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Ph.D. Placements

Ph.D. Placements

In terms of our placements, the success of our graduate students speaks for itself. Below are most of the Ph.D.s produced since 2001.

Hsia Ting Chang, Penn State, Post Doc
Director: Sean Goudie

Bethany Doane, Penn State, Post Doc
Director: Claire Colebrook and Susan Squier

Maxwell Larson, Penn State, Post Doc
Director: Brian Lennon

Brice Peterson, Brigham Young University, Visiting Assistant Professor
Director: Garrett Sullivan

Mudiwa Pettus, Medgar Evers College (CUNY)
Director: R. Keith Gilyard

Sarah Adams, Berea College
Director: Debra Hawhee

Michael Gadaleto, Penn State, Post Doc
Director: David Loewenstein

Jace Gatzemeyer, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Lecturer
Director: Sean Goudie

Colin Hogan, Penn State, Post Doc
Director: Christopher Castiglia

Derek Lee, Georgia Tech University, Post Doc
Director: Susan Squier

Michael Maguire, Penn State, Post Doc
Director: Benjamin Schreier

John Schneider, Penn State, Post Doc
Director: Brian Lennon

Leland Tabares, Washington University, Post Doc
Director: Tina Chen Goudie

Nathaniel Windon, American Philosophical Society, Post Doc
Director: Christopher Castiglia

Michelle (Kaczmarek) Zaleski, Marymount University, Post Doc
Director: Xiaoye You

Emily Baldys, Millersville University
Dissertation: Narrative Rehabilitation: Disability and Ideology in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Fiction
Directors: Nicholas Joukovsky and Robert Lougy

Earl Brooks, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Dissertation: On Rhetoric and Black Music
Director: R. Keith Gilyard

Connie Bubash, Buena Vista University, Visiting Assistant Professor
Dissertation: Contagious Texts Embodied: Melancholy Hermeneutics in Late Medieval and Early Modern Literature
Director: Garrett Sullivan

Michelle Huang, Northwestern University
Dissertation: Molecular Aesthetics: Race, Form, and Matter in Contemporary Asian American Literature
Directors: Tina Chen and Susan Squier

Kyle King, Penn State-Altoona
Dissertation: Sports Spectacle, Athletic Activism, and the Rhetorical Analysis of Mediated Sport
Director: Debra Hawhee

Lisa McGunigal, Hope College, Visiting Assistant Professor
Director: Sean Goudie

James Morgart, Potomac State College of West Virginia University
Dissertation: Haunted Regions: Exhuming Marginalized Narrative in Postwar American Gothic Fiction
Director: Sanford Schwartz

Shakil Rabbi, Bowie State University
Dissertation: Translingual Socialization in the Disciplines: A Case Study of Mediation and Disposition Shaping the Academic Literacy Practices of International Graduate Students
Director: Athelstan Canagarajah

Eric Vallee, University of Florida,  Lecturer
Dissertation: States of Insensibility: The Uncommon Sense of Perceptual Disorders in Antebellum Literature and Medicine
Director: Christopher Castiglia

Laura Vrana, University of South Alabama
Dissertation: Writing Transgressions: Publication Contexts and the Politics of Recognition in Contemporary Black Women’s Poetry
Director: Aldon Nielsen

Laura Brown, Iowa State University
Dissertation: Region and Remembrance: Public Memories of Civil Rights in Greensboro, North Carolina
Director: Cheryl Glenn

Joshua DiCaglio, Texas A&M University
Dissertation: On Being Scaled: Rhetorical Practices of the Cosmos
Director: Richard Doyle

Sara DiCaglio, Texas A&M University
Dissertation: Diagnosing Growth: The Problem of Development in Reproductive Culture
Director: Susan Squier

Abraham Foley, University of Exeter, UK, Lecturer in Literature and the Creative Industries
Dissertation: On Second Reflection: Assembling Contemporary Literature
Director: Jonathan Eburne

Jo Hsu, The University of Texas at Austin
Dissertation: Dynamic Disclosures: Personal Writing, Relational Rhetoric, and Institutional Narratives
Director: Debra Hawhee

Samuel McMillan, Buena Vista University, Visiting Assistant Professor
Dissertation: Medieval Authorship at Reason’s End: The Roman de la Rose’s Legacy of Misrule
Director: Robert Edwards

