Graduate Students

 

Name   About
booksHalvor Aakhus

PhD Candidate

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 20

Email: ha97b@mail.missouri.edu

 
AbrahamsonMegan B. Abrahamson
(she, her, hers)

Medieval Literature (PhD)

Graduate Instructor, Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies

Office: Tate 20

Email: megan.abrahamson@mail.missouri.edu

Megan is a PhD candidate whose research focuses on readers' affective relationships with texts, whether that's using fan studies approaches to explore medieval literature or interrogating modern medievalisms in popular culture. Her dissertation is entitled "Medieval Romance, Fanfiction, and the Erotics of Shame." She has conferenced and published on Arthurian romances, J.R.R Tolkien, Chaucer, Star Wars, and Beowulf, often on several at the same time. A native of Albuquerque, Megan holds her BA and MA from the University of New Mexico. 

AlonsoJordi Alonso
(he, him, his) 

Transatlantic Literature in the long 19th century (PhD)

Graduate Instructor, Ridgel Fellow

Office: Tate 20

Email: javw9@mail.missouri.edu

jalonso91@gmail.com

Jordi Alonso s a PhD candidate studying English, Classics, and the cultural translation of nymphs and fauns in anglophone literature of the long nineteenth century. His research interests include: 18th and 19th century Latin stylistics, feminist readings of Neoclassicism, historical poetics, and the meeting points between sexuality, translation, classical literature, and ecocriticism, particularly in the long nineteenth century. His first book, a collection of erotic poems inspired by Sappho, Honeyvoiced, was published by XOXOX Press in November of 2014. His chapbook, The Lovers' Phrasebook was published in 2017 by Red Flag Press.

Education: Master of Fine Arts from Stony Brook University
Bachelor of Arts from Kenyon College

booksAndrew Amidei 

PhD Candidate

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 20

Email: dpa262@ mail.missouri.edu

 
Anderson
Ashley Anderson 

Creative Writing - Nonfiction (PhD)

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 04

Email: alawnc@mail.missouri.edu

Ashley Anderson specializes in the essay form, literary journalism, feminist theory, post-World War II American literature, and the intersections of composition and creative writing pedagogy.  Her work has appeared in Peripheral Surveys, The Quarterly of the Santa Fe Writer's Project, Tahoma Literary Review, Badlands Literary Journal, and Assay. She holds an MA in Literature, Cultural/Critical Theory, and Social Practice from Kent State University, as well as an MA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Cincinnati.
booksHeather Asbeck 

Victorian Literature (PhD)

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 20

Email: heather.asbeck@mail.missouri.edu

 
BombardMicaela Bombard
(she, her, hers) 

Creative Writing - Poetry (PhD)

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 04

Email: mmmqq@mail.missouri.edu

Micaela Bombard is a poet interested in the poetics of embodiment and disability studies. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has appeared in Four Way Review, The Anthology of New England Writers, Health Affairs, DMQ Review, decomP MagazinE, and others. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College and an MS in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University.
booksRachel "Shea" Boresi 

PhD Candidate

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 04

Email: rsbtd9@mail.missouri.edu

 

K. Mikey Borgard
(he, him, his) 

Creative Writing - Multi-Genre (PhD)

Ridgel Fellow, Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 04

Email: mikey.borgard@mail.missouri.edu

K. Mikey Borgard specializes in terrorism and trauma literature, fiction, and nonfiction prose. Mikey is a survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and is writing a fictional docu-novel about this experience. He identifies as disabled and nonconforming and is intrigued by the criminal, lyric, and magical. His first essay, “Constellation of Grace,” appeared in Fourth Genre and was shortlisted for the Steinberg Prize. He is a Ridgel Fellow and recipient of the Ernest C. Van Keuren Award, the Tremblay-Crow Writing Fellowship, and the Mani Iyer Scholarship for Disabled Writers. In 2019, he earned an MFA from Colorado State University. You can find him on Twitter: @kmikeyborgard or on the web: https://www.kmikeyborgard.com/
Bougie
Constance Bougie 
(they, them, theirs; he, him, his)

