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.
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Student Name Graduation Term Thesis Title (if applicable) Thesis Advisor (if applicable) First Position Post Graduation Current Position Shannon Lally Spring 2021 N/A N/A Associate Research Analyst, Audit Analytics See previous Paddy McCabe Spring 2021 “Touching Memory: Pittsburgh, with Frank Santoro” Professor Hillary Chute PhD student in English, Ohio State University See previous Shreya Sangai Spring 2021 N/A N/A PhD student in Humanities, York University See previous Dola Haque Summer 2021 N/A N/A Communications Content Coordinator, Fresenius Medical Care North America (hired out of co-op) See previous Zachary Ulrich Summer 2021 N/A N/A Communications Associate, Office of the Chancellor at Northeastern University (hired out of co-op) See previous Year of graduation: 2021
Student Name Graduation Term Thesis Title (if applicable) Thesis Advisor (if applicable) First Position Post Graduation Current Position Avery Blankenship Spring 2020 N/A N/A PhD student in English, Northeastern University See previous Jacob St. Jean Spring 2020 N/A N/A Paraprofessional, Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Magnet Middle School See previous Brice Lanham Summer 2020 N/A N/A Associate Digital Content Manager, National Geographic Learning (hired out of co-op) Digital Content Product Specialist, National Geographic Learning Vijeta Saini Summer 2020 “Merchant of the Empire: The Merchant of Venice in Colonial and Postcolonial Punjab” Professors Erika Boeckeler and Marina Leslie PhD student in English, Northeastern University See previous Kaitlin Moua Fall 2020 N/A N/A [not reported] See previous Nicole Sojkowski Fall 2020 N/A N/A Marketing Specialist, Shiftboard See previous Year of graduation: 2020
Student Name Graduation Term Thesis Title (if applicable) Thesis Advisor (if applicable) First Position Post Graduation Current Position Rhya Moffitt Brooke Spring 2019 N/A N/A PhD student in English, University of Texas at Austin PhD student in Black Studies in English, University of Chicago Hannah Lee Spring 2019 “The Productivity of Women’s Anger in Shakepeare’s Tragedies” Professor Erika Boeckeler Adjunct Faculty, Writing Center at MCPHS University See previous Alexander Slotkin Spring 2019 “Doing Things with Words: A Critical Approach to Teaching First-Year Composition” Professor Neal Lerner PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition, University of Florida See previous Ivy Pepin Summer 2019 N/A N/A Junior Copywriter, Small Army Digital Content Coordinator, Badger Balm Kyle Wholey Summer 2019 “Feminist Hybridity: Word and Image in Citizen and Becoming, Unbecoming“ Professors Hillary Chute and Carla Kaplan PhD student in English, Northeastern University See previous John “Jack” Flor Fall 2019 “Tragedy in the Hill District: A Study of August Wilson’s King Hedley II as Reception of Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus” Professor Carla Kaplan United States Air Force See previous Kenneth Haley Fall 2019 “Pseudobiblia and Race in the Works of H.P. Lovecraft” Professors Ryan Cordell and Julia Flanders PhD student in English, Boston College See previous Alexandra Solari Fall 2019 N/A N/A English teacher, Achievement First Providence Mayoral Academy Middle School See previous Year of graduation: 2019
Student Name Graduation Term Thesis Title Thesis Advisor First Position Post Graduation Current Position Kelcy Dolan Spring 2018 “‘You Are More’: An Exploration into Popular and Problematic Trafficking Discourses” Professor Ellen Cushman Proposal Writer, IGT See previous Karla Gaitan Spring 2018 “Entering in the Italicized: A Transnational Study on Crossdressing and Stage Direction in Shakespearean Comedy and Spanish Comedia“ Professor Erika Boeckeler High school English teacher, Excel Academy Charter Schools See previous Ren Pruitt Spring 2018 “Indigenous Naturality in Unnatural Spaces: A Study of Affective Indigenous Writing and the Natural World” Professor Elizabeth Maddock Dillon PhD student in English, University of Hawai’i at Manoa See previous Megan Stefanski Spring 2018 “The Power of Visual Intention in Emily Dickinson’s Poetry” Professor Theo Davis Online Orders Manager, Barnes & Noble College Text Processor, Gradient Christopher Surprenant Spring 2018 “A Study in Seriality: Sherlock Holmes and the Experience of Semi-Dependent Narrative Sequence” Professor Ryan Cordell Business Development Manager, Nelson Associates Architectural Engineering Adjunct Instructor, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Writing Tutor, Mohawk Valley Community College Year of graduation: 2018
