Graduate Student Research Interests

Kristen Anderson, University of Virginia
Mariana Badarnih, University of Haifa

Lauren Bailey, City University of New York - Graduate Center
I'm working on my dissertation prospectus and trying to assemble an argument about the inheritance plot in the Victorian novel. Broadly speaking, I'm interested in the ways in which "inheritance" is constructed in 19th-century realist fiction based on its relation to prior literary genres (such as the gothic), changes in financial/legal inheritance practices, and social conceptions of heredity.

Sanders Bernstein, University of Southern California
My research revolves around questions of American modernism, popular culture, nationalism, and the phenomenology and epistemology of media. My dissertation project focuses on the role of media in constructing the American citizen in the early twentieth-century.
Katherine Bergevin, Columbia University
Enlightenment-era political philosophy; women's writing; agriculture and enclosure; Trans-Atlantic studies;
Zoe Hope Bulaitis, University of Exeter
My thesis focuses on articulating the value of the humanities within the context of contemporary higher education policy. I am fascinated in charting the rise of neoliberal approaches within British policymaking over the past thirty years. Although contemporary in its discussion of the value within the academy today, the thesis has deep roots in Victorian policy and debate. In short, my research concerns the shift from liberal to neoliberal education over the past 150 years. Exemplary expressions of liberal education found in the writings of Matthew Arnold and J.S. Mill continue to inform and inspire my research.
Scott Caddy, Arizona State University
Sari Carter, Vanderbilt University
Nineteenth-century British nonfiction essay, experimental and epistolary or periodical genres; aesthetic, ethical, and philosophical intersections in nineteenth- and twentieth-century attempts to think the ungroundedness of the “moral law” and the ethics of the face-to-face interaction.
Rachel Cason, University of Mississippi
Mark Celeste, Rice University
Christine Choi, City University of New York - Graduate Center
Victorian literature and culture; gender and sexuality; women's studies; and psychoanalysis.
Allison Clymer, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Staci Conner, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
My research focuses on Anglo-American Gothic literature of the long 19th-century.
Julie Cruz, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
19th century American literature, specifically frontier and borderland literature as it relates to nature, religion, and the travel narrative structure.

Danielle Dye, University of Texas, Austin
My research primarily focuses on life writing in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-centuries with special attention to British and Japanese literature. I am interested in how authors narrate the self through rhetorical devices and formal structures, especially when writing about periods of travel to other nations. How do authors tackle the problems of personal, cultural, and national identification through self-writing? In the past, I have written on Rudyard Kipling’s publications on his travels to Japan and Natsume Sōseki’s autobiographical and fictional accounts of his stay London. Currently, I am interested in the relationship of fiction and self-writing in the Japanese nikki bungaku (diary literature) tradition.