MA Candidate

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Office: Tate 20

Email: cbnk5@mail.missouri.edu

Constance Bougie has their bachelor's in English with focuses in creative writing and LGBTQ+ studies. They are currently interested in poetry, animal studies, and a/sexualities in literature. Find them online at cpbwrites.wordpress.com.
booksBailey Boyd 

PhD Candidate

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 04

Email: bmbqm9@mail.missouri.edu

 
booksLondon Brickley 

PhD Candidate

Email: ebhkb@mail.missouri.edu

 
booksElise Broaddus 

Medieval Literature (PhD)

Office: Tate 04

Email: egb9b7@mail.missouri.edu

 
booksErick Burdock 

PhD Candidate

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 04

Email: emburdock@mail.missouri.edu

 
booksNigelle Cochran
(she, her, hers; they, them theirs) 

Linguistics (MA/PhD)

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Office: Tate 04

Email: ncbkd@mail.missouri.edu

 
Corbridge
Tyler Corbridge 

Creative Writing - Fiction (PhD)

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 20

Email: tpchbk@mail.missouri.edu

Tyler Corbridge is a husband, father, and former milkman. His research interests include American Literature from 1830, the American West, hybrid forms, fabulism, and bizzaro fiction. His fiction has appeared in Salt Hill Journal, Chicago Quarterly Review, Fjords Review, Gravel Literary Magazine, Five Quarterly, and Elsewhere Magazine, among others. Tyler holds an MFA from the University of Alabama.
CoxHHayli Cox
(she, her, hers) 

Creative Writing - Creative Nonfiction (PhD)

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 04

Email: hcox@mail.missouri.edu

Hayli's interests include short essay, flash fiction, hybrid forms, contemporary literature, and women & gender studies. Her work has appeared in Hippocampus Magazine, Paper Darts, DIAGRAM, Crab Fat Magazine, Sundog Lit, and others. She earned her MA in Writing and Literature from Northern Michigan University. Hayli currently serves as an editor for Heavy Feather Review.
CoxT
Traci Cox
(she, her, hers) 

 

Creative Writing - Creative Nonfiction (PhD)

Graduate Instructor, G. Ellsworth Huggins Fellow

Office: Tate 04

Email:tmcqq2@mail.missouri.edu

tracimcox@gmail.com

Traci Cox specializes in Creative Nonfiction, Women's and Gender Studies, Disability Studies, and Folklore. Her nonfiction has appeared in publications such as The Masters Review, So to Speak, Newfound, and Madison Magazine, and she has a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2014. Traci is a Fulbright Fellow (Slovakia, 2009-10) and holds an MFA from George Mason University. She serves as Audio Editor at The Missouri Review.
Daller
Olivia Daller

MA Candidate

Email: oglcnc@mail.missouri.edu

Olivia is currently an English teacher at Battle High School. A teacher by day, and a grad student by night, Olivia hopes to offer a dual enrollment option for students in Columbia Public School upon completion of her coursework.  She is interested in a wide range of topics including anything "Frankenstein" and "monstrous." 
Donish
Cassie Donish
(they, them, theirs)

 

Creative Writing - Poetry (PhD)

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 04

Email: cdonish@mail.missouri.edu

Cassie Donish concentrates on contemporary poetry, queer theories and literatures, and ecopoetics. Author of the poetry collections The Year of the Femme (2019) and Beautyberry (2018), as well as the nonfiction chapbook On the Mezzanine (2019), their writing has appeared in Best New Poets, The Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, Gettysburg Review, jubilat, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. Co-editor-in-chief of The Spectacle, they earned their MFA at Washington University in St. Louis.

cassiedonish.com

booksMaria Donovan 

Nineteenth Century American Literature (Part-Time MA)

Email: mrdy9b@mail.missouri.edu

 
Edmonds
Samantha Edmonds
(she, her, hers) 

Creative Writing - Fiction and Nonfiction (PhD)

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 04

Email: samanthaedmonds@mail.missouri.edu

Samantha Edmonds is a PhD student writing fiction and nonfiction. Her research interests include speculative/science fiction and queer theory. She’s the author of the chapbooks Pretty to Think So (Selcouth Station Press, 2019) and The Space Poet (forthcoming from Split Lip Press). Her work appears in The Rumpus, Mississippi Review, Black Warrior Review, Pleiades, The Pinch, and elsewhere. She works as the Assistant Fiction Editor for Sundress Publications and as the Fiction Editor for Doubleback Review. She holds an MA in creative writing from the University of Cincinnati and an MFA from the University of Tennessee. Visit her online at www.samanthaedmonds.com
Edward
Gwendolyn Edward
(she, her, hers) 

