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PhD graduates from Northeastern’s Department of English have secured positions in a broad range of careers both within and outside of the tenure track. The following information on first positions post graduation and current positions is meant to illustrate the diversity of opportunities in which our students have found professional success. We believe that presenting career path data transparently and comprehensively is especially critical in light of the current state of the academic job market, and we encourage prospective students to compare our data against other programs they may be considering.

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Student NameDissertation TitleDissertation AdvisorFirst Position Post GraduationCurrent Position
Jacob Murel“(In)stability and (Re)creation in the English Print Reception of Vesalian Anatomical Illustrations: A Material-Hermeneutical and Text Analytic Study in Transnational Early Modern Bibliography”Professor Erika Boeckeler
Gregory Palermo“Re-Landscaping Digital Scholarship: A Computational Analysis of Citations in Digital Humanities and Writing Studies”Professor Neal LearnerAssistant Teaching Professor, English, Emory UniversitySee previous
Samantha Przybylowicz“”The red brand of murder”: Women Who Kill in Victorian Literature””Professor Laura Green
Year of PhD: 2022
Student NameDissertation TitleDissertation AdvisorFirst Position Post GraduationCurrent Position
William Bond“Daemonic Allure: Material Experiences in Nineteenth-Century American Poetry”Professor Theo Davis[Not reported][Not reported]
Matthew Hitchcock“Commemorative Objects: Tracing Memory, Meaning Making, and Uptakes Through Family Photographs”Professor Ellen CushmanPostdoctoral Teaching Associate, Writing Program at Northeastern UniversitySee previous
Cara Marta Messina“The Critical Fan Toolkit: Fanfiction Genres, Ideologies, and Pedagogies”Professor Mya PoeAssistant Professor of English (Professional Writing), Jacksonville State UniversitySee previous
Year of PhD: 2021
Student NameDissertation TitleDissertation AdvisorFirst Position Post GraduationCurrent Position
Paul Babin“The Drama of Cartography: Plotting Global, National, and Urban Map Spaces in Early Modern History, Tragedy, and Comedy”Professor Erika BoeckelerPart-Time Lecturer in English, Writing Program at Northeastern UniversitySee previous
Arsalan ul Haq“Graphic Acts: Narrative Desire and Design in Comics and Architecture”Professor Hillary ChutePostdoctoral Teaching Associate, Writing Program at Northeastern UniversityLecturer, Writing Program at University of Southern California
Jonathan Osborne“Difference within Difference: A Study of Modern Black Conservative Rhetoric”Professor Ellen CushmanAssistant Professor of Rhetoric, Louisiana State UniversitySee previous
Eric Sepenoski“Land Claims and Community Literacies of the North Fork”Professor Ellen CushmanFourth-Generation Farmer, Seps FarmSee previous
Year of PhD: 2020
Student NameDissertation TitleDissertation AdvisorFirst Position Post GraduationCurrent Position
Sarah Payne“Women Writing Racelessness: Performativity and Racial Absence in Twentieth Century Women’s Writing”Professor Carla KaplanPostdoctoral Fellow in the Digital Liberal Arts, Middlebury CollegeInstructional Designer, Office of Digital Learning and Inquiry (DLINQ) at Middlebury College
Elizabeth Polcha“Redacting Desire: The Sexual Politics of Colonial Science in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World”Professor Elizabeth Maddock DillonBarra Postdoctoral Fellow, McNeil Center in Early American Studies at the University of PennsylvaniaAssistant Professor of Digital Humanities, University of Southern Mississippi
Laura Proszak“Embodying, Producing, and Materializing Citizenship: A Rhetorical Education for Children of Immigrants at North Bennet Street Industrial School, 1880-1910”Professor Ellen CushmanAssistant Professor of English and Composition Coordinator, Mercy CollegeSee previous
William Quinn“Pauses in Production: Reader Activities in Magazine Culture, 1893-1922”Professor Carla KaplanSemantic Data Specialist, Digital Scholarship Group at Northeastern UniversitySee previous
Year of PhD: 2019
Student NameDissertation TitleDissertation AdvisorFirst Position Post GraduationCurrent Position
