Student Accomplishments

Dissertations in Progress

Megan Abrahamson
"Fanfiction, Medieval Romance, and the Politics of Shame"
Director: Lee Manion

London Brickley
"Science Frictions"
Director: Elaine Lawless (emeritus)

Elise Broaddus
"the back-and-forth form": Epistolary Mediation in Late Medieval English Literature
Director: Emma Lipton

Devin Day
"The Great Recession and the Genre Turn"
Director: Samuel Cohen

Kate Harlin
"'One Foot on the Other Side': Suicidiality and Contemporary African Diaspora Literature"
Director: Christopher Okonkwo

Michael Horton
The Genre Turn in Contemporary American Fiction: A Poetics of Post-Postmodernism
Director: Samuel Cohen

Emilee Howland-Davis
"Magical Safe Spaces: The Role of Literature in Medieval and Early Modern Magic"
Director: Lee Manion

Neriman Kuyucu
Muslimness in Contemporary Literary Imaginations
Director: Karen Piper

Lawrence Loiseau
Lacan and the Social: A Topological Journey
Director: Ellie Ragland

Michael Lueker
Negotiating the Writing Classroom
Director: Martha Townsend

Jackson Medel
Transient Occupation of Wilderness in the Stories, Beliefs, and Practices of River Runners in Idaho
Director: Elaine Lawless (emeritus)

Teresa Milbrodt
Sharp Things or The Silver Lines Are Not Scars
Director: Trudy Lewis

William Moore
Director: Julija Sukys

Jessica Philbrook
From Wyoming to Indiana: Networking the Rhetorical Microhistory of Labor Activism in Rhetoric and Composition
Director: Donna Strickland

Katie Rhodes
"Horse Trader"
Director: Trudy Lewis

Brian E. Rodriguez
Beautiful Phantoms: Literature, Reform, and Biopolitics from 1780-1955
Director: Noah Heringman

Bradley Smith
Director: Scott Cairns (emeritus)

Kacy Walz
Getting Beyond the Truthiness: Reading Memoirs Analytically
Director: Samuel Cohen

Sarah Zurhellen
Anxiety of Information: The Data Cloud of Contemporary Fiction
Director: Andrew Hoberek

Recent Job Placements

PhD 2017

Name Position Field Dissertation  
Ryan Habermeyer Assistant Professor of English, tenure-track, Salisbury University (Maryland)  Creative Writing and Literature Babbler: A Novel (fiction) and Fairy-Tale Phantoms: On the Cultural Hauntings of Ever After (critical dissertation)  
Jennifer Julian Fiction Writer in Residence at Allegheny College 2017-2018 (Pennsylvania)   I’m Here, I’m Listening: Nine Short Stories and a Novella (fiction)  
LaTanya McQueen Robert P. Dana Emerging Writer Fellow Cornell College (Iowa)   When The Evening Comes (novel); And It Begins Like This (essays)  
PhD 2016  
Name Position Field Dissertation  
Anne Barngrover Assistant Professor of Creative Writing-Tenure Track, Saint Leo University (Florida) Creative Writing, Poetry Brazen Creature (poetry)  

Rachel Hanson

Oliver O'Connor Creative Writing Fellow, Colgate University  Creative Writing, Nonfiction Dislocations  
Megan Peiser Assistant Professor of Eighteenth-Century Literature at Oakland University (Michigan) Eighteenth-Century Literature British Women Novelists and The Review Periodical, 1790-1820  

Nick Robinson

Assistant Professor, Claflin University (South Carolina) Creative Writing, Poetry Our Family Walks  

Eric Russell

Lecturer, Central Michigan University (Michigan)   Nature, Materiality, and Human Agency in the Literature of the Great Lakes from 1790 to 1853  

Maggie Smith

Assistant Professor, Moberly Area Community College   The Drama of Dissent: Pamphleterring Culture and Performative Protestantism: 1650-1795  

PhD 2015







Khem Aryal

Assistant Professor, Arkansas State University

Rhetoric and Composition

The Displaced: Stories from Nepal (fiction) and The Creative of the Critical: Toward a Happenings Theory of Creative Composition (critical dissertation)


Constance Bailey

Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas 

English/African American Studies

It Takes a Village: Twentieth Century Black Women's Fiction and the Spiritual Apprenticeship Narrative


Joanna Eleftheriou

Assistant Professor, University of Houston-Clear Lake

Creative Writing, Nonfiction

This Way Back: Essays from Cyprus


Lauren Fath

Assistant Professor, Highlands University (NM)