 

Creative Writing (PhD)

Ridgel Fellow, Assistant to the Director of Creative Writing, Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 04

Email: gcewyb@mail.missouri.edu

Gwendolyn Edward specializes in genre-bending, theory & craft of prose, global anglophone literature, and folkloristics. Her nonfiction, fiction, and poetry have appeared in Assay, Crab Orchard Review, Fourth River, Booth, Brevity, Bourbon Penn, and others; her nonfiction has earned nominations for the Pushcart and Best American Essays. Her first book, the short story collection More Enduring for Having Been Broken, won the 2019 Black Lawrence Press Hudson Prize and will be published January 2021. A Texas native and member of the Cherokee Nation, she retains a MA from the University of North Texas and an MFA from Bennington College.

www.gwendolynparadice.com
twitter: @GwenParadice
Instagram: @Gwendolynparadice

booksBlake Estep 

PhD Candidate

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 04

Email: bref76@mail.missouri.edu

 
Fowler
Lindsay Fowler 

Creative Writing - Creative Nonfiction and Fiction (PhD)

Office: Tate 04

Email: lfowler@mail.missouri.edu

Lindsay Fowler’s research interests include weird fiction, hybrid forms, sequential art, and contemporary literature. Her nonfiction has appeared in Pigeon Pages, and her flash fiction has appeared in Monkeybicycle, Psychopomp, The Golden Key, as well as on the 2017 Wigleaf Top 50 Longlist. Lindsay holds an MFA from the University of Maryland.
Fried
Ariel Fried
(she, her, hers) 

Victorian Literature (PhD)

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 04

Email? alfdhb@mail.missouri.edu

Ariel Fried comes to Mizzou with a background in English and Interdisciplinary Studies, having completed her bachelors degree at UW-Whitewater (Wisconsin) in English literature with a Psychology minor and her masters degree at Arizona State University in Interdisciplinary Studies. Ariel’s research interests circle these disciplines, along with that of Gender/Women's Studies. She generally focuses on discourses of femininity and madness in the Victorian era, interrogating literature of the period, such as novels and psychology publications, through feminist critical lenses.

Gardiner
Grace Gardiner
(they, them, theirs) 

Creative Writing - Poetry and Creative Nonfiction (PhD)

Graduate Instructor, Creative Writing Fellow

Office: Tate 20

Email: gmgc47@mail.missouri.edu

Grace Gardiner's research interests include the relationship between jazz and poetry in American literature and culture; compositional practice across the arts and intermedia; lyric and genre theory; and posthumanisms. They received an MFA in Writing from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and are a former poetry editor for The Greensboro Review. Find them online at https://pearlsthatwere.tumblr.com/.
booksVeda Gerlach

Early Modern Literature (PhD)

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 20

Email: varbfc@mail.missouri.edu

 
Gomez
Carley Gomez 

Creative Writing - Fiction (PhD)

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 20

Email: cmghy5@mail.missouri.edu

Carley Gomez studies speculative fiction and border literature. Her creative work is concerned with multiplicity of identities and the intergenerational consequences of colonialism. Her fiction has appeared in Euphony, Passages North, Mid-American Review, and elsewhere. She has an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona.
Guerra
Elijah Guerra
(he, him, his) 

Contemporary Middle Eastern Literature (PhD)

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 20

Email: eagngp@mail.missouri.edu

I study the ways architecture, real estate, and infrastructure function in contemporary Middle Eastern fiction and poetry. My teaching history includes English composition, border literature, and immigrant narratives. I have a B.A. in Philosophy and M.A. in Literature, both from Texas State University.
Hall
Jacob Hall

Creative Writing - Poetry (PhD)

