Second Years

Portrait of Vincent AcovinoVINCENT ACOVINO

Vincent graduated summa cum laude from the University of Central Florida in the spring of 2015 with a B.A. 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 is a Community Scholar TA and looks to produce a podcast series on the institutional injustices within the child welfare system.


Portrait of Stephanie AlbrechtSTEPHANIE ALBRECHT

Stephanie graduated with her B.A. 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.


Portrait of Hannah Mae AthertonHANNAH MAE ATHERTON

Hannah Mae graduated magna cum laude from Lee University in 2016 with a B.A. in English Literature. At Georgetown, she is the EGSA Social Chair and a Graduate Writing Associate. Her research interests include ecological bildungsromans, material ecocriticism, and environmental crises as depicted in contemporary literature. Hannah Mae’s feline counterpart, Beatrix, is interested in Victorian mousing methods and the history of second and third breakfasts (“elevensies”).


Portrait of Sally BakerSALLY BAKER

Sally graduated summa cum laude from the University of California-Santa Barbara with degrees in English and Feminist Studies, and minors in Professional Writing, Theater, and LGBTQ Studies. Her research interests include feminist and queer theory, performance and utopian studies, and experimental materialism. While living in a haunted house on the California coast, Sally worked in indie publishing and political journalism, and developed speculative performance pieces with feedback from the ghosts. At Georgetown, Sally serves as a Graduate Writing Associate in Writing & Culture. She enjoys hot homemade popcorn and a good vintage pantsuit.


Portrait of Beverley CatlettBEVERLEY CATLETT

Beverley graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South in May 2016, where she earned her B.A. with Honors in English and the Andrew Nelson Lytle Prize for Excellence in English and Southern Studies. She is writing her M.A. thesis on W.H. Auden’s The Age of Anxiety; her academic interests include 19th Century British and American literature, Continental Philosophy, Critical Theory, Shakespeare, and Modern Poetry. In January 2017, she was named a Cosmos Scholar, and received a research grant from the Cosmos Club Foundation to launch a critical biography project. She spent the summer stationed at Yale, conducting archival research and traveling to various sites including Cornell and NYU; she will continue to work on the manuscript throughout the upcoming year. Her criticism appears in Janus Head: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Literature, Philosophy, Phenomenological Psychology, and the Arts, and she has been invited to present a paper on Nietzsche, Freud, and Hamlet on the English I: Before 1800 permanent section at the 2017 MMLA in Chicago.


Portrait of 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.
 


Portrait of Anne GalaANNIE GALA

Annie, a native of Seattle, Washington, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Seattle University with a B.A. in English and a minor in French. After graduating from college, Annie spent a year teaching English in a town outside of Nantes, France. At Georgetown, she works as Graduate Assistant for the Center for Social Justice. Her capstone research focuses on high school English curricular changes, specifically how teachers can use literature during times of social upheaval.


Portrait of Jazmin GeorgeJAZMIN GEORGE

Jazmin is a former Classics major from New York City. Her focus in literature is critical race theory and semiotics.
 

 

 


Portrait of Yinghan (Niki) GuoYINGHAN GUO

Yinghan (known as Niki) graduated from Peking University in Beijing, China in 2016 with a B. A. in English Language and Literature. Her first year at Georgetown is characterized by her effort to reconcile her past literary study, which was all about canonical writers and texts, and her present study that is infiltrated with different approaches to and radical debates about literary studies. She chose Joseph Conrad as a starting point to explore Late Victorian and Edwardian Literature. Her thesis project puts Conrad in the modernist context and deals with his works in several critical conversations.


Portrait of Tess HenthorneTESS HENTHORNE

Tess graduated magna cum laude from the College of Wooster in 2016 with a B.A. in English. At Georgetown, Tess enjoys working as a CNDLS Associate and studying nineteenth-century British literature and the digital humanities. Her current research investigates digital texts of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to better understand the animation and assemblage of new technological and corporeal bodies.


Portrait of 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.
 


Portrait of Emma KielyEMMA KIELY

Emma graduated with a B.A. 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 objects as well as intellectual ones. In addition to books she enjoys musical theatre, caffeine, and animals of all kinds. She hopes to 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.
 


Portrait of Galina KossarevaGALINA KOSSAREVA

Galina grew up in Karaganda, Kazakhstan and graduated from MHTI-Lingua University (now known as Central Kazakhstan University), majoring in Foreign Linguistics. After graduating, she taught English for six years at Central Kazakhstan Academy. Her current research interest is exploring and designing new approaches of teaching English and literature, especially across linguistic and cultural borders.


Portrait of Grace LatimoreGRACE LATIMORE

Grace graduated from the University of Illinois in 2016 with a B.A. in English and minor 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 continues in the Georgetown English department as a teaching assistant for the Community Scholars Program.
 


Portrait of Jacob MyersJACOB MYERS

Jacob graduated from Oberlin College, with a degree in English, Theater, and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies. Before coming to Georgetown, he worked at the Paley Center for Media and the BNU-HKBU United International College. In 2015, Jacob was awarded the Fulbright U.S. Student Scholarship for Macau. He currently serves as a Graduate Writing Associate in Writing and Culture, and during the fall semester, he will be conducting research for the U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms. His own scholarship focuses on emotional/sensory perception and affective approaches to the body and its material in the long eighteenth century.


