Ph.D. Program News


  • Barry Devine (PhD 2015) has been appointed Visiting Assistant Professor of Modernism for a three-year term in the English Department at Heidelberg University in Ohio.

Fellowships / Prizes

  • Suchismita Dutta is the recipient of the 2017 English department summer research award.
  • Marta Gierczyk received three awards: 1. Miami Institute for the Americas Field Research Grant, summer 2017 ($2,000); 2. English Department Summer Research Fellowship, summer 2017 ($2,000); 3. English Department Dissertation Fellowship, Fall 2017.

  • Allison Harris (PhD 2017) was a UM Center for the Humanities dissertation fellow for the 2016-2017 academic year.

  • Barbara Hoffmann (PhD 2017) won the Albert Wertheim Prize for the Best Presentation by a Graduate Student at the conference of the American Association of Australasian Literary Studies.

  • Paige Miller was selected to participate in the Harvard Institute for World Literature in Copenhagen in July, where she will be presenting her digital humanities project on Unreadability in Finnegans Wake. 

  • Sarah Ritcheson won a student-nominated  Excellence in Teaching Award at John A. Logan College in Illinois. 

  • Bryant Scott has been accepted, with funding, to The School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University. He has also been awarded a summer research award from the English Department. 

  • Kerri-Leanne Taylor received the UGrow Curriculum and Communication Fellowship from the English Department for 2017-2018.

  • Ruth Trego was appointed a HASTAC Scholar for the 2016-2018 academic years.

  • Spencer Tricker was selected to participate in the Bavarian-American Academy's summer institute in Nuremberg, Germany.


  • David Borman (PhD 2014) is the new Reviews Editor for Africa in Words. He published “‘Our Relationship to Spirits’: History & Return in Syl Cheney-Coker's The Last Harmattan of Alusine Dunbar” in African Literature Today; and “The Invention of Unnamed Ancestors in Maxine Hong Kingston and Maya Angelou” in Critical Insights: Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts (Salem Press).

  • Ray Leonard published an article, “Ritual Observance: Colonial Representations of Afro-Caribbean Spiritual Practices in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century French Caribbean,” Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry 4.1 (Special Issue: Postcolonial Reading Publics), January 2017, pp. 127-141.

  • Brad Rittenhouse (PhD 2017) published a report on the DH+DJ conference held at UM in The Junto: A Group Blog on Early American History (October 2016). He has a forthcoming review of Patrik Svenssons's Big Digital Humanities in the journal Scholarly Editing

  • Bryant Scott published his essay “‘Hellish Laws in Ashes’: Tradition, Empire, and the Question of Tragedy in Mariana Starke’s The Widow of Malabar” in Uniting Regions and Nations through the Looking Glass of Literature (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2017). 

  • Spencer Tricker’s article, "'Five Dusky Phantoms': Gothic Form and Cosmopolitan Shipwreck in Melville's Moby-Dick" is forthcoming in the Spring issue of Studies in American Fiction.


  • Alok Amatya presented a paper at the official MELUS panel of MLA 2017 in January, entitled “Inheritance of Resource Struggles: Framing Indigeneity within Natural Resource Conflicts in Native American Novels.” He also presented a paper at the annual convention of Society for Cinema and Media Studies in March 2017 (Chicago, IL) titled “Cinematic Itineraries of Conflict: Tracing Indigenous Ecological Struggles in East-Central India.” He presented a paper at the annual meeting of SAMLA in November 2016, entitled “‘The War Tried to Kill Us in the Spring’: Dystopian Spaces-in-Conflict of Occupied Iraq.”

  • Sarah Cash will present a paper at the NAVSA/AVSA conference in Florence, Italy on May 17, “‘You  have set yourself to music’: Counterpoint in The Picture of Dorian Gray.” 

  • Suchismita Dutta presented “Transforming South Indian Villages into “mini Dubais”: The Repercussions of the Gulf Boom” at the 88th Annual Meeting of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) in Jacksonville in November 2016. Recently, she gave a presentation: “Reading Angry Transnational Voices: Migrant Bodies and Their Belongings in Shalija Patel’s Migritude” at The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS) in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA.

