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MA graduates from Northeastern’s Department of English have secured positions in a broad range of careers both within and outside of academia. Our program supports students who are seeking entry to Ph.D. programs in or adjacent to the field of English studies, as well as those looking to establish careers across industries such as primary and secondary education, higher education administration, curriculum and instruction design, publishing and editing, and public relations and communications.

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 a moral obligation of any student-centered program, and we encourage prospective students to compare our data against other programs they may be considering.

Please visit our Job Search Resources and Professional Development webpages for more information on resources we offer to support both current and recently graduated students who are seeking employment in academia, industry, the non-profit sector, and beyond.

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*”Other industryrefers to a variety of professional areas not falling under a single categorization, including nursing, the Air Force, the craft beer industry, the legal field, recruiting, and more.

Student NameGraduation TermThesis Title (if applicable)Thesis Advisor (if applicable)First Position Post GraduationCurrent Position
Shannon LallySpring 2021N/AN/AAssociate Research Analyst, Audit AnalyticsSee previous
Paddy McCabeSpring 2021“Touching Memory: Pittsburgh, with Frank Santoro”Professor Hillary ChutePhD student in English, Ohio State UniversitySee previous
Shreya SangaiSpring 2021N/AN/APhD student in Humanities, York UniversitySee previous
Dola HaqueSummer 2021N/AN/ACommunications Content Coordinator, Fresenius Medical Care North America (hired out of co-op)See previous
Zachary UlrichSummer 2021N/AN/ACommunications Associate, Office of the Chancellor at Northeastern University (hired out of co-op)See previous
Year of graduation: 2021
Student NameGraduation TermThesis Title (if applicable)Thesis Advisor (if applicable)First Position Post GraduationCurrent Position
Avery BlankenshipSpring 2020N/AN/APhD student in English, Northeastern UniversitySee previous
Jacob St. JeanSpring 2020N/AN/AParaprofessional, Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Magnet Middle SchoolSee previous
Brice LanhamSummer 2020N/AN/AAssociate Digital Content Manager, National Geographic Learning (hired out of co-op)Digital Content Product Specialist, National Geographic Learning
Vijeta SainiSummer 2020“Merchant of the Empire: The Merchant of Venice in Colonial and Postcolonial Punjab”Professors Erika Boeckeler and Marina LesliePhD student in English, Northeastern UniversitySee previous
Kaitlin MouaFall 2020N/AN/A[not reported]See previous
Nicole SojkowskiFall 2020N/AN/AMarketing Specialist, ShiftboardSee previous
Year of graduation: 2020
Student NameGraduation TermThesis Title (if applicable)Thesis Advisor (if applicable)First Position Post GraduationCurrent Position
Rhya Moffitt BrookeSpring 2019N/AN/APhD student in English, University of Texas at AustinPhD student in Black Studies in English, University of Chicago
Hannah LeeSpring 2019“The Productivity of Women’s Anger in Shakepeare’s Tragedies”Professor Erika BoeckelerAdjunct Faculty, Writing Center at MCPHS UniversitySee previous
Alexander SlotkinSpring 2019“Doing Things with Words: A Critical Approach to Teaching First-Year Composition”Professor Neal LernerPhD student in Rhetoric and Composition, University of FloridaSee previous
Ivy PepinSummer 2019N/AN/AJunior Copywriter, Small ArmyDigital Content Coordinator, Badger Balm
Kyle WholeySummer 2019“Feminist Hybridity: Word and Image in Citizen and Becoming, UnbecomingProfessors Hillary Chute and Carla KaplanPhD student in English, Northeastern UniversitySee previous
John “Jack” FlorFall 2019“Tragedy in the Hill District: A Study of August Wilson’s King Hedley II as Reception of Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus”Professor Carla KaplanUnited States Air ForceSee previous
Kenneth HaleyFall 2019“Pseudobiblia and Race in the Works of H.P. Lovecraft”Professors Ryan Cordell and Julia FlandersPhD student in English, Boston CollegeSee previous
Alexandra SolariFall 2019N/AN/AEnglish teacher, Achievement First Providence Mayoral Academy Middle SchoolSee previous