Portrait of 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.

 

 


Portrait of Jewel PereyraJEWEL PEREYRA

Jewel received her B.A. in American Literature and Culture and Women’s Studies from UCLA in 2013. Her most recent article “(Deaf)iant Architects: ASL Poetics and Concrete / Corporeal Spatiality in the Deaf Diaspora” was published in Georgetown’s gnovis: a journal of communication, culture, and technology, and her poems have been featured in Vagabond: A Multilingual Literary Journal, The Pomona Valley Review, and The Anthem. A 2017 Homeschool Hudson Poetry Fellow, her writing has been supported by Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc. (PAWA). She currently serves as the Lannan Associate for the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice.


Portrait of Audrey SmithAUDREY SMITH

Audrey graduated with degrees in English and Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies from Grinnell College in rural Iowa. While in DC, she’s worked in publishing, education, and the nonprofit sector. Her academic interests include gender, genre, and race, as well as their political and aesthetic implications in popular culture. Audrey is interested in the negotiation of identity, subjectivity, and ideology within the realm of popular genre fiction. For her capstone, she aims to explore the intersections between pleasure, genre, ideology, and disability in the popular novel. In her free time, Audrey enjoys RuPaul’s Drag Race, superhero movies, and true crime podcasts.


Portrait of Travis SmithTRAVIS SMITH

Travis grew up in Seattle, Washington, and still calls it home. He graduated in 2015 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 travelers about European customs, history, and literature. At Georgetown, Travis is excited to continue examining ecocritical pedagogy and evaluating its current and potential impact on college students in the 21st century.


Portrait of Queenie SukhadiaQUEENIE SUKHADIA

Queenie grew up in Mumbai, India and graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College in 2016 with a double major in English and Psychology. She wrote a collection of short stories as her undergraduate honors thesis and is having it published this year in the form of her first book, A City of Sungazers. Her academic interests include law and literature, post 9/11 military prisons and comparative race studies. After she completes her M.A. from Georgetown, she hopes to pursue a PhD in English/Cultural Studies.


Portrait of Madhuri VairapandiMADHURI 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 Master's degree at Georgetown with the hopes of becoming a better writer and teacher.
 


Portrait of Alyvia WaltersALYVIA WALTERS

Alyvia, originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, graduated from Pennsylvania 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 cultural studies, especially involving the ties between language and justice in America. 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 American or cultural studies.


Portrait of Adonis WilliamsADONIS WILLIAMS

Adonis graduated Cum Laude from Loyola Marymount University where he received 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!


First Years

Portrait of Terry AdamsTERRY 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. Joining Georgetown as a CNDLS Associate, Terry plans to further develop his interests in 19th and 20th Century British Literature, Feminist and Trauma Theory, and Gender Performativity before hopefully pursuing doctoral work. In his spare time, he enjoys eating good food and playing Overwatch.


Portrait of Emily BezoldEMILY 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.


Portrait of Daniel BreenDANIEL BREEN

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

 

 


Luke BrownLUKE 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.


Portrait of Katherine BurdKATHERINE 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.


Daniel DoughertyDAN DOUGHERTY (AB/MA)

Dan attended Georgetown University majoring in English and minoring in Classics and Medieval Studies, and is working on the 5 year AB/MA program. He tutors for the GRE and SAT and is interested in the connections between classical and modern works of fiction as manifested in Victorian and Modernist novels and poetry.


Portrait of Lauren FreyLAUREN 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.


Portrait of Mary GalliMARY 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.


Portrait of Daniel GiguereDANIEL 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.


Portrait of Toby HicksonTOBY 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.


Portrait of Yael KikenYAEL 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.


Portrait of Natalie McGartlandNATALIE McGARTLAND

Natalie graduated from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland in 2017 with an undergraduate B.A. in English and Latin. Her research interests include the influence of Roman Comedy of the second century B.C. on English Renaissance theatre. Originally from Texas, she now lives in Fredericksburg, VA with her partner and pet rabbit.


Portrait of Tyler MichaudTYLER MICHAUD

Tyler was born and raised in Maine, and he is at peace roaming the lush woods and rocky shorelines of the Pine Tree State. Tyler graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maine: Farmington in 2015 with a B.S. in Secondary English Education and English. In 2015, he accepted a Michael D. Wilson Research Scholarship for his research on gender theory and feminism which culminated in a presentation on androgyny and Emily Dickinson. At Georgetown University, Tyler will continue investigating the intersection of gender, queerness, and performance with language and global infrastructure.


Portrait of Anh NguyenANH 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.


Portrait of Grayson QuayGRAYSON QUAY

Grayson graduated from Grove City College in 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.
 

 


Portrait of Luis SanchezLUIS SANCHEZ

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

 


Portrait of Bridget SellersBRIDGET 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.


Portrait of Anna ShusterANNA SHUSTER (AB/MA)

Anna is entering the AB/MA program as a senior at Georgetown 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.


Portrait of Erin TorbettERIN 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.


Portrait of Elizabeth Crowley WebberELIZABETH 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.


Portrait of Caroline ZuckermanCAROLINE 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.