Students

Class of 2019

Kathleen Clark

Kathleen Clark

My name is Kathleen Clark and I received my undergraduate degree in English from the University of Notre Dame. My academic interests lie largely within the eighteenth century. I primarily study the many uses of narrative, both in the novel and in non-fiction texts. I am also interested in the issues surrounding transmission in the eighteenth century, including the nature of inheritance, both of physical traits and wealth, and, on a larger scale, the transmission of English culture throughout the British Empire. I am a Writing Fellow as well as an ELL Specialist.

Alex Cronis

Alex Cronis

My name is Alex Cronis and I earned my BA from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.  My interests are in nontraditional texts, and my recent research has focused on Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol, and Sharknado. I am also working on a comic book series and an article on the demise of key figures in the glitterpunk scene.

Alyssa Frey

Alyssa Frey

My name is Alyssa Frey, I am a first year student and writing tutor. Previously, I attended the Florida State University and earned a degree with Honors in English Literature and minors in Anthropology, Biology, and Chemistry. My academic interests are centered on the application of literary theory towards solving modern societal problems. I am looking forward to exploring Irish literature, literary theory, and the medical humanities in more depth during my time at Boston College.

Grace Gerris

Grace Gerris

My name is Grace Gerrish and I did my undergraduate degree at Skidmore College. I am interested in William Blake and his genealogy of “spiritual successors” across several literary movements, i.e. Romanticism, Transcendentalism, and the Beat Generation. I am also fascinated by other issues that surround Blake's work, especially the convergence of spirituality and literature, the limitations of language, the neurological link between memory and imagination, and the crucial role that “literary spirits” play in our emotional, spiritual, and artistic well-being.

Helen Gunn

Helen Gunn

My name is Helen Gunn and I attended Rice University for my undergraduate degree. I am interested in studying modern drama, and in learning as much as I can about English literature as a whole.

Brianna Hynes

Brianna Hynes

My name is Brianna Hynes and I did my undergraduate degree at Bridgewater State University. My general area of interest is contemporary Irish literature, and my specific research interests include literature surrounding the economic expansion and collapse in Ireland during the 1990s and 2000s. I am interested in both personal and cultural memory and how these influence each other, as well as how they are affected by the economic climate. I am passionate about this branch of contemporary Irish literature, because it allows me to work with and follow a developing cultural issue.

Amanda Labriola

Amanda Labriola

My name is Amanda Labriola and I received my B.A. in English from Bridgewater State University in 2016. My interests are still broad in range, stretching from British Romantic poetry and the works of Transcendentalism to modern and postmodern conceptions of imagination and the sublime. Where some research projects tend to peer through an eco-critical lens, others are concerned with narratives of place, whether provincial or national in scope, and how a voice captures and is captured by a specific geographical, cultural, or philosophical space. While at Boston College, I plan to continue exploring the full breadth of those literary latitudes and bring into further focus my objectives as a thinker and a scholar of literature.

Kevin Ness

Kevin Ness

My name is Kevin Ness and I attended Illinois State University as an undergraduate. My current area of interest is American Literature from postmodernism to contemporary. Recently I have been exploring creative nonfiction.

Tyler R. Press

Tyler R. Press

My name is Tyler R. Press. I grew up in Hillsborough, New Jersey and attended Texas Christian University, graduating in 2013. I am interested in Composition and Rhetoric and American Studies. I spent the last four years in the Army as a Military Police Officer.

ntara Rayeesa

Untara Rayeesa

My name is Untara Rayeesa, and I'm from Dhaka, Bangladesh. I completed my undergraduate and Master's degree in English from BRAC University in Dhaka. My interests mainly revolve around gender and sexuality in literature and culture, with a special emphasis on the body.

Tong Tong

Tong Tong

My name is Tong Tong. Originally from China, I did my undergraduate study in Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, where I majored in English and Comparative Humanities. My interests include modernism, Irish literature, translation, and publishing.

Class of 2018

Andrew Burlile

Andrew Burlile

My name is Andrew Burlile. I graduated from Virginia Tech in 2016 with a BA in English Literature and Education, minoring in both Sociology and Linguistics. I'm pursuing a degree in Irish Studies; my professional interests are James Joyce and linguistic criticism, with a focus on code switching and transnationalism. This year I'm teaching a section of the First-Year Writing Seminar: ENGL 1010.57 (Fall).

