Graduate Alumni Profiles
KATIE AMELLA, BA, 2001, MA, 2003
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."
MICHAEL BOECHERER, PHD, 2007
Dissertation: Staging the Supernatural
Chair of Humanities, Associate 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 (www.thisroughmagic.org). Prof. Boecherer regularly teaches courses in developmental writing, composition, technical writing, introduction to literature, logic, mythology, Shakespeare, and British Literature (early and modern).
EMMA BRINKMEYER, PHD, 2016
Dissertation Title: Retellings and Counterfactual Narratives: The Possibilities of Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century British Literature
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.
cAroline BUrke, MA, 2019
ThesisTitle: Rewiring Digital Pedagogy in the Study of English
TEDx Community Engagement and Learning Manager, 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.
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.
EMILY CHURILLA, PHD, 2016
Dissertation Title: Surveillance, the Body, & Speculative Fiction: A Geek Girl's Guide
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.
RALPH CLARE, PHD, 2010
Dissertation Title: Fictions Ltd.: The Corporation in Post-WW II American Fiction, Film, and Popular Culture
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.
KIMBERLY COX, PHD, 2014
Dissertation Title: When Hands Touch: Manual Intercourse in Victorian Literature
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.
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).
MEGHAN C. FOX, PHD, 2014
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.
NICOLE GALANTE, PHD, 2014
Dissertation Title: Teaching and Learning in Fourth Space: Embodying Praxis, Becoming Role Model
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.
LES HUNTER, PHD, 2013
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.
PRODOMOS "mike" IMPRIXIS, MA, 2019
Thesis Title: Building Better Worlds: Restorative and Reflective Nostalgia in Narrative
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.
TONY JARRELLS, PHD, 2002
Dissertation Title: Britain's Bloodless Revolutions: Literature and Violence, 1688-1832
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."
DR. TIM JOHNS, PHD, 2005
Dissertation Title: Mixed Humanity: Labor and Literature in Victorian South Africa
Associate Professor of English, Murray State University
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.
KATHRYN KLEIN, PHD, 2013
Dissertation Title: Writing Sapphism: Troubling Genre in Interwar Fiction
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).
ULA LUKSZO KLEIN, PHD, 2013
Dissertation Title: Gender in Its Parts: The Eighteenth-Century Female Cross-Dresser, Prosthetic Gender & Sapphic Possibility
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.
MATTHEW R LORENZ, PHD, 2011
Dissertation Title: Wordsworth's Philosophy of Wonder: Epistemology, Psychoanalysis, Phenomenology
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.
ELENA MACHADO SAEZ, PHD 2003
Dissertation Title: Going Global in a Caribbean Locale: Traveling Home in the Works of Paule Marshall, Cristina Garcia, Andrea Levy and Caryl Phillips
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.
NICK MASON, PHD, 1999
Dissertation: Advertising and Literature in Britain, 1700-1850
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.
SRIKANTH MALLAVARAPU, PHD, 2003
Dissertation Title: Possible Worlds in Science Studies: A Postcolonial Perspective
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.
KATHERINE MISCAVIGE, PHD, 2016
Dissertation: Recapturing Camelot: Nostalgia for the Failed Ideals of Arthurian Legend
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.
CHRISTOPHER NAGLE, PHD, 2002
Dissertation: Sensibility & Romanticism: Rethinking Pleasure and Literary Periodization, 1757-1847
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.
LILIANA NAYDAN, PHD, 2011
Dissertation Title: Faith in Fiction: American Literature, Religion, and the Millennium
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
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
CONNOR M. PITETTI , PHD, 2016
Dissertation Title: The City at the End of the World: Ecology and Eschatology in Twentieth-Century Science Fiction and Architecture
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
ransformative Memory, (Un)Truths, and the Politicization of Female Bodies in Atwood’s
The Handmaid’s Tale and Collins’ Hunger Games Trilogy
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
Spaces of Indeterminacy: Aerial Description and Environmental Imagination in 20th
Century American Fiction
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.
TAMARA SLANKARD, PHD, 2013
Dissertation Title: Limber Corpses: Subjects, Objects, and the Remains of History in American Literature and Culture
EILEEN SPERRY, PHD, 2016
Dissertation Title: This Body of Death—Decay in Early Modern English Poetry
Visiting Assistant Professor, The College of Saint Rose (Albany, N.Y.)
Eileen Sperry earned her PhD from Stony Brook's English Department in 2016, where she also completed a certificate in cultural studies. Her research focuses on early modern lyric, embodiment, and Shakespeare studies. Her work has been accepted for publication in Shakespeare Bulletin and The Sixteenth Century Journal.
Allison tyndall, PHD, 2018
Dissertation Title: Playing History: Recovering the Commons in Early Modern Chronicle Drama
STEPHANIE WADE, PHD, 2010
Dissertation Title: True Stories: Narrative Ecologies in Revolutionary Fiction and College Composition
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.
GRETCHEN WOERTENDYKE, PHD, 2007
Dissertation Title: Specters of Haiti: Race, Fear, and the American Gothic, 1789-1855
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
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
scoTt zukowski, PHD, 2018
Dissertation Title: Ephemeral Literature and Liberties: Early American Periodicals and the Development of American Identities
Postdoctoral Appointment, CELT (SBU); Intern, Rockefeller Foundation