There are currently over 30 doctoral candidates in English at Boston College. Along with students in our M.A. program, doctoral students are the sponsors of a year-long colloquium in literary and cultural studies, they place representatives at our Graduate Student Association, and they teach regularly in the English department.
Doctoral Candidates at BC have provided their own listings below.
Emma graduated summa cum laude from Kalamazoo College, where she majored in English and Classical Studies and minored in Theatre History. She has studied history, literature, and acting at The Athens Center and College Year in Athens in Greece and at Charles University in Prague.
Emma specializes in Renaissance and Restoration drama. She completed her minor oral exam, "Restoration and Early Eighteenth-Century Drama, 1660-1737" in May 2010. She completed her major oral exam, "Renaissance Drama, 1550-1660" in February 2012.
Emma has published a book review in Early Theater 14.1 and has an article on Marlowe's Edward II forthcoming in The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 43.1.
Emma has presented papers on early drama at NeMLA, the Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies, and ATHE/AATE, among others.
Emma has served as a Writing Fellow, a TA for British Literature I, and has taught First-Year Writing, Literature Core, Studies in Poetry, and Shakespeare's Later Plays at BC. She tutors writing at Framingham State University and has taught Intro to College Writing and Expository Writing at FSU. You can contact Emma at email@example.com and visit her website.
Alyssa graduated from Messiah College in 2010 with a BA in English Literature and Writing. She spent the following two years in China where she taught writing and communications to first-year university students before returning to the states to pursue graduate studies.
Pursuing her major interest in British Victorian Literature, Alyssa hopes to complete a minor field exam in Romanticism. She will also TA Brit Lit I this fall.
Richard studies medieval literature, focusing primarily on Old English texts and culture. He is interested in questions of rhetoric and speech, and what oral and residually-oral texts can tell us about the cultures that produced them. He is also infatuated with remix culture and the ways it can be used to make old texts culturally and pedagogically relevant in the internet age.
Richard is the co-founder of the Societas Daemonetica, which organizes yearly sessions at the International Congress on Medieval Studies on the topic of various "things demonic."
Prior to joining the PhD program at Boston College, Richard earned a BA in English and history at the University of Toronto (Canada), and an MA in Medieval Studies at the University of York (UK).
Benjamin specializes in twentieth and twenty-first century poetry, with a particular focus on British and American modernist poetry. He also has interests in the history of poetic form and in critical theory, especially Frankfurt School Marxism.
Benjamin’s research investigates the relationship between formal technique and social suffering—the ways in which the problems of a society appear as immanent problems of artistic form. He received a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University and a master’s degree from Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.
Rowena focuses on American and British fiction and film from the mid-twentieth century to the present day. She is particularly interested in the representation of urban and suburban environments and communities; genre; and popular fiction. Rowena is working on a major field exam that reads genre fiction and film as a cultural history of the postwar period, and, in 2013, completed a minor field which examined ways that contemporary fiction responds to issues of place and placelessness in a globalized and post-industrial world. In recent years Rowena has presented at the American Comparative Literature Association’s annual conference on highways and non-places in fiction and film, and at the Northeast MLA conference on urban redevelopment in science fiction.
In the coming year, Rowena will be teaching composition and rhetoric in the First Year Writing Seminar, and a course on the literature of suburbia.
Rowena is from the UK, and before coming to BC she studied for an M.A. at the University of Essex, and a B.A. at the University of Oxford.
Alison holds an M.A. in English from New York University and a B.A. with Honors in English from Brown University. At Boston College, she specializes in British Romanticism, and has completed a Minor Field exam, "Orientalism and the Place of Ireland," and a Major Field Exam, "Romantic National Literatures of the British Isles and India." She is currently at work on a dissertation that deals with articulations of Citizenship in a Global Romanticism. To date, Alison has been a TA for British Literature I and she has also taught First Year Writing, a Literary Forms section of the Literature Core, an elective entitled "Gothic Women Writers," and Studies in Poetry. Alison is also the director of the Pedagogy Seminar (2012-2013 academic year) and the Managing Editor at Boston College's interdisciplinary Journal of Religion and the Arts.