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 20

Email: jgh3cw@mail.missouri.edu

Jacob Hall is a third year PhD student and poet who focuses on US American poetry, contemporary ecopoetics, and new materialism. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in New South, DIAGRAM, The Carolina Quarterly, Poetry South, Nightjar Review, Stirring, Split Rock Review, and elsewhere. In the past he has been the assistant poetry editor for the Mid-American Review and he currently works as audio editor for The Missouri Review.
booksKatelyn Harlin

African Diaspora Studies (PhD)

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 20

Email: kh928@mail.missouri.edu

 
Harms
Aaron Harms 
(he, him, his)

Rhetoric & Composition (PhD)

Writing Center Director

Office: 101D Student Success Center

Email: HarmsAA@missouri.edu

Aaron was raised in the suburbs of Ionia, a real-life Missouri town (current population: 83). He still remembers how to hook up wagons and bale hay, but he may be a little out of practice. He visited multiple Missouri institutions as an undergraduate, and finished his BS in Psychology at Central Missouri University. While he may not have known what he wanted to be when he grew up, he knew he wanted to do it in Columbia, and he was sure he wanted to do it at Mizzou. Since 2002, he’s been working for the University of Missouri in some capacity, including teaching Composition for the English department, working as a Retention Coordinator for Academic Retention Services, and, since 2011, serving as co-Director of the Writing Center. During that time, he’s also earned an MA in English, become ABD in Writing Program Administration, and most importantly gotten married, helped raise a couple boys, and put out an album of Soultry & Western music. His current titles include: Director of the Writing Center, Devoted and Super-Lucky Husband, Roadie for son’s band, The Sweaters, and Ex-Owner of a Pool.
H-M
Heather Heckman-McKenna
(she, her, hers)

 

18th-Century British Lit, 19th-Century American Lit, Creative Nonfiction (PhD)

Graduate Instructor, Research Assistant

Office: Tate 04

Email: heather.heckman-mckenna@mail.missouri.edu

I hold a BFA from Emerson College and an MA from Simmons University. My research interests include British literature of the long eighteenth century, nineteenth-century American literature, and women writers of the period. My work predominantly focuses on matters of feminism, power differentials, and subversive femininity. I'm also a memoirist and creative nonfiction writer. My scholarly and creative works have been published in CutBank, The Explicator, Newfound, Eckleburg, and elsewhere. You can learn more about my work at heatherheckmanmckenna.wordpress.com.
booksTrisha Henderson-Brown

PhD Candidate

Email: tahkx5@mail.missouri.edu

 
booksMike Horton

Contemporary American Literature (PhD)

Full Time Faculty, Midlands Technical College (South Carolina)

Email: mah989@mizzou.edu

 
Howland
Emiliee J. Howland
(she, her, hers)

Medieval Studies (PhD)

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 20

Email: emileejhowland-davis@mail.missouri.edu

My interests include medieval and early modern romances. Specifically I research the role of magic and witchcraft in romance literature and the ways that literature provided a safe space for the exploration of magic and witchcraft.
Husic
Vedran Husic 

Creative Writing - Fiction (PhD)

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 04

Email: vhx97@mail.missouri.edu

Vedran Husić has fiction published in The Gettysburg Review, The Massachusetts Review, Mississippi Review, Ecotone, Electric Literature's Recommended Reading, and elsewhere, and his poetry is published or forthcoming in Pleiades, Spillway, Denver Quarterly, Sugar House Review, and Blackbird, among others. His collection of stories, Basements and Other Museums, won the St. Lawrence Book Award and was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2018. He is the recipient of fellowships from The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the National Endowment for the Arts. https://www.vedranhusic.com/
booksSean Ironman

PhD Candidate

Graduate Instructor

Email: sginrf@mail.missouri.edu

 
Knapp
Travis Knapp
(he, him, his) 

Early Modern British Literature (PhD)

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 20

Email: travisknapp@mizzou.edu

Travis specializes in early 17th-century British literature, with an emphasis in religious and devotional literature. He also has interests in rhetoric, education, and classical reception.
Kuyucu
Neriman Kuyucu 
(she, her, hers)

Contemporary Global Anglophone Literature (PhD)

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 20

Email: nkdy9@mail.missouri.edu

Neriman Kuyucu studies migration and diaspora literature. Her research examines the ways in which the cultural/literary production of the Muslim Middle Eastern/South Asian/North African diasporas can contribute to the notions of Muslim diaspora.
booksPeter Lang 