Creative Writing, Nonfiction

My Hands, Remembering


Brianne Jaquette

Assistant Professor, College of the Bahamas 

Nineteenth Century American Literature

The Locomotive and the Tree: Industrial Pittsburgh’s Late Nineteenth-Century Literary Culture


Ruth Knezevich

Postdoctoral Fellow, Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Trust

Long 18th Century

Narrative as Archive: Ethno-Historical Paratexts in British Literature, 1760-1830


Jennifer Spitulnik

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Stephens College (MO)


No People Like #ShowPeople: Broadway Performers' Ethnographic Social Media


PhD 2014







Jess Bowers

Assistant Professor of English, Maryville University

Creative Writing, Fiction

Shooting a Mule and Other Stories


Meagan Ciesla

Assistant Professor, Gonzaga University

Creative Writing, Fiction

County Road 23


Naomi Clark

Assistant Professor and Director of the Writing Center, Loras College (IA)

Rhetoric and Composition

Toward a New Critical Materialist Rhetorical Methodology: Ideographic Tracking of Family Values from Eugenics to Neoliberalism


Darcy Holtgrave

Associate Health Professions Adviser, Honors College, University of Missouri


"Welcome to my Couch": an Ethnographic Description and Narrative Analysis of Youtube Blogs on Mental Illness


Shelli Homer

Associate Faculty, MiraCosta College

African Diaspora Literature

The Space of the South and Self-Definition in African American Return Migration Novels of the Post-Civil Rights Era


Claire McQuerry

Assistant Professor, Kutztown University (Pennsylvania)

Creative Writing, Poetry

The Heart Can Thirst Because Obsession is a More Country: Poems and Lacemakers


Bethany Peterson

Assistant Professor, Grand Valley State University (MI)

Creative Writing, Nonfiction



Melissa Range

Assistant Professor, Lawrence University

Creative Writing, Poetry



Alison Rutledge

Assistant Professor, Columbia College

Victorian Literature

Impressions and Characters: Travel Writing and Narration in the Novel from Victorian to Modern


Gregory Specter

Visiting Assistant Professor, Duquesne University    Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Circulation of Texts  

Christopher Strelluf

Assistant Professor, University of Warwick (UK)


"We have such a normal, non-accented voice": A Sociophonetic Study of English in Kansas City


PhD 2013







Joseph Aguilar

Visiting Assistant Professor, College of Wooster

Creative Writing, Fiction

House of Halls


Luke Gibbs

Associate Professor, Evangel University

British Romanticism

 Great Britain and Latin America: The Romantics and Informal Empire


Stephanie Kartalopoulos

Lecturer, Clemson University (South Carolina)

Creative Writing, Poetry



Caitlin Kelly

Lecturer, Case Western Reserve University

Eighteenth Century British

Private Devotion, Common Prayer, and the British Novel, 1700-1815


Zaid Mahir

Instructor, University of Central Missouri

World Literature

 A Comparative Study of Robert Coover’s The Public Burning and ‘AbdulKhaaliq al-Rikaabi’sSaabi‘ Ayaam al-Khalq


Katharine McIntyre

Visiting Assistant Professor, Allegheny College

Creative Writing, Fiction

 The Moat


Rebecca Mouser

Assistant Professor, Missouri Southern State University

Medieval Literature

 Oral Tradition, Anglo-Saxon Heroic Poetry and the Fourteenth Century: ‘Reading’ the Oral in the AlliterativeMorte d’Arthur and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight


Darren Pine

Online Instructor-Mizzou Online, University of Missouri Medieval Literature The Poetics of the Medium: Aesthetic Forms and Technologies of the Word in the English Middle Ages  

Claire Schmidt

Assistant Professor, Missouri Valley College

Folklore & Oral Tradition

"If You Don't Laugh You'll Cry": The Occupational Humor of White American Prison Workers and Social Workers


Derek Updegraff

Associate Professor, California Baptist University

Medieval Literature

Style and Structure, Politics and Preaching: The 'Lives of Saints' and Other Alliterative Works by AElfric of Eynsham


Ramsay Wise

Instructor, University of Missouri

Film Studies

Film in Post-World War II American Fiction


Megan Woosley

Assistant Professor, Department of English, Francis Marion University (South Carolina)

Medieval Literature


PhD 2012







Jonas Cope

Assistant Professor, California State University-Sacramento

British Romanticism

The Dissolution of Character in Late Romantic British Literature, 1816-1837


Gregory Dunne

Professor, Miyazaki International College (Japan)

Creative Writing, Nonfiction

Passing Figures 


Sharon Emmerichs

Assistant Professor, University of Alaska-Anchorage

Renaissance Literature

Crossing Boundaries: Shakespeare and the Language of Transgression  


Robert Long Foreman

Assistant Professor, Rhode Island College

Creative Writing, Nonfiction

We Are All Dealers in Used Furniture 


Kevin Henderson

Chair, Languages and Literature, Assistant Professor, and Faculty Coordinator for English, Drury University Rhetoric and Composition

