Congratulations to Recent English MA and PhD Graduates

May 11, 2017

Congratulations to our recent graduates on their accomplishments. Continue reading to learn about their plans for their post-Maryland careers!

Recent PhDs:

Jamison Kantor will begin this fall as Tenure-track Assistant Professor at Ohio State University, Mansfield. Defended The Life of Honor: Individuality and the Communal Impulse in Romanticism (November 2013); director: Orrin Wang; committee: Neil Fraistat, Jason Rudy, and Kenneth Johnston.

Elizabeth Ellis Miller will begin as Tenure-track Assistant Professor at Mississippi State University. Defended “Faithful Genres: Rhetorics of the Civil Rights Mass Meeting” (January 2016); director: Jessica Enoch; committee: Jane Donawerth, Shirley Logan, Melanie Kill, Scott Wible, and Kristy Maddux.

Katie Stanutz has just taken over as Assistant Director of the University Honors Program, University of Maryland.  Defended “Hidden Networks of Loss: Multi-Ethnic Media and Mourning in Twentieth Century American Literature” (October 2015); director: Peter Mallios; committee: Jonathan Auerbach, Mary Helen Washington, and Edlie Wong.

Maggie Ray will begin the Prince George's County Resident Teacher's Program this summer. Defended “Context Matters: Intertextuality and Voice in the Early Modern English Controversy about Women” (April 2014); Directors: Theresa Coletti and Jane Donawerth.

Rob Wakeman will begin a Tenure-track Assistant Professor at Mount Saint Mary College (Newburgh NY) this fall; Defended “The Ethics of Eating Animals in Tudor and Stuart Theaters” (July 2016); Directors: Theresa Coletti and Ted Leinwand; committee: Kellie Robertson, Phil Soergel, and Scott Trudell.


MAs who graduated this spring:

Brooke Feichtl is a Strategic Communications officer at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (Springfield, VA). Capstone: “Political Agency in Tennyson’s Early Work;” director: Jason Rudy.

Jessica Harrington is the Program Coordinator for Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students (ACES) at the University of Maryland. Capstone: “Consuming God’s Words: Bibliophagy and Eating Literature;” director: Kellie Robertson.

Trent McDonald will begin a Phd program in English at Washington University, St. Louis. Capstone: “David Mitchell and the Contemporary Network Metafiction;” director: Lee Konstantinou.

Shaun Russell will begin a PhD in English at Ohio State. Capstone: “Stale Tales and Mutinous Members: Coriolanus and the Fable of the Belly,” director: Kellie Robertson.

Emily Smith will begin a PhD in English at the Pennsylvania State University. Capstone: “‘If There Were But One Esther at the South’: Angelina Grimké’s Relationship with Her Audience in An Appeal to the Christian Women of the South;” director: Jane Donawerth.

Lt. Daniel Stepler will be English Instructor, Department of Humanities, U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Capstone: “Professional Writing and the Military Officer,” director: Scott Wible.

Tyler Talbott will begin his PhD in English at Northwestern University. Capstone: “Against the Current: Australian Settler Narratives, Failed Emigrations, and the Mill on the Floss;” director: Jason Rudy.