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

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

2016

Jessica Fokken (PhD in Creative Writing)
Dissertation title: “Not Yet a Time for Grief”
Academic Coaching Specialist, Coastal Carolina University

Trever Lee Holland (PhD in Literature)
Dissertation title: “Queer Mimicry: Re-presenting the Primitive in the Works of Zitkala Sa, Mourning Dove, John Joseph Matthews and Woody Crumbo”
Assistant Professor, Department of English, Mohave Community College

Recent MA/MFA Alumni

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

2016

Jacob Brewer (MFA in Creative Writing)
Thesis title: “Short Story Collection”
PhD Student, Department of English, University of Louisiana-Lafayette

Derek Graf (MFA in Creative Writing)
Thesis title: “Realism”
PhD Student, Department of English, University of Kansas

Cheryl Kutcher (MFA in Creative Writing)
Thesis title: “Memories from Discarded Bodies: A Collection of Poetry”
PhD Student, Department of English, University of Arizona

Elizabeth Lampman (MFA in Creative Writing)
Thesis title: “Mortal Hum”
Teaching Fellow, Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, Portland, OR

Macy McDonald (MA in Literature)
Thesis title: “Art, Violence and Metaphor: Art and Violence as Manipulators of Space”
PhD Student, Department of English, SUNY-Buffalo