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English PhD Students

Jane Anderson

Jane Anderson

B.A., University of Connecticut
M.A., Fordham University

Field of Study: 20th-Century British, Trauma Studies

Contact
janderson23@fordham.edu


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Berna Artan

B.A., Hacettepe University
M.A., CUNY City College of New York

Field of Study: 18th-Century British Literature

Contact
bartan@fordham.edu


Melissa BeanMelissa Bean

B.A., New York University
M.A., New York University

Field of Study: Late 19th Century and Early 20th Century British

Contact
mbean2@fordham.edu


Elizabeth BolgerElizabeth Bolger

B.A., Connecticut College

Field of Study: 18th-Century British Literature

Contact
ebolger2@fordham.edu


Fordham LogoJohn Breedlove

B.A., Gonzaga University
M.A., Villanova University

Field of Study: Early Modern

Contact
jbreedlove@fordham.edu


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Robert Byers

B.A., University of Alaska Fairbanks
M.A., University of Alaska Fairbanks

Field of Study: Medieval

Courses Taught
Composition II

Contact
rbyers@fordham.edu


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Kyle Campbell

B.A., Saint Micheal’s College
MSc University of Edinburgh
M.A., University of Vermont

Field of Study: Early American Literature, Queer Theory, and Queer Comics

Courses Taught
Composition II
Text and Contexts: Science Fiction and Film

Dissertation Title
Queer Natural History

Dissertation Description
“Queer Natural History” examines natural history as one of the origin points for modern thinking about queer and other non-normative identities and ways of being.

Contact
kcampbell27@fordham.edu
Curriculum Vitae


Carolyn CargileCarolyn Cargile

B.A., Wake Forest University
M.A., The University of York

Field of Study: Medieval

Courses Taught
Composition II
Texts & Contexts: Shapeshifting in Literature

Dissertation Title
The Shape of History: Formal Variety and the Production of the Past in Twelfth-Century History Writing in England and Normandy (ca. 1120-1154)

Dissertation Description
My dissertation examines formal variety -- the appearance of different forms, styles, and registers -- in four twelfth-century chronicles written in England and Normandy. It is a multilingual dissertation; of the chronicles I research, two are Latin, one Old English, and one Old French. In it, I argue that historians in the twelfth century conceptualized history as intergeneric in nature and used diverse literary forms in order to claim truth or authority in different and multiple ways.

Contact
ecargile@fordham.edu


Maya CastellanosMaya Raquel Castellanos

B.A., New York University

Field of Study: 20th and 21st-Century American

Courses Taught
Composition II

Contact
mcastellanos4@fordham.ed


Julia Cosacchi

Julia Cosacchi

B.A., Boston College
MEd, Providence College
M.A., DePaul University

Field of Study: 19th-Century American

Courses Taught
Composition II

Dissertation Title
The Self-Made Woman in American Literature, 1820-1880

Dissertation Description
The period from 1820-1880 witnessed the rising popularity of the self-made man in America as a culturally and nationally significant type in both literature and daily life. At the same time, the nation's culture also bred a burgeoning women's rights movement and its popular literature was dominated by female voices. This project looks at the points of contact and of friction between these various movements to consider the presence and significance of the discourses of self-making and success primarily in writing by and/or about American women.

Contact
jcosacchi@fordham.edu


Jessica D'Onofrio

Jessica D’Onofrio

B.A., St. John's University
M.A., Hunter College, CUNY

Field of Study: 19th-Century American; African American

Courses Taught
Composition I
Composition II
Texts & Contexts: Slave Narratives & Neo-Slave Narratives

Dissertation Title
Fictions of Literacy in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Contact
jdonofrio8@fordham.edu


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Lennox Debra

B.A., Hobart and William Smith Colleges
M.A., SUNY Stony Brook

Field of Study: Joyce Studies, Lacanian Psychoanalysis, Narrative Studies, Poe Studies, Early 20th Century Print Media

Contact
ldebra@fordham.edu


Alex Finn-AtkinsAlexandra Finn-Atkins

B.A., Providence College
M.A., Clark University

Field of Study: Early Modern

Courses Taught
Composition I
Composition II
Texts and Contexts: Running in Literature

