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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.


Current Graduate Students

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Jae Ahn

jaeyoungahn@umass.edu


Dina Al Qassar

dalqassar@umass.edu 

Specializations: Seventeenth century lyric poetry, religious and devotional texts, Latin poetry


Faune Albert

falbert@english.umass.edu

Faune Albert received her BA in Cultural Studies, Literature, and Creative Writing from Hampshire College and completed her MA in English at UMass Amherst.  She is currently working on her PhD in American Literature and developing a focus in the literature and history of the U.S South.  She is interested in exploring the intersections between race, class, gender, and sexuality, and thinking about the relationship between psychological and physical experiences of embodiment.  Other related interests include, broadly, Lacanian psychoanalytic theory, utopian thought, spatiality and temporality, and the relationships between history, memory, and the body.  She is also currently completing the Certificate in Advanced Feminist Thought through the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at UMass. 


Kate Artz

keartz@umass.edu


Crystal Baines

cbaines@umass.edu


Sohini Banerjee

sohinibanerj@english.umass.edu

Sohini Banerjee received her M.A. in English Literature from Jadavpur University, India. She is currently in the first year of the PhD program, finishing coursework towards her degree. Her research interests include 20th century British literature, modernism and modernity, contemporary world literature, the Novel, feminist, narrative and transnational theory.


Joshua Barsczewski

jbarsczewski@english.umass.edu
 
Joshua Barsczewski came to UMass to study Composition and Rhetoric after first getting a degree in English literature at University of Pittsburgh. His interests are many, but include: cultural studies pedagogy, performance studies, queer theory, biopolitics, and histories of writing instruction. He is particularly interested in studying the way(s) writing is valued or not in the so-called knowledge economy or Information Age.

Michelle Brooks

mabrooks@english.umass.edu

Michelle is a doctoral student studying medieval literature. Her research interests include Middle English literature, Chaucer, literary negation in later medieval prose and poetry, and medieval theories of affect. She is currently at work on her dissertation prospectus. Prior to attending UMass Amherst, Michelle received a BA and MA in English from California State University, Long Beach. Michelle is the Editorial Assistant for the Old English Newsletter. She also serves as Treasurer for the English Graduate Organization. Michelle has presented at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, the Medieval Association of the Pacific Conference, and the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference.

Specializations: Medieval Literature, Poetry and Poetics, Theory and Culture


Emily Campbell

eacam1@english.umass.edu

Emily Campbell holds a BA in History and English, with a concentration in Creative Writing, from Hollins University. She is an MA-PhD candidate in English at UMass Amherst, with a focus on contemporary (cross)genre texts. In addition to theories of genre, her research interests address the interplay between gender, performance, affect, and temporality. Emily is co-chair of the 2014 English Graduate Organization interdisciplinary conference "Close Encounters: Remapping Discipline through Genre." She is also a Graduate Student Senate representative for the English Department.


Ashley Canter

avcanter@umass.edu

Ashley Canter is an MA/PhD student in Composition and Rhetoric. She is interested in transnational feminist rhetoric, circulation, transnational literacies, and digital rhetoric. She wants to study the ways that circulating rhetorics of wider systems like neoliberalism impact women's material lives around the world. She enjoys hiking around the valley with her dog, George, and doing yoga during her free time.

Specializations: Transnational feminist rhetoric, Circulation Studies, Transnational Literacies, and Digital Rhetoric


Shwetha Chandrashekhar

schandrashek@umass.edu


Jodie Childers

jchilders@umass.edu


Greg Coleman

gcoleman@english.umass.edu


Hayley Cotter

hcotter@english.umass.edu

Specializations: Renaissance literature


Matthew J. Donlevy

mdonlevy@english.umass.edu

Matthew Donlevy earned his BA in History from The University of Virginia's College at Wise, and his MA in English from UMass Amherst.  He is currently an English doctoral student at the latter institution where he follows the American Studies concentration.  Matthew's work traces the development of traditional, subversive and aloof masculinities in 19th century American literature. In particular he investigates the ways by which the Black and Working Class laboring body informs, resists, and subsumes white bourgeois masculine norms.

His second major field of interest interrogates the interactions between literary Afro-Futurism, theories of Artificial Intelligence, and Political Theory.  He maintains that mobilizing Octavia Butler's visions of a queer, racially mixed and non-hierarchical political body can (and will!) have broad restorative implications.

