Ph.D. 2014

Namorah Byrd

  • Dissertation: The Presence and Use of the Native American Oral Trickster Tradition in Zitkala-Sa’s Old Indian Legends and American Indian Stories, and the Presence and Use of the African American Oral Trickster Tradition in Charles Chesnutt’s The Conjure Woman.
  • Job Placement: Associate Professor of Developmental English, Gloucester Community College.

Nicole Cesare

  • Dissertation: Spaces In Motion: The Dynamic Cartography of the Contemporary African Novel.
  • Job Placement: Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of South Florida

Jonathan Gagas

  • Dissertation: Late Modernist Schizophrenia: From Phenomenology to Cultural Pathology.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Professor of English, East Stroudsburg University

Daniel Morse

  • Dissertation: Fiction on the Radio: Remediating Transnational Modernism.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Professor of English, University of Nevada at Reno

Phillip Mahoney

  • Dissertation: American Multitudes: Immunity and Contagion at the Turn of the Century.
  • Job Placement: Adjunct Faculty in English, Penn State University, Abington

Erica Schmid

  • Dissertation: “Hey! That’s My Phallus!”: Remythologizing Misogyny in Lawrence, Ballard and Lentricchia.
  • Job Placement: Educational Testing Service

Donovan Tann

  • Dissertation: Spaces of Religious Retreat in Seventeenth Century Literature and Culture.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Professor of English, Hesston College.

Amy Woodworth

  • Dissertation: From Buddy Film to Bromance: Masculinity and Male Melodrama Since 1969.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Professor of Writing Arts, Rowan University, Glassboro

Ph.D. 2013

Jennifer McKim

  • Dissertation: Milton and Messianic Time.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Professor, Department of Writing Arts, Rowan University

Meaghan Brewer

  • Dissertation: The Conceptions of Literacy of New Graduate Instructors Teaching Composition.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Professor of English, Pace University.

Dana Harrison

  • Dissertation: Realism in Pain: Literary and Social Constructions of Victorian Pain in the Age of Anaesthesia 1846-1870.
  • Job Placement: Adjunct Faculty in English, Rowan University.

Kate Huber

  • Dissertation: Transnational Translation: Foreign Language in the Travel Writing of Cooper, Melville, and Twain.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Professor of English, University of Central Oklahoma.

Michelle Martin

  • Dissertation: On the Question of the Human: A General Economy of Contemporary Tastes.
  • Job Placement: Adjunct Faculty, Temple University.

Tony Williams

  • Dissertation: Caliban’s Victorian Children: Racial Negotiations from Emancipation to Jubilee.
  • Job Placement: Adjunct Faculty, Montclair State University

Ph.D. 2012

Meredith Collins

  • Dissertation Title: Suggestive Silences: Sexuality and the Aesthetic Novel.
  • Job Placement: Publishing Assistant, Riverdale Ave Books, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Manhattan College.

Gabriel Cutrufello

  • Dissertation Title: Demonstrating Scientific Taste: Aesthetic Judgment, Scientific Ethos, and Nineteenth Century American Science.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Professor of English, York College.

Lara Kattekola

  • Dissertation Title: The Politics of Multiculturalism & the Politics of Friendship.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Writing Center Coordinator, New Jersey City University.

Shamika Mitchell

  • Dissertation Title: The Multicultural Megalopolis: African-American Subjectivity and Identity in Contemporary Harlem Fiction.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Prof of English, SUNY Rockland.

Tatum Petrich

  • Dissertation Title: The Girl Gang: Women Writers of the New York City Beat Community.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Professor of English, Montclair State University.

Jeffrey Renye

  • Dissertation Title: Panic at the British Borderlands: The Great God Pan, Victorian Sexuality, and Sacred Space in the Works of Arthur Machen.
  • Job Placement: Adjunct Faculty, LaSalle University.

 Shiladitya Sen

  • Dissertation Title: Metatheatricality on the Renaissance Stage.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Professor of English (NTT), Montclair State University.

