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Graduate Students

Emily Alianello

John Archer

Kristin Backert

BA, English Language and Literature, Adelphi University. Research Interests: Renaissance drama, Shakespeare’s history plays and the intersection of power and gendered speech acts, Arthurian literature, world mythology, and narratology.





Bethany Besteman

MA Language and Literature, Catholic University of America; BA English and History cum laude, Calvin College. Research interests include religious themes in Renaissance drama and the intersection of the visual and the textual in English Renaissance literature.

Elizabeth Bloch 

MA, English Language and Literature, Catholic University of America; BA, English Language and Literature and Classical Philology--Latin, University of Dallas. Research Interests: Renaissance Literature with particular interest in lyric poetry; Classical influences in English literature.

Victoria Bonutti

BA, English Literature and Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville. Research Interests: alliterative verse, Pre-Raphaelite poetry, medieval Arthurian literature, theology and literature, 19th and 20th century British Catholic fiction. 

Hannah Bormann

Joseph Boyne

MA, English Language and Literature, Catholic University of America; BA, English Language and Literature, The University of Dallas. Research Interests: Interplay of influence in American Literature especially in the literature of the south. Authors of interest include William Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy, Flannery O'Connor, Robert Penn Warren, and Ralph Ellison. Publications: “‘The Modifying Colours’ of Robert Penn Warren’s Dreams” Mississippi Quarterly: The Journal of Southern Cultures (forthcoming).

Andrew Calis

MA, English, West Virginia University; BA, English, minor in Philosophy, Mount St. Mary's University. Research Interests: 20th Century American literature with particular interest in short stories, poetry, epistemology, chaos and order.



Brian Chappell

M.A., Georgetown University, B.A., Boston College Research Interests: 20th century American novels; historical fiction; narrative theory; film and television studies. Dissertation Title: "Historical Narration in the Contemporary American Novel."

Mollie Crisp

MA, English Language and Literature, The Catholic University of America; BA, English Language and Literature, Stevenson University; BS, Paralegal Studies, Stevenson University.  Research Interests: Victorian literature, with particular emphasis on the interaction between satire and sympathy in the nineteenth-century novel, and apocalyptic literature.  Dissertation title: "The Space of Satire in the Nineteenth-Century Realist Novel: Thackeray, Dickens, Austen, and Eliot."




Benjamin Djain

MA (Hons), English, BA (Hons) English, BA English and European Studies from The University of Auckland. Research Interests: Comparative English and Spanish Renaissance Drama, specifically questions of selfhood, religious others, and the experimentation with an internalised theatre by English and Spanish dramatists.




Elizabeth de Mahy

MA, English Language and Literature, The Catholic University of America; BA, English, Political Science, and Spanish, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. Research Interests: Jane Austen, Education and Ethics in the Works of Early Female Novelists.





Sophia Feingold

Sophia Feingold is a PhD student with particular interests in Shakespeare and the intersection of Philosophy, Politics, and Ethics with Literature. She received her B.A. in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College, where she focused on Philosophy, Theology, and Philosophy of Math.  Her freelance writing has been published in the National Catholic Register and the St. Austin Review. Sophia Feingold presented a paper at St. Louis University's 2014 Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and was invited to submit it for publication the journal Allegorica (previously published at Texas A&M, now at SLU's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies). Her paper, "The King’s Face: Medieval and Early Modern Theories of Rule in Shakespeare’s Henriad," appears in Allegorica 30 (2015)

Laura Garrison

M.A., English Literature, Catholic University; B.A., English, Allegheny College. Areas of interest include American literature, nature, animals in literature, stylistics, narratology, horror, fantasy, and film and television studies. Dissertation investigates spiders and webs in American literature. Enjoys creative writing in all forms and is an editor for the online speculative fiction magazine Jersey Devil Press.

Angela Geosits

MA, English Literature, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; BA, English and Art History, Moravian College. Research Interests: Old and Middle English literature, material culture.




Erik Gravel

M.A., English Literature, The Catholic University of America; B.S., Biology, B.A., History, Providence College. Research Interests: John Milton and Edmund Spenser, with particular attention to cosmological, theological, and scientific aspects of the former, and the portrayal of virtue and anticlericalism in the latter. Additional interests include Tolkien, Hopkins, and the metaphysical poets (Donne, Herbert, Marvell, Vaughan).



