PhD in American Studies with a focus on jazz and blues literature of the mid-20th century.

Mitch Wells
Ph.D.

mcwells@umass.edu

Mitch Wells received his BA in German Language and Linguistics from Indiana State University and his MA in English from Arkansas State University. He is interested in game studies, digital rhetorics, and writing center administration. When not focused on his doctoral studies, Mitch can be found hiking, working on his poetry or fiction, or playing some kind of fantasy RPG.

Specializations: Game Studies & New Media Studies, Digital and Multimodal Rhetorics, and Writing Center Administration

Suzanne Wimberly
Victoria Worth