PhD Students




Heidi Arndt 20th & 21st century British and Irish Literature; Queer Theory; Narrative Theory; Gender; Women Writers  
Nicholas Babich Old and Middle English; Anglo-Saxon heroic poetry; verse and meter in Old English, Middle English, and Medieval Latin; The Alliterative Revival; the Scholastic philosophical tradition; Tolkien, the Inklings, and fantasy literature  
Laura MacGowan Barrett Eighteenth-century British Literature; Religion & Literature; Women Writers  
Trish Bredar Nineteenth-century British Literature; Gender; Space and Mobility; Women writers  
Mayra Cano Latinx/Chicanx literature, 20th & 21st century American literature, Critical Race Theory, Queer Theory, Trauma Theory, Media Studies.  
Kristen Carlson Nineteenth-century American Literature; Transatlantic and Transnational Romanticism; Literature and Science; Literature and Philosophy; Ecocriticism; Critical Theory  
Claudia Carroll Nineteenth-century Novel; Narrative Theory; Cognitive Narratology; Realism; Aesthetics; Irish Literature  
Shinjini Chattopadhyay Global Anglophone literatures, postcolonial literatures, world literatures, global modernisms, space and cosmopolitanism, textual criticism, periodical studies, multimedia composition, writing pedagogy  
Haylee Chavanne Postcolonial Literature, Theory of the Borderlands, Native American Renaissance Literature, Literatures of Africa and the Diaspora, Narratives of Resistance, 20th Century American Literature, Race Studies, Black and White Literary Identity  
Dong Hwan (Alex) Chun Early Modern Poetry & Drama, Classical Reception, Classical Literature & Rhetoric, Renaissance Humanism  
Chanel Cox Early modern literature; Milton and Epic; Genre theory; Gender theory; The body as text  
Isaih Dale 20th Century African American Literature, Black Masculinity, Black and White Literary Racial Spaces, and Modernism   
Julian Dean Irish literature; Modernism; Postcolonial literatures and theory; Critical theory; and the Anthropocene  
Emily Pitts Donahoe Early modern literature, Shakespeare and Renaissance drama, Shakespeare in performance, early modern performance practices, early modern logic, rhetoric, and pedagogy  
Rachel Hanks  
Sally Hansen Late 19th and 20th century lyric poetry and poetics, phenomenology, trauma studies, history of U.S. religions, race studies, contemplative practice  
Daniel Hellstrom Old and Middle English Literature; Old Norse; Medieval Folklore; Verse Structure  
Kaden Ivy Early American Literature, History, and Culture; Early American Political History; Drama as Genre; Performance Studies; Theater History; Print Culture  
Sara Judy 21st century poetry and poetics, devotional poetry, religion and literature, genre theory, lyric theory  
Joel Gabriel Kempff Transatlantic Romanticism; History and Philosophy of Science; Ecocriticism; Criticism and Theory: Creative Writing.  
Adam Kerker  
Jessica Kim British, Irish, and Anglophone modernism, postcolonial literature and theory, feminist and queer theory, psychoanalysis, the abject, the novel, race and transnational studies  
Mitchell Kooh 20th C. British and Irish Literature; Religion and Literature; Theological Aesthetics    
Arpit Kumar Long Eighteenth Century Literature and Culture, Eighteenth Century Sociability, Western Political Thought, Gender Studies, Anglo-Irish Literature, Literary Theory  
Kyriana Lynch Eighteenth and Nineteenth-century British and Irish Literature; Education and Mentoring in Women’s Writing; History of the Novel  
Alan McGee Modernism; twentieth-century history; privacy and literature  
Jake McGinnis 19th Century American, Ecocriticism, New Materialist philosophy  
Emily McLemore Old and Middle English Literatures; Representations of Women; Gender, Body, and Sexuality Studies; Feminist Scholarship; Transhistoricism, Pedagogy in Higher Education  
Chamara Moore 20th & 21st Century African-American Literature, Speculative Fiction, Intersectionality, Critical Race Theory, Cyborg Theory, Comic Studies, and Media Studies.  
Matthew Mullin 17th Century British Literature; John Milton; Disability Studies  
Oliver Ortega

Latina/o literatures, Latin American literatures, Postcolonial literatures, late 20th and 21st century American literatures, migration studies, race studies, citizenship, gender theory, political theory  
Lau Ortiz-Mercado Early Modern literature, Shakespearean drama, theatre performance and staging, witchcraft and supernatural elements in theatre, genre theory, gender studies, fan theory, Shakespeare in popular culture  
Nathan Phelps Middle English and Latin chronicles, histories, and romance; posthumanism, ecocriticism, and new materialisms; Jerusalem and Wales in literature; intellectual history and medieval ways of being and thinking  
Anton Povzner Early British American colonial texts; community; group and individual identities; violence, DH  
Logan Quigley Middle English literature, cognition, memory, spatial perception, history of science, pilgrimage  
Shela Raman Old English and Middle English language and literature, multilingualism, philology, postcolonial theory, critical race theory, monstrosity, medievalisms  
Abigail Scott Early American Literature, History, and Culture; Early American Poetry, Devotional/Spiritual Writing; Puritan Spirituality; Religion and Literature  
Marie Shelton The novel & narrative theory; 19th-century American; drama & performance studies  
Anila Shree Eighteenth Century British Literature, Women’s Writing, Cultural Studies, The Novel, Theories of Fiction  
Stacy Sivinski Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century American Literature, New Woman Literature, Periodical Culture, Materialist Feminism, Gender Studies, and Appalachian Literature  
Jennifer Thorup Early Modern Literature, Shakespeare, Performance Studies, Gender Studies, Book History, Theology, Classical Rhetoric, Comparative Studies, and Adaptation Theory  
Dominique Vargas 20th & 21st century Literature of the Americas, Linguistics, Gender, and Identity Studies  
Joshua Wright British Romanticism; Eco-criticism; Literature and War