The EGSA, a student group officially acknowledged by the University, includes all graduate students in the English Department at Northeastern, but primarily functions as a small group of elected representatives. Its mission is to ensure and improve the quality of the graduate programs, promote the professional development of graduate students, develop policies and procedures that benefit graduate students, encourage faculty-student communication, and foster collegiality among members of the department through cooperation between graduate students, faculty and staff in the English Department.
Elected representatives conduct monthly meetings, open to any and all graduate students, where announcements and reports are made by the executive members and representatives of the EGSA. The EGSA also works in conjunction with the Graduate Student Government (GSG), the graduate student government that includes all departments at Northeastern. For more information, please contact the EGSA at northeasternEGSA@gmail.com.
EGSA Officers, 2021-2022
Coordinator: Avery Blankenship
Department liaisons: Cailin Roles and Abbie Levesque
Events manager: Caroline Grand
Graduate student liaison: Taryn Gilligan
Graduate Student Government and Grad Student Union liaison: Julianna Wessels
The Graduate Student Welfare Advocacy Group (GSWAG) is a collective of English graduate students and faculty members who are dedicated to fostering an inclusive, compassionate, and justice-centered environment in the department. Learn more on our “About Us” page.
Use our anonymous suggestion form to send over any information, whether general suggestions or something to be published in our newsletters: http://bit.ly/GSWAG-form
GSWAG Members, 2020-2021
Dr. Erika Boeckeler
Dr. Elizabeth Dillon
Dr. Melissa Pearson
Rachel Elvira Molko
The Drawing Cohort is dedicated to the principle that anyone can draw a fridge-worthy picture and that crayons and markers are fun for all ages! Our meetings consist of drawing activities, music, snacks, chill vibes, and lots of laughs. If you’d like to get involved or learn more, email Ben at email@example.com. We hope you join us soon!
The Northeastern Comics Studies Group is a faculty and graduate student group devoted to the study of comics, image-texts, and visual cultures more broadly. Meeting three to five times a semester, the group seeks to strengthen the scholarly comics community at Northeastern through workshopping, reading groups, discussions, and invited speakers, as well as through group visits to lectures, conferences, and comics expositions. All are invited to attend meetings, get to know Northeastern’s growing comics scholar community, and learn something new!
For any questions, please connect with Kenny Oravetz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Literatures and Cultures group is an organization dedicated to sharing and workshopping scholarship from the department’s Americanists. We meet once a month to hear new scholarship and offer feedback on current graduate projects.
For more information, please contact Eamon Schlotterback at email@example.com.
Kankedorts and Cockatrices (K&C) is committed to fostering enthusiasm for early modern and medieval studies across disciplines among faculty, graduate students, and doctoral alumni at Northeastern University. Since its inaugural meeting at Woody’s Grill and Tap in September 2014, K&C members have been spotted together eating pizza and drinking beer at many of Boston’s best bars (sort of) and attending productions of Renaissance plays at The Student Theater at Agganis Arena. It has been said that K&C members are nearly as passionate about their scholarly pursuits as they are about eating and drinking together.
What is a Kankedort?
Appearing in the great romance of Troilus and Criseyde, this word is recorded only once in the English language. The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as “A state of suspense; a critical position; an awkward affair.” The etymology of this word is listed as “unascertained” and it is a literary singularity.
What is a Cockatrice?
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a cockatrice is “a serpent, identified with the Basilisk, fabulously said to kill by its mere glance, and to be hatched from a cock’s egg.”
Professor Erika Boeckeler (PhD in Comparative Literature)
Professor Marina Leslie (PhD in English)
Professor Kathleen Kelly (PhD in English)
Professor Francis Blessington (PhD in English)
Professor Christopher Parsons (PhD in History)
Professor Robert Cross (PhD in History)
Members at Large:
Shannon Garner-Balandrin (PhD in English, 2016)
Sarah Connell (PhD in English, 2014)
Kasra Ghorbaninejad (English PhD candidate)
David Medina (English PhD candidate)
Thanasis Kinias (History PhD candidate)
Paul Babin (English PhD candidate)
Vijeta Saini (English MA candidate)
For any questions, please connect with Vijeta Saini at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Writing & Rhetoric group holds monthly meetings for faculty and graduate students interested in rhetoric, composition, and literacy. Our goal is to foster a community of peers and mentors through our shared research interests. The agenda can consist of planning for upcoming conferences, workshopping papers and presentations, and sharing recent scholarship while enjoying light refreshments.
For any questions, please connect with the coordinator of the group, Rachel Molko, at email@example.com.
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