Current Literature Grad Students

MA Students


Dhanuka Bandara
bandard@miamioh.edu

Research Interests: 


Sarah CoffingSarah Coffing
BA, Butler University
coffinsa@miamioh.edu

Research Interests: American Modernism, alienation and isolation, war and trauma, and identity construction


Charlynn Estes
estesc@miamioh.edu

Research Interests:


Peter HeathPeter Heath
heathph@miamioh.edu

Research Interests: Wittgenstein, Russian literature, and transcendentalism


Sam HunterSamuel Hunter
BA Miami University
huntersl@miamioh.edu

Research Interests: film studies, queer theory, and contemporary American literature


Andreas KolaczkoAndreas Kolaczko
BA, Notre Dame College 
kolacza@miamioh.edu

Research Interests: 19th and 20th century American literature, modernism, war literature, psychological effects of war on literature and culture, and identity


Mary McKernanMary McKernan
BA, Salisbury University
mckernmt@miamioh.edu

Research Interests: postcolonial literature, LGBT literature, and fandom and fanfiction. 


Jonathan MerolaJonathan Merola
BA, Grove City College 
merolaj@miamioh.edu

Research Interests: modernism, stream of consciousness, Faulkner, and psychoanalytic theory


Emily O'BrienEmily O'Brien
BA, Indiana University
obriene4@miamioh.edu

Research Interests: 20th and 21st century women's literature; creative nonfiction writing—female memoir, cultural studies; transnational literature; and women’s history—reproductive health and social movements, and literature and social justice


Gabriella PishottiGabriella Pishotti
BA, University of Mount Union
pishotgm@miamioh.edu

Research Interests: 20th and 21st century literature and human rights


Sandamini RanwalageSandamini Ranwalage
BA, University of Peradeniya
ranwalsy@miamioh.edu

Research Interests: South Asian Literature, South Asian diaspora, Post colonialism, Postcolonial theatre, South-Asian theatre, Performance Studies


PhD Students


Nolan BoydNolan Boyd
MA, Wake Forest
BA, Davidson College 
boydnh@MiamiOH.edu

Research Interests: Gender & Sexuality, Disability, 20th Cent. Literature, Cinema


Jeff CarrJeff Carr
carrja2@MiamiOH.edu

Research Interests: 19th and 20th Century American literature, Modernism, working class literature and rhetoric, war literature and rhetoric, and Hemingway.


Justin ChandlerJustin Chandler
MFA, Miami University
B.A., Indiana University Bloomington 
chandljt@MiamiOH.edu

Research Interests: American literature



Michele Christinsen
Michelle Christensen

MA, Miami University  
BA, Schawnee State University
pancakmr@MiamiOH.edu

Research Interests: 20th-21st Century American Literature and Film, Queer and Cultural Studies, Posthumanism, Indigeneity.


Steve DudasSteve Dudas
MA, Miami University
BA, Albion College
dudassp@MiamiOH.edu

Research Interests: Modern and Contemporary Irish Poetry; Children's Literature


Tyler Groff

Tyler Groff
MA, Miami University
BA, Indiana University East
grofftr@MiamiOH.edu


Danielle HartDanielle Hart
MA, Kent State University
BA, Muskingum University
hartdm2@MiamiOH.edu

Research Interests: women, gender, and sexuality studies; fanfiction and fandom studies; 20th-21st century American literature


Kate ImwalleKate Imwalle
MA, Wright State University
BA, Wright State University 
imwallkl@MiamiOH.edu

Research Interests: women's literature after 1800, women's studies, trauma studies, effects on the psyche from war specific to women 


Joshua Jones

Joshua Jones
MA, Miami University 
BA, Bowling Green University
jonesjb6@MiamiOH.edu

Research Interests: 20th-21st Century American Literary & Cultural Studies; Gender & Sexuality Studies


Dinidu KarunanayakeDinidu Karunanayake
MA, Miami University
BA, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
priyankp@MiamiOH.edu

Research Interests: Postcolonial South Asia, Asian America, South Asian diaspora, post-conflict memory, refugees, Post-war Sri Lanka 


Casey KuhajdaCasey Kuhajda
MA, The University of Akron
BA, John Carroll University
kuhajdca@MiamiOH.edu

Research Interests: late 19th century American literature, 20th century American literature, literature and the environment, new historicism, new sincerity

Winona Landis

Winona Landis
MA, Miami University
BA, St. Mary's College of Maryland
landisw@MiamiOH.edu


Sidne LyonSidne Lyon
lyonss@MiamiOH.edu

Research Interests: 20th and 21st century ethnic American literature, post colonialism, Marxism, satan and monsters in American culture, horror


Joshua Moats

Joshua Moats
MA, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
BA, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
moatsjf@MiamiOH.edu


Sarah Morris

Sarah Morris
MA, University of Alabama
BA, University of Alabama
morriss9@MiamiOH.edu


Rachel Oriol

Rachel Oriol
MA, University of Hawaii at Manao
BA, University of San Diego
oriolra@MiamiOH.edu

Research Interests: Latino/a Literature; Performance Studies; Dance History


Megan Peters

Megan Peters
MA, American University
BA, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College 
petersmm@MiamiOH.edu


Rachel Schaeffer

Rachel Schaefer
MA, Miami University 
BS, John Brown University 
schaefrr@MiamiOH.edu

Research Interests: 20th-21st Century American and Transnational Literatures; Arab American Literature; Chick Lit; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Cynthia SmithCynthia Smith
MA, California State University-Sacramento
BA, Brigham Young University
smithc44@MiamiOH.edu

Research Interests:  Nineteenth-century American literature; Sea narratives; Romanticism; Sentimentalism


Catherine Tetz

Catherine Tetz
MA, Washington State University
BA, Andrews University
tetzcj@MiamiOH.edu

Research Interests: Transatlantic modernism; Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies; poetics


Brenda TyrrellBrenda Tyrrell
BA, Iowa State University
MA, Iowa State University
tyrrelb@MiamiOH.edu

Research Interests: disability in H.G. Wells; disability in post-cyberpunk; intertextuality in science fiction; bicycling in science fiction


Nicolyn Woodcock

Nicolyn Woodcock
MA, Miami University
BA, Kenyon College
woodconv@MiamiOH.edu

Research Interests: Asian American literature, women’s autobiography; U.S. militarization in Asia at intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, nation and foodways