Ph.D. 2011

Bernadette Balcer

  • Dissertation Title: What the Angel in the House Wrought: Destructive Mothers in Works by Thomas Hardy and Henry James.
  • Job Placement: Full-time teacher at private school.

Bridget Chapman

  • Dissertation Title: Regular Wild Irish: Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in Irish American Fiction.
  • Job Placement: Lecturer, Kean University.

Jacqueline Emery

  • Dissertation Title: Writing Against Erasure: Native American Boarding School Students and the Periodical Press, 1880-1920.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Professor of English, SUNY College at Old Westbury.

Jennifer Maloy

  • Dissertation Title: Making an Avant-Garde Composition:  Intersections of Composition Theory and Innovative Poetics.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Professor, Queensborough Community College, CUNY.

Nick Moudry

  • Dissertation Title: Intertexts with Surrealism in 20th Century U.S. Poetics.
  • Job Placement: Senior Lecturer, Writing, University of the Arts.

Nicholas Peterson

  • Dissertation Title: A Rip in the Social Fabric Revolution, Industrial Workers of the World, and the Paterson Silk Strike of 1913 in American Literature, 1908-1927.
  • Job Placement: Adjunct Faculty, Community College of Philadelphia.

Algie Vincent Williams

  • Dissertation Title: Patterns in the Parables: Black Female Agency and Octavia Butler’s Construction of Black Womanhood.
  • Job Placement: Adjunct Faculty, Drexel University.

Ph.D. 2010

Andrea Cabus

  • Dissertation Title: Selective Memory: Victorian Periodical Receptions of Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Novels.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Professor, Coker College.

Matthew Desiderio

  • Dissertation Title: Wandering: Seeing the Cinema of Wim Wenders Through Cultural Theory and Naturalized Phenomenology.
  • Job Placement: Temple English Dept. (FYW).

Margaret J. Godbey

  • Dissertation Title: Vying for Authority: Realism, Myth, and the Painter in British Literature, 1800-1855.
  • Job placement: Assistant Professor of English and Coordinator of English Education Concentration in the Department of Communication, Language and Literature, Coker College.

Elizabeth Kimball

  • Dissertation Title: A Perfect Knowledge of Our Own Tongue: Language Use and Learning in Philadelphia, 1750-1830.
    Job Placement: Assistant Professor of English, The New Community College at CUNY.

Janina Levin

  • Dissertation Title: Modern Reinterpretations of the Cuckold.
  • Job Placement: Lecturer, Holy Family University.

April Logan

  • Dissertation Title: Theorizing and Performing Socio-Political Representation: Harriet Wilson, Harriet Jacobs, and Pauline Hopkins.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Professor of English, Salisbury University.

Janet Neigh

  • Dissertation Title: Rhythmic Literacy: Poetry, Reading and Public Voices in Black Atlantic Poetics.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Professor, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

Anna Peak

  • Dissertation Title: The Music of the Spheres: Music and the Gendered Mind in Nineteenth-Century Britain.
    Job Placement: Assistant Professor in the Intellectual Heritage Program (Teaching/Instructional), Temple University.

Carissa Porkorny-Golden

  • Dissertation Title: Three Classroom Environments and Their Effect on Teacher Candidates’ Conceptions of Literacy and Community During the Practicum Semester.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Professor, Kutztown University.

Megan Walsh

  • Dissertation Title: A Nation in Sight: Visual Technology and Literary Culture in the Early United States.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Professor, St. Bonaventure University.

Ph.D. 2009

Elizabeth Allan

  • Dissertation Title: Composition, Rhetoric, and Literacies in Architecture Studio Classes.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric Department, Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.

Matthew Badura

  • Dissertation Title: The Form of Talk: A Study of the Dialogue Novel.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Director of Undergrad Studies & Adjunct Faculty, School of Computers and Engineering, Temple University.

Kelly Connelly

  • Dissertation Title: From Poe to Auster: Literary Experimentation in the Detective Story Genre.
  • Job Placement: Instructional Faculty, Temple University.

