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)
  • Research Interests: Gender and Sexuality, Queer Theory, Victorian and Modern British Literature, Fragmentation of the Mind
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Nicholas Michael Barber

  • originally from Loudon, TN
  • Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Arkansas
  • Doctoral Dissertation: “Longing for the Divine: Holism in Plato's ‘Theaetetus’ and ‘Sophist’”
  • Research Interests: Literary Theory, Modern/Contemporary American Literature, and Philosophy and 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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Anna Burton

  • originally from Bartlesville, OK
  • B.A. in English, Oklahoma Baptist University (Shawnee, OK)
  • Undergraduate Honors Thesis: “Sexuality, Ethnicity, and Class Distinctions in the Works of Edith Wharton and Willa Cather”
  • Research Interests: Gender and Sexuality Studies, Feminist Theory, Transatlantic Modern and Contemporary Literature
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Emalie Cockrell

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

Sarah Combes

  • originally from Elmore City, OK
  • B.A. in Creative Writing (with a minor in Professional Writing), Oklahoma Baptist University (Shawnee, OK)
  • Research Interests: Medieval and Renaissance Literature; Medieval Celtic Literature
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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
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Brigitta Field

  • originally from Deerfield, NY
  • B.A. in English Literature (with a minor in Linguistics), Utah State University (Logan, UT)
  • Research Interests: Early-Modern British Literature and Drama; Fairy Tales and Mythologies
 

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
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Allison Madura

  • originally from Mahomet, IL
  • B.A. in English (with a minor in Latin and Classical Studies), Illinois State University
  • Undergraduate Honors Thesis: “Giving Voice to Trauma, Race, and Generation: Problematic Rhetoric in the Classroom and the Systematic Silencing of the Traumatized, Marginalized, and Underrepresented
  • Research Interests: Rhetoric and Composition, Medieval Literature and History, Poetics, Gender Theory
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Sheffield Spence

  • originally from Little Rock, AR
  • B.A. in English, University of Mississippi (Oxford, MS)
  • Research Interests: 17th/18th-Century British Literature, Gender Theory, Feminist Theory
 

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
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
 

Autumn Weese

  • originally from Bella Vista, AR
  • B.A. in Creative Writing (with a 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
  • Undergraduate Honors Thesis: “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

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
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
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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
 

Leah Beth Johnston

  • B.A. in Art, Belhaven University (Jackson, MS)
  • M.A. in English, University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg, MS)
  • Research Interests: First-Year Composition and Marginal Rhetorics
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
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Samantha Meeks

  • originally from Sheridan, AR
  • B.A. in English, Arkansas Tech University (Russellville, AR)
  • M.A. in English, Arkansas Tech University (Russellville, AR)
  • Research Interests: 18th- and 19th-Century British Literature and Utopian/Dystopian Studies
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
 

Ann Riley-Adams

  • originally from Los Angeles, CA
  • B.A. in English, University of California, Los Angeles, and University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond, OK)
  • M.A. in English, University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond, OK)
  • M.A. Thesis: “Elis Gruffydd and Welsh Identity in the Sixteenth Century”
  • Research Interests: Literary History; Medieval Celtic Literature; Medieval and Early Modern English and Welsh History
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 
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Katie Wilson

  • originally from Diamondhead, MS
  • B.A. in English, Millsaps College (Jackson, MS)
  • Undergraduate Honors Thesis, “Coming of Age in Shakespeare's Cymbeline
  • M.Ed. in Higher Education, University of Arkansas
  • Research Interests: Technical Writing, Institutional Rhetorics, Critical Discourse Analysis, Community Literacy, Visual Rhetorics