Year of graduation: 2019
Student NameGraduation TermThesis TitleThesis AdvisorFirst Position Post GraduationCurrent Position
Kelcy DolanSpring 2018“‘You Are More’: An Exploration into Popular and Problematic Trafficking Discourses”Professor Ellen CushmanProposal Writer, IGTSee previous
Karla GaitanSpring 2018“Entering in the Italicized: A Transnational Study on Crossdressing and Stage Direction in Shakespearean Comedy and Spanish ComediaProfessor Erika BoeckelerHigh school English teacher, Excel Academy Charter SchoolsSee previous
Ren PruittSpring 2018“Indigenous Naturality in Unnatural Spaces: A Study of Affective Indigenous Writing and the Natural World”Professor Elizabeth Maddock DillonPhD student in English, University of Hawai’i at ManoaSee previous
Megan StefanskiSpring 2018“The Power of Visual Intention in Emily Dickinson’s Poetry”Professor Theo DavisOnline Orders Manager, Barnes & Noble CollegeText Processor, Gradient
Christopher SurprenantSpring 2018“A Study in Seriality: Sherlock Holmes and the Experience of Semi-Dependent Narrative Sequence”Professor Ryan CordellBusiness Development Manager, Nelson Associates Architectural EngineeringAdjunct Instructor, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Writing Tutor, Mohawk Valley Community College
Year of graduation: 2018
Student NameGraduation TermThesis TitleThesis advisorFirst Position Post GraduationCurrent Position
Joanne DeCaroSpring 2017“Angelenos Incarcerated: The LA County Jail Oral History Project”Professor Elizabeth Maddock DillonLegal Assistant, Komura & HoPhD student in Criminology, Law, and Society, University of California at Irvine
Param AjmeraSpring 2017“Racialized Realism: Daniel Defoe’s Mediations of the Human in Colonel Jack and Robinson CrusoeProfessor Elizabeth Maddock DillonPhD student in English, CUNY Graduate CenterSee previous
Kayla AllenSpring 2017“Literacy Narratives in Fantasy & Reality: A Curricular Guide”Professor Ellen CushmanCompany Intern, Urbanity DanceTalent Acquisition Coordinator, Starry, Inc.
Heather BristSpring 2017“Blake’s Milton: Footsteps of Chaos and Order”Professor Emeritus Stuart PeterfreundTechnical Expert, AppleSee previous
Aislyn FredsallSpring 2017“Disenchantment and Witchcraft: Harry Potter and the Legacy of Early Modern Magic”Professor Emeritus Marina LeslieEditorial Assistant, Macmillan LearningAssistant Editor, Macmillan Learning
Abbie Levesque DeCampSpring 2017“XM<LGBT/>: Queer Writing and Queer Writing Center Practices”Professor Neal LernerPhD student in English, Northeastern UniversitySee previous
Jessica Myers (DeVore)Spring 2017Nox Perpetua: Reception and Translation of Catullus in Renaissance England”Professor Frank BlessingtonSenior Public Relations Analyst, athenahealthPublic Relations Manager, UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group)
Zachary ShawSpring 2017“Psychological Realism in Modern Animation: Greater Unities of Form and Content”Professor Elizabeth Maddock DillonPhD student in English (Film and Media Studies track), University of FloridaSee previous
Matthew CoteSummer 2017“‘We Have Always Been Vampires’: Systems of Fear and Desire and Tentacular Networks in Vampire Literature”Professor Laura GreenBrewery Assistant, Aeronaut BrewingSee previous
Year of graduation: 2017
Student NameGraduation TermThesis Title (if applicable)Thesis Advisor (if applicable)First Position Post GraduationCurrent Position
Patrick DuaneSpring 2015“‘Telling the Truth While Actually Telling a Lie’: John Edgar Wideman’s Blurring of Fiction and NonfictionProfessor Emeritus Bonnie TuSmithTutor, JBG Educational GroupMFA Candidate in Fiction, University of Florida
Leah LapszynskiSpring 2015“Three Case Studies on Digital Technology Implementation in Museums for Disabled Patrons”Professor Mya PoeEducation and Public Programs Coordinator, Wiregrass Museum of ArtEducation & Engagement Coordinator, Florida Maritime Museum
Rebecca (McLaughlin) PetittiSpring 2015“A New Vision for Introduction to Writing Studies”Professor Mya PoePhD student in Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies, University of Massachusetts at AmherstAssistant Director for Faculty Programs and Services, Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning
Ceillie Clark-KeaneSummer 2015“Dorothy Macardle and the Irish Mother: Feminist Writings and the Disruption of the Nationalist Myth”Professor Patrick MullenOffice Assistant, Office of Prevention and Education at Northeastern (OPEN)Head of Marketing & Communications, Building Ventures