Irene is a student of nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature, with an emphasis on theories of empire, aesthetics, and visual culture. She is currently working towards an exam that brings together provincial nineteenth-century English novels and postcolonial criticism to explore how a critical methodology might further incorporate matters of literary form to an analysis of empire. Her current research interests include alternative religious histories, ritual and visuality, and colonial miscegenation.
Irene completed part of her undergraduate studies at the University of Southampton and the Universidad de Salamanca, but she received her B.A. in English Writing from Lake Forest College, where she also worked for a year as Writing Programs Fellow. Before all that, she spent seventeen years in her native Caracas reading books by Enid Blyton.
Katie is interested in twentieth and twenty-first century urban American literature and culture. She holds an M.A. in English from Boston College and a B.A. from Columbia University, where she majored in English and Comparative Literature. Katie spent time in motion picture production before her returning to academics in 2008. Her minor field exam was titled “The Twenty-First Century American Novel” and her major field was, “Class, Domesticity, and the American City: 1865-2000.” She is now formulating a dissertation prospectus on Emigrant narratives in Contemporary American Literature.
Katie has taught FWS, LitCore, Studies in Narrative, and is currently teaching American Literary History III. In addition, Katie has presented at the New England American Studies Association conference, the Northeast Modern Language Association conference, the NYU Colloquium on American Literature and Culture, and is currently in the final stages of publishing a chapter in Inhabiting La Patria: Identity, Agency, and Antojo in the Work of Julia Alvarez. This year, Katie will be co-directing the Biennial English Conference with Emma Perry and she is also the graduate assistant on the Lowell Humanities Series.
No bio of Katie would be complete without mention of her role as proud wife as well as her best project to date, Jack the spunky toddler.
Trista studies twentieth-century Irish literature with particular interest in modernism and representations of memory and trauma. She has completed a minor field exam on “Trauma and the Family in Contemporary Irish and American Fiction, 1965-2010,” and her major field exam, “Memory, History, and Identity: Twentieth-Century Narratives of Britain and Ireland,” will take place this winter. Trista has taught the First-Year Writing Seminar and Literature Core and is currently teaching Studies in Narrative. She will design an elective course on contemporary Irish literature and culture in the coming year. Trista also co-directs the Pedagogy Seminar and works as the Curriculum Integration Graduate Assistant at the Office of International Programs. She holds a B.A. with Honors in English from the University of Michigan, where she completed a senior honors thesis on preservation and mortality in Shakespeare’s Sonnets.
Matt completed his Bachelor's degree in French and English at Miami University (Ohio), and Master’s degree in English at Boston College. Before joining the graduate community at B.C., he taught high-school English for three years in central France. His research interests include late 18th- and 19th-century British travel writing, the history of the British and French slave trades, post-colonial theory, and the history of British imperialism. His dissertation, “Revolutionary Narratives, Imperial Rivalries: Britain and the French Empire in the Nineteenth Century,” considers England’s long imperial rivalry with France, and the ways in which Victorian writers reflected on that rivalry through the deployment of Romantic-era narratives of the French Revolution.
He has taught an elective course entitled “19th-century British Literature and Empire,” literature core classes on the theme of travel in literary works, as well as multiple sections of Boston College’s First-Year Writing Seminar. For the last five years, he has also served as a formal teaching mentor for new graduate student teachers in the First-Year Writing Program.
Matt is also interested in the relationship between archival research methods and literary studies. All of his undergraduate courses feature an archival component, and Matt has worked as an archivist since moving to Boston. He currently serves as the Archival Coordinator for the Boston Red Sox.
