Student Bios

Second-Year Students

Daniel AthertonDANIEL ATHERTON

Danny graduated from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington in 2009 with a B.A. in English (Writing track) and a minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies. After graduating, he taught English for four years in Osaka Prefecture on the JET Program. At Georgetown, he enjoys his work as a teaching assistant and as a tutor in the Writing Center, as well as researching Anglo-Saxon and medieval literature and material culture.
 

Samantha ChanSAMANTHA CHAN

Samantha was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. She double majored in English and Economics, and minored in Women & Gendered Studies at Franklin & Marshall College. She joins Georgetown's program as a Graduate Writing Associate in the School of Continuing Studies.

 

Emily CocciaEMILY COCCIA (AB/MA) 

Emily graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University with a B.A. in English & Government. In addition to her work as the Honor Council Graduate Assistant, she works as the Program Assistant to the NASA Chair in Astrobiology at the Library of Congress, researching the history of scientific and cultural understandings of DNA. She enjoys working with queer, feminist, and working-class studies, and her research focuses on topics ranging from monstrous mothers in Shakespeare to female friendship and same-sex intimacy in 19thC American literature.

Kelly CoyneKELLY COYNE

Kelly graduated from Bates College in 2013 with a BA in English and Psychology. She is particularly interested in self-reflexivity, performance, gender, and surveillance in twentieth and twenty-first century literature and film, and she is doing a comparative study of Chantal Akerman's and Sylvia Plath's work for her thesis. She is also interested in late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth century British texts and wrote her undergraduate thesis on representations of the white savior figure in imperial Gothic literature of the late Victorian era. Before returning to school, she worked for Scholastic and at a literary agency in New York.

Michael Chase CullerMICHAEL CHASE CULLER

Chase graduated from Brown University in 2013 with a degree in English and Modern Culture and Media. Since graduating, he's worked as a high school English teacher and mentor. He spends the summers teaching gifted high schoolers at the NC Governor's School. He lives and works in DC.

 

Bonnie DuncanBONNIE DUNCAN

Bonnie graduated from Georgetown University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She is currently the pastor and director for Chi Alpha (in partnership with the Office of Campus Ministry) and works as a TA for the Community Scholars Program.
 

Matthew EhlenbachMATTHEW EHLENBACH

Matt holds a B.A. in French and International Affairs from George Washington University. Presently, Matt's primary research interests include critical theory, cultural studies, and comparative 20th century literature. While at Georgetown, Matt serves as a CSJ graduate assistant. He is a native of Nashville, Tennessee, and currently lives in Glover Park with his dog, Phoebe.
 

Grace FosterGRACE FOSTER

Grace graduated summa cum laude from Presbyterian College in 2013 with a B.A. in English. After college, she worked for her alma mater as an Admission Counselor and then as the Writing Center Coordinator. A proud Georgia native, Grace began her M.A. at Georgetown eager to read and write about Southern women’s literature. More recently, though, her interests have taken a dramatic turn into the realm of post-9/11 war films. At Georgetown, Grace works as a Graduate Writing Associate and a tutor and coordinator in the Writing Center.

 

Jade HageJADE HAGE

Jade graduated from The University of California Los Angeles with a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in Education Studies. At Georgetown Jade works as a study skills instructor for the Academic Resource Center, as well as a writing tutor for the Nursing School Writing Center. She is thrilled to begin working on her thesis, which concerns the intersection of faith and imagination in children's literature, as facilitated through the lens of animal studies.

 

Annabelle HaynesANNABELLE HAYNES

Annabelle is a writer and international development professional who was born in Georgetown, Guyana and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. She earned a B.A in English from Mount Holyoke College in 2008, and an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2010. She currently runs the SEED Program at Georgetown University's Writing Center and also enjoys her role as a Teaching Assistant for the Community Scholars Program.

Carmen HernandezCARMEN HERNANDEZ

Carmen graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in English and minors in Biology and Art in 2015. Some of her writing and research interests include minority and working-class studies. She is currently the Student Services Coordinator for the Georgetown English as a Foreign Language Program. After graduation, Carmen plans to continue with another graduate degree to pursue a career in either medical humanities or writing therapy. She believes in the importance of helping empower others through their stories. Carmen hopes to publish both fiction and non-fiction works in the future.

