Rice University

Department of English

Graduate Students


Alanna Beroiza
Sexuality and gender studies, feminist theory, 20th century studies
B.A. English, Bowdoin College


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Hannah Biggs
Rural and farm narrative, modernism, critical animal studies
B.A.s, English Literary Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Otterbein University



Laura Bilhimer
B.A. English, University of Kansas



Sydney Boyd
Twentieth-century literature, opera, sound theory
B.A. English and Music, University of Idaho



Joseph Carson 
Nineteenth century American literature, critical race and critical animal studies, biolpolitics and posthumanism
M.A. English, James Madison University
B.A. Theatre, James Madison University 


Mark Celeste
Victorian Literature & Culture, Marginalized Bodies, Soundscapes
M.A. English, Syracuse University
B.A. English, Penn State University

 Lindsey Chappell

Lindsey Chappell
Time, Narrative, Romantic and Victorian Travel Writing
Dissertation Title: Temporal Forms in the Nineteenth-Century British Mediterranean 
M.A. English, University of Colorado, Boulder
B.A. English, William Jewell College


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Evan Choate
M.A. English, University of British Columbia
B.A. Philosophy Honours, University of British Columbia
Graduate Student Representative 2015-2016


 New Rachel

Rachel Conrad Bracken
American Literature 1850-1950, Histories of Illness, Contagion, Biopolitics, and Public Health
B.A. English, University of Vermont

 Ellis Etchison

John Ellis-Etchison
Dissertation Title: A Sovereign Menagerie: Political Theology and the Animal Turn in Early Modern Drama
 Renaissance drama, critical animal studies, and gender studies
M.A. Folklore Studies, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
B.A.s Political Science and English, Oklahoma Baptist University



Lorena Gauthereau
Chicano/a studies, print culture, transnational American studies
M.A. Hispanic Studies, Rice University
B.A. English and Political Science, Rice University



Jade Hagan
Literature and ecology, ontology and aesthetics, emergentism
M.A. Comparative Literature, University of Colorado Boulder
B.A. English, Tulane University


Margaret P. Harvey
Victorian literature and culture, gender, political economy
Dissertation Title: A Woman's Worth: Gendered Concepts of Value in Victorian Literature
B.A., The College of William and Mary


Brittany Henry
B.A. English and Spanish, Texas A&M University



Sophia Hsu
Victorian literature, biopolitics, liberalism
Dissertation Title: Genres of Population: Biopolitics and the Novel in a Liberal Age
B.A. English and Communication Studies, University of California, LA


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Ryan Kehoe 
B.A. (summa cum laude with Honors Thesis), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


 Benjamin Kozicki

Benjamin Kozicki
B.A. English, Michigan State University
B.S. Human Biology, Michigan State University


 Annie Lowe  

Annie Lowe
M.A. English, University of Kansas
B.A. English, University of Central Missouri


 Alex McAdams

Alexander McAdams
Early modern English literature, studies in gender and masculinity, literature and science
M.A. English, University of Massachusetts Boston
B.A. English, University of Mississippi
Graduate Student Representative 2015-2016    


Michael Miller
20th and 21st  century literature, experimental & avant-garde film, systems theory/theories of the posthuman
M.A. English, University of Louisville
B.A. English, University of Kentucky


Seth Morton
B.A. English & German, Michigan State University



Rodrigo Martini Paula
Modernisms, posthumanism, Vilem Flusser
M.A. English, University of Louisville
M.A. Letters, Sao Paulo State University
B.A. Translation Studies in English, Sao Paulo State University


 Scott Pett Scott Allen Pett
Nineteenth-century American literature and culture, poetry and poetics, and membership politics (citizenship, immigration, nation)
M.A. English, Georgia State University
B.A. English, Brigham Young University
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Mallory Pladus 
M.A. English and American Literature, Wake Forest University
B.A. English and American Literature, New York University


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Suzanne Rindell
B.A, University of The Pacific


 Rosenthall Karen Rosenthall
18th and 19th Century American literature, the rise of American capitalism and industrialization, early American political theory 
Dissertation Title: Novel Economies: a Literary Prehistory of Industrial Capitalism, 1730-1859
M.A., The John W. Draper Program of Humanities and Social Thought, New York University
B.A., The George Washington University
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Lindsay Sherrier
M.A. English, Tulane University
B.A. English, Tulane University

 New Elena

Elena Valdez
Chicana/o literary and cultural studies
B.A. English, University of New Mexico

  Derek - New

Derek Woods
Dissertation Title: Trophic Diagrams: U.S. and Canadian Ecological Culture in the Great Acceleration
M.A. English, University of British Columbia
B.A. English, University of British Columbia