English Department Post-Graduate Placement

The Department of English is dedicated to preparing students for a variety of career paths, with particular focus on the academic job market, academic administration, and secondary school education. We admit a small incoming cohort of students each year in order to provide each student with personalized support and guidance as they enter and navigate the job market. For more than ten years, our graduate students have been supported by a dedicated job Placement Officer from our faculty, who organizes roundtables, helps applicants with drafting and refining job and fellowship application materials, and aids graduate students in preparing for interviews and campus visits. Our record of recent placements below demonstrates a proven track record of success securing full-time employment for our students inside and outside academia.

We have a rigorous job market preparation program, coordinated by the Director of Placement and Professional Development (Prof. John Bugg is the Interim DPPD for Fall 2023). In the spring prior to students’ job searches, the DPPD holds an information session that acquaints potential candidates with the process. After students have declared their intentions to go on the academic job market, the DPPD assigns each candidate a faculty mentor from the Job Placement Committee; over the summer and into the fall, that mentor guides the candidate through the development of rigorous application documents. In the late fall, the DPPD organizes mock interviews for all job candidates, and the department continues to advise students (about interviewing, campus visits, and offer negotiations) well into the spring semester. Graduates returning to the market in their years after finishing the PhD also continue to receive comprehensive advising and support from the department.

The job placement program is coordinated by the Director of Placement and Professional Development (Prof. Maria Farland). Current students students may access the Job Placement Handbook (please contact the Graduate Administer for password). 

Recent Placements


Olivia Badoi, Assistant Professor, St. Louis University, Madrid, Spain

Kyle Campbell, OneGoal, Director of Grants and Communication, NYC

Carolyn Cargile, Columbia University, Lecturer in Discipline (English), (multi-year renewable)

Angela Furry, English Teacher, Notre Dame de Sion High School, Kansas City

Mahlika Hopwood, Arizona State University, Assistant Teaching Professor of English (tenure track teaching position)

Peter Krause, Dartmouth College, Assistant Director, Center for Professional Development

Vivian Papp, CUNY City-Tech, English Lecturer (permanent position)


Aaron Pinnix, Postdoctoral research scholar, University of Konstanz

Amina Tajbhai, Lecturer, Hostos Community College (long term renewable position)

Sarah O'Brien, Academic Advising Dean, University of Maryland

Julia Cosacchi, Manuscripts Editor, SUNY Press

Alex Finn-Atkins, Upper School English Teacher & Department Chair, Storm King School

David Smigen-Rothkopf, Upper School English Teacher, Sacred Heart School Greenwich CT

Ellis Light, Managing Editor, Renaissance Quarterly, Renaissance Society of America


Jamie Bolker: Early American, Research Fellow, Massachusetts Historical Society and American Antiquarian Society, Boston, MA

Caitlin Cawley: 20th and 21st-Century American, Brittain Fellow in Writing, Georgia Tech (declined); Lectureship in English, Fordham (accepted), Bronx, NY

Lennox Debra: Modern American, English Teacher, Upper School, Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT

Matthew Lillo: Early Modern, English Teacher, Upper School, Dalton School, NY, NY

Cathal Pratt: 20th Century British, Irish Studies, Latin American, Assistant Professor of English, University of Providence, Great Falls, MT

Danielle Sottosanti: Medieval, Chief Content Director, The Rudin Group Consultancy, NY, NY  


Jamie Bolker: Early American, Assistant Professor, MacMurray College; full-year Research Fellow, Newberry Library, 2020-2021

Caroline Hagood: Modern American, Director of Writing Program (Tenure Track), English Department, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY

Joseph Rudolph: Medieval, Jackson Hole Classical Academy, Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Samantha Sabalis: Medieval, Development officer, Council of Independent Colleges, Washington DC


William Fenton: Early American Literature, The Library Company of Philadelphia, Director of Scholarly Innovation

Callie Gallo: Modern American Literature, Marymount School of New York, Upper School English teacher

Matthew D. Lillo: Early Modern, Sacred Heart Greenwich (Secondary), English Faculty

Liz Porter: Eighteenth-Century American, Hostos Community College, Assistant Professor

James M. Van Wyck: Nineteenth-Century American, Princeton University, Professional Development Program Specialist

Mira Zaman: Eighteenth-Century British, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Assistant Professor


Steven Bruso: Medieval, Endicott College, Assistant Professor

Clarissa Chenovick: Early Modern, Florida Atlantic University, Assistant Professor

Sharon Harris: Early Modern, Brigham Young University, Assistant Professor

Boyda Johnstone: Medieval, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Assistant Professor

Jordan Windholz: Early Modern, Shippensburg University, Assistant Professor


Felisa Baynes-Ross: Medieval, Yale University, Lecturer

David Pedersen: Medieval, College of the Ozarks, Assistant Professor

Christy Pottroff: Early American, Merrimack College, Assistant Professor

Christi Spain-Savage: Early Modern, Siena College, Assistant Professor

Kara Stone: Medieval, Penn State Worthington Scranton, Assistant Professor of Writing


Vernita Burrell: 18th-Century British, East Los Angeles College, Assistant Professor

Alexis Butzner: Early Modern, Chemeketa Community College, Instructor

Matthew Leporati: British Romanticism, College of Mount Saint Vincent, Assistant Professor

Kate Nash: British Modernism, Boston University College of General Studies, Lecturer

Jordan Windholz: Early Modern, Shippensburg University, Visiting Assistant Professor


Christine Armacost: Contemporary American, Rotterdam University, Lecturer

Dan Olson-Bang:‚Äč ‚ÄčAssociate Director, Graduate Career Services, Syracuse University

Anthony Brano: 18th-Century British, Georgian Court University, Assistant Professor

Tara Foley: 19th-Century American, Baylor University, Lecturer

Michelle Kelly: 20th-Century American, NYU, Writing Lecturer

Paul Thifault: Early American, Springfield College, Assistant Professor


Karina Everett: Victorian, Stevens Institute of Technology, Assistant Professor

Danica Miller: Native American Studies, University of Washington, Tacoma, Assistant Professor

Lauren Navarro: Modern American, LaGuardia Community College, Assistant Professor

Christi Spain-Savage: Early Modern, Sienna College, Visiting Assistant Professor

Patty Tarantello: Early American, Marist College, Visiting Assistant Professor

John Ziegler: Early Modern, Bronx Community College, Assistant Professor


Sarah Cornish: British Modernism, University of Northern Colorado, Assistant Professor

Elizabeth O'Connor: British Modernism, Washington College, Assistant Professor

Arvind Thomas: Medieval, UCLA, Assistant Professor


Maija Birenbaum: Medieval, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, Assistant Professor

Heather Blatt: Medieval, Florida International University, Assistant Professor

Stephanie Pietros: Early Modern, Mount Saint Mary College, Assistant Professor

Leah Richards: Victorian, LaGuardia Community College, Assistant Professor

Anne Thell: 18th-Century British, National University of Singapore, Assistant Professor

Paul Thifault: Early American, Lindsey Wilson College, Assistant Professor

Meagan Witzleban: 19th-Century British, Hilbert College, Assistant Professor


Tasha Kohl: 19th-Century American, Centenary College, Assistant Professor

Scott Levin: British Romanticism, Louisiana State University, Assistant Professor

Danielle Spratt: 18th-Century British, California State University, Northridge, Assistant Professor

Arvind Thomas: Medieval, Yale University, Visiting Assistant Professor


Cara Erdheim: 19th-Century American, Sacred Heart University Visiting Assistant Professor

Andrew Tumminia: Early Modern Spring Hill College, Assistant Professor