Specializations: African, African American & African Diaspora, American Literature, Critical Race and Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality, Marxist Literary Studies, Theory and Culture


Nicole S. Erhardt

nerhardt@umass.edu

Nicole Erhardt completed her BA in Poetry and Visual Art at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2013. She is currently in the American studies MA/PhD concentration, focusing on contemporary American poetry and poetics. Her current research interests include feminist and political theory, visual art, and the ways in which creative and critical works overlap. She is an Assistant Director for the Juniper Institute for Young Writers.

Specializations: American Literature, Creative Writing, Gender and Sexuality, Poetry and Poetics, Visual Culture


Katharine Faron

kfaron@acad.umass.edu


Dylan Ford

dford@umass.edu


Liz Fox

efox@acad.umass.edu

Liz Fox received her BAs in English and Drama from Ithaca College and completed her MA in English at UMass Amherst.  She is currently working on her PhD in English Literature with a focus on early modern drama.  Her current research interests include representations of audiences on stage and the codes of signification through which early modern drama was made and understood.


Becky Friedman

friedman@umass.edu


Robin Garabedian

rgarabed@umass.edu

Robin earned her BA and MA at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is now a PhD student working on her areas exams. She is interested in writing centers, literacy studies, and writing as social action. Outside of graduate school, she likes debating Hogwarts Houses, riding her bike, and scouting out the Valley's different ice cream spots.

Specializations: Writing centers, literacy studies


Hazel Gedikli

hgedikli@umass.edu


Subhalakshmi Gooptu

sgooptu@umass.edu


Sean Ash Gordon

sagordon@english.umass.edu

Sean is a PhD candidate who specializes in 19th century American literature, the history of Atlantic world science, and interdisciplinary American Studies with a focus on race, gender, and science in context of settler colonialism. His research and teaching interests include ecocriticism, Caribbean theory, race and speculative fiction, slavery and abolition, and the literature of climate change.

Specializations: American studies, Science studies, Ecocriticism, Caribbean theory, Critical Ethnic studies


Travis D. Grandy

tgrandy@english.umass.edu
travisgrandy.com

Travis Grandy is a Doctoral student studying Composition and Rhetoric at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His research areas include discourse & genre studies, queer & disability studies, writing in new media, and writing across the curriculum. As a graduate student, Travis has taught courses on composition, writing in social media, and writing center studies. 


Mary Griffis

mgriffis@english.umass.edu


Andrea Griswold

agriswol@english.umass.edu

Andrea is an 8th grade middle school teacher. She earned her BA and MA in English literature at UMass Amherst and is slowly working on her doctorate in Comp/Rhet. She is particularly interested in critical pedagogy, writing workshop and writing assessment. She has five children and one husband with whom she lives in Shelburne Falls.


Joy Hayward-Jansen

j.haywardjansen@english.umass.edu

Joy Hayward-Jansen is a doctoral student working in the intersections of queer and postcolonial studies with a particular interest in South African literature. Inspired by work being done in queer of color critique in the U.S. and transnational feminism(s) at large, her research revolves around questions of temporality, homonationalism(s), and futurity. She won the Postcolonial Studies Association postgraduate essay prize, and her article "Ibn Fadlan: Crossing Over and the Nature of the Boundary" was published in The Postcolonialist June 2014.

Specializations: African, African American & African Diaspora, Colonial, Postcolonial & Transnational, Gender and Sexuality


Caroline Heafey

cheafey@umass.edu


Gayathri Madhurangi Hewagama

ghewagama@umass.edu

A fourth year PhD candidate, currently writing her thesis on the transnational relations governing the production of an early 19th century gendered white American identity called "true womanhood." This research contributes largely to the field of transnational whiteness studies with special focus on the trio of America-Britain-'Orient,' in the first half of the nineteenth centur

Specializations: 19th Century American Literature


Annaliese Hoehling

ahoehling@english.umass.edu

Annaliese Hoehling is a doctoral candidate (ABD). Her research explores global modernisms, narrative and feminist theory, (neo)baroque aesthetics, and textual facilitation of encounter. She’s the recipient of the Postcolonial Studies Association Post-Graduate Essay Prize, The John Hicks Essay Prize, and the LeeAnne Smith White Essay Prize. A recent article appears in The Journal of Postcolonial Writing.

Specializations: 20th century, Global Modernisms, Late Modernism, Feminist Theory, Postcolonial Theory, Neobaroque Aesthetics,


William Hrusovsky

whrusovs@english.umass.edu

William Hrusovsky received his BA in literature from Kent State University and his MA with a focus in Renaissance Literature from Texas Tech University. He is currently working on his PhD in Renaissance Literature with research focusing in Early Modern poetry and prose, Textual Studies and Book History, and Digital Humanities. William is currently the Editorial Assistant for English Literary Renaissance housed at the Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies.


