Current Graduate Students

First Year Students

Kathryn Baker (AB/MA)

Kathryn entered the A.B./M.A. program as a senior at Georgetown University, where she studies English and French. Her research interests include the intersection of gender theory and Shakespearean studies, and her favorite writers include Sylvia Plath, Sue Monk Kidd, Jane Austen and, of course, the Bard himself.

Sienna Brancato (AB/MA)

Sienna grew up in New York. She is an A.B./M.A. student at Georgetown University majoring in English and minoring in Government and Italian. On campus, she is the editor-in-chief of The Georgetown Voice and works as a consultant in the Writing Center. Outside the classroom, she loves to eat mint chocolate chip ice cream and dance badly, but not at the same time.

Rachel Fauth

RK graduated summa cum laude from Pace University in New York with a B.A. in Literature. After college, she received a Fulbright grant to South Korea where she taught high school and edited the Seoul-based literary magazine, Infusion. She spent the last two years in Tennessee–first working at a community college and then in the University of Tennessee’s Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships. At Georgetown, RK is a first-year Lannan Associate. Her research interests hinge on the economy of trauma narratives and poetics.

Jessie Ford

Jessie graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University in 2017 with a B.A. in English and minors in Italian and Women’s and Gender Studies. Her research interests lie in contemporary witness literature, looking at the ways people produce and consume stories of survival, particularly through the lens of race and gender studies. On campus, Jessie works as a Graduate Writing Associate, and off campus she works for a human rights nonprofit. In her down time, Jessie loves embracing her Montana roots and spending time in nature.

Allison Harris

Allison graduated with honors from Randolph-Macon College in 2019 with a B.A. in English and minors in French and Education. Allison’s major research interests lie in 19th-century British literature and woman studies.

In her free time, she loves drinking coffee, cooking with her sisters, and petting her cat.

Erin Herbst

Erin graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York: Geneseo in December 2018 with a B.A. in English with a minor in History and a concentration in Adolescent Education. After graduation, she spent the spring teaching high school English in Hilton, New York. Her research takes a primarily interdisciplinary approach to the way that literature influences and is influenced by U.S. history. She is currently interested in analyzing the works of Toni Morrison. In her spare time, Erin enjoys rooting for losing sports teams, such as the New York Mets and the Detroit Lions.

William Hockaday (AB/MA)

Hock is an accelerated A.B./M.A. student at Georgetown University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English and African American Studies in 2020. On campus, he works as a tutor in the Writing Center. His research interests include media studies, critical race theory, queer theory, and the relationship between literature and socialization of the family.

Rebecca Horoschak

Rebecca graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in English. Her academic interests include dystopian literature, 20th and 21st century contemporary literature, Modernism, and critical theory. She aspires to understand the human mind as comprehensively as possible. She also enjoys cooking (and eating) and spends as much time with her corgi, Bear, as she can.

Natalie Keramati

Natalie was raised in California and graduated cum laude from California State University Fullerton with a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in Women’s Studies in 2017. Since moving to D.C., Natalie has immersed herself in the political realm, as she has continuously interned for federal agencies. Her primary research interests are nineteenth-century Victorian literature, Women’s Writing, Gothic Literature, Critical Theory, Ethnic Literature, and Postcolonial Literature. Additionally, she has actively presented her research at academic conferences.

Joshua Kim

Josh graduated summa cum laude from Virginia Tech with a degree in English Literature and Language. His research interests include modernist and postmodernist literature, the intersection between critical theory and aesthetics, and the history of American intellectualism and the Academy. He has published articles examining works by Cormac McCarthy, Toni Morrison, and Robert Musil. Aside from pursuing his intellectual interests, working with students has remained a cornerstone of his academic career. Following his experience as a Writing Center tutor and as an EFL instructor in South Korea and Thailand, he will be a teaching assistant for the Community Scholars Program.

Meghan Modafferi

Meghan is a CNDLS Graduate Associate who has spent the last seven years working on writing/editing, multimedia, and instructional design projects for organizations including National Geographic and NPR. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Rhetorical Studies. Her research interests center around writing pedagogy and public humanities. In her free time, she likes to see plays, hike, hang with her cat and dog (in that order), and try out new creative mediums (most recently: stand-up comedy).

Rose Munsey-Kano

Rose graduated summa cum laude from Ithaca College in 2018 with a B.A. in English and a minor in Writing. Her undergraduate focus was on contemporary postcolonial and global literature, with a particular focus on translation theory, gender studies, and critical race studies. In her thesis, she analyzed migration and translation in Hamid’s Exit West and Adichie’s Americanah, focusing on liminality. At Georgetown, Rose is a Graduate Writing Associate, working as a TA for writing and English courses. When not reading and writing, she enjoys collaging, sewing, singing, and exploring new parts of the city.

Antonia Nagle

Antonia graduated from Hollins University with a B.A. in English in 2018 and spent a year teaching high school English before returning to her own academic pursuits. 

She is interested in narratives of womanhood and mental illness in 19th and 20th century literature.

