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KATIE AMELLA, BA, 2001, MA, 2003

Katie Amella

Graduate and Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Department of Philosophy, Stony Brook University

"As an English major, I spent years carefully reading, studying, and writing about other people’s writing. That immersion in literature strengthened my writing and editing skills, and those skills have helped me to land jobs out in the “real world” on more than one occasion. My first full-time job after grad school was working as an Editorial Assistant for a biology journal – a job that I enjoyed, despite the inevitable culture shock I suffered upon realizing that spending one’s days reading manuscripts about genetics and bat flight mechanisms is a vastly different experience from reading Shakespeare and Irish poetry! Even in my current job as an administrator with the Philosophy Department here on campus, my writing and editing skills are put to good use every day, whether I’m writing letters for students or composing reports for my supervisors."

benjamin blickle, PHD, 2019

Dissertation:   Ruined Landscapes in Transatlantic Modernism

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Adjunct Faculty

Benjamin Blickle was born in Akron, Ohio and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife Carrie and their son Axel.

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Dissertation: Staging the Supernatural

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Chair of Humanities, Professor of English, Suffolk County Community College, Riverhead

Michael Boecherer is an Associate Professor of English at Suffolk County Community College (Riverhead). He has served his campus as Honors Coordinator (2012-2013), and is currently Chair of the Humanities Department (2013-present). He received his M.A. in English Literature from the University of Connecticut (2002) and his Ph.D. from the State University of New York - Stony Brook (2007), specializing in Renaissance Literature, Shakespeare, and early modern religion and superstition. Prof. Boecherer has published and given numerous papers on the original staging techniques associated with Shakespeare's theater. He interned at Globe Research (London), subsequently earned an NEH grant to study original staging practices at both Shakespeare's Globe Theatre (London) and Blackfriar's Playhouse (Staunton, Virginia), and currently serves as Editor-in-Chief and webmaster for the online journal This Rough Magic ( Prof. Boecherer regularly teaches courses in developmental writing, composition, technical writing, introduction to literature, logic, mythology, Shakespeare, and British Literature (early and modern). He is a  2019 recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. 


Dissertation Title: Retellings and Counterfactual Narratives: The Possibilities of Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century British Literature

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Lecturer, Department of English, California Polytechnic State University

Emma Brinkmeyer is a Lecturer in the Department of English at California Polytechnic State University. She teaches courses in composition and modern and contemporary British literature. She holds a B.A. from Boston University (English and Art History) and an MA (English) from New York University.

meghan BUckley, phd, 2021

Dissertation Title: Warscapes: Mapping the American War in Iraq through Literature

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Director of Summer and Intersession Programs at Adelphi University

Meghan Buckley earned her PhD in English from Stony Brook in May 2021. As a graduate student, Meghan was a fellow at the Futures of American Studies Institute at Dartmouth College (2016), a recipient of the Herbert and Mildred Weisinger Fellowship (2020), a winner of the President’s Award to Distinguished Doctoral Students (2021), and the winner of the English Department’s Charles Davis Award for Best Dissertation (2021). While at Stony Brook, she was heavily invested in the public humanities and experiential learning initiatives. In academic year 2019-2020, she was awarded a public humanities fellowship from Humanities New York to fund her proposed project   Combat Silence. Inspired by her dissertation research on contemporary veteran writing,   Combat Silence  was dedicated to uncovering and spreading the stories of American female veterans, in partnership with the Herstory Writers Workshop of Long Island. An   article  about this endeavor was recently published in   The Journal of Veterans Studies  in their   special issue  on “Women and the Iraq War,” of which she was a co-editor.