Kyle OddisSummer 2015“Tests of Original Relation: Re-Visioning ‘Death’ in the Poetry of Emily Dickinson and Edgar Allen Poe”Professor Theo DavisPhD student in English, Northeastern UniversitySee previous
Vijeta PaiSummer 2015“(Un)defining Genre: Studying the Writing Experiences of STEM Students with Technical Project Reports in India and the United States”Professor Mya PoeTechnical Program Manager II, Akamai TechnologiesAssistant Vice President Architecture (Technology), Project Management Institute; Founder & Speaker, Cloud Demystified
Peter RobySummer 2015N/AN/ALegislative Aide, Office of Representative Evandro C. CarvalhoDigital Director/Press Assistant, Office of Representative Seth Moulton
Sarah StanleySummer 2015“‘Prynte It in His Name’: Gender and the Early Modern Use of Le Livre de la Cité des DamesProfessor Kathleen KellyAssistant Digital Scholarship Coordinator, Florida State University LibrariesDigital Humanities Librarian, Florida State University Libraries
Year of graduation: 2015
Student NameGraduation TermFirst Position Post GraduationCurrent Position
Elizabeth V. BoylesSpring 2014Master’s student in Library & Information Sciences, University of TorontoKnowledge Management Analyst, CPP Investments
Hope MiddletonSpring 2014Assistant Property Manager, KeyPoint Partners LLCSenior Research Analyst, Brandeis University Institutional Advancement Division
Year of graduation: 2014
Student NameGraduation TermFirst Position Post GraduationCurrent Position
Jacob EricksonSpring 2013Grant Writer (Self-Employed)Student Teacher, High Tech High International (as part of the San Diego State University Teacher Credential Program)
Aleksandra GalusSpring 2013Adjunct English & Composition Instructor, Elmhurst CollegePhD candidate in English, Loyola University Chicago
Bryanna ParkerSpring 2013Administrative Assistant, Ethical Culture Fieldston School[Not reported]
Kevin RubySpring 2013Youth Programs Director, Second CycleSee previous
James StanfillFall 2013Instructor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of TorontoResearch Grant and Administration Manager, Center for Complex Network Research
Year of graduation: 2013
Student NameGraduation TermFirst Position Post GraduationCurrent Position
Verdie CulbreathSpring 2012Copy Editor and Development Editor, PearsonPhD student in English, Cornell University
Chloe (Daly) LeightySpring 2012Receptionist, Fresenius Medical CareOperations Assistant/Social Media Manager, Kaser Blasting & Coatings
Donna McKeanSpring 2012[not reported]Nurse
Jessica PauszekSpring 2012PhD student in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric, Syracuse UniversityAssistant Professor of English, Boston College
Jessica (Russell) MorrowSpring 2012Assistant to Associate Deans, College of Arts and Sciences at Baylor UniversityAdvancement Outreach Officer, University of Washington
Brandon TankersleyFall 2012PhD student in English, State University of New York at AlbanySee previous
Natalie Tua’oneFall 2012PhD student in British and American Literature, University of UtahAssistant Professor of Native American and Indigenous Studies, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Year of graduation: 2012
Student NameGraduation TermFirst Position Post GraduationCurrent Position
Erin BeachSpring 2011Consortial Borrowing & Lending Coordinator, Snell Library at Northeastern UniversityCourse Reserves Coordinator, Snell Library at Northeastern University
Leslie Dickinson GansonSpring 2011Inbound Marketing Consultant, HubSpotPlacement Associate, Carney, Sandoe & Associates
Jeremy Gillette-NewmanSpring 2011Part-Time Lecturer in English, Northeastern UniversityAdministrative Specialist: TRIO programs, GateWay Community College
Katherine (Lang) DougalSpring 2011Client Support Specialist, AcademicWorksProject Manager, LogicMonitor
Rachel LewisSpring 2011PhD student in English, Northeastern UniversitySee previous
Megan McCormickSpring 2011Verifications Officer, First Advantage Litigation ConsultingEnglish Second Language Teacher, Barnstable High School
Alexis MinanaSpring 2011Administrative Assistant, Simmons UniversityExecutive Assistant, Charney Investment Group
Abraham “Avi” SabanSpring 2011English Language Tutor, Northeastern University Global Pathways ProgramFreelance Production Manager
Year of graduation: 2011