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English Department

Graduate Students

FALL 2009 & SPRING/ SUMMER 2010 

APPOINTMENTS

Writing Center Appointment 2009-2010

Fall: Destiny Birdsong

Spring: Donika Ross

AWARDS

Graduate School Spring 2010 Dissertation Enhancement Grant
Elizabeth Covington

College of Arts & Science 2010 Summer Research Award
Megan Minarich

Matthew Eatough

Christopher Pexa

Robert Penn Warren Graduate Student Dissertation Fellowships 2010-11
Elizabeth Covington

DEPARTMENT AWARDS

2010 John M. Aden Award (acknowledges excellence in graduate student writing for a seminar)
Aubrey Porterfield

2010 Edgar Hill Duncan Award (honors distinguished overall graduate career)
Sarah Kersh

2010 Thomas D. Young Award (honors superior classroom teaching by a graduate student)
Amanda Hagood

2010 Robert Manson Myers Graduate Award in English
Elizabeth Covington

20010-2011 Dissertation Year Fellowships
Destiny Birdsong

2010 Martha Rivers Ingram Graduate Fellowhip Award in English
Matthew Eatough

OUTSIDE AWARDS

2010 Rose Alley Press Achievement Awards
Bethany Packard
Justin Haynes
Matthew Eatough

SEMINARS

Dickens Camp 2010 UC, Santa Cruz

Stephanie Higgs
Heather Freeman

Cornell University School of Criticism and Theory
Ithaca, NY 2010

Adam Miller

University of Warrick England, Mellon Funded Residential Seminar
2010

Amanda Johnson
Jane Wanninger
Matthew Duques

FALL 2008 & SPRING/ SUMMER 2009

APPOINTMENTS

Writing Center Fellowship 2008-2009
Christina Neckles

AWARDS

Graduate School Fall 2008 Dissertation Enhancement Grant
Miranda Nesler
Justin Haynes

Graduate School Spring 2009 Dissertation Enhancement Grant
Bethany Packard

College of Arts & Science 2009 Summer Research Award
Diana Bellonby
Elizabeth Meadows
Amanda Hagood
Robert Penn Warren Graduate Student Dissertation Fellowships 2009-2010
Sarah Kersh
Elizabeth Meadows

DEPARTMENT AWARDS

2009 John M. Aden Award (acknowledges excellence in graduate student writing for a seminar)
Matthew Eatough

2008 Edgar Hill Duncan Award (honors distinguished overall graduate career)
Donald Jellerson

2008 Thomas D. Young Award (honors superior classroom teaching by a graduate student)
Sarah Childress
2009 Robert Manson Myers Graduate Award in English
Elizabeth Meadows

2009-2010 Dissertation Year Fellowships
Justin Haynes
Amanda Hagood

OUTSIDE AWARDS

2009 Rose Alley Press Achievement Awards
Miranda Nesler
Destiny Birdsong
Donika Ross

P.E.O. Fellowship
Bethany Packard

FALL 2007 & SPRING/ SUMMER 2008

APPOINTMENTS

Center for Teaching Graduate Teaching Fellowship 2007-2008
Rebecca Chapman

AWARDS

Center for Ethics Dissertation Writer Fellows Fall 2008
Miranda Nesler
John Morrell
Sarah Passino Muller
Lauren Wood Hoffer

Graduate School Fall 2007 Dissertation Enhancement Grant
Rebecca Chapman
Katherine Fusco

Graduate School Spring 2008 Dissertation Enhancement Grant
Donald Jellerson
Christina Neckles

College of Arts & Science 2008 Summer Research Award
Donald Jellerson
Bethany Packard

Center for the Americas Dissertation Year Fellowhsip 2008-2009
Daniel Spoth
Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Robert Penn Warren Graduate Student Dissertation Fellowships 2008-2009
Donald Jellerson
Derrick Spires

DEPARTMENT AWARDS

2008 John M. Aden Award (acknowledges excellence in graduate student writing for a seminar)
Diana Bellonby

2008 Edgar Hill Duncan Award (honors distinguished overall graduate career)
Nicole Seymour

2008 Thomas D. Young Award (honors superior classroom teaching by a graduate student)
Lauren Wood Hoffer

2008 Robert Manson Myers Graduate Award in English
Derrick Spires

2008 Dissertation Year Fellowships
Rebecca Chapman
Brian Rejack

OUTSIDE AWARDS

2008 Rose Alley Press Achievement Awards
Amanda Hagood
Sarah Kersh
Elizabeth Covington

Values and Environmental Summer Research Fellowship 2008
John Morrell

Albert M. Greenfield Foundation Fellowship
Library Company of Philadelphia
Derrick Spires

