Second 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. 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.

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.

Alternative Portrait of Daniel Breen, book cover: Plainwater by Anne CarsonDaniel Breen

Daniel is from Pennsylvania. He graduated from Temple UniversityHis research interests are in writing and rhetoric.

 

 

Portrait of 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's academic interests lie in American Literature and History, transnationalism, and time. On campus, she works as a Graduate Writing Assistant and as a Graduate Assistant in the Athletics department; off campus, she is working on upside-down inversions in yoga class and upside-down cakes in the kitchen. Before Georgetown, Katherine taught for three years at New England boarding schools, where she advised students around the clock and coached cross-country and crew. She is a 2014 graduate of Davidson College and a 2016 graduate of the Ms Ed program at University of Pennsylvania.

Portrait of Elizabeth Crowley WebberElizabeth Crowley Webber

Elizabeth is the assistant manuscript editor for the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies (formerly Cinema Journal), published quarterly by the University of Texas Press. This is her sixth year working in university publishing, where she has previously held positions at the University of Georgia Press and the National Academies Press, in both acquisitions and manuscript editorial. Her research areas include film and television; gender, sex, and sexuality; 20th-century American literature; and the digital humanities. Additionally, she is a co-author of The Digital Witch Project and the creator of The What-To-Watch List. Elizabeth is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia.

Portrait of Lauren FreyLauren Frey

Lauren Frey holds a B.A. in English Literature from Biola University, where she was also a member of the Torrey Honors Institute. Her research focuses on modernist poetry, women’s suffrage, and notions of the public sphere in early 20th-century American culture and literature. She will be writing her master’s thesis on the early poetry and letters of Marianne Moore. Lauren currently serves as project manager for Connected Academics at Georgetown, a national-scale project led by the Modern Language Association funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. When she’s not geeking out on poetry and pedagogy, you can find her perusing the latest literature on situational ethics, big data, and digital humanities.

Portrait of Mary GalliMary Galli

Mary 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 and 20th-century literatures and their intersections with human rights, imperialism, literary form, and the relationship between humans and animals. For her Master’s thesis, she plans to analyze the literature of the Congo Reform Association, including works by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain, and Joseph Conrad. At Georgetown, Mary is the assistant to the Director of Undergraduate Studies in English and the Lannan Center program assistant.

Portrait of Daniel GiguereDaniel Giguere

Daniel is a lifelong resident of Northern Virginia and grew up a loyal Hoyas basketball fan. He completed his BA in English at Kenyon College in 2016, after which, he spent a year working a mix of jobs related to youth development. His academic area of focus is post-colonial Latin American literature, namely Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, and its portrayals of domestic violence and preoccupations with family dysfunction. Outside of the classroom, Daniel lives an active lifestyle and very much enjoys playing sports and hiking. He also has a passion for filmmaking, photography, and blogging. At this moment, he hopes to leverage the skills and knowledge he has acquired from studying literature and carry them into the world of business and entrepreneurship.

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 2 years. His research interests include 19th century comparative English, French, and Russian prose, identity as performance, and voicelessness in literature.

Alternative Portrait of Yael Kiken: book cover of The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara KingsolverYael 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 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.

Portrait of Caroline ZuckermanTyler 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: FarmingtonHis 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.

Portrait of Anh NguyenAnh Nguyen

Anh is a native of Hanoi, Vietnam and graduated from Franklin & Marshall College (Lancaster, PA) with a double major in Economics and English Literature. Her primary interests include postcolonial studies and contemporary "world" literature. Though determined to remain with literature and academia, she can't stay too far away from Economics, and is working on her thesis on the narratives of "Development." Besides her academics, Anh works as the Graduate Assistant to the University Honor Council and sings with the Georgetown Concert Choir.

Portrait of Grayson QuayGrayson Quay

Grayson graduated from Grove City College in 2016 with a B.A. in English and spent the next year teaching at a classical Christian school in Falls Church, VA. His research interests include early modern text culture, film studies, Christian literature, and the sociopolitical and psychological implications of theology and ecclesiology. At Georgetown, he has interned at Georgetown University Press and worked with 826DC and the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice tutoring inner-city students in writing. Grayson also regularly contributes to The American Conservative magazine's website and to the blog Intellectual Takeout.

Alternative Portrait of Luis Sanchez, book cover: The Marbled Swarm by Dennis CooperLuis 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. She presently serves as a research assistant through the Lannan Associateship, and her research interests include game studies, new media, and film. Her current research explores the relationship between video games and ecocriticism.

Portrait of Anna Shuster (AB/MA)Anna Shuster (AB/MA)

Anna graduated cum laude from Georgetown University with a B.A. in English and Linguistics. On campus, she can usually be found taking or teaching lessons with the GU ballroom dance team. She is also the Digital Media Manager for Planet Word, a museum of words and language set to open in late 2019.