Saymin HongSAYMIN HONG

Saymin (also known as Sam) graduated from University of California-Berkeley with a B.A in English literature in 2013. She is a 2nd year M.A degree candidate at Georgetown, a Korean-American, and a history enthusiast with chronic spelling problems in both English and Korean. Sam is especially interested in comparative literature, modern history (late 1800s to 1900s), and women's poetry. Her goal is to complete a major work (such as a thesis) and stand at multiple panels in conferences related to topics of her interest: comparative literature, perverted evolution of political ideologies, and cross-cultural feminism.

Christopher HuebnerCHRISTOPHER HUEBNER

Chris grew up in central Connecticut, either playing video games or waving a broomstick in the driveway to scare squirrels away from the garage. He came to Georgetown University and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in History. He spent a year “around,” either writing stories that never could come true, thinking he had found one that could, or bellowing historical information at youths as an instructor with the Close Up Foundation. He came back to Georgetown, where he is working on a thesis about the strange and magical narrative style of Thomas Hardy.

John JamesJOHN JAMES

John earned his B.A. summa cum laude from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, where his honors thesis received the school’s Outstanding Thesis Award. In 2008, he received a fellowship from the English Speaking Union to study at Oxford University, and in 2011, he completed his M.F.A. in poetry at Columbia University. His poems and essays appear in Boston Review, Kenyon Review, West Branch, Crazyhorse, Best New Poets, and elsewhere. He serves as Graduate Associate to Georgetown’s Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice and directs the Creative Writing Institute. His current research investigates William Blake's illuminated manuscripts to better understand the relationship between "Nature," materiality, and systems of poetic contrariety.

Matthew KellyMATTHEW KELLY

Matt graduated magna cum laude from Muhlenberg College in 2011 with a BA in English and History. While at Muhlenberg he became the prose editor for the college's annually published literary magazine and a lead tutor for the Writing Center. After college he attended Navy Officer Candidate School and served a tour as a division officer. He's interested in the intersection of technology and Early Modern manuscripts. In his spare time he enjoys drawing maps and board gaming.

 

Emma ListerEMMA LISTER

Emma graduated Summa Cum Laude from Saint Joseph's University with a B.S. in Elementary Education and a minor in Autism Studies. Her research interests are in the relationship between urban and cultural studies and their reciprocal relationship with literature. She currently lives in NE with her dog, Sir Remington.

 

 

Casey MankCASEY MANK

Casey graduated magna cum laude from Muhlenberg College, where she studied English, with minors in philosophy and creative writing.  She is interested in feminist criticism, gender studies, speculative fiction, and posthumanism.  She looks forward to joining Georgetown English as a Graduate Writing Associate in Writing & Culture.

 

Rachel SalgadoRACHEL SALGADO

Rachel graduated magna cum laude from Luther College in Decorah, IA in 2011 with a B.A. in English (Creative Writing) and a minor in History. She continues as a Graduate Writing Associate in the School of Continuing Studies this year. Her thesis will explore critiques of the university and the fields of feminist and queer studies, with Virginia Woolf a discursive touchstone.
 

Ruoqi ShiRUOQI SHI

Ruoqi grew up in Beijing, China. She graduated from Beijing Jiaotong University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature.

 

 

 

Maria Carolina SinturaMARIA CAROLINA SINTURA

Carolina graduated from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia with a B.A in Literature and minors in Journalism and Law. She is first and foremost a proud Colombian who dreams of becoming a college literature teacher one day. Her interests in literature have always been wide and varied. She received a Senior Thesis Award for her work on Emily Brönte’s Wuthering Heights but has recently become very interested in the topics of identity and diaspora, particularly in the works of contemporary Caribbean and African writers who speak of immigration and exile.

Nicole StarkNICOLE STARK

Nicole received a B.A. in English and a minor in Film Studies from University of California-Davis. While at Georgetown, Nicole developed an interest in representations of gender and religion in early modern texts. She looks forward to continuing in her roles as an SCS-GWA and Writing Center tutor.

 

Crystal StuvlandCRYSTAL STUVLAND

Crystal has a BA in English from Boise State University. She studies rhetoric, composition, and linguistics and wrenches at Takoma Bicycle on the side.

 

 

 

Maria TucciMARIA TUCCI

Maria graduated from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA with a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in English. Her research interests include detective fiction and science in literature. She also has a passion for writing and is continuing her work from her undergraduate writing center by working as a tutor in both Georgetown's Main Campus Writing Center and Online Nursing Writing Center. When not in school or working, she loves watching her favorite Philly sports teams. She hopes to one day get people as excited about learning as she gets.

