After the MA
Our graduates pursue a number of different career paths, with teaching, publishing and continuing with a Ph.D. program topping the list.
We have sent many students to PhD programs at premier universities across the United States and the world including Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Northwestern, NYU, Princeton, Oxford, UC Berkeley, University of Chicago, UCLA, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, Yale, and many others.
We also have an excellent placement record with local private schools and community colleges. We have placed a number of students in tenure track positions at local community colleges, and many of our students go on to teach at local private and public magnet schools. Thus, we have a strong alumni base that supports current graduates in their job searches.
Here’s what some of our alumni are doing today:
Molly Hildebrand (MA '08) completed the Columbia Publishing Course in New York, NY after graduating from the MA program. Subsequently, she took a position as an Assistant Editor at Oxford University Press, where she worked for two years. In September of 2010, Molly began her doctoral studies in American Literature at Tufts University. At Tufts, Molly's interests focus on the intersection between literature and the visual arts.
Kristen Lewandowski (MA’10) works in the Department of Family Medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine doing communications and coordinating a medical school course.
Anthony Pirrotti (MA '05) is the Assistant Dean of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
Elizabeth Forney (MA '10) is living in DC and is working as an Assistant Editor at the National Academies.
Denise Feikama (MA’03) completed her Ph.D. in English at the University of Connecticut in 2010. She wrote a dissertation titled School Days and Family Ways: Education in African American Literature, 1903-2005. She is currently an Assistant Professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Pembroke, teaching courses in English Education, twentieth century American literature, and composition.
Jessica Williams (MA’08) lives in New York City and works in Editorial at HarperCollins Publishers.
Sara Schotland (MA’09) is currently teaching several courses as an adjunct at the University of Maryland Honors College (utopia studies, disability studies, law and literature, slavery/human rights) as well as law and literature at Georgetown University Law Center. She is also completing her dissertation on the topic of disability in utopia.
Perry Guevara (MA’09) is working on a PhD in English at Emory University. In addition to teaching composition, he studies the interface of Renaissance literature and science through the Scholars Program in Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Research.
Kate Sicard (MA ’11) will be teaching high school English at the Capitol Hill campus of Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy.
Jared Feuer (MA ’02) is the Director of Regions at Amnesty International USA.
Rebecca Viser (MA ’08) is an Online Communications Specialist at Brookings Institution.
Erin Mulligan (MA ’07) accepted a position as an editor and technical writer with the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton after graduating from the program. The firm ultimately recognized her love of teaching and academia and found her a position with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency College, where she worked for four years as an editor, then curriculum developer, and finally as a learning consultant. This fall she will begin a position with the Defense Acquisition University, where she will serve as a Performance Learning Director for Acquisition and Program Management.
Adam Hooks (MA ’03) received his Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University in 2009 and received the 2010 Dissertation Prize from the Shakespeare Association of America. He is currently an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Iowa, where he teaches courses in Shakespeare, early modern literature and culture, and the history of the book.
Allison Adair (MA '06) worked for one year as an editor at the Department of State after graduating from Georgetown. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD at Fordham, where she is also pursuing the Medieval Studies Doctoral Certificate.
Frank Ceruzzi (MA ’97) has been teaching English at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, NY. He is about to begin his twelfth year of teaching.
Harsimrat (Simmer) Grewal (MA '09), after graduating from Georgetown, joined the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at as Executive Assistant to the Deans.
Mark LaVoie (MA '08) is teaching Oral and Written Communication at the University of Illinois, as well as English classes at the local community college and for Regent University. When his wife finishes her MA, he'll be applying to PhD programs in English (or perhaps American Studies).
Adam Lloyd (MA ’06) is pursuing a PhD in English at the University of Maryland and teaching first-year writing. He hopes to complete his doctorate in another two years.
Meredith Malburne (MA '03) is pursuing a PhD in Modern American Literature and Critical Race Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She teaches composition and has won awards for curriculum design and excellence in teaching. Her dissertation focuses on acts of revision as criticism/radicalism in 20th Century American drama.
Ian Martinez is a senior advisor and the Director of Outreach for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), which is verbose way to say the President's broadband access plan. He ended up there after years of working in tech/telecom policy journalism.
Sean Moore (MA ’95) finished a PhD in English at Duke University in 2003 and is now a tenure-track assistant professor for Restoration and eighteenth-century studies at the University of New Hampshire. Along the way, he worked as a staff writer and assistant writer for Georgetown Law, the alumni magazine at the Georgetown University Law Center. He married Jessica Angell Moore in 2005 and their first child, James, was born in December 2007. You can learn more about Sean by visiting http://unh.edu/english/seanmoore/.
Joe Napolitano (MA ’06) worked as an Academic Counselor in the College Dean’s office for one year after his Master’s and is now pursuing a PhD in English at NYU. At NYU, he is working on postcolonial studies and South African literature and culture.
Melissa Parrish (MA '09) currently teaches basic composition and literature at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Anthony Pirrotti (MA ‘05) is the Assistant Dean of the McDonough School of Business here at Georgetown University. He also teaches English at a local community college.
Roopika Risam (MA '07) is working on a Ph.D in English at Emory University, specializing in postcolonial and African American literature.
John T. Sebastian (MA ’99) attended Cornell University and received a PhD in Medieval Studies in 2004. He is currently an assistant professor of medieval literature at Loyola University New Orleans and the Director of Loyola’s Medieval Studies Program and the Deputy Director of the University Honors Program.
Kyle Stedman (MA ’07) is pursuing a PhD in rhetoric and composition at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL where he teaches English composition. He has been working with the first-year composition policy committee doing web work for the writing program and collaborative curriculum design with other graduate students and professors.
Christopher Warren (MA '03) is the Harper-Schmidt Fellow, Collegiate Assistant Professor in Humanities at the University of Chicago.
Meaghan Fritz (MA '10) is beginning a Ph.D in English at Northwestern University.
Veronica Sudekum (MA '10) is entering medical school at the University of Virginia this fall.
Jason Murray (MA '03) recently relocated to the SF bay area and accepted a position as Director of Admissions at Notre Dame de Namur University.
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