Ashly Paulino (AB/MA)

Ashly is graduating from Georgetown University in 2020 with a B.A in English with double minors in French and Women’s and Gender Studies.

Her primary research interests center around motherhood.

Clare Reid

Clare graduated magna cum laude from Emory University in the spring of 2019 with her B.A. in Classical Civilization and English/Creative Writing, studying the roles of women and propaganda in the Julio-Claudian dynasty as well as Medieval English literature. At Georgetown, she is continuing her studies in Medieval English and is also a CNDLS Associate. On any given day you can find Clare loitering in museums, drinking smoothies, and talking about science fiction.

Justine Sales

Justine graduated from De La Salle University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature. He grew up in a small town outside Manila where most of his teenage years were spent on reading and writing, his two biggest passions in life. His research interests lie in Victorian Gothic literature, Lacanian psychoanalytic theory, French feminism and postcolonial Gothic. He won the Outstanding Thesis Award for his research project entitled “Primitivity, The Repressed Culture and The Lost Object of Desire: A Psychoanalytic Analysis of Nick Joaquin’s Selected Short Fiction”. 

Sarah Schrag

Sarah is originally from the Washington, D.C. area. She earned her B.A. from Oberlin College in 2011 with a major in Comparative American Studies and minors in English and Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies. After college, she spent two years teaching high school English with Teach for America in New Orleans. For the last six years, she has taught high school English at a charter school in Newark, NJ and wrote lesson plans used by AP English teachers throughout her network. After earning her master’s degree, she plans to return to high school teaching and curriculum development with new ideas and frameworks to help students succeed. 

Emilie Schwarz

Emilie graduated with a B.A. in Human Ecology from College of the Atlanticin Bar Harbor, Maine. While at College of the Atlantic she focused on early English novels by and about women, working her way back from Eliot to Austen to Burney and eventually writing her thesis on the novels of Aphra Behn. Her current interests are in the intersections between environmental justice, white fragility, gender, and literature. In her free time, Emilie enjoys yoga, biking, camping, and playing endless hours of fetch with her dog, Buster. 

Mary Shannon

Mary graduated from Kenyon College in 2015 with a B.A. in English Literature and a concentration in Comparative World Literature. Her research focuses on the long nineteenth century, modernism, and critical theory, exploring how modernity’s social form is represented in consciousness, literary form, and the novel. She is especially interested in the works of Victorian realists and modernists such as Joyce. In her spare time, Mary enjoys yoga and the company of old dogs. She is very excited to work with Georgetown students as a Graduate Writing Associate for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Gweldolwn Viles (AB/MA)

Gwendolyn entered the AB/MA program as a senior studying English at Georgetown University. Her literary interests rest in poetry with the intent of one day becoming an English teacher. She has been an AmeriCorp volunteer with Jumpstart for four years. Born in Maine, Gwendolyn loves hiking, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors.

Siwei Wang

Siwei graduated from Renmin University of China in 2019 with a B.A. in Chinese Literature and a minor in English Literature. Her current research interests include British and American modernism, the concept of modernity, narratology and critical theory (especially Marxist theory). She is also fascinated by Chinese and French Literature of the 20th century. In her spare time, she enjoys watching French New Wave films and visiting contemporary art exhibitions.

Sam Weiss

Sam graduated from Lewis & Clark College in 2017 with a B.A. with honors in English and a minor in Theatre. Sam uses she/her and they/them pronouns. Their research focuses primarily on the intersections between disability, race, gender & sexuality, and magic. They are particularly interested in queer speculative fiction featuring disability. Sam cares deeply about social justice and equity, and they hope to study and teach literature that centers authors and works from marginalized communities. Sam’s loves include their stellar group of pals, baking treats, swimming in nature, thrifting, and their sweet cat, Mabel. Follow Mabel on instagram @yes_no_mabel_so.

Julie Winspear

Julie grew up in Northern California, where she enjoyed hiking and playing tennis when she wasn’t lost in a book. She moved to Fort Worth in order to study at Texas Christian University, graduating magna cum laude with a degree in Writing and French. Her research interests include colonialism and liminality in francophone literatures, as well as the role of editing in English literature and the advent of modern publishing.

Sadia Yasmin

Sadia graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2017 with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a B.A. in English with a concentration in Law & Literature. After graduation, she continued tutoring at John Jay’s Writing Center. Sadia’s scholarly interests include Victorian literature and law, audience/fan theory, and gender/sexuality theory. She works as a Teaching Assistant for the Community Scholars Program and tutors online for John Jay. In her spare time, Sadia writes short stories and takes long walks.

Huining Zhang

Huining graduated from Shanghai International Studies University in 2019 with a B.A. in English Language and Literature. Her thesis for her bachelor’s degree on Macbeth developed into an interest in Early Modern literature, especially Shakespeare. She wants to be an English teacher and devotes herself to education. She looks forward to growing as a scholar during her two years at Georgetown.

Tianyi Zhang

Tianyi (Susie) graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a double major in English and Telecommunications, as well as a minor in Theatre.