 

Madhuri VairpandiMADHURI VAIRAPANDI

Madhuri completed her undergraduate education at Georgetown University as an English and Psychology double major with a minor in Theology. As she can't stand to part with the university, she's continuing her masters degree at Georgetown with the hopes of becoming a better writer and teacher.

 

Heather WaltersHEATHER WALTERS

Heather is from Boca Raton, Florida and graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in political science and minors in legal studies, history, and English Literature. She is particularly interested in the intersection of law and literature in accordance with social policy, as well as Shakespeare and Jewish-American fiction. Further, Heather is one of EGSA's co-academic chairs and is the Director of Programming for Georgetown's Graduate Student Government. Her passions in life are traveling the world and reading.

 

Robert YatesROBERT YATES (EGSA President)

Robert earned a MPhil in Education at the University of Cambridge with a thesis on teaching Shakespeare through performance and a BA in Literature at Bryan College. Robert is interested in early modern culture and literature, particularly emotion, religion, print culture, and ways in which digital humanities suggest new research agendas. He proudly continues in the program as a CNDLS Associate.

 

 

First-Year Students

Vincent AcovinoVincent Acovino

Vincent graduated summa cum laude from the University of Central Florida in the spring of 2015 with a BA in English Literature and a minor in Cinema Studies. After graduating, he worked for a year mentoring youth in foster care and the juvenile justice system. At Georgetown, Vincent accepted a position as a Community Scholars TA and looks forward to continuing his academic career.
 

Stephanie AlbrechtStephanie Albrecht

Stephanie graduated with her BA in English from Florida Atlantic University. While there she participated in the honor's program where she produced a thesis on Buffy the Vampire Slayer as a recreation of classic Greek theater. She also has acted as a Dramaturg for the San Francisco Shakespeare Fesitval during the summer of 2015. While at Georgetown she hopes to combine her love of technology with classic literature like Shakespeare. 

 

Hannah Mae AthertonHannah Mae Atherton

Hannah Mae graduated magna cum laude from Lee University in 2016 with her B.A. in English Literature. During her undergraduate studies she served as a writing center tutor, an archivist for the public relations office, the editor of Lee’s literary journal, and held multiple offices in Lee’s Sigma Tau Delta chapter. Her research interests include ecocriticism, gender studies, cyborg theory, and posthumanism, particularly in relation to the works of authors David Mitchell and Kazuo Ishiguro. Hannah Mae’s feline counterpart, Beatrix Potter, will be accompanying her on the trek to D.C. Beatrix’s interests include Victorian mousing methods and how to properly disturb the dignity and repose of tea parties. 

Sally BakerSally Baker

Sally graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2016 with degrees in English and Feminist Studies. Earning minors in Professional Writing for Civic Engagement, Theater, and LGBTQ Studies, she situates her research at the intersection of feminist and queer theory, performance studies and the utopian imaginary, and body politics. With a background in political journalism, publishing, and screenwriting, Sally comes to Georgetown as a Graduate Writing Associate in Writing & Culture with the hope of integrating collaborative teaching into her position as an artist and activist. Sally adores vintage pantsuits, Kermit the Frog, soft pretzels, and the Beyoncé of children’s literature, Dr. Seuss.

 

Luke BrownLuke Brown (AB/MA)

Luke is a senior at Georgetown University majoring in English and a member of the AB/MA program for English undergraduates. He has enjoyed two independent research fellowships and published on comic book masculinities. He has enjoyed balancing his English and pre-medical courses and hopes to one day incorporate literary insights into a mental health practice. When he is not studying, you will likely find Luke facilitating an intergroup dialogue on campus, running to the Lincoln Memorial, or relaxing by a large body of water with a book in hand. 

 

 

Beverley CatlettBeverley Catlett

Beverley graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South in May 2016, earning her BA with Honors in English and the Andrew Nelson Lytle Prize for Excellence in Southern Studies. As a senior, she prepared an English honors thesis entitled "Madness in Dystopia," which traced an archetypal narrative of madness as a literary trope, using Nietzschean hermeneutics and Foucault's deconstructionist cultural theory to abridge Shakespeare's Hamlet to two postmodern American manifestos of the 1960's: Joseph Heller's Catch-22 and Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. She is primarily interested in writing literary criticism, and hopes to expand her knowledge of American literature and critical theory during her time at Georgetown, whilst also continuing to expand the critical study of madness she prepared as an undergraduate. At 22, she hopes to use her MA to teach at the secondary school level until the time and circumstances are right for her to earn her PhD.

