Current Graduate Students

Second Years

Kathryn Baker (AB/MA)

Kathryn graduated from Georgetown University in 2020 with a B.A. in English and a French minor. She also received honors for her thesis “Much Ado About #MeToo,” which explored the implications of the modern #MeToo movement on the study of Shakespeare’s romantic comedies. Other research interests include representations of women in 20–21st century literature, the effects of fashion on gender identification, and modern motherhood novels.

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.

RK 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 few years working in the University of Tennessee’s Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships. At Georgetown, RK is a research associate for esteemed poet Carolyn Forché through the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice. Her capstone project is on contemporary poetry and documentary poetics as they relate to writing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jessie (Ford) Yeyeodu

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 capstone project will unpack narratives about human trafficking, which are often rooted in dangerous misconceptions. The project will critically analyze these narratives through race, class, and gender studies. On campus, Jessie works as a Graduate Writing Associate, and off campus she works for an anti-human trafficking nonprofit. In her down time, Jessie loves embracing her Montana roots and spending time in nature.

Allison Harris

Allison graduated with Latin honors from Randolph-Macon College in 2019 with a B.A. in English and minors in French and Secondary Education. While at Randolph-Macon, Allison spent a summer researching the status of women in the institution of marriage under the Shapiro Undergraduate Research Fund. Her major research interests focus on the intersection in 19th-century British literature, ecocriticism, and woman studies. On campus, she works in the Athletic Department, providing academic support for student-athletes. In her free time, Allison enjoys cooking with her sisters and reading fantasy novels.

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. After graduation, she briefly taught high school English before beginning at Georgetown. Her research primarily takes an interdisciplinary approach to the way that literature influences and is influenced by U.S. history. Her thesis will focus on how Toni Morrison’s novels allow readers to imagine a more racially just world. You can usually find Erin drinking cranberry-apple tea or rooting for losing sports teams.

William Hockaday (AB/MA)

Hock graduated from Georgetown University in 2020 with a B.A. in African American Studies and a minor in English. Hock uses they/them pronouns. Their academic interests include film & media studies, critical race theory, queer theory, feminist theory, and Afrofuturism. Hock is currently conducting research for a thesis on the connections between Afrofuturism and Black Orientalism, taking cues from Black speculative popular media. Hock hopes to eventually combine their love for animation with their love for teaching.

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 contemporary fiction, trauma studies, and critical theory. He has published articles examining works by Cormac McCarthy, Toni Morrison, and Robert Musil. Currently, his thesis project examines representations of postwar trauma and “books within books” in novels by David Mitchell, Haruki Murakami, Philip Roth, and W.G. Sebald. Following his experience as a Writing Center tutor and as an EFL instructor in South Korea and Thailand, he is now a graduate teaching assistant for the Community Scholars Program at Georgetown.

Meghan Modafferi

Meghan is a CNDLS Graduate Associate with a background in writing/editing, multimedia, and instructional design work. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Rhetorical Studies. Her research interests include environmental humanities, critical digital pedagogy, and multimodal composition. In her free time, she likes to see plays, hike, and hang out with her cat and dog.

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 research interests include critical race theory, affect theory, queer theory, and speculative fiction. At Georgetown, Rose is a Graduate Writing Associate, working as a TA for writing and English courses.

Antonia Nagle

Antonia graduated magna cum laude from Hollins University with a B.A. in English. She is a former high school English teacher and currently works with the Georgetown Institute for College Preparation as a cultural theory instructor. Her academic interests include an intersection of queer theory, disability studies, and critical race theory, with attention to how identity categories are discursively constructed. Her thesis explores the evolution of the lesbian vampire trope, from its birth in the Victorian era to its lingering presence in pop culture of the 21st century.

Ashly Paulino (AB/MA)

Ashly is a second-year MA student working with the Community Scholars Program. She received a B.A. in English and double minor in French and Women’s and Gender Studies at Georgetown University. As a Community Scholar Alumna herself, she is passionate about teaching, writing, and composition with a focus on social justice. She will be working on a teaching portfolio that explores these intersections for her capstone.

Clare Reid

Clare grew up just outside Atlanta, Georgia and graduated magna cum laude from Emory University in 2019
with her B.A. in Classical Civilization. Her research interests include world Medieval literature, literary and
popular receptions, inclusive pedagogy, and protofeminism. Her capstone work seeks to use a pedagogically inclusive approach to examine how popular receptions of the Middle Ages affect the way we view Medieval female Christian thinkers, particularly Hildegard of Bingen and Julian of Norwich. She also currently serves as a CNDLS Graduate Associate for the AT Program. Clare enjoys 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 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 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 interests lie in the long nineteenth century, modernism, critical theory, and the environmental humanities. Her current project explores the legacies of English enclosure in British literature, ecologies, and landscapes, considering how Victorian and Modernist representations of the English countryside mediate nature, subjectivity, and social form. She explores how such representations resist and unsettle the forms of enclosure, capital, and empire. She is excited to work with Georgetown students as a Graduate Writing Associate for the 2020–21 academic year.