Currently, she works as the Director of Summer and Intersession Programs within the Innovation Center at Adelphi University. The Innovation Center is part of the Provost’s office at Adelphi and specializes in project-based approaches to connect students and faculty with corporations, non-profits, and government organizations to complete experiential, internship, and service-learning projects both domestically and globally. By participating in these experiential learning programs, students are trained to use abstract concepts from the classroom to create innovative solutions to real-world problems. More information about Adelphi University’s Innovation Center can be found   here.

cAroline BUrke, MA, 2019

ThesisTitle:  Rewiring Digital Pedagogy in the Study of English

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Director of Community Engagement & Learning, TED

My work is to create spaces for collaborative learning between people in different areas of the world. I am the Community Engagement and Learning Manager for TEDx at TED and Board Member for the environmental education nonprofit Nature Vision. While teaching at Stony Brook, I piloted a transnational writing project between classrooms in New York, Afghanistan, and Ecuador. That experience molded my current work and continued dream--to connect geographically disparate people through learning.

Megan Butler, ma, 2018

ThesisTitle:   Climate Change Consciousness  and the Modern Novel. 

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 Ph.D. Student, University of Washington, Seattle (Fall 2019)

Megan Butler received her B.A. from Vanderbilt University with degrees in English and Math. After a 20-year career in commercial publishing, and extensive work in the non-profit sector for low income children and families, she returned to graduate school. In December 2018, she received her M.A. in English Literature from Stony Brook University. Megan has been accepted to the Ph.D. program in English Literature at the University of Washington, Seattle and will begin her studies in Fall 2019.  Her interests include climate fiction, psychological realism, and the interplay of the environment and the psyche in literature. She is an advanced yoga practitioner, an avid triathlete, and an Ironman.



Dissertation Title: Surveillance, the Body, & Speculative Fiction: A Geek Girl's Guide

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Assistant Professo r of English, Salt Lake Community College

Emily is excited to start her first year as an Assistant Professor of English at Salt Lake Community College in Fall 2017 after several productive years teaching part-time at Pima Community College, an HSI. After finishing her dissertation (that looked at digital surveillance, algorithmic discrimination, and the development of raced and gendered data bodies—and some comic books—through narrative theory) she has turned to apply her research and findings in data body compilation to curriculum design and widely used college and university technologies. It is her hope that this application will result in a learning environment that better serves underrepresented students. She teaches in the first-year composition sequence, literature, and in gender studies.


Dissertation Title: Fictions Ltd.: The Corporation in Post-WW II American Fiction, Film, and Popular Culture

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Associate Professor of English, Boise State University

Ralph Clare is Associate Professor of English at Boise State University, specializing in post-45 American literature. He is the author of Fictions Inc.: The Corporation in Postmodern Fiction, Film, and Popular Culture (Rutgers UP, 2014) and is currently editing The Cambridge Companion to David Foster Wallace. His latest book project, Metaffective Fiction: Structuring Feeling in Contemporary American Literature, explores the role of emotion and affect in post-postmodern fiction and the neoliberal era.

julia CLARke, PHD, 2018

Dissertation Title: The Thing Repurposed: Meaning and Characterization in the Victorian Novel

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Associate Editor for FCB Health NY
Adjunct Professor at Fairfield University

Julia Clarke is an editor for an advertising agency in Manhattan and teaches English on the side at Fairfield University (go stags!). She has previously taught at an independent college preparatory school in Connecticut, and before that, at Lehman College in the Bronx. Her teaching and research interests involve material culture and social consciousness in nineteenth-century British literature, and she has published articles on Elizabeth Gaskell, Thomas Hardy, and Charles Dickens.


Dissertation Title: When Hands Touch: Manual Intercourse in Victorian Literature

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Assistant Professor, English & Humanities, Chadron State College

Kimberly Cox is an Assistant Professor in the English & Humanities Department at Chadron State College. She teaches primarily British literature and Composition courses, but does have the opportunity to courses that coincide with her other areas of study (e.g., Copyediting; Gender, Sexuality, and Literature; Multi-Ethnic Literature; and Wizards and Vampires). She's also co-advisor of her campus' chapter of Sigma Tau Delta and will be bringing two of her students to their international convention in March. She has published two book reviews with the British Society for Literature and Science, and she has published two articles this past year: "The Hand and the Mind, the Man and the Monster" (2016) in Victorian Network and "'At least shake hands': Tactile Relations in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre" (2016) in Victorians: Journal of Culture and Literature. Her article "A Touch of the Hand: Manual Intercourse in Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" is forthcoming this year in Nineteenth-century Studies. In addition to her publications and conference presentations, Kim was also named Co-Managing Editor of Victorian Literature and Culture this year. She remains an active member of her campus community while continuing to pursue her research interests in Victorian hands and tactility.

