Graduate Alumni

Below is a partial list of some of OSU English’s recent doctoral and master’s student placements. Our graduates have gone on to take academic and professional positions across the globe, and we celebrate them.

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Recent Ph.D. Alumni

2021

John Andrews (Ph.D in Creative Writing)
Dissertation Title: Colin is Changing His Name: A Collection of Poems with a Critical Introduction
Academic Counselor, Honors College, Oklahoma State University

Jeaneen Canfield (Ph.D in Rhetoric and Writing Studies)
Dissertation Title: (Re)Imaging Mapping Technology in Writing Pedagogy
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Central Oklahoma

Clayton Dillard (Ph.D in Screen Studies)
Dissertation Title: Space, Representation and Realism in Contemporary European Art Cinema
Lecturer, School of Arts and Humanities, University of Texas-Dallas

Alex Hughes (Ph.D in Creative Writing)
Dissertation Title: Dutzow: Stories
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English, Oklahoma State University

Sarah Lonelodge (Ph.D in Rhetoric and Writing Studies)
Dissertation Title: “Rattle Their Doorknob and They Collapse”: Propaganda Strategies of the Church of Scientology
Teaching Assistant Professor, Department of English, East Carolina University

Micol Martinelli (Ph.D in TESOL/Linguistics)
Dissertation Title: Illuminating Collaborative Talk in Healthcare Interactions with People with Aphasia: Three Linguistic Approaches
Lecturer, Department of English, Midwestern State University

2020

Harbhajan Hira (Ph.D in Literature)
Dissertation Title: Identity and Home in Three Caribbean Authors
Adjunct Instructor, Department of English, Oklahoma State University

Ho’omana Nathan Horton (Ph.D in TESOL/Linguistics)
Dissertation Title: An Ethnolexicography of the Skateboarding Subculture
Visiting Assistant Professor and International Teaching Assistant Program Coordinator, Department of English, Oklahoma State University

Thamer Kalfut (Ph.D in TESOL/Linguistics)
Dissertation Title: The Centrality of Writing Materials in Saudi Arabian English Classrooms: Evaluating L2 Textbooks from an Ecological Perspective
Assistant Professor, King Saud University

Bryce McCleary (Ph.D in TESOL/Linguistics)
Dissertation Title: Oklahoma Drag and Queer Linguistics
Lecturer, Department of Linguistics, Rice University

Eric Riddle (Ph.D in Literature)
Dissertation Title: Embodied Monsters: From Fear to Domestication in Gothic Monster Literature
Professor, Department of Language Arts, Northern Oklahoma College

2019

Jacqueline Alnes (PhD in Creative Writing)
Dissertation Title: “Well Developed Female in No Acute Distress”
Assistant Professor, Department of English, West Chester University

Hillary Coenen (PhD in Rhetoric and Writing Studies)
Dissertation title: “Collaborating Accountably: Interpersonal Antiracism Activism as a Site for Feminist Invitational Rhetoric and Writing Center Pedagogy”
Assistant Professor, Department of English, Humanities & Philosophy, Midwestern State University

Andrew Davis (PhD in Screen Studies)
Dissertation title: “Selling Queer Cinema: The Emergence and Decline of New Queer Cinema and its Impact on American and Transnational LGBTQ Cinemas (1990-2010)”
Assistant Professor, Department of Language, Arts and Humanities, Seminole State College

Jacob Eutenuer (PhD in Rhetoric and Writing Studies)
Dissertation title: “The Ludic Garden: The Work of Play in Composition and Rhetoric”
Assistant Professor, Rhetoric Program, Hampden-Sydney College

Katherine Markey (PhD in Creative Writing)
Dissertation title: “How Hungry the Earth: Poems”
Adjunct Instructor, Department of English, Oklahoma State University

Josiah Meints (PhD in Rhetoric and Writing Studies)
Dissertation title: “The Rhetorical Playbook: Football, Race, Rhetoric and Play Possibility Spaces of the American University”
Adjunct Instructor, Department of English, Oklahoma State University