Student Name Graduation Term Thesis Title Thesis advisor First Position Post Graduation Current Position Joanne DeCaro Spring 2017 “Angelenos Incarcerated: The LA County Jail Oral History Project” Professor Elizabeth Maddock Dillon Legal Assistant, Komura & Ho PhD student in Criminology, Law, and Society, University of California at Irvine Param Ajmera Spring 2017 “Racialized Realism: Daniel Defoe’s Mediations of the Human in Colonel Jack and Robinson Crusoe“ Professor Elizabeth Maddock Dillon PhD student in English, CUNY Graduate Center See previous Kayla Allen Spring 2017 “Literacy Narratives in Fantasy & Reality: A Curricular Guide” Professor Ellen Cushman Company Intern, Urbanity Dance Talent Acquisition Coordinator, Starry, Inc. Heather Brist Spring 2017 “Blake’s Milton: Footsteps of Chaos and Order” Professor Emeritus Stuart Peterfreund Technical Expert, Apple See previous Aislyn Fredsall Spring 2017 “Disenchantment and Witchcraft: Harry Potter and the Legacy of Early Modern Magic” Professor Emeritus Marina Leslie Editorial Assistant, Macmillan Learning Assistant Editor, Macmillan Learning Abbie Levesque DeCamp Spring 2017 “XM<LGBT/>: Queer Writing and Queer Writing Center Practices” Professor Neal Lerner PhD student in English, Northeastern University See previous Jessica Myers (DeVore) Spring 2017 “ Nox Perpetua: Reception and Translation of Catullus in Renaissance England” Professor Frank Blessington Senior Public Relations Analyst, athenahealth Public Relations Manager, UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group) Zachary Shaw Spring 2017 “Psychological Realism in Modern Animation: Greater Unities of Form and Content” Professor Elizabeth Maddock Dillon PhD student in English (Film and Media Studies track), University of Florida See previous Matthew Cote Summer 2017 “‘We Have Always Been Vampires’: Systems of Fear and Desire and Tentacular Networks in Vampire Literature” Professor Laura Green Brewery Assistant, Aeronaut Brewing See previous Year of graduation: 2017
Student Name Graduation Term Thesis Title (if applicable) Thesis Advisor (if applicable) First Position Post Graduation Current Position Patrick Duane Spring 2015 “‘Telling the Truth While Actually Telling a Lie’: John Edgar Wideman’s Blurring of Fiction and Nonfiction Professor Emeritus Bonnie TuSmith Tutor, JBG Educational Group MFA Candidate in Fiction, University of Florida Leah Lapszynski Spring 2015 “Three Case Studies on Digital Technology Implementation in Museums for Disabled Patrons” Professor Mya Poe Education and Public Programs Coordinator, Wiregrass Museum of Art Education & Engagement Coordinator, Florida Maritime Museum Rebecca (McLaughlin) Petitti Spring 2015 “A New Vision for Introduction to Writing Studies” Professor Mya Poe PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies, University of Massachusetts at Amherst Assistant Director for Faculty Programs and Services, Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning Ceillie Clark-Keane Summer 2015 “Dorothy Macardle and the Irish Mother: Feminist Writings and the Disruption of the Nationalist Myth” Professor Patrick Mullen Office Assistant, Office of Prevention and Education at Northeastern (OPEN) Head of Marketing & Communications, Building Ventures Kyle Oddis Summer 2015 “Tests of Original Relation: Re-Visioning ‘Death’ in the Poetry of Emily Dickinson and Edgar Allen Poe” Professor Theo Davis PhD student in English, Northeastern University See previous Vijeta Pai Summer 2015 “(Un)defining Genre: Studying the Writing