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  • 2023

    Nancy Carranza

    Assistant Professor at Riverside Community College

    Dissertation Title: "Domestic (Be)Longings: Reimagining Home and Nation for Multiracial Characters in Contemporary Asian American Fiction" 

    Leslie Fernandez

    Lecturer of Asian American Studies in the Committee of Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights at Harvard University. 

    Dissertation Title: “Asiandroid: Techno-Orientalism and the AI Imaginary”

    Nicole Furtado

    UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at UC Santa Cruz in the History of Art & Visual Culture Department for the 2023-24 year, followed by a tenure track Assistant Professor at UCSC starting fall 2024

    Dissertation Title: “Galaxies like Islands, Islands like Galaxies: Envisioning Futurity through Seascape Technologies”

    Lauren Hammond

    Writing Program Coordinator, Graduate Division, UC Riverside

    Celeste Jackson

    Postdoctoral Associate Researcher for the 2023-24 year at the University of Buffalo, NY, followed by a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Native American Studies at UC Davis starting fall 2024

    Dissertation Title: "WHY NOT NOW: Native Poetry and Critical Erotic Relationality."

    Robyn Johnson

    Teaching Postdoc at University of Florida

    Dissertation Title: Narrating the American Wilderness: The Narratological Transformation of Indigenous Ecologies to “Wild” Land.

    Grant Palmer

    Lecturer at the University Writing Program, UCR

    Dissertation Title: “The Digital Mediation of the Technological Carnivalesque.”

    Christopher Queen

    Assistant Professor at Southeastern Louisiana University

    Dissertation Title: ‘Odd Feelings About Books’: Affective Attachments to Middle English Literature

    Amanda Riggle

    Adjunct Faculty at Mt San Jacinto Community College, Moreno Valley Community College, and Riverside Community College.  Amanda is also the Educator for the Maggie Phair Institute for Democracy and Human Rights.

    Dissertation Title: “Abolish Shakespeare”

    Summer Sutton

    On the Job Market
    Dissertation Title: “Feral Creatures: Domesticity, Empire and the Humanist Imaginary”

    Stef Torralba

    Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Pomona College for the 2023-2024 year. Beginning in Fall 2024, President’s Postdoctoral Scholar in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University.

    Dissertation Title: “Feeling Close: Time-Space, the Quotidian, and Queer and Trans U.S. Filipinx and Chicanx Cultural Forms”

    Soraya Zarook

    Assistant Professor of Postcolonial Literature, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia.

    Dissertation Title: “Forms of Dissent: Resisting the Trauma Narrative through Sri Lankan Anglophone Literature”


  • 2022
    Angelica Barraza Tenure-Track position, the Department of English, Santa Rosa Junior College
    Aaron Brown  Tenure-Track position, the Department of Ethnic Studies, Cal State San Bernardino (Aaron is the inaugural full-time professor in this department)
    Brittany Carlson

    Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of English, Rhetoric and Composition, Iowa Wesleyan University

    Heejoo Park 

    Postdoctoral Fellow, Penn State University

    Kayleigh Quarterman

    The Metro of Modernity: Queer Women’s Poetics

    Michael Andrew Schwartz

    Dissertation Title: Vexing the Terrain: Narrative Form as Feminist Critique

    Kristen Skjonsby

    Assistant Professor of English, Irvine Valley Community College

    Miranda Steege

    Writer; Dissertation Title: Reading for a Queer Sexual Ethics: Victorian and Contemporary Modes of Intimacy

    Preston Waltrip

    Postdoctoral Fellow, Colorado College

    Sang-Keun Yoo

    Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies & Anthropology, University of California at San Diego

  • 2021
    Jose Alfaro Spring 2021, Assistant Professor, Cosumnes River College
    Eric Atkinson Winter 2021, Tenured Track Position, Santa Rosa Junior College
    They Might be my Color, but That Don't Make 'Em Biscuits: An Examination of Figural Fixations of Blackness Through Visuality, Ambient Rhetoric, and Somaesthetics
    Sarah Buckner Spring 2021, Assistant Professor of English, Allegheny College
    Jeshua Enriquez Summer 2021, Assistant Professor of English, Salt Lake Community College
    Mariam Galarrita Postdoctoral Fellow, Arizona State University
    Majoritizing Whiteness: Asia and Early Modern England Racemaking
    Graham Hall Lecturer, Analytical Writing Program, University of California, San Diego
    Kameron Sanzo Summer 2021, Technical Writer, Astrobotic Technology
    Structuring Energy: Politics of the Energy Concept in Nineteenth-Century Physics, Literature, and Infrastructures
    Courtney Scuro Spring 2021, Membership Director at
    Kali Simmons Spring 2021, Assistant Professor of Indigenous Nations Studies, Portland State University


  • 2020
    Stina Attebery Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Studies Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
    Refuse Ecologies: Indigenous Posthumanism in Polluted Futures
    Miranda Butler Assistant Professor, Snow College
    Nineteenth-Century Sound Reading: Auditory Epistemologies in the Margins of Literature and Science
    Hannah Manshel Assistant Professor, English Department, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
    The Freedom of a Broken Law: Antinomianism and Abolition in American Literature
    Chelsea Rae Silva Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Oklahoma
    Bedwritten: Middle English Medicine and the Ailing Author
    Daniel Valencia Assistant Professor, Cal State University Northridge
    Chicano Science Fiction and the Shattering of Reality
  • 2019
    Clarissa Castaneda Visiting Professor, English Department, University of Redlands
    Latinidades and the Repository of the Poetic
    Ezekiel Crago Omega Men: The Masculinist Discourse of Apocalyptic Manhood in Postwar American Cinema
    Lisette Lasater Assistant Professor, Palomar College
    Christina Mar Faculty tenure-trackKaua`i Community College, Hawaii
  • 2018
    Kai Cheang Assistant Professor, Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Portland State University
    Radical Relationality: Genre and Affect in Asian American Historical Fiction of the Long Sixties
    Taylor Evans Lecturer, University Writing Program, UCR
    The Race of Machines: A Prehistory of the Human
    Michael Jarvis Lecturer, English Department, University of Oregon
    The Political Aesthetic of Irony in Post-Racial America
    Ryan Leack Lecturer, University Writing Program, UCR
    Quantum Rhetoric: The Entanglement of Matter and Meaning
    Addison Palacios Assistant Professor of English at Mt. San Jacinto College
    Minority Intellectualism in America: Lives, Literature, and Institutions
    Joshua Pearson Lecturer, Liberal Studies Department, Cal State University, Los Angeles
    Managing Power: Fictionalization and Gendered Heroism in 20th Century Popular Culture
    Ikuno Sakai Faculty Member, Tokyo Akugai University
    Melville on the Beach: Transnational Visions of America
    Annie Schnarr Lecturer, University Writing Program, UCR
    Rhetorical Literacy and First Year Composition
    Alexander Sterling Adjunct English Instructor, RCC and Mt. San Jacinto Community Colleges
    You Can’t See Me!: Heterodox Black Religiosities & The Politics of Recognition
    Anne Sullivan Postdoctoral Instructor In Visual Culture, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, California, Institute of Technology
    On Fire: Industrialization, Media Technologies, and the Imagination, 1800-1900
    Kacie Wills Assistant Professor of English, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois
    Fancy, Spectacle, and the Materiality of the Romantic Imagination in Pacific Exploration Culture
    One of two recipient of the Keats Shelley Association of America’s Pforzheimer Grant for 2019; supporting her continued research on the collections of Sarah Sophia Banks at the British Library and British Museum.
  • 2017
    Rebecca Addicks-Salerno Lecturer, University Writing Program, UCR
    Ann Radcliffe and the Scientific Imaginary: Education, Observation and Sensibility
    Daniel Ante-Contreras Instructor, English, Mira Costa College
    Autism as Metaphor: The Affective Regime of Neoliberal Masculinity
    Wallace Thomas Cleaves Lecturer and Lead Lecturer Mentor, University Writing Program, UCR
    Towards a Native Medieval: Shared Themes of Visionaries, Tricksters, Resisters and Contact
    Schuyler Ejay Eastin Lecturer, Analytical Writing Program, UC San Diego
    (Dis)arming the Middle Ages Chivalric Materiality in Medieval Romance
    Ann Garascia Lecturer, English Department, California State University, San Bernardino
    “Freaking” the Archive: Archiving Possibilities With the Victorian Freak Show
    Shelley Nicole Garcia Assistant Professor of English, Biola University
    Genre Matters: Transgression, Innovation, and Transformation in Gloria Anzaldúa, Sandra Cisneros and Cherríe Moraga
    Elizabeth Gumm Associate Director of Writing for the Culture, Art & Technology College, UCSD
    The Postmodern Family Gothic:  Bodies of Narrative
    Simon Lee Assistant Professor of English at Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas
    Working-Class Heroics: The Intersection of Class and Space in British Post-War Writing
    Rubén Mendoza Assistant Professor of English at California State University, Northridge
    Perception/Poiesis: Neosophist Pedagogy for a Neoliberal Age of Technoscience Empire
    Irene Mary Morrison Adjunct Faculty, Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom
