Grad Students

Terry Adams

Terry graduated magna cum laude from James Madison University with a B.A. in English and a B.S. in Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication. Terry currently works as a CNDLS Graduate Associate, designing and building online courses, and at PrepMatters, where he helps high school seniors write their college application essays. His thesis will be focusing on Victorian and Neo-Victorian trauma narratives. In his spare time, he enjoys eating good food and playing Overwatch.

Emily Bezold

Emily graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of San Diego in 2017 with a B.A. in English and minors in History and Classical Studies. Her undergraduate studies covered a Whitman’s Sampler of topics including various types of literature (her favorites were always Shakespeare or the Romantics), mediums (including written text, film, and Broadway musical), and cultures (both Western and Eastern). After teaching high school (AP) English courses for a few decades, she plans to retire in Celebration, FL, to be the monorail driver at Walt Disney World, ensuring that everyone has a magical day.

Daniel Breen

Daniel grew up in Pennsylvania. He graduated from Temple University.

Luke Brown (AB/MA)

Luke graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgetown University and has continued with the graduate program as an AB/MA candidate. He enjoys working with students through his role as a teaching associate for the Community Scholars Program. He has pursued two independent research fellowships and published on comic book masculinities and the ethics of post-Holocaust fiction. His current research project has him delving into liberation pedagogy and the writings of women of color on wellness and alternative mental health therapies. When he is not studying, you will likely find Luke meditating in a secluded spot, running to the Lincoln Memorial, or relaxing by a large body of water with a book in hand.

Katherine Burd

Katherine graduated magna cum laude from Davidson College with a B.A. in English. Upon graduation, she returned to her native New England to teach at boarding schools, earning an Ms. Ed. from University of Pennsylvania along the way. She returns to full-time study eager to explore the functions of time and temporality in 20th century poetry, fiction, and rhetoric. On campus, she serves as a Graduate Writing Assistant.

Elizabeth Crowley Webber

Elizabeth graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia in 2012, with an honors degree in English literature and an emphasis in novel studies. Immediately after the completion of her undergraduate degree, she moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, as a Teach for America corps member. Since then, she has worked in academic publishing, first at the University of Georgia Press in Athens, Georgia, and more recently at the National Academies Press in Washington, D.C. Her current research focuses on narratology and image theory, with a particular interest in the impact of graphic narratives and television in regards to representation and public opinion.

Lauren Frey

Lauren holds a B.A. in English Literature from Biola University, where she was also a member of Torrey Honors Institute. She is interested in the peripheral practices and compositions of poetry in literary modernism and post-WWI cityscapes. She is also interested in how scientific discourse and notions of phenomenon bear upon the practices, subjects, and sounds of modern and contemporary literatures.

Mary Galli

Mary was born and raised in Southern California and graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University in 2016 with a B.A. in English and a concentration in Creative Writing. Her primary research interests include 19th-century British literature and its intersections with the law, the relationships between humans and animals, and the processes of “othering.” For her undergraduate thesis, she analyzed the dehumanization of Bertha Mason in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. With a Master’s degree from Georgetown, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in English and a career in higher education.

Daniel Giguere

Daniel hails from Northern Virginia. He graduated with a B.A. in English from Kenyon College in May of 2016. While attending Kenyon, Daniel was a member of the basketball team and spent much of his time hiking and getting lost in the idyllic rural surroundings. Since graduation, Daniel has worked as an elementary school teacher, JV baseball coach, and basketball trainer. Outside of his work commitments, Daniel operates his blog and fledgling production and media company, D.M.G. District. Daniel aspires to be an English professor and hopes to devote his life to teaching and developing young adults.

Toby Hickson

Toby graduated from Sewanee: University of the South in December 2014 with an interdisciplinary major in Comparative Literature. After graduating, he taught English and History at the high school level for two years. His research interests include 19th century comparative English, French, and Russian prose, identity as performance, and voicelessness in literature.

Yael Kiken

Yael is from Chicago and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Literature and Theatre. She has been lucky to work with students in Honduras, Ghana, rural New England, Michigan correctional facilities, and DC public schools, and is excited about working as a TA in the Community Scholars Program. She hopes to spend time at Georgetown studying narratives of migration (specifically between the global south and north), ideas of “development” and home in literature, and popular education.

Natalie McGartland

Natalie graduated from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland in 2017 with a B.A. in English and Latin. Her research interests include bibliography and material text culture in the Early Modern and Victorian periods, as well as Classical reception. Originally from Texas, she now lives in Fredericksburg, VA with her partner and their pets, a kitten and a rabbit.

Tyler Michaud

Tyler was born and raised in Maine, and he holds a dual Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature and Secondary English Education from the University of Maine: Farmington. His current academic interests include queer theory, masculinity, race, and the body in literature since the 1980s. To unwind, Tyler enjoys writing poetry; his work has been featured in journals including the Eunoia Review and The River.

Anh Nguyen

Anh spent the first eighteen years of her life in Hanoi, Vietnam, before coming to earn her B.A. in Economics and English Literature from Franklin & Marshall College in 2016. At F&M, she served as a Writing Center tutor and a mentor for international students, a role she hopes to continue as the Honor Council Graduate Assistant at Georgetown. Before discovering her passion for teaching and academia, she considered a career in business journalism and had several internships, including one with the BBC in New York City, where she also published some articles. She now seeks to explore further her interests in postcolonial studies and postcolonial literatures, and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in English after completing the M.A.

Grayson Quay

Grayson graduated from Grove City Collegein Grove City, PA in 2016 with a B.A. in English. After graduating, he taught drama, Spanish, and Scripture for one year at a classical Christian school in Falls Church, VA.

Luis Sanchez

Luis graduated with a B.A. from University of California-Riverside. His main research interest is Chicano cultural production with an interdisciplinary approach.

Bridget Sellers

Bridget graduated summa cum laude from The University of Tennessee with a B.A. in English literature, creative writing, and technical communication. Her research interests include multimodal poetry, intersections of film and literature, literature of the late twentieth/early twenty-first century, video games as literature, and post-Internet studies. Some of her previous research focuses on the culture of slam poetry, poetry of the millennial generation, and the socio-political paradoxes of Haruki Murakami’s oeuvre. She currently serves as a Graduate Associate for the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice, and after graduating from Georgetown, she hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in literature.

Anna Shuster (AB/MA)

Anna entered the AB/MA program as a senior atGeorgetown University studying English and Linguistics. On campus, she can be found teaching salsa lessons for the ballroom dance team, drumming up submissions for Georgetown’s literary magazine (the Anthem), or singing with the Capitol G’s. She is also the digital media manager for the Planet Word Museum, set to open in DC in 2019.

Erin Torbett

Erin graduated from University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism in 2014. After several years working as a copywriter in the social media and financial fields, she decided to return to school to earn a Master’s in English at Georgetown University. Her interests in English include modern American literature and poetry, historical fiction, and postmodern criticism. She hopes to pursue a PhD after her studies at Georgetown.

Caroline Zuckerman (AB/MA)

Caroline graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University with a B.A. in English and Psychology. She began the English M.A. program during her last undergraduate year, and she is excited to continue as a Graduate Writing Associate and the Writing Center Graduate Coordinator. She is particularly interested in writing pedagogy, hybrid identities, and the intersection of gender and mental health in women’s writing.