Current Graduate Students

Second Years

Victoria Bik

Victoria grew up in Sarasota, Florida, and graduated cum laude from New York University in 2019, receiving her B.A. at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study in an interdisciplinary major—Victorian and Edwardian Literature and Culture. Her interests pertain to the latter half of the long nineteenth century, particularly on women writers, the intersection of literature and visual arts, the Pre-Raphaelites, New Woman fiction, and Victorian London. In her free time she loves to seek out (and will travel to, if possible) any museum or exhibition that might interest her.

Anne Dellinger

Anne grew up in Virginia but lived in Brooklyn for several years following her graduation from The New School with a B.A. in Literature. Her undergraduate senior thesis examined the presence of alchemy in Paradise Lost, but her scholarly interests now center on documentary reportage, visual theory, and collaborations between writers and photographers. She has worked in editorial roles at various publishing houses and in museums for the last decade. In her free time, Anne enjoys hiking, recreating meals from books, and watching bad thrillers.

Amy Ding

Amy graduated from Swarthmore College in 2019 with a B.A. in English Literature and minor in French & Francophone Studies. Her research interests lie in the long nineteenth century and critical theory. Her current project examines the representational friction between language and art in ekphrastic poetry. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, exploring art museums, and antagonizing her cat.

Jessica Flores

Jessica graduated with a B.A. in English Language and Literature and a minor in Communications from American University. She has worked as a Publishing Assistant at Georgetown University Press since 2018, with previous internship experience at The Writer’s Center and Island Press. Her interests include reading speculative fiction novels, all things film related, and being overly invested in pop culture. One day she hopes to actually finish one of her creative writing projects.

Sophia Grabiec

Before moving to D.C. in 2020, Sophia (or more casually, Sophie) graduated from Washington College where she majored in English and completed the Maryland teaching certification program for ELA grades 7–12. Sophie has research experience in Early Modern/Restoration English literature though her current interests are in writing studies and pedagogy. She also works as Graduate Associate for the Apprenticeship in Teaching program at the Center for New Designs in Learning & Scholarship where she assists in program operation and hangs out with some amazing pedagogues. Outside of work, Sophie is usually outdoors repotting her plants or playing games with family & friends.

Anne Lee

Anne graduated from Colby College in 2019 with a B.A in English with a Creative Writing concentration and minor in Education. She grew up in the Boston area of Massachusetts. Her research interests include gender and sexuality, East Asian storytelling, and representation of marginalized communities in literature. Aside from reading and writing, she enjoys folding origami, going out on walks, and eating sweets in her free time.

Lily Nagengast

Lily is from Bloomfield, Nebraska and graduated cum laude from Boston College in 2018 with a degree in English and Gender Studies. She is interested in 20th and 21st century American literature, gender, place, and pedagogy. Her thesis project focuses on contemporary representations of rural American femininities in media and memoir. She works as a Teaching Assistant with the Community Scholars Program.

Robert Pike

Robert is originally from Orlando, Florida. He graduated with a double major in Drama and Psychology from the Catholic University of America in 2014 and stayed in the D.C. area working as an actor, director, and sound designer. His theatrical credits include Imagination Stage, NextStop Theatre Company, and Ally Theatre Company (among others). He is a proud company member at We Happy Few Productions and Rorschach Theatre Company. His research interests include Dramatic Literature & Structure, Modernism, Postmodernism, Performance Studies, and Avant-Garde Poetics.

Karalee Rogers

Karalee grew up in South Florida and graduated magna cum laude from Fordham University with a B.A. in English and a minor in Economics. She spends her time reading (surprise), drinking too much coffee, napping with her cat, and waiting super patiently for Madeline Miller to drop a new book.

Sofia Syeda

Sofia is originally from Queens, New York. Upon completing her B.A. in English Literature and Secondary Education at Queens College, she taught high school courses in Shakespearean literature and poetry at Maspeth High School in New York City. As a writer, Sofia has published poetry with the Queens College undergraduate literary journal that commented on Pakistani and Russian societal rules. As an essayist, her research concentrates on the relationship between a subject and its space through a psychoanalytic lens. Since she moved to Winchester, Virginia her research has developed into a public project called What’s Your Story?, collecting hand-written stories from current residents living in the Shenandoah Valley. Her other interests include hiking mountains, playing piano, and attending classical and jazz concerts.