Dissertation: Writing to Feel / Feeling to Write: Utilizing Emotion Theory and Performance Studies in Creative Writing Pedagogy


Shelley Ingram

Assistant Professor, University of Louisana-Lafayette


“To See a Little Differently”: Racialized Discourses in the Study of American Literature


Debbie Lelekis

Assistant Professor, Florida Institute of Technology American Literature Spectatorship in the Crowd in American Literature, 1880-1920  

Joanna Luloff

Assistant Professor, University of Colorado-Denver

Creative Writing, Fiction;

Transnational Literature

Remind Me Again What Happened(creative dissertation) and The Novel as NGO: Border and Genre Crossings in 20th/21st Transnational Literature(critical dissertation)


Dustin Michael

Assistant Professor, Savannah State University   Triptych: Essays of Place and Travel  

Neesha-Elizabeth Navare

Assistant Professor, Savannah State University   Night and Day  

John Nieves

Assistant Professor, Salisbury University (MD)

 Creative Writing, Poetry

 Second Person Ethereal 


Peter Ramey

Assistant Professor, Northern State University (SD)

 Medieval Literature

The poetics of the medium: aesthetic forms and technologies of the word in the English Middle Ages


Joseph Scott

Lecturer, Center for English Language Learning, University of Missouri American Literature The American Alien: Immigrants, Expatriates and Extraterrestrials in Twentieth-Century U.S. Fiction  

Erin Wilson

Visiting Affiliate Assistant Professor, Loyola University (MD)

Victorian Literature

Somatic Subjects: The Pathological Path to Victorian Womanhood


Ramsay Wise

Lecturer, Missouri Science and Technology  American Literature Film in Post-World War II American Fiction  

PhD 2011







Katy Didden

Assistant Professor, Ball State University

Creative Writing, Poetry



Philip Howerton

Professor, Missouri State University-West Plains

American Literature, Rhetoric and Composition

 The Other Ozarks: A Critical Anthology


Shelley Ingram

Assistant Professor and Assistant Head of English Department, University of Louisiana-Lafayette American Literature "To See a Little Differently": Racialized Discourses in the Study of American Literature  

Peter Monacell

Chair of the Language and Communication Studies Department and Assistant Professor of English, Columbia College (MO)

American Poetry

 Poetry of the American Suburbs


Chad Parmenter

Visiting Assistant Professor,
Niagara University (NY)

Creative Writing, Poetry

My America


Angela Rehbein

Assistant Professor, West Liberty University

Eighteenth-Century British Literature

Domesticating the Empire: women writers and colonial discourse in late eighteenth- century British literature


Todd Richardson

Associate Professor, University of Nebraska-Omaha


A Ghost is Born: The Construction and Consumption of Folk Authenticity


PhD 2010







Leigh Dillard

Associate Professor, University of North Georgia

British Novel 1740-1900

Illustrated Editions: Depicting the Eighteenth-Century Novel


Chatham Ewing

Digital Library Strategist, Cleveland Public Library American Literature American Little Magazines of the Mid-20th Century: Network Analysis, Influence and Canons  

Lania Knight

Senior Lecturer, University of Cloucestershire (UK)

Creative Writing, Fiction

Adaptation: Re-Creating the Novel as a Stage Play


Damon Kraft

Interim Provost and Associate Professor, Kansas Weslyan University

Medieval Literature

Merchants and the Medieval Mirror


Lily Mabura

Assistant Professor, 
American University of Sharjah (UAE)

African Diaspora Studies and Creative Writing, Fiction

Representations of the violently displaced black female self in contemporary African literature: (scholarly dissertation); House on a jade sea (creative dissertation)


Marc McKee

Assistant Teaching Professor, University of Missouri

Creative Writing, Poetry

 The Consolationeer 


Scott Mitchell

Adjunct Professor, 
Tarrant County College-Trinity River


"This sweet touch": alienation and physical connection in the works of Michael Ondaatje, Shyam Selvadurai, and Salman Rushdie


Willow Mullins

Visiting Assistant Professor, 
Ohio State University

  Philanthropic Tourism and Artistic Authenticity: Cultural Empathy and the Western Consumption of Kyrgyz Art  

Stefanie Wortman

Senior Documentation Quality Analyst, Cerner Corporation (MO)

Creative Writing, Poetry

 Permanent Collection


PhD 2009


Sarah Barber

Associate Professor, 
St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY

Creative Writing, Poetry

The Kissing Party (poetry)


