English Graduate Studies

Graduate Student Profiles

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See list of Ph.D. graduates and placement      

 Name Entry Year Interests and Publications
Amanda Atkinson



Phillip Bax
(BA, BS)Whitworth University




Science and technology studies, especially as it relates to 20th and 21st century biological discourses. 


Dunn, E.M.; Billquist, E.J.; VanderStoep, A.L.; Bax, P.G.; Westrate, L.M.; McLellan, L.K.; Peterson, S.C.; MacKeigan, J.P.; Putzke, A.P. "Dual Roles of Fer Kinase Are Required for Proper Hematopoiesis and Vascular Endothelium Organization during Zebrafish Development." Biology 20176, 40.

Steph Buongiorno

 SMU Department of English Grad student Matthew Clemmer
Matthew Clemmer
(BA) Gordon College
2016 Encyclopedic Novels and Post-War American Literature. Secondary interests include Database as Literary Genre, Literary Trauma Theory, and Philosophy of Language.

Carson Davis
(BA) Birmingham-Southern College

2011 Medieval and Early Modern literature, with particular interest in drama and performance theory. Secondary interests include reading practices and interpretation, as well as plague literature.


Carol Degrasse



Eighteenth and nineteenth-century American literature, popular culture, material texts, improving student outcomes through first-year composition pedagogy


“The Highest Calling: The Professorship.” The Little Orange Book II: Student Voices on Excellent Teaching, U of Texas Tower Books. (forthcoming)

 “Teaching Thoreau and the Common Core.” Thoreau Society Bulletin, Fall 2018

“Emily Dickinson’s ‘’Twas warm — at first — like Us—’ (Fr614),” The Explicator, vol. 75, no. 4, 2017, pp. 248-51. https://doi.org/10.1080/00144940.2017.1382439

“Emily Dickinson’s ‘I’ve known a Heaven, like a Tent –’ (Fr257),” The Explicator, vol. 75, no. 2, 2017, pp. 125-28. (with Dr. Ann Beebe). https://doi.org/10.1080/00144940.2017.1312260


Liz Duke



Kelly Evans


Medieval literature, with particular interest in recipes and representations of food and feasting. Secondary interests include translation theory, reception theory, and transmission studies.

Currently: Cataloging and Metadata Associate, University of North Texas Libraries


Andrew Forrester
(BA) Texas A & M U


19th-century British fiction from Austen to James, with particular interest in the politics of social gatherings. Secondary interests include pop culture, cultural studies, and children's literature.


Andrew also serves as the president of the Graduate Student Assembly and sits on the Graduate Council.


Summer Hamilton
(BS) Christian Brothers U


19th and 20th century African American literature with a particular interest in the narrative of housing

Currently: English Department, The Hockaday School, Dallas, Texas

Katherine Harclerode SMU Grad student portrait

Katherine Harclerode

2014 Digital humanities, 19th-century transatlantic, book history, and historical periodicals
Shea Hennum


Kathleen Hines

Early modern literature, with a focus on the intersections of plague with homiletic language of early modern England, classical and medieval Europe, and contemporary trauma theory. Other interests include Southern literature, with an emphasis on 19th and 20th century female writers.

 SMU Department of English Grad student Jordan Ivie portrait

Jordan Ivie
(BA) Dallas Baptist University
(MA) U. of TX at Arlington


2016 Early Modern literature, especially portrayals of the sickness and the body; textual networks of recipes and medicines

 Lesleigh Jones SMU Grad student portrait



Lesleigh Jones
(MA) U. Mass, Boston
(BA)  Houston Baptist

  Early Modern literature with a focus on the reception of Greco-Roman mythology. Secondary interests include: gender theory, Medieval Latin, and the twenty-first century international reception of Early Modern and Classical literature.
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Kelsey Kiser
(BA)  U. of Portland


Kelsey Kiser is a doctoral candidate at Southern Methodist University, where she is completing her dissertation titled, “Secret Selves: Surveillance and Twentieth-Century African American Literature.” Her work has been generously supported by a 2018-2019 short term research fellowship from the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Additional research interests include 19th and 20th century African American literature, American Studies, and Cultural Studies.


Shien Hauh Leu



Andrea Luttrell
(BA) Barnard College


Contemporary American Literature, Literature of the Southwest, Feminist Literary Criticism, and Creative Writing.
Currently: Chair of English, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, Texas


Erica Massey
(BA) Southwestern U.


20th and 21st century American literature with a focus in comics, graphic narrative, and fandom studies. Secondary interests include feminist literary criticism and minority literature, particularly disability, native, and queer representation.

Awarded: Alfred Leja English Award 2014


 English Department Graduate student Aisha Matthews portrait Aisha Matthews
(MA) Southern NH U
(BA) Yale University


Science & speculative fictions, Afrofuturism, disability studies, young adult sci-fi, fantasy, feminism, postmodern theory.