Melissa Hudasko

mhudasko@english.umass.edu


Maria Ishikawa

mishikawa@umass.edu


Nirmala Iswari

niswari@english.umass.edu

Nirmala Iswari received her BA (2007) and MA (2009) in English Literature from Stella Maris College, Chennai, India. She is currently in the PhD program at UMass Amherst. She is still working on defining a focus for her dissertation in which, broadly put, she will be situating some early 20th century African-American texts in a transnational context where ideas about blackness and democracy circulated, reading them as a body of political thought. Her broader interests include approaches to reading American literature in transnational contexts, postcolonial approaches to reading literature, with particular attention to the literatures of South Asia and the South Asian diaspora (primarily those written in English), and intersections between (creative / non-theoretical) literature and political theory (particularly those with special attention to democracy in global contexts).


Florianne Jimenez

fjimenez@english.umass.edu

Florianne is currently in coursework towards the PhD in Composition and Rhetoric. Her research interests lie in Philippine studies, transnationalism, migration, and Filipino rhetoric. She has most recently presented at the Thomas R. Watson Conference on Composition and Rhetoric and the UMass Boston Conference on Teaching.

Specializations: Asian American & Asian Diaspora, Colonial, Postcolonial & Transnational, Composition and Rhetoric, Critical Race and Ethnicity

Mikala Jones

mjones@umass.edu


Yunah Kae

ykae@umass.edu


Elena Kalodner-Martin 

ekalodnermar@umass.edu

Elena recieved a BS in English at Towson University and is a current MA/PhD student in Composition and Rhetoric. 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. 

Specializations: Disability rhetoric, rhetoric of health and medicine, digital humanities, affect theory


Sunmi Kang

sunmi@english.umass.edu

Sunmi received her BA and MA in English literature from Seoul National University in South Korea. Sunmi is currently a PhD candidate in English at UMass Amherst, with a focus on nineteenth century British literature. Her research interests include Victorian studies, Gothic fiction, monster/spectre studies, gender and sexuality studies, cultural studies, queer theory, affect theory, critical theory, and psychoanalysis.

Specializations: 18th & 19th Century British Literature, American, Atlantic & Hemispheric, Gender and Sexuality, Theory and Culture


Carl Kelleher

ckellehe@english.umass.edu


Angela Kim

angelakim@umass.edu


Stacie Klinowski

sklinowski@umass.edu

Stacie Klinowski is a first year MA/PhD student in Composition and Rhetoric. She has BA degrees in English and history. Although she is still working towards narrowing the scope of her research, she is interested in disability studies, writing center studies, early American literature, etc. In her free time, Stacie is an avid - but novice - hiker, rock climber, and knitter.

Specializations: Disability studies, writing center studies, early American literature


Nataliya Kostenko

nkostenko@umass.edu


Jenny Krichevsky

ekrichev@english.umass.edu

 

Jenny received her BA in English Literature and her MA in English with a specialization in Composition and Rhetoric at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Currently she is writing her dissertation project, which investigates the ways in which transnational and multilingual families transmit literacy and language values across space and time, through generations and geopolitical boundaries. Jenny is also a WID fellow in the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, where she supports faculty and undergraduates in pedagogy and writing.

Specializations: Literacy studies, multilingual writing, WAC/WID, writing in STEM


Saumya Lal

slal@umass.edu


Rohit Lanez-Sharma

rksharma@english.umass.edu

Rohit Lanez-Sharma received his BA in Creative Writing from Hunter College, City Universities of New York and completed his MA in English, with a concentration in 18th Century British Literature, at Fordham University.  He is currently working on his PhD in English Literature with a focus on British literature of the long 18th century.   His current research interests include 18th century British women writers, materialism and consumer culture of 18th century Britain, satire, and the colonial literature.


Amy Lanham

alanham@umass.edu
 
Amy is a PhD student in the English Department. Recently, she spent a year in the School of Education earning her Secondary Education License as well. Her research interests include trauma and memorial sites in WWI, writing under the influence of alcohol and opium in Victorian Literature, and social justice in education.

Benjamin Latini

blatini@umass.edu


Leslie Leonard

lmleonard@umass.edu

Leslie Leonard is a PhD student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst studying 19th century American literature with a concentration in American Studies. Leslie is currently interested in new materialism, performance studies, and histories of technology. Her work hopes to address complicated interactions between objects, persons, and environments. In her own classroom, she strives to highlight structures of power and methods of resistance.