Phillip Henderson

Xiaofang Huang

Mary Humphries

Courtney Hunt

Sr. Maria Frassati Jakupcak

MA, English Language and Literature, Catholic University of America; BS, Elementary Education with a specialty in Reading, Eastern Michigan University. Generally interested in the intersection between Christianity and literature, Sister takes a particular interest in both Shakespeare and the Catholic Literary Revival of twentieth century Britain. Publications: "A Particular Cast of Fancy: Addison’s Walk with Tolkien and Lewis” in Tolkien Studies, Vol. 11, and “Between Life and Art: Hilaire Belloc’s The Path to Rome,” in Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture (forthcoming).  Sister Maria Frassati is a member of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, based in Ann Arbor, MI. 




Noah S Jampol

MA, English Language and Literature, Catholic University of America; MEd, Human Development/Developmental Science, University of Maryland, College Park; BA, English, University of Maryland, College Park. Research Interests: Jewish American Fiction, Yiddish, Literature of the American South, James Joyce, Science Fiction/ Genre, and Moral Reasoning and Development.

Noah has served as a CUA First Year Teaching Fellow, teaching courses in composition, short fiction, and creative writing. He has presented his work widely: on James Joyce at NUI Galway, Philip K Dick at TU Dortmund, and at the meeting of the Robert Penn Warren Circle for which he was awarded the Eleanor Clarke award for best paper by a junior scholar. Noah is currently serving as assistant editor for The Elsa Morante Reader as well as the forthcoming Forging Memories Italian Women Writers’ Representations of Jewish Identity and the Shoah. Prior to coming to CUA, Noah published handbook chapters and articles concerning social development and moral reasoning and was awarded an NIH training grant in social development to support his graduate training in development science at the University of Maryland. 

Ashley Kniss

MA, English Language and Literature, The Catholic University of America; BA, English & Secondary Education Licensure, Eastern Mennonite University; Research Interests: Literature of the American Renaissance, Gothic literature of America, the intersection between the Gothic and religion in nineteenth-century American literature. Dissertation title: "The Last Things and the Gothic in Nineteenth-Century American Literature: Blended Frameworks in the Works of Poe, Hawthorne, and Dickinson."


Katherine Elizabeth LeNotre

Emily Linz

Graduated summa cum laude from the University of Dallas in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature and a concentration in Latin. Research interests include the relationship between British modernism and American Southern literature and Catholic Southern writers. Authors of interest include T.S. Eliot, Eudora Welty, and Flannery O'Connor.




Michael Manglitz

MA, English Language and Literature, Catholic University of America; MEd, Reading Instruction, Goucher College; BA, English Literature, Goucher College. Research Interests: Twentieth-Century American literature, modern & postmodern poetry. Dissertation Title: "Refiguring the Human and the Animal: Anthropomorphism & Zoomorphism in Twentieth Century American Poetry."

Nancy Furey Michael

MA, Theatre, Villanova University; BA, Psychology, Boston University. Research Interests: Medieval literature, sacred literature, dramatic literature.

Elizabeth Newkumet

Christopher Petter

Veronica Phair

Christopher Pipkin

M.A. in English from Duquesne University in 2010. Concentration in Medieval English Literature. Area of research: Old and Middle English literature with a special interest in the dialogue between secular and sacred meanings in heroic poetry, as well as the interaction between objects and narrative.  His dissertation focuses on "relics" of monsters in Beowulf, the Alliterative Morte Arthure and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.  Other interests include Medieval Drama, the Venerable Bede, and Marie de France.





Lindsay Rerecich

MA, English Language and Literature, Catholic University of America; BA, Medieval Studies, Rice University. Research Interests: eighteenth and nineteenth century British literature, with emphasis on depictions of maternity and domesticity in narrative.





