Sarah Afzal is a PhD student in Literature focusing on Postcolonial literature and Gender Studies. She is particularly interested in exploring the marginalized, othered, and socially and politically repressed voices and identities in postcolonial societies and the shift from grand narratives to individual voices. Sarah has an MA in Literature from Florida State University and a Bachelors in Humanities from Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan. She currently teaches composition and literature courses in the English department.
Desire Ameigh is a MA student in Literature. She completed her BA in Literature at Florida State University and has recently taken interest in the influence of Modernism and Postmodernism on the theoretical framework of major figures like Simone de Beauvoir and Jean Paul Sartre. In addition to her graduate assistantship, she is an intern at the League of Women Voters of Florida.
Kimberly Tate Anderson is a PhD candidate who specializes in Medieval literature with a minor concentration on manuscript studies and early print culture. Her special research interests lie in Middle English Romance and cultural shifts post-Norman Conquest. She has presented papers at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, the Southeastern Medieval Association, and Medieval Association of the Midwest. She serves as an assistant editor for the Spring 2016 issues of Hortulus: the Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies.
Heather Bailey is a PhD student in Literature who focuses on early modern literature. She holds a BA in Political Science from SUNY Oneonta and an MA in Renaissance Literature from the University of York in the United Kingdom. Her specific areas of interest include medicine and classical reception. She teaches composition and literature courses in the English department.
Anna Bighta is a PhD student in Literature. She studies Romantic and Victorian literature and is part of the History of Text Technologies program. She received her BA from Emory University in Atlanta and her MA from the University of Georgia in Athens. Her interests are book illustration, realisms, and the development of the 19th century British novel.
Emily Childers is an MA student in Literature with special interest in postcolonial and feminist literature. She earned her BA in English literature from Florida State with a minor in psychology.
Ashley Christensen is a PhD student specializing in 20th century British Literature with an emphasis in Contemporary Literature. Her research interests include adaptation theory, popular culture, and current female authors, such as Angela Carter, Margaret Atwood, Pat Barker, and Geraldine Brooks. She received her BA in English with a minor in Psychology in 2012 at Northern Arizona University, followed by her MA, with distinction, in Literature in 2015, also at Northern Arizona University. She was the vice-president of the Graduate English Organization at NAU and presented various papers titled "Isolation and Censorship in Pat Barker's Regeneration" and "Testimonies of Sexual Violence in Arundhati Roy's God of Small Things and Laura Gray-Rosendale's College Girl" at the Peaks Interdisciplinary Conference in 2014 and 2015.
Taylor Clement is a doctoral candidate in Renaissance literature and History of Text Technologies. She is a recipient of the Harold and Janet Gordon Fellowship and is currently working on a dissertation on early modern illustrated books. She has advised entries on Troilus and Cressida, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Shakespeare and the Graphic Novel for Gale Cengage's Shakespearean Criticism Series. Her article, "Moveable Types: The De-Individuated Portrait in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction," is forthcoming in Renaissance Studies.
Matt Dauphin is a PhD candidate in post-1900s American literature and culture, specializing in speculative fiction. His article, "Pushing Daisies Away: Community Through Isolation," is published in The Television World of Pushing Daisies: Critical Essays on the Bryan Fuller Series. In addition to his work as a teacher and the assistant to the Literature program, he is the President of Graduate Assistants United, the labor union for graduate assistants at FSU.
Phil Grech is a PhD Literature student specializing in American literature and culture before 1900. His research interests include philosophy, social sciences, politics, protests, revolutions, insurgencies, affect theory, and crowd theory. He has presented papers at the Northeast Modern Language Association, How to Feel About Affect conference at the University of Florida, and others. He teaches composition and American Literature courses. Phil has an MA in English from Florida State University and a BA in English and philosophy from Flagler College (St. Augustine, FL).
Christopher Jensen is a PhD student in transnational medieval literature with research interests in mythography, reception theory, and popular religious devotion. He has presented papers on Margery Kempe, Boethius, and C. S. Lewis, among other subjects, at several international conferences. He is a graduate of the Frederick M. Supper Honors Program at Palm Beach Atlantic University and holds an MA in medieval literature from Florida State University.
Madeleine Kahl is an MA student in Literature specializing in experimental fiction and queer studies. Her research interests include feminist and queer theory, silenced voices, and various dialects. Maddie received her BA from Florida State University, with a double major in Women's Studies and English Literature.
Munib A Khan is a Pakistani fiction writer pursuing a PhD at Florida State University. He holds an MFA from Purdue University. His fiction has been shortlisted for the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize and is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner. He has worked for Banipal and Wasafiri magazines in the UK. He has won fellowships and awards from Toor Cummings Center (CT) and National Society of Arts and Letters (IN).
Heejin Kim is a PhD student in English literature focusing in early modern plays. He received his BA and MA in English Literature from Seoul National University.
Margaret Mahan is an MA student in the history of text technologies. Her research interests include textual materiality, genetic criticism, digressive narrative, the archive, and the role of space in visual and material cultures. Her recent article, "A Kind of Alchemy" is published in Hand Papermaking Magazine (2016). She has presented on the intersection of traditional book arts and social action at University of St Andrews, Strzemiński Academy of Art in Łódź, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Royal College of Art, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the recipient of the Cultural Exchange Fellowship from the Turkish Cultural Foundation (2012), and a Harmon-Bickley Travel Award for her participation in the Samuel Beckett Summer School at Trinity College (2016). Her work in the book arts has been exhibited internationally and is archived at the Library of Congress and Yale University.
Molly Marotta is a PhD student in Literature with a focus on Restoration and 18th century British literature. Her research interests include the triangulation of women writers, scientific inquiry, and drama. She received her MA in English from the University of Maryland, College Park, and her BA in English and Philosophy from Boston College.