PhD Candidate

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 04

Email: pmlyc7@mail.missouri.edu

 
Lee
Paul Daniel Lee
(he, him, his)

Creative Writing - Poetry (PhD) 

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 20

Email: pltx3@mail.missouri.edu
ptdaniellee@gmail.com

Paul Daniel Lee earned his MFA in Poetry from Eastern Washington University, and is currently in the University of Missouri's English doctoral program, studying Creative Writing Poetry.
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Dr. Lawrence Daniel Loiseau 

Critical Theory (PhD) 

Email: ldlgz8@mail.missouri.edu

 
booksTimothy Love

PhD Candidate

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 04

Email: trl43b@mail.missouri.edu

 
booksJulie Mandelbaum 

PhD Candidate

Email: jamdt3@mail.missouri.edu

 
Mccauley
Jennifer McCauley 

Creative Writing - Fiction and Poetry (PhD)

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 04

Email: jmmf28@mail.missouri.edu

Jennifer Maritza McCauley’s interests are African-American Literature, Afro-Latino Literature, hybrid narratives, and Black Feminist Theory. Her work has appeared in Columbia Journal, Los Angeles Review, Passages North, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Kimbilio and CantoMundo, and awards from Best of the Net, Independent Publisher Book Awards, and the Academy of American Poets. McCauley is currently Fiction Editor at Pleaides. She received her MFA from Florida International University, where she was a Knight Fellow. McCauley is also the author of SCAR ON/SCAR OFF (Stalking Horse Press.) Website: https://jennifermaritzamccauley.wordpress.com/
booksJackson Medel 

PhD Candidate

Email: jtmg24@mail.missouri.edu

 
booksAmy Moum 

MA Candiate

Email: mouma@missouri.edu

 
booksAngela Netro

PhD Candidate

Email: angdd@mail.missouri.edu

 
Nguyen
Thanh Nguyen
(she, her, hers) 

English Language and Linguistics (PhD)

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant

Office: Tate 04

Email: tpn9r6@mail.missouri.edu

Thanh's research interests include ESL/EFL teaching methodology, Teaching English to Children, Teaching ESL/EFL to Adult Learners, African languages, sociolinguistics, and interlanguage of Vietnamese learners of English.
booksElorm Nutakor 
(he, him, his)

African Diaspora Studies (MA)

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 20

Email: ekn266@mail.missouri.edu

 
Omowumi
Jesutofunmi Omowumi
(he, him, his)

 

African Diaspora Studies (PhD) 

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 20

Email: jood94@mail.missouri.edu

tofunmispeaks@gmail.com

My research interests are in literature and cultures of the African diaspora. I specifically study 20th through 21st century African American literature, African Literature, and global artistic productions that reject boundaries of the America and/or Africa. My classroom is a collaborative effort in critical thinking as my students and I investigate racialized, sexualized, digital and gendered bodies through intensive writing and workshops. We are invested in becoming effective writers and "body literates." I published several news stories working as a journalist in Nigeria while my fiction and poetry have appeared in places including the Kalahari Review...follow @tofunmispeaks on twitter.
booksLogan Owens 

Anglophone Literature (MA)

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Writing Center Tutor

Office: Tate 04

Email: ljopbf@mail.missouri.edu.

 
Peck
McKenzie Peck
(she, her, hers) 

Medieval Literature (PhD)

Graduate Instructor, Composition Program Team Member

Office: Tate 04

Email: mckenzie.peck@mail.missouri.edu

McKenzie is interested in medieval studies, particularly Middle English texts, illuminated manuscripts, and game culture theory. McKenzie's master's thesis argued elements of game and play within Chaucer's Canterbury Tales based on the text's presentation throughout medieval manuscripts, early print editions, and modern editions. She plans to continue working with manuscripts and issues of their presentation throughout her PhD.
Pelky
Rebecca Pelky 
(she, her, hers)

Creative Writing - Poetry (PhD)