William Connolly

Affiliate Assistant Professor of English, 
Fontbonne University

Creative Writing, Nonfiction

The Eight Leaves (creative nonfiction)


John Estes

Associate Professor and 
Director of Undergraduate Creative Writing, 
University of Alabama

Creative Writing, Poetry

Sufficient Wildness (poetry)


Emily Friedman

Assistant Professor, 
Auburn University

Eighteenth-Century British Literature

Beginning's Ends: New Senses of Ending and the Rise of the Novel


Joseph Green

Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning, University of Dubuque

British Novel to 1945

Victorian Natural History as Cultural History


Gretchen Henderson

Adjunct Lecturer, Georgetown University 

Creative Writing, Fiction

 On Marvellous Things Seen and Heard


Elizabeth Langemak

Assistant Professor, LaSalle University

Creative Writing, Poetry

Reluctant Sublime: Poems (poetry)


Jeremy Reed

Associate Professor, Central Methodist University

20th century American Literature

The American Dream from the Margins in 20th-Century Fiction


Emily Rosko

Associate Professor, College of Charleston

Creative Writing, Poetry

Prop Rockery (poetry)


Amy Wilkinson

Clinical Assistant Professor of Writing in the Core Program, New York University

Creative Writing, Fiction

Kaylene Can't Drive and Other Stories(fiction)


PhD 2008


Julie Buchsbaum

Humanities Librarian, 
University of Kansas

Creative Writing, Poetry

Still Life with Rooms People Live In (poetry)



Crystal Lake

Associate Professor, Wright State University

Eighteenth-Century Studies and Romanticism

Ruin Nation: The Aesthetics of Decay and the Politics of Decline in Britain, 1740-1820


Nathan Oates

Associate Professor, Seton Hall University

Creative Writing, Fiction

The World is Mist (fiction)


David Henderson

Adjunct Faculty,
St. Charles Community College

Folklore and Oral Tradition

The Medieval English Begging Poem


Lisa Higgins

Program/Project Support Coordinator Senior, Missouri Folk Arts Program, University of Missouri


Reconstructing gender, personal narrative, and performance at the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival


Jeffrey Pethybridge

Chair, Summer Writing Program Director, Naropa University 

Creative Writing, Poetry

 The January Party (poetry)


Lisa Rathje

Executive Director at Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education


 Re/presenting traditions: identity, power, and politics in folklife programming


Zak Watson

Chair of the English and Philosophy Department, Missouri Southern State University

Critical Theory and Restoration Literature

Breathing in the Other: Enthusiasm and the Sublime in Eighteenth-Century Britain




Jason Arthur

Associate Professor, Rockhurst University (Missouri)

American Literature (1865-1965)

Thinking Locally: Provincialism And Cosmopolitanism In American Literature Since The Great Depression


Nicky Beer

Associate Professor, 
University of Colorado-Denver

Creative Writing, Poetry

 The Diminishing House (poetry)


Erin Clair

Associate Professor and Director of College Operations, Arkansas Tech University

20th century Gender and Sexuality Theory

Death Becomes Her: Modernism, Femininity, and the Erotics of Death


Na'Imah Ford

Assistant Professor, 
Florida Agricultural & Mechanical U

Postcolonial and African American Literature

A Theory of Yere-Wolo: Coming-of-Age Narratives in African Diaspora Literature


Emily Isaacson

Associate Professor and Director of the Honors Program, Heidelberg University

Renaissance and Restoration Drama

Domesticating the Citizen: Household Authority, the Merchant Class Family, and the Early Modern Stage


Mike Kardos

Associate Professor, Mississippi State University

Creative Writing, Fiction

One Last Good Time (fiction)


Jason Koo

Assistant Teaching Professor, Quinnipiac University (Connecticut)

Creative Writing, Poetry

Man on Extremely Small Island(poetry)


Nadine Meyer

Associate Professor,
Gettysburg College

Creative Writing, Poetry

 The Anatomy Theater (poetry)


Bryan Narendorf

Associate Professor and Assistant Chair, LaSalle University

Creative Writing, Poetry

Against the Terrible Death (poetry)


Sophia Nikoleishvili

Universidad Autonoma de Madrid

18th century British Literature and Art

The many faces of Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe: examining the Crusoe myth in film and on television


Michael Piafsky

Associate Professor and Director of Writing Program, Spring Hill College

Creative Writing, Fiction

Laughter and Other Lies (fiction)


Katie Pierce

Associate Professor, Mississippi State University

Creative Writing, Poetry

Famous Last Words (fiction)


