PhD Placement

Recent Ph.D. Placement Information (For MFA placement, return to Prospective Students Menu)

Our graduates have found tenure-track positions at such varied institutions as the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of World Literature (Moscow), Texas State University, University of North Carolina- Asheville, Transylvania University (Lexington, KY), University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, University of Illinois-Springfield, Cascadia Community College, University of the Incarnate Word, Jamestown College, and Georgia Southern University. They teach at research universities, liberal arts colleges, HBCUs, international universities, regional universities, and community colleges throughout the country and in many places abroad. Graduates have also chosen careers in industry, non-profits, publishing, government, and secondary education. We have recently been averaging six or seven PhDs per year.

The table below details the placement of every PhD in English for the last six years. Here you will find the year of PhD, year of placement (including both first job and subsequent tenure-track placement, where applicable), institution, position type, and dissertation title. Assistant Professor positions are all tenure-track, unless otherwise noted. Additional information about placements from 2000-2005 follows the table.

Many English graduate programs offer placement information in the form of percentages. Because there is no consistency among English departments regarding what constitutes placement (tenure track only, post docs, all full-time employment, etc.), these figures can be somewhat confusing or even misleading. Rather than present information that can be misconstrued, we have proudly listed all our PhDs from 2006 to January, 2013.



2014 -15

Name Year of Placement Place of Appointment Position Type Dissertation Title and Director
Cantrell, Jaime 2014 University of Mississippi Visiting Assistant Prof

Southern Sapphisms: Sexuality and Sociality in Literary Productions, 1974-97 

Dr. Katherine Henninger (director)

Keigan, Laura 2014 Pellissippi State CC Adjunct

Intersections of Race and Class in 1930s Othello Burlesques

Sharon Weltman

Miller, Monica 2013 Georgia Tech Post-Doc (3 years)

Lopsided, Scarred, and Squint-Eyed: Ugly Women in the Work of Southern Women Writers

Brannon Costello

Rezai, Ali 2014 LSU Post-Doc

Liberalism and the Dilemmas of Cultures

Jacob Berman


Riche, David 2014 LSU Post-Doc

Precarious Positions: Toward a Theory and Pedagogy of Rhetorical Vulnerability

Irvin Peckham





Name Year of Placement Place of Appointment Position Type Dissertation Title and Director
Griffin, Michael 2014 Georgia Tech Post-Doc (3 years)

The Visual Novel: Fictional Space & Print After 1900

Michelle Masse

Krasserstein, Stephanie 2014 Indiana State University Instructor

Toward a Northern Irish Pastoral: Reading the Rural in Seamus Heaney and Paul Muldoon         

Pallovi Rastogi

Faulk, Laura 2014 LSU Post-Doc

Body Language:  Pain in Victorian Literature

Elsie Michie

Wicks, Amanda 2014 University of Illinois Press Assistant Acquisitions Editor

The Imagined After: Re-Positioning Social Memory through Twentieth-Century Post-Apocalyptic Literature and Film

Carl Freedman

Casper, Kevin 2013 University of West Georgia Assistant Prof.

In Spite of Yourself: The Asignifying Force of Humor and Laughter

Brooke Rollins

Hromadka, Jared 2013 English Language and Orientation Program Instructor

The Laws of Verse: The Poetry of Alice Meynell and Its Literary Contexts, 1875-1923

Elsie Michie

Kiesel, Corrie 2013


Southeastern LA

Postdoctoral Fellow


Blame: Marriage, Folklore, and the Victorian Novel

Elsie Miche

Jones, Cara




Towson University


Hamilton U

Instructor of Women's Studies


Visiting Asst. Prof

From Wandering Wombs to Female Troubles: Endometriosis Self-Help Literature and Memoir from the Intersections of Queer and Disability Theories 

Michelle Masse

Jones, Laura 2013 Montclair University Assistant Prof.

Minding the Gap: A Rhetorical History of the Achievement Gap

Susan Weinstein

Helen Marks, Laura






Post-Doc (5 years)

Erotic Transgressions: Pornographic Uses of the Victorian

Michelle Masse and Patrick McGee

Picken, Conor 2013 Brown Leadership Community, Bellarmine University Instructor

Friends of Bill F.: Alcohol, Recovery, and Social Progress in Southern Fiction

Brannon Costello

Hori, Tomohiro 2011 Hirosaki University, Hirosaki Japan Assistant Professor

Contingent Constellations: Frederick Douglass and the Fact of Freedom

John Lowe



Name Year of Placement Place of Appointment Position Type Dissertation Title and Director
Frye, Charles M. 2012 Alabama School of Math and Science Faculty

Country of Illusion: Imagined Geographies and Transnational Connections in F. Scott Fitzgerald's America

Dr. J. Gerald Kennedy

Levin, Cherry 2012    

Wedding Belles and Enslaved Brides: Louisiana Plantation Weddings in Fact, Fiction and Folklore

Dr. John Lowe

McCray, Brigitte 2013 Kansas Wesleyan University Faculty

Queer Utopian Geographies and Cold War Poetry

Dr. Joseph Kronick

Mecholsky, Kristopher






Residential Life

Adaptation as Anarchist: A Complexity Method for Ideology-Critique of American Crime Narratives

Dr. Carl Freedman




Name Year of Placement Place of Appointment Position Type Dissertation Title and Director
Ayers, James 2011 Baton Rouge Community College Adjunct Faculty

"The Colossal Vitality of His Illusion": The Myth of the American Dream in the Modern American Novel

Dr. Bainard Cowan

Bonds, Patrick 2011 Troy University, Pensacola, FL Lecturer

Transatlantic Baggage: Expatriate Paris, Modernism, and the Apprenticeship of Ernest Hemingway

Dr. J. Gerald Kennedy

Cooper, Rich 2011 Texas A & M Lecturer

Radical Realms: A Materialist Theory of Fantasy Literature

Dr. Carl Freedman

Dykes, Ashli      

Situation Comedies and the Single Woman on Television

Dr. Robin Roberts

Gupta, Sukanya 2011 University of Southern Indiana, Evansville Assistant Professor

Constructing Hindu Religioscapes: Guruism and Identity in South Asian Diasporic Fiction

Dr. Pallavi Rastogi

Hollyfield, Jerod 2012 University of Western Kentucky Assistant Professor

Framing Empire: Victorian Literature, Hollywood International, and Postcolonial Film Adaptation

Dr. Pallavi Rastogi

2011 LSU Teaching Post-Doc
Hori, Tomohiro 2011 Hirosaki University, Hirosaki, Japan Assistant Professor

Contingent Constellations: Frederick Douglass and the Fact of Freedom

Dr. John Lowe

Long, James 2011 LSU Teaching Post-Doc

Revolutionary Republics: U.S. National Narratives and the Independence of Latin America, 1810-1846

Dr. J. Gerald Kennedy

Melancon, Kristi Richard 2011 Mississippi College, Jackson Assistant Professor

An African American Discourse Community in Black & White: The New Orleans Tribune

Dr. Susan Weinstein

Wallace, David Shane 2011 American University, Bulgaria Assistant Professor, Writing and Literature

From Native to Nation: Copway's American Indian Newspaper and Formation of American Nationalism

Dr. J. Gerald Kennedy

West, Jennifer Ellis      

Birth Matters: Discourses of Childbirth in Contemporary American Culture

Dr. Susan Weinstein




Name Year of Placement Place of Appointment Position Type Dissertation Title and Director
Banerjee, Suparno 2010 Texas State University, San Marcos Assistant Professor, World Literature

Other Tomorrows: Postcoloniality, Science Fiction, and India

Dr. Pallavi Rastogi

Dupuy, Jason 2010 LSU Teaching Post-Doc

Paths of Most Resistance: Navigating The Culture Industry in William Faulkner, Richard Wright, Delmore Schwartz, and Eudora Welty