Olga Muranova (PhD in TESOL/Linguistics)
Dissertation title: “Theory-constitutive Metaphors, Similes, and Scientists’ Narratives about Their Travel/Research Experience in Popular Science Articles/Examining Linguistic and Rhetorical Features”
Lecturer, Program in Academic English, University of California-Irvine

2018

Michael McCombs (PhD in Rhetoric and Writing Studies)
Dissertation title: “Industrial Energy Audit Reports: A Heuristic for Improved Efficacy”
Assistant Director, Industrial Assessment Center, Oklahoma State University

Yelin Zhao (PhD in TESOL/Linguistics)
Dissertation title: “Both Sides of the Interaction: Native Speaker and Nonnative Speaker Tutors Serving Nonnative Speaker Students in a University Writing Center”
Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Delaware

2017

Mahmoud Abdi Tabari (PhD in TESOL/Linguistics)
Dissertation title: “The Effects of Planning Time Conditions on Complexity, Accuracy and Fluency in Second Language Written Narratives”
Lecturer, Center for American English Language & Culture, University of Virginia

Jean Alger (PhD in Literature)
Dissertation title: “Fictional Ethnographies and Ethnographic Fiction: ‘Preserving,’ Constructing and Representing Indigenous and Folk Identities in Interwar America”
Assistant Professor, Department of English, Trinidad State University

Tahani Alsaigh (PhD in TESOL/Linguistics)
Dissertation title: “Language Processing in Arabic-English Bilinguals: A Mixed Methods Investigation”
Consultant, Institute of Public Administration, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Eduardo Astigarraga (PhD in Creative Writing)
Dissertation title: “Once a King”
Assistant Professor, Department of English, Broward College

Alan Blair (PhD in Creative Writing)
Dissertation title: “The Mermaid’s Brother with Critical Introduction”
Lecturer, Department of English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 

Lindsay Clark (PhD in Rhetoric and Writing Studies)
Dissertation title: “Complicating and Clarifying Disciplinary Writing Practices: The Toggling Move for Building Rhetorical Flexibility”
Assistant Professor of Business Communication, Department of General Business and Finance, Sam Houston State University

Autumn Finley (PhD in Literature)
Dissertation title: “Samuel Richardson’s ‘Clarissa’ and the Byronic Hero: A Libertine’s Progress Through the Gothic”
Assistant Professor, Department of English, Southwestern Baptist University

Bryan Jones (PhD in Rhetoric and Writing Studies)
Dissertation title: “V is What Democracy Looks Like: Image Politics and the Guy Fawkes Mask”
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English, Oklahoma State University

Dustin Morris (PhD in Rhetoric and Writing Studies)
Dissertation title: “Texts in the Age of Digital Reproduction: A Rhetoric of Authenticity in the Multimodal Classroom”
Post Doctoral Researcher, Department of English, University of Delaware

Christopher Perkins (PhD in Rhetoric and Writing Studies)
Dissertation title: “Laughing From the Outside: Hipsters and American Stand-up Comedy”
Assistant Professor, Department of Liberal Arts/Communications, Tulsa Community College

James Seth (PhD in Literature)
Dissertation title: “Shakespeare’s Sea Creatures”
Assistant Professor, Department of English, Central Washington University


Recent MA/MFA Alumni


2021

Anthony Freeman (MFA in Creative Writing)
Thesis Title: Death Says Hello
Adjunct Instructor, Department of English, Oklahoma State University

Lyndsey Key (MA in Rhetoric and Writing Studies)
Thesis Title: Works in Progress: Establishing Best Practices for Graduate Pedagogy
Ph.D Student, Department of English, Oklahoma State University

2020

Jennifer Hudgens (MFA in Creative Writing)
Thesis Title: How We Met With Our Ghosts
Ph.D Student, Department of English, Oklahoma State University

Kaila Lancaster (MFA in Creative Writing)
Thesis Title: For Your Safety and Other Stories
Ph.D Student, Department of English, Oklahoma State University

Wyeth Leslie (MFA in Creative Writing)
Thesis Title: This Machine Keeps the Ghost
Adjunct Instructor, Department of English, Tulsa Community College

