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Dissertation Archive

Dissertations published by doctoral awardees in English Language and Literature have addressed an immense variety of topics, ranging widely in history, geography, genre, and method.

Doctoral students in English at Cornell typically begin work on their dissertations after their third year in the program, following completion of their Advance-to-candidacy exam. Students draw on a corresponding range of faculty expertise both within and outside of English and their special committees frequently include faculty from multiple departments.

The following is a list of published doctoral dissertations from the last 5 years, in order of year published, including the alumnus’ and their special committee chair’s name:


Alumnus Title of Dissertation Chair
Nicolette Shannon Bragg Creature of Theory: Maternity amongst the Ghosts and Strangers Jane Juffer
Jesse Aaron Goldberg The Excessive Present of Abolition: The Afterlife of Slavery in Law, Literature, and Performance Margo Crawford
Katherine Lonsdale Waller Occupying Televisual Narratives: Metaphors and Models for Imagining Beyond the Cultural Machine Amy Villarejo


Alumnus Title of Dissertation Chair
Lauren Alexandra Harmon The Spirit of the Law: The Haunting of U.S. Federal Indian Law in the Contemporary Western Eric Cheyfitz
Molly Rachel Katz Figuring the Female Spectator Rayna Kalas
Matthew Clinton McConnell Women's Gathering: the Auchinleck Manuscript and Women's Reading in the 14th Century London Andrew Scott Galloway
Kaylin Anne O'Dell The Mind On-Stage: Crafting the Self in Anglo-Saxon England Samantha Zacher
Nancy Quintanilla Archives of Failure: Missing Bodies and the Practice of Recovery Mary Pat Brady
Daniel Matthew Radus Writing Native Pasts in the Nineteenth Century Eric Cheyfitz
Emily Katherine Rials Brackets and Bodies: Punctuated Physicality in Modernist and Contemporary Fiction Kevin Attell
Aaron David Rosenberg The Scale of the Modern Novel: From Realism to the Genres of Deep Time Jeremy Braddock
Kristie Ann Schlauraff Sounding Bodies and Voices in Nineteenth-Century British and American Gothic Fiction Shirley Samuels
Matthew Esteban Spears Hunting for the Subject: Human Animals and Animal Humans in Anglo-Saxon England Thomas Dana Hill


Alumnus Title of Dissertation Chair
Elizabeth Blake Eating and Feeling: Pleasure and the Modernist Body Nicholas Salvato
Anna Rose Casey Aesthetic Impropriety: Properties of Law and Politics in Postcolonial Literature Elizabeth Anker
Ingrid Giorgia Diran Mutinous Muteness: Radicalizing Illegibility in Twentieth-Century African American Literature Amy Villarejo
Shyla Cherrelle Foster Telling Girlhood: Girls’ Studies, Reparative Trauma and 20th Century U.S. Popular Culture Shirley Samuels
Bernadette Sharyn Guthrie Untimely Interference: Anachronistic Temporalities in Nineteenth-Century British Poetry Jonathan Culler
Danielle Morgan What's So Funny?: Satire and African American Literature and Culture in the Twenty-First Century Margo Crawford
Stephen Thompson Modernism From Text to Work: Personality, Poetic Development, and the Study of Literature Jeremy Braddock
Christine Yao Feeling Subjects: Science and Law in Nineteenth-Century America Shirley Samuels


Alumnus Title of Dissertation Chair
Jacob Benjamin Brogan Some of the Parts: Fragmentary Literature and Queer Politics Ellis Hanson
Jillian Spivey Caddell An Exchange of Territory: Geography, Literature, and the American Civil War Shirley Samuels
Noor Adhaar Desai Unruly Lines: Poetic Measure and Dramatic Convention in Early Modern England Rayna Kalas
Noor Hashem Creative Ritual: Embodied Faith and Secular Reason in Contemporary Muslim Fiction Elizabeth Anker
Kamila Janiszewska The Unlikely Literature of the Civil War: Miniature, Literary Experimentation,
and American Women Writers, 1860-1875
Shirley Samuels
Jane Elizabeth Kim Poetic Theology: Dante and the British Romantic Poets Reeve Parker
Adin Esther Lears Noise and Knowing in Late-Medieval England Andrew Galloway
Daniel Nathan Sinykin After the Boom: Apocalypse and Economics in American Literature f the Neoliberal Period Kevin Attell and 
Jeremy Braddock
Lynne Stahl Unhappy Medium: Filmic Tomboy Narrative and Queer Feminist Spectatorship Amy Villarejo
Susan Melissa Winders Reading Medieval Courtesy Andrew Galloway