“Gender, Ontology, and The Power of the Patriarchy: A Postmodern Feminist Analysis of Octavia Butler’s Wild Seed and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.” Women's Studies: An Inter-Disciplinary Journal, vol. 47, no. 6, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1080/00497878.2018.1492403.

"Looking Back is Moving Forward: The legacy of Negro Spirituals in the Civil Rights Movement." International Journal of English Language, Literature, and Humanities. Vol. 4, No. 10. 2016

"Raping the Jezebel: Hypocrisy, Stereotyping, and Sexual Identity in Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl." International Journal of English, Language, Literature, and Humanities. Vol. 4, No. 5.02016

Aisha serves as the Director of Literature Programs for Escape Velocity Conference: https://escapevelocity.events/


Amanda McAvoy

2011 American and African American literature

Nathan McCabe

(BA)  U. of Dallas

 2016 20th century transatlantic poetry and fiction; the relationship between new media and aesthetics; the Frankfurt School.
Chelsea McKelvey
(MA) King’s College London
(BA, BSEd) U of Georgia



Early modern literature, Protestant Reformation and book history.

"The 'Glorie, Might, and Maiestie' of Early Modern Sermons" in Literature and Theology 28.1 (2014)
Co-editor of online short fiction and poetry journal, S/WORD.
Website: http://chelseamckelvey.com

Seth McKelvey

2012 20th-century American literature; postmodernism, contemporary poetry; anarchism; economics.
"But one kind' of Life: Thoreau's Subjective Theory of Value in Walden,"Nineteenth-Century Literature70.4 (2016)
Co-editor, S/WORD.


Katelyn McWilliams


Kevin Pickard
(BA) U. of Oklahoma

Kevin Pickard studies contemporary American culture with a focus on how the representation of drugs in fiction, memoir, and television allows writers to navigate the conflicting demands of a saturated cultural marketplace. He is the recipient of the 2018 Michael Pueppke Writing Prize for outstanding graduate student essay from SMU.

20th and 21st-century American literature; drug novels; politics; history; neoliberalism; the War on Drugs. 

James Ray
 Will Roudabush SMU English department grad student portrait Will Roudabush
(MA) U of Alabama
(BA)  Rhodes College, Phi Beta Kappa

Will joined the department in 2017. He researches widely in the English Renaissance, but has recently focused on the material conditions that produced Renaissance drama on the stage and page.

Renaissance/Early Modern Literature; Shakespeare in Company/Shakespeare and Company; Milton; The Epic Tradition; Classical Reception; The History of the Book

 Ryberg, Cole Cole Ryberg
(BA) UT Austin, Phi Beta Kappa

My interests include the following: Victorian fiction; the novel and theories of the novel; genre; the minor character and imagined consciousness; epistemologies as represented in fiction; literature and empire.

Andrew Spencer SMU Grad student portrait

Andrew Spencer
(MA) Texas A & M U
(BA)  LeTourneau



My focus is contemporary multi-ethnic American literature, and I am interested in the intersection of religion/spirituality, deep ecology, and decoloniality.


Peer-Reviewed Article

Spencer, Andrew M. "Happening to Oneself: Zen, Taoism, and Jungian Individuation as Paths to Spirituality in Edward Gorey's The Object Lesson and Shel Silverstein's The Missing Piece." PsyArt: An Online Journal for the Psychological Study of the Arts. PsyArt, 12 Dec. 2014. Web. 14 Jan. 2015.



Spencer, Andrew and Curtis Hawthorne. Murder in Jefferson: The 1868 Stockade Case, 23 House Publishers, 2012.


“Lilith” published in Texas’s Best Emerging Poets: An Anthology, 2017.
“Eve” published in 2 Bridges Review, Issue 3, 2013.
“Judgment Day Finally Reaches the Deep South” published in Black&White, Fall, 2012.
“August” published in Volume 8, Chaffey Review, Fall, 2012.
“February” published in Volume 8, Chaffey Review, Fall, 2012.
“The Tree” published in Coe Review, Spring 2012.
“Grabbed” published in New Plains Review, Spring, 2012.
“Retreat” published in Cartographer, Fall, 2011.
“Plunge” published in Cartographer, Fall, 2011.



Zac Thriffiley

 Erin Turner

Erin Turner
(MA) University of Dallas
(MA) Boston University
(BA) Reinhardt University



Early Modern literature, especially the interplay between religion and literature; also history of the book, print culture and textual materiality.

Timothy Urban
(MA) Bridgewater State University
(BA) Emmanuel College turban@smu.edu



The Postmodern American Novel; French Theory; Continental Philosophy; Phenomenology; Metafiction; Genre Studies


“A Tightrope over an Abyss: Humanity and the Lords of Life in Emerson and Nietzsche.” The Graduate Review, Bridgewater State University, Vol. 1, 2016. 