Jenna Neece (MFA in Creative Writing)
Thesis Title: Raise a Glass to My Body
Adjunct Instructor, Department of English, Oklahoma State University

Jonathan Drake Swails (MFA in Creative Writing)
Thesis Title: Clouds of Dirt and Glass
Adjunct Instructor, Department of English, Oklahoma State University/Northern Oklahoma College

Masoud Sheikhbahaie (MA in TESOL/Linguistics)
Thesis Title: A Sociophonetic Analysis of Farsi Vowel Systems Among Heritage Speakers and Immigrants of Persian Ethnicity in Oklahoma
Graduate Student, Department of Linguistics, North Carolina State University

2019

Lyn Broyles (MA in Screen Studies)
Thesis title: “Female Authorship in the Slumber Party Massacre Trilogy”
Evaluator, Department of Undergraduate Admissions, Oklahoma State University

Eunhye Hess (MA in TESOL/Linguistics)
Thesis title: “Intercultural Communicative Competence in an IEP Listening and Speaking Course: A Needs Analysis”
PhD Student, Department of English, Oklahoma State University

Courtney Whited (MA in Literature)
Thesis title: “My Body is Not Something You Can Land On: Indigenous Feminisms in Erika T. Worth’s Prose”
Ph.D Student, University of Minnesota

2018

Liz Deegan (MA in Screen Studies)
Thesis title: “Disgustingly Queer: George Kuchar’s Video Diaries”
PhD Student, Department of English, Michigan State University

Tyler George (MA in Screen Studies)
Thesis title: “Literature Review: Stan Brakhage and the Institutions of the Avant-Garde”
Adjunct instructor, Department of English, Oklahoma State University

Vincent Landino (MA in Screen Studies)
Thesis title: “‘A Never-Ending Crescendo of Flair and Spectacle’: The Industrial Conditions Behind Post-Continuity Hollywood”
Content Editor, ConsumerAffairs.com

Isabelle Sackett (MA in Literature)
Thesis title: “The Narrative of Salvation: Reading Four William Holman Hunt Paintings as One Complete Story of Grace”
Undergraduate Admissions Counselor, Oklahoma State University

Emilie Tallent (MFA in Creative Writing)
Thesis title: “Octopus Rice: Stories”
Proposal Development Specialist, Department of Engineering Research, Oklahoma State University

Natasha Tinsley (MFA in Creative Writing)
Thesis title: “Limbs of a Starfish”
Assistant Professor, Department of Language and Literature, Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Ian C. Williams (MFA in Creative Writing)
Thesis title: “I-80 Elegies”
English/Language Arts Teacher, Stillwater High School, Stillwater OK

2017

Austin Arkell (MA in Literature)
Thesis title: “Dressing in the City: An Examination of Jean Rhys’s Women and Their Clothing”
English/Language Arts Teacher, Caurus Academy High School, Anthem, AZ

Galen Bunting (MA in Literature)
Thesis title: “‘A Kind of Ecstasy’: Queer Moments and the Power of the Closet in Mrs. Dalloway”
PhD Student, Department of English, Northeastern University

Clemonce Heard (MFA in Creative Writing)
Thesis title: “Fella Fella”
Ronald Wallace Poetry Fellow, Department of Creative Writing, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Tulsa Art Fellow

Emma Murray (MFA in Creative Writing)
Thesis title: “Poems by Emma Murray”
Lecturer, Department of English, Iowa State University

Dakoda Smith (MA in Literature)
Thesis title: “Not Quite Satisfied: Theoretical Curiosity and Queer Africa”
PhD Student/Assistant Director of Composition, Department of English, University of Louisville

Shanley Wells-Rau (MFA in Creative Writing)
Thesis title: “The House Feels it as a Wind”
Adjunct Instructor, Department of English, Oklahoma State University

Kate Click Williams (MFA in Creative Writing)
Thesis title: “What the Body Can Bear”
Adjunct Instructor, Department of English, Georgia Military College 


2012

John Hansen (MA in Literature)
English Faculty at Mohave Community College in Arizona