PhD News


February 2019

Tanner Underwood published his short story, "Roadhouse," in Kentucky's Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Fiction, from Z Publishing. 


January 2019

Jessica Evans ('17) had a chapter on "Redefining the Gothic Child: An Educational Experiment" published in Literary Cultures and Eighteenth-Century Childhoods by Palgrave Macmillan. 

Jenna Goldsmith ('16) published a chapbook of poems, genesis near the river, from blush books.

Kadee Whaley will be presenting a paper, "Embodied Knowledge and the Rhetoric of Access," at the 2019 Conference on College Composition Communication in March. 


November 2018

Shannon Branfield presented a paper at the 47th annual Victorian Institutes Conference

Zach Griffith passed the first part of his Qualifying Exam.


October 2018

Anna Bedsole won 1st place in the 3 Minute Thesis competition.

Shannon Branfield passed her oral exams in September and presented at the Midwest Conference for British Studies.

Leslie Malland, PhD passed her Prospectus Exam, reached ABD, and was a finalist in the 3MT.

Jennifer Murray has a forthcoming publication, “Embracing Madness: Elie Wiesel’s Madmen and Their Role in His Works” in The Search for Understanding: Elie Wisel’s Literary Works (August 2019, SUNY press).

Emily Naser-Hall presented at the Popular Culture Association of the South Conference and the Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference, and she was the panel moderator for the Horror: Gender and Race panel at the Popular Culture Association of the South Conference. She was the winner of the Gary Burns Graduate Student Paper Award for ""A Girl Is No One: The Metaphor of the Spectral Woman in Game of Thrones and You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine."

Megan Pillow Davis was a finalist for The Baltic Writing Residency's Kentucky Writers Fellowship and had new essays, stories, and poetry published in Electric LiteratureSmokeLong Quarterly, Memoir Mixtapes, Mutha Magazine, The Cabinet of HeedCoffin Bell Journal, Moonchild Magazine, Collective Unrest, and Jellyfish Review. The Electric Literature essay was an Editor's Pick on Longreads and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Amanda Salmon presented at the Popular Culture Association of the South conference in New Orleans.

Rebecca Wiltberger Wiggins ('18) successfully defended her dissertation and began working full time as a high school English teacher at Villa Duchesne, an independent Catholic all-girls high school in St. Louis (and she got married in July!).



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