Kiara studies American literature with an emphasis on contemporary American fiction and literature of and about the American West. Broadly, she is interested in the environmental, cultural, and geopolitical intricacies of place and how these issues register as literary habits and tensions. In December 2010, she completed a doctoral exam entitled “Roaming and Reimagining the American West, 1970-2010” that interrogated how migration and mobility can act as vehicles for an amplified environmental consciousness, which in turn shapes a Western ecopoetics. Currently, she is at work on her second doctoral exam, “Writing the West: Cultural Politics, Labor, and the Land, 1850-1970,” which reads literature that grapples with the politics surrounding land management, ownership, and cultivation as a series of texts that respond to and disrupt racialized class and labor patterns.
Before coming to BC, Kiara earned a BA from Mount Holyoke College and an MA from New York University. She has taught composition courses that focus on ethics and justice at both community college and BC. In the upcoming school years, she will teach literature courses at BC on environmental literature, the American novel, and the wild West in American fiction. She’s also really into her cats, horses, cooking, and generally anything that involves going outdoors.
Katherine received ABs in English and Psychology, as well as an MA degree in the Humanities (English), from the University of Chicago. Her current interests include 19th-century British and American literature, folk and fairy tales, short stories, body manipulation, and gothic literature. Katherine has completed a minor field exam entitled “Fairy Tales: 1790-1890” and a major field exam entitled “Gothic, Fantastic, Realist Interactions in British Literature: 1800-1900.” Along with teaching various courses at BC, Katherine created and co-organized with Professor Paul Lewis a bicentennial birthday celebration for Edgar Allan Poe in 2009 that led to Mayor Menino declaring January 2009 Edgar Allan Poe Appreciation Month, the naming of Edgar Allan Poe Square near downtown Boston, and a highly successful Boston Public Library exhibit on Poe curated by Professor Lewis. She also served as the Ph.D. chair of BC’s English Department Graduate Student Colloquium from 2009-2011, is a member of BC’s Graduate Student Association, and is the 2010-2011 president of BC’s Graduate AHANA.
Andrew A. Kuhn is a Ph.D. student in the English Department at Boston College, studying twentieth-century Irish literature and print culture. His current research is on the private press tradition in Ireland and the role of the material book in literary interpretation. Andrew received a MA in English Literature from the University of Kansas and a BA from Creighton University.
Deanna earned her BA in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and her MA in English from San Francisco State University. She also worked in athletic administration at the University of California, Berkeley, and taught high school English in the San Francisco Bay Area before beginning her Ph.D. at Boston College in 2010. Her research interests include travel, race, and gender in early modern literature, allegory, the representation of history in works of fiction, and the colonial relationship (and its repercussions) between England and Ireland from the sixteenth century to the present.
Chrissy graduated with a BA in English (and concentrating in Theatre) from Barnard College in 2009 and an MA in the Humanities at the University of Chicago in 2012. After completion of her MA, Chrissy spent a year teaching undergraduate writing in the Humanities Core at UChicago and served as a mentor to incoming MA students. She also served as a senior editor for Colloquium, an online journal founded by fellow MAPH alums. Chrissy's field of interest is early modern literature and drama. She is also particularly interested in 20th Century cinematic and theatrical adaptations of Shakespeare's works, as well as notions of "Shakespearean kitsch."
Dathalinn earned a BA from Hamilton College (2003) and taught high school English and Chemistry before beginning graduate school. Her interests include modernist periodical studies and print culture, nineteenth- and twentieth-century Irish literature, and regionalism. She is currently writing a dissertation that examines regional literary movements in Ireland and the United States at the turn of the twentieth century, specifically through the lens of little magazines and literary journals.
Alex is interested in the study of Post colonialism and Globalization. As a Ph.D. student at Boston College, he has taught undergraduate courses in literature (“Introduction to Literary Studies” and “Literary Themes”) and composition (“First-Year Writing Seminar”). He has worked as tutor and teacher in the Office of AHANA Student Programs and serves as mentor to teaching fellows in the First-Year Writing Seminar Program. Alex Puente received a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and an M.A. in Literature from the Ateneo de Manila University, a Jesuit university in the Philippines. As a Fulbright scholar, he received a second M.A. in English from Boston College. Before coming to BC, Alex taught high school and university level composition and literature for several years at the Ateneo de Manila. He also received a certificate in English Language Teaching and Teacher-Training from Lancaster University (U.K.), and he organized and facilitated teacher-training seminars in the Philippines.