Experiences of STEM Students with Technical Project Reports in India and the United States” Professor Mya Poe Technical Program Manager II, Akamai Technologies Assistant Vice President Architecture (Technology), Project Management Institute; Founder & Speaker, Cloud Demystified Peter Roby Summer 2015 N/A N/A Legislative Aide, Office of Representative Evandro C. Carvalho Digital Director/Press Assistant, Office of Representative Seth Moulton Sarah Stanley Summer 2015 “‘Prynte It in His Name’: Gender and the Early Modern Use of Le Livre de la Cité des Dames“ Professor Kathleen Kelly Assistant Digital Scholarship Coordinator, Florida State University Libraries Digital Humanities Librarian, Florida State University Libraries Year of graduation: 2015
Student Name Graduation Term First Position Post Graduation Current Position Elizabeth V. Boyles Spring 2014 Master’s student in Library & Information Sciences, University of Toronto Knowledge Management Analyst, CPP Investments Hope Middleton Spring 2014 Assistant Property Manager, KeyPoint Partners LLC Senior Research Analyst, Brandeis University Institutional Advancement Division Year of graduation: 2014
Student Name Graduation Term First Position Post Graduation Current Position Jacob Erickson Spring 2013 Grant Writer (Self-Employed) Student Teacher, High Tech High International (as part of the San Diego State University Teacher Credential Program) Aleksandra Galus Spring 2013 Adjunct English & Composition Instructor, Elmhurst College PhD candidate in English, Loyola University Chicago Bryanna Parker Spring 2013 Administrative Assistant, Ethical Culture Fieldston School [Not reported] Kevin Ruby Spring 2013 Youth Programs Director, Second Cycle See previous James Stanfill Fall 2013 Instructor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto Research Grant and Administration Manager, Center for Complex Network Research Year of graduation: 2013
Student Name Graduation Term First Position Post Graduation Current Position Verdie Culbreath Spring 2012 Copy Editor and Development Editor, Pearson PhD student in English, Cornell University Chloe (Daly) Leighty Spring 2012 Receptionist, Fresenius Medical Care Operations Assistant/Social Media Manager, Kaser Blasting & Coatings Donna McKean Spring 2012 [not reported] Nurse Jessica Pauszek Spring 2012 PhD student in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric, Syracuse University Assistant Professor of English, Boston College Jessica (Russell) Morrow Spring 2012 Assistant to Associate Deans, College of Arts and Sciences at Baylor University Advancement Outreach Officer, University of Washington Brandon Tankersley Fall 2012 PhD student in English, State University of New York at Albany See previous Natalie Tua’one Fall 2012 PhD student in British and American Literature, University of Utah Assistant Professor of Native American and Indigenous Studies, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Year of graduation: 2012
Student Name Graduation Term First Position Post Graduation Current Position Erin Beach Spring 2011 Consortial Borrowing & Lending Coordinator, Snell Library at Northeastern University Course Reserves Coordinator, Snell Library at Northeastern University Leslie Dickinson Ganson Spring 2011 Inbound Marketing Consultant, HubSpot Placement Associate, Carney, Sandoe & Associates Jeremy Gillette-Newman Spring 2011 Part-Time Lecturer in English, Northeastern University Administrative Specialist: TRIO programs, GateWay Community College Katherine (Lang) Dougal Spring 2011 Client Support Specialist, AcademicWorks Project Manager, LogicMonitor Rachel Lewis Spring 2011 PhD student in English, Northeastern University See previous Megan McCormick Spring 2011 Verifications Officer, First Advantage Litigation Consulting English Second Language Teacher, Barnstable High School Alexis Minana Spring 2011 Administrative Assistant, Simmons University Executive Assistant, Charney Investment Group Abraham “Avi” Saban Spring 2011 English Language Tutor, Northeastern University Global Pathways Program Freelance Production Manager Year of graduation: 2011