Portrait of Erin TorbettErin Torbett

Erin graduated from the 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 Caroline ZuckermanCaroline Zuckerman (AB/MA)

Caroline graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University in 2017 with a B.A. in English and Psychology. She began the English M.A. program during her last undergraduate year, and she has continued  in the program 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.

First Years

Portrait of Olivia AldridgeOlivia Aldridge

Olivia grew up in Monticello, Georgia and graduated summa cum laude from Presbyterian College in South Carolina in 2017 as an English major with a creative writing emphasis. Since finishing undergrad, Olivia has worked as a reporter and producer for South Carolina Public Radio, covering disaster recovery and launching the first-person series Narrative.

Portrait of Anastasia ArmendarizAnastasia Armendariz (AB/MA)

Anastasia entered the AB/MA program as a senior studying English and Justice and Peace Studies at Georgetown University. Her major research interests lie in 19th and early 20th-century British literature and bibliology. She works as the Lead Developmental Editor for New Degree Press and having grown up between San Diego and Seattle, one can often find her searching for authentic Mexican food or hoping for rain.

Portrait of David BennettDavid Bennett

David graduated from Shepherd University with a degree in English and a minor in Political Science. Both while in school and after graduation he worked as as a technical writer. His literary interests cluster around the modernisms of Samuel Beckett and W.G. Sebald, time, memory, and the aesthetics/ethics of decay and physical spaces. His other academic interests include film, visual art, and critical theory, especially the work of the Frankfurt School. At Georgetown he is excited to work in the Community Scholars Program as a graduate assistant and expand his teaching and writing ability.

Portrait of Kalen BrelandKalen Breland

Kalen graduated summa cum laude from The University of Alabama in May 2018 with a Bachelors in English and minors in photography and art history. Her research interests include post-colonial, world, and multicultural literature, including their intersections with ecology and gender studies. At Georgetown, she is working as a Graduate Writing Assistant and continuing to run her photography business that she began while living in Alabama. She loves traveling, hiking, cooking, cats, and Crimson Tide football.

Portrait of Nicholas DeMayoNicholas DeMayo

Nicholas graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University with a B.A. in English and a minor in Secondary Education. Having been trained as an English teacher while working one-to-one with people with disabilities, Nicholas hopes to create innovative strategies for teaching reading to people with and without disabilities. His research interests include Ethnic American Literature, critical pedagogy and the intersection of disability studies with critical race theory. A little-known fact about Nicholas is that he became a self-taught barista and latte artist while he managed a coffee shop in college. Nicholas is a CNDLS Associate.

Portrait of Gabrielle DeutschGabrielle Deutsch

Gabby graduated summa cum laude from Santa Clara University in 2018 with degrees in English & ethnic studies. She is interested in American Studies, historicity vs historiography, and the power of literature to reshape historical narratives and give voice to the voiceless. At Georgetown she is a graduate associate at CNDLS.

Portrait of Hannah EkehHannah Ekeh

Hannah graduated summa cum laude with honors from the University of South Carolina in the spring of 2017 with a B.A in English Literature and a minor in French. After graduating, she worked for her alma mater as an assistant in the School of Library and Information Science and as a library associate at the Richland Library in Columbia, SC. Her senior thesis concerning Audre Lorde’s work developed into an interest in feminist and diasporic literature. At Georgetown, Hannah is a first-year Lannan Associate and looks forward to spending the next two years growing as a scholar and writer.

Portrait of Elizabeth GeorgeElizabeth George

Elizabeth graduated with high distinction from Duke University, where she earned B.A. degrees in English and Spanish. Her senior thesis examined the changing nature of subjectivity in narration techniques from Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles to Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse. Her interests in the literature of the Anthropocene surround the intersection of ecocritical approaches and feminist theory. After graduating, Elizabeth worked in Thailand as an English instructor and college counselor for international students, and she remains devoted to making higher education more accessible for students of all backgrounds.

Portrait of Ian JayneIan Jayne

Ian graduated summa cum ladue from Oklahoma Christian University in 2017 with a B.A. in English and a minor in writing. During his undergraduate years, Ian tutored in the campus writing center, worked at an independent bookstore, and wrote on a freelance basis for local publications in the Oklahoma City area. At Georgetown, Ian will work as a Graduate Writing Associate while also pursuing his primary research interests: (post)modernism, queer theory, and contemporary realism. When not reading or writing, Ian is likely searching out the nearest beagle to pet.

Portrait of Caitlin JordanCaitlin Jordan

Caitlin grew up in Maine and graduated magna cum laude from Clemson University with a B.A. in English Literature and Secondary Education. She worked as a residential advisor and teaching intern at a boarding school in Sun Valley, Idaho, and she has been teaching Middle School English in Clearwater, Florida for the past three years. She is an avid traveller. She spent a portion of the summer in Germany and Austria where she celebrated entrance to her 26th country. Her research interests include Critical Theory, Modern American Literature, and Gender Studies.