Sharon Robideaux

Assistant Professor, tenure-track,
Ferris State University

Rhetoric and Composition

Like dancers following each other's steps: an analysis of lexical cues in student writing for differing audiences




William Bradley

Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Sarah Lawrence University

Creative Writing, Nonfiction

Second Life (creative nonfiction)


Rebecca Dunham

Assistant Professor,
Creative Writing Program
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Creative Writing, Poetry

The Miniature Room (poetry)


Steven Gehrke

Assistant Professor, tenure-track,
University of Nevada-Reno

Creative Writing, Poetry

Michelangelo’s Seizure (poetry)


Christie Hodgen

Associate Professor, tenure-track
University of Missouri-Kansas City

Creative Writing, Fiction

Hello, I Must Be Going (fiction)


Linda Johnson

Assistant Professor, tenure-track 
Texas Southern University

Africana Literature


Claiming/Reclaiming Africana Womanist Texts


Scott Kaukonen

Assistant Professor, tenure-track,
Sam Houston State University

Creative Writing, Fiction

Ordination (fiction)


James Kimbrell

Assistant Professor, tenure-track,
Florida State University

 Creative Writing, Poetry

The gatehouse heaven (poetry)


Jacqueline McGrath

Assistant Professor of English, 
College of DuPage


The Politics of Belief: Ethnography of the Catholic Workers, or Theorizing the Activist Literature of Dorothy Day


Elizabeth Thomas-Horn

Visiting Assistant Professor,
Central Methodist University

Creative Writing, Poetry

Confessions of an Apprentice God: Poems


C. Michael Land

Associate Professor, tenure-track , Assumption College

 Creative Writing, Fiction

Highway 82 (fiction)




Heather Maring

Assistant Professor, tenure-track,
Arizona State University

Creative Writing, Poetry

Water Margins (poetry)


James Andrew Miller

Assistant Professor, tenure-track,
Purdue University-Calumet

20th century American Literature

Matters of Life and Death: Political Crisis and the Ghost Film


Andrew Mulvania

Associate Professor, tenure-track, 
Washington and Jefferson College

Creative Writing, Poetry

Also in Arcadia (poetry)


John Porter

Assistant Professor of English, 
Central Methodist University

Renaissance Drama

Socioeconomic Definitions of African Muslims in Tudor Drama


RaShell Smith-Spears

Assistant Professor, tenure-track,
Jackson State University

19th century American Literature

Black Love Ain’t Love: How the Image of Black Romantic Relationships Was Used in the Construction of National Identity


Stacy Tintocalis

Full-Time Writer, 
Irene Skolnick Literary Agency

Creative Writing, Fiction

Honeymoon in Beirut (fiction)



Anthony Varallo

Assistant Professor, tenure-track,
College of Charleston

Creative Writing, Fiction

Houses Left Behind and Other Stories(fiction)




David Allred

Assistant Professor, tenure-track,
Snow College

Folklore and Oral Tradition

Fiction, Folklore, and Reader Competency: The Politics of Literary Performance Arenas


Kevin Allton

Assistant Professor, tenure-track
University of Southern Indiana

Creative Writing, Fiction

The Bride of Fog


Jean Braithwaite

Assistant Professor of English, 
University of Texas Pan American

Creative Writing, Nonfiction

FAT: The Story of My Life With My Body (creative nonfiction)


Mary Jill Burkindine

Adjunct Instructor
William Carey University


The World According to East African Writers: A Bakhtinian Analysis with Teaching Applications


Averill Curdy

Northwestern University

Creative Writing, Poetry

From the Lost Correspondence: Poems


Deborah Forssman-Hill

Instructor, Writing Program, 
University of Central Arkansas

Rhetoric and Composition

Working Language Together: The Transforming and Transformative Voices of Three Women on the Academic Page


William Grattan

Assistant Professor, tenure-track,
North Carolina Wesleyan College

Creative Writing, Fiction

Ghost Runners


Rachel Palencia Harper

Director, Writing Center, 
University of Missouri-Columbia

American Literature 1820-1945; Rhetoric and Composition

Jean Kenyon Mackenzie's "The Trader's Wife": A Critical Edition


Sally Hartin-Young

Holt Literature and Language Arts

Creative Writing, Fiction

In the Dark We Are All the Same(fiction)


Eric Leuschner

Assistant Professor of English and 
Director of International Comp
Fort Hays State University

History and Theory of the Novel to 1960

Prefacing Fictions: A History of Prefaces to American and British Novels


Joanie Mackowski

Assistant Professor, tenure-track
Cornell University

Creative Writing, Poetry

Tails (poetry)


Bern Mulvey

Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, 
Iwate University

Creative Writing, Poetry

The Mirror Kingdom (poetry)