Alex enjoys working with students and is deeply interested in spirituality and social action. At the Ateneo, he moderated a student group engaged in organizing urban poor communities in Manila. He is happily married to Maria Kathleen Puente and is proud father to their son, Francis.
Scott is a native of Connecticut and studies nineteenth-century American literature. His interests include American Romanticism, literary realism and naturalism, political writing and oratory, political philosophy, and theories of justice. He recently completed a minor field exam entitled “Slavery and American Literature,” which examined the ways in which “man’s foulest crime” was represented, examined, and debated across a variety of forms, including slave narratives, abolitionist writing, fiction, poetry, and political speeches.
Scott received his M.A. in English from Trinity College in Hartford, CT where he wrote his master’s thesis on William Dean Howells. He took a particularly circuitous route to literary studies, earning his undergraduate degree in mathematics and working as a health actuary before leaving the business world to pursue the study of literature.
Rebecca's main interests are 20th century Irish literature,ethno musicology, cultural studies, trans-nationalism, and American studies. She has completed an MA exam on the intersections of musical and literary studies in contemporary Irish literature and is interested in issues of identity as expressed through these mediums. She has presented conference papers on Julia O'Faolain, James Joyce, and across study between Irish ethno musicology and literature. She has taught the Freshman Writing Seminar and currently works as an instructional assistant through the BC athletic program.
Alison’s interests are in eco criticism, American studies,trans-nationalism, and regional studies. She received an M.A. from Boston College and a B.A. from Colby College where she majored in English and minored in Environmental Studies. She has completed a minor field exam on material culture and nature in 1850s American literature and is currently working on a major exam in eco-criticism. Her main focus is on representations of nature in literary discourse that attempt to resist exploitation and com modification of land, animals, and people. Alison is a member of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) and has recently taught a course on Literature and Ecology.
Ben is a Ph.D. candidate with interests in Anglo-American modernism and post-colonial literature and is currently completing an exam in the Literature of the Pacific. Previously, he has taught literature-focused freshman writing sections of "Argument and Exposition," as well as serving as a writing tutor and one interesting time as an exam reader for the AP Literature exam. In the spring of 2010 he will be a teaching assistant for "Introduction to British Literature and Culture (II)." He has published a student essay in Charles Bressler's Literary Criticism: An Introduction to Theory and Practice and has presented on J.R.R. Tolkien at the PCA/ACA National Conference in Boston (April 2007). Ben holds a BA in English and Writing from Houghton College (2007) and an MA in English from the University of Tulsa (2009).
Alice holds a B.A. in English with a minor in Education from the University of Maryland, College Park. At BC, she is working on a dissertation about the pragmatic social uses of early modern literary books in the context of the new technologies of print in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Her research interests include sixteenth and seventeenth century poetry, prose, and drama; the history of the book; London and early modern cities; early science and knowledge communities in England; and utopianism.
Also at BC, Alice has enjoyed teaching FWS; a LitCore course on literature, science, and the body; an elective that explored early modern imaginative and imagined places; and Studies in Poetry. She has also loved the chance to TA for Prof Stanton's British Literature and Culture I (twice!) and Prof Bicks' Shakespeare course.
Lauren graduated cum laude from Bowdoin College, where she majored in English and minored in Economics. She has studied South African literature at the University of Cape Town.
Lauren's field of interest is British Victorian literature.
Yin is a student of nineteenth-century British literature, with particular focus in the intersecting areas of religion, aesthetics, and politics. She is currently working on a minor exam that examines the cultural negotiations between religious morality and nascent capitalism in the 18th century public sphere. Her other research interests include deconstruction, postmodern theology, and all things John Milton.
Yin is the current PhD director of BC’s English Department Graduate Student Colloquium. She is also a TA for an undergraduate Shakespeare course, and will be teaching FWS and Literature Core in the upcoming academic year. Yin holds double B.As in English and Business Administration from University of California, Berkeley.