Completed Ph.D.s and Placements

Completed Ph.D.s and Placements


Michael Anderson
Ph.D., May 2012

2007 Medieval and Arthurian literature.

Currently: Strayer University, Washington DC


Kristina Booker
Ph.D., May 2014
(MFA) U of OK, Norman
(BA) OK Christian U  

2009 Eighteenth- and nineteenth- century British novels and economic theory. Her dissertation traces how literary authors use fictional servants to represent and process shifting social and economic values. An essay on Pamela and Roxanais forthcoming Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies.

Currently: Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Oklahoma

Katharine Boswell
Ph.D., August 2016
(BA) Baylor
19th and early 20th century British novels, material culture, and domestic spaces.


Jennifer Boulanger
Ph.D., August 2013
(BA) Baylor

2007 Medieval Studies, Arthurian Literature, and Feminist Theory and Criticism.

Currently: English Department, Hockaday School, Dallas, TX



Chris Goldsmith
Ph.D., May 2017
(BA) Austin College


Filth, politics, and the state of nature in 18th century Britain (with detours into both France and the 19th century).

Currently: Associate Director of Pre-Health Sciences at Austin College, Sherman, Texas


Anna Hinton


20th-century African American fiction and culture, particularly the intersections of race, gender and disability.

Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow in African American Literature at Rutgers University


Austin Johnson
Ph.D., August 2013
(BA) Ouachita Baptist U

2007 Early modern literature and its interactions with Reformation theology and politics.

Currently: Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth


Carrie Johnston
Ph.D., August 2014
(MA) Florida Atlantic U
(BA) Tulane U

2008 Digital Humanities; 19th- and 20th-Century American Literature; Literature of the American Southwest; Travel Narratives; Book History and Material Culture; American Periodical Culture.

2015-2016: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Bucknell U., PA

Currently: Digital Humanities Research Designer, Wake Forest University

Lauren Miskin  

Lauren Miskin
Ph.D., May 2016

2011 "The Victorian 'Cameo Craze': Cameos, Femininity, and the Fashioning of Britain's Imperial Identity." Forthcoming in Victorian Review.

"Jezebel's Monopoly of the Rouge Pot": Cosmetics, anti-Semitism, and Xenophobia in Victorian Print Culture. Forthcoming in Victorians Institute Journal.

"'True Indian Muslin' and the Politics of Consumption in Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey," Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies 15.2 (Spring 2015) 5-26.

Currently: In the English Department at The Hockaday School, Dallas, Texas 


Anna Nelson
Ph.D., May 2017
(MA) Louisiana State
(BA) U of Texas, Dallas


Nineteenth-century African American lit and nineteenth-century southern literature.

Currently: Anna Nelson is a literary historian with focused interests in African American literature and Southern Studies. She has published articles in PMLA and African American Review and is a 2018-2019 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory University. Her current book project researches literary representations of the South written by African American authors between the end of the Civil War and the early twentieth century.

  2009 Infectious Diseases and Contamination in Late-Nineteenth Century British, American and Scandinavian Fiction.
2015-16: Hughes Post-Doctoral Fellow, SMU

Currently: Assistant Professor, Whitworth Univeristy, Spokane, WA

Kari Nixon
Ph.D., May 2015
(BA) U of St. Thomas
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Endemic: Essays in Contagion Theory, co-editor with Lorenzo Servitje. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Theorizing Syphilis and Subjectivity: From the Victorians to the Present, co-editor with Lorenzo Servitje. Forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.


"Seeing Things: The Dilemma of Visual Subjectivity at the Dawn of the Bacteriological Age in Strindberg's The Father."; Forthcoming in Configurations: A Journal of Literature and Science 26.2 (2016).

"A Speculative Idea': The Parallel Trajectories of Financial Speculation, Obstetrical Science, and Fiscal Management of Female Bodies in Henry James's Washington Square."; Journal for Medical Humanities (2014).

"If You Don't Know Me By Now: The Failure of Care in 'Bartleby, the Scrivener.'"; Disability Studies Quarterly 34.4 (2014).

"Keep Bleeding: Hemorrhagic Sores, Trade, and the Necessity of Leaky Boundaries in Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year."; Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 14.2 (2014): 62-81.


"Introduction: The Making of a Modern Endemic."; Endemic: Essays in Contagion Theory. Co-written and edited with Lorenzo Servitje. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

"Find the Microbe and Kill It:' Victorian Viral Virulence, Postmodern Zombies, and the American Healthcare Enterprise."; The Walking Med: Zombies and Medical Language. Ed. Sherryl Vint and Lorenzo Servitje. Forthcoming. University Park: Penn State UP, 2016.