Kathryn Bloom“Arguing Their World: The Representation of Major Social and Cultural Issues in Edna Ferber’s and Fannie Hurst’s Fiction, 1910-1935”Professor Lori LefkovitzInstructor, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (BOLLI) at Brandeis UniversitySee previous
Dania Dwyer“Writing Genre, Writing Resistance: Uptake, Action and Generic Dissent in Anglophone Caribbean Poetry”Professor Mya PoeAssistant Professor of English, Austin Community CollegeProfessor of English, Austin Community College
Heather Falconer“Triple-Binds and Unintended Consequences: Exploring Discursive Identity Development in Science with Three Women of Color”Professor Neal LernerAssistant Professor of Writing, Curry CollegeAssistant Professor of Professional and Technical Writing, University of Maine
Jonathan D. Fitzgerald“Setting the Record Straight: Women Literary Journalists Writing Against the Mainstream”Professors Carla Kaplan and Ryan CordellAssistant Professor of Humanities/General Education, Regis CollegeSee previous
Kasra Ghorbaninejad“Re/Imagining Imperial Narratives: Shakespeare’s Histories, Safavid Shāhnāmahs, and Anglo-Persian Alliance Building, 1590s-1620s”Professors Marina Leslie and Erika BoeckelerVisiting Fellow, Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of VictoriaRelational Database Manager, Borders in Globalization (BiG) Lab at the University of Victoria
Nicole Infanta Keller“Making Her Case: Gendered Evidence and Women’s Astronomical Writing of the Long Eighteenth Century”Professor Nicole Aljoe[Redacted]Faculty of Humanities, Integrative Center for Humanities Innovation at Chiang Mai University
Kevin G. Smith“(Re)Making/(Re)Marking: Genre and Markup in the Writing Classroom”Professor Chris GallagherAssistant Professor of English, University of VirginiaSee previous
Year of PhD: 2018
Student NameDissertation TitleDissertation AdvisorFirst Position Post GraduationCurrent Position
Frank Capogna“Beyond the Frame: Modernist Ekphrasis and Museum Politics”Professors Mary Loeffelholz and Guy RotellaLecturer in Rhetoric and Writing, Framingham State UniversitySenior Account Manager, The NPD Group
Erin Leigh Frymire“State Violence and the Rhetoric of Other People’s Bodies: Visibility, Empathy, Agency”Professor Beth BrittLecturer in the Allan K. Smith Center for Writing and Rhetoric, Trinity CollegeSee previous
Sarah Hastings“‘Women Are Words’: Marriage, Language, and the Production of ‘Woman’ in Eighteenth-Century British Women’s Fiction”Professor Nicole AljoeInstructor I of Communication and Creative & Performing Arts, Rowan College of South JerseySee previous
Dana Horton“12 Years a Slave-Master: Gender, Genre, and Race in Post-Neo-Slave Narratives”Professor Nicole AljoeAssistant Professor of English, Mercy CollegeSee previous
Asimina Ino Nikolopoulou“Senses and Sights of Dispossession: Contemporary Tales of the Black Diaspora and the Global South”Professor Elizabeth Maddock DillonAndrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies and English at Grinnell CollegeVisiting Assistant Professor, Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies and English at Grinnell College
Meg Tarquinio“The Pleasure of the Intertext: Towards a Cognitive Poetics of Adaptation Studies”Professor Kathleen KellyCuration Strategy Development Lead, SpotifyDirector of Music Curation and Programming, Twitch
Kate Templeton“The Radical Eye: Documentary Aesthetics in New Deal America”Professor Carla KaplanPart-Time Lecturer in English, Writing Program at Northeastern UniversitySee previous
Ethan Whittet“The Mass Production of Old New England”Professor Elizabeth Maddock DillonEnglish Language Specialist, International Tutoring Center at Northeastern UniversitySee previous
Year of PhD: 2017
Student NameDissertation TitleDissertation AdvisorFirst Position Post GraduationCurrent Position
Neval Avci“Transatlantic Triangulations: Captivity Narratives and the Evolution of Anglo-American Identities from the Colonial to the Early National Period”Professor Elizabeth Maddock DillonInstructor of English, University of GeorgiaQuality Engineer, Allstate Identity Protection
Tabitha Clark“Documentary Modernism and the Modern Storyteller”Professor Carla KaplanPart-Time Lecturer in English, Writing Program at Northeastern UniversitySee previous
Jeffrey Cottrell“Remapping the Politics of Space: Antebellum Countergeographies and Print”Professor Elizabeth Maddock DillonAdjunct Professor, Portland State UniversityProduct Manager, Penso Co.