Emilie Schwarz

Emilie graduated with a B.A. in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic in 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 undergraduate 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 climbing, yoga, biking, camping, and playing endless hours of fetch with her dog, Buster.

Emma Unterkoefler

Emma graduated summa cum laude from Fairfield University in 2019 with a double major in philosophy and accounting. Her research interests include Victorian literature, animal studies, and philosophy. At Georgetown, she is a teaching assistant with the Community Scholars Program and a research assistant for Prof. Maureen Corrigan. In addition to reading and writing, she enjoys ice cream and running, but not in that order.

First Years

Spring 2022

Rin Baker

Rin is a first-generation college student who earned her A.A. in Humanities and Social Sciences from SUNY Adirondack, and her B.A. in English with a minor in Educational Studies from the University at Albany. She is interested in researching the intersections of grief and literature and is eager to return to the classroom after two years of online learning. After class, you will likely find her crocheting, playing video games, or spending time with her two cats.

Kilmeny Chernys

Kilmeny graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University and is excited to be back on the Hilltop. After working for several nonprofit organizations, she switched paths to pursue her love of literature through a career in publishing. Beginning with the Columbia Publishing Course at Oxford University, followed by a stint as a publicist for Viking and Penguin books in New York, she is currently employed by W. W. Norton publishers covering the greater DC area. She enjoys reading almost all genres, discovering new species of plants to add to her growing collection, baking for her family, and watching classic movies.

Nicole Davidow

Nicole received a B.A. in Public Communications from American University. Prior to re-entering academia, she worked as a content director in the commercial real estate industry and spent the past eight years in the marketing field. In her free time, Nicole enjoys yoga, running, growing her vinyl collection, and cuddling with her cat, Pippa.

Mara Minson-Efimov

Mara is originally from McKinney, Texas. Upon completing her double major in English and Sociology at Washington and Lee University, she worked as a research analyst in D.C. Her research interests include late Victorian writers, New Women literature, and early 20th century feminist thought. In her free time, she enjoys reading and trying new coffee shops.

Morgan-Ann Kalin

Morgan-Ann graduated from Iona College in 2021, where she received a B.A. in English and Media & Strategic Communication. She recently moved to Washington from a small town in New York, which, she passionately defends, is not upstate. Morgan is particularly interested in the works of John Milton and will convince anyone of his position as an accidental feminist. Outside of the classroom, Morgan-Ann enjoys going to museums, finding cozy coffee shops, and traveling far and wide with her dog, Goose.

Chris Kenny

Chris graduated with a B.A. from Boston University in 2014. He has been working on independent films for over a decade and is currently in pre-production for his first feature. His research interests include pragmatism, textual criticism, and the creative process. In his free time, he plays baseball for the Long Island Blue Claws where he was selected as an all-star for the 2021 season.

Fall 2021

Afnan Alnashwan

Afnan is originally from Saudi Arabia. She received her B.A. in English Language and Literature from Princess Noura Bint Abdulrahman University and a Master’s in Second Language Acquisition Policy and Culture from University of Southern Indiana. She worked in University Admissions after graduating for six months. Her interests are traveling, reading and baking.

Arman Analouei

Arman was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, but prefers to be considered a Virginian for multiple reasons. He graduated from George Mason University in 2021 with a B.A in Literature magna cum laude and spends his days using his degree to teach others the true meaning of “Kafkaesque.” His favorite painter is Georgia O’Keeffe and his favorite musician is David Bowie.

Gracyn Bird

Gracyn graduated from Dickinson College in 2021 with a double major in English and Studio Art. She is interested in intersections between the visual and verbal, including graphic novels, manga, video games, film, and artist books. Her research focuses on contemporary fiction, feminist theory, and postmodern theory. When not reading or writing, Gracyn enjoys painting and horseback riding.