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jesse currAN, PHD, 2012

Dissertation Title:   "From Mourning to Meditation: Theorizing Ecopoetics, Thinking Ecology"

Curran Photo While I am always delighted to have an opportunity to teach in my fields of specialization (19th and 20th Century American Literature), my passion for ecological thinking enables my pedagogical range to continue to make new connections and trace paths of relation -- especially across elongated geographic, temporal, and cultural planes. I always approach teaching literature and philosophy with practical concerns and questions: How can reading this work help us to understand our current historical moment? What can we learn from comparative and ancient traditions? How do poetry and literature transmit cultural wisdom and diversify our perspectives? What formal and rhetorical strategies do they employ to transit much wisdom? In a contemporary cultural moment where there is much talk about the "death of the humanities," I resolutely believe in their enduring value. Indeed, as my students and I often come to realize in classroom discussions, the humanities open spaces for intimacy, immediacy, sincerity, empathy, and creativity, and social change. As such, literature helps us to become better thinkers, citizens, friends, and people in general. Read more about Jesse's work   here.

francisco delgado, PHD, 2017

Dissertation Title:   " Trespassing Race: Contemporary Dystopian Fiction by Multiethnic American Authors"


Assistant Professor of English, Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY)

As of Fall 2018, Francisco Delgado is an Assistant Professor of English at Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY). His research focuses on contemporary multi-ethnic American literature, and he has published articles and book reviews in peer-reviewed journals like The CEA Critic, American Indian Quarterly, Transmotion, and Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice. His chapbook of short prose, Adolescence, Secondhand, is forthcoming with Honeysuckle Press (August 2018).

rida farooq, MA 2019

Thesis Title: " Humanism Through the Ages: A Look at Cicero and Said in a Post-Human World with Emphasis on Artificial Intelligence "

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Institutional Research Analyst at Stony Brook University

Rida Farooq is an Analyst for the Office of Institutional Research, Planning & Effectiveness (IRPE). She is responsible for producing Tableau dashboards and dynamic reports to support the office of VP Administration and Finance.She will be a speaker presentation at the 2021 Association for Institutional Research (AIR) conference, which is the largest global gathering of higher education professionals working in institutional research, assessment, planning, and related postsecondary education fields. Rida is passionate about education and started her own not-for-profit 501(c)(k) foundation when she was an undergraduate student to fund students to get through their own university education in third world countries.

She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from Stony Brook University. She graduated with her M.A in 2019, when she was 21. She is currently a Doctor of Education Candidate at St. John's University with a focus in Higher Education Administration.


Dissertation Title: "Marginal Forms and Marginalized Subjectivities: The Hybrid Modernisms of Barnes, Woolf, Stein, and H.D."


Assistant Professor of English, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY

Meghan C. Fox is an Assistant Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY). She holds a B.A. from Bucknell University (English and Spanish) and a Ph.D. in English and Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from Stony Brook University. Her research focuses on British and American literary modernism and the relationship between gender, sexuality, and genre in experimental works by women writers. She has published in Woolf Studies Annual and The Space Between: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945 and has presented her scholarship at various national and international conferences. Since completing her Ph.D., she has taught courses at Queens College and New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Her teaching at LaGuardia includes courses in literature, composition, and journalism.