Jessica Schnepp

Jessica Schnepp holds a B.A. (magna cum laude) in English from the University of Dallas and an M.A. in English from SUNY Stony Brook. Her research interests include 20th century American and British literature, the novel and narrative theory, religion and literature, and modern and contemporary Catholic fiction. Her dissertation is entitled “The Catholic Grotesque: Narrative Structure and Theological/Philosophical Order in the Fiction of Evelyn Waugh, Flannery O’Connor, Anthony Burgess, and Walker Percy.” Most recently, she presented her research on Waugh and O’Connor at the International Flannery O’Connor conference in Dublin, Ireland.

Jessica also holds interests in rhetoric and composition pedagogy and is pursuing a Certificate in Rhetoric in addition to the Ph.D. As a Teaching Fellow at CUA, she has taught both first-year and advanced writing courses and currently serves as Assistant Director of CUA’s Writing Program for the 2015-2016 academic year. Jessica also serves the English department in a number of extracurricular ways, both as a founding member of CUA’s English Graduate Organization and as founder of the Contemporary Catholic Writers Reading and Discussion Group.


Mary Schuhriemen

Mary Schuhriemen holds a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Classical languages from the University of Dallas, and a M.A. in English from The Catholic University of America. She works on Nineteenth Century American Literature, Literature of the American South (publication), and American Civil War Literature. As a former graduate student in Greek and Latin, she has a special interest in classical influences on literature of all periods.





Robert Sherron

Shaun Stiemsma

MA, English Language and Literature, Catholic University of America; BA, English & Secondary Education, Calvin College. Research Interests: Early Modern English Literature

Michael Strickland

Kathleen Sullivan 

Caitlin Thomas

BA, English Language and Literature (summa cum laude), Christendom College. Research Interests: Twentieth-century British Literature, Irish literature, poetics, modernist poetry, war poetry, Christianity and literature.  Authors of interest: T. S. Eliot, W. B. Yeats, Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, David Jones, Graham Greene, Evelyn Waugh.

Rebecca Vaccaro

Edmund Walsh

Jian Wang 

Colleen Weir

MA, English Language and Literature, Catholic University of America; BA, English and Great Ideas, Carthage College Research Interests: 19th Century British literature with particular interest in the novel, memory, narrative theory, religion and literature. MA, English Language and Literature, Catholic University of America; BA, English and Great Ideas, Carthage College. Research Interests: 19th Century British literature with particular interest in the novel, memory, narrative theory, religion and literature

Ryan Wilson

Ryan Wilson holds a B.A. in English from the University of Georgia, an M.F.A. in poetry from The Johns Hopkins University, where he won the Sankey Prize for Excellence in Poetry, and an M.F.A. in poetry from Boston University, where he won the Schmuel Traum Prize for literary translation. His research interests include proto-modernist verse, Modernism, 20th century American literature, Literature of the American South, literary translation, and contemporary poetry and poetics. His poems, translations, and reviews have appeared in, or are forthcoming in, a number of journals, including 32 PoemsAble MuseFirst ThingsThe James Dickey ReviewThe JournalThe Hopkins ReviewThe LyricMeasureRiver StyxThe Sewanee Theological Review, andUnsplendid. He was a finalist for the 2009 Morton Marr Prize from The Southwest Review, and he was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2012 International Poetry Contest for River Styx. Most recently, the Robert Penn Warren Circle awarded his essay, “‘This Is the World’: Ritual and Redemption in Robert Penn Warren’s Promises,” the Eleanor Clark Award for best essay by a junior scholar. Some of his work is available here.

Sarah Bartlett Wilson

Sarah specializes in rhetoric and composition, with particular interests in basic writing, sophistic rhetoric, and epistemic composition theory. Her dissertation explores the relationships between basic writing theory, teacher preparation, and student textbooks over the past half century.  She is an Assistant Provost at Trinity Washington University, and her other research interests include academic integrity, creative nonfiction, and Writing across the Curriculum programming.  She has taught composition at CUA, Trinity (where she started in 2010 as a Writing Specialist), Georgetown University, Milligan College, and East Tennessee State University.  BA, magna cum laude, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University; MA, English Literature, Georgetown University; MAT, Secondary English Education, Brooklyn College (CUNY).



Kristen Wright

MA, English Language and Literature, Texas A&M-Kingsville; BA, English Literature, Vanderbilt University. Research Interests: Renaissance literature and the stage, folklore, mythology, and travel literature.