Her research interest is mainly book history, but she is always willing to explore.

Second Year Students

Anastasia Armendariz (AB/MA)

Anastasia graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in English and minor in Justice & Peace studies in 2019. She continues in the M.A. program as the Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies.

Her research interests include book history, material cultures, and 19th century British literature. When not reading, Anastasia can be found thrifting, searching for the perfect dirty chai, or dreaming of San Diegan burritos.

David 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 a technical writer. His research interests include modernism, modernist and contemporary avant-garde poetry, and critical aesthetic debates in the twentieth century. At Georgetown, he is a teaching assistant in the Community Scholars Program.

Kalen 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 women’s studies and environmental studies. At Georgetown, she is working as a Graduate Writing Associate and continuing to run her photography and personal training businesses. She loves traveling, hiking, cooking, cats, and Crimson Tide football.

Nicholas DeMayo

Nicholas graduated from Wake Forest University with a B.A. in English and a minor in Secondary Education. During undergraduate studies, he worked one-to-one with people with cognitive/developmental disabilities in classrooms and in the community. Through his capstone project, Nicholas creates resources on how teachers may use Shakespeare acting games to make classrooms more inclusive for neurodiverse people. His research interests include disability studies, pedagogy, performance studies, and Shakespeare. Nicholas is a CNDLS Associate at Georgetown.

Gabrielle Deutsch

Gabby is from Portland, Oregon and graduated summa cum laude from Santa Clara University in 2018 with degrees in English & American Studies. She is interested in film and media studies, constructions of race and gender on screen, and contemporary American literature more broadly. Her thesis will examine the portrayals of womanhood in contemporary films that fit within the trope of a white savior narrative. At Georgetown she works as a Graduate Associate at CNDLS for The Engelhard Project.

Hannah 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 second-year Lannan Associate and looks forward to spending the next year continuing to grow as a scholar and writer.

Elizabeth 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.

Ian Jayne

Ian graduated summa cum laude 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—a practice he has continued at Georgetown, where he also works as a Graduate Writing Associate. Ian’s thesis will interrogate representations of utopia, temporality, and realism in contemporary gay fiction. When not reading or writing, Ian is most likely searching out the nearest beagle to pet.

Caitlin 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.

Michael Lawrence

Michael graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in English Language and Literature. At Georgetown, he serves as a Graduate Writing Associate and the Graduate Writing Center Coordinator. His thesis research merges his interests in contemporary fiction, political economy, and critical theory.

Alexandra Lindner

Alley graduated summa cum laude from Wheaton College in the spring of 2018.

She is interested in film and queer studies.

William Martin

William is a second year in the program from PG County, Maryland. He specializes in post-Civil Rights era African American literature and 20th century American literature. Willam’s interest orbit around the function of the graveyard as not merely a space of physical decay, but a space of imaginative abundance for African American characters within the novels. Hence, he argues that contemporary African American literature takes symbols associated with death and reads life into them. William employs Thing Theory, Critical Race Theory, and Semiotics into his work. He graduated from Brown University in 2018. He also writes screenplays, which can be read here.

Brad Oremland

Brad grew up in D.C. and graduated from Grinnell College with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Russian and Eastern European Studies. He also holds a certificate in Women’s Studies from Montgomery College. His undergraduate background is in democratic theory, nineteenth-century Russian and twentieth-century Eastern Bloc literature, and intersectional feminism. His other interests include ghost stories, horror movies, speculative fiction, and the novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Brad is the research assistant for Georgetown’s Comparative Literature program, and spends the rest of his time on progressive political activism, sports, attending concerts, and petting cats.

Nancy 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.

Kennerley Roper

Kennerley grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada and graduated with a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. She currently works as a tutor at the Writing Center and as the Publishing and Production Intern at 826DC for their Young Author’s Book Project. Her thesis project maps the various Las Vegas landscapes in science fiction texts, film, and video games to both examine how space represents American anxieties and to reconcile her hometown with the glittering depictions of Sin City. When she isn’t reading or writing, Kennerley is cooking, playing with her cats, and playing Dungeons & Dragons.

Joseph Stafford

Joseph is a graduate of The George Washington University. His research interests include language studies and critical theory. He is currently working on a thesis that explores the history of theories of meaning.

Mannhi 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. She is interested in Asian American Studies, and her current research focuses on Vietnamese American transnational identity formation. Mannhi is a Teaching Assistant for the Community Scholars Program.

Bezi Yohannes

Bezi graduated summa cum laude from The College of William & Mary in 2018 with a B.A. in English and Medieval & Renaissance Studies. Her passion for medieval literature grew from her love for epic fantasy. After studying at the University of Oxford, she returned to fantasy and expanded her studies to incorporate Black speculative fiction. Her thesis will analyze the marginalization of Black female protagonists in mainstream fantasy media, and explore the nuances between visibility and representation in these narratives. Bezi is a teaching assistant for the Georgetown Community Scholars Program, and aspires to work as an editor of children’s/young adult literature.