GEAR Members

Logan Bearden is a Master's student in Rhetoric and Composition, a Teaching Assistant in the First-Year Composition program, and a Mentor to new TAs. Logan received his B.A. in English Literature from Florida State University in 2010. His research interests include the intersections of Rhetoric and Literature, Medieval Languages and Culture, and Rhetorical Theory. Upon completing his Master's, Logan plans to pursue a PhD and a career as a professor at a major research university.

Charla Hughes is a second year Master's student in the Literature program, focusing on 20th century transnational Modernism. She received her Bachelor's in English and Italian from Vassar College in 2008 and also studied art history at the Università di Siena and the Università di Bologna. Before beginning her studies at FSU, Charla spent three years teaching, writing, and working as a divemaster in Southeast Asia.

Lakey is currently a second year Literature student with a focus in Transnational and Comparative Literature as well as Postcolonial Feminist Theory. She is particularly interested in feminist literature of resistance coming out of indigenous populations in Central America as well as the role of ritual, ceremony and time in the drama of Xicana writer Cherríe Moraga. She has a BA in Philosophy and a BA in Anthropology from University of Colorado at Denver and she previously studied in a Doctoral Program at George Mason University in Cultural Studies. She has a background in the economic, literary and philosophical theories of Karl Marx and Marxist schools of thought developing into a current study of the work of Antonio Negri and Micheal Hardt as well as Latin American ethical philosopher Enrique Dussel.

Previous to her time at FSU she has taught Philosophy and Women Studies as a graduate student at George Mason University and has done several major research projects in Guatemala taking testimonials from women who were raped during the 36 year civil war. She has travelled to work in the areas of witness studies at the academic level all over the world including delivering papers in London, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Buenes Aires, Argentina. The foundation of her critique is based in the primacy of Ethics as first philosophy and grapples with the language of witness literature and literature of resistance in order to focus critical attention on the Other and otherness as the primary foundation for the social and political critique of the domination and exploitation inherent in the current system of neoliberal late capitalism.

During her time at FSU she has been pleased to be a part of the First Year Composition Committee as well as GEAR. She has also served as the Graduate Student leader for the Cultural Theory Reading Group. She is currently teaching ENC 1145 - Writing about The Hunger Games and Globalization.

Adam R. McKee is a second year Ph.D. student in the Literature program. Before attending Florida State University he lived in Ohio, receiving both his B.A. and M.A. from Kent State University. His literary interests include (but are not limited to) International Modernism, Urban Studies, critical theory, and 20th Century Irish literature. When Adam is not locked up reading, grading, and writing you can find him enjoying non-intellectual television shows, watching Florida Marlins baseball, or fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.

Sarah E. Morrow Morrow is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Literature program. Before returning to graduate school, she worked for Corporate America, measured her time in 6-minute "billable hour" increments, and tried to avoid inadvertently breaking available office technology. Sarah holds degrees and professional certificates from the University of Virginia, Emory University, and Georgia State University. Her academic interests include British drama in the long eighteenth century, staged absence, and intersections between literature and the law. Her non-academic interests include alphabetizing, art museums, fine dining, live music, musical theater, and reading all of the Pulitzer Prize winners for fiction.

Taylor Murphy is a second-year doctoral student in the Literature program; her interests include lesser-known British women authors from the long nineteenth century. She regularly teaches the British literature survey and a FYC course focused on Frankenstein and its adaptations. A native Floridian, Taylor received her B.S. from the University of Miami and her M.A. in Literature from FSU in 2011.

Jessica Reidy is a second year MFA student, a First Year Composition instructor, and a Kripalu yoga teacher. She earned her BA in English and Creative writing from Hollins University in Virginia where she won the Hollins Creative Talent Award and the Nancy Thorp Poetry Prize. She is from the forests of New Hampshire, but has also lived in Europe for several years. Previous careers include technical writer and research assistant for Aries Engineering Inc., volunteer for various charities, professional fortune teller, and belly dancer. She is working on her first novel, which draws on her Romani heritage.

Sophie Rosenblum is a doctoral candidate in Creative Writing. She is a graduate of Bard College, Columbia University's Publishing Course, and the University of Houston. A former Rice University Parks Fellow, her fiction has been published in The Iowa Review, New Letters, and American Short Fiction. Her novel-in-progress was recently selected as a finalist for the James Jones Novel Fellowship.

A native Kentuckian, Ron Paul Salutsky holds a BA with a double major in Sociology and English from Western Kentucky University, and an MFA in Creative Writing International from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Now a doctoral candidate in poetry, Ron also serves the English Department’s First-Year Composition Committee, the graduate assistants union (UFF-FSU-GAU), and locally in the Florida Master Gardener Program. Steel Toe Books releases his first poetry collection, Romeo Bones, in 2013.

Laura Smith is a second year MFA student with a concentration in fiction. She is originally from Alabama and received her BA in Creative Writing and Music from Louisiana State University.