Please note: Due to COVID-19, some conference presentations were moved online, postponed, or cancelled. We congratulate everyone who had a conference presentation accepted, regardless of the eventual outcome.
janan alexandra defended an M.F.A. thesis entitled Return.
Abby Ang won the Emerging Leader Award from the City of Bloomington, was the featured speaker at the 2020 Social Justice in America Series at IU, and was featured in the Associated Press and in BLOOM Magazine. She defended a dissertation entitled Careful Curiosity: Insect & Human Encounters in Latin & Vernacular Texts of Medieval England.
Austin Araujo defended an M.F.A. thesis entitled Mistake This Fire and is a Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University (2021-23).
Jon Booth defended a dissertation entitled Bodily Sense: Forms of Feeling in Early British Romantic Poetry.
Jordan Bunzel won the College of Arts & Sciences Completion Fellowship.
Annamarie Carlson won the Culbertson Composition Portfolio Award.
Joanna Chromik was selected as an IU representative at The National Humanities Council Virtual Graduate Student Summer Residency Program.
Samantha Demmerle defended a dissertation entitled Character at the Margin: Formulating Minor Characters in Shakespeare.
Laura Dzubay won the Guy Lemmon Award in Public Writing and the Lois Davidson Ellis Graduate Fellowship.
Tim Etzkorn won the Culbertson Teaching Award.
Michelle Finkler published the short story “Goes to Town” in Hobart and defended an M.F.A. thesis entitled Flow.
Daniel Fladager received a Preparing Future Faculty Fellowship at IU Northwest and published the article “Jennifer Egan’s Digital Archive” in LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory.
Lindsay Gill participated in the workshop “Using Medieval Books” at the Newberry Library.
Kelly Hanson was appointed Director of the Program in Technical Communication at the University of Michigan and a Senior Fellow in Mosaic at Indiana University.
Lauren Harrison won honorable mention in the Bertolt Clever Writing Prize in poetry and published poems in the minnesota review, Appalachian Review, Poet Lore, Southern Humanities Review, Poiesis, and the Women of Appalachia Project's anthology Women Speak Vol. 6.
Zoë Henry won the David H. Dickason American Literature Essay Award, received an honorable mention in the Mary Gaither Prize for best essay in British literature, and had two presentations accepted by the Modern Language Association conference.
Mille Hizer won Culbertson Endowment Travel Funding and had presentations accepted by the National Communication Association Conference, the Rhetoric Society of America Biennial Conference, and the Conference on College Composition and Communication.
Eryn Johnson won the Culbertson Teaching Award.
JiHae Koo was appointed Assistant Professor at Kookmin University in Korea.
Stephanie Kung won the J.A. Robbins Memorial Prize in American Literature and the Albert Wertheim Dissertation Year Fellowship and had presentations accepted by the Annual American Comparative Literature Association Conference and the Asian American Studies Conference.
Evan Leake won honorable mention in the David H. Dickason American Literature Essay Award.
Sara Loy won the Theory Center Graduate Essay Prize, had a presentation accepted by the National Communication Association Convention, and was Senior Book Review Editor at Victorian Studies.
Elizabeth Maffetone was appointed Teaching Professor at Xavier University, Ohio.
Caitlin Mahaffy won the Culbertson Teaching Award and the College of Arts & Sciences Completion Fellowship, received the Karma Lochrie Summer Fellowship, published the article “Melodious Madrigals: A Study of Animal Musicians in Early Modern England” in the Ben Johnson Journal, and had presentations accepted by the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Conference, the International Congress on Medieval Studies, the International Medieval Congress at Leeds, and the Sixteenth Century Society Conference.
T.J. Martinson won the James A. Work Prize for an outstanding graduate student in English and defended a dissertation entitled Genealogies of the Postmodern: Reflexive Embodiment in the Genomic Age.
Caroline McCaulay won the Earle J. S. Ho Award for outstanding teaching of creative writing and defended an M.F.A. thesis entitled There Were Never Any Slugs.
Trevor McMichael won the English Department Summer Fellowship in British Literature and published the article “‘Fitting punishment’: Imaginative Revenge, the Lyrical Ballad, and Everyday Life” in European Romantic Review.
Kaidan McNamee won the Virginia La Follette Gunderson Rhetoric Award.
Sean Mier won the Patrick Brantlinger Fellowship in Victorian Studies.
Joseph Morgan defended a dissertation entitled Glossing the Virgin: The Incarnational Hermeneutics of Mary in the English Middle Ages.
Steven Nathaniel defended a dissertation entitled Inaudible Modernism: Techno-Aesthetic Listening in Literature and Film.
Lydia Nixon had presentations accepted by the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Conference and the Cappadocia University Conference.
Sarah Pedzinski received the Carl H. Ziegler Teaching Award, the Culbertson Teaching Award, and the university’s 2021 Lieber Memorial Associate Instructor Award for outstanding teaching.
Bianca Perez-Cancino won the William Riley Parker Prize in British literature and the President's Diversity Fellowship, had a presentation accepted by the Dickens Universe conference and participated in the workshop “Domestic Maritime Masculinity” at the Dickens Universe, and was a member of the College of Arts & Sciences Mentoring and Retention in the Ph.D. Working Group.
Simone Person defended an M.F.A. thesis entitled Camp Lily: Art as a Site of Resistance & Liberation for Black Women.
Joshua Rawleigh won the Russell Noyes Award in Romantic Studies for best essay.
L. Renée defended an M.F.A. thesis entitled And the Dust Still Sings: Appalachian Inheritances.
Matthew Robinson won the Culbertson Teaching Award.
Nicole Rizzo had a presentation accepted by the Northeast Modern Language Association annual convention.
Alex Sagona defended an M.F.A. thesis entitled Auto-Fictions.
Sarah Schmitt won the Albert Wertheim Essay Prize.
Anushka Sen published poems in Eunoia Review and The Dalhousie Review, had a presentation accepted by the Modernist Studies Association, and was selected as an IU representative at The National Humanities Council Virtual Graduate Student Summer Residency Program.
Bonnie Shishko was appointed Assistant Professor at Queen’s College, South Carolina.
Katie Shy won the Mary Gaither Prize for best essay in British literature.
Cody St. Clair defended a dissertation entitled Homeless Modernisms: The Politics & Aesthetics of Underclass Resistance in 1930s & 1940s U. S. Literature & Culture.
Sophie Stein won the Ross Lockridge Jr. Award in Creative Writing for best short story.
Ellen Stenstrom won the Culbertson Composition Portfolio Award.
Heidi Støa was appointed Associate Professor at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.
Alberto Sveum defended an M.F.A. thesis entitled Decadent Metrics.
Mary Helen Truglia had a National Humanities Center Graduate Student Summer Residency and had presentations accepted by the Modern Language Association Convention, the Shakespeare Association of America Conference, and the Sixteenth Century Society.
Laura Tscherry had a presentation accepted by the Feminist Inter/Modernist Association annual conference and taught a Collins course.
Joe Vuletich won the Culbertson Teaching Award.
Denise Weisz published the article “Negotiating Nervousness: How Elocution Manuals Shaped the American Public Body in the Nineteenth Century” in Resources for American Literary Study and won the Culbertson Composition Portfolio Award.
Jenna Wengler won the Earle J. S. Ho Award for outstanding teaching of creative writing and defended an M.F.A. thesis entitled Glimmer: A Novel.
Andrea Whitacre was appointed Assistant Professor at Eureka College, Illinois.
Lydia Wilkes was appointed Writing Program Administrator at Auburn University, Alabama.
El Williams III had presentations accepted by the National Council on Public History, the IU Critical Ethnic Studies Symposium, and the IU Black Joy Conference; was featured in the Jesuits Slavery History Memory and Reconciliation Project Newsletter; and was a solo exhibitor at PSA: STL.
Miranda Wojciechowski published the article “Criminal Conversation, Predatory Reading: Consent and Critical Practice at the Crossways” in Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies.
Gisselle Yepes won the Guy Lemmon Award in Public Writing and the Bertolt Clever Writing Prize in poetry.