"Cultural Documents and Illustrations,"; (author) and "A Critical History of Jane Eyre"; (coauthored with Beth Newman). "Jane Eyre";: A Case Study in Contemporary Criticism. Ed. Beth Newman. 2nd ed. Boston: Bedford St. Martins, 2014.


Review of Evolutionary Aesthetics of Human Ethics in Hardy's Tragic Narratives, by Riza Ozturk. The Hardy Review (2014)


Micah Robbins
Ph.D., August 2013
(MA) Texas State U
(BA) Richard Stockton

2008 19th and 20th C. American Literature, Book History, and Small Press Publishing.

Currently: Assistant Professor of English, American University, Dubai


Julianne Sandberg
Ph.D., May 2016
(BA) Cedarville U

2010 Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century British literature, theology, and religion; interpretation, allegory, and Eucharistic theology

Publication: "The Georgic Mode and 'Poor Labours' of George Herbert."; Forthcoming in Renaissance Studies, 2015.

Currently: Assistant Professor of English at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama

Megan Schott
Ph.D., May 2015
(BA) Texas A & M U


Medieval Literature and Autobiography Studies.

Currently: Faculty, Ursuline Academy


Christopher Stampone
Ph.D., May 2017
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 Medieval romance and English and American romanticism.Notes. William Wells Brown: Clotel and Other Writings. Ed. Ezra Greenspan. New York: Library of America, 2014.

"There is no bucking against the railroad": The Arthurian World of Frank Norris's The Octopus; Studies in American Naturalism 9 (2014): 26-51.

"spirit of mistaken benevolence": Civilizing the Savage in Charles Brockden Brown's Edgar Huntly; Early American Literature (forthcoming 2015).

"Cultural Documents"; Frankenstein. By Mary Shelley. Ed. Johanna M. Smith. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin, forthcoming 2015.

"Choreographing Fin'amor: Dance and the Game of Love in Geoffrey Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde. The Chaucer Review (forthcoming 2015/16).

"'Heroic bravery in more than one battle': The Creation of Heroes in William Wells Brown's Multi-Edition Clotel." African American Review (forthcoming 2016/2017)

'The One Voice in Shelley's Alastor. The Explicator (forthcoming fall 2015/spring 2016).

"Transatlantic Repurposing: The Castle of Otranto and the Construction of Puritan Allegory in The House of the Seven Gables."; The Nathaniel Hawthorne Review (forthcoming fall 2015)

Currently: Visiting Assistant Professor, Bethel University

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Meghan M. Wadle
(BA) U of Dallas


Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Working-Class Studies, Women’s Studies


“‘Rightly Enough Called Girls’: Melville’s Violated Virgins and Male Marketplace Fears American Literature  (March 2018)



Southern Methodist University Dissertation Fellowship, 2016-2017. Competitively awarded.

Andrew W. Mellon Short-Term Fellowship, Massachusetts Historical Society, 2015. Competitively awarded.

Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute PhD Fellow, Southern Methodist University, 2014-2015. Competitively awarded. 

Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute Research Cluster on Jewish Studies, Southern Methodist University, 2014-2015.

Michael Pueppke Writing Prize, Department of English, Southern Methodist University, 2014. Outstanding Essay by a Graduate Student in the Department of English

Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society, Rho Theta chapter, Southern Methodist University, 2012.

Phi Beta Kappa, Eta chapter, University of Dallas, 2006.

Kayla Walker-Edin
Ph.D., December 2012
(MA) Portland State University

2007 19th and 20th C. British Literature

Currently:Associate Professor of English, Milligan College, TN

Bethany Williamson
Ph.D., May 2015

(BA) Cedarville U


17th- and 18th- century British literature; Empire, Orientalism, & Enlightenment politics; History of science & environmental thought.

Website: www.bethanywilliamson.com

Currently: Associate Professor of English, Biola University, CA

 Ashley Winstead  

Ashley Winstead
Ph.D., August 2016
(BA) Vanderbilt U


Primary interests are in twentieth and twenty-first century American fiction, speculation, futurity, the politics of narrative forms, and the intersections between literature, science, and technology. Her dissertation, "Futures Studies: Speculative Narratives in Contemporary American Fiction," argues that contemporary fiction writers imagine their speculative narratives as technologies in order to grant them performative powers, making them into tools with which to shape our shared social reality.




Charles Wuest
Ph.D., May 2015
(MFA) U of Florida
(BA) U of Houston


Medieval literature (especially Chaucer), translation studies, creative writing, and pedagogy. His article "Chaucer's Enigmatic Thing in the Parliament of Fowls" is forthcoming in Studies in Philology. His "Sisters Are Sisters: Identity In An Anonymous Middle English Poem" is forthcoming in Papers on Language and Literature.


Currently: Assistant Professor, Averett U., VA