Dr. Richard Moreland

Kayser, Casey 2012 University of Arkansas Visiting Assistant Professor

Writing about the South “In Her Own Way”: Gender and Region in the Work of Southern Women Playwrights

Dr. William Demastes & Dr. Richard Moreland

2010 Burlington College, VT Community Faculty
Kuilan, Susie 2010 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Instructor

Early American Self-Reflexive Writing: Revising the Tradition

Dr. Richard Moreland

Mangiavaellano,Dan 2010 Tulane University, New Orleans, LA Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow

Invisible Links, Abject Chains: Habit in Nineteenth-Century British Literature

Dr. Elsie Michie

Pulliam, Jane 2010 LSU Instructor

Monstrous Bodies: Femininity and Agency in Young Adult Horror Fiction

Dr. Robin Roberts

Weber, Jessica 2010 Cascadia Community College, Bothel, WA Assistant Professor

Ephemeral Media, Persistent Action: Public Pedagogies of Collective Resistance

 Dr. Susan Weinstein



Name Year of Placement Place of Appointment Position Type Dissertation Title and Director
Beard, Elizabeth 2009 LSU-Alexandria Assistant Professor

The Virgin's Daughters: Catholic Traditions and the Post-Colonial South in Contemporary Women's Writing

Dr. Katherine Henninger

Brown, Joseph 2010 Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Tifton, GA Assistant Professor

Children of Men: The American Jeremiad in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Science Fiction and Film

Dr. Carl Freedman

2009 GIVE Center West, Atlanta, GA Teacher
Graham-Bertolin, Alison 2013 North Dakota State University Faculty

Home of the Brave: Vigilante Women in Contemporary American Fiction

Dr. John Lowe

2011 Tulane, New Orleans, LA Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow
Halloran, Thomas 2009 École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France Two-year Faculty Appointment

Strangers in the Postcolonial World

Dr. Pallavi Rastogi

Landers, Matthew 2009 University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez Assistant Professor

The Anatomy of Anatomia: Dissection and the Organization of Knowledge in British Literature, 1500-1800

Dr. Kevin L. Cope

Moody, Lisa 2011 Southeastern Louisiana University Instructor

Religion and Realism in Late Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Dr. J. Gerald Kennedy

2010 LSU Teaching Post-Doc
Stampfl, Tanja 2009 University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio Assistant Professor

(Im)Possible Encounters, Possible (Mis)Understandings between the West and its Other: The Case of The Maghreb

Dr. Mustapha Marrouchi



Name Year of Placement Place of Appointment Position Type Dissertation Title and Director
Arnaudov, Plamen 2008 Technology Leaders Web Analytics Consultant

Elements of Mythmaking in Witness Accounts of Colonial Piracy

Dr. Keith Sandiford

George, Courtney 2008 Columbus State University, GA Interim Director,
Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians

"I Will Learn You Something if You Listen to This Song": Southern Women Writers' Representations of Music in Fiction

Dr. Katherine Henninger

Hoefer, Anthony 2010 George Mason University, Virginia Director of the University Scholars Program

Apocalypse South: Judgment, Cataclysm, and Resistance in the Regional Imaginary

Dr. John Lowe

2008 Georgia Institute of Technology Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellowship, Academic Programs
Locklear, Erica 2008 University of North Carolina, Asheville Assistant Professor

The Perils and Empowerments of Mountain Literacies: Reading Loss and Shifting Identities in Appalachian Memoirs and Novels

Dr. Katherine Henninger

Jenkins, Rasheedah 2008 LSU Adjunct Professor of African and African-American Studies

The Songs of Black (Women) Folk: Music, Politics, and Everyday Living

Dr. Angeletta Gourdine

Flory, Sean 2008 Jamestown College Assistant Professor

How to Remember Thee?: Problems of Memorialization in English Writing, 1558-1625

Dr. Anna Nardo



Name Year of Placement Place of Appointment Position Type Dissertation Title and Director
Barnard, Brent 2007 Eastfield College, Dallas, TX Academic Advisor

