MA Students

Jacob Bowers
I am a first-year MA student with a BA in English and MA in Catholic Studies from Franciscan University of Steubenville. My interests include 19th and 20th century American literature, and religion and literature.

Cadence Dangerfield
I am a second-year MA student with my BA in English and minors in Spanish and Women’s Studies from The University of Akron. My academic interests often require cross-disciplinary work as they broadly include 19th century British literature, the novel, and gender and sexuality studies. I am interested in the experience of womanhood and how it is depicted through various narrative approaches..

Olivia Hobbs
I am a first-year and part-time MA student with an MIS from the University of Tennessee and a BA from Salisbury University. My main interests are in gender and sexuality and evolving societal norms in Victorian literature.

Allison  McGreal
I am a first year MA student who holds BA degrees in English literature and music performance from Xavier University. I am interested in a wide body of literary topics and periods, especially 18th century women novelists and Shakespearean drama. My theoretical background is primarily in feminist theory and I hope to deepen my understanding of women’s history and depiction in media through my literary studies.

Hannah Potantus
The 2023-2024 school year is my second year as an MA student. I received my BA in English from Bowling Green State University. My main interests lie in Biblical teachings and the connections they have with texts throughout history. 

Ellard Stolze
I’m a second year MA student with a BS in English from the Air Force Academy and a deep interest in the American identity in literature.

Alyssa Viscounte
I am a second-year MA student with a BA in Psychology and minors in biology, philosophy, and English from Walsh University. My interests include gender and sexuality studies, and the intersection between trauma and race, within modern and contemporary American literature.

PhD Students

Charlie Ericson
I am a fourth-year PhD candidate with an MA from the University of Chicago. My research focuses on aesthetics and the novel at the turn of the 20th century, with a special interest in how traditions of aesthetic autonomy manifest in novelistic practice. My BA is from the University of Evansville.

Amber Kidd
I am a fourth-year PhD candidate primarily researching trauma and narrative theory, especially as they intersect within modernist literature. I have my MA from Case Western Reserve University and my BA from Agnes Scott College.

Benjamin Nuttall
I am a fifth-year PhD student with an MA from the University of Nottingham and a BA from the University of Liverpool. My research focuses on the relationship between utopianism, teleological narratives of history, and British modernist literature.

Ryan Pfeiffer
I am a first year PhD student with a BS in English from Hillsdale College and an MA in English from Case Western Reserve. My academic interests include the ontology of poetry and how form engenders meaningful aesthetic work. I am also interested in the role of the humanities in the contemporary university space.

Camila Ring
I am a fifth-year PhD candidate. My research focuses on poetic innovation as a form of theological inquiry, particularly in the works of Emily Dickinson and Gerard Manley Hopkins. Broader critical and creative interests include aesthetics, poetics, contemporary poetry, and religious poetry. I hold an MA in English from Case Western Reserve University and a BA in English from Cedarville University.

Hayley Verdi
I am a sixth-year PhD candidate. My primary research areas are in literature and medicine and 19th-century British literature, with a specific focus on illness narratives. My other research interests include composition and creative writing pedagogy. I hold a BA in English from Grove City College (2010), an MEd in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis (2012), and an MA in English from Case Western Reserve University (2018).