Emilie Mears is a PhD student in twentieth-century American literary and cultural studies. With a BA in Humanities and a Masters in Liberal Studies from Rollins College, her interests are interdisciplinary, including art, philosophy, and environmental studies. She has work published in Rollins Scholarship and in Confluence. She has also presented work at the IWCA/NCPTW 2013 and 2014 Conferences, the 2014 Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs Conference, and the 2015 Summer Institute of American Philosophy Conference.
Hannah Menendez is an MA student in literature. Her interests lie in postcolonial and transnational literature, specifically the contribution of migrant and refugee narratives to multiculturalism. She graduated with a BA in English from the Frederick M. Supper Honors Program at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Danielle Mercier is an MA student in nineteenth-century American literature. Her research focuses on women's literacy along with their participation both within the private sphere and the public sphere. In addition, she focuses on the issues surrounding the segregation narrative and the portrayal of mixed-race characters in literature. She is presenting a paper at the 2016 SAMLA Conference. She has a BA in History from Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Rita Mookerjee is a PhD student specializing in contemporary postcolonial literature and queer theory. Her research interests include Caribbean fiction, performance theory, and iterations of deviant sexuality. Most recently, her work has been featured at the Midatlantic Popular and American Culture Association, the National Association of African American Studies, and in publications such as Palaver Journal and Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy. She was the 2015 recipient of the May Alexander Ryburn Fellowship at FSU. She earned her MA in Literature from Temple University.
Patrick Osborne is a PhD candidate in post-1900 American literature and cultural studies. He received his BA in English from the University of Georgia and earned his MA at Georgia State University. Much of his recent scholarship examines representations of deviant behavior in contemporary literature and popular culture. His articles, "Evaluating the Presence of Social Strain in Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto IV" and "Finding Glee in a High School Hell: Social Bonding as Salvation for the Adolescent Pariah," appear in Studies in Popular Culture. His work can also be found in Popular Culture Review and Literature and Belief.
Wayne Reed is a PhD student studying the cross-section of literature and politics in the early republic and antebellum periods of the United States. He has presented papers at the Southern American Studies Association and the Charles Brockden Brown Society Conference. He is researching the figure of the demagogue and how it is featured in the cultural imagination in the US during the early republic. He received his MA in Literature from University of New Mexico.
Michelle Sherwin is an MA student in Literature. Her interests include 19th and 20th century American literature, with a specific focus in gender studies. She received her Bachelor's from Florida State University, with a double major in Media Communication Studies and English Literature.
Esther Spencer is a McKnight fellow who received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Applied Social Science in history from Florida A&M University. She is pursuing a PhD in African American Literature, and her essay "Across Border Lines: Genevia Valentine Dial Reid, Florida's First Black Registered Nurse" was published in Varieties of Women's Experience: Portraits of Southern Women in the Post Civil War Century, edited by Canter Brown, Jr. and Larry Eugene Rivers. Her current research investigates black women's discourse of labor in the antebellum and postbellum South.
Megan Tilley is an MA in Literature. Her focus is on 21st century contemporary literature, particularly works that explore the themes of apocalypse and the utopia/dystopia binary.
Thomas Tooley is a PhD student in English Literature, specializing in post-1945 transatlantic/transnational fiction. His research interests include modern and contemporary fiction and poetry, gender studies, cinema, and literary/cultural theory. Thomas earned his BFA in film studies at the University of Colorado Boulder and his MA in English literature from the University of Colorado Denver, where he graduated with an emphasis in modernism and gender studies. He is the recipient of the Elliot Butt Loyless doctoral fellowship, the Harmon-Bickley Travel Award, and a tuition bursary from Trinity College Dublin for their annual Samuel Beckett Summer School. Prior to his work at FSU and during his MA, Thomas also worked as a high school English teacher in Arvada, Colorado.
Michael M. Wagoner is a PhD student specializing in early modern drama and performance. He has begun dissertation work in which he is investigating non-linguistic theatricality in the work of Shakespeare and his contemporary John Fletcher. He has most recently had an article published in New Theatre Quarterly and a chapter in the collection Shaping Shakespeare for Performance (Farleigh Dickinson UP, 2015). He completed his MFA and MLitt in Shakespeare and Performance at Mary Baldwin College and was a member of Roving Shakespeare, the program's first Company Model MFA. In the theatre, he is a director, dramaturge, and actor not only for productions of Shakespeare and his contemporaries but also for modern and contemporary drama.
Nathan Walters is an MA candidate in Literature specializing in Southern literature and culture, particularly the expression and representation of gender, sexual, and racial identities within these contexts. He is also interested in Victorian, Romantic, and early American fiction. He received a Bachelor's degree in Literature from Florida State University.
Cocoa M. Williams is a PhD student in African American Literary and Cultural Studies with a minor concentration in American Modernism and Black Diasporic Modernism. Her research interests include African American women's literature, black modernity, modern African American art, folklore, and African American writer's relationships with the classics, among other interests. She has a BA in English (2005) and a BA in Philosophy (2005) from Valdosta State University. She completed an MA in English at Clemson University in 2007. Cocoa Williams is the recipient of the Ruth Yost Memorial Scholarship, the Leslie N. Wilson-Auzenne Assistantship, and the Bryan Hall Teaching Award. Cocoa's scholarship is forthcoming in the MLA Options for Teaching: Teaching the Harlem Renaissance. Ms. Williams is also a published poet. Her poetry is forthcoming in Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose and december magazine. Cocoa serves on the Graduate Student Library Advisory Board and also the Graduate English Student Organization (G.E.S.O).