The Symbolism of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie: An Inductive Approach

Dr. John May

Costello, Lisa 2007 Georgia Southern University Assistant Professor

Who Speaks and Who Listens? Genre, Gender, and Memory in Holocaust Discourses

Dr. Katrina Powell & Dr. Carl Freedman

Farrell, Jennifer 2008 Milwaukee School of Engineering Assistant Professor

Synaptic Boojums: Lewis Carroll, Linguistic Nonsense, and Cyberpunk

Dr. Carl Freedman

McKelvie, Jessica 2007 Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation Director of Communications

Soliciting Desire: The Ad-Man as Narrative Negotiation Between Art, Desire and Consumer Capitalism in Twentieth-Century Novels

Dr. Michelle Masse & Dr. Patrick McGee

Millstein, Denise 2009 Stephen F. Austin State University Assistant Professor

Byron and "Scribbling Women": Lady Caroline Lamb, the Bronte Sisters, and George Eliot

Dr. Elsie Michie

2006 University of Alabama Instructor and Assistant Director of Composition
Pyron, Mary T. 2007 Morton Ranch, Katy, Texas High School English Teacher

"I hear you, but I don't understand you": The Effects of Peer Tutoring for Helping Secondary ESL Students Achieve Academic Success

Dr. Sarah Liggett



Name Year of Placement Place of Appointment Position Type Dissertation Title and Director
Bane, Charles 2006 University of Central Arkansas Assistant Professor, Director of English Education Program

Viewing Novels, Reading Films: Stanley Kubrick and the Art of Adaptation as Interpretation

Dr. John May

Cage, Tameka 2006 Bucknell University Visiting Assistant Professor

Painful Discourses: Borders, Regions, and Representations of Female Circumcision from Africa to America

Dr. John Lowe

Letter, Joseph 2006 Tulane University Senior Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow,  Assistant Director of Writing

Reinscribing the Revolution: Genre and the Problem of National History in Early American Historical Novels

Dr. J. Gerald Kennedy

Riley, Brett A. 2006 University of Alabama Instructor

Separation Anxieties: Representations of Separatist Communities in Late Twentieth Century Fiction and Film

Dr. Rick Moreland

Ross, Kris 2009 Troy University –Dothan Assistant Professor

Using the Rod: Education, Punishment, and the New Woman in Fin-de-Siècle British Literature

Dr. Elsie Michie

2006 Baton Rouge Community College
Ruckel, Terri 2006 University of Mississippi Visiting Assistant Professor

The Scent of a "New World" Novel: Translating the Olfactory Language of Faulkner and Garcia Marquez

Dr. Bainard Cowan

Westmoreland,Kalene 2006 University of Alabama Instructor

Interior Revolutions: Doing Domesticity, Advocating Feminism in Contemporary American Fiction

Dr. Rick Moreland

Whiddon, Scott 2006 Transylvania University, Lexington, KY Assistant Professor, Associate Director of Writing Center

“To Live Outside the Law, You Must Be Honest": Words, Walls, and the Rhetorical Practices of The Angolite

Dr. Katrina Powell



Graduates 2000-2005 have found positions at Austin Community College, Baton Rouge Community College, Campbell University, Delta State University, Drake University, East Tennessee State University, Florida State College, Gainesville State College, Gordon College, Jackson State University, Kennesaw State University, Kent State University-Stark, Loyola University (New Orleans), LSU, Macon State College, Mississippi College, New Mexico Jr. College, River Parishes Community College, Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of World Literature (Moscow), Ryerson University (Toronto), Southern University, St. Mary’s Seminary and University (Baltimore), Stephen F. Austin State University, Tallahassee Community College, University of New Orleans, University of North Carolina-Pembroke, University of Southern Maine, University of Tennessee-Memphis, University of Texas-Permian Basin, University of Washington-Seattle, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Westminster College, and Xavier University (New Orleans), among others.

Thanks go to graduates and professors for reporting and updating job placement information.