PhD News



Academic Year 2020-2021

Alex Menrisky (PhD '19) has a book, Wild Abandon, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. He  accepted an offer as a tenure-track assistant professor at the University of Connecticut, starting in July 2021

Megan Pillow (PhD '20) has a Distinguished Story in the Best American Short Stories 2020. She has accepted the position of Co-Editor of Roxane Gay's new newsletter The Audacity

Brandon West (3rd year PhD) was selected to receive the UK Association of Emeriti Faculty Fellowship. His book, At the Edge of Existence: Liminality in Horror Cinema Since the 1970s, is forthcoming with McFarland. 



Academic Year 2019-2020

Shannon Branfield (4th year PhD) presented at the Midwest Conference on British Studies,"'They Watched Each Other': Marital Surveillance in Sensation Fiction," and attended the Dickens Universe.

Kendall Sewell (3rd year PhD) presented a paper called "Zombies and Us" at the Annual Conference of the Cultural Studies Association, held this year at Tulane University.

Andrew Beutel ('19) was nominated for the 2019 Teachers Who Made a Difference Award, sponsored by the UK College of Education. 

Kyle Eveleth, along with co-editor Joseph Michael Sommers (Central Michigan University), published an edited volume on the graphic works of Neil Gaiman: The Artistry of Neil Gaiman: Finding Light in the Shadows (University Press of Mississippi).

Margaret  Kelly (3rd year PhD) received the Outstanding Literature TA of the Year Award.
Leslie Malland, (4th year PhD) was the recipient of the Ben Wathen Black Memorial Graduate Scholarship in British Literature, as well as a UK Summer Stipend.
Jannell McConnell Parsons was the first place winner of this year's GradTeach Live competition! Her talk -- "Centering Student Agency: Target Public Audiences and Oral Histories in Appalachia" -- came out of a WRD course she teaches in partnership with the Nunn Center and discussed how she and her students work together to create meaningful projects with real-world audiences. 


Academic Year 2018-2019

Rachel Carr (4th year PhD) was one of the recipients of the Rappis Endowment for Graduate Student Research, she also won the Provost's Outstanding Teaching Award, and  accepted a position to join the faculty at Lindsey Wilson College, as an Assistant Professor of English.

Margaret Kelly (3rd year PhD) presented at NeMLA.
Leslie Malland, (4th year PhD) received a UK Travel Grant, and was a finalist in the 3MT.
Emily Naser-Hall (end year PhD) presented "A Girl Is No One: The Spectral Woman in Game of Thrones and You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine" at 50th Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association. She also  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."

Anna Bedsole (5th year PhD) won the “People's Choice Award” at the final round of the Regional 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) Competition at the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools, Knoxville, TN. Anna was the only Humanities candidate in the entire competition which included 45 competitors from universities across the south. Of the 45 competitors, only eight candidates went into the final round. She also won 1st place in the 3 Minute Thesis competition.

Tanner Underwood (2nd year PhD) published his short story, "Roadhouse," in Kentucky's Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Fiction, from Z Publishing. 

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. 

Shannon Branfield presented a paper at the 47th annual Victorian Institutes Conference, and presented Midwest Conference for British Studies.

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).

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) 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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