Siwei Wang

Siwei is originally from China. She studied at Renmin University of China, double majored in Chinese and English Literature as an undergraduate student. Her research interests include transnational modernism, oceanic studies, environmental humanities, materialisms, and postcolonial theories. Her thesis examines how the ontological entanglement of humans and the sea in interwar literature unsettles the governance of the British Empire. Besides her current research project, she is also exploring the relationship between material infrastructure (e.g., architecture and energy supplies) and subjectivity (re)formation in 20th-century Anglophone literature.

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 graduated magna cum laude from Texas Christian University in 2019 with a degree in Writing and French, studying adaptations of Norse mythology and liminality in postcolonial francophone literature, respectively. At Georgetown, Julie works as a Teacher’s Assistant in the Comparative Literature program. Her thesis research focuses on processes of authorship and publication in early 20th century American literature. When she manages to put her books down, she often spends time at art museums, hockey games, music venues, and comedy clubs (where she relishes in hearing bad puns).

Sadia Yasmin

Sadia graduated from John Jay College in 2017 with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a B.A. in English with a concentration in Law & Literature. Her scholarly interests include Victorian literature and law, audience/fan theory, critical race studies, and gender/sexuality theory. She works as a Teaching Assistant for the Community Scholars Program and as a Writing Center Tutor at Georgetown and John Jay. Sadia’s thesis traces spectacle and rhetoric in trials, stemming from Oscar Wilde to contemporary legal cases. In her spare time, Sadia writes short stories, takes long walks, and plays World of Warcraft.

Huining (Rebecca) Zhang

Huining (Rebecca) graduated from Shanghai International Studies University in 2019 with a B.A. in English Language and Literature. Through her capstone project, she explores on the way teachers may use Shakespeare in English as Second Language classroom. Her current research interests focuses on Shakespeare and pedagogy. When not reading or writing, she is cooking, watching movies, and biking.

Tianyi (Susie) 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. Her current capstone project focuses on the study of promptbooks.

First Years

Victoria Bik

Victoria grew up in Sarasota, Florida, and graduated cum laude from New York University, 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 art, the Pre-Raphaelites, New Woman fiction, and Victorian London. She greatly enjoyed having the opportunity to study abroad for a year and a half in London and travel solo throughout Europe. She loves playing with her dogs and gardening at home in Florida.

Anne Dellinger

Anne grew up in Virginia but has 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, and she is interested in literary depictions of extractive capitalism driven by imperialism. She has worked in editorial roles at various publishing houses and in museums for the last decade. In her free time, Anne enjoys hiking, programming too-specific film festivals, and cooking overly elaborate meals for one.

Amy Ding

Amy graduated from Swarthmore College in 2019 with a B.A. in English Literature and minor in French & Francophone Studies.

Her research focuses on 18th and 19th century British literature and historical criticism. 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 related film, and being overly invested in pop culture. One day she hopes to actually finish one of her creative writing projects.

Sophia Grabiec

Sophia earned her B.A. in English from Washington College with a minor in secondary education in 2020. Her senior thesis examined the relationship between Eve and Medusa in Paradise Lost’s seventeenth-century garden, winning the Bennett Lamond Senior Capstone Award from the English department at WC. Her undergraduate experience revolved around the English Restoration and contemporary media studies, a pairing that led to her current interests in material culture, rhetoric, and feminist theory in both writing and film. When she isn’t reading or watching TV, Sophia spends time with friends in restaurants, backyards, or on the field hockey turf.

Chris Kenny

Chris was born and raised in Lindenhurst, NY. He graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in English. For the better part of the last decade he has been working on independent films. His undergraduate thesis was on John Donne’s process of poetic composition, a project he plans to expand. At Georgetown, he hopes to pursue research on Faulkner’s practice of revision in his late comedies. Outside of class, you can catch him writing unhinged letters to Fred Wilpon.

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 19th and 20th century American literature, race, gender, and law, and is particularly passionate about social justice. In her graduate studies, she hopes to connect scholarly discourse to how we might better understand and meet the needs of underserved populations. She works as a Teaching Assistant with the Community Scholars Program. When she is not reading or writing, Lily enjoys running, trying out vegan recipes, and making TikToks of her cat, Rose.

Robert Pike

Robert is originally from Orlando, Florida. He double majored in Drama and Psychology from the Catholic University of America in 2014 and stayed in the DC 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. After graduating, she spent some time making magic in Disney World’s Galaxy’s Edge as an attractions cast member. Karalee loves reading (surprise), drinking too much coffee, and napping with her cat, James.

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. Her other interests include hiking, playing piano, and attending operas and classical concerts.

Emma Unterkoefler

Emma graduated summa cum laude from Fairfield University in 2019 with degrees in philosophy and accounting. Her research interests include gender/sexuality studies and the intersections of philosophy and literature. At Georgetown, she is a teaching assistant in the Community Scholars Program. In addition to reading and writing, she enjoys ice cream and running, but not in that order.

AB/MA Students