Kira Salak

Writer for National Geographic Adventure

Creative Writing, Nonfiction

Four Corners: One Woman's Solo Journey into the Heart of Papua New Guinea (creative nonfiction)




Anjail Rashida Ahmad

Associate Professor of English &
Director of Creative Writing, 
North Carolina A&T State University

Creative Writing, Poetry

Only Violet Can Rupture Like This(poetry)


Marilyn Lake

Freelance Writer, 
Hutchinson, Kansas

Creative Writing, Fiction

Our Mother's Ghosts (fiction)


David Todd Lawrence

Associate Professor of English, 
University of St. Thomas

African American Literature

"Negotiating Cooly": The Intersection of Race, Gender, and Sexual Identity in Black Arts Poetry


Nicole Pekarske

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Creative Writing, Poetry

Intermissa, Venus (poetry)


Laura Rotunno

Associate Professor of English 
and Integrateive Arts,
Penn State University-Altoona College

19th century British Literature

Readdressed: Correspondence Culture and 19th Century British Fiction


Denise Stodola


Assistant Professor of Communication, 
Department of Liberal Studies,
Kettering University

Medieval Literature

Transitional Materials: Crossing the Boundaries between Medieval and Modern Conceptions of Writing As A Step Toward Constructing A Pedagogical "Masterpiece in a Composition Classroom"


Billie Stephanie Powell Watts

Associate Professor, 
Lehigh University

Creative Writing, Fiction

Talk to me while I'm listening: A Novella (fiction)


Bobby M. Watts

Assitant Professor, tenure-track,
Lehigh University

Creative Writing, Poetry

Past Providence (poetry)




Charles Bradshaw

Associate Professor of English, 
University of Tennessee-Martin

American Literature to 1865; Rhetoric and Composition

Republican Aesthetics and the Discourse of Conspiracy in Federalist Literature


Tina Hall

Associate Professor of English, 
Hamilton College

Creative Writing, Fiction

All These Things I've Called Lover(fiction)


Karen Holmberg

Assistant Professor, tenure-track,
Oregon State University

Creative Writing, Poetry

The Perseids


Hoa Ngo

Visiting Assistant Professor of English,
Hamilton College

Creative Writing, Fiction

Prayers for Imperfection (fiction)


Darlene Sybert

Northtown Community Center (St. Joseph, MO)

Romantic Poetry

Two Ways of Knowing and the Romantic Poets


John Tait

Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing, 
University of North Texas

Creative Writing, Poetry

What To Do With the Rest of Your Life(fiction)


Rebecca Wardell

Adjunct Instructor, 
University of Canada-Winnipeg

19th century British Literature

Men, Mentors, and Masculinity in Three of George Eliot's Novels




Bryan Carter

Associate Professor, 
Central Missouri State University

African American Literature

Left Behind: Passing Through African American Literature


Marta Ferguson

Sole Proprietor, 
Wordhound Writing & Editing Services, LLC

Creative Writing, Poetry

Mustang Sally Pays Her Debt to Wilson Pickett


Reinhold Hill

Associate Professor,
Ferris State University


Rooted Ethnography: Writing Culture From the Inside Out


Katherine H. Lee

Assistant Professor of English, 
Indiana State University

Critical Theory; 20th century American Literature

North American Orientalism: The Career and Work of Winifred Eaton (1875-1954)


Colin Ramsey

Associate Professor and, 
Director of Graduate Studies
Appalachian State University

American Literature to 1865

The Labor of Writing: Literary Culture and the Artisan Class During the American Revolution


Evelyn Somers-Rogers

Associate Editor, Missouri Review,
University of Missouri-Columbia

Creative Writing Fiction

The Discontinuity of History: Stories Real and Otherwise




Sandra Camargo

Lecturer, Department of English and Cinema Studies,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Film Studies

Once More With Feeling: Film Genre and Emotional Experience


Matthew Chacko

Assistant Professor, tenure-track,
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Creative Writing, Fiction

Broadcast from the Flood and Other Stories (fiction)


Jacqueline M. Chambers

Staff Director, 
St. Louis Region, 
University of Missouri-St. Louis


The Needle and the Pen: Needlework and Women Writers’ Professionalism in the Nineteenth Century


Kenneth DeShane

Senior Lecturer of American Literature & Language,
Xi'an Jiao Tong University, China