Daniel DoughertyDaniel Dougherty (AB/MA)

Dan attends Georgetown University as a senior undergraduate student, majoring in English and minoring in Classics and Medieval Studies. He tutors for the GRE and SAT and is interested in the connections between classical and modern works of fiction, especially narrative structure, and intends to incorporate that interest into future research.

 

 

Aubry EllisonAubry Ellison

Aubry grew up in Southern California and graduated with a B.A. in English Teaching from Brigham Young University. After graduation she taught 7th, 8th and 9th grade English for 4 years in Magna, Utah. Her interests include contemporary literature, trauma literature, gender studies and cultural studies.

 

 

AnnAnne Galae Gala

Anne, a native of Seattle, Washington, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Seattle University with a B.A. in English and a minor in French. Her past research focused on the idea of national narratives in post-colonial India and she hopes to continue her study of global literature while at Georgetown. She spent the past year working for the French government, teaching English in a town outside of Nantes, France. Anne also serves as the Graduate Assistant for Finance at the Center for Social
Justice.
 

Jazmin GeorgeJazmin George

Jazmin graduated from Binghamton University with a Classics major in Latin and Ancient Greek. Her interests in English vary between semiotics, comparative literature, and Black identity. She plans to pursue a career in grant writing and law after her studies at Georgetown.

 

 

Lawrence GrahamLawrence graham

Larry represents another generation. He went to Franklin and Marshall College and BU Law, worked in a New York law firm, then went on to Capitol Hill, and ran a trade association in DC for last 20 years representing the candy, chocolate, gum industry. Larry also worked in Vietnam and learned the language. He would like to teach English at the high school level.
 

Yinghan GuoYinghan Guo

Yinghan graduated from Peking University with a BA in English Language and Literature. She is especially interested in American Renaissance and her senior thesis was focused on Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. She hopes to pursue a PhD in American Literature.

 

Tess HenthorneTess Henthorne

Tess graduated magna cum laude from the College of Wooster in 2016 with a B.A. in English. For Wooster’s Independent Study thesis, she constructed a digital, encoded edition of an unpublished novel manuscript from the Newberry Library and wrote an accompanying thesis examining the novel’s unfavorable construction of female identity. She also was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society. Tess will join the Georgetown English program as a CNDLS Associate and plans to explore her research interests of 19th century British literature, digital humanities, and science fiction.

Isabelle JargowskyIsabelle Jargowsky

Isabelle grew up in Dallas, Texas, but escaped early and often, and has lived in Boston, Guanajuato City, New Delhi, and on the high seas thanks to the Institute for Shipboard Education. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011 with a degree in Religious Studies. She is interested in pedagogy, mythology, and the power of science fiction to examine our society or imagine new ones. She also enjoys poetry, cooking, and bumping into low-hanging wind chimes.
 

 

Emma KielyEmma Kiely

Emma graduated with a BA in English and minor in History in 2016 from the College of William & Mary. Trained as a bookbinder in Colonial Williamsburg, she endeavors to learn everything about books as physical items as well as intellectual ones. Upon entering Georgetown, she hopes build upon her love of books and knowledge of conservation to help ensure the enjoyment of literature for future generations, if not only for her own pleasure.
 

Galina Kossarevagalina kossareva

Galina studied English Linguistics at MHTI-Lingua Central Kazakhstan University in Karaganda, Kazakhstan. Galina teaches English at Central Kazakhstan Academy; currently she is on academic leave. After obtaining her Master’s Degree in English Studies at Georgetown University, she will return to Kazakhstan and teach British/American Literature as an Associate Professor at Central Kazakhstan Academy.
 

 

Grace LatimoreGrace Latimore

Grace graduated from the University of Illinois in 2016 with a B.A. in English and minored in Communications and African American Studies. Her undergraduate research includes a historical review of protest and poetry within black communities and a documentary exploring the experiences of minority students at predominantly white institutions. She enters the Georgetown English department as a teaching assistant for the Community Scholars Program.