Dissertation Title: Teaching and Learning in Fourth Space: Embodying Praxis, Becoming Role Model

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Director, English Teacher Education, Stony Brook University

Nicole Galante, a full time lecturer, teaches methods, adolescent literature, and student teaching seminar courses in the Professional Education Program and non-western literature courses in the English Department. She is currently the Associate Director of the English Teacher Education Program, and has recently completed a dissertation on preservice English teacher education, critical pedagogy, new media, and democracy through language. She consults in New York City schools in all five boroughs, training and mentoring teachers and administrators, and building connections between pre- and in-service teachers. From 2008-2013, she worked as an Associate Editor of English Journal, published by the National Council of Teachers of English for secondary English teachers, and before that was a classroom English teacher for seven years on Long Island. She has had scholarship published by the National Council of Teachers of English as well as the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education. She holds New York State Permanent Certification in English, grades 7-12, and remains active in education networks by presenting at local and national conferences about educational research, theory and best practices-including the annual conventions of the National Council of Teachers of English and the Conference on College Composition and Communication --as well as internationally, having presented on (American) secondary education at international conferences as well.


Dissertation Title: “Looking to its Laurels”: Representations of Cinema in American Theatre, 1915-1927


Playwrights Local production of Les Hunter's play To the Orchard (Dir. Dale Heinen). Andrea Belser as Tracie and Kelsey Baehrens as Rachel/August Belmont. (Cleveland, Ohio, May 27-June 12, 2017 ). Photo Credit: Dale Heinen.

Assistant Professor of English at Baldwin Wallace University

Les Hunter is an associate professor of English at Baldwin Wallace University, where he teaches theater history and playwriting. Hunter is the 2019/2020 Cleveland Public Theatre Premiere Fellow and the Ohio Regional Representative for the Dramatists Guild of America. In 2014, he attended the Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research at Harvard University. He is a member of the Playwrights GYM at Dobama Theatre and has received residencies from Ora Lerman and Millikin University. He was previously the Curator of New Plays at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in New York City, literary director of Theatre 167, and co-founder of the Brooklyn Playwrights Collective.

His plays include Down by Contact (Dobama Theatre/Playwrights Local), Weimar (Baldwin Wallace University), and To the Orchard (Playwrights Local and JPP 2016 International Jewish Playwriting Contest Top 10 Finalist). He wrote for all three parts of the collaboratively written, NYC hit, The Jackson Heights Trilogy (Theatre 167). Playscripts, Brooklyn Publishers, and Indie Theatre publish and license his plays. His articles and reviews have appeared in American Theatre Magazine, The Dramatist, Text & Presentation, HowlRound, Theatre Journal, The Wallace Stevens Review, Ecumenica, Cutbank, Theatre Survey, and the collected editions Experimental O’Neill, Performing the Progressive Era, and Teaching Critical Performance Theory. His creative prose appears in Fiction Southeast, Barnhouse, and the anthology Dating Games.


Thesis Title: Building Better Worlds: Restorative and Reflective Nostalgia in Narrative

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Writing tutor at Suffolk County Community College - Grant Campus

Mike Imprixis has been focused on the craft of writing fiction and non-fiction for about 20 years. During that time, he has taught college students of various backgrounds the art of writing. He has written advertising copy, academic papers, and his own fiction. He has also participated in writing novels during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) since 2011, completing first drafts of four novels in the process. He lives in Shirley, New York.


Dissertation Title: Britain's Bloodless Revolutions: Literature and Violence, 1688-1832

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Associate Professor of English, University of South Carolina

Tony Jarrells teaches in the English department at the University of South Carolina and is co-editor of the journal, Studies in Scottish Literature. His first book, Britain's Bloodless Revolutions: 1688 and the Romantic Reform of Literature, was published in 2005. In 2006 he edited a volume of "Selected Prose" for the six-volume series, Blackwood's Magazine, 1817-1825. Recent articles have appeared in Romantic Circles, Studies in Romanticism, Novel, and the Oxford History of the Novel in English, vol. 2. Currently he is working on a book titled "The Time of the Tale: Romanticism, Genre, and the Retelling of the Enlightenment, 1760-1830."


