Department of English

Recent Alumni

For more, visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Alumni Spotlights webpage (scroll down to the Degree/Discipline section--Masters and PhD in Humanities). 

Associate Professor of English and Medieval Studies, and Chair of Undergraduate Studies for the Medieval Studies Program, Fordham University.

"Richard Rolle's Melody of Love: A Study and Translation, with Manuscript and Musical Contexts," Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, March 2018. 

Assistant Director, Operations & Academic Administration, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Brandeis University.

Assistant Professor of English at Menlo College.

Hanh Bui, GSAS PhD’21

Teaching and Research Fellow, Shakespeare's Globe, London, UK. Read more.

Jacob Burg, GSAS PhD’20

Lecturer and Writing Center Coordinator, Boston University. Read more.

Marg Carkeet, GSAS PhD’15

Technical Writer at Ab Initio Software in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Marg traveled to Jakarta to meet with consultants and gather information about a new system's use in the field. Marg rewrote a User Guide for another system to include Best Practices and Getting Started information. She acted as a "first-line" tester for a new product and presented system information to management, support staff and technical staff.

Phillip Carlisle, GSAS MA’17

Director of Strategic Development and Advancement, American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).

Phillip moved to Washington, D.C., after graduating from Brandeis and began working for ASPA — a nonprofit dedicated to advancing an ethical, equitable practice to public service. In his current position, Phillip directs ASPA's fundraising, grant writing, and student fellowship programs. When he isn't working, Phillip is the treasurer for D.C.'s LGBTQ+ rowing team; plays board games with friends (and wins); and tries his hardest to avoid tourists, no matter the cost.

Kurt Cavender, GSAS PhD’18

Managing Director of the BU Center for the Humanities.

Dean of the Kakos School of Arts and Sciences at Manhattan College

Selected publications:

  • "Modernism and Mobility: The Passport and Cosmopolitan Experience." New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014. (Reviewed in "Modernism/Modernity, Modern Fiction Studies, Journal of British Studies, Transfers, and JML: The Journal of Modern Literature").
  • "John Middleton Murry and Ethical (Anti)Modernism." forthcoming in Modernism/Modernity.
  • "The Semi-Public Sphere, Maternity and Regression in Rhys and Mansfield." LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory< 28:3 (2017), 217-237.
  • "The 1980s: Key Figures and Contexts." The Cambridge Companion to British Fiction, 1980-the present. Ed. Peter Boxall. Cambridge UP, forthcoming 2019.
  • "Jean Rhys and Contemporary African Fiction." MLA Options for Teaching Modernist Women's Writing. Ed. Janine Utell. Publications of the Modern Language Association, forthcoming 2019.
Jordan Clapper, GSAS PhD '22

Assistant Professor of Game Development and Design in the Program of Digital Technology and Culture at Washington State University

Stacie Cruz, GSAS jt MA’19

Stacie will be starting a PhD program in English at Rice University, beginning Fall 2019. She has been accepted to present a paper entitled "Beyond the Borders of the Living: The Ghosts of Helen Oyeyemi's White is for Witching," and will participate in a roundtable discussing Sense8, transnational protest, and affect, at the National Women's Studies Association's annual conference in November 2019.

Cara DuBois, GSAS jt MA’20

Associate Production Editor at Penguin Random House.

Sari Edelstein, GSAS PhD’09

Associate Professor of English, University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Dr. Edelstein’s book, "Adulthood and Other Fictions: American Literature and the Unmaking of Age," will be published in 2019 by Oxford University Press. She is co-editing a special issue of Studies in American Fictions on critical approaches to age in American literature, and was recently elected to the Executive Committee of C19: The Society of 19th-Century Americanists. She also serves on the advisory board for the Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers, which seeks to diversify the teaching profession at all levels.

Paige Eggebrecht, GSAS PhD’21

Indexer at the MLA International Bibliography

Lecturer and Faculty Advisor to the Writing Center, Brandeis University.

Erin Erhart, GSAS PhD’16

Administrative Assistant in the Chemistry Department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Assistant Professor NTT and Humanities Internship Coordinator at Simmons College.

Diana Filar, GSAS PhD’21

Diana has a tenure-track position at the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

Following graduation, Diana served as Departmental Administrator, Dean of Arts and Sciences Office, Brandeis University.

Diana was a guest of the Shelf Love podcast. The episode is titled, "I've Got No Roots: White Immigrant Assimilation & (Romance) Adaptation."


  • "Finding Jane: Lyric Individualism, True Crime, and Maggie Nelson's Multiplicity, Contemporary Literature.
  • "Introduction: An Adorno for the Twenty-First Century" with Caren Irr, Adorno’s ‘Minima Moralia’ in the 21th Century: Fascism, Work, and Ecology. Bloomsbury Publishing.

Assistant Professor of English, University of Minnesota.

Emily Fine, GSAS PhD’16

Director of Membership, Strategic Partnerships, and Operations at Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration.

George Writes poetry, practices law, and when the Florida state prisons reopen again he is planning to continue teaching poetry workshops to prisoners with the Exchange for Change program.

Lianne Gallant, GSAS jt MA’21

Adjunct Sociology Instructor at Merrimack College.

Lecturer in the Writing Program at NYU Shanghai.

Postdoctoral fellowship at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Megan Hamilton, GSAS PhD’14

Middle and Upper School English Teacher at the Maimonides School in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Megan published a lesson in The Pocket Instructor: Literature in 2015.

Assistant Professor, English and AAS, University of Virginia.

"Phonographic Memories: Popular Music and the Contemporary Caribbean Novel," Rutgers UP.

Michaela Henry, GSAS PhD’17

Program Coordinator-Data to AI Laboratory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Nathaniel Hodes, GSAS PhD’15

Lecturer, English and Media Studies Department, Bentley University.

Rachel Kapelle, GSAS PhD’09

Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Willamette University.

Recent Publications/Reviews:

  • "English Alliterative Verse" by Eric Weiskott. Arthuriana 28.4 (2018).
  • "Revivalist Fantasy: Alliterative Verse and Nationalist Literary History" by Randy P. Schiff. Modern Philology 111.2 (2013).
Courtney Pina Miller, GSAS PhD’21

Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard College Writing Program.

Cory Nelson, GSAS PhD’13

Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Writing, University of Southern California.

Brenden O'Donnell, GSAS PhD’20

English teacher at Gann Academy.

Matthew Schratz, GSAS PhD’18

Part-time lecturer at Boston University.

Affiliated faculty at Emerson College.

Adjunct professor at Stonehill College.

Lecturer II in Writing, Rhetoric & Professional Communication at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jonathan Sudholt, GSAS PhD’15

Strategic Partnerships Manager (Africa, Europe) at University of Cambridge.

Patrick Sylvain, GSAS PhD '22

Assistant Professor of Global / Transnational / Postcolonial Literature in the Department of Literature and Writing at Simmons University

Director of the Institute for Trauma, Adversity, and Resilience in Higher Education at Massbay Community College.

Professor of English at Massbay Community College.

Director of Student Writing Support Services at Dartmouth College.

Senior lecturer at Dartmouth College.

English instructor and chair of the Humanities Division at the South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Math.

Doctoral Student in the Department of Film, Television, and Media at University of Michigan.

Professor of legal writing at University of Illinois, Chicago.

Managing editor of the LII Supreme Court Bulletin.

Articles editor for the Cornell Law Review.

Associate managing editor at Penguin Random House