Below is a small sample of our PhD students' work and interests...
Education: BA English and History - University of Pittsburgh, 2004 MLIS University of Pittsburgh, 2006 MFA Fiction - Penn State, 2009
Research Interests: Contemporary American literature, women's literature, and contemporary fiction
Recent Publication: "History, Hair, and Reimagining Racial Categories in Junot Diaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao." Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction. 54.2 (2013): 211-24. Print.
Education: BS English Education - Wheaton College, 2001 MA English - Duquesne University, 2007
Research Interests: 20th Century American Literature and American Narratives of War: WWII-present
Recent Presentation: "Teaching Narratives of War, Re-Examining the Document." 39th Annual Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture since 1900, University of Louisville, Kentucky, February 2011.
Education: BA English - Duquesne University, 2002 BS Education - Duquesne University 2002 MA English - Duquesne University 2004
Research Interests: 20th Century American Literature and Documentary Poetry and Poetics
Recent Presentation: "Looking at Student Sketches and Campus Rooms to Encourage Critical Thinking." Northeast Modern Language Association's 42nd Annual International Convention: Image as Argument Roundtable. New Brunswick, NJ: 7-10 April 2011.
Education: BA Liberal Arts - St. John's College, 1999 MA English - Georgia State University, 2004
Research Interests: British and American Modernism, 20th and 21st Century Poetry, and Feminist and Gender Theory
Recent Presentation: "The Temptation to Look Away: The Textual Erasure of the Traumatized Fallen Woman in Austen's Sense and Sensibility." EC-ASECS Conference, November 4-6, 2010, Pittsburgh.
Education: BA English - University of Pittsburgh, 2003 MA English - Duquesne University, 2007
Research Interests: British Romanticism, Gothic and supernatural literature, Victorian literature, and the influence of classic literature on underground alternative and heavy metal music
Recent Presentation: "The Shaping of Unstable Material: Antonia White's Modernist Appropriations of the Gothic." College English Association. Richmond, VA. March 2012.
Education: BA English - University of Hawaii, 2008 MA English - Duquesne University, 2010
Research Interests: 18th Century Gothic Drama, Women's and Gender Studies, Studies of the Maternal and Motherhood
Recent Presentation: "The Maternal Prostitute and the Victorian New Woman: Negotiating and Complicating Female Stereotypes in Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession" Echoes: Across Disciplines, Texts, and Times; March 2011.
Education: BA English - Lebanon Valley College, 2002 MA English - Villanova University, 2005
Research Interests: 20th and 21st Century American Literature and Christianity in American Literature
Recent Presentation: "Breaking Silence and Building Community: The Role of Confession in Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior." Duquesne English Graduate Organization Conference: Pittsburgh, PA, March 18-19, 2011.
Education: BA English - University of Minnesota, 2009 MA English - University of Minnesota, 2011
Research Interests: Book History and 20th Century American Fiction
Recent Presentation: "Book History and the Undergraduate Research Paper." Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Annual Convention. Teaching the History of the Book to Undergraduates Roundtable. Boston, MA. March 2013.
Education: BA English - Sacred Heart University, 2006 MA English - Boston College, 2010
Research Interests: 20th Century and Contemporary Literature and Religion
Recent Presentation: "Carrying the Holy Fire: Father and Son as Perpetual Pilgrims in McCarthy's The Road." Pilgrims in Place. Mideast Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature. Grove City, PA.
Education: BA English - Chatham University, 2011 MA English - Duquesne University, 2013
Research Interests: Cultural Studies, Critical Race Studies, Performance Studies, Word and Music Studies, African American and Afrodiaspora Literature, C19 American Literatures
Recent Presentation: "Dissonant Colonization and Harmonious Resistance in Bessie Head's The Question of Power" for South Central Modern Language Association Conference on "Sound and Story: Rhythms of Language" in Nashville, October 2015.
Education: BA English, History - West Virginia University, 2012 MA English - West Virginia University, 2014
Research Interests: 20th and 21st Century British Literature, postcolonial theory, and graphic novels
Recent Presentation: "Hybridity and the Crtique of Imperial Narrativization in Alan Moore's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 1," PCA/ACA's annual conference Seattle Washington, March 2016.
Education: BA English, Psychology - Queen's University of Charlotte, 2007 MA Human Development and Family Studies - University of Connecticut, 2009 MA English - Duquesne University 2012
Research Interests: Long Eighteenth Century Studies, Psychological and Medical Discourses, Women's and Gender Studies, the Novel
Recent Presentation: "'A Notable Promise of Entertaining the Town:' Charlotte Charke's Subversive The History of Henry Dumont, Esq.; and Miss Charlotte Evelyn," The Actress as Author: Chawton House Library Conference. Hampshire, UK. July 2015.
Education: BA English - Seton Hill University, 2012 MA English, certificate in Women's and Gender Studies - Duquesne University, 2014
Research Interests: Gender and Sexuality, Popular Culture, Contemporary American/British Literature
Recent Publication: "Picturing a Better Future: Media Literacy in Holocaust Education." Challenges for the Future: The Ethel LeFrak Proceedings, 2014.
Education: BA English - Heidelberg College, 2010 Graduate Certificate of Modernist Fiction and Contemporary British Literature - Exeter College, University of Oxford, 2010 MA English - John Carroll University, 2013
Research Interests: Modern and Postmodern Literatures, Narrative Theory, Film and film theory, Violence in literature and film, Literature and film of the Holocaust
Recent Presentation: Participant in "Reading Contemporary Fiction: Ali Smith's How to Be Both" (Seminar). Society for Novel Studies Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, May 2016.
Education: BA English - Rice University, 2009 MA English - West Virginia University, 2014
Research Interests: 20th Century American Literature, Gender and Sexuality, Class
Recent Presentation: "Acting Human: Clones and Humans as Simulacra in Never Let Me Go." Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900. Louisville, Kentucky. February 2016.
Education: BA English, Biology - Wittenberg College, 2011 MFA Creative Writing, Creative Nonfiction focus - Chatham University, 2013 MA English - Duquesne University, 2014
Research Interests: 19th century American literature and cultural studies, Civil War literature and medicine, archival texts, and women's and gender studies
Recent Presentation: "Civil War Nurse as Civil War Nurse as Information Intermediary: The Transfer of Knowledge in Louisa May Alcott's Hospital Sketches and Maria M.C. Hall's Letter Correspondence." INCS: Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies, 2015. Atlanta, GA.
Education: BA English - Saint Francis University, 2008 MA English - Oregon State University, 2010
Research Interests: Twentieth-century and contemporary American literature and culture, Critical University Studies, the history of English Studies, literary theory (esp. Marxist theory), Magical Realism, Critical Geography
Recent Presentation: "When English Studies Teaches the University," 2015 American Comparative Literature Association Annual Convention, Seattle, WA
Education: BA English - Chatham University, 2011 MA English - Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2013
Research Interests: 19th century American literature; 19th century transatlantic literature; maritime literature
Recent Award: Honorable Mention for the Hemlow Prize in Burney Studies, Fall 2015