Justin Mellette, Northeastern University, Visting Lecturer
Dissertation: Peculiar Whiteness: White Racial Anxiety in Southern Literature
Director: Aldon Nielsen

Matthew Price, Pennsylvania State University, Post Doctoral Teaching Fellow
Dissertation: Of Minor Spaces: Spatial Narratologies of the Modern British Novel
Directors: Janet Lyon and Eric Hayot

Krista Quesenberry, Albion College, Visiting Assistant Professor
Dissertation: Reading at the Intersection of Modernist, Feminist, and Lifewriting Studies
Director: Susan Squier

Stephanie Scott, Pennsylvania State University, Stewardship Communications Specialist
Dissertation: Beyond National Trauma: Experiential Memory and Epistemic Practices in the Literature of Ireland and Irish-America’s Minoritized Populations
Director: Mark Morrisson

Erica Stevens, Houston Community College, Instructor
Dissertation: Social Lives: Nineteenth-Century New Orleans in Literature
Directors: Sean Goudie and Christopher Castiglia

Susan Weeber, University of Oregon, Postdoctoral Scholar
Dissertation: Poetics of Interruption: Media and Form in Twentieth-Century Literature
Director: Aldon Nielsen

Robert Birdwell, Tulane University, Visiting Assistant Professor
Dissertation: The Radical Novel: Utopian and Scientific. A Study of Genre and Recognition
Director: Michael Anesko

Julian Fung, Pennsylvania State University World Campus, Academic Advisor
Dissertation: The Satiric Novel from Fielding to Hogg
Director: Robert Hume

Bethany Ober Mannon, Appalachian State University, Visiting Assistant Professor
Dissertation: Identity and Activism in Twentieth-Century and Contemporary American Women’s Memoirs
Director: James West

Tyler Roeger, Loyola University – Chicago
Dissertation: The Gothic Goes to Town: Reading the Gothic City in Nineteenth-Century American Literature
Director: Hester Blum

Robert Volpicelli, Randolph-Macon College
Dissertation: On the Circuit: Transatlantic Modernism and the U.S. Lecture Tour, 1880-1945
Director: Janet Lyon

Paul Zajac, McDaniel College
Dissertation: Reforming Contentment: Pastoral, Self, and World in English Renaissance Literature
Director: Patrick Cheney

John Belk, Southern Utah University, Assistant Professor
Dissertation: Rhetorical Verse: Persuasion in Early Twentieth-Century American Poetry
Director: Cheryl Glenn

Geffrey Davis, University of Arkansas
Dissertation: Idiomatics: Between the Languages of Poetry and the Languages of Criticism
Director: Jeffrey Nealon

Patricia Gael, Addepar, Product Content Strategy Lead
Dissertation: Poetry, Drama, and Fiction in the London Marketplace, 1737-1749
Director: Robert Hume

Jacob Hughes, The Upper School – Berkeley Carroll School, Teacher
Dissertation: Spontaneous Overflow: Internalization and Excess in British Romanticism
Director: Nicholas Joukovsky

Kristopher Lotier, Hofstra University
Dissertation: Words and Work: An Economic History of Composition: 1960-Present
Director: Debra Hawhee

Ethan Mannon, Mars Hill University
Dissertation: Reading the Earth Workers: The Georgic Mode in Twentieth-Century American Literature and Writing
Director: Robert Burkholder

Jason Maxwell, University of Buffalo
Dissertation: Agonistic Discourse: Exploring the Relationship Between Literary Theory and Composition in the Contemporary University
Director: Jeffrey Nealon

Sarah Salter, Texas A & M University – Corpus Christi
Dissertation: Nations Unformed: The Aesthetics of Extra-National Literature, 1832-1910
Directors: Robert Caserio and Christopher Castiglia

Joshua Smith, Robert Morris University, Academic Advising and Enrollment Coordinator
Dissertation: Renaissance Play Things: The Making of Genre in Performance
Director: Garrett Sullivan

Sarah Summers, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Dissertation: Graduate Writing Centers: Programs, Practices, Possibilities
Director: Cheryl Glenn

Joshua Tendler, Freudigman & Billings, Tutor
Dissertation: Sublime Insolvency: The Aesthetic of Failure and American Literature After the Panic of 1837
Director: Christopher Castiglia