Portrait of Michael LawrenceMichael Lawrence

Michael graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in English Language and Literature. After completing a Global Academic Fellowship at NYU Shanghai, he tutored and taught English and History in Brooklyn, NY. As a Graduate Writing Associate at Georgetown University, Michael will provide support to students in WRIT-015, and hopes to continue pursuing his research interests in contemporary fiction and political and critical theory.

Portrait of Xiaotian LiangXiaotian Liang

Xiaotian grew up in Beijing, China. He graduated from Peking University in 2014 with a B.A. in English Language and Literature.

 

 

Portrait of Alley LindnerAlexandra Lindner

Alley graduated summa cum laude from Wheaton College in the spring of 2018 with a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in History. She is interested in researching contemporary fiction dealing with migration and liminal spaces as well as studying the overlap between postcolonial theory and ecocriticism.

Portrait of William MartinWilliam Martin

William graduated from Brown University in the spring of 2018 with a B.A. in English. His goals are neatly divided into two groups: avant-garde goals and professional goals. The former includes becoming an expert in activities like screenwriting, sketching, and animating. The latter includes his interests in the representation and reception of leadership in African-American literature, and how gender impacts the function of leadership in times of crisis. While at Georgetown, he plans to both refine his research interests, with the goal of eventually pursuing a Ph.D. in English, and expand his online enterprise across various other digital markets.

Portrait of Brad OremlandBrad Oremland

Brad grew up in DC and graduated from Grinnell College with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Russian and Eastern European Studies. His undergraduate thesis focused on Polish author Tadeusz Konwicki. Brad also holds a certificate in Women's Studies from Montgomery College. His interests include ghost stories, horror movies, All Quiet on the Western Front, and the novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald. In addition to literature, Brad spends his time on live music, progressive political activism, sports, and his two cats.

Portrait of Nancy RitterNancy Ritter

Nancy is a D.C.-area native and a graduate of Wheaton College (IL). Her interests include Victorian literature, gender studies, and religion. Having taught writing in a variety of contexts, from a classroom of Palestinian students in Jerusalem to a conference room of public relations professionals, she is delighted to work alongside Georgetown students as a Graduate Writing Associate. Her academic research has been featured at regional conferences and her opinion pieces in The Washington Post. When not writing or teaching, she can be found swooning over Washington National Opera productions or scoping out dive bars with longtime local friends.

Portrait of Kennerley RoperKennerley Roper

Kennerley graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in English in 2017.

Her research interests range from Ernest Hemingway's short stories, postmodern religious poetry, and graphic novels. When she’s not attending class, Kennerley enjoys refurbishing furniture, playing Dungeons and Dragons, and cheering on the Vegas Golden Knights with her two feline roommates, Edgar and Edith. After her M.A. she plans to pursue a PhD.

Portrait of Thomas SchuemanThomas Schueman

Thomas, originally from Chicago, graduated from Loyola in 2008.

Upon completion of this program he will serve as a professor at the United States Naval Academy.

Alternative Portrait of Joseph Stafford, book cover: Death of a Naturalist by Seamus HeaneyJoseph Stafford

Joseph graduated from The George Washington University in spring 2017, where he studied both English and Philosophy. His research interests are the history of the English language, critical theory, and contemporary poetry.

 

Portrait of Mannhi TranMannhi Tran

Mannhi graduated from Georgetown University in 2017 with a double major in English and Economics and a minor in Government. After graduation, she took a gap year to work for Macmillan Publishers in New York City. She is broadly interested in the relationship between language and power, the role of power in the formation of metanarratives, and the construction of postnational identities. She is a teaching assistant for the Community Scholars Program.

Portrait of Sammie WeissSammie Weiss

Sammie grew up in rural Kansas. In 2017, they graduated from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR with a B.A. in English with honors and a minor in Theatre. Over the past year, Sammie has worked with a college access nonprofit in Portland, virtually advising 200 low income high school students through the college application process. They are interested in postcolonial magical realism from South Africa & India, memory studies, queer studies, and the embodiment of trauma, particularly among peoples with marginalized identities. In their free time, Sammie enjoys improvisational comedy, queer stand up, cooking/baking (gf & df especially), & ~fashion~.

Portrait of Bezawit YohannesBezi Yohannes

Bezi graduated summa cum laude from The College of William & Mary in 2018 with a B.A. in English and a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Her passion for medieval literature grew from her love for epic fantasy like The Chronicles of Narnia. After studying at the University of Oxford, she wrote her undergraduate thesis on the critical intervention of Black female fantasy protagonists in Eurocentric genre tropes. She plans to continue studying Black speculative fiction at Georgetown and work as a TA for the Community Scholars program. She aspires to promote diversity in fiction as an editor of children’s/young adult literature.