English MA Alumni

Distinguished Alumni Accomplishments

 

Recent Alumni

  • Rebecca Blanchette (2014)
    Project Title:  The foundation of the nation: Exploring tenets of property ideals in nineteenth-century American literature
  • Mary Bonvillain (2016)
    Project Title:  Shifting intersections: Fluidity of gender and race in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah
    After graduation:  Lecturer, English Department, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
  • Erid Burdock (2018)
    Project Title:  Villains, victims, and virgins: Asexuality in the films of Alfred Hitchcock
    After graduation:  PhD program in English, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
  • Sarah Chase Crosby (2016)
    Project Title:  Letting gendered spaces go: Striving toward gender and nature balance through bonding in Disney’s Frozen and Maleficent
    After graduation:  Lecturer, English Department, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
  • Sonia Del Hierro (2017)
    Project Title:  Fashioning high-heeled identity in Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Gather Together in My Name
  • Samantha Dunn (2016)
    Project Title:  Fandom and fiction: Adolescent literature and online communities
  • Benjamin Evans (2017)
    Project Title:  Beyond transhumanism: The dangers of transhumanist philosophies on human and nonhuman beings
  • Kristina Greenfield (2015)
    Project Title:  Shaping thoughtful, committed citizens: Teaching LGBTQ-themed literature and queer theory as catalysts for social change
    After graduation:  English Language Arts teacher in New York, New York and then in Humboldt Community Schools, Humboldt, Iowa
  • Rachel Grotzke (2018)
    Project Title:  The systematic subjugation of women and the environment in The Hunger Games and The Windup Girl
    After graduation:  Continue as English teacher in Ankeny Community School District, Ankeny, Iowa
  • Adam Haenlein (2015)
    Project Title:  The emergence and evolution of trans-corporeality in Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and Henry David Thoreau’s Walden and Walking
  • Ashley Haynes (2014)
    Project Title:  The technology question: Adolescent identities of home in dystopic young adult literature post-Hunger Games
  • Logan Heim (2018)
    Project Title:  The Dickensian benefactor: Complication and change in Oliver Twist and Bleak House
  • Trisha Henderson (2013)
    Project Title:  Sexual violence against women of color: Achieving agency through community voice, purposeful silence, and responsible literary representations
    After graduation:  Adjunct Instructor, Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), Des Moines, Iowa
  • Sherry Leksell (2015)
    Project Title:  Age of distrust: A technology-enhanced look at Dystopian young adult literature
    After graduation:  Continue as high school teacher in Eagle Grove School District, Eagle Grove, Iowa
  • Kevin Hee-Seong Lim (2018)
    Project Title:  The echoes of Buddha, Jesus Christ, and Fredrich Nietzsche in Cormac McCarthy’s The Sunset Limited
    After graduation:  PhD in English with a film studies concentration, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Caroline Martin (2015)
    Project Title:  Anticipating the new woman figure through subversions of feminine identity: Rhoda Broughton, Ouida, and female sexuality
  • Comanchette McBee (2012)
    Project Title:  Revoking Victorian silences: Redemption of fallen women through speech in Elizabeth Gaskell’s fiction
    After graduation:  Adjunct Instructor, Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), Iowa
  • Stacy Petersen (2018)
    Project Title:  Manipulation within the language of love: Politeness theory, abuse, and Woody Allen’s Match Point
  • Joshua Prindle (2017)
    Project Title:  Morality and medicine: Opium and addiction in Wilkie Collins’s Armadale and The Moonstone
    After graduation:  Lecturer, English Department, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
  • Mary Reding (2016)
    Project Title:  Harry Potter’s Heroics: Crossing the thresholds of home, away, and the spaces in-between
    After graduation:  Librarian at Wartburg College, Forest City, Iowa
  • Ellen Rhodes (2017)
    Project Title:  The adaptability of women’s captivity narratives in American literature
    After graduation:  Lecturer, English Department, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa; Instructor at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC)
  • Charles Ripley (2014)
    Project Title:  Other worlds than this: Stephen King’s Dark Tower gothic multiverse
    After graduation:  Continue as English teacher in the Ames Community School District, Ames, Iowa
  • Lucas Rodewald (2016)
    Project Title:  (Mis)Representation at the movies: Film, pedagogy, and Postcolonial theory in the secondary English classroom
    After graduation:  Advanced Placement English teacher at Luther Preparatory School, Watertown, Wisconsin
  • Lance Sacknoff (2014)
    Project Title:  Fantastic ecosemiosis: An analysis of Fantasy as nature-text in The Lord of the Rings
  • Luke Schut (2013)
    Project Title:  Coughing and sneezing to the end of the world: Apocalyptic pandemic narratives in the 21st century
    After graduation:  Instructor at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), Des Moines, Iowa and in Ankeny Public Schools, Ankeny, Iowa
  • Amanda Stewart (2017)
    Project Title:  Teaching adult African American literature: Teaching Warriors Don’t Cry and Literature Circles to Grade 12
    After graduation:  Adjunct Instructor, St. Charles Community College, St. Charles, Iowa
  • Mary Stoecklein (2015)
    Project Title:  Subversion and reclamation: Indigenous languages in Power, Washburn, and Owens
  • Evan Taylor (2015)
    Project Title:  Artistic (mis)representation and commodity culture in The Picture of Dorian Gray and The House of Mirth
    After graduation:  Operations Manager, KHOI Radio, Ames, Iowa
  • Tonya Tienter (2015)
    Project Title:  Cather and the Turner Thesis: Reimagining America’s open frontier
  • Brenda Tyrrell (2017)
    Project Title:  Creating a binary-free world: H. G. Wells and disability studies
  • Allison Watson (2015)
    Project Title:  Dante Rossetti: Re-envisioning desire in the domestic sphere of Victorian society
  • Michael Wettengel (2018)
    Project Title:  Cogwheels of the fantastic: The mechanisms of medieval fantasy
    After graduation:  MFA program in Creative Writing and Environment, English Department, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
  • Leah Wilson (2015)
    Project Title:  Finding the erotic, embracing ambiguity, and escaping extremes: Unearthing the queer experience in Dorothy Allison’s Cavedweller
    After graduation:  Lecturer, Women’s and Gender Studies, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
  • Imelda Wistey (2016)
    Project Title:  Displaced heroism in 18th and 19th century American literature
    After graduation:  Lecturer, English Department, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa