Current English MA Students

Carina Collet

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Carina is an MA student in English specializing in literature, and a graduate teaching assistant in the English Department. She graduated summa cum laude from Wartburg College in December of 2021, where she received a BA in English with a minor in Environmental Studies. Her research interests include dystopian literature, environmental literature, and the intersections between the two.

Talon Delaney

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Talon Delaney received his bachelor's degree in English with a minor in journalism from ISU in 2020. He wrote for the Iowa State Daily's politics and diversity desks during his undergrad, and was also published in Sketch Literary Journal. Since graduating, he worked as a substitute teacher and educational assistant in the Ames Community School District. His interests lay in post-colonial literature and the ways all literature either challenges or endorses power.

Faith Ennis

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Faith Ennis received her B.A. in English with a minor in History from Iowa State University in 2021. She now returns to ISU as a MA student in English, specializing in Literature, and is a part of the Graduate Teaching Assistantship Program. She was born and raised in Iowa, but loves to travel and has spent months in Southeast Asia studying language and culture. Her particular interests of study include, but are never limited to, post-colonial literature and the history of rhetoric.

Jessica Foust

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Jessica Foust is an MA candidate studying English with an emphasis on teaching literature. She received her B.S. in Secondary English Education at Southeast Missouri State University in 2019. During her time at SEMO she was an assistant teacher at the university's preschool. After completing her undergraduate education she taught middle school English in a rural school district. Her interests include pedagogy, contemporary southern literature, and ecocriticism.

Cara Gross

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Cara Gross is an MA candidate in English specializing in literature. She graduated summa cum laude from Clark University in 2013, receiving her BA in English with a Geography minor and earning highest honors for her thesis on imaginative literary representations of climate change. After college, Cara moved to New York City, where she worked in various fields, from nonprofit farmer’s market management to tax & estate law, before finding her way to publishing, where she handled contracts for an adult literature publishing house and then a literary agency.

Cara hopes to use stories to cultivate safety, healing, and pleasure for humans, human relationships, and non-human animals. In her free time, she can be found doing yoga and strength training, dancing to music, reading and writing, going to the beach whenever she can, and trying to get her cat to cuddle with her.

Emina Kovacevic

Graduate Student [ENGL]

Emina Kovacevic is an MA student in the English program specializing in Literature. Emina is originally from Bosnia and grew up in Des Moines, Iowa. She attended Hoover High School and then attended Iowa State University for her undergraduate degree majoring in English Education and Women and Gender Studies. Emina teaches English at Ankeny High School.


Sanne Langbroek

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Sanne Langbroek is a second-year MA student in the English Literature program and a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the English Department. Sanne graduated from Leiden University in the Netherlands (cum laude), receiving a BA in English Language and Culture with a double minor in Translation and Secondary Education. Before coming to Iowa State University, she taught ESL courses at Carmel College Gouda in the Netherlands.

At Iowa State University, Sanne teaches sections of the ISUComm foundation courses English 150 and 250. She is also a mentor for Using Educational Technology in the English Language Classroom Global Online Course (GOC). In the 2022-23 academic year, she will serve as the MA student representative on the Graduate Studies Committee. Her academic interests include disability studies, queer representation in contemporary literature and popular culture, pedagogy, and literary translation.

Joseph Mohr

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Joseph Mohr is an MA student in English from small town Iowa. In 2021 he earned his BA in English with a minor in Linguistics. He likes reading speculative fiction, especially as it relates to moral philosophy and political theory, and creative writing. In his spare time, he enjoys gardening, listening to Regina Spektor, and brewing kombucha.

Aubrey Simons

Graduate Student [ENGL]

Aubrey Simons is a California transplant to Iowa, and has indeed experienced winter here! She studied at Santiago Canyon College and Cal State University Fullerton, earning a BA degree in English and graduating Summa Cum Laude.

She pursued secondary education as a career path (yes, she had her wits about her at the time), and has spent the past 6 years educating middle and high schoolers in the art of literature. She wanted to further her study of literature to support her career goals, and also because she's a nerd and she loves it. Her research interests include the independence cycle in children's literature, gender roles in British lit, and feminist/Marxist theory.

In her spare time, Aubrey hangs out with her husband Rob and their two dogs, Sansa and Colter. She also enjoys rock climbing, painting, and reading and writing poetry.

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Bailey Sterk

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Bailey Sterk is an MA candidate in English Literature. She holds a degree in English with minors in Spanish and Women's and Gender Studies from Iowa State.

In her studies, Bailey focuses on the intersection of environmental literature and feminist studies; particularly, the ways that narrative informs our relationship with the world around us. Her interests include contemporary fiction, weird fiction, and science fiction, and the ways in which these works disrupt and reform our capacity for collaborative world-building. When not reading or writing, she enjoys roller skating, biking, cooking, and rearranging furniture.

Sam Wilson

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Samantha Wilson is a first-year MA student in English with a specialization in literature. She received her undergraduate at Grand View University in Des Moines where she studied English with a focus on writing and minored in Studio Art. Her poetry has been published in Beyond Words Literary Magazine, Poets Choice, Wingless Dreamer, and Lyrical Iowa. Samantha is also an active member of Iowa Poetry Association as well as the local Ames poetry group, Third Stanza. She aspires to pursue her PhD with the goal of becoming an English professor.

Cynthia Wolters

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Cynthia Wolters is a first year MA student in English from Lincoln, NE. She completed her undergraduate career studying English and women's and gender studies with a minor in speech communication at Iowa State University in 2020. Her areas of interest include queer representation in pop culture, queer pedagogy, and writing and analyzing poetry as well as creative nonfiction. She resides in Ames with her cat Barbra Wolters.