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Erica Sabelawski

August 12, 2019
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2012, BA English, Saint Michael’s College

2018, MA English, University of Colorado at Boulder


Erica studies women’s literature from the Romantic era and the American Civil War with a focus on infrastructure, the history of the book, memory and trauma studies, and intellectual history.

Katharine Henry

February 15, 2019


2015, English MA, California State University Los Angeles

2013, English BA, University of California Berkeley

2013, Political Science BA, University of California Berkeley


I am a PhD student studying social reform in nineteenth-century American literature and culture, especially in regards to gender and sexuality. I am interested in how literature of the period engages with the free love movement and utopianism. The Oneida Community and Brook Farm are two experimental utopian communities of great interest to me. Additional areas of interest include: women’s writing, sentimental fiction, gothic literature, African American literature, and the American Civil War.


  • Matthew Teutsch and Katharine Henry, “‘Memories wasn’t a place, memories was in the mind’: the Gothic in Ernest J. Gaines’s The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,” Mississippi Quarterly vol. 68, no. 3-4 (2015): 511-530.


  • Caroline H. and Thomas S. Royster Fellow, UNC Graduate School, 2015-2020
  • Future Faculty Fellowship Program, UNC Center for Faculty Excellence, Spring 2018
  • Jamie Guilbeau and Thelma Guilbeau Collections Research Grant, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Department of History and Geography, 2017-2018
  • Robert Bain Award for Excellence in Southern Literature, UNC English Department, 2016-2017
  • Initiative for Minority Excellence Scholar, UNC Graduate School, 2015-2020

Benjamin Kylan Rice

September 24, 2018


2014, BA English, Brigham Young University

2017, MFA Creative Writing, Colorado State University


Kylan Rice studies nineteenth and twentieth-century American poetry and poetics.




  • “A ‘Correspondence of Eyes with Eyes’: Edwin Arlington Robinson, Empathy, and Literary Naturalism,” CR: The New Centennial Review, vol. 20, no. 3, December 2020, pp. 179 – 205.
  • “‘In Couples, In Small Companies’: On Robert Duncan and Sentimental Modernism.” Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, & Theory, vol. 76, no. 2, Summer 2020, pp. 87-113.
  • “‘Some Other’s Text’: Dan Beachy-Quick, Moby-Dick, and the Poetics of Reading.” Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, vol. 21, no. 2, June 2019, pp. 83-103.
  • “‘Light—enabling Light’: Emily Dickinson and the Apparatus of the Poet’s I.” Women’s Studies, vol. 47, no. 3, 2018, pp. 317-332.


  • “Review of Thick and Dazzling Darkness: Religious Poetry in a Secular Age by Peter O’Leary. Columbia University Press (2017).” Literature and Belief, Vol. 37, Issue 2, 2018.
  • “Review of Ornamental Aesthetics: The Poetry of Attending in Thoreau, Dickinson, & Whitman by Theo Davis. Oxford University Press 2016, 245 pp.” The Emily Dickinson International Society Bulletin, Vol. 29, No. 2, Fall 2017.
  • “6,852: Archipelagic Imagination at the Tenth International Melville Conference.” Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, Vol. 18: Issue 1, 2016.


  • Early Stages Departmental Dissertation Fellowship, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Summer 2021
  • Bain Award for outstanding academic performance in the second year of graduate study, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2019
  • Ruth Richardson Award for outstanding academic performance in the first year of graduate study, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2018

Stephanie Kinzinger

July 20, 2018


2016, MA English, University of Virginia

2013, BA English, University of California Berkeley


Stephanie focuses on nineteenth-century American literature and science. Her background in both areas of study informs her research on how scientific and technological advancements during the nineteenth century engendered significant shifts in interpreting reality and consequently in writing fiction.

Mallory Findlay

April 23, 2018


2008, BA English, Emory University

2014, MA English, Georgetown University


Mallory’s research focuses on American women writers of the mid-nineteenth century, with an emphasis on the ways that romantic love and sexuality destabilize traditional marriage plots.

Teaching Awards

  • Erika Lindemann Teaching Award in Composition and Literature, 2016-2017


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Martin J. Groff

April 5, 2018


2015, BA English and German, Lebanon Valley College


I am a PhD candidate in the English and Comparative Literature department at UNC – Chapel Hill. I graduated from Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania with a BA in English and German and a creative writing minor. I began in the graduate program at UNC in Fall 2015. My dissertation, “Royal Democrats: American Dignity and the Aristocratic Impulse,” traces the nineteenth-century development of the concept of “dignity” from its origins in aristocratic exclusivity to its later association with democratic equality. I argue that a racialized logic of rank and status remains a central component of this process and underlies how many Americans conceptualize democracy. By recognizing the instability and uneven development of American ideas of dignity and democracy, we can better understand why they remain such important yet contested concepts in U.S. politics today.


  • “‘To continue their illustrious breed’: Aristocracy, Democracy, and the Search for Dignity in The House of the Seven Gables.The Nathaniel Hawthorne Review, vol. 47 (Fall 2021). Forthcoming.
  • “Digging Up Emerson’s Garden: Competing Notions of Transcendentalist Temporality in The Dial,” American Notes and Queries (2021). Forthcoming in print. Online:
  • Review of The Introspective Art of Mark Twain by Douglas Anderson. American Literary Realism, vol. 51, no. 2 (Winter 2019), pp. 187-188.
  • “Nature in American Realism and Romanticism and the Problem with Genre.” Valley Humanities Review, vol. 6 (Spring 2015).


  • The Dr. Nancy C. Joyner Summer Research Fellowship, Graduate School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2021)
  • Albrecht B. Strauss SAMLA Travel Grant, Department of English & Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2020)
  • Professional Development Award, Writing Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2019)
  • Roy C. Moose Graduate Student Travel Grant, Department of English & Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2017, 2018)
  • Agnes Boyle O’Donnell Literature Award, Department of English, Lebanon Valley College (2015)
  • The Dr. George R. Struble Memorial Award, Department of English, Lebanon Valley College (2015)

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