Graduate Instructor, Ridgel Fellow

Office: Tate 20

Email: rapr38@mail.missouri.edu

Rebecca Pelky is a poet, with research interests in Native American literatures, representations of Indigenous peoples in literature and film, American poetry and poetics, and nature and science writing. Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in Cream City Review, Booth, River Styx, Yellow Medicine Review, and others. Her first collection of poetry, Horizon of the Dog Woman, is forthcoming January 17, 2020 (Saint Julian Press). She is a native of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and an enrolled member of the Brothertown Indian Nation of Wisconsin.

booksAnna Perrigo 

Contemporary Global Literature (PhD)

Graduate Instructor, EGSA Secretary, GPC Representative

Office: Tate 20

Email: anna.perrigo@mail.missouri.edu

 
booksMaurine Pfuhl 

PhD Candidate

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 04

Email: mepdbf@mail.missouri.edu

 
booksMaxwell Philbrook 

PhD Candidate

Email: mgpxcf@mail.missouri.edu

 
Preston
Shelby Preston
(she, her, hers)

Medieval Literature (PhD)

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 04

Email: spky9@mail.missouri.edu

(BA, English-literature, Missouri State University, Missouri; MA, English-medieval literature, University of Rochester, New York.)

Shelby is interested in writing which depicts bodies as monstrous or exorbitant in late medieval literature from Europe, particularly within the romance genre. She utilizes a post-structuralist mode of criticism through writers such as Julia Kristeva, Jacques Derrida, and Jacques Lacan, etc. as a means of a deconstructing traditional gender and race binaries to explore the creation of dissenting or minority identities in this period. 

Quist
Donald Quist
(he, him, his) 

Creative Writing - Fiction (PhD)

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 04

Email: deq8bq@mail.missouri.edu

donaldewquist@gmail.com

Donald Quist is author of the linked story collection For Other Ghosts and the essay collection Harbors, a Foreword INDIES Bronze Winner and International Book Awards Finalist. His writing has appeared in AGNI, North American Review, The Rumpus, and was Notable in Best American Essays 2018. He is creator of the online micro essay series PAST TEN, and co-host of the Poet in Bangkok podcast. Donald has received fellowships from Sundress Academy for the Arts and Kimbilio Fiction. He earned his MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is currently a Gus T. Ridgel fellow in the English PhD program at University of Missouri.
Regneri
Erin C. Regneri
(she, her, hers) 

Nineteenth Century American Literature (PhD)

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 04

Email: ecoyd7@mail.missouri.edu

Originally from Louisville, KY, Erin is currently a PhD student studying 19th Century American Literature. Her focus within 19th Century American literature is predominately nature and environmental writing, and she is interested in the ways in which literature guides us through the evolution of humans' changing relationship to the environment throughout the long 19th C, as well as the ways in which the trees and forests of early America contributed to people's understanding of their place within the larger ecological framework.
Rhodes
Katie Rhodes

Creative Writing - Fiction (PhD)

Graduate Instructor (English), Teaching Assistant (Chemistry)

Office: Tate 04

Email: kamvg2@mail.missouri.edu

Katie Rhodes specializes in longform fiction, short essay and science writing. Her research interests include Narrative Medicine and 20th century Jewish & African American Literature. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Southampton Review, The Potomac Review, Moon City Review and others; her fiction has earned her residences with the National Park Service and Scholastics. She retains an MFA in Fiction from Washington University in St. Louis and a BA from Tulane University. When she isn't writing, reading, or studying, she is doing as much Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as possible.
booksBrian Rodriguez 

PhD Candidate

Email: berr76@mail.missouri.edu

 
Rowland
Lacey Rowland
(she, her, hers) 

Creative Writing - Fiction (PhD)

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 04

Email: laceyrowland@mail.missouri.edu

Lacey Rowland is interested in hybrid forms, contemporary fiction, the American West, and environmental literature. Her work has appeared in Hobart, Cutbank, Pleiades and elsewhere. In addition, she has been listed in Glimmer Train's Emerging Writers Top 25 and a finalist for Montana Book Festival's Emerging Writers Contest. She was named a June Dodge Fellow at the Mineral School. She retains an MFA from Oregon State University where she received the Joyce Carol Oates Commencement Award in Fiction.
booksKathrina Schneckloth 