Michael Dedek“Practicing Change: Curricular Innovation and Change in Writing Programs”Professor Chris GallagherPart-Time Lecturer in English, Writing Program at Northeastern UniversitySee previous
Shannon Garner“Into Something Rich and Strange: Early Modern English Romance and Ecotheory”Professor Marina LesliePanel 4 Coordinator, Institutional Review Board at the University of UtahSenior Specialist Technical Writer, L3Harris Communications
Kristi Girdharry“Composing Digital Community Spaces: Design and Literacy Practices in/of the Archive”Professor Chris GallagherAssistant Professor of English, Johnson & Wales UniversityDirector of the Writing Center and Lecturer in the Arts & Humanities, Babson College
Laura Hartmann-Villalta“Witness to War: Photography, Anglophone Women’s Writing, and the Spanish Civil War”Professor Carla KaplanAdjunct Lecturer in English, Georgetown UniversityDirector of the Master’s in the Engaged and Public Humanities (MAEPH), Georgetown University
Elizabeth Hopwood“Eating the Atlantic: Nineteenth Century U.S. and Caribbean Literature and the Gastroaesthetic”Professor Elizabeth Maddock DillonActing Director of the Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities and Lecturer in English, Loyola University ChicagoSee previous
Lauren Kuryloski“Textual Deviants: Women, Madness, and Embodied Performance in Late Twentieth Century American Literature and Photography”Professor Carla KaplanLecturer, Humanities Department at the United States Coast Guard AcademyAssistant Professor of Teaching, Department of Engineering Education at the University of Buffalo
Charles Lesh“Writing Spaces and Places: a Geoethnography of Graffiti Writing in Boston”Professor Chris GallagherAssistant Professor in English, Auburn UniversitySee previous
Jessica Nelson“‘Good Education, Good Position, and Good Blood’: Creole Women’s Literature of the Nineteenth-Century British West Indies”Professor Laura GreenTeaching Assistant Professor of English, University of Nevada at RenoSee previous
Victoria Papa“The Invention of Survival: Time and the Transformation of Trauma in American Modernist Literature”Professor Carla KaplanAssistant Professor of English and Communications, Massachusetts College of Liberal ArtsSee previous
Amanda Runyan“The Dress and the Colonial Body in Transatlantic Texts, 1767-1853”Professor Nicole AljoePart-Time Instructor in English, Sierra CollegeAssistant Professor of English, Butte College
Kate Simpkins“The Absent Agronomist and the Lord of Poison: Cultivating Modernity in Transatlantic Literature, 1758-1854”Professor Elizabeth Maddock DillonAssistant Professor of English, Wallace Community CollegeLecturer in English, Auburn University
Lauren Thacker“‘Every Move is Punctuated’: Writing Identity and Space in Irish Poetry 1963-2016”Professor Patrick MullenAdjunct Faculty, Moore College of Art & DesignDirector of Advancement Communications, School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania
Year of PhD: 2016
Student NameDissertation TitleDissertation AdvisorFirst Position Post GraduationCurrent Position
Emily Artiano“Vexed Tongues: a Translingual Approach to Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Literature”Professor Elizabeth Maddock DillonAssociate Teaching Professor of Writing, University of Southern CaliforniaSee previous
Brent Griffin“Geographies of (In)Justice: Radical Regionalism in the American Midwest, 1930-1950”Professor Carla KaplanAssistant Teaching Professor, Global Pathways and American Classroom programs at Northeastern UniversitySee previous
Steven Kapica“Permeable Boundaries: Rhetorical Delivery and the Negotiation of Obscenity”Professor Chris GallagherFull-Time Lecturer of English and Director of Writing, Fairleigh Dickinson UniversityAssistant Professor of English and Writing Program Director, Keuka College
Shun Kiang“‘Only connect’: Friendship, Belonging, and Space in the Works of J.M. Barrie, E.M. Forster, and J.R. Ackerley”Professor Laura GreenAssistant Professor of English, Bunker Hill Community CollegeAssistant Professor of English, University of Central Oklahoma
Anne Kingsley“‘A Poem Among the Diagrams’: Poetry as Archival Work in Muriel Rukeyser, Susan Howe, and M. Nourbese Philip”Professor Mary LoeffelholzAssistant Professor of English, Diablo Valley CollegeProfessor of English and Distance Education Coordinator, Diablo Valley College
Jim McGrath“Borrowed Country: Digital Media, Remediation, and North American Poetry in the Twenty-First Century”Professor Elizabeth Maddock DillonPostdoctoral Fellow in Digital Public Humanities, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage at Brown UniversityInstructional Designer, Salem State University, and Part-Time Lecturer in History, Northeastern University
Duyen Nguyen“Orphans, Immigrants, and Empire: Making and Unmaking Identity in the Victorian Novel”Professor Laura GreenPart-Time Lecturer in English, Writing Program at Northeastern UniversitySee previous
David Ober“A Crisis of Sovereignty: Popular Sovereignty and Territorial Claims in Antebellum American Literature”Professor Elizabeth Maddock DillonPart-Time Lecturer in English, Writing Program at Northeastern UniversitySee previous
Max White“Sovereign Spirits: Debtors, Rebels, and Radicals in Early American Print”Professor Elizabeth Maddock DillonPart-Time Lecturer in English, Writing Program at Northeastern UniversityVisiting Full-Time Lecturer in English, Writing Program at Northeastern University