Cara Cantwell

Cara Cantwell

My name is Cara Cantwell and I am concentrating in Irish Studies. I hold a BA with honors in English Literature and Postcolonial Studies from Mount Holyoke College. My research centers on contemporary Irish women writers, examining broad themes of memory, trauma, and maternal and adolescent identities. Adjoining interests include New Zealand literature, speculative fiction, and pop culture.

Kelsi Champley

Kelsi Champley

My name is Kelsi Champley and I attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
My areas of Scholarly Interest are the Medieval and Early Modern periods. In the fall I am TA-ing British Romantic Poetry (ENGL3351), which is taught by Alan Richardson

Avu Chaturvedi

Avu Chaturvedi

My name is Avu Chaturvedi. I completed my undergraduate studies at New York University and am now focusing on postwar American literature and theory. I am teaching a section of the First-year Writing Seminar: ENGL1010.48 (Fall).

Dan Friedman

Dan Friedman

My name is Dan Friedman and I attended Boston College as an undergraduate. My area of scholarly interest is Early Modern England, specifically Shakespeare. To me, Shakespeare is the great artist of all time, and I feel fortunate to be able to study him in the language in which he wrote. This year, I am teaching a First-year Writing Seminar, ENGL1010.56.

Helen Fu

Helen Fu

My name is Helen Fu, and I am a second-year MA student. I received my B.A. in English and Political Science from the University of Connecticut. I work primarily work with ethnic American and postcolonial literature, with a focus on trauma fiction. I am currently teaching a First-Year Writing Seminar, ENGL1010.51 (Fall).

Jamie Hayes

Jamie Hayes

My name is Jamie Hayes. I attended Merrimack College for my undergraduate degree, where I majored in Forensic Science and English. My area of scholarly interest lies in the Modernist period, particularly in poetry. I am teaching a section of the First-Year Writing Seminar: ENGL1010.47 (Fall).

Meg Holly

Meg Holly

My name is Meg Holly and I attended University of Nevada, Las Vegas as an undergraduate. At Boston College, I am focusing on post-1916 Irish Literature with close attention on the interplay between trauma, memory, and narration. I am currently teaching a section of the First-Year Writing Seminar: ENGL1010.54 (Fall). I am also an ELL Training Specialist and work as a Writing Fellow for a course in the Carroll School of Management.

Katherine Lafferrandre

Katherine Lafferrandre

My name is Katherine Lafferrandre. I attended Sewanee: The University of the South as an undergraduate, and graduated in 2015. I am here at Boston College to broaden my knowledge about English Literature and to improve my writing skills. I have taken courses in Irish Literature, Nonfiction Writing, American Studies and Early Modern Shakespeare Studies. In the fall semester I am teaching a section of the Freshman Writing Seminar, ENGL1010.55.

Erin Lafond

Erin Lafond

My name is Erin Lafond and I received my Bachelor's in English from Southern New Hampshire University. My passion is feminist studies with a focus on popular culture and Victorian literature. In the Fall semester I am TA-ing for Christina Klein's “Asian American Film” (ENGL3383).

Kathleen Lyons

Kathleen Lyons

My name is Kathleen Lyons. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in English at Dickinson College, where I was also a member of the Track and Field team. My scholarly interests include theories of composition pedagogy and community literacy as they relate to conventionality, multimodal texts, and digital humanities. I am working with the O’Neill Library’s Digital Scholarship Incubator and teaching First-Year Writing Seminar: ENGL1010.53 (Fall).

Kate Mitchell

Kate Mitchell

My name is Kate Mitchell and I attended Vanderbilt University as an undergraduate. I am most interested in literature from before 1700, with a focus on Early Modern in particular. When looking at these texts, I tend to look at them from a feminist standpoint.

Andrew Timmons

Andrew Timmons

My name is Andrew Timmons and I attended Loyola University Chicago before coming to BC. I'm interested in twentieth-century American literature, specifically American modernism. I'm particularly interested in gender and sexuality studies within American modernism and beyond. My research and thinking are indebted to both feminist and queer theory. I'm TA-ing American Literary History II (ENGL2142.01) with Chris Wilson for the 2017 fall semester.