Chris Drew

Daniel Ellis

  • Dissertation Title: “Free from Any Other Meaning”: Truth and Politics in the Rhetoric of Elizabeth I.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Professor, Director of Composition, and Director of the Plassmann Writing Center, St. Bonaventure University.

Jeffrey Hibbert

  • Dissertation Title: Room for Possibilities: James Joyce and the Rhetorical Work of Fiction
  • Job Placement: Lecturer, Yasar University, Turkey.

Gabriella Kecskes

  • Dissertation Title: Representations of the Nation Through Corporeal Narrativity in Contemporary Multicultural British Fiction.
  • Job Placement: Instructional Faculty, Temple English Dept.

Cameron Mackenzie

  • Dissertation Title: Badiou’s Inaesthetics and the Modern Dilemma.
  • Job Placement: Visiting Professor, San Francisco Art Institute.

Katherine Malone

  • Dissertation Title: The Lady Critic: Women of Letters and Critical Authority in British Periodicals, 1854–1908.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Professor (Teaching/Instructional), Intellectual Heritage Program, Temple U.

Michael Martin

  • Dissertation Title: Imaginative Thanatopsis: Death and the 19th-Century American Subject.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Professor, University of Charleston.

Ph.D. 2008

David Bertolini

  • Dissertation Title: Difference and the Reality of Fiction in a Theoretical World: Beckett, Resnais, and Deleuze.
  • Job Placement: Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator in the School of Architecture, Louisiana State University.

Patricia Crouch

  • Dissertation Title: Reading the English Revolution: The Literature and Politics of Typological Interpretation.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Professor of English, Framingham State University.

Christine Guedon-DeConcini

  • Dissertation Title: Visions and Revisions of the National Past in the British Country-House Novel, 1900-2001.
  • Job Placement: Writing Instructor, Rutgers University, Camden.

Lynn Johnson

  • Dissertation Title: Traumas of the Middle Passage: The Foundations of Narrative and Political Discourse in 19th-Century African American Literature.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Professor, Dickinson College.

Jaime Longo

  • Dissertation Title: Forging Connections: Development of Academic Argument in First Year Honors Students’ Writing.
  • Job Placement: Associate Director of Academic and Learning Support Services, La Salle University.

Ph.D. 2007

Julia Mendenhall

  • Dissertation Title: Genre Pleasures: Restructing Narrative Thresholds and the Coming Out of the North American (English-Canadian and U.S.) Lesbian Romance Film.
  • Job Placement: Visiting Assistant Professor, Temple University.

Ph.D. 2006

Ross Gay

  • Dissertation Title: An American Drama: Fictional Representations of Interracial Desire, 1894-2003.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Creative Writing, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Fran Lassiter

  • Dissertation Title: “We Rest Our Legs, But Never Our Mouth”: Africanisms and the African-American Literary Tradition.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Professor, University of District Columbia.

Gina Mackenzie

  • Dissertation Title: The Theatre of the Real: Yeats, Beckett and Sondheim.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Professor at Community College of Philadelphia. Dr. Mackenzie also hosts the Philadelphia Cultural Forum on Channel 53, CCPTV, a program designed to highlight local artists and bring their work out to the community.

Ph.D. 2005

Siobhan Broderick

Dissertation Title: The Public Intellectual Work of Allen Ginsberg.

Job Placement: Regional Dir. for Humanities, Ministry of Education, Ireland.

Thane Glenn

  • Dissertation Title: The Invented Language: John Foxe, Edmund Spenser, and the Rhetorical Development of English as a Genre of Heritage in the Sixteenth Century.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Professor, Bryn Athyn College.

Katherine Hartman

  • Dissertation Title: “A New Band of Pilgrims”: Fin de Siècle British Women Writers’ Political Reformation of the Conversion Narrative.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Professor, Franklin & Marshall College.

David Izzo

  • Dissertation Title: The Great Yearning – The Perennial Philosophy as a Paradigm for Literary Theory: With Examples from Modern Literature.
  • Job Placement: Associate Professor, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina.

