Recent Ph.D.s and Placements

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Mariam Galarrita
Postdoctoral Fellow, Arizona State University
Majoritizing Whiteness: Asia and Early Modern England Racemaking


Miranda Butler
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, Oklahoma State University
Bedwritten: Middle English Medicine and the Ailing Author

Daniel Valencia
Assistant Professor, Cal State University Northridge
Chicano Science Fiction and the Shattering of Reality


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


Kai Cheang
Visiting 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.


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
Program Manager, Harvard University—Graduate Commons Program
“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


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


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


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


Gretchen Bartels

Associate Professor of English, Cal Baptist University, Riverside, CA

Jessica Best
Assistant Professor of English, SUNY Adirondack
Suspended Nameless in the Limbo State: Neoliberalism and Queer Caribbean Diasporas

Regis (Mann) Fox
Assistant Professor of English, Grand Valley State University
Assistant Professor, Florida Atlantic University (2013-2016)
Unsung, Unwavering: Nineteenth-Century Black Women’s Epistemologies and the Liberal Problematic

Matthew McGraw
Assistant Professor, Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri
The Supernatural and the Limits of Materiality in Medieval Histories, Travelogues, and Romances from William of Malmesbury to Geoffrey Chaucer

Regis Mann

Professor of English, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida

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


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: