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Department of English
University of Mississippi

PhD in English Students


Nadia Alexis

M.F.A., The University of Mississippi
B.A., Union College

Teaches Creative Writing, Writing 101 and American Literature
Interests include African American and Caribbean literatures; diasporic women’s writing; ecocriticism.

Patrick Alexander

Stacey Balkun

M.F.A., Creative Writing, Fresno State University, 2014
B.A., English and American Studies, Rutgers University, 2009

Areas of Interest: Research interests include 20th & 21st century & poetry, particularly texts by women writers, fairy tales & mythology, fabulism, eco-poetry, & environmental criticism.

sbalkun at

Bridget M. Bartlett


M.A., University of Oklahoma
B.A., Central Washington University

Areas of Interest: Research interests include early modern literature and disability studies.

BMBartL1 at

Patrick AlexanderMelissa Black

M.A., University of Alabama in Huntsville
B.S., Computer Science, Limestone College

Research Interests: Eighteenth-Century British Literature: Economics, Gender and Sexuality, Property and Consent, Ecocriticism, and Animal Studies

mblack at

Patrick AlexanderCaroline Brandon
M.A., Mississippi State University
B.A., Millsaps College

Areas of Interest: Contemporary American Literature, especially Mississippi writers

crbrando at

Cullen Brown

B.A., English, University of Cincinnati

Research interests include theories of reading, epistemology, and conceptions of humanness in the early Americas

cbrown7 at

Jacob DeBrock

B.A. in English and Psychology, University of Toledo.

M.A. English, University of Louisville

Research interests include 20th- and 21st-century African American literature, queer/gender studies, disability studies, media studies

jddebroc at

Patrick AlexanderKathleen Downes

M.A., University of New Orleans
B.A., Florida State University

Research interests include science and literature with a focus on disease in 19th Century and Modern American literature

kdownes at

Diego Fleitas

B.A. Eckerd College
M.A. Dartmouth College

Areas of Interest: The epic, Arthurian Legend, Chivalric Romances.

dfleitas at

Patrick AlexanderAndie Ferniany

M.A., University of Alabama in Huntsville
B.A., Auburn University

Areas of Interest: Research interests include Restoration and eighteenth-century literature and culture, historical poetics, feminist criticism, gender studies, and ecocriticism.

afern at

Kelsey Fox

B.A. English and Spanish, Brescia University

M.A. English, Western Kentucky University

Areas of Interest: Research interests include Contemporary American Literature, Critical Prison Studies, Queer Theory, Ecocriticism.

kfox at

Patrick AlexanderAnthony Gottlich

B.A., English and Hispanic Languages and Literature, Boston University

Areas of Interest: Research interests include Literature of the US South, the Global South, Latin American Literature, Indigenous Literature, Postcolonialism, and other literary depictions of the plantation.

agottlic at

Patrick AlexanderMaggie Graber

M.F.A., Southern Illinois University Carbondale
B.A., Indiana University

Research interests include Contemporary American Poetry, Ecocriticism, Queer Ecologies, and Wilderness Poetics.

magraber at


Patrick AlexanderSarah Heying
she/her/hers and they/them/theirs

M.A., English, McNeese State University
M.F.A., Creative Writing-Fiction, McNeese State University
B.A., Cultural Studies with a minor in Creative Writing, UNC-Chapel Hill

Research interests include queer and trans aesthetics in southern literature; theories of memory, identity, and embodiment; critical race theory; hybrid genres

smheying at

Patrick AlexanderAmber Hodge

M.A., English, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
A.M., American Studies, College of William and Mary
A.B., English, College of William and Mary

Areas of Interest: 20th and 21st century US literature and culture; animal studies; Asian American Studies; film and media studies; formation of ability, class, gender, ethnicity, race, and sexuality in the US; Hawai‘i

ahodge at

Patrick AlexanderSarah Huddleston

M.F.A., The University of Mississippi
M.A., English, Portland State University
B.A., English, Portland State University

Literary fiction; slipstream fiction; magical realism; fairy tales; folklore; environmental literature; gender and sexuality studies; creative nonfiction

Patrick AlexanderJuyoun Jang

M.A., American Studies, Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea
B.A., Korean Literature and Philosophy, Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea

Main interests: African American Literature; Critical Prison Studies, Black Feminism; Transnational Black Studies; the Global South; Cinema Studies

jjang4 at

Kimberly Kotel

M.F.A., Creative Writing, Chapman University
M.A., English, Chapman University
B.A., Creative Writing, University of Arizona

Areas of Interest: Research interests include 19th-21st century literature; aesthetics; cultural studies; genre; material culture; media studies; pedagogy; poetics; sexuality and gender; spatial theory.

kkotel at

Kacee McKinney

M.A., Literature and Cultural Theory, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
B.A., English, Oklahoma Baptist University

Areas of Interest: queer theory, animal studies, twentieth and twenty-first century southern literature,

kmmckin1 at

Bailey Moorhead

B.A., Oklahoma State University

Areas of Interest: Research interests include Contemporary American Literature, specializing in modernism, historical fiction, U.S. South\West border spaces, and racial capitalism.

bmoorhea at

Maggie Muehleman

B.A. from Transylvania University

Research interests include 19th and 20th century American Literature, the Southern Gothic, cultural studies, women in literature, literary theory, and social\cultural theory

mamuehle at

Stuart Mullet

B.A. in English from Grace College

Research interests include mid-20th century Southern literature, particularly texts by women writers, the body in literature, disability studies, and environmental criticism

smullet at

Patrick AlexanderJoshua Nguyen

M.F.A., The University of Mississippi
B.S.A., The University of Texas at Austin

Areas of Interest: Asian American literature, hybrid historial retellings, and the contemporary quotidian.

Allison Nick


B.A., Washington University in St. Louis

Research interests include 20th Century American Literature, Southern Literature, Postwar Literature, Transatlantic Studies, Women and Gender Studies

amnick at

Patrick AlexanderNaza Amaeze Okoli

M.A., University of Lagos, Nigeria
B.A., University of Lagos, Nigeria

Areas of Interest: Black vernacular traditions; print culture; race and performance in the Black Atlantic; African/African American literature

caokoli at

Patrick AlexanderWilliam Palmer

M.A., English, Auburn University
B.A., English, Birmingham-Southern College

Areas of Interest: American literature and culture, Modernism/modernity, Race, African American Literature, Popular Music, Sound Studies

wpalmer at

Patrick AlexanderSarah Margaret Pittman

B.S.B.A., Finance, University of Arkansas

Research interests include Victorian literature, gender studies, Gothic literature Political economy

smpittma at


Patrick AlexanderMargaret Pless

M.A., University of Mississippi
B.A., Vanderbilt University

Areas of Interest: 20th century and contemporary American literature, the memoir, theory of identity, criticism that incorporates the personal

mhpless at

Patrick AlexanderSeth Spencer

M.A., English, University of South Florida
B.A., English, Florida Southern College

Areas of Interest: Seth Spencer is a Ph.D. student at the University of Mississippi specializing in 19th-Century American Literature. He studies print culture, assembled texts, and labor reform literature.

sspencer at

Patrick AlexanderNicholas Sabo

B.A., English and Computer Science, Rice University, 2018

Areas of Interest: sound, radio, and media studies, aesthetic philosophy, Gothic literature, 20th century popular media, and contemporary formats.

nasabo at

Patrick AlexanderIra Sen

Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Studies and Research, Ashoka University
B.A., Hons., English, Ashoka University

Areas of Interest: Adaptation, Shakespeare, the body in performance, reading and re-imagining, creative political resistance to authoritarianism.

isen at

Patrick AlexanderSara Stephens

M.F.A., Creative Writing, Georgia College & State University
B.A., Writing, University of Evansville

Research interests include Southern literature, Victorian poetry, American modernism

sstephe3 at

Will Underland


B.S. Liberal Studies, MA in English, Middle Tennessee State University

Areas of Interest: American Literature, Ecocriticism, Psychoanalysis.

William Walker

B.A. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
M.F.A. The University of Central Florida

Areas of Interest: Teaching and research interests include fiction.

Patrick Alexander

Regina Young


M.A., University of Mississippi
B.A., University of Kentucky

Areas of Interest: Teaching and research interests include 20th-century American literature, medical humanities, disability studies, southern literature, gender and sexuality studies,
literary modernism, and ecocriticism.