Dissertation Title: Mixed Humanity: Labor and Literature in Victorian South Africa

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  Tim Johns teaches at Murray State University in Kentucky, where he runs the film studies program and teaches courses on world literature, anglophone literature, South African literature, and cinema. He has published in Victorian Studies, the Journal of the African Literature Association, the Journal of Narrative Theory, African Literature Today , and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book-length monograph on labor and literature in Victorian South Africa. During his time at Stony Brook, Adrienne Munich was his dissertation chair.


Dissertation Title: Writing Sapphism: Troubling Genre in Interwar Fiction

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Visiting Assistant Professor, Texas A&M International University

Kathryn Klein teaches literature and women's studies at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas. She has published two novels and a third will be released this summer (2017).


Dissertation Title: Gender in Its Parts: The Eighteenth-Century Female Cross-Dresser, Prosthetic Gender & Sapphic Possibility

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Assistant Professor of English, Texas A&M International University

Dr. Klein specializes in the literature of the long eighteenth century and women’s and gender studies. She has published articles on eighteenth-century female cross-dressers in British literature; representations of Marie Antoinette and Georgiana Cavendish on film; and eighteenth-century women poets. She is currently working on a larger project on representations of Sapphic desire in eighteenth-century narratives of female cross-dressers, a project she began in her dissertation at Stony Brook University. Dr. Klein teaches a variety of British and American literature survey courses, as well as upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses on eighteenth-century literature, the Gothic, and gender and sexuality. She recently co-organized a literary festival at TAMIU in honor of the 400th anniversary of the deaths of Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare.

daniel D. lee, PHD, 2019

Dissertation Title: Making Experience Literate: Poetry and New Science in Early Modern England

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Tutor, Central Park Tutors

Daniel Lee is a scholar of early modern literature and science. His dissertation, a study of seventeenth-century poetic experience and scientific experiment, won the 2020 Charles Davis Prize for Best Dissertation from the Stony Brook English Department. At Stony Brook, he taught poetry, writing, Shakespeare, Renaissance literature, ancient world literature, and film. He has also taught English at Queensborough Community College, CUNY. He holds a BA in English from Dartmouth College and a graduate certificate in literary theory from the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University, funded by a Graduate Fellowship from the Humanities Institute at Stony Brook. Since completing his PhD, Daniel has worked as an adjunct professor and continues to teach as a private tutor in New York City.

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Dissertation Title: Wordsworth's Philosophy of Wonder: Epistemology, Psychoanalysis, Phenomenology

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Adjunct Assistant Professor, Farmingdale State College, and English teacher, St. Francis Preparatory School

Matt Lorenz's dissertation won the awards for best dissertation chapter (2010-11) and best dissertation (shared award, 2011-12) in the English Department at Stony Brook. His articles on Transatlantic connections between British Romanticism and American literature have been published in The Arthur Miller Journal, and his book chapters have appeared or are forthcoming in Disabling Romanticism, Adapting Frankenstein, and Jane Austen and Sciences of the Mind.


Dissertation Title: Going Global in a Caribbean Locale: Traveling Home in the Works of Paule Marshall, Cristina Garcia, Andrea Levy and Caryl Phillips

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Professor of English, Bucknell University

Elena Machado Sáez is a Professor of English at Bucknell University. She is author of Market Aesthetics: The Purchase of the Past in Caribbean Diasporic Fiction (University of Virginia Press 2015). The book analyzes historical fiction by Caribbean diasporic authors in Britain, Canada and the United States as part of a global literary trend that addresses the relationship between ethnic writers and their audiences. Machado Sáez argues that the novels address the problematic of intimacy and ethics in relation to readership by focusing on how gender and sexuality represent sites of contestation in the formulation of Caribbean identity and history. She is also coauthor with Raphael Dalleo of The Latino/a Canon and the Emergence of Post-Sixties Literature (Palgrave Macmillan 2007), which discusses how Cuban-American, Dominican-American, and Puerto Rican literatures challenge established ideas about the relationship between politics and the market.

joelle Mann, PHD, 2019

Dissertation:   Radical Mediation in American Literary Landscapes: Viral Voices in the Novel

