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In the 2022-2023 school year, the ECL congratulated a great number of our doctoral and masters students on the completion of their degree. Today we’re excited to spotlight a few of our recent masters and doctoral graduates who have recently received exciting job and academic placements!

Josy Raheem, who completed her thesis, “A More Distinct Idea: Jonathan Richardson’s Practical Criticism” (dir. Jessica Wolfe) and graduated with her masters this past spring, has been admitted into Yale University’s English PhD program. 

Liz Shand, who completed her dissertation, “Defining the Industrial Book: Material Agencies and Print Cultures in Britain, 1814-1855” (dir. Kim Stern) this past spring, recently started her new role as the Digital Collections Librarian at Dartmouth College. There, she collaborates with Special Collections and digital project specialists to develop digital collections of library materials. The position continues her work at UNC, where she’s brought together book history, media studies, and digital humanities. In pursuit of these interests, she has earned a certificate in digital humanities; attended workshops at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute and the Rare Book School; partnered with Wilson Special Collections Library to build exhibits and develop teaching materials; led a lecture series on the history of the book; and worked at the William Blake Archive. In her research, she’s been interested in broadening who we see as “agents” in book culture, and says that she’s excited to continue this work at Dartmouth by developing collections that center underrepresented voices.

Eric Bontempo also completed his dissertation, “Reverent Romanticism: Anthologizing Romantic Poetry in Victorian Devotional Literature” (dir. Jeanne Moskal), last spring. This fall he will be stepping into the exciting position of Assistant Professor of English at Abilene Christian University.

We are also excited to spotlight’s Rachel Warner’s placement as Faculty Lecturer at the University of Oklahoma! Warner’s dissertation, “Inverts, Tomboys, and Drag Kings: Female Masculinities in Modernist American Literature and Culture, 1890-1940,” examines cultural representations of female masculinity in Anglo-American high modernism and the Harlem Renaissance. At UNC, she regularly taught classes on horror literature and media, gender and sexuality studies, and English composition.

This fall, PhD candidate Carly Schnitzler will be joining the faculty of the University Writing Program at Johns Hopkins as a full-time Lecturer. The UWP is a recently independent writing program contributing to a general education transformation at Hopkins, with writing in the foreground. Schnitzler expresses her excitement to be joining this collaborative, student-centered, and innovative program.

PhD candidate Sarah Walton is excited to expand on the DH work she’s done with UNC’s DIL and as part of her dissertation in her new role as Assistant Professor of English at Marshall University. Her area of specialty is the digital humanities, so she’ll be teaching classes housed within the English department and within Marshall’s DH minor program. Walton explains, “ECL does a great job making sure that graduate students get a range of useful teaching experiences, and I think that my teaching the 105i-DH course here will be essential for developing courses for Marshall.”  She continues, “The students at MU seem enthusiastic and motivated to take on the challenge of bringing the digital into the literature classroom, and I am likewise enthusiastic to help them do so!”

A huge congratulations to these individuals and to all the ECL graduate students who have recently received exciting placements!

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