Alexandra Bowman (AB/MA)

Alexandra is a current undergraduate senior at Georgetown University double-majoring in English and Art. She is the official Political Cartoonist for The Lincoln Project and the environmental news platform Our Daily Planet. She is also the founder and host of the political comedy webseries based at Georgetown, The Hilltop Show, which is made up of over 50 undergraduate and graduate students from the United States, Europe, and South America. Alex has also written articles on comedy, media, politics, and culture for the Georgetown Independent and the Georgetown Footnote. Alex has had work published by GU Politics, the National Wildlife Federation, BBC News, BBC Books, Voice of America, and the Hoya-favorite chicken restaurant, Wingo’s.

Michael Byrns

Michael is from Annapolis, Maryland and graduated from Williams College in 2018 with a B.A. in English. His research interests include aesthetics, narrative structure, and the history of the novel. In his graduate studies, he hopes continue his focus on the farcical justice in literary representations of revolutionary courts. For the past few years, he has been living in Washington, D.C. and can regularly be seen wandering around Rock Creek Park and Trader Joe’s.

Emma Cubellis

Emma graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern University in 2021 with a combined degree in English and Communications and a double minor in History and Global Fashion Studies. Her research focuses on drawing comparisons between popular Young Adult literature and canonical literature. She works as a freelance writer and has her first novel in the works. In her spare time, she enjoys reading as many books as she possibly can, attending SoulCycle classes, and cuddling with her dog, Sherman.

Andrew Dickerson

Andrew is from Southern Louisiana. He received his B.A. in English from Dillard University. Before Dillard, he attended Donaldsonville High School where he graduated Salutatorian. At Dillard, he worked closely with and for his dear friends, Dr. Nia Haydel and Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy (the latter of which was Poet Laureate under Bill Clinton). Andrew enjoys exploration and expedition and is just as poised to explore the wilds around a city as much as the city itself.

Jon Guelzo

Jon is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and earned his undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts at West Chester University in 2012. He is an active duty Army officer and has lived eight places in twelve years. In his spare time he packs boxes for his next move and entertains his two Welsh Corgis, Winston and Lucy.

Andie Herrig

Andie graduated with honors from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in Psychological and Brain Sciences and minors in English and Writing. Her primary research interests are 20th and 21st century literature, particularly the reader-author relationship in postmodern and absurdist works. Outside of academia, Andie enjoys practicing and teaching yoga, traveling, and spending time with her dog, Phoebe.

Noah Leiter

Noah hails from central Missouri and attended the University of Missouri, where he received a B.S. in Computer Science with minors in English and Mathematics. He spent the last several years living and working in New York City as a Software Engineer. Noah likes to teach, write poetry, review video games, and water his tomatoes.

Angela Lentini

Angela graduated on the Dean’s List of The George Washington University in 2020 with a double major in Music and English. Angela was musically driven her whole life, and accidentally fell into English by reading when she should have been at her voice lessons. It’s taken Angela twenty-three years to find her true path, but she made it, and is focusing on early 20th-century American literature. Angela is currently teaching K–12 English, and hopes for a future in professorship.

Mitch Losito

Mitch is originally from Connecticut, although he may tell you he grew up “outside of New York.” He received a B.A. in English from Davidson College in 2019. At Georgetown, he is a teaching assistant for the Community Scholars Program. At any given moment, he is probably making friends with a stranger’s dog.

Caroline Lowder

Caroline is originally from Alexandria, Virginia. In April of 2021, she graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern University with a B.A. in English and Media Studies and minors in Ethics and Writing. Her research interests include women’s and media studies, ethics, pedagogy, and digital humanities. She is currently a graduate teaching assistant for Georgetown’s Community Scholars Program, as she seeks to further expand her knowledge surrounding the practice and theory of teaching writing. Outside of the classroom, Caroline enjoys watching classic movies, attempting new recipes, and going to the dog park with her energetic pup, Honey.

