Below is a small sample of our PhD students' work and interests...
Education: BA English and History - University of Pittsburgh, 2004 MLIS University of Pittsburgh, 2006 MFA Fiction - Penn State, 2009
Research Interests: Contemporary American literature, women's literature, and contemporary fiction
Recent Publication: "History, Hair, and Reimagining Racial Categories in Junot Diaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao." Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction. 54.2 (2013): 211-24. Print.
Education: BS English Education - Wheaton College, 2001 MA English - Duquesne University, 2007
Research Interests: 20th Century American Literature and American Narratives of War: WWII-present
Recent Presentation: "Teaching Narratives of War, Re-Examining the Document." 39th Annual Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture since 1900, University of Louisville, Kentucky, February 2011.
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.
Education: BA Liberal Arts - St. John's College, 1999 MA English - Georgia State University, 2004
Research Interests: British and American Modernism, 20th and 21st Century Poetry, and Feminist and Gender Theory
Recent Presentation: "The Temptation to Look Away: The Textual Erasure of the Traumatized Fallen Woman in Austen's Sense and Sensibility." EC-ASECS Conference, November 4-6, 2010, Pittsburgh.
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.
Education: BA English - University of Hawaii, 2008 MA English - Duquesne University, 2010
Research Interests: 18th Century Gothic Drama, Women's and Gender Studies, Studies of the Maternal and Motherhood
Recent Presentation: "The Maternal Prostitute and the Victorian New Woman: Negotiating and Complicating Female Stereotypes in Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession" Echoes: Across Disciplines, Texts, and Times; March 2011.
Education: BA English - Lebanon Valley College, 2002 MA English - Villanova University, 2005
Research Interests: 20th and 21st Century American Literature and Christianity in American Literature
Recent Presentation: "Breaking Silence and Building Community: The Role of Confession in Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior." Duquesne English Graduate Organization Conference: Pittsburgh, PA, March 18-19, 2011.
Education: BA English - Wheeling Jesuit University, 2007 MA English - Duquesne University, 2009
Research Interests: Modernist Literature, Children's Literature, and Gender Studies
Recent Presentation: "‘Riddikulus': Diffusing the Power of Fear through Laughter in Children's Literature." National Popular Culture & American Culture Association Conference. Washington, D.C.: 27-30 March, 2013.
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.
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.
Education: BA English - Saint Francis University, 2007 MA English - Duquesne University, 2010
Research Interests: Medieval Literature (especially aventure and representations of the self)
Recent Presentation: "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: Problems within Mythological and Folkloric Criticism." 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 2010.