Gabriel Ford, Converse College
Dissertation: Exemplarity, Compilation, and Literary History in Trilingual England, 1100-1500
Director: Robert Edwards

Alexandria Lockett, Spelman College
Dissertation: Leaked: A Grammar of Information in Surveillance Cultures
Director: Richard Doyle

Leah Orr, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Dissertation: Did the Novel Rise?: Fiction and Print Culture in England, 1690-1730
Director: Robert Hume

Katie Owens-Murphy, University of Northern Alabama
Dissertation: Lyrical Strategies: The Poetics of the Twentieth-Century American Novel
Directors: Kit Hume / Robert Caserio

Mathew RudeWalker, Kennesaw State University, Limited Term Assistant Professor
Dissertation: Where Our Dead Lie Buried: Articulating American Indian Sovereignty
Director: Carla Mulford

Sarah RudeWalker, Spelman College
Dissertation: The Rhetoric and Poetics of the Black Arts Movement
Directors: Keith Gilyard and Bernard W. Bell.

Mark Sturges, St. Lawrence University
Dissertation: Dwelling on the Land: The Literature of Agriculture in the Early American Republic
Director: Carla Mulford

Heather Adams, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Dissertation: Secrets and Silences: Rhetorics of Unwed Pregnancy Since 1960
Director: Cheryl Glenn

Sarah Birge, Rice University, Fixed Term Position
Dissertation: Surviving the Narrative Self: Cognitive Disability in Contemporary Fiction
Director: Susan Squier

Mahpiua-Luis Deas, Lincoln University
Dissertation: Passing, Passages, and Passkeys: Post-Civil Rights Satirists Unlock the Master’s House
Director: Aldon Nielsen

Michael Faris, Texas Tech University
Dissertation: Rhetoric, Social Media, and Privacy
Director: Stuart Selber

Ryan Hackenbracht, Texas Tech University
Dissertation: National Reckonings: The Last Judgment in Seventeenth-Century English Literature
Director: Laura Knoppers

Michael New, Keene State University, Fixed Term Position
Dissertation: Instrumental Voices: Experimental Poetry and the Jazz Tradition
Director: Aldon Nielsen

Eric Norton, Marymount University
Dissertation: Micropublics: Mob Life in Antebellum American Literature
Director: Christopher Castiglia

Gregory Pierrot, University of Connecticut – Stamford
Dissertation: The Black Avenger Trope in Atlantic Literature
Director: Aldon Nielsen

Emily Sharpe, Keene State University
Dissertation: Mosaic Fictions: Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism, and Canada’s Spanish Civil War
Director: Janet Lyon

David Spielman, Vanderbilt University, Special Projects Manager
Dissertation: Money, Class, and Realism in Eighteenth-Century English Fiction from Robinson Crusoe to Amelia
Director: Robert Hume

William Woolfitt, Lee University
Dissertation: The Folk Imaginary in American Literature, 1875-1925
Director: Linda Selzer

Katherine Cleland, Virginia Tech University
Dissertation: Fictions of Clandestine Marriage in Early Modern England: Spenser, Marlowe, Shakespeare
Director: Patrick Cheney

Ryan Croft, University of Wyoming, Visiting Faculty
Dissertation: Anatomies of Authorship: Poetic Physicality in English Renaissance Sonnet Sequences
Director: Marcy North

Jeffrey Gonzalez, Montclaire State University
Dissertation: Necessary Fictions: The U.S. Novel in the End of Ideology
Director: Kit Hume

David Green, Howard University
Dissertation: It’s Deeper than Rap: A Study of Hip Hop Music and Composition Pedagogy
Director: Keith Gilyard

Julius Lobo, Loyola Blakefield High School, Teacher
Dissertation: Documentary Poetry and American Modernism from the Depression to World War 2
Directors: Robin Schulze & Mark Morrisson

Sean Moiles, Leggett School, Teacher
Dissertation: Ethics and Urban Realities: American Fiction Since 1984
Director: Kit Hume

Ersula Ore, Arizona State University
Dissertation: Rhetoric and Civic Belonging: Lynching and the Making of National Community
Director: Keith Gilyard

Andrew Pilsch, Texas A&M University
Dissertation: Transhumanism: Evolutionary Logic, Rhetoric, and the Future
Director: Richard Doyle

