Graduate Student Profiles

M.A. Students

 

Patrick Angyal

  • originally from North Little Rock, AR
  • B.A. in English (with minors in German and Medieval and Renaissance Studies), University of Arkansas
  • Undergraduate Honors Thesis: “‘Cleanly-Wantonnesse’: Classical and Christian Themes in the Poetry of Robert Herrick”
  • Research Interests: Medieval Literature and Culture, Linguistics on the side
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Gracie Bain

  • originally from Searcy, AR
  • B.A. in English and Philosophy (with a minor in Women and Gender Studies), Arkansas State University (Jonesboro, AR)
  • Gender and Sexuality, Queer Theory, Victorian and Modern British Literature, Fragmentation of the Mind
 

Justin Barfield

  • originally from Rayville, LA
  • B.A. in English and Journalism, University of Arkansas
  • Research Interests: Modern/Contemporary American Literature and Film; Media Impact and Effects; Stereotypes and Prejudice; Popular Culture; Gender Studies; and Fantasy Literature
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Dana Turner Blair

  • originally from Lowell, AR
  • B.A. in English (with an emphasis in Creative Writing), University of Arkansas
  • Research Interests: Pedagogical Strategies; Rhetoric, Literacy, and Composition; English Linguistics
 

Andy Blume

  • originally from Fayetteville, AR
  • B.A. in English, University of Arkansas
  • Research Interests: Comics Studies
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Luke Carothers

  • originally from Pickerington, Ohio
  • B.A. in English, Ohio Dominican University (Columbus, OH)
  • Research Interests: Aesthetic Response Theory; Tolkien Studies; Modern American Literature
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Emalie Cockrell

  • originally from northwest Arkansas
  • B.A. in English and Creative Writing (minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies), University of Arkansas
  • Research Interests: Medieval Language; Philology; Medieval Religious Women; Tolkien Studies
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Coty Darst

  • originally from Bentonville, AR
  • B.A. in English, University of Arkansas
  • Research Interests: Modern American Literature; Rhetoric and Composition Studies; Political Rhetorics
 

Isaiah Desmond

  •  originally from Garden Valley, TX
  • B.A. in English, College of the Ozarks (Point Lookout, MO)
  • Research Interests: Modernist American Literature; 19th-Century Russian Literature
 

Robert Ellis

  • originally from Magnolia, AR
  • B.A. in English (with a minor in History), Southern Arkansas University (Magnolia, AR)
  • Research Interests: Southern Literature; Regionalism; and Local Color Fiction
 

Erin Gloster

  • originally from Texarkana, AR
  • B.A. in English and Political Science, Texas A&M University-Texarkana
  • Research Interests: Modern American Literature; Gender Studies and Queer Theory; Popular Culture 
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Emily Holmes

  • originally from Henderson, TX
  • B.A. in English, Hendrix College (Conway, AR)
  • Research Interests: 19th-Century British Literature; Southern Literature; Gender Theory
 

Sait Ibisi

  • originally from Mitrovica, Kosovo
  • B.A. in English Language and Literature, Fatih University (Istanbul, Turkey)
  • Research Interests: Post-Modern English Literature; Rhetoric and Composition Studies
Michel LaCrue

Michel LaCrue

  • originally from Colorado
  • B.A. in Rhetoric and Writing (with a minor in Creative Writing and Geography), University of Arkansas--Fort Smith
  • Research Interests: Rhetoric and Composition Pedagogy; Feminist Theory as it relates to Third Wave and the Other; Political Rhetoric of Super PACs; Historical Political Rhetoric
Brittany Marcotte

Brittany Marcotte

 
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Kimberly Marquez

  • originally from North Hollywood, CA
  • B.A. in English Language Literatures, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Research Interests: 18th- and 19th-Century British Literature and Culture; History of Science and Technology; Critical Theory; Postcolonial Theory; Quantum Theory; Feminist, Queer, and Trans Theory 
D. Morledge

David Morledge

  • originally from Little Rock, AR; from Northwest Arkansas past ten years
  • B.A. in English (with a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies), University of Arkansas
  • Research Interests: Medieval Literature and Culture (especially in translation)
 

Mitchell Simpson

  • originally from Dallas, TX
  • B.A. in German, University of Arkansas
  • Research Interests: Medieval Language; Religion; Folklore; Philology
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John Stout

  • B.A. in English, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Vermont College of Fine Arts
  • Research Interests: 20th- and 21st-Century American/British Literature
 

Vanessa Sweet

  • originally from Minneapolis, MN
  • B.A. in English Literature, Oral Roberts University (Tulsa, OK)
  • Research Interests: Modernist Literature; Women's Literature; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Literary Criticism
Allison Treese

