Samina Gul Ali (email) received her BA in English and Women's Studies from Penn State University, and her MA in English and Multimedia Arts from Duquesne University. Her research areas include Islam and Caribbean Diaspora, feminist theory, and digital humanities. She is currently the managing editor for Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal.






Alok Amatya (email) is a sixth-year PhD student. He works at the intersections of global Anglophone literature and environmental humanities with a particular interest in depictions of mining conflicts. Alok received the UM Center for the Humanities Dissertation Fellowship 2016-2017 for his project Framing Resource Conflicts: Indigenous Environmental Justice Struggles in the Global Anglophone. He presented a paper titled “‘The Company has Swallowed it’: Framing Indigenous Resistance against Corporate Mining in India” at the eleventh biennial conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) in June 2015. He is a founder/organizer of the graduate student-led Eco-Cinema Discussion Group on campus.


Laura BassLaura Bass (email) is a first year PhD student who comes from London. She holds a BA in English and an MA in Contemporary Writing from Queen Mary University of London. Her primary research interests are Anglophone Caribbean literary studies and Caribbean diaspora literature, particularly black British writing.





Sarah Cash (email) is a fifth-year PhD student. Her research interests include music and gender studies. Currently, her dissertation project focuses on the way different authors use music to subvert gender conventions in literature of the long nineteenth century.  





Diana I. Dabek (email) is a PhD candidate. Her research interests include early American literature, Atlantic theater and performance, and transatlantic print culture. Her dissertation project examines how Americans used print and performance drama to establish a national identity throughout the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.



Suchismita Dutta (emailis a third-year PhD student. Her research interest lies in contemporary American immigrant literature with a special focus on understanding the connection between sexual identity and racial formation in Indo-American and Afro-American immigrant writing. Recently, she presented her paper, “Reading Angry Transnational Voices: Migrant Bodies and Their Belongings in Shalija Patel’s Migritude” at The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS) in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA. She is currently the graduate research assistant for Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal.



Tiffany L. Fajardo (email) is a third-year student and Managing Editor of the James Joyce Literary Supplement. Her research interests include modernisms, science studies, sexuality, and the digital humanities. Her work on Joyce was awarded the Mary K. Parker prize and has appeared in the New Hibernia Review. She currently serves as Social History Researcher for Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.


Originally from Austin, Texas, Jared Flurry (email) is a third-year PhD student and active-duty Army officer. He came to the University of Miami in order to study Caribbean Literature and will soon begin teaching literature and composition at the United States Military Academy. He is particularly interested in European representations of West Indian soldiers in the First World War.





Marta Gierczyk (email) earned her MA in Polish Literature and Linguistics from the University of Silesia, and her MA in English from the University of Miami. Her research focuses on contemporary immigrant literature and urban studies, African diaspora studies, and critical race theory. This year’s recipient of the graduate teaching fellowship in the American Studies Program, Marta currently teaches Introduction to American Studies through the frame of global U.S. cities.



Ashley Hemm (email) is a first-year PhD student. She earned her MA in English with a concentration in American Literature from the University of New Orleans, where she also served as Instructor of English and Coordinator Associate of English for two years. Her research interests include gender, speculative fiction, and pop culture studies, particularly as they relate to nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature.




Lesley Kamphaus (email) completed her M.A. in English at University of Central Florida and is currently a fourth-year PhD student. Her research interests include seventeenth-century British literature and print culture, queer theory, feminism, and affect theory. Her dissertation focuses on narratives of monstrous birth in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century drama, poetry, and pamphlets.




Alex Ledgerwood (email) received his BA in Humanities from Bluefield State College and his MA in English Literature from the University of Miami. His research focuses on affective histories of shame/pride in narratives of queer identity in mid- to late-20th century British, Caribbean, and African literature.