Shawna Ross, Texas A&M University
Dissertation: Spaces of Play: Inventing the Modern Leisure Space in British Fiction and Culture, 1860-1960
Director: Janet Lyon

Brandy Scalise, University of Kentucky
Dissertation: Preaching Without a Pulpit: Women’s Rhetorical Contributions to Scientific Christianity in America, 1880-1915
Directors: Jack Selzer and Cheryl Glenn

Sarah Breckenridge Wright, Duquesne University
Dissertation: Space, Economics, and the Poetic Imagination in England’s Literary Landscapes, 1125-1590
Director: Robert Edwards

Phyllisa DeRoze, United Arab Emirates University, Dubai
Dissertation: Womanist Restorative Drama: Violence, Community, and Healing by Contemporary Black Women Playwrights
Director: Iyunolu Osagie

Verna Kale, Pennsylvania State University, Assistant Research Professor
Dissertation: Women Writing War: The Evolution of the Girl Reporter 1845-1945
Directors: Sandy Spanier and Robin Schulze

Giuseppina Iacono Lobo, Loyola University Maryland
Dissertation: Writing Conscience and the Nation in the English Revolution
Director: Laura Knoppers

Chad Schrock, Lee University
Dissertation: The Consolation of Narrative: Figural Selves from Augustine to Thomas More
Director: Robert Edwards

Michelle Smith, Clemson University
Dissertation: At the Intersection of Utopia and the Public Sphere: The Spatial-Rhetorical Negotiations of 19th-Century Women
Director: Cheryl Glenn

Abram Anders, Iowa State University
Dissertation: Rhetoric for Becoming Otherwise: Life, Literature, Genealogy, Flight
Director: Rich Doyle

Kevin Browne, Long Island University
Dissertation: Mas Movement: Toward a Theory of Caribbean Rhetoric
Director: Keith Gilyard

Antonio Ceraso, DePaul University
Dissertation: Crowd Technologies: Rhetoric and Power in Peer Production Discourse
Director: Rich Doyle

Amy Clukey, University of Louisville
Dissertation: Plantation Modernism: Irish, Caribbean, and U.S. Fiction, 1890-1950
Director: Janet Lyon

Ashley Marshall, University of Nevada – Reno
Dissertation: The Practice of Satire in England, 1650-1770
Director: Robert Hume

Niamh O’Leary, Xavier University
Dissertation: Acting in Concert: Female Camaraderie in Early Modern Drama
Director: Garrett Sullivan

Stacey Sheriff, Colby College
Dissertation: Rhetoric and Revision: Women’s Arguments for Social Justice in the Progressive Era
Director: Cheryl Glenn

Rochelle Zuck, Iowa State University
Dissertation: Imagined Citizens: Ethnic Nationalisms and Crises of Culture in the United States, 1816-1856
Director: Carl Mulford

Robert Bleil, College of Coastal Georgia
Dissertation: Temporarily Devotedly Yours: The Letters of Ginevra King to F. Scott Fitzgerald
Director: James West, III

John Hruschka, Penn College of Technology
Dissertation: Ordering Books: The Development of a Modern American Book Trade
Director: James West, III

Kelly Innes, Software Developer
Dissertation: Antisocial Modernism: H.G. Wells, Dorothy Richardson, Wyndham Lewis
Director: Robert Caserio

Jenell Johnson, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dissertation: Echoes of the Soul: A Rhetorical History of Lobotomy
Director: Susan Squier

Lindsay Jones, Penn State-Fayette
Dissertation: “By His Common Talke”: Representations of Linguistic Difference on the Early English Stage
Director: Robert Edwards

Lissette Szwydky, University of Arkansas
Dissertation: Adaptations: The London Stage as Entertainment Industry, 1790-1890
Director: Paul Youngquist

Jill Treftz, Marshall University
Dissertation: The Figure of the Poetess in British Sentimental Literature, 1820-1860
Director: Nicholas Joukovsky

Carissa Turner Smith, Charleston Southern University
Director: Deborah Clarke

Shannon Walters, Temple University
Dissertation: A Rhetoric of Touch: Disability and the Reshaping of Rhetorical Bodies
Director: Susan Squier