Insider Ethnography: The Believer's Dilemma


Pamela (Johnston) Hartsock

Senior Technical Editor, 
HELIX Environmental Planning

19th century American Literature

A Girl Like You


Michele Reese

Associate Professor, 
University of South Carolina, Sumter

Creative Writing, Poetry

Following Phia


Lawrence (Dale) Rigby

Assistant Professor of English, 
Western Kentucky University

Creative Writing, Nonfiction

Of Goat Glands, Potency Pills, and Other Conjugal Acts



Recent Theses & Dissertations 


Jessie Adolph (PhD 2018) Dee-Jay Drop that "Deadbeat:" Hip-Hop's Remix of Fatherhood Narratives

Andrew Amidei (MA 2017) "Seeing Constructed Realities: Image and Law in the Contemporary American Novel"

Khem Aryal (PhD 2015) Rewriting the Creative: Toward a Happenings Theory of Creative Compositions (critical); The Last Monarchist:Stories from Nepal (creative)

Dorothy Atuhura (PhD 2018) Documenting "Harm:" Mediated Representations of Gendered Bodylore from Sub-Saharan Africa"(creative)

Constance Bailey (PhD 2015) It Takes a Village: Twentieth Century Black Women's Fiction and the Spiritual Apprenticeship Narrative

Allison Balaskovits (PhD 2015) Magic for Unlucky Girls:Stories

Anne Barngrover (PhD 2016) Brazen Creature

Toby Beeny (PhD 2018) Ecclesiastical Advice Literature in Anglo-Saxon England

Colin Beineke (PhD 2018) "Assembling Comics: The House Style and Legacy of RAW Books and Graphics"

Deanna Benjamin (PhD 2018) The Education of a Gambler's Daughter

Alexandra Berger (MA 2017) "Understanding the Subject: Woolf's Use of the Bild"ungsroman in The Voyage Out and Jacob's Room"

Bailey Boyd (MA 2017) "Queer She Is! Tracing the Evolution of the Female Sexual Narrative in Creative Nonfiction Writing"

Julie Christenson (PhD 2018) Interpretive Cultures and Anglo-Saxon Texts

Allison Coffelt (MA 2015) "Border Crossings, Identities, & Creative Nonfiction: Haitian Travel Writing & Writing About Haiti"

Corinna Cook (PhD 2018) "Leavetakings"

Andrew Darr (PhD 2018) "Masculinity in Early Modern English Revenge Drama and City Comedy"

Philip Derbesy (MA 2015) "Like a Broken Cinema Film: Rethinking Faulkner's Filmic Novels"

Joanna Eleftheriou (PhD 2015) This Way Back: Essays from Cyprus

Lauren Fath (PhD 2015) My Hands, Remembering

Marissa Fugate (PhD 2016) Midnight's Children: The Adolescent Body in the Age of Nations

Lianuska Guiterrez (PhD 2015) And the Wood Doll Arose and Told, I'm a Real

Ryan Habermeyer (PhD 2017) Babbler: A Novel

Rachel Hanson (PhD 2016) Dislocations

Katelyn Harlin (MA 2015) "Women Beyond Allegory: Public Land, Private Space and Political Participation in Three African Novels"

Stephen Haynie (PhD 2018) Escalations: Stories

Joshua Huber (MA 2015) "Marvelous Whirlings: E.E. Cummings' Eimi, Louis Aragon, Ezra Pound, & Krazy Kat"

Brianne Jaquette (PhD 2015) The Locomotive and the Tree: Industrial Pittsburgh's Late Nineteenth-Century Literary Culture

Sarah Johnson (PhD 2017) Mr. Boswell Peels an Orange

Zachary Johnson (MA 2017) "Portrait of a Calvinist as a Young Killer: Confessions, Fanaticism, and Satanic Horror in Hogg's Justified Sinner"

Jennifer Julian (PhD 2017) I'm Here, I'm listening: Short Stories

Travis Knapp (MA 2016) "Wonderfull Combate"

Ruth Knezevich (PhD 2015) Narrative as Archive: Ethno-Historical Paratexts in British Literature, 1760-1830

Patrick Lane (PhD 2016) Medieval Death Trip

Miranda Mattingly (PhD 2016) A Circuit of Haunting Pictures: Theorizing the Space of Readership in 'Condition of England' Literature and the Periodical Press, 1845-1889

Elizabeth McConaghy (PhD 2015) Migrations

LaTanya McQueen (PhD 2017) When the Evening Comes (fiction); And It Begins Like This (nonfiction)

Daniel Miller (MA 2016) "Breaking the Rules: Three Novels Innovating Genre Fiction"

Karah Mitchell (MA 2016) "'The Dead, the Dead, the Dead': Encountering Loss in Civil War Poetry"

Courtney Montgomery (MA 2015) "A Cinema Confrontation: Using a Material Semiotic Approach for Better Account for the History of Theorization of 1970s Independent American Horror"