    Decolonizing Utopia: Indigenous Knowledge and Dystopian Speculative Fiction
    Jessica Roberson English Faculty, Mount Saint Mary, Los Angeles, CA
    Entangled with the Dead: Burial, Exhumation, and Textual Materiality in British Romanticism
    Flavia Ruzi Instructor (tenure-track) in English, Orange Coast College
    Aesthetic Intersections: Portraiture and British Women’s Life Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century
    Elias Serna Performance Artist & Lecturer in Chicano & Latino Studies, California State University Long Beach
    Composing a Chican@ Rhetorical Tradition: Pleito Rhetorics and Decolonial Uses of Technologies for Self-Determination
    Lorenzo Servitje Assistant Professor of English and Health, Medicine and Society, Lehigh University
    Medicine Is War
    Amanda Kaye Sharick Assistant Dean of Students for Stanford's Graduate Life Office
    “Upon the Threshold”: Anglo-American Jewish Women Writers’ Counterhistories of Liberal Citizenship and Jewish Nationalism
    John K. Sooja Adjunct Faculty/Instructor, De Anza College
    Language of the Heart: Korean Adoptee Identity and Disorientation
  • 2016
    Sarah Antinora Associate Professor of English, San Joaquin Delta College
    Laughter in Early Modern Drama: Permission to Laugh Ourselves Into Stitches
    Michael Datcher Writer & Clinical Assistant Professor of English, Loyola Marymount University
    Animacy Matters: Animating Black and Brown Liberation in Artistic Counterpublics
    Laurence Dumortier Writer, Private Practice
    Anarchic Intimacies: Queer Friendship and Erotic Bonds
    Richard Hunt Lecturer, University Writing Program, UCR
    I’m (Not) Listening: Rhetoric and Political Rationalities of Self and Other
    Katherine (Katy) Johnston Lecturer, The Program in Writing and Rhetoric, SUNY Stony Book
    Characterizing Profiles, Data Surveillance and Literature in the Twenty-First Century
    Sarah Lozier-Laiola Assistant Professor of English, Coastal Carolina University, Conway South Carolina
    2016-2018 Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology
    Hypermaterial Language Art: Digitality, Materiality, and Contemporary Anti-Racist Poetics
    Raymund Papica Academic Coordinator II for Writing Across the Curriculum, UCR
    The Armor Network: Medieval Prosthesis and Degenerative Posthuman Bodies
    Jeremy Sell Assistant Principal at Walker Junior High School, Orange CA
    Victorian Sermonic Discourse: The Sermon in Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Society
  • 2015
    Sarah Antinora Assistant Professor, San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, CA
    Laughter in Early Modern Drama: Permission to Laugh Ourselves Into Stitches
    Alicia Contreras Lecturer, Merritt Writing Program, University of California, Merced
    2015-2016: Visiting Assistant Professor of English, University of Colorado, Boulder
    The Campaign for Literary Practice: Mexican American Writers in the Age of Realism and Regionalism, 1885 to 1940
    Edward Eason Assistant Professor of English, Iowa State University
    Temporalizing the Great War: Wartime in Twentieth-Century American and British Literature
    Jennie Friedrich Lecturer, Writing Program, UCR
    Travail Narratives: Damage and Displacement in Medieval Travel Literature
    Justin Gautreau Lecturer, Merritt Writing Program, University of California, Merced
    2015-2016: Lecturer, English Department, University of Colorado, Boulder
    Fleeting Fictions: Film Technology, Adaptation, and a History of the Hollywood Novel, 1920-1950
    Author of The Last Word: The Hollywood Novel and Studio System
    Rochelle Gold Lecturer, Writing Program, University of Southern California
    Correspondence Fictions: Critical Literacies and Experiments in Writing Media After Computation
    Kimberly Hall Assistant Professor, Wofford College
    Self, Surveillance, and Sociality: Aesthetics of the Diaristic Mode in Visual New Media
    Shannon Hervey Non-tenure track faculty, Stanford Univesity
    Jennifer Kavetsky Coordinator, ARC Undergraduate Writing Center, UCR
    The (Manufactured) Human in U.S. Science Fiction, 1938-1950
    Emily McArthur English Instructor, Baylor High School, Chattanooga, TN
    Sonia Rodriguez Assistant Professor, English, LaGuardia Community College
    Conocimiento Narratives: Challenging Oppressive Epistemologies Through Healing in Latina/o Children’s and Young Adult Literature
    Melanie Sherazi Postdoctoral Instructor of American Literature, Cal Tech (starting Fall 2017)
    2016-2017: UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles
    Posthumous Afterlives: Ecstatic Readings of Post-1945 American Literature
    Jerome Winter Lecturer, Writing Program, UCR
    Nostalgia for Infinity: New Space Opera and Neoliberal Globalism
    Mark Young Lecturer, Earl Warren Writing College, UC San Diego