Allison Treese

  • originally from Rogers, AR
  • B.A. in English and Cultural Anthropology, University of Arkansas
  • Research Interests: Medieval Literature and Culture; Gender Studies
Cannon Varnell

Cannon Varnell

  • B.A. in Anthropology (with heavy emphasis in linguistics), University of Arkansas
  • Research Interests: Composition Pedagogy; Anthropological Linguistics; Technical and Professional Writing; Cultural and Literary Rhetoric of Ghosts and Hauntings
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Renee Vincent

  • originally from Detroit, MI
  • B.A. in English and Sociology, University of New Orleans
  • Research Interests: Feminist Theory and Gender Studies; Southern Literature; New Orleans Literature; Critical Race Theory; Juvenile Justice Reform/Prison Reform
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Kate Voss

  • originally from Malvern, AR
  • B.A. in English, University of Arkansas
  • Research Interests: Cultural Studies
 

Autumn Weese

  • originally from Bella Vista, AR
  • B.A. in Creative Writing (with minor in History), John Brown University (Siloam Springs, AR)
  • Research Interests: Romantic; Medieval; Science Fiction/Fantasy Literature
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Noel Wheeler

  • originally from Hot Springs, AR
  • B.A. in English, University of Arkansas
  • “The Paradigm of Superheroes: The Birth and Transformation of an Icon's Definition and Social Usage within the Realm of Comic Books”
  • Research Interests: Adaptation of Literature; History's Influence on Written Text
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Amanda White

  • originally from Little Rock, AR
  • B.A. in History and English (with a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies), University of Arkansas
  • Research Interests: Medieval Literature and Culture

Ph.D. Students

Chris Borntrager

Chris Borntrager

  • B.A. in English, College of the Ozarks (Point Lookout, MO)
  • M.A. in English, University of Arkansas
  • M.A. Thesis: “Mechanisms and Implications of Identity Hybridization in Online Advertorials”
  • Research Interests: Rhetoric and Composition Studies
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Meagon Clarkson-Guyll

  • originally from Springdale, AR
  • B.A. in Psychology (with a minor in Communication) (2008) and B.A. in English (2012), University of Arkansas
  • M.Ed. in Higher Education, University of Arkansas
  • Research Interests: Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies; Composition Placement, Assessment, and Pedagogy
Uyen Dang

Uyen Dang

  • originally from Binh Duong, Vietnam
  • B.A. in English Linguistics and Literature, University of Social Sciences and Humanities (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
  • M.A. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), University of Canberra (Australia)
  • Research Interests: Rhetoric and Composition; Ethnography of Literacy; TESOL and Second Language Writing
Erin Daugherty

Erin Daugherty

  • originally from Stephenville, TX
  • B.A. in English, Abilene Christian University
  • M.A. in English, Abilene Christian University
  • Research Interests: North American Indigenous Literature; contemporary poetry and poetics; postcolonial theory; rhetoric of space and place; and globalization
Christopher Eaton

Christopher Eaton

  • originally from Rochester, NY
  • B.A. in English and Creative Writing, Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH)
  • M.A. in English, University of Buffalo (Buffalo, NY)
  • M.F.A. in Poetry, University of Iowa
  • Research Interests: The American Avant-Garde Tradition, Southern/Rural Gothic, Folklore, Vernacular Literature, Poetics
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Kristen Figgins

  • B.A. in English, The University of Texas of the Permian Basin
  • M.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing, University of Louisiana
  • M.A. Thesis: “You May Find It Very Minute: Fictions and Fabulations”
  • Research Interests: Fabulism, Magic(al) Realism, Transatlantic/Transpacific Literature, Comic Books
Sharon Fox

Sharon Fox

  • originally from Dundee, Scotland
  • B.A. in English and B.A. in History (with minors in Gender Studies and Medieval/Renaissance Studies), University of Arkansas
  • M.A. in English, University of Arkansas
  • M.A. Thesis: “Dandy as Disease: Gender Hygiene and British Nineteenth-century Literature”
  • Research Interests: Victorian Masculinities, Gender Studies, 19th-Century Dystopian Literature
 

Jonathan Green

  • B.A. in English, University of Arkansas
  • M.A. in English, University of Arkansas
  • M.A. Thesis: “Playing Devil's Advocate: The Attractive Shakespearean Villain”
  • Research Interests: Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy; Composition Pedagogy; Discourse Analysis; Linguistics; Music Theory
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Rachel Hancock

