Abigail Lee

December 5, 2018

Degrees

2016, M.F.A. Poetry Writing, University of North Carolina — Greensboro

2008, B.A. English, University of Virginia — Charlottesville

Bio

Abigail studies contemporary multiethnic literatures, with a focus on TV, film, music videos, and digital media. She holds an MFA in poetry writing and has taught courses in composition, American literature, and contemporary poetry.


Publications:

  • “Blue can be a place/ please can it be a place” finalist for 2015-2016 Mid-American Review James Wright Prize, Vol 36, no. 2 (spring 2016).
  • “somebody or other pretended a revelation” in Prairie Schooner, vol. 90, no. 3 (fall 2016).
  • “and while he told the sands of his hour-glass, or the throbs and little beatings of his watch” in Bayou Magazine, vol. 65 (fall/winter 2016).
  • “The library of July” in CALYX, vol. 29, no. 1 (winter 2016).
  • “Two Face reads that batman has returned” in Barrow Street, (winter 2014).

Awards

  • Humanities for the Public Good, Professional Pathways Award, project developing curricula for UNC correctional education courses, summer 2018
  • Richard Bland Fellowship, Center for the Study of the American South, summer 2017

Nicole Berland

October 15, 2018

Degrees

2005, BA English, Psychology, Plan II Honors, University of Texas

2008, MA Humanities, University of Chicago

Bio

While I mostly situate my research within the fields of post-45 American speculative fiction, comics, and television, my interest in seriality’s forms and functions occasionally direct my attention towards mathematics, music, and Victorian literature, among other areas. As a Teaching Fellow at UNC, I have taught several rhetoric and composition courses, including Writing Across the Disciplines and Writing in the Social Sciences, and in the Fall of 2016 I designed and taught a section of a course entitled Literature and Cultural Diversity. I’ve also been afforded the opportunity to TA for Matthew Taylor’s Literature, Medicine, and Culture and Gregory Flaxman’s Film Analysis classes. My auxiliary interests in social justice and science fiction also keep me busy with a number of UNC-affiliated and community-based groups and projects.


Teaching Awards

Erika Lindemann Award for Excellence in Teaching Literature, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2015

Erika Lindemann Award for Excellence in Teaching Composition, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2018


Awards

George Hills Harper Summer Research Fellowship, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2013-2014

M.A.P.H. Fellowship, University of Chicago, 2007-2008

Phi Beta Kappa, University of Texas, 2005


Maxim Tsarev

October 1, 2018

Degrees

2018, BA German Literature, Philosophy, Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin

Bio

I study twentieth-century German, Russian, and American literature & film. My current research interests lie in Horror and Liminality, Critical Theory, and Film Studies. Currently I am researching depictions of space and time, as they relate to constructions of gender and sexuality.


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Bridget C. Donnelly

April 23, 2018

Degrees

2012, B.A. English, Lawrence University

Bio

I am a PhD candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and I specialize in British literature of the long eighteenth century and the history of the novel. My dissertation project considers shifting discourses surrounding accidental events throughout the eighteenth century, framing the analysis around fictional representations of carriage accidents in texts like Tobias Smollett’s Humphry Clinker, Frances Burney’s Evelina, Mary Hays’s Memoirs of Emma Courtney, and Jane Austen’s Love and Friendship. 


Publications:

  • “‘Chequer-Work[s] of Providence’: Skeptical Providentialism in Daniel Defoe’s Fiction.” Philosophy and Literature. Forthcoming.
  • Five entries in The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820. Ed. April London. Cambridge University Press. Forthcoming 2018.

Awards

  • W.M. Keck Foundation Fellowship for research at the Huntington Library, awarded March 2018
  • Huntington Library Travel Grant to the United Kingdom, awarded March 2018
  • Aubrey Williams Research Travel Grant, American Society for 18th-Century Studies, awarded March 2018
  • Jerry Leath Mills/Studies in Philology Travel Award for archival research in England, awarded October 2017
  • Best Graduate Student Paper, International Society for the Study of Narrative, awarded June 2016

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Edward Hyunsoo Yang

April 23, 2018

Degrees

2012, BA English Literature and Political Science, Loyola Marymount University

2015, MA English, Claremont Graduate University

Bio

My research interests include the history of the novel, narrative performance, and authenticity. Drawing from British novels of the Long Eighteenth Century and Twentieth Century American novels, I hope to produce a project that examines narrative interruptions: moments in a text when a voice, distinct from that of any other character, enters the narrative.

Some of my past research examines: the performance of authenticity in The Catcher in the Rye and Franny and Zoey, competing narrative frames in Frankenstein, a blending of genres in The Castle of Otranto, resistance to introspection in Mumblecore films, and the role of authenticity in Hip Hop.


Awards

  • Fulbright, English Teaching Assistantship (Germany), 2016-17

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Sarah Ann Singer

April 23, 2018

Degrees

B.A., magna cum laude, Women’s Studies and English Language and Literature. University of Maryland, May 2013. Phi Beta Kappa.

Bio

Sarah Singer is a PhD candidate in Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies. Drawing on her experiences as a patient and peer health educator, Sarah’s research focuses on chronic illness in the medical and public spheres. Sarah’s dissertation, “Rhetorics of Patient Empowerment: Leveraging Lyme Disease and the Future of Chronic Illness,” examines how different stakeholders adopt the language of patient empowerment to make claims about the diagnosis, treatment, and recovery from Lyme Disease. For more information about her background and teaching philosophy, please see her personal website.


Publications:

  • Edwell, Jennifer, Singer, Sarah, and Jordynn Jack. “Healing Arts: Rhetorical Techne
    as Medical (Humanities) Intervention.” Technical Communication Quarterly, special
    issue on “Rhetoric of Health and Medicine,” 2018, pp. 1-14.
  • Singer, Sarah, Weed, Kym, Edwell, Jennifer, Jack, Jordynn, and Jane Thrailkill.
    “Advancing Pre-Health Humanities as Intensive Research Practice: Principles and
    Recommendations from a Cross-Disciplinary Baccalaureate Setting.” Journal of
    Medical Humanities, special issue on “Pre-Health Humanities Education,” vol. 38, no.
    4, 2017, pp. 373-384.
  • Singer, Sarah. “Beyond the Domestic Sphere: Home Economics and the Education
    of Women at Maryland State College, 1916–94.” Young Scholars in Writing:
    Undergraduate Research in Writing and Rhetoric, vol. 10, 2012, pp. 105-15.

Teaching Awards

  • Earl Hartsell Award for Excellence in Teaching Composition (2017)
  • Doris Betts Award for Excellence in Teaching Composition (2016)

Awards

  • Dean’s Graduate Fellowship (2018)
  • Frankel Dissertation Fellowship (2017)
  • Digital Innovation Research and Dissertation Fellowship (2017)
  • Eliason Summer Research Stipend (2014)

Kenneth Jude Lota

April 23, 2018

Degrees

2012, MA English, University of Virginia

2010, BA English, Tulane University

Bio

Kenneth is a specialist in 20th- and 21st-century American fiction, with interests in genre, film, and the literary moment after postmodernism. His dissertation focuses on the re-invention of the tropes of film noir and hard-boiled crime fiction of the 1930s and 40s in mainstream contemporary American literature. His solo-taught literature classes so far have included a version of the Contemporary Literature class titled “Alternatives to Realism” and a version of the Popular Genres class focused on detective fiction, science fiction, graphic novels, horror, and children’s literature. He managed to successfully teach House of Leaves in a 100-level undergraduate class. In his spare time, he has written reviews of over 1,000 films.


Publications:

  • “Cool Girls and Bad Girls: Reinventing the Femme Fatale in Contemporary American Fiction.” Interdisciplinary Humanities 33.1 (Spring 2016): 150 – 170.

Awards

  • 2017 Graduate School Summer Research Fellowship
  • 2010 Senior Scholar Award in English, Tulane University

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Grant Glass

April 23, 2018

Degrees

May 2013, B.A. Literature, with Honors. Harvard University Extension, Cambridge, Mass.

Jan 2016, M.A. Digital Humanities with Merit. King’s College London, U.K.

2013, Attended the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. Special Student Status studying English literature.

Bio

Grant Glass is a  graduate student at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in the English and Comparative Literature Department and is a Graduate Fellow of the Migrations Lab at Duke University Department of English. His project, Pirating Texts traces the thousands of pirated, republished, abridged, imitated, and translated editions of Daniel Defoe’s The Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1719) to show how these various editions often reflect the place and time of their production and consumption. By maping these editions in their respective time/space configurations, we can begin to further our understanding of how the expanse and collapse of the British Empire is wrapped up in notions of capitalism, race, empire, gender, and climate concerns. Currently, he is the Assistant Project Manager of the William Blake Archive and the Assistant Director of  the Studio for Instructional Technology and English Studies.


Publications:

  • “Chapter 5: Digital Literacy” Tar Heel Writing Guide 2017-2018. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 2017.
  • “After Latinidad: Reimagining Latino Identity in the Works of Junot Díaz.” URJHS: Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences. Vol. 12, 2013.
  • “Disruptive Reading: Resistance to Digitalization in Laurence Stern’s Tristram Shandy and Jonathan Safran Foer’s Tree of Codes.” University of California Berkeley Comparative Literature Journal. Vol. 4 Issue 3, 2013.

