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Current Students

Below is a small sample of our PhD students' work and interests...

Marla Anzalone
Marla Anzalone

Education:
BA English, Biology - Wittenberg College, 2011
MFA Creative Writing, Creative Nonfiction focus - Chatham University, 2013
MA English - Duquesne University, 2014

Research Interests:
19th century American literature and cultural studies, Civil War literature and medicine, archival texts, and women's and gender studies

Courses Taught: 
Engl 101-Multigenre Creative Writing

Recent Publications:

"Cao Lau for One". Punchnel's. October 2012.

"Chom Choms and Tic Tac Toe." Anak Sastra: Stories for South East Asia. 13.1(2013):46-51.

Recent Presentations:

Forthcoming in November: "Returning, resuming, I thread my way through the hospitals:" Recursive Memory in Walt Whitman's "The Wound-Dresser." Midwest Modern Language Association-Civil War Studies Caucus, 2017. Cincinnati, OH.

Projects:

Marianne Moore Digital Archive-Volunteer project assistant helping to build a poetry index by researching content, editing, and page formatting

Ian Butcher  
Ian Butcher

Education:
BA English - Saint Francis University, 2008
MA English - Oregon State University, 2010


Research Interests:
Twentieth-century and contemporary American literature and culture, Critical University Studies, the history of English Studies, literary theory (esp. Marxist theory), Magical Realism, Critical Geography

Courses Taught:
ENG 302W: Science Writing
ENG 320: Survey of American Literature II (1865-Present)

Recent Publications:
Butcher, Ian. "Essentials to Success in the SR&ED Program." Sales Tax Journal 27.2 (2016): 4-6.
Butcher, Ian. "Student Evaluations, Neoliberal Managerialism, and Networks of Mistrust." Works and Days 65-68.33-34 (2016): 299-317.

Recent Presentation:

"When English Studies Teaches the University," (Seminar co-organizer: "Critical University Studies in Times of Global Precarity"); American Comparative Literature Association Annual Convention; Seattle, WA

Carol Fox
Carol Fox

Education:
BA English, History - West Virginia University, 2012
MA English - West Virginia University, 2014


Research Interests:
20th and 21st Century British Literature, postcolonial theory, and graphic novels


Recent Presentation:
"Hybridity and the Critique of Imperial Narrativization in Alan Moore's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 1," PCA/ACA's annual conference Seattle Washington, March 2016.

Michelle Gaffey

Education:
BA English - Duquesne University, 2002
BS Education - Duquesne University 2002
MA English - Duquesne University 2004

Research Interests:
20th Century American Literature and Documentary Poetry and Poetics

Recent Presentation:
"Looking at Student Sketches and Campus Rooms to Encourage Critical Thinking." Northeast Modern Language Association's 42nd Annual International Convention: Image as Argument Roundtable. New Brunswick, NJ: 7-10 April 2011.

Matthew Heilman

Education:
BA English - University of Pittsburgh, 2003
MA English - Duquesne University, 2007

Research Interests:
British Romanticism, Gothic and supernatural literature, Victorian literature, and the influence of classic literature on underground alternative and heavy metal music

Recent Presentation:
"The Shaping of Unstable Material: Antonia White's Modernist Appropriations of the Gothic." College English Association. Richmond, VA. March 2012.

Christopher Maverick
Christopher Maverick

Courses Taught:
Sex, Violence and Comics (1 section) - Special topics in literature class focusing on the history of American comic books and critical analysis through a gender studies framework

Recent Publications:

"Review of The Superhero Costume: Identity and Disguise in Fact and Fiction by Barbara Brownie and Danny Graydon" - ImageText: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies - Accepted for publication (scheduled: Spring 2017. Vol. 9. No. 1) - University of Florida

"Disavowal of the Innocent: ‘Sally The Sleuth' and the Survivor Narrative" - U.S. Studies Online - British Association for American Studies -May 2017 - Staffordshire, England


Recent Presentations:

2017 Toonseum Summer Lecture Series: "Suffrage and Sappho: 75 Years of Wonder Woman." - The Toonseum - Pittsburgh, PA

Cheryl Read

Education:
BA English - University of Minnesota, 2009
MA English - University of Minnesota, 2011

Research Interests:
Book History and 20th Century American Fiction

Recent Presentation:
"Book History and the Undergraduate Research Paper." Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Annual Convention. Teaching the History of the Book to Undergraduates Roundtable. Boston, MA. March 2013.

Allie Reznik
Alexandra Reznik

Education:
BA English - Chatham University, 2011
MA English - Duquesne University, 2013


Research Interests:
Cultural Studies, Critical Race Studies, Performance Studies, Word and Music Studies, African American and Afrodiaspora Literature, C19 American Literatures


Recent Presentation:
"Dissonant Colonization and Harmonious Resistance in Bessie Head's The Question of Power" for South Central Modern Language Association Conference on "Sound and Story: Rhythms of Language" in Nashville, October 2015.

Allie Reznik Poets House

PhD Candidate Allie Reznik presented her work on the spiritual aesthetic in Solomon Northup's 12 Years a Slave at the 10th International Word and Music Studies Conference on words, music, and the moving image, at Fordham University

Josie Rush

Education:
BA English - Seton Hill University, 2012
MA English, certificate in Women's and Gender Studies - Duquesne University, 2014


Research Interests:
Gender and Sexuality, Popular Culture, Contemporary American/British Literature


Recent Publication:
"Picturing a Better Future: Media Literacy in Holocaust Education." Challenges for the Future: The Ethel LeFrak Proceedings, 2014.

Whitney Sandin:

Education:
BA English - Rice University, 2009
MA English - West Virginia University, 2014


Research Interests:
20th Century American Literature, Gender and Sexuality, Class


Recent Presentation:
"Acting Human: Clones and Humans as Simulacra in Never Let Me Go." Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900. Louisville, Kentucky. February 2016.

Mike Smith
Mike Smith

Education:
BA English - Sacred Heart University, 2006
MA English - Boston College, 2010

Research Interests:
20th Century and Contemporary Literature and Religion

Recent Presentation:
"Carrying the Holy Fire: Father and Son as Perpetual Pilgrims in McCarthy's The Road." Pilgrims in Place. Mideast Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature. Grove City, PA.

Lisa Weddell

Education:
BA English - Chatham University, 2011
MA English - Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2013

Research Interests:
19th century American literature; 19th century transatlantic literature; maritime literature

Recent Award:
Honorable Mention for the Hemlow Prize in Burney Studies, Fall 2015

David Young

Education:
BA English - Heidelberg College, 2010
Graduate Certificate of Modernist Fiction and Contemporary British Literature - Exeter College, University of Oxford, 2010
MA English - John Carroll University, 2013


Research Interests:
Modern and Postmodern Literatures, Narrative Theory, Film and film theory, Violence in literature and film, Literature and film of the Holocaust


Recent Presentation:
Participant in "Reading Contemporary Fiction: Ali Smith's How to Be Both" (Seminar). Society for Novel Studies Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, May 2016.