Lecturer, Binghamton University

Joelle Mann is currently a full-time lec Mann Phototurer in the Writing Initiative at Binghamton University where she teaches courses on composition, literature, and media and is a contributing editor for the student publication, Binghamton Writes and a member of the executive board of the SUNY Council on Writing. Her research investigates changing medial tropes and their sociopolitical implications in multi-modal writing. In 2019, Joelle graduated with her PhD from Stony Brook, earning advanced graduate certificates in media studies and cultural studies. She has published or forthcoming articles on teaching composition and literature in Critique: Contemporary Studies in Fiction, Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters, The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults, and The American Encyclopedia of Contemporary Literature. She is currently working on a book manuscript about forms of remediation in the contemporary novel. Joelle earned her MS from Canisius College, her MA from SUNY College at Buffalo, and her BA from SUNY Buffalo. Joelle has also taught courses at Daemen College, Amherst High School, SUNY College at Buffalo, and Stony Brook University before coming to Binghamton.  


Dissertation: Advertising and Literature in Britain, 1700-1850

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Professor of English and Coordinator of European Studies, Brigham Young U.

Nicholas Mason is Professor of English and Coordinator of European Studies at BYU. His specializations include British literature of the Romantic age, book and periodical studies, and the history of literary advertising. Professor Mason’s recent publications include the book Literary Advertising and the Shaping of British Romanticism (Johns Hopkins UP, 2013) and a co-edited scholarly edition of William Wordsworth’s Guide to the Lakes (Romantic Circles, 2015). His earlier publications include a classroom edition of Edward Kimber’s The History of the Life and Adventures of Mr. Anderson (Broadview, 2009), the six-volume collection Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine 1817-1825 (Pickering and Chatto, 2006), and Volume 1 of British Satire, 1785-1840 (Pickering and Chatto, 2003). He is currently working on a digital edition of Dorothy Wordsworth’s Lake District writings and various essays on the Wordsworths, book history, and Romantic-era periodicals.


Dissertation Title: Possible Worlds in Science Studies: A Postcolonial Perspective

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Associate Professor of English, Roanoke College

After completing his Ph.D. in English from SUNY Stony Brook, Srikanth Mallavarapu has been a Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgia Tech and a SAGES Fellow at Case Western Reserve University. He is currently an Associate Professor in the English department at Roanoke College and one of the coordinators of the Peace and Justice Studies Concentration. His research and teaching interests include the negotiation of modernity in the postcolonial context, contemporary South Asian literature and film, critical theories of literature, and of science, technology, and culture.


Dissertation: Recapturing Camelot: Nostalgia for the Failed Ideals of Arthurian Legend

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Educational Developer at The George Washington University

Dr. Miscavige is currently an Educational Developer in the University Teaching & Learning Center at The George Washington University. She develops and delivers workshops for faculty on evidence-based teaching best practices. She also consults one-on-one with faculty on course design, assessment, assignment design, and all aspects of higher education pedagogy. Her research interests include medieval long narratives and classical and medieval rhetoric.


Dissertation: Sensibility & Romanticism: Rethinking Pleasure and Literary Periodization, 1757-1847

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Associate Professor of English & Gender and Women's Studies, Western Michigan University

Dr. Christopher Nagle teaches courses in British literature, literary theory, gender studies, and adaptation in the English Department at Western Michigan University, where he is also an affiliated faculty member in Gender and Women’s Studies. He is the author of Sexuality and the Culture of Sensibility in the British Romantic Era (Palgrave, 2007) and a wide array of essays, mostly on 18th and 19th-century women writers. Chris has held fellowships from the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and he has been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Notre Dame and the University of California, Berkeley. His current book projects explore the literary and cultural representation of polyamory in the long eighteenth century and the cinematic and theatrical adaptation and appropriation of Jane Austen’s life and work.

Alijan ozkiral, ma, 2020

Thesis Title: " A Ghastly Network: Hamlet and Ghosts Within Ulysses"

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Doctoral Student at New York University

Alijan is a digital humanities and new media scholar whose primary interests are how representation and references form networks in popular media.