‌Paige Miller (email) is a third-year Ph.D. student and Assistant Editor at the James Joyce Literary Supplement. She holds a BA in English and Spanish from Texas Christian University and an MA in English Literature from Saint Louis University. In summer 2017, she participated in Harvard's Institute for World Literature in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her research interests include 20th-century British literature, Irish studies, modernism, and ideologies of language. 




Benjamin Moats (email) is a second-year PhD student. Originally from Nebraska, he obtained a BA from Rockhurst University in Kansas City and an MA from The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). He then worked at UMKC as a lecturer and is now pursuing a PhD at UM. His academic interests include postcolonial literature, African American literature, and critical race studies.




Julia Mollenthiel (email) is a second-year English PhD student. She earned her bachelors degree in English with a minor in Political Science at Howard University. After her undergraduate career, Julia served three years with Teach for America teaching English in North Miami. She is primarily interested in race theory, cultural theory, American literature, and African-American literature. 



‌Set-Byul Moon (email) is a first-year English PhD student. Born in South Korea, she received her BA and MA in English from Ewha Womans University and worked as a lecturer at Pittsburg State University, KS, and at Ewha. Her research focuses on contemporary American Multi-Ethnic literature, with specific interest in feminism, masculinity, and body studies.






Alexandria Morgan (email) is a second-year English PhD student, interested in feminist issues such as gender and sexuality, specifically in Early Modern women's writing.





 Gillian Mozer (email) is a fifth-year PhD student who works on queer theory, eco theory, and British Modernism. Gillian completed a concentration in Early Modern Studies, and has been the editorial assistant for Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal since January 2016. Gillian is also an organizing member of GradOUT, the UM community for LGBTQ grad students.


Carmen Petaccio (email) is a first-year PhD student. He holds a BA in Economics from New York University and an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. His research focuses on contemporary literature, criticism, and the economics of the literary marketplace.


Tarika Sankar (email) is a second-year PhD student. She received her BA in English and Anthropology with a minor in Spanish Language and Culture from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is interested in feminist critical theory, Caribbean feminisms, and literature by Indo-Caribbean women. 




Anne Schmalstig (email) is a fourth-year PhD student and has been the editorial assistant for Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal since December 2016. Her research interests include the Gothic novel, eco-criticism, climate fiction, the Anthropocene, and digital humanities. Her dissertation focuses on the use of the sublime and other Gothic tropes in contemporary climate fiction novels. 




Bryant Scott (email) is a fourth-year PhD student. He has recently studied Arabic at the University of Haifa, and completed Harvard’s Institute for World Literature 2016 program. He has recently presented at the Caribbean Studies Association Conference, the American Literature Association Symposium, and the Annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference. He has a forthcoming essay in the collection Through the Looking-Glass: Literatures Uniting Regions and Nations. In November, Bryant will be chairing, co-chairing, and presenting at the South Atlantic Modern Literature Association Annual Conference.



Kerri-Leanne Taylor (email) is a second-year PhD student. Originally from Stockport, England, Kerri received her BA in English and Communications from Virginia Wesleyan College, Va. Her academic interests include women writers, gender and sexuality studies, and ecocriticism. She is currently the UGrow Fellow in Curriculum and Communications.





Ruth Trego (email) holds a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education with an English concentration and worked as a high school/middle school English teacher for 3 years before coming to UM. She is now in her third year of graduate studies and is working toward a PhD with a concentration in 20th-Century Southern American literature. 



Spencer Tricker (email) is a PhD candidate specializing in American literature of the long nineteenth century. His dissertation, "Imminent Communities: Transpacific Literary Forms and Racialization, 1840-1920," examines how American and Asian writers of fiction imagined new forms of community in a period when the Pacific was first characterized as the epicenter of imminent globalization and unprecedented cosmopolitan possibility. A chapter from this study was recently published in the Spring 2017 issue of Studies in American Fiction, under the title "'Five Dusky Phantoms': Gothic Form and Cosmopolitan Shipwreck in Melville's Moby-Dick." In the summer of 2017, he presented a version of the dissertation's introduction at the Bavarