Selected recent graduates of the English Department’s BA and MA programs discuss their plans, including further graduate study, and the preparation they have received from the English Department (see also profiles of some of our earlier alumni):
Sean Burlingame (MA 2018)
A co-recipient of the 2018 Richard M. Summers Graduate Essay Prize for his essay “Queer Power and Hegemonic Subversion in Funny Boy,” Sean is taking time off after the MA while preparing to apply to PhD programs for the following year.
Darryn Edwards (BA 2018)
Darryn was a recipient of 2018 Ernest Gray Award, in recognition of his essay on Shyam Selvadurai. He has entered the MA program in English at Miami University of Ohio. His primary interests include postcolonial, transnational, and queer literature.
- Darryn talks about his professors at UT, the Honors program in English, and his plans for graduate school
Joe Heidenescher (BA 2015, MA 2018)
Joe participated in the Honors program in English as an undergraduate and later was co-editor of The Mill, a student-run literary magazine sponsored by the English Department. Joe is now studying in the PhD program in English at Howard University.
Zainab Hussein (BA 2018)
Zainab was the English Department’s 2018 Outstanding Student. She won the 2018 Shapiro Prize for Best Thesis in the English Honors program and was awarded multiple Dean’s Essay Awards for her creative writing. She is now attending the MFA program in creative writing at the University of California at Irvine.
Marisa Mercurio (MA 2018)
Marisa was co-editor of The Mill literary magazine during her time at UT. While an MA student, she was awarded the English Department’s Graduate Teaching Fellowship to teach ENGL 2710: Reading Fiction. Marisa has entered the PhD program in English at Michigan State University.
Jacob Ray (MA 2018)
Jacob was a co-recipient of the 2018 Richard M. Summers Graduate Essay Prize for his “Subjective Fanatics: Muslim American Livelihood in Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced.” He is teaching while considering applying to PhD programs in the fall of 2018.
- Jacob describes the elements of his UT coursework that have most influenced his thinking and future plans
Thomas Rushin (MA 2018)
Savannah Xaver (BA 2016, MA 2018)
As an undergraduate, Savannah was awarded the Dean’s Essay Prize for her Departmental Honors thesis on the violence of motherhood in Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Coriolanus. She will continue to study Renaissance literature in the PhD program at Western Michigan University.
- Savannah discusses her preparation for academic work in the undergraduate and graduate programs in English at UT.
Phil Zaborowski (BA 2018)
Phil was awarded the 2017 Nicholas and Gail Conrad Scholarship on the basis of his essay on the role of the English major in contemporary society. He is now in the PhD program in English at the University of Iowa, where he intends to study modern American literature.
Other recent graduates
Melody Beerbower: Masters program in education at UT
Maggie Chappuies: English instructor for the Teaching Assistant Program in France
Keith Crossman: UT MA program in English
Jacob DeBrock: MA program in English at the University of Louisville
Emily Grubbs: Internship advisor, The Washington Center, Washington, DC
Faith Snyder: UT MA program in English
Lauren Patterson: UT MA program in English
Patrick Cook: Composition instructor, UT
Erin Gariepy: Faculty advisor, The Independent Collegian
Karly Pahl: Program Staff, Wood County Park District
Clara VanEnkevort: Composition instructor, UT