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Andrew Alquesta
Twentieth-century American and Transatlantic literature; humor and satire; democracy and politics
Gila G. Ashtor
Nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature
Dianne Elizabeth Berg | Download CV
Early modern England; popular literary representations of domestic violence; petty treason/petty tyranny; transgressive female language; constructions of English national and cultural identity.
Jessica Brown | Download CV
20th and 21st century American and transnational literature; postcolonial theory; globalization; urban spaces and popular culture
Alexandra Carter
Medieval and Early Modern literature; Early Modern drama; sovereignty; fashion studies; gender and desire; transvestitism
Jason T. Clemence
Victorian novel, film theory
Aaron Dell
Third year graduate student interested in 19th and 20th century U.S. fiction, particularly in terms of race and the environment. In my spare time I enjoy speculative fiction, cartoons, and cooking.
Leif Eckstrom | Download CV
Leif Eckstrom's dissertation, Untimely Verse, aims to restore the complexities of reading in time to our current understanding of the poetry of Phillis Wheatley, Rufus Wilmot Griswold, Edgar A. Poe, Walt Whitman, and Herman Melville. His essay, "On Puffing: The Saturday Press and the Circulation of Symbolic Capital," was recently published in Whitman among the Bohemians (University of Iowa Press, 2014), a collection of essays edited by Joanna Levin and Edward Whitley. He has presented papers on antebellum poetics and periodicals at the MLA, ALA, and C19, among other venues.
Vivek Freitas
South Asian literature, Indo-Anglian poetry, postcolonial theory
Sarah Garrigan| Download CV
Aesthetics of confusion, narrative theory, British Modernism, Virginia Woolf
Gulfer Goze
Women's studies and feminist theory, travel literature, postcolonial theory
Bryn Gravitt | Download CV
19th century British women writers, women's studies and feminist theory, postcolonial theory, the digital humanities
Genevieve P. Hay | Download CV
Genevieve received her B.A. in American Culture Studies and English from Washington University in St. Louis. Her research interests include 19th and 20th century American literature, music, and material culture.
Matthew Heider | Download CV
BA from Valparaiso University. MA from Boston University. Research Interests include: twentieth-century and contemporary American poetry, feminism and minimalism in twentieth-century and contemporary American short fiction, form and aesthetics as vehicles for social and cultural content, the intersection of visual and literary culture.
Jennifer Horwitz | Download CV
Twentieth-century American literature, Social Change, Critical Race Studies, Gender
Seohyon Jung
B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from Seoul National University. Research interests include late 18th- and 19th-century British literature and culture, the history and theory of the novel, the idea of motherhood, women's labor, pedagogy, and translation.
James Leonard
20th Century American Literature, Transatlantic Modernism, Studies of the Quotidian
Margaret Grace Love | Download CV
M.A., University of Chicago, 2005; B.A. Rhodes College, 2003; Research Interests: 20th C Caribbean literature, urban immigrant narratives, narrative theory, translation
Diego Millan | Download CV
19th and 20th Century African American Literature and Culture; American Literature in English; Theories of Comedy and Laughter; Critical Theory; Gender and Sexuality. Currently working in a dissertation: "Laughter's Fury: The Double Bind of Black Laughter."
Jessica Mitzner
BA in English Literature and French from the University of Oklahoma (2012). Her research interests include nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first century American literature; representations and imaginings of race and gender; racial and sexual discrimination and violence.
Luke Mueller | Download CV
Transatlantic Modernism, Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century British Literature, Literary Theory, Pragmatism, Phenomenology, Realism, Deception, Ethics and the Law.
James Mulder
Early modern drama, gender and desire
Ryan Napier | Download CV
Victorian Novel, Realism, Theory of the Novel, Narrative Theory, Religion and Literature
Matthew Nelson
Twentieth-century American poetry, queer theory
Barbara J. Orton | Download CV
Eighteenth-century British literature, libertinism, disability studies, masculinity studies, gender and sexuality, representations of mental illness
Christine Payson | Download CV
Chris received her BA in English and Creative Writing at Brandeis, and studies American literature and Protestant religion.
Jared Pence | Download CV
Nineteenth and twentieth-century American literature, transnationalism, transatlanticism
Jessica R. Pfeffer | Download CV
English Renaissance Literature; Queer Theory; Bodily Materiality; Spectrality; Deconstruction and Psychoanalysis; Gender and Sexuality.
Cornelia C. Photopoulos| Download CV
Postcolonial literature
Martin J. Plunkett
Postwar American novel, Frankfurt School, poststructuralism
C. Daniel Redmond
Early American novel, literary theory, queer studies
James Rizzi | Download CV
James received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Marist College and his Master of Arts Degree from Southern Connecticut State University. His primary interests are in early modern drama and poetry, as well as philosophy.
Alexander Ruggeri | Download CV
British and American Modernism; Early Modern Drama and Poetry; Critical Theory; Phenomenology; Voice and Music
Erin Makulski Sandler | Download CV
Ph.D. candidate writing a dissertation on anonymity and the canon of 18th-century British literature.
Emma Schneider | Download CV
Environmental Justice and Critical Race Studies; Environmental Literature and Ecocriticism; Multi-Ethnic North American Literature; Storytelling, Retellings, Narratives, and Counterstories; Depictions/Involvement of the Senses and Sentiment; Suasion.
Gregory M. Schnitzspahn | Download CV
Research interests include English Renaissance Literature and Culture as well as Cultural, Ecocritical, and Ecofeminist Theory. Teaching experience at Boston College, Suffolk University Boston, Suffolk University Dakar, Tufts University, and Lesley University.
Matthew P. Scully | Download CV
Second year Ph.D. student in English at Tufts University with a BA from McGill University and MA from Boston College. My research focuses on critical theory and twentieth-century American literature, with a particular concern for questions relating to temporality, irony, and aesthetics.
Bradley Smith
Renaissance literature; Edmund Spenser; the epic; allegory; materialism; animal studies.
Adam Spellmire
Medieval literature
Seth Francis Studer | Download CV
Literary realism, fictionality, and the twentieth-century novel.
Mickey Toogood
Mickey is currently finishing his dissertation, a study of mediocrity, realism, and the Victorian novel. He has taught at both The City College of New York and Tufts University with indefatigable enthusiasm.
John Whalen
Medieval theology and political philosophy; early modern religion; John Milton; political theology; Freud; continental philosophy and theory, particularly Derrida; radical theology.

Ashley Wilcox
B.A. in English and B.A. in German Studies from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Research interests include 19th century novels and violence, trauma, and memory studies
Lai Ying Yu | Download CV
Ph.D. Candidate, English. She is currently working on her dissertation, "Promise of the City: Intimate Publics, Planning Discourse, and Representations of the Urban in 20th-Century American Literature." She is a 2013-2014 Tufts Institute of the Environment Fellow.