Dissertation Title: Faith in Fiction: American Literature, Religion, and the Millennium

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Associate Professor of English at Penn State Abington

Naydan researches American literature and rhetoric and composition, and her articles have appeared in peer-reviewed journals including   Studies in the Novel Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction ,  Studies in American Fiction LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory ,   The Journal of Commonwealth Literature ,   The John Updike Review ,   Praxis: A Writing Center Journal , and   Forum: Issues about Part-Time and Contingent Faculty . Her book,  Rhetorics of Religion in American Fiction: Faith, Fundamentalism, and Fanaticism in the Age of Terror   (Bucknell UP 2016),  considers the interface between secularism and faith in post-9/11 fiction written by Mohsin Hamid, Laila Halaby, Philip Roth, Don DeLillo, John Updike, and Barbara Kingsolver. Naydan is also co-editor of   Out in the Center: Public Controversies and Private Struggles  (Utah State UP 2018) and  Terror in Global Narrative: Representations of 9/11 in the Age of Late-Late Capitalism   (Palgrave Macmillan 2016) .

lauren neefe, phd 2013                                                                 

Dissertation Title: Romantic Relays: The Epistolary Condition in Byron,Coleridge and Poe. 

Writer and Story Architect, Urban Design Group, Perkins + Will

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Dissertation Title:  The  City at the End of the World: Ecology and Eschatology in Twentieth-Century Science Fiction and Architecture

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Lehrkraft für besondere Aufgaben, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Connor Pitetti studied nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature at Stony Brook, and wrote his dissertation under the direction of Professors Adrienne Munich, E. Ann Kaplan, Stacey Olster, Michael Rubenstein, and Matthew Taylor (UNC). His research examined the use of apocalyptic narratives as a strategy for making sense of contemporary ecological crises in twentieth-century science fiction and in architectural writings about the possible futures of urban environments. His research demonstrated that "end of the world" is a popular trope in these archives, particularly popular among writers with explicit environmentalist convictions; nonetheless, he argued that the narrative strategies that center on this trope often foster an intellectual stance that is implicitly hostile to the insights of ecology, and particularly to the ecological convictions that agency is widely distributed in the material world, that historical becoming is open-ended and unpredictable, and that human existence is inextricable from extended networks of relationships with non-human forces and beings. This project was funded in part by a Mellon/ACLS dissertation completion fellowship. Connor's research has been published in the Oxford Journal of Church and State, Science Fiction Studies, and elsewhere. After defending his dissertation, Connor moved to Germany, where he now holds a permanent faculty position in the English and American Studies department at Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

Caterina reed, MA, 2018

Thesis Title: T ransformative Memory, (Un)Truths, and the Politicization of Female Bodies in Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Collins’ Hunger Games Trilogy

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Administrator, The Montessori School at Old Field

Caterina holds two degrees from Stony Brook: a B.A in Comparative Literature (cum laude) and an M.A. in English with a graduate certificate in Teaching Writing. She worked at the Stony Brook Career Center for a few years and currently works in administration for the Montessori School at Old Field in Setauket, NY. She has not given up her passion for literacy and is currently enrolled in classes to complete her Masters in Information and Library Science.

dAvid rodriguez, PHD, 2019

Dissertation Title:  Spaces of Indeterminacy: Aerial Description and Environmental Imagination in 20th Century American Fiction red rays  

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David Rodriguez specializes in 20th Century American literature, ecocriticism, and narrative theory. His dissertation focused on descriptions of the environment in the work of Willa Cather, Paul Bowles, and Don DeLillo.

sara santos, PHD, 2021

Dissertation Title: Becoming Posthuman: Neoliberal Security, Historical Recovery & Apocalyptic Ecology Santos Photo

Full-time Lecturer in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stony Brook University

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Sara Santos is a lecturer in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stony Brook University, where she teaches courses in composition and literature. She is also the Assistant Director of the Writing Center and holds an advanced certificate in teaching writing. In addition to her extensive teaching experience, she holds certifications in instructional design and online learning. As a researcher and educator, she specializes in world literature, postcolonial ecocriticism, posthumanism and neoliberal rhetoric. Her publications can be found in the Journal of Posthuman Studies and the Vassar Review.