Christopher White, Governor’s State University
Dissertation: Animals, Technology, and the Zoopoetics of American Modernism
Director: Sanford Schwartz

Timothy Arner, Grinnell College
Director: Robert Edwards

Matt Newcomb, SUNY-New Paltz
Director: Jack Selzer

Steele Nowlin, Penn State (Teaching Professor of English) 
Director: Robert Edwards

Stephen Schneider, University of Louisville
Director: Keith Gilyard

Dustin Stegner, Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo
Director: Patrick Cheney

Carissa Turner Smith, Charleston Southern University
Director: Deborah Clarke

Aesha Adams, Self-employed
Director: Elaine Richardson

Herschel Conner, University of South Florida-St. Petersburg
Director: Rich Doyle

Timothy Donovan, University of Northern Florida
Director: Rich Doyle

Cecil “Jay” Jordan, University of Utah
Director:  Keith Gilyard

Elizabeth Mazzolini, SUNY – Buffalo
Director: Jeffrey Nealon

Chaunda McDavis, Auburn University at Montgomery
Director: Aldon Nielsen

Jeffrey Pruchnic, Wayne State University
Director: Rich Doyle

Marika Seigel, Michigan Technical University
Director: Susan Squier

Scott Wible, University of Maryland
Director: Cheryl Glenn

Andy Alexander, Castleton State College
Director: Jack Selzer

Megan Brown, Drake University
Director: Susan Squier

Youngsuk Chae, University of North Carolina, Pembroke
Director: Carla Mulford

Holly Flint, University of Alabama, Huntsville
Director: Kit Hume

Jordynn Jack, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Director: Cheryl Glenn

Melissa Littlefield, University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana
Director: Susan Squier

Jodie Nicotra, University of Idaho
Director: Rich Doyle

Vorris Nunley, University of California, Riverside
Director: Keith Gilyard

Hiewon Shin, North Greenville University
Director: Linda Woodbridge

Jeremiah Dyehouse, University of Rhode Island
Director: Rich Doyle

Valerie Hanson, Philadelphia University
Director: Rich Doyle

Howard Ramsby, University of Southern Illinois, Edwardsville
Directors: Keith Gilyard & Bernard Bell

Daniel Smith, University of Texas – Austin
Director: Jeffrey Nealon

Catharine Thomas, Georgia Gwinnett College
Director: Linda Woodbridge

Emily Van Dette, SUNY Fredonia
Director: Robert Burkholder

Marco Abel, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Director: Kit Hume

Adam Banks, Stanford University
Director: Keith Gilyard

Elisha Bershero-Bondar, University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg
Director: Nicholas Joukovsky

Jessica Enoch, University of Maryland
Director: Cheryl Glenn

Mark Longaker, University of Texas at Austin
Director: Marie Secor

Eric Lorentzen, Mary Washington University
Director: Robert Lougy

Cedrick May, University of Texas – Arlington
Director: Carla Mulford

Dana Anderson, University of Indiana
Director: Jack Selzer

Elizabeth Archuleta, University of Utah
Director: Carla Mulford

Elizabeth Heard, Harold Washington University – Chicago
Director: Robert Hume

Ylce Irizarry, University of South Florida
Director: Kit Hume

John Muckelbauer, University of South Carolina
Directors: Jeffrey Nealon & Rich Doyle

Ryan Netzley, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Director: Linda Woodbridge

Jillian Smith, University of North Florida
Director: Susan Squier

Vidhya Swaminathan, Long Island University
Director: Robert Hume

Beth Capo, Illinois College
Director: Deborah Clarke

Mark T. Decker, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Director: Michael Anesko

Colin Fewer, Purdue University at Calumet
Director: Robert Edwards

Brent Henze, East Carolina University
Director: Jack Selzer

Jeffrey Karnicky, Drake University
Director: Rich Doyle

David Kress, University of Maine
Director: Jeffrey Nealon

Harvey Quaman, University of Alberta
Director: Susan Squier

Lisa Roney, University of Central Florida
Director: Susan Squier

Gregory Semenza, University of Connecticut
Director: Linda Woodbridge

Wendy Sharer, East Carolina University
Director: Cheryl Glenn

Julie Vedder, West Virginia University
Director: Susan Squier

Angela Vietto, Eastern Illinois University
Director: Carla Mulford