Mostafa Mahmood

Mostafa is originally from Egypt. He graduated from Aswan University with a B.A. in English in 2011 and received a Teaching Methodologies Diploma in 2014. In 2018 he moved to D.C. after receiving a Fulbright scholarship to study in a non-degree program and work as an Arabic Language teaching assistant at the Catholic University of America. Mostafa’s primary research interests are Modern English Poetry, Classic Arabic Poetry, Modern Refugees and Migrants literature, Modern Humanities, and religious studies. In his free time, Mostafa enjoys comedy clubs, trying new restaurants, watching documentaries, and playing with his cat, Molly.

Candace Mundt-Bates

Candace is originally from Memphis, Tennessee but has lived in many places due to her time in the U.S. Army. She received a BA in English from Texas A&M University–Central Texas. She has worked in the communications field for more than 12 years as both a service member and a civilian. She is planning to continue her studies in English with a focus on Disability Studies and mental health representations in literature. Outside work and school, her interests include hiking, community theater, and trying new restaurants.

Racquel Nassor

Racquel received a B.A. in English and Psychology and a minor in Dance from George Washington University in 2019. There, she completed an honors thesis examining the intersection of gender, political power, and fey in literature from the 12th to the 15th century. She worked for a Washington D.C. law firm as an Intellectual Property Assistant for two years and recently began freelance writing for an editorial book site. Her current research examines the role of Medieval and Early Modern literature and myth in science fiction and fantasy. When she’s not reading, she’s throwing pottery, dancing, or learning to crochet.

Thomas Ohno-Machado

Thomas graduated with a B.A. in Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego. He served in the Teach For America corps in the San Diego region as a special education teacher working with high school students and young adults. During that time he received an M.S. in Special Education from National University. Outside of school and work, Thomas enjoys spending time with his family, reading, watching films, nature walks, baseball, studying languages, listening to different types of music, and exploring new places both near and far.

Lucas Ratigan

Lucas is originally from New Rochelle, New York. He graduated with distinction from the University of Toronto, Trinity College, where he double-majored in English and Political Science. His work has been published in literary journals such as The Lyre, Goose Fiction, and The Trinity Review. He is interested in the philosophy of religion, continental philosophy as applied to modernist fiction, and critiques of political ideology as rooted in historical studies of literature. His favorite artists include Dostoevsky, Evelyn Waugh, Franz Kafka, and Ingmar Bergman. He also un-ironically enjoys watching Love Island UK.

Avery Rosen

Avery grew up on Long Island, NY, and graduated from Binghamton University in 2021 with a double major in English and Cinema. With a particular interest in Gothic and Weird fiction, a significant focus of her undergraduate studies regarded 19th and 20th century literature. Avery also has a deep passion for film, particularly film theory, and the role women have in the film industry. In addition to reading and watching movies, she also adores painting and writing poetry.

Molly Sullivan

Molly is originally from a small town in Westchester, New York. Molly received her B.A. in English and minor in History from Duke University in 2019. Outside of reading and writing, Molly’s interests include playing piano, running long distance, and cooking.

Mary Turkot

Mary grew up in the New Jersey suburbs of Philadelphia. She graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University-New Brunswick in 2021 with a B.A. in English and minors in both Creative Writing and Environmental Studies. Her senior Honors thesis aimed to explore the complex intersections between the natural world, the feminine, and familial relationships through a collection of poems and short prose. Aside from reading and writing, she enjoys watercolor painting, learning new songs on her bass guitar, and swimming in the ocean along the Jersey shore.

Nimi Vachharajani

Nimi graduated with a B.S. in Earth Sciences from University of California, Santa Cruz in 2021. She is excited to explore her interests as a graduate student in the M.A. English program at Georgetown, especially creative writing. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, exercising, and going on long walks.

Alexis Young

Alexis graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in English and History in 2019. Before attending Georgetown, she worked in public sector consulting for Deloitte and published a book on addiction and the opioid epidemic in the United States. Her research interests primarily include gender, sexuality, and disability since the 19th century. On campus, Alexis is working toward completing the M.A. Certificate in Disability Studies, and serves as a Teaching Assistant for the Global and Comparative Literature Program. Alexis enjoys running and cheering for the Cubs.

AB/MA Students