Ben Railton

  • Dissertation Title: Reconstructing the Past: Voice and Visions of History in American Literature, 1876-1886.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Professor of English, Fitchburg State College, MA.

Jessica Restaino

  • Dissertation Title: First semester: Comp, Grad Students and Arendtian Beginnings.
  • Job Placement: Associate Professor, Montclair State University.

Marc Schuster

  • Dissertation Title: Practical Ambivalence: Don DeLillo and the Political Economy of the Sign.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Professor, Montgomery County Community College.

Christine Swiridoff

  • Dissertation Title: Writing for a Cause: The English Woman’s Journal and Women’s Work, 1858-1864.
  • Job Placement: Professor of English and Director of the Honors Program, Cerro Coso CC, California.

Ph.D. 2004

Tanya Clark

  • Dissertation Title: Quilting the Race: The Colored American Magazine, Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins, and the African-American Family, 1900-1905.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Professor, Rowan College.

Suzanne Gittleman

  • Dissertation Title: Exaltation and Lament: Edna Ferber’s American Jeremiads.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Professor, Madison Area Technical College (Wisconsin).

Ph.D. 2003

Elizabeth Abele

  • Dissertation Title: Go Home Young Man: The Domestication of the American Hero in Post-Regan Novels and Films.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Professor, SUNY Nassau Community College.

Kerry Sherin Wright

  • Dissertation Title: Metric Masculinities: Constructions of Masculinity in T.S. Eliot’s Early Poems and Prose.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Professor and Founding Director of the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House, Franklin & Marshall College.

Ph.D. 2002

Susan Levasseur                              

  • Dissertation Title: Imaginary Revolutions: Frustrated Form in Women’s Poetry and Novels of the Romantic Period.
  • Job Placement: Editor, Houghton Mifflin.

Brian O’Sullivan

  • Dissertation Title: “Raids on the Inarticulate”: Modernist Scenes of Composition.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Professor of English, St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Esther Schwartz-McKinzie           

  • Dissertation Title: “Play with the Stories a Little While”: Mobility of Mind in Short Fictions by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Kate Chopin, George Egerton and Sarah Grand.
  • Job Placement: Professor and Director of the Paul Peck Humanities Institute, Montgomery College, MD.

Scott Warnock

  • Dissertation Title: Subtle Technology and Student Writers: The Ambient Influence of Technological Myths on Communicators.
  • Job Placement: Associate Professor of English and Director of the Writing Center and Writing Across the Curriculum, Drexel University.

Ph.D. 2001

Mary Conway   

  • Dissertation Title: Disorientations: Recovering the Aesthetic in Queer Studies.
  • Job Placement: Assistant Professor, Community College of Philadelphia.

Clare Cotungo

  • Dissertation Title: Form and Reform: Transatlantic Dialogues 1824-1905.
  • Job Placement: Pew Foundation; Head Editor and Writer, Creative Conzepts; Manager, Content Quality, Electronic Ink, Inc.

Alicia Gribben

  • Dissertation Title: Jane’s Heirs: Hollywood (Re)Makes the Classics, 1930-1945.
  • Job Placement: Towers Perrin Associates, Philadelphia; Proposal Manager, HP.

Keith Gumery

  • Dissertation Title: The Phosphorescent Pool of Idealism and the Blinding Headlight of Realism: Henry Blake Fuller and Art in America.
  • Job Placement: Director of Teaching and Learning, Danish Institute for Study Abroad.

Eric Keenaghan

  • Dissertation Title: Making Flesh Word: Baroque Modernisms and Pragmatist Reconfigurations of Embodied Masculinities in Twentieth-Century United States and Cuban Literatures.
  • Job Placement: Associate Professor, SUNY-Albany

Catherine Wiley               

  • Dissertation Title: Amphibious Creatures: Essayism and Transformative Play in Walter Pater, Vernon Lee, and John Addington Symonds.
  • Job Placement: Visiting Professor, Temple University; Psychotherapist in private practice, Main Line Psychotherapy.