PhD Candidate

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 04

Email: kmsz6w@mail.missouri.edu

 
booksYoonjae Shin 

PhD Candidate

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 04

Email: yoonjaeshin@mail.missouri.edu

 
booksCynthia Snider
(she, her, hers) 

Contemporary Global Anglophone Literature (PhD) 

Graduate Instructor, Composition Program Team Member

Office: Tate 20

Email: cest3c@mail.missouri.edu, cindy.snider76@gmail.com

Cynthia Snider's research interests are Contemporary Global Anglophone Literature, Literature of the American South, and Ethnonationalism.
booksNicole Songstad 

Medieval Literature (PhD)

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 04

Email: nsxz7@mail.missouri.edu

 
Sossamon
Jefferson Sossamon
(he, him, his)

Nineteenth century British literature (MA)

Email: sossamonj@missouri.edu

Office: Jesse 310

Dad. Partner. Writer. Friend. Mac and iPhone junkie. Defender of the Oxford comma. Loves pizza. Hates clowns. Jeff is a part-time Master's student and full-time communications director for Mizzou's Office of Research and Economic Development. When he's not studying the transport convict network from Victorian England to Australia, he volunteers at the Central Missouri Humane Society as the President of the Board of Directors.
booksKacy Walz 

PhD Candidate

Email: kcwmc6@mail.missouri.edu

 
Wasserboehr
Jeffrey Wasserboehr 

Creative Writing - Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry (PhD)

Email: jpwq67@mail.missouri.edu

Jeff Wasserboehr researches Asian, Asian-American, and biracial literature (with a focus on Eurasians/hapas), and is interested in pop-culture/celebrity intersections with critical race theory and bi-/multiracial studies. He is the winner of the New South Writing Contest (2014), and has been named runner-up in two other writing contests, The Missouri Review's Jeffrey E. Smith Editor's Prize (2015) and the Iowa Review Awards(2018). Recent essays, poetry, and fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Iowa Review, The Missouri Review, The Massachusetts Review, Gulf Coast, The Midwest Quarterly, New South, and Passages North, among others. He is from Boston, MA and earned his MFA in fiction writing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Follow him on Twitter @jeffwasserboehr and check out his website he never updates.
booksSteven Watts 
(he, him, his)

Twentieth/Twenty-first Century Novel (PhD)

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 04 

Email: stevenwatts@mail.missouri.edu

Steven Watts is a Ph.D candidate currently completing his dissertation, titled: “Occupy, Blockade, Circulate: Narrating Community in 21st Century Crisis Fiction." He first looks at how instances of direct action within contemporary movements like Occupy Wall Street and #NoDAPL have interfered with the infrastructural facilitation of extractive capitalism, before turning to an examination of how novels that represent those movements innovate the formal structures of narration to reflect that interference. He argues that paying attention to the parallels between infrastructure and formal structures highlights the logic of extractive capitalism and illustrates emerging theories of collective alternatives.
Wiltshire
Allison Wiltshire 
(she, her, hers)

Affrican Diaspora Studies (PhD)

Graduate Instructor, G. Ellsworth Huggins Fellow

Office: Tate 04

Email: alww62@mail.missouri.edu

Allison Wiltshire focuses her scholarship on literature of the African diaspora. Broadly, she examines themes of race, gender, hybridity, and mimicry in contemporary postcolonial works. She received her M.A. and B.A. from Mississippi State University and began her doctoral studies at the University of Missouri in 2019.


Jake Young 

Creative Writing - Poetry (PhD)

Graduate Instructor

Office: Tate 20

Email: jgyc5f@mail.missouri.edu

Jake Young specializes in creative writing, poetics, the history of American poetry, and poetry from the Pacific Rim whose subject matter is food, drink, and nourishment. His collection of poems is American Oak (Main Street Rag, 2018), and his essay collection is True Terroir (Brandenburg Press, 2019). His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and recent critical work includes “The Offal Truth” published in Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies and “Dissolving Metaphors in Emily Dickinson's Poems About Drink” published in The Emily Dickinson Journal. Jake also serves as the poetry editor for the Chicago Quarterly Review. He received his MFA from North Carolina State University, and is currently a Graduate Instructor at the University of Missouri.