Rebecca Ehrhardt, University of Southern California
Emma Eisenberg, UC Berkeley
I am interested in Realism, Victorian prose style, and queer theory. Lately, I have been pondering the function of humor in British intellectual culture and how to index social register in narrative voice.
Noa Erez, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
South African Literature during apartheid; Contemporary American Lit.; Graphic Novels; Masculinity and Gender Studies; African American Literature and Culture.
Venessa Febo, UC Los Angeles
Historical poetics, nineteenth-century poetry, anti-slavery movements, and transatlantic literature.
Hannah Fogarty, University of Buffalo
The history of medicine and psychology, sensation, the body.
Andrew Forrester, Southern Methodist University
My primary interest is in sociability in British and American nineteenth-century literature. My dissertation looks at dinners and parties in nineteenth-century literature and culture, and argues that these occasions allowed men and women to partner together at private, social events with public aims that could either advance or impede both individual objectives and larger political, commercial, and national conditions. My secondary interests include children's literature, disability studies, and pop culture.
Zachary Fruit, University of Pennsylvania
My research is focused on the history of the novel and the development of empire. I am interested in aesthetic theory, the history of landscape architecture, and representations of labor in the realist novel.
Zachary Garber, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Counterfactual narratives, the invention of history, and, more broadly, the intersection of history and fiction and its implications for nationalism and the politics of the novel.
Will Glovinsky, Columbia University
My research focuses on 19th/early 20th-century British literature and empire studies. Additional interests include theories of the novel, modernism, and 19th-century globalization.
Lindsay Graham, Rice University
Nineteenth-century British Literature, poetry, gender studies
Jessica Gray, University of Kent
My thesis focuses on the representation of women working in the office, known as 'typewriter girls', in late-19th and early-20th century fiction. More broadly, my research interests include women and work, technology, gender and sexuality, and Victorian ideas of the occult. I am currently working on a chapter on the concept of 'emotional labour'.
Mackenzie Gregg, UC Riverside
My research considers Victorian aesthetics through the concept of touch and the tactile.
Amy Hale, Dominican University of California
Katherine Harclerode, Southern Methodist University
19th-Century Transatlantic, Book History, Collective Biography
Michael Hatch, Arizona State University
Sean Hughes, Rutgers University
Cherrie Kwok, New York University
British and anglophone literature; decadent poetry; Victorian cosmopolitanisms.
Linda Liu, Stanford University
My dissertation focuses on the development of conservatism as a modern ideology in the first half of the nineteenth century, and the narrative forms through which antebellum American novels inscribe early, complex responses to the counter-democratic limitations it proposes. More generally, I'm interested in politics, ethics, and the novel, transatlantic literary and intellectual exchange, critical reading practices, and narrative theory.
Margaret Miller, UC Davis
18th- and 19th-century domesticity, constructions of kinship and the family; Victorian science and ecologies; queer theory and queer historiography; and temporality studies, particularly constructions of Deep Time as a potential site of queer-feminist-multispecies historicity
Veronica Mittnacht, UC Berkeley
Frances Molyneux, Stanford University
Samantha Nystrom, University of Delaware
My research centers on the construction of the British garden during the long nineteenth century, both in its material and textual form. In this work I draw from ecocritical and material culture theories. In doing so, I often consider how the construction of the garden parallels the construction of identity—both at local and global levels.
Leah Duncan Powell, Louisiana State University
I am currently studying 19th-century southern literature, American naturalism, and print culture in preparation for exams. I am particularly interested in the influence of journalism on 19th-century American novels and novelists, and in the way 19th-century serialized novels reveal awareness of themselves as print objects.
Crescent Rainwater, UC Los Angeles
Nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British literature, British aestheticism and decadence, the history and development of the novel, English women novelists of the fin-de-siècle, Oscar Wilde and his circle.
Max Sater, Rutgers University
Sierra Senzaki, University of Texas, Austin
I study the British Modernist novel, ecocriticism, new materialism, and the relationship between fin-de-siècle science and literature. My most recent work examines moments of interaction between human and nonhuman nature in Virginia Woolf’s “A Sketch of the Past” and To the Lighthouse through a posthumanist and new materialist critical lens. I also have a vast array of secondary interests, including the Victorian novel, women’s writing, colonialism and imperialism, and the Gothic.
Tsila Sofer Elguez, University of Haifa
Sarah Storti, University of Virginia
Long nineteenth-century, poetry and poetics, book history, textual studies, literary annuals, and nineteenth-century publishing
Sam Tett, Indiana University, Bloomington
My research explores qualities of strangeness (strangers, "aliens," haunted houses...) that constitute the everyday. As such, I work not only with the Victorian gothic, but also with texts that foreground the quotidian. My dissertation, "Away at Home: Uncanny Unbelonging in the Nineteenth-Century British Novel," explores representations of alienation in spaces of ostensible belonging (or "homes").
Tara Thomas, UC Santa Cruz
Victorian classical reception, decadence and aestheticism, queer studies, and Latin literature.
Jennifer Tinonga-Valle, UC Davis
Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-century British Literature; Women Writers; Craft and Material Culture; Media Studies
Alex Ullman, UC Santa Cruz
Eliza Urban, Louisiana State University
Victorian literature and drama, phenomenology and affect theory, theatre production history, adaptation studies
Polina Vinogradova, Ryerson University
My research interests include Victorian literature and culture; sound studies; Marxism; literature and science; the digital humanities; and German media theory.
Darby Walters, University of Southern California
I am interested in the ways that fictional narrative structures refract and inform medical narratives in the nineteenth-century.
Ted Zhang, Ryerson University
Canadian/Diasporic Literature; Victorian Novels (Eliot/Charlotte Bronte)