  • Tiffany Fajardo presented “The Writing of the Disaster: David Markson’s Wittgenstein’s Mistress” at SAMLA ’88. She also contributed to the panel discussion “Shakespeare in our Classrooms: Practices, Approaches, Realities” at FIU’s “Teaching Shakespeare within Diverse Communities.” She will be presenting her ArcGIS project “Here Comes Everybody: Mapping the Joyce Critical Community” at the 2017 North American James Joyce Conference.

  • Marta Gierczyk presented her paper “Creole City, Creole Citizenship: Mapping Kingston in Kerry Young’s Pao” at The Caribbean Digital III conference at Columbia University in New York in December 2016

  • Allison Harris (PhD 2017) presented a paper presented "Translating Psycho-Linguistic Subjectivity in Julia Alvarez's How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents" at the 2017 MELUS conference in Cambridge, MA and she will attend the 2017 New York Metro American Studies Association summer institute entitled "Everything You Wanted to Know About Academic Professionalization (But Were Too Busy Updating Your CV to Ask)" at Columbia University in June. 

  • Barbara Hoffmann (PhD 2017) presented a paper at the American Conference for Irish Studies in Kansas City called "The Fenians at Sea: Oceanic Irish Nationalism and The Wild Goose". At the conference of the American Association of Australasian Literary Studies she presented a paper called "Myth-Making, Irish Convicts, and Australian National Identity in Roger McDonald’s The Ballad of Desmond Kale" for which she won the Albert Wertheim Prize for the Best Presentation by a Graduate Student. She will be presenting at the North American James Joyce Conference this summer in Toronto; her paper is called “Astraylians in island”: Australia, Diaspora, and National Identity in Finnegans Wake.

  • Ray Leonard organized the panel "Blood Moves: Moving bodies, ideas and diseases between the Early Republic and the Caribbean" and presented at the 2017 SEA biennial in Tulsa in March 2017.

  • Paige Miller will be presenting her paper, "Molly Bloom's Gibraltarian English: Ideologies of Language and Gender in Ulysses" at the Diasporic Joyce- 2017 North American James Joyce Conference in Toronto this summer.

  • Gillian Mozer recently presented "Shifting Meatscapes: Visual Resistances to Meat-Normalizing Narratives" at the International Society for the Study of Narrative's 2017 Narrative Conference in Lexington, KY. 

  • Lauren Riccelli Zwicky (PhD 2016) presented her paper “You Don’t Own Me: The Body as a Site of Struggle in Orphan Black” at the Red River Women’s Studies Conference, University of North Dakota, 2016 and “Alicia Keys Resists Cruel Optimism: #NoMakeup” at the University of South Dakota Women’s Studies Conference, Spring 2017.

  • Brad Rittenhouse (PhD 2017) presented “TMI: Mining the Thick Literature of Nineteenth-Century America.” at the Bavarian American Academy summer institute in Miami Beach in June 2016.

  • Annie Schmalstig presented "Speculative Removes: Producing Ecogothic Futures in Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake Trilogy" at the International Society for the Study of Narrative conference in Lexington, KY, spring 2017.

  • Bryant Scott presented his paper “The Ballot or the Bomb: Aesthetic Imperialism and Literary Resistance in Post-9/11 Fiction” at the 88th annual conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association. At SAMLA, he organized and chaired the panel “Decolonization and the Body: Resistance, Dystopia, and the Futures of Empire,” and chaired the panel “9/11 Literature and 21st Century Culture.”

  • Kerri-Leanne Taylor presented her paper “A Mother’s Legacy: Finding Mary Wollstonecraft in Mary Shelley’s Mathilda” at The Mary Wollstonecraft: Life, Work and Legacy Conference in Hull, UK, on International Women’s Day, this past March.

  • Ruth Trego will be resenting a paper at the Margaret Cavendish Society Conference in June at Bates College.

  • Spencer Tricker will present "Reading the Rizal: Transpacific Literary History, Filipino Sailors, and the Longue Durée of U.S. Imperialism" at the Bavarian-American Academy's summer institute in Nuremberg, Germany.

  • Monica Urban recently delivered a paper at the Society for Early Americanists' annual conference in Tulsa in March and will present papers this summer at the International Melville Society conference at King's College, London and the Society for the Study of Ameican Women Writers conference in Bordeaux, France.