Specializations: American Studies, 19th century literature


Jeremy Levine

jeremylevine@umass.edu

Jeremy Levine is an MA/PhD student from Long Island, New York. He is interested in genre studies, writing assessment, and sonic rhetorics, with an overarching interest in how rhetors work through social and material restrictions on their ability to communicate. Apart from his coursework, he loves to listen to and make music, update his ever-growing spreadsheet of Pioneer Valley coffee shops, and cook elaborate breakfasts.

Specializations: Genre, Assessment, Sonic and Musical rhetorics


Katelyn Litterer

klittere@english.umass.edu
katelitterer.com
 
Kate Litterer is a poet and feminist scholar who focuses on historiography and rhetorics of 20th Century queer women's experience in the US. She received a BA from the University of Pittsburgh (2009), an MFA in poetry from the University of Massachusetts MFA Program for Poets and Writers (2013), and an MA in Composition and Rhetoric from the University of Massachusetts (2015). She is currently pursuing a PhD in Composition and Rhetoric at the University of Massachusetts, where she focuses on feminist research methods, butch-femme lesbian history, and queering the archive. Kate's poetry has been published widely online and in print, including in the anthology "Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation." Her first collection of poetry, Ghosty Boo, is forthcoming in January 2016 from A-Minor Press. 

Specializations: Composition and Rhetoric, Creative Writing, Gender and Sexuality, Poetry and Poetics


Merita Ljubanovic

mljubanovic@umass.edu


Kelin Loe

kloe@english.umass.edu

Kelin Loe received her MFA in poetry from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (2012) and her BA in Literatures in English and in Asian Studies with a concentration in China area studies from St. Olaf College (2008). She is currently working on her MA/PhD in Rhetoric and Composition. Her current research interests are in the crossover between rhetoric and poetics, creative writing and composition. She is the author of the chapbook The Motorist, published by minutesBOOKS (2010). Her poetry can be found online in jubilat, H_NGM_N, and Jellyfish Magazine.


Darren Lonefight

dkerrlon@english.umass.edu


Rebecca Maillet 

rmaillet@english.umass.edu


Joe Mason

jmason@english.umass.edu


Patricia Matthews

pamatthe@english.umass.edu

Patricia Matthews is a student in the PhD program with interests in 20th and 21st century experimental women’s writing and performance. She is drawn toward questions of form, namely the ways in which innovative and  experimental texts make unique demands upon the attentions and interpretive practices of their readers. Pat holds a BA in French and Comparative Literature from the University of Rhode Island and an MA from UMass Amherst.

Specializations: Drama & Performance, Gender and Sexuality, Theory and Culture

Shannon Mooney

smooney@umass.edu

Shannon Mooney received her BA from the University of Maryland (2015) and her MA from the University of Connecticut (2018) and is currently a PhD student in English pursing the concentration in American Studies. Her research focuses on twentieth and twenty-first century American literature, TV, and film, particularly the ways in which different bodies inhabit, interact with, and are surveilled within public and private spaces.

Specializations: American Studies


Celine Nader

cnader@english.umass.edu

Celine is an American Studies & English PhD student committed to bringing her own studies into the classrooms in which she teaches; fostering critical thought and deep engagement with students are priorities. Her paper "Myth, Medicine & Merriment: Maximo and Bartola, Mid-19th Century Othering, and the Curious De/Construction of Citizen-Subjects" was awarded the 2009 Book Prize in Cultural Studies at UMass, Boston. She will be presenting the paper "Puertorriqueño in the Classroom: Bilanguaging / Biculturing as Emancipatory Pedagogical Foundation" at a conference in the spring of 2014, and is currently developing a dissertation topic around the negotiation, critique, and exploration of citizenship and identity in Puerto Rican cultural productions. Celine has lived and taught in the U.S. and Spain.


Mitia Nath

mnath@umass.edu


Russ Nurick

rnurick@english.umass.edu


Jackie Ordway

jordway@umass.edu


Danielle Pappo

dpappo@umass.edu


Kate Perillo

kperillo@english.umass.edu

Kate Perillo received her BA in studio art and English from Clark University in 2009, her MAT in English education from Clark University in 2010, and her MA in English literature from UMass-Amherst in 2015. She is currently working toward her PhD, studying British and global Anglophone modernisms, literary representations of urban space, and the intersections of global modernist studies with speculative fiction. During her time at UMass, Kate has also been active in the English Graduate Organization and has served as co-chair for the organization's annual graduate conference.