  • 2014
    Matthew Bond Lecturer, Writing Program, UCR
    Headless and Homeless: Non-Thinking Awareness in American Countercultural Trip Narratives Post-WWI to the Vietnam War
    Alicia Cox Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature, University of California-Irvine
    2014-2016: UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Davis
    Autobiographical Indiscipline: Queering American Indian Life Narratives
    Jeffrey Hicks Instructor, Lecturer, Adjunct Faculty, Cal State Los Angeles
    The Dystopian Cityscape in Postmodern Literature and Film
    Giulia Hoffmann Associate Director, Graduate Career Services, University of California-San Diego
    Otherworldly Impressions: Female Mediumship in Britain and America in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
    Alan Lovegreen Instructor, English, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA
    2014-2016: Assistant Professor, Brooklyn College of Technology
    Aerofuturism: Vectors of Modernity in Nineteenth- and Twentieth Century Literature and Culture
    Emily Mattingly Director of Writing Center, Delaware College of Art and Design
    Queer Developments: The Politics of Reimagining Age
    Ayra Quinn Assistant Professor, Los Angeles Mission College
    Novel Ways of Seeing: Victorian Novels, Animated Adaptions, and the Disoriented Reader/Viewer
    Ian Ross Adjunct Faculty, Moreno Valley College
    Authenticity, Authority, and Assemblage Masculinity: Geek Identity and Hardware Production in Networked Spaces
  • 2013
    Gretchen Bartels Associate Professor of English, Cal Baptist University
    Jessica Best Assistant Professor of English, SUNY Adirondack
    Suspended Nameless in the Limbo State: Neoliberalism and Queer Caribbean Diasporas
    Regis (Mann) Fox Associate Professor of English, Florida Atlantic University
    Unsung, Unwavering: Nineteenth-Century Black Women’s Epistemologies and the Liberal Problematic
    Matthew McGraw Assistant Professor, Lincoln University
    The Supernatural and the Limits of Materiality in Medieval Histories, Travelogues, and Romances from William of Malmesbury to Geoffrey Chaucer
    Rory Moore Academic Administrator, Long Island University-Brooklyn
    Literary Sensations: Victorian Women Writers and Celebrity Culture
    Keenan Norris Assistant Professor, American Literature and Creative Writing at San Jose State University
    Marginalized-Literature-Market-Life: Black Writers, a Literature of Appeal, and the Rise of Street Literature
    Thomas Schneider Assistant Dean of Arts & Sciences and Associate Professor of English at California Baptist University
  • 2012
    Mary Auxier Freelance Editor
    Exploring Child Worlds: Functions of Infantilization in Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century British Literature
    Sean Epstein-Corbin Professor of English, Merced College
    Secularizing Sentiment, Democratizing Virtue: A Genealogy of the Liberal Subject Over the Long Nineteenth Century
    Margaret Gover Director of GradSuccess, Graduate Division, UCR
    Seeing Double: The Victorian Virtual and Projections of Female Subjectivity
    Tanner Higgin Senior Content Manager, Common Sense Media
    Gamic Race: Logics of Difference in Videogame Culture
    Melissa Garcia Knoll Associate Professor, Humanities, Irvine Valley College
    Asian/American Bodies in Extremis: Gendering Power, Pleasure, and Nation through “Spectacular” Excess
    Michael Podolny Associate Professor of English, Onondaga Community College
    Remembering Modernity: Technics of Temporal Memory in Twentieth-Century Literature and Film
    Janise Roselle Grant Writer, College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, UCR
    Bodies Under Empire: The Territory of American Feminism
    Mary Song Adjunct Faculty, College of the Mainland
    Cyborg Dreams in Asian American Transnationality: Transgression, Myth, Simulation, Coalition
    Laura Westengard Assistant Professor, Brooklyn College of Technology
    Queer Monsters Within: Trauma and the Emergence of Gothic Queer Discourse in U.S. Cultural Production, 1945-2011

This is a comprehensive list of alumni from 2012 to the present, their current professional positions and the title of their dissertations. University of California dissertations are freely available through the system’s Open Access site.

Unless otherwise indicated, Lecturer, Instructor and Assistant Professor positions are full-time and include security of employment (tenure or equivalent) with seniority/promotion. Where alumni have an active creative practice, we have tried to note this as well. Not included here is the status for those who concluded their study at the MA level, and those with full-time employment but who have not yet completed their dissertations. Please send any updates or corrections to: