Current Literature Grad Students

MA Students

Dhanuka Bandara

Research Interests: 

Sarah CoffingSarah Main
BA, Butler University

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

Charlynn Estes

Research Interests:

Peter HeathPeter Heath

Research Interests: Wittgenstein, Russian literature, and transcendentalism

Sam HunterSamuel Hunter
BA Miami University

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

Andreas KolaczkoAndreas Kolaczko
BA, Notre Dame College

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

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

Jonathan MerolaJonathan Merola
BA, Grove City College

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

Emily O'BrienEmily O'Brien
BA, Indiana University

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

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

Sandamini RanwalageSandamini Ranwalage
BA, University of Peradeniya

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

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

Jeff CarrJeff Carr

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

Research Interests: American literature

Michele Christinsen
Michelle Christensen

MA, Miami University  
BA, Schawnee State University

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

Steve DudasSteve Dudas
MA, Miami University
BA, Albion College

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

Tyler Groff

Tyler Groff
MA, Miami University
BA, Indiana University East

Danielle HartDanielle Hart
MA, Kent State University
BA, Muskingum University

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

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

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

Dinidu KarunanayakeDinidu Karunanayake
MA, Miami University
BA, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

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

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

Sidne LyonSidne Lyon

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

Sarah Morris

Sarah Morris
MA, University of Alabama
BA, University of Alabama

Rachel Oriol

Rachel Oriol
MA, University of Hawaii at Manao
BA, University of San Diego

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

Megan Peters

Megan Peters
MA, American University
BA, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College

Rachel Schaeffer

Rachel Schaefer
MA, Miami University 
BS, John Brown University

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

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


Catherine Tetz

Catherine Tetz
MA, Washington State University
BA, Andrews University

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

Brenda TyrrellBrenda Tyrrell
BA, Iowa State University
MA, Iowa State University

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

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