 

Jacob MyersJacob Myers

Jacob graduated from Oberlin College, with a degree in English, Theater, and Gender Studies. In 2015, he was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship for Macao, where he taught literature at the Macao Polytechnic Institute and performed case studies on initial East-West literary exchanges. Jacob has also worked at the Paley Center for Media and the BNU-HKBU United International College. His research interests focus on the long eighteenth century, especially the interconnections between identity, language, and textuality. At Georgetown, he serves as a Graduate Writing Associate in Writing and Culture. 

Sasha PatkinSasha Patkin

Sasha is a writer and photographer with undergraduate degrees from Bard College in New York. She is fascinated by visual studies, the history of photography, nonsense literature, and the philosophy of language.

 

 

 

Jewel PereyraJewel Pereyra

Jewel graduated from the University of California-Los Angeles with a double concentration in American Literature and Culture and Women's Studies. Her primary research interests include: 20th-21st century American literature and poetics, comparative race studies (African American and Southeast Asian), diaspora and migrancy, refugee and post-conflict narratives, and sound studies. She recently completed her two-year service as a Peace Corps English and Arts Education volunteer in rural Cambodia, and she is ecstatic to serve as a Graduate Associate for the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice.

Sarah SatherSarah Sather

Sarah graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she double-majored in English Literature and Creative Writing. She grew up in North Carolina but has lived in London, Santa Barbara, New York City, and – previously – DC. Her passion for human rights and movements toward equality fuel much of her literary focus. She believes art is beautiful and that literature saves lives. Beyond her scholarly studies, Sarah will be serving as a Graduate Assistant for the Center for Social Justice. If writing doesn’t work out, Sarah will apply to be Kate McKinnon’s official cat-sitter.

Audrey SmithAudrey Smith

Audrey earned her B.A. in English and Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies from Grinnell College. Her research focuses on the politics and aesthetics of femininity, desire, and power, particularly within narratives of convention in the long eighteenth century. Audrey is also interested in popular culture and television studies.
 

 

Travis SmithTravis Smith

Travis grew up in Seattle, Washington, and still calls it home. He graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with a B.A. in English Literature and Broadcasting/Digital Media. Since 2013, he has been working as a guide for Rick Steves’ Europe, where he enjoys having the opportunity to teach fellow travelers about European customs, history, and literature. Outside of academics and work, Travis is an avid environmentalist, occasional pub musician, and full-time die-hard fan of the Seattle Mariners – which means that he dies a lot.

 

Queenie SukhadiaQueenie Sukhadia

Queenie completed her BA in 2016 from Dartmouth College, and graduated cum laude with high honors in English and Psychology. She wrote a collection of short stories as her undergraduate honors thesis and hopes to get these published one day. Queenie is primarily interested in postcolonial studies and marginalized people’s literatures. After Georgetown, she hopes to pursue a PhD in the same. She also enjoys teaching and is looking forward to work as a Graduate Writing Associate.

 

Nicole UchidaNicole Uchida

Nicole graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2012 with a B.S. in English and a minor in Japanese. She commissioned as a surface warfare officer in the U.S. Navy and served onboard USS STOCKDALE (DDG 106) in San Diego and on COMDESRON 7 staff in Singapore. Her interests include war literature, Sunday brunch, and laksa. Following completion of her M.A., Nicole will teach English at the Naval Academy.
 

Alyvia WaltersAlyvia Walters

Alyvia, originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, graduated from Penn State University in 2015 with a B.S. in Secondary English Education, a B.A. in English, and a minor in Special Education. She taught ninth and tenth grade English before beginning her graduate studies at Georgetown. Her academic interests center around literary cultural studies, especially involving issues of social justice throughout American history. Alyvia also serves as a teaching assistant for Georgetown's Community Scholars program. Upon completion of her master's, she plans to pursue her PhD in English.

Adonis WilliamsAdonis Williams

Adonis is a recent graduate from Loyola Marymount University where he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors in English. He will be new to the D.C. area and is very excited about starting his Masters at Georgetown. He’s even more excited about the opening of the museum of African-American history! Go Hoyas!

 

Caroline ZuckermanCaroline Zuckerman (AB/MA)

Caroline is beginning the program in her senior year at Georgetown University, where she studies English and Psychology. During her undergraduate career, she has enjoyed working at the Writing Center, teaching English to high school students while abroad in Spain, and writing her creative nonfiction honors thesis on millennial Jews from interfaith families. She is particularly interested in writing pedagogy as well as the intersection of gender and mental health in women’s writing.