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Michele Robinson

June 13, 2018


2009, BA English, Kenyon College

2011, MA Humanities with English focus, University of Chicago


Michele Robinson is pursuing a minor in Women’s and Gender studies and her dissertation focuses on the role of space and gender in nineteenth century literature. She has enjoyed teaching courses like English 105, 123 Into to Fiction: Gendered Politics of Madness and Mental Illness, and 129 Literature and Cultural Diversity.


  • Julius Sylvester Hanner Memorial Fellowship
  • Ruth Rose Richardson Prize

Che Sokol

April 27, 2018


2014, BA English and French Literature, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga


My research focuses on gender, sexuality, and sensuality in the cinemas of the Maghreb and the Maghrebi diaspora in France. I’ve taught a variety of courses, including French, Arabic, film, and queer literature and culture, and I have experience teaching ESL and English composition to non-native speakers. As a Comparative Literature student, I enjoy doing interdisciplinary work through different departments at UNC, including English and Comparative Literature, Romance Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and African Studies.


Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • “Sensing and Self: A Haptic ‘Look’ at the Aesthetics of Women’s Labour in Contemporary Maghrebi and Maghrebi-French Diasporic Cinema.” French Screen Studies. Forthcoming.

Encyclopedia Articles

  • Al-Akharun (2006; Saba Al-Herz).” Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) History. Howard Chiang, Anjali Arondekar, Marc Epprecht, Jennifer Evans, Ross G. Forman, Hanadi Al-Samman, et al, eds. (Farmington Hills, MI: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2019).

Book Reviews

  • Sensuous Cinema: The Body in Contemporary Maghrebi Cinema, by Kaya Davies Hayon. Review of Middle East Studies, 2021.
  • Maghrebs in Motion: North African Cinema in Nine Movements, by Suzanne Gauch. Review of Middle East Studies, 2019.

Teaching Awards

The Diane R. Leonard Award for Outstanding Foreign Language Instruction in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, 2019


  • Foreign Language Area Scholarship, African Studies: Standard Arabic and Moroccan Dialect in Fes, Morocco, Summer 2018.
  • Foreign Language Area Scholarship, African Studies: Arabic, Summer 2016.

Lauren Pinkerton

April 23, 2018


B.A., Plan II and English Honors, The University of Texas at Austin (2011)


English PhD student studying late nineteenth and early twentieth century British literature with a focus on the theory and history of knowledge, women’s writing, and novel studies.


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

  • “Archiving Dracula: Knowledge Acquisition and Interdisciplinarity,” Nineteenth-Century Contexts (forthcoming)

Edited Special Issues:

  • Guest co-editor, with Doreen Thierauf, Generational Exchange and Transition in Women’s Writing, special issue of Women’s Writing, vol. 26, no. 2, 2019.


  • Evan Frankel Departmental Dissertation Fellowship, UNC-Chapel Hill (2020)
  • Inductee, Frank Porter Graham Graduate and Professional Student Honor Society, UNC-Chapel Hill (2018)

Rachel Warner

April 23, 2018


2014, BA English & Psychology, Wesleyan University


Rachel Warner is a PhD candidate and teaching fellow in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. Her research interests include twentieth-century American literature, women’s and gender studies, queer of color critique, and animal studies. She has completed two peer-reviewed publications: one explores Black feminist theories of embodiment and nature in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, forthcoming from Society & Animals; and the other offers an archival analysis of Zora Neale Hurston’s brief tenure at UNC and NCCU, published by North Carolina Literary Review in May 2020. Rachel also co-directs the graduate working group Literature, Medicine and Culture Colloquium (LMCC) which explores topics in health humanities. Finally, Rachel regularly teaches courses in rhetoric and composition, LGBTQIA+ literature and culture, and the history of horror literature and cinema. She is currently working on her dissertation, a literary and cultural history of female masculinity in American modernism.



“Zora Neale Hurston in North Carolina: Drama, Education, and Contemporary Activism.” North Carolina Literary Review, no. 29, August 2020.

“‘A Winged but Grounded Bird’: Morrison’s Mixed Treatment of Animality in The Bluest Eye.” Society & Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies. (forthcoming spring 2021)

“A Crisis in (Female) Masculinity: My Ántonia & the Imaginative Recreation of the Western Frontier.” The Routledge Companion to Masculinity in American Literature and Culture, edited by Lydia Cooper and Joana Conings. (forthcoming spring 2021)

““The Poems and the Dances of the Shades’: Destabilizing Psychological Theories of Grief in The Year of Magical Thinking.” Death Within the Text: Social, Philosophical and Aesthetic Approaches to Literature, edited by Adriana Teodorescu (2018): 10-27.


Eliason Dissertation Summer Research Fellowship, 2020

MLA COVID-19 Emergency Grant, Modern Language Association, 2020

Graduate Student Travel Fund, ECL Department, 2020

Paul Green Prize, North Carolina Literary Review, 2019

Student Learning Circle Grant, UNC Center for Global Initiatives, 2019

Winchester Fellowship, Wesleyan University, 2018

Deborah W. Shelton Endowment for Graduate Travel Awards, ECL Department, 2018

Winchester Fellowship, Wesleyan University, 2017

Albrecht B. Strauss SAMLA Awards Fund, 2016

Graduate Student Travel Fund, ECL Department, 2016

Sarah Schaefer Walton

April 17, 2018


2012, BA English (Literature and Creative Writing), Virginia Tech

2015, MA English and Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies, Virginia Tech


Sarah is a PhD candidate concentrating on the long 19th century. Her research interests include Victorian travel, British Romanticism, Austen studies, fan cultures and fandoms, and the public and digital humanities.


Selected Publications:

  • “Crafting a ‘Species of Literature’: John Murray’s Multidisciplinary, Polyvocal Handbooks for Travellers,Book History, forthcoming, 2023.
  • “iAnne: Rethinking Persuasion in the Age of Transmedia Adaptation,” Persuasions On-Line, Vol. 38, No. 1, (December 2017).
  • Co-Editor, Elizabeth Barrett Browning: Selected Early Poems and Prose. Under contract with the Juvenilia Press of Sydney, Australia.  Edited with Laurie Langbauer, Beverly Taylor, and six others, 2023.
  • “Teaching Jane Austen through Public Humanities: The Jane Austen Summer Program,” with Inger Brodey and Anne Fertig. The Routledge Companion to Jane Austen, edited by Cheryl A. Wilson and Maria H. Frawley, Routledge, 2021: 571-585.

Teaching Awards

  • James R. Gaskin Award for Teaching Composition, 2018-2019.


  • Richardson Departmental Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Department of English and Comparative Literature, UNC Chapel Hill, Spring 2023
  • Eliason Dissertation Research Fellowship, Department of English and Comparative Literature, UNC Chapel Hill, Summer 2022
  • Digital Projects for the Public – Discovery Grant, National Endowment for the Humanities, for “Jane Austen’s Desk.” Co-Author with Dr. Inger Brodey, 2021
  • Digital Dissertation Fellowship, Carolina Digital Humanities at UNC Chapel Hill, Fall 2021
  • Jerry Leath Mills Research Travel Fellowship, Studies in Philology, Summer 2019
  • Mellon Humanities Professional Pathways Fellowship, Humanities for the Public Good Initiative, College of Arts & Sciences at UNC Chapel Hill and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Summer 2019

Curriculum Vitae / Resume