Contact
afinnatkins@fordham.edu


Madison ForbesMadison Forbes

B.A., Bridgewater State University

Field of Study: Early Modern

Contact
mforbes6@fordham.edu


Stephen FraganoStephen Fragano

B.A., Fordham University
M.A., Fordham University

Field of Study: Early American

Contact
sfragano@fordham.edu
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B.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.A., Cornell University

Field of Study: Early Modern

Contact
afurry@fordham.edu


Anwita Gosh

Anwita Ghosh

B.A., University of Calcutta
M.A., Jadavpur University
M.Phil, Jadvpur University

Field of Study: 20th-Century British, Modernism and Psychoanalysis

Contact
aghosh6@fordham.edu
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Daniel HeffernanDaniel Heffernan

B.A., St. John's University
M.A., St. John's University

Field of Study: 20th Century American, Poetry and Poetics

Contact
dheffernan1@fordham.edu


Gaby Hurtarte

Maria Gabriela Hurtarte Leon

B.A., Suny, Purchase College

Field of Study: 20th and 21st Century American; Latinx Studies; Postcolonial Studies

Contact
mhurtarteleon@fordham.edu


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Lina Jiang

B.A., Fudan University
M.A., New York University

Field of Study: 18th-Century British Literature, British Romanticism, Natural History, the Atlantic World

Courses Taught
Composition II

Contact
ljiang28@fordham.edu


Peter Krause

Peter Krause

B.A., Goucher College
M.A., New York University

Field of Study: 20th Century American, Contemporary War Literature

Courses Taught
Composition II

Contact
pkrause1@fordham.edu
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Ellis LightEllis Light

B.A., The New School (Eugene Lang College)
M.A., Fordham University

Field of Study: Medieval Literature

Courses Taught
Composition II

Dissertation Title
Bodily Fluids and Forms of Community in Late Medieval English Devotion and Literature

Dissertation Description
This dissertation is about the connections between bodily fluids—such as blood, tears, sweat, milk, and urine—and forms of community in late medieval devotional literature. My work reexamines the body within late medieval mystical, penitential, and dramatic literature, adding to ongoing conversations within medieval studies about bodily politics, identity, otherness, and theories of community, while also presenting a new thesis: that bodily fluids, especially in devotional literature, create a fluid poetics and material model for communities, generating new structural and formal possibilities for encountering others.

I propose that medieval devotional writers - Margery Kempe, Julian of Norwich, Henry of Grosmont, and others - use images and discourses about bodily fluids to explore values, changes, and possibilities in communities, but that likewise these same fluids exemplify and co-create structures of community through their very materiality. The liquids that flow from bodies are matter that does cultural work, physical phenomena that participate in the processes of becoming that the devotional impulse undertakes. The ways they trickle, coagulate, drip, flood, and flow allow devotional authors to newly consider the structures and processes of community. The material poetics of bodily fluids tell us the ways that devotional writers think about how to ethically and emotionally relate to others, and moreover, how to organize those relationships within the culture.

Contact
elight1@fordham.edu
https://fordham.academia.edu/EllisLight
http://www.ellislight.com
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English Graduate Profile PictureRhianna Marks-Watton

B.A., Oakland University

Field of Study: Early America

Contact
rmarkswatton@fordham.edu


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John Miele

B.A., University of Rochester
M.A., Fordham University

Field of Study: 19th-Century British Literature

Contact
jmiele6@fordham.edu


Sarah O'Brian

Sarah O’Brien

B.A., The Catholic University of America
M.A., Fordham University

Field of Study: Medieval

Contact
saobrien@fordham.edu


Vivian Papp

Vivian Papp

B.A., Columbia University
M.A., CUNY/Hunter College

Field of Study: Restoration and 18th Century

Courses Taught
Composition and Rhetoric 1 & 2
Satire & Society, and Contemporary Satire

Contact
vpapp@fordham.edu
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Cathal Pratt

