Congrats to Our New Alumni!

This summer and spring saw several successful defenses! We are so excited for each of you!!


Amanda Lehr successfully defended her dissertation, “Raw Metaphors:  Cannibal Poetics in Early Modern England” on April 27th, 2018.  Amanda will join the Department this fall as a lecturer.

Wietske Smeele successfully defended her dissertation, “The Victorian Posthuman:  Monstrous Bodies in Literature and Science” on May 1st, 2018.  Wietske has joined the College of Arts and Science’s Major Academic Resource Center where she is a pre-major adviser for undergraduate students.

Kirsten Mendoza successfully defended her dissertation, “Representations of Race, Rape, and Consent in Early Modern English Drama” on May 12th, 2018.  Kirsten will join the Department of English at the University of Dayton as an Assistant Professor this fall.

Deann Armstrong successfully defended her dissertation, “’Strange Times’:  English Renaissance Literature and the Erotics of the Clock” on May 12th, 2018.  Deann will join the Department this fall as a lecturer.

James Phelan successfully defended his dissertation, “The Literature of Information Overload:  Modernism and the Encyclopedia” on June 27th, 2018.  James will join the Department this fall as a lecturer.

Jennifer Bagneris successfully defended her dissertation, “Exceptionally Black New Orleans:  Public Policy, Memory, and Ritual in ‘The City that Forgot’” on July 3rd, 2018.