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Current Students

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

Ashely Kunsa

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.

Erin Rentschler

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.

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.

Maureen Gallagher

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.

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.

Jade Higa

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.

Rachel Luckenbill

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.

Marcie Panutsos

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.

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.

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.

Jeff Stoyanoff

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.