Year of PhD: 2015
Student NameDissertation TitleDissertation AdvisorFirst Position Post GraduationCurrent Position
Gregory Cass“Transatlantic Poetry in the Long Eighteenth Century: Milton, Empire, and the Poetics of Liberty”Professor Elizabeth Maddock DillonPart-Time Instructor, Wheelock CollegeAssistant Professor of Writing, Lasell University
Sarah Connell“‘No Room in History’: Genre and Identity in British and Irish National Histories, 1541-1691Professor Marina LeslieProgram Manager, Women Writers Project at Northeastern University, and Part-Time Lecturer in English, Writing Program at Northeastern UniversityAssistant Director, NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks & Women Writers Project at Northeastern University
Lana Cook“Altered States: the American Psychedelic Aesthetic”Professor Carla KaplanProgram Administrator, Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyAssistant Director of Strategic Initiatives, MIT Open Learning
Genie Giaimo“Unable to Remember but Unwilling to Forget: Cognition, Perception, and Memory in the Contemporary American Memoir”Professor Lori LefkovitzAssistant Professor of English and Writing Center Director, Bristol Community CollegeAssistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric and Director of the Writing Center, Middlebury College
Tabitha Kenlon“Performances of Womanhood in the Eighteenth-Century English Theatre and Novel”Professor Elizabeth Maddock DillonAssistant Professor of English, American University in DubaiSee previous
Alicia Peaker“‘Our English Ground’: Domesticity, Nationalism, and the Natural World, 1900-1950”Professor Laura GreenMellon CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellow in the Digital Liberal Arts, Middlebury CollegeAssociate Director for the Digital Humanities Center, Barnard College
Jenna Sciuto“Postcolonial Palimpsests: Fragmented Subjectivities, Sexual Violence, and Colonial Inheritance in Tierno Monénembo, Marie Vieux-Chauvet, and William Faulkner”Professor Elizabeth Maddock DillonAssistant Professor of Global Anglophone Literature and Language, Massachusetts College of Liberal ArtsAssociate Professor of English and Communications, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Year of PhD: 2014
Student NameDissertation TitleDissertation AdvisorFirst Position Post GraduationCurrent Position
Jennifer Sopchockchai Bankard“Testing reality’s limits: ‘Mad’ Scientists, Realism, and the Supernatural in Late Victorian Popular Fiction”Professor Laura GreenLecturer, University of Southern CaliforniaAssociate Professor (Teaching) of Writing, University of Southern California
Aparna Mujumdar“Colonial Education and Forms of Counter Knowledge: Scenes of Schooling in the Novels of V.S. Naipaul, Erna Brodber, Amitav Ghosh and Julian Barnes”Professor Patrick MullenAssociate Lecturer of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Massachusetts BostonSee previous
Stephanie Pappas“Research Shows: Recasting Research Instruction in Writing-About-Writing Approaches to First-Year Composition”Professor Beth BrittContributor, Parent Co.Writer, Snackdinner
James Richie“Third Way Poets: Navigating the Streams of Modern and Postmodern Poetic Uncertainty”Professor Guy RotellaAdjunct Assistant Professor of English, Queens CollegeSee previous
Danielle Skeehan“Creole Domesticity: Women, Commerce, and Kinship in Early Atlantic Writing”Professor Elizabeth Maddock DillonAssistant Professor of English and Comparative American Studies, Oberlin CollegeAssociate Professor of English and Comparative American Studies, Oberlin College
Art Zilleruelo“‘Severer Interventions’: William Wordsworth and the Play of the Line”Professsor Stuart PeterfreundFull-Time Lecturer, Writing Program at Northeastern UniversityDirector of Education, Academy of Performing Arts in Orleans, Massachusetts
Year of PhD: 2013
Student NameDissertation TitleDissertation AdvisorFirst Position Post GraduationCurrent Position
Mary Balestraci“Victorian Voices: Gender Ideology and Shakespeare’s Female Characters”Professor Laura GreenPart-Time Lecturer in English, Writing Program at Northeastern UniversitySee previous
Rebecca Thorndike-Breeze“Ambivalent Recognition: Mapping Intimacies in the Novels of George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, and Virginia Woolf”Professor Laura GreenAdjunct Assistant Professor in English, Bentley UniversityLecturer II, Comparative Media Studies/Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Tanya Zhelezcheva“The Poetics of the Incomplete in the Works of Thomas Traherne (ca. 1638-1674)”Professor Frank BlessingtonAssistant Professor of English, Queensborough Community CollegeAssociate Professor of English, Queensborough Community College
Year of PhD: 2012
Student NameDissertation TitleDissertation AdvisorFirst Position Post GraduationCurrent Position
Amy Carleton“Eternal Palimpsest: Milton’s Rome”[Unknown]Part-Time Lecturer in English, Writing Program at Northeastern UniversityLecturer II, Comparative Media Studies/Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Hanna Musiol“‘Objects of Emancipation’: The Political Dreams of Modernism”Professor Carla KaplanPart-Time Lecturer in English, University of Massachusetts BostonAssociate Professor of English, Norwegian University of Science and Technology