Recent Graduates

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)

Sean BurlingameA 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 webDarryn 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.

Joe Heidenescher (BA 2015, MA 2018)

Joe HeidenescherJoe 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 HusseinZainab 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 MercurioMarisa 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 RayJacob 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.

Thomas Rushin (MA 2018)

Thomas RushinThomas has a unique dual specialty in medieval literature and African-American literature. He is now studying in the PhD program in English at the University of Texas at Austin.

Savannah Xaver (BA 2016, MA 2018)

Savannah XaverAs 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.

Phil Zaborowski (BA 2018)

Phil ZaborowskiPhil 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

BA 2018
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

MA 2017
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

See also the careers and graduate programs of some of our recent MA graduates.

The English MA in Literature class of 2018

The English MA in Literature class of 2018

English Department graduates, accompanied by Drs. Lundquist and Gregory, at the 2018 College of Arts and Letters Honors and Awards Ceremony

English Department graduates (and one rising senior), accompanied by Drs. Lundquist and Gregory, at the 2018 College of Arts and Letters Honors and Awards Ceremony