Kate B. and Hall J. Peterson Fellow 2008
American Antiquarian Society
Derrick Spires

Frederick Binkerd Artz Research Grant 2008
Oberlin College Archives
Derrick Spires

Shakespeare Association Graduate Travel Award 2008
Miranda Nesler

Best Graduate Student Paper
SEASACS (Southeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies) Conference 2008
"Music, awake her - Strike': Revivfying Hermione in Garrick and Shakespeare"
Bethany Packard

SEMINARS

Dartmouth Futures of American Studies Institute
Dartmouth College, June 16-22, 2008
Megan Minarich

Dickens Camp 2008
UC, Santa Cruz July 2008
Sarah Kersh
Elizabeth Meadows

Shakespeare on Screen in Theory and Practice
Shakespeare Institute, Folger Shakespeare Library
Washington, DC Spring 2008
Rebecca Chapman

Cornell University School of Criticism and Theory
Ithaca, NY June15-July 24, 2008
Yeo Ju Choi
Emily Hines

University of Warrick England, Mellon Funded Residential Seminar
July 2008
Donald Jellerson

Conferences

Marlowe International Conference
Canterbury, England June 30-July 4, 2008
Bethany Packard

Marxist Literary Group - Institute On Culture & Society
Milwaukee, WI June 10-14, 2008
Jeffrey Menne

Queer Studies Graduate Symposium
Davis, CA May 16-18, 2008
John J. Morrell

Giving Voice to Other Beings Graduate Conference
Vanderbilt University May 2-3, 2008
Brian Deyo

College Language Association
Charleston, SC April 9-12, 2008
Justin Haynes
Derrick Spires

Whither Culture?: Towards Histories, Futures, Theories, and Productions of the Social
Gainesville, FL March 27-29, 2008
Matthew Eatough

Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting
Dallas, TX March 13-15, 2008
Rebecca Chapman
Bethany Packard
Donald Jellerson
Miranda Nesler

2008 Society of Cinema & Media Studies Conference
Philadelphia, PA March 5-9, 2008
Sarah Childress
Nicole Seymour

SEASECS Annual Meeting Conference
Auburn, AL February 15, 2008
Beau Baca
Bethany Packard (Graduate Student Paper Prize Winner)

Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900
Louisville, KY February 21 -23, 2008
Benjamin Graydon

Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
San Francisco, CA February 19-22, 2008
Charlotte Amanda Hagood

The Literary Animal Romance Studies Graduate Student Conference
Cornell University February 8-9, 2008
Brian Deyo

Florida State University Film and Literature Conference
Tallahassee, FL February 2, 2008
Sarah Childress

Modern Language Association Conference
Chicago, IL December 2007
Nicole Seymour

Modernist Studies Association
Long Beach, CA November 1-4, 2007
Elizabeth Covington
Chu-Jiun Alice Chuang
Joshua Epstein
Benjamin Graydon

The Victorians Institute Conference 2007: Victorian Secrets
Tuscaloosa, AL November 8-10, 2007
Lauren Wood Hoffer

International American Studies Association World Congress 2007
Lisbon, Portugal September 20-23, 2007
Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Fall 2006 & Spring/Summer 2007

APPOINTMENTS

Center for Teaching Affiliates
2006-2007 Academic Year
Natalie Champ
Josh Epstein

Center for the Americas
2007 Summer Research Fellowships
Sarah Childress
Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Modern Language Association
Delegate Assembly Representative
Southeast U.S. Graduate Students
Benjamin Graydon -- elected in December 2006

Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities
Editor
Miranda Garno Nesler

AWARDS
Center for Ethics Dissertation Fellowship
Benjamin Graydon (Fall 2007)
Shirleen Robinson (Spring 2007)

College of Arts and Science Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award
Jennifer Clement

College of Arts and Science 2007 Summer Research Awards
Natalie Champ
Donald Jellerson
Jeff Menne
Derrick Spires

Department Awards
2007 John M. Aden Award
(acknowledges excellence in graduate student writing for a seminar)
DERRICK SPIRES
Title of Essay: "'In the midst of a burning fiery furnace': Republican Virtue, Christian Ethics, and Babylonian Business in Absalom Jones and Richard Allen's Narrative" (Professor Dana Nelson's seminar)