  • originally from El Dorado, AR
  • B.A. in English, University of Arkansas
  • M.A. in English, University of Arkansas
  • Research Interests: Rhetoric and Composition Studies; First-Year Composition; Humor in Literature; Stand-Up Comedy
Nathan Haydon

Nathan Haydon

  • B.A. in English and Classical Studies, Austin College (Sherman, TX)
  • M.A. in Ministry, Nashotah House Theological Seminary (Nashotah, WI)
  • Research Interests: English Reformation and Restoration Eras, Writings of John Milton, The Book of Common Prayer
Garrett Jeter

Garrett Jeter

  • originally from Charleston, WV
  • B.A. in Classics, Hampden-Sydney College (Farmville, VA)
  • M.A. in Classics, University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign
  • J.D., John Marshall Law School (Atlanta, GA)
  • Research Interests:  The Gothic Novel, Romanticism and the Romantic Movement, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Classical Literature and the Epic, Classic Christian Literature, Utopic and Dystopic Literature, Phenomenology, Epistemology, Space and Time in Literature, Narratology and Narrative
Luis Marin

 Luis Marin

  • B.A. in English and Creative Writing, University of Arkansas
  • M.A. in English, University of Arkansas
  • Research Interests: Modern American Literature and Contemporary American Literature
MaryKate Messimer

MaryKate Messimer

  • B.A. in English, University of North Texas (Denton, TX)
  • M.A. in English, University of North Texas (Denton, TX)
  • Research Interests: Gender Theory, 20th-Century American Literature, Modern and Contemporary Drama, Speculative Fiction
Sam Morris

Sam Morris

  • originally from Chattanooga, TN
  • B.A. in Honors English (with minors in American Studies, Japanese, and Women’s Studies), University of Tennessee
  • Undergraduate Honors Thesis: “Jeanette Winterson’s Bodies: Pitting Desire against the Body in The Passion, Written on the Body, and The.PowerBook
  • University Honors Project: “Morality in the American West: The Origins of Evil in Stephen King’s The Stand and Desperation
  • M.A. in English, University of Tennessee
  • M.A. Thesis: “The Anxiety Behind Gynocriticism: Contemporary Application of Gilbert & Gubar’s The Madwoman in the Attic
  • Research Interests: Young Adult Literature; Feminist Theory and Gender Studies; British Novels of the Long 19th Century; Dystopian Fiction; Film Studies; Popular Novels and Film  
 

Timothy Nelson

  • B.S. in English, University of Wisconsin--River Falls
  • M.A. in Instruction, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
  • M.A. in English, University of Arkansas
  • Research Interests: Middle English and Welsh Literature and History, Medieval Chronicles, Galfridian Studies, and Arthurian Literature
Michael Pitts

Michael Pitts

  • B.S. in Business Administration (Accounting), Samford University (Birmingham, AL)
  • M.A. in English, University of Alabama--Birmingham
  • M.A. in Secondary Education, Samford University (Birmingham, AL)
  • Research Interests: Modern American Literature and Film, Southern Literature, and Feminist Theory
L. Sadegh Beigi

Leila Sadegh Beigi

  • originally from Tehran, Iran
  • B.A. in English Language and Literature, University of Tehran
  • M.A. in English Language Teaching, Islamic Azad University
  • Research Interests: Persian Women Writers
Erin Smith

Erin Smith

  • B.A. in French, Lyon College (Batesville, AR)
  • M.F.A. in Creative Writing (poetry focus), University of Arkansas
  • Research Interests: British and American Gothic Literature, Monsters/Monstrosity, and the interconnected issues of Gender, Class,
    and Knowledge
Tessa Swehla

Tessa Swehla

  • originally from Leavenworth, KS
  • B.A. in English, John Brown University (Siloam Springs, AR)
  • M.A. in English, University of Arkansas
  • M.A. Thesis: “The Two-Sided Coin: Madness and Laughter as Subversion in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and The Sandman
  • Research Interests: Modern American Literature, Gender and Intersectionality Theory, Humor, and Multi-modal and Non-traditional Media
Taylor Weeks

Taylor Weeks

  • B.A. in English, University of Arkansas
  • M.A. in English, University of Arkansas
  • Research Interests: Rhetoric and Composition Studies 
Sara West

Sara West

  • originally from New Tazewell, TN
  • B.A. in English, Lincoln Memorial University (Harrogate, TN)
  • M.A. in Literature and Language, East Tennessee State University
  • Research Interests: Rhetoric and Composition, Social Media Methodologies and Pedagogies, New Media Studies, Digital Literacies, Technical and Professional Writing, Appalachian Studies