Specializations: 20th Century British Literature, Colonial, Postcolonial & Transnational


Rebecca Petitti

rmclaughlin@umass.edu
rebeccawritenow.com

Rebecca is a PhD candidate in Composition and Rhetoric. Her research looks at how disciplinary scholarship is mobilized in Writing Programs across the U.S., with a focus on computers, digital literacy, and First-Year composition. She is also interested in Higher Education Administration, and is currently the Graduate Assistant for the UMass General Education Council and the Junior-Year Writing Program Coordinator. When not working or researching, you can find Rebecca drinking coffee, binging new shows with her two cats, or traveling the world one destination at a time.

Specializations: Digital Composition, Writing Program Administration


Anna Piecuch

apiecuch@english.umass.edu


Thomas John Pickering

tpickering@umass.edu

Thomas John Pickering holds an M.A. in rhetoric and composition from Washington State University and is currently a doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts. His work occurs broadly at the intersections of composition/rhetoric and marxism, and his interests include critical pedagogy, rhetorical ecology theory, basic writing, circulation, and digital writing theory and practice.

Specializations: Composition and Rhetoric, Digital Humanities & Media, Theory and Culture


Kyle Piscioniere

kpiscioniere@umass.edu


Tom Poehnelt

tpoehnel@english.umass.edu

Tom Poehnelt received his dual-BA in English and Public Communications from Buffalo State College and completed his MA in English and American Literature at NYU. He is currently working on his PhD in English via the American Studies track, specializing in Asian American literature and graphic novels. His current research interests include American orientalism, critical race theory, diaspora, violence and war, and counter-hegemonic cultural practices. Tom has presented at the SUNY Stony Brook Graduate English Conference. He has also been the recipient of the Mary S. Morris Sterling Academic Scholarship and is a member of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society.


David W. Pritchard

dpritcha@english.umass.edu

Specializations: Marxism, poetics, modernism, the avant-garde


Neelofer Qadir

nqadir@english.umass.edu
neeloferqadir.com

Specializations: Postcolonial Studies and Global Anglophone Literature


Shakuntala Ray

shakunta@english.umass.edu


Bukem Reitmayer

breitmayer@umass.edu


Stacy Reardon

stacyr@english.umass.edu


Lauren Rollins

lrollins@english.umass.edu

Lauren Rollins received her BAs in Government and International Politics and English from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, and her MA in English from Georgetown University. She is currently completing a PhD in Renaissance English literature. Her research interests include Tudor and Stuart drama, particularly the work of Thomas Heywood, diplomatic relations between England and Spain, and early modern naval piracy.


Korka Sall

ksall@english.umass.edu

Specializations: African Diaspora Studies, Feminist studies, Francophone literature, Transnational studies, postcolonial studies


Nicholas Sancho-Rosi

nsanchorosi@umass.edu


Gregory Sargent

gsargent@english.umass.edu


Tori Sheldon

tsheldon@umass.edu


Anna-Claire Simpson Steffen

afsimpso@english.umass.edu

Anna-Claire Simpson Steffen received her BA in English Literature from UCLA. She is currently working on her MA/PhD in English Literature at UMass Amherst, with a focus on Renaissance drama. Her interests include representations of childhood onstage, child actors/acting troupes, marginalized figures (in terms of age, socioeconomic status, and race), and performance theory.


Tyler Smart

tasmart@umass.edu


Sharanya Sridhar

ssridhar@umass.edu


William Steffen

wsteffen@english.umass.edu

Will received his BA from Hampshire College in 2011. He is currently transitioning from finishing his MA coursework to beginning his PhD coursework. His primary research focuses on early modern English drama and travel writing, empire studies, and cannibalism.


Sarah Stetson

sstetson@english.umass.edu


Heather Thein

hthein@umass.edu


Catherine Elliott Tisdale

celliott@umass.edu

Specializations: Renaissance Drama, LGBTQ Studies, Digital Humanities, Women and Gender Studies


Emily Thompson

eithomps@english.umass.edu

Emily Thompson is a PhD candidate specializing in English Renaissance drama and theatre history. Her other areas of interest include performance studies, body studies, and affect theory. She holds an MA in English Literature from George Mason University. She is currently working on her dissertation, which studies the affective encounters between stage and spectator during moments of staged bodily violence in Tudor and Stuart tragedy. 

Specializations: Drama & Performance, Renaissance Studies


Thakshala Tissera

ttissera@umass.edu


Zoe Tuck

ztuck@umass.edu


Matthew Walsh

mfwalsh@umass.edu


Heather Wayne

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

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.


Mitchell Wells

mcwells@umass.edu


Suzanne Wimberly

swimberly@umass.edu


Victoria Worth

vkworth@english.umass.edu


Magdalena Zapedowska Eriken

mzapedowska@umass.edu