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


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.

Liz Duke



Kelly Evans

2013 Medieval literature, with particular interest in recipes and representations of food and feasting. Secondary interests include translation theory, reception theory, and transmission studies.


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.

Paul Freese


Summer Hamilton
(BS) Christian Brothers U

2010 19th and 20th century African American literature with a particular interest in the narrative of housing
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.


Anna Hinton

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

 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, particularly the intersection between Christian theology and Greco-Roman ideas as represented through literature.  Secondary interests include medieval sermons, the Gothic, and the international reception of Shakespeare’s works.


Kelsey Kiser
(BA)  U. of Portland

2013 19th and 20th century American literature, African-American literature, and social justice.


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


Feminism, postmodern theory, science & speculative fictions, Suvinian theory, Afrofuturism, young adult sci-fi, fantasy.

"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

Sigma Tau Delta - International English Honor Society


Amanda McAvoy


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
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

Renaissance/Early Modern Literature; Shakespeare, Marlowe, and their Contemporaries; Milton; The Epic Tradition; Classical Reception; The History of the Book

  Cole Ryberg
(BA) UT Austin, Phi Beta Kappa

Victorian fiction; Romantic fiction; Genre studies; Literature and empire; The minor character

Andrew Spencer SMU Grad student portrait

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



Spirituality/religion as decoloniality in multi-ethnic American literature. Race and nature in contemporary American literature. Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed and critical pedagogical methods.

"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.


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: Assistant Professor of English, St. Gregory's University, 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

2009 Filth, politics, and the state of nature in 18th century Britain (with detours into both France and the 19th century).


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: Hughes Post-Doctoral Fellow, SMU


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

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

Currently: Adjunct Lecturer, Discourse and Discernment, SMU

2017: 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: Visiting Assistant Professor, Wheaton College (Illinois)

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)


Meghan Wadle
(BA) U of Dallas

 2010  American literature of the Early Republic, Social Contract Theory and the American Literary Imagination.

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

2007 19th and 20th C. British Literature

Currently:Assistant Professor of English, Milligan College, TN

Bethany Williamson
Ph.D., December 2012

(BA) Cedarville U


17th- and 18th- century British Literature; Empire, Travel writing, and Orientalism; Literary and Critical Theory.

"English Republicanism and Global Slavery in Henry Neville's Isle of Pines,"; forthcoming in Eighteenth-Century Fiction (Fall 2014).

Website: www.bethanywilliamson.com

Currently: Assistant 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