2007 Edgar Hill Duncan Memorial Award
(honors distinguished overall graduate career)
JENNIFER CLEMENT

2007 Thomas D. Young Award
(recognizes suprior classroom teaching by a graduate student)
BENJAMIN GRAYDON

Dissertation-Year Fellowships
Fall 2007/Spring 2008
Katherine Fusco
Benjamin Graydon
Jeffrey Menne

Graduate School
Fall Dissertation Enhancement Grant
Jeff Menne

2007 Robert Manson Myers Graduate Award in English
Josh Epstein

2006-07 Robert Penn Warren Graduate Student Dissertation Fellowships
Josh Epstein
Nicole Seymour

OUTSIDE AWARDS
2007 Conference of Southern Graduate Schools/ProQuest UMI Distinguished Humanities Thesis Award
Destiny Birdsong
Title of Thesis: "White Slaves: A Look at the Poor White Southerner in Slave Narratives of the Past and Present'

2007 Rose Alley Press Achievement Awards
Donald Jellerson
Elizabeth Meadows
Daniel Spoth

PUBLICATIONS
Ben Graydon has an article forthcoming in ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews.
Title: "Product Branding in Howells' A Modern Instance"

Jeff Menne recently had an essay accepted for publication by "Cinema Journal" (for Fall 2007).
Title: "A Mexican Nouvelle Vague: The Logic of New Waves under Globalization"

Miranda Garno Nesler has an essay forthcoming in JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory (37:1) Spring 2007.
Title: "'What Once I was, and What Am Now': Narrative and Identity Constructions in Samson Agonistes"

Nicole Seymour will have an article published in Issue 17.3 of Feminist Teacher.
Title: "The Interests of Full Disclosure: Agenda-Setting and the Practical Initiation of the Feminist Classroom"

Daniel Spoth has had an essay accepted for publication in the December 2007 issue of the European Journal of American Studies.
Title: "The House that Time Built: Structuring History in Faulkner and Yeats"

SEMINARS
Dartmouth Futures of American Studies Institute Seminar
Dartmouth College, June 18 - 24, 2007
Yeo Ju Choi

2007 Dickens Universe -- The Pickwick Papers
UC, Santa Cruz, July 29-August 4, 2007
Natalie Champ and Christina Neckles

Folger Shakespeare Institute Seminar, "A Sense of the Archives"
January 26 - April 13, 2007
Washington, DC
Bethany Packard

Mellon Graduate Seminar, "The Souls of Brute and Stupid Things"
May 8 - 31, 2007

English Department Participants:
Beau Baca
Destiny Birdsong
Elizabeth Covington,
Josh Epstein
Amanda Hagood
Justin Haynes
Emily Hines
John Morrell
Bethany Packard
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CONFERENCES
Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Conference
Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC
June 12-16, 2007
Charlotte Amanda Hagood
John Morrell

Australian National University Art and Reenactment Conference
and Graduate Workshop, Canberra and Sydney, Australia
June 5-13, 2007
Beau Baca
Brian Deyo

2007 BARS/NASSR Conference
Bristol, UK, July 26-29, 2007
Brian Rejack

British Comparative Literature Association Conference
University of Essex, Colchester, UK, March 24-25, 2007
Christina Neckles

15th Annual British Women Writing Conference
Lexington, KY
April 13-15, 2007
Elizabeth Meadows

Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference
Kansas city, MO, April 19-21, 2007
Natalie Champ

International Conference on Caribbean Studies
University of Texas Pan American, November 2-5, 2006
Justin Haynes

International Conference on Narrative
Washington, DC, March 15-18, 2007
Ben Graydon
Lauren Wood Hoffer

Midwest Modern Language Association Conference
Chicago, IL, November 11-12, 2006
Nicole Seymour

Midwest Modern Language Association Conference
Chicago, IL, November 11-12, 2006
Derrick Spires

MLA Conference
Philadelphia, PA, December 27-30, 2006
Jennifer Clemen
Christian Long

Modernist Studies Association Conference
Tulsa, OK, October 19-22, 2006
Joshua Epstein

Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference:
"Minds, Bodies, Machines in the Long Nineteenth Century"
Birbeck College, University of London,
July 6-7, 2007
Natalie Champ

NTU International Literary Studies Conference
Singapore, September 28-30, 2006
Natalie Champ

Shakespeare Association of America
San Diego, CA, April 4-8, 2007
Donald Jellerson
Miranda Garno Nesler

Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference
Chicago, IL, February 8-10, 2007
Katherine Fusco

Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference
Chicago, IL, March 9-11, 2007
Sarah Childress
Jeff Menne