Suzanne Morlock (MA 2016) "'The Borderlands' Living Between Archetypes in Young Adult Chicana Literature"

Juliette Paul (PhD 2015) Transatlantic Geographies of Faith in the Long Eighteenth Century

Kavita Pillai (PhD 2018) "The Refashioning of Fundamentalist Nostalgia in the Age of Globalization: Charting the Rise of the Right Wing via Textual Trends"

Nick Potter (PhD 2018) Big Gorgeous Jazz Machine

Meng Ren (MA 2016) "Yunnan Reggae: Music and Politics"

Nick Robinson (PhD 2016) Our Family Walks

Eric Russell (PhD 2016) Nature, Materiality, and Human Agency in the Literature of the Great Lakes, 1790-1853

Joanna Saleska (MA 2015) "Writing-to-Serve: An Ethnographic Study of a Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Approach in a Service-Learning-Course”

Travis Scholl (PhD 2018) "Of the Burning"

Eric O. Scott (PhD 2018) "The Pagan's Progress"

Joseph Simpson (MA 2016) “Action Research on The Letter as Genre: An Examination of both External an Internal Goals for the Course and its Instructors”

Carli Sinclair (PhD 2018) 'This Land is My Land': Transparency and Community in the New American Novel

Magi Smith (PhD 2016) The Drama of Dissent: Pamphleterring Culture and Performative Protestantism:1650-1795

Nicole Songstad (MA 2016) “Sleep and Affect in Old English Poetry”

Gregory Specter (PhD 2014) Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Circulation of Texts

Jennifer Spitulnik (PhD 2015) No People Like #ShowPeople: Broadway Performers

Christopher Strelluf (PhD 2015) “We Have Such a Normal, Non-Accented Voice’: A Sociophoentic Study of English in Kansas City

Raymond Summerville (PhD 2016) The Fetishization of Firearms in African‐American Folklore and Culture

Daniel Thater (MA 2017) “Abjection and Order: The Grotesque Aesthetic in Octavia Butler’s Wild Seed and Dawn, and Gloria Naylor’s Linden Hills”

Curtis Thomas (MA 2016) “Lions and Wolves and Knights: Anger, Violence, and the Animal-Affective Prosthetic”

Tracy Travis (MA 2017) “Show‐Me Antiguity: An Ethnographic Study of Missouri Civil War Reenactment”

Chun Ye (PhD 2016) HAO

Jihun Yoo (PhD 2015) The Frontier Myth and The Frontier Thesis Contemporary Genre Fiction


Theses & Dissertations (2011-2014)

Jonas Cope (PhD 2012), “The Dissolution of Character in Late Romantic British Literature,” directed by Noah Heringman.  Cope is currently Assistant Professor of English at California State University-Sacramento.

Thomas Fontana (MA 2011), “Ancient Yet New: William Blake’s Milton: A Poem and the Politics of Antiquarianism,” directed by Noah Heringman. 

Luke Gibbs (PhD 2013), “Great Britain and Latin America: The Romantics and the Informal Empire,” directed by Noah Heringman.  Gibbs is currently Associate Professor of English at Evangel University.

Erin Wilson (PhD 2012), “Somatic Subjects: The Pathological Path to Victorian Womanhood,” directed by Nancy West.  Wilson is currently Visiting Affiliate Assistant Professor at Loyola University, Maryland 

Caitlin Kelley (PhD 2013), “Private Devotion, Public Textuality: The British Novel from Defoe to Hardy,” directed by Devoney Looser (now at ASU).  Kelley is currently a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Karen Laird (PhD 2011), “Melodrama’s Afterlife: Jane Eyre, David Copperfield, and The Woman in White from the Victorian Stage to the Silent Screen,” directed by Nancy West.  Laird is currently an instructor at the University of Salford (UK).

Juliette Paul (PhD 2015), “Transatlantic Geographies of Faith in the Long Eighteenth Century,” directed by Noah Heringman.  Paul is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN.

Melanie Pavao (MA 2014), "Pastoral Ballads and Other Generic Hybrids in Lyrical Ballads," directed by Noah Heringman.  Pavao currently teaches English at Hanover High School, Fall River, Mass.

Angela Rehbein (PhD 2011), “Domesticating the Empire: Women Writers and Colonial Discourse in Late Eighteenth-Century British Literature,” directed by Devoney Looser (ASU).  Rehbein is currently Assistant Professor of English at West Liberty University.  

Alison Rutledge (PhD 2014), "Impressions and Characters: Travel Writing and Narration in the Novel, 1840-1920," directed by Elizabeth Chang.  Rutledge is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Columbia College (MO).