Teaching Awards

  • Syllabus of the Year-with Professor Jeanne Moskal, Office of Instructional Innovation, UNC-CH. 2018.
  • Graduate Student Mentor Award, Office for Undergraduate Research, UNC-CH. 2018.

Awards

  • Director’s Scholarship, Rare Books School, Univ. of Virginia. $1500, 2018.
  • Data Plus Project Fellow, Information Initiative, Duke University. $2500, 2018.
  • UNC/King’s College Fund, The Institute for Arts and the Humanities, UNC-CH, $1980. 2018.
  • Migrations Fellow, Dept. of English, Duke University. $750, 2017
  • Delmas Scholar,Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing. $800, 2017.
  • Digital Research and Dissertation Fellowship,Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative, UNC-CH. $4000, 2017.

Kevin Wood Pyon

April 23, 2018

Degrees

2015, MA English, Appalachian State University

2010, BS Secondary English Education, Piedmont International University

2010, BA English, High Point University

Bio

Kevin Pyon’s research interests include African American history, religion, music, and literature. His current dissertation project explores 18th and 19th century African American literature through the lens of the black radical tradition. Through a re-configuration of traditional Marxist literary theory, it seeks to discover in early black autobiography and fiction what might be called the “racial unconscious” of capitalism itself–that is, the ways that the racial structure(s) of 19th century American capitalism (in both the slave South and industrial North) are thematically and formally manifested in the narratives and novels of black authors of the era.


Publications:

  • “Towards an African-American Genealogy of Market and Religion in Rap Music.” Popular Music and Society. Online ahead of print (April 2018): 1-22. https://doi.org/10.1080/03007766.2018.1458275

Awards

  • Ruth Rose Richardson Award, UNC, Fall 2016
  • Blyden and Roberta Jackson Fellowship in Afro-American Literature, UNC, 2015-2016
  • Cratis D. Williams Society Inductee, Appalachian State U, 2015

Curriculum Vitae / Resume

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Rachael Isom

April 22, 2018

Degrees

  • 2013, MA English, Murray State University
  • 2011, BA English, Murray State University

Bio

Rachael Isom is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She studies the intersections of religious and poetic identity in nineteenth-century British women’s writing, with particular interest in Romantic-era discourses of enthusiasm, reflection, and feminine restraint. Her dissertation project, “Enthusiastic Poetics and the Woman Writer, 1806-1856,” traces the development of the female enthusiast from Mary Shelley to Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Isom’s work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Essays in RomanticismThe Journal of Commonwealth LiteratureStudies in Romanticism, and the Keats-Shelley Review. Currently, she serves as Managing Editor of the Keats-Shelley Journal and works as a Project Assistant for the William Blake Archive.


Publications:

  • “Prophetic Poetics and Enthusiasm in Mary Shelley’s Valperga,” Studies in Romanticism, forthcoming.
  • “John Watson Dalby’s Poetic Reception of Mary Shelley’s Valperga,” Keats-Shelley Review, forthcoming.
  • “‘With Faithful Pencil’: Pastoral and Picturesque Composition in Beachy Head,” in Placing Charlotte Smith, ed. Jacqueline M. Labbe and Elizabeth A. Dolan (Lehigh University Press, forthcoming).
  • “‘Do you think I can’t read between the lines?’: Discourse of the Unsaid in J. M. Coetzee’s Diary of a Bad Year,” The Journal of Commonwealth Literature 53.1 (2018): 7-20.
  • “‘Habituat[ing] to Reflection’: Hannah More’s Romantic Novel,” Essays in Romanticism 23.1 (2016): 95-112.
  • “Caroline Fry’s Death, and Other Poems in Conversation with the Night Thoughts of Edward Young,” New Perspectives on the Eighteenth Century 2.1 (2014): 63-74.

Teaching Awards

  • Doris Betts Award for Excellence in Teaching First-Year Composition, 2015

Awards

  • W. M. Keck Foundation Short-Term Research Fellowship, The Huntington Library, 2018-2019
  • Dean’s Graduate Fellowship, College of Arts & Sciences, University of North Carolina, 2018-2019
  • Evan Frankel Dissertation Fellowship, Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina, 2017
  • NAVSA Travel Grant, North American Victorian Studies Association, 2017
  • DHSI Tuition Scholarship, “XML: Applications for Historical and Literary Research,” Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria, 2017
  • Frank Porter Graham Graduate and Professional Student Honor Society, University of North Carolina, 2016
  • Graduate Innovation Assistantship, Committee for Institutional Studies and Research, Office of the Provost, Murray State University, 2012-2013

Curriculum Vitae / Resume