Alumnus Title of Dissertation Chair
Kaelin Alexander Turning in the Grave: Ambivalence, Queer Loss, and the Victorian Novel Ellis Hanson
William Cordeiro A Double Capacity: Self-Parody In Britain's Long Eighteenth Century Laura Brown
Sarah Lynn Coté Great Affectations: Camp Parody in the British Long Eighteenth Century Laura Brown
Daining Lily Cui Desolate Theatricality: Staging Feeling and Consciousness in the Late Novels of Henry James Ellis Hanson
Danielle Aberle Haque Secularism Narratives and Arab American Fiction Mary K. McCullough
Nicholas Tobin Roth Potential Cinema: Closet Film in Twentieth-Century Fiction Kevin Attell
Avery Slater Apparatus Poetica: The Question of Technology in Mid Twentieth-century American Poetry Jonathan Culler
Brant Michael Torres Occult Feelings: Esotericism and Queer Relationality in Nineteenth-Century US Literature Shirley Samuels
William Auther Youngman Rewriting Old Age from Chaucer to Shakespeare: The Invention of English Senex Style Andrew Galloway
Brad Bozidar Zukovic Reflexive Figurality in the Poetry of Blake, Wordsworth, Ashbery, and A. R. Ammons Cynthia Chase


Alumnus Title of Dissertation Chair
Alex Black Print and Performance in American Abolitionism, 1829-1863 Shirley Samuels
Owen Boynton Pointing the Limits of Endurance: Punctuation, Time, and Nineteenth-Century British Poetry Paul Sawyer
Matthew Dominic Bucemi Early Modern Culture and the Economy of Masochism Rayna Kalas
Stephanie DeGooyer Subjects of Feeling: The Politics and Form of Sentimental Fiction Neil Saccamano
Kathleen Hames Imperial Fever: Tropical Medicine, British Literature, and the Return to South America, 1880-1930 Elizabeth Anker
Jess Keiser Figures of Mind: Thinking Matter in Literary Form, 1650-1770 Neil Saccamano
Virginia Kennedy The Nature of Nature: Environmental Ethics in American and American Indian Literatures from the Seventeenth Century to the Present Eric Cheyfitz
Giffen Mare Maupin Reading Voice in British Romantic Literature Debra Fried
Yoshiaki Mihara Reading T. S. Eliot Reading Spinoza Jonathan Culler
Seth Perlow Lyric Ignorance: Technologies of American Poetry Jonathan Culler
Steven Pinkerton Blasphemous Modernism: Profiles in Profanation, from Ulysses to Nightwood Molly Hite
John Edward Robbins Negative Spaces: British Women Playwrights and the Staging of Absence, 1770-1830 Reeve Parker
Cecily Swanson Performances of Authorship in the Modernist Salon Ellis Hanson


Job Placement Record

We take very seriously our responsibility to prepare graduate students to find academic employment, such as teaching or fellowship positions.

For the purposes of documenting our doctoral Placement record, we only count first-time, tenure-track positions obtained within 3 years of completion. Some of our graduate students also find short term positions as Visiting Assistant Professors, and in one, two, and three-year postdoctoral fellowships. We provide extensive support for job seekers not only through colloquia on the profession and special committee supervision, but with step-by-step guidance through the placement process itself.

Name Degree University
Daniel Radus PhD SUNY Cortland
Christine "Xine" Yao PhD University College London
3 PhD students obtained a Post-Doctoral fellowship; 1 PhD student obtained temporary lecturer or visiting professor positions; and 9 MFA students obtained temporary lecturer positions


Name Degree University
Dan Sinykin PhD LaGrange College
Danielle Morgan PhD Santa Clara University
Rose Casey PhD West Virginia University
Avery Slater PhD University of Toronto
4 PhD students obtained a Post-Doctoral fellowship; 1 PhD, student obtained other full-time teaching employment; and 8 MFA students obtained temporary lecturer positions


Name Degree University
Adin Lears PhD SUNY Oswego
Alex Black PhD Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Melissa Gniadek PhD University of Toronto
Jane Kim PhD Biola University
Adhaar Desai PhD Bard College
1 PhD student obtained a Post-Doctoral fellowship; 2 obtained temporary lecturer or visiting professor positions; 2 MFA students obtained writing fellowships; and 8 MFA students obtained temporary lecturer positions


Name Degree University
Karen Bourrier PhD University of Calgary
Brigitte Fielder PhD University of Wisconsin, Madison
James Worley PhD Southern University
Danielle Haque PhD Minnesota State University – Mankato
Jess Keiser PhD Washington and Lee
Brant Torres PhD Univeristy of San Francisco
3 students obtained Post-Doctoral fellowships; 8 obtained temporary lecturer or visiting professor positions; 2 MFA students obtained writing fellowships; one MFA student obtained a professional position at a college


Name Degree University
Catherine Chung MFA Adelphi University
Erin Penner PhD Asbury University
Giffen Maupin PhD Hendrix College
Seth Perlow PhD Oklahoma State University
Alexi Zentner MFA SUNY Binghamton
Chad Bennett PhD University of Texas Austin
Julie Brown MFA / PhD Virginia Military Institute
Ben Glaser PhD Yale University
Colin Dewey PhD California Maritime Academy
10 students obtained short-term academic employment. 1 student obtained other, full-time professional employment.


Name Degree University
Sarah Ensor PhD Portland State University
Bryan Alkemeyer PhD Wooster College
Jonathan Senchyne PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison
Stephanie DeGooyer PhD Willamette University
Matthew Fellion PhD St. Francis Xavier University
David Coombs PhD Clemson University
Robert Lehman PhD Boston College
Natalie Leger PhD City University of New York, Queens
6 students obtained short-term academic employment. 2 students obtained other, full-time professional employment.