Current Students

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

Marla Anzalone
Marla Anzalone

Education:

B.A. English, Biology - Wittenberg College, 2011
M.F.A. Creative Writing, Creative Nonfiction focus - Chatham University, 2013
M.A. 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

Courtney Druzak
Courtney Druzak

Education:

B.F.A. Creative Writing, Chatham College for Women, May 2014
M.A. English Literature, West Virginia University, May 2016
Ph.D. English Literature, Duquesne University (ABD)

Research Interests:

Early Modern/Renaissance Literature; Medieval Literature; Ecofeminism; Waste Studies; Gender and Queer Theory; Humoral Theory

Courses Taught: 

Women and Science Fiction (self-designed, writing about literature course), Spring 2019


Marginalized Bodies: The Politics of Imprisonment, Justice Learning Community (self-designed composition class), Fall 2018


Rhetoric, Images, and Digital Spaces: Thinking and Writing Across the Curriculum (self-designed composition course), Spring 2018


Dystopic Futures: Imaginative Writing and Critical Thinking (self-designed, writing about literature course), Fall 2017


The Fantastical and the Ecological in Literature (self-designed, writing about literature course),Spring 2017


Research, Rhetoric, Writing: Race, Class, and Gender in Media and Popular Culture (self-designed composition course), Fall 2016

Recent Publications:

“‘Scattred All to Nought’: Feminine Waters, Irish Sources, and Colonialism in Edmund Spenser’s River Mulla,” English: The Journal of the English Association, Oxford UP, 2019 (forthcoming).

Michelle Gaffey
Michelle Gaffey

Education:

B.A. English - Duquesne University, 2002
B.S. Education - Duquesne University 2002
M.A. 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.

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
Cheryl Read

Education:

B.A. English - University of Minnesota, 2009
M.A. 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
Mike Smith

Education:

B.A. English - Sacred Heart University, 2006
M.A. 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.

David Young
David Young

Education:

M.A. English - John Carroll University, 2013
B.A. English - Heidelberg University, 2010


Research Interests:

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


Recent Presentations:

2018: Imbricated Representations of Holocaust Violence: The Irreversible and Images in Spite of All: Four Photographs from Auschwitz. Seminar on Photography and Other Arts, Modernist Studies Association Conference. Columbus, OH

2018: “Seeds of Destruction: Narrating Nazis and Fascist Sympathizers in Pre-WWII British Texts and their Relationship to Later Holocaust Texts.” International Society for the Study of Narrative Conference. Montreal, QC

2017 “The Breakdown of Realism and the Ethics of Voice in D.M. Thomas’ The White Hotel.” International Society for the Study of Narrative Conference. Lexington, KY


Invited Talks

Naming Power, The Power of Naming: The Diving Bell and The Butterfly, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. October 9, 2018


Service to the Profession:

MLA Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Humanities, 2019-2022