20th-Century Literature and Culture Conference
University of Louisville, February 23-25, 2006
Natalie Champ

Fall 2005 & Spring/Summer 2006
AWARDS

Center for the Americas
Summer Field Research Award
Daniel Spoth

College of Arts and Science
Summer Research Grants
Rebecca Chapman
Benjamin Graydon
Derrick Spires
Nafissa Thompson

Department
2006 John M. Aden Award
(excellence in graduate student seminar writing)
Donald Jellerson
Title of Winning Essay:
"Shakespeare's A Lover's Complaint as Literary Dream"

2006 Thomas Daniel Young Award
(outstanding graduate student teaching)
Susan Crisafulli

Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities
Summer Fellowship
Jeong-oh Kim

Graduate School
Spring Dissertation Enhancement Grant
Jen Clement

Other Awards
Martha Rivers Ingram Fellowship in English
Jen Clement
The Rose Alley Press Achievement Award in English Studies
Nicole Seymour

Seminars
Cornell School of Criticism & Theory
Ithaca, New York, June 18 - July 28, 2006
Nicole Seymour

26th Annual Dickens Project: Nicholas Nickleby
University of California, Santa Cruz
July 30 - August 5, 2006
Lauren Wood

Mellon Summer Seminar (English Department Participants)
Robert Penn Warren Center, May 9 - June 1, 2006

Beau Baca
Natalie Champ
Alice Chuang
Jen Clement
Brian Deyo
Jeong-oh Kim
Kimberly McColl
Daniel Spoth,
Lauren Wood

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

American Literature Association Conference
San Francisco, CA, May 25-28, 2006
John Morrell

Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies Conference
San Antonio, TX, December 1-4, 2005
Jennifer Clement

Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference
Rutgers University, March 31-April 1, 2006
David L. Smith

Modern Language Association Conference
Washington, DC, December 27-30, 2005
Susan Crisafulli

7th Annual Modernist Studies Association Conference
Chicago, IL, November 3-5, 2005
Katherine Fusco
Benjamin Graydon

Nature and Environmental Writers--
College and University Educators Conference
Boothbay Harbor, Maine, June 13-16, 2006
Charlotte Amanda Hagood

Re-mapping the American South Conference
University of the West of England, Bristol, UK, September 8-10, 2006
Daniel Spoth

Society of Cinema and Media Studies Conference
Vancouver, British Columbia, March 2-5, 2006
Sarah Childress
Jeffrey Menne

Southeastern Medieval Association Conference
Daytona Beach, Florida, September 29-October 1, 2005
Rebecca Chapman
Donald Jellerson
Miranda Nesler

Southern Writers, Southern Writing Conference
University of Mississippi
Oxford, MS, July 20-24, 2005
Daniel F. Spoth

8th Annual Women's History Month Conference
Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
March 3-4, 2006
Nicole Seymour

Fall 2004 & Spring / Summer 2005
AWARDS

Center for the Americas
Summer Stipend Award: Nicole Seymour
Graduate Fellowships: Christian Long, Jeff Menne, Nicole Seymour
College of Arts and Science
Summer Research Grants: Jen Clement, Josh Epstein,
Katherine Fusco, Ben Graydon
Department
Edgar Hill Duncan Memorial Award: Andrea Bradley
[Recognizes outstanding graduate career]
John M. Aden Award: Nicole Seymour
[Acknowledges outstanding graduate student writing for a seminar]
Title of Essay: "Sounds and Visions: Illustrated Songs in Early Cinema, 1895-1915"
(for Professor Paul Young's seminar)
Thomas Daniel Young Award: Scott Hicks & Lisa Niles;
Honorable Mention: Susan Crisafulli & Shalyn Claggett
[Recognizes excellence in graduate student teaching]
English Department Summer Research Grants:
Rebecca Chapman, Donald Jellerson, Jeong-oh Kim,
Briana O'Riordan, Nafissa Thompson

Graduate School
Fall Dissertation Enhancement Grant: Shalyn Claggett
Spring Dissertation Enhancement Grants: Scott Hicks & Beccie Randhawa

Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities
Summer Graduate Student Fellowships: Hyeyurn Chung & Beccie Randhawa

Other
Susan Ford Wiltshire Prize for Best Graduate Essay: Nicole Seymour

SEMINARS
Cornell School of Criticism & Theory: Jeff Menne
June 19 - July 29, 2005
25th Annual Dickens Universe: Little Dorrit: Josh Epstein
University of California, Santa Cruz, July 31 - August 6, 2005


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