Cathal Pratt

B.A., University of Utah, English
M.A., New York University, Irish and Irish-American Studies (Irish Literature)

Field of Study: 20th Century British, Irish Studies, Latin American

Courses Taught
Composition and Rhetoric I
Composition and Rhetoric II
Texts and Contexts: Rebel, Rebel--Writing the Revolution
Texts and Contexts: Ancient Myths and Modern Retellings

Dissertation Title
Under the Southern Cross: The Story of Irish Literature in Argentina

Contact
cpratt5@fordham.edu
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Jason RayJason Ray

B.A., Yale University (Theater Studies)
M.A., Columbia University (Medieval & Renaissance Studies)

Field of Study: Medieval Literature

Contact
jray12@fordham.edu

 


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B.A., Thomas More College
M.A., Fordham, Medieval Studies

Field of Study: Medieval Literature

Courses Taught

Texts and Contexts: Monks, Nuns, and Literature
Texts and Contexts: Crime and Punishment, Sin and Redemption
Composition I
Composition II

Dissertation Title
The Poetics of Exploratory Ductus

Dissertation Description
In "The Poetics of Exploratory Ductus," I explore how monks, nuns, and other religious wrote texts that had the potential to undermine religious orthopraxis. My work focuses on the ways medieval religious appropriated secular literary modes from pagan classical authors. I look at both less well-known texts –– the Latin poems of Abbot Baudri of Bourgueil and the verse history of the First Crusade composed by Gilo of Paris –– and the Exeter Book of Old English poetry, which contains well-known poems like “The Wanderer,” “The Seafarer,” and “The Wife’s Lament.” I show how poetry served as a place for exploratory play apparently indifferent to religious goals, though often serving to accomplish those goals in roundabout, unconventional, and surprising ways.

Contact
jrudoph@fordham.edu
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Cle'mence SfadjClémence Sfadj

B.A., Université Paris-Sorbonne IV
M.A., Université Paris-Sorbonne IV

Field of Study: 19th-Century American, Early 20th-Century American, Comics Studies

Contact
csfadj@fordham.edu


American Studies Program Assistant Patrick Skea

Patrick J. Skea

B.A., New York University
M.A.,, SUNY New Paltz

Field of Study: 20th-Century American; 19th-21st Century Anglophone Combat Literature, Trauma Studies; PTSD Narratives

Courses Taught
Composition II
Texts and Contexts: Violence and War in 19th-21st Century Literature

Dissertation Title
Perpetrator Trauma within 20th-21st Century United States’ Veteran Narratives

Contact
pskea1@fordham.edu
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David Smigen-Rothkopf

B.A., in Classics and History, Boston University
Post-Bacc Certificate in Classics, University of Pennsylvania
M.A., Fordham University, in Medieval Studies

Field of Study: Medieval

Contact
dsmigenrothkopf@fordham.edu


Corey Lionel SpencerCorey Lionel Spencer

B.A., Lehman College

Field of Study: 20-21 Century American, Cultural Studies and Black Literature

Contact
cspencer14@fordham.edu


Sean Spillane

Sean Spillane

B.A., Bridgewater State University
M.A., University of York

Field of Study: Medieval

Contact
sspillane2@fordham.edu


Ian Sullivan

Ian Sullivan

B.A., West Virginia Wesleyan College
M.A., Towson University

Field of Study: 18th-Century British

Courses Taught
Composition II

Contact
isullivan7@fordham.edu


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Annalise Wolf

B.A., Brevard College
M.A., University of Kentucky

Field of Study: Early Modern

Contact
awilliams123@fordham.edu


Jihyun Yun

Jihyun Yun

B.A., Korea University
M.A., Korea University

Field of Study: Autobiography, Modern and Contemporary Poetry

Courses Taught
Composition I
Composition II
Texts and Contexts: Life and Narrative
Disobedience in Literature

Dissertation Title
Female Bodies in Translation: Rethinking Agency in Postcolonial Literature

Contact
jyun11@fordham.edu


Amal ZamanAmal Zaman

B.A., Smith College

Field of Study: Modernism

Contact
azaman5@fordham.edu