Dissertation Title: Limber Corpses: Subjects, Objects, and the Remains of History in American Literature and Culture red rays


Associate Professor of English, Baker University



Dissertation Title: This Body of Death—Decay in Early Modern English Poetry

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Digital Learning Project Coordinator for SUNY Empire State College

Eileen Sperry  is currently the Digital Learning Project Coordinator for SUNY Empire State College, where she works with faculty and staff across the SUNY system to develop rigorous online courses and degree programs. She is also an editor for  Nursing Clio , working with scholars and practitioners to publish public-facing scholarship on the histories of gender and medicine. Finally, Eileen teaches and writes about early modern lyric poetry. Her work has been published in  Shakespeare Bulletin, Sixteenth Century Journal, Cambridge Quarterly,   and  Studies in English Literature

anne Summers, PHD, 2018

Dissertation Title:   On the Matter of the Mind's Eye: Embodied Vision and Material Desires in the Victorian Novel

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Lecturer, Norwich University

Anne Summers is a Lecturer in the Department of English and Communications at Norwich University. She holds a B.A in English from Barnard College and completed an additional graduate certificate from the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies during her time at Stony Brook. Her research focuses on connections between literature, sexuality, and nineteenth-century theories of perception and she has published articles on Vernon Lee, Olive Schreiner, and Henry James. She has previously taught at Manhattan College and the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University. At Norwich, she teaches first-year composition and literature.

Allison tyndall, PHD, 2018

Dissertation Title:   Playing History: Recovering the Commons in Early Modern Chronicle Drama

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Teacher, English Department, Regis High School

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Dissertation Title: True Stories: Narrative Ecologies in Revolutionary Fiction and College Composition

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Director and Associate Professor of Writing, Unity College, Unity Maine

Stephanie Wade is associate professor and director of writing at Unity College, where she teaching college composition, creative writing, and environmental studies. Her research, which focuses on ecological approaches to literacy, has been published in the Community Literacy Journal. Her most recent community writing projects connect college students and elementary students in school gardens, where they write together and develop ecological community literacies.


Dissertation Title: Specters of Haiti: Race, Fear, and the American Gothic, 1789-1855

red rays

Associate Professor of English, University of South Carolina

Gretchen Woertendyke is an Associate Professor of English and a McCausland Faculty Fellow at the University of South Carolina. Her teaching and research focuses on eighteenth - and nineteenth- century US literature and culture, studies of the novel, and hemispheric American studies. Her essays have been published in Early American Literature, Narrative, and Atlantic Studies and her recent work has appeared in collections on early slave narratives, secret histories, and on Haiti and the US novel. Her book, Hemispheric Regionalism: Romance and the Geography of Genre was published by Oxford University Press in 2016 and her current book project is entitled A History of Secrecy in the United States. She is a Book Review Editor for Clio, A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History and is a Faculty Fellow on the South Carolina Race and Reconciliation Collaborative.

scoTt zukowski, PHD, 2018

Dissertation Title:   Ephemeral Literature and Liberties: Early American Periodicals and the Development of American Identities

Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow, Library of America                                                    zukowski

Scott Zukowski is a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow at the Library of America, where, as Outreach Programs Manager, he leads project management for new programs to amplify the impact of the organization’s mission and broaden its audience. He also manages the development of project websites, conceives and implements public and educational programs, conducts donor and prospect research, assists with grant writing, and identifies and cultivates partnerships. Before beginning this position, he worked as a Digital and Applied Learning Specialist for Stony Brook’s Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, interned on the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio & Fellows Team, and was a 2017-2018 MLA Connected Academics Fellow. As a researcher and educator, he specializes in early and nineteenth-century American literature, periodicals, and culture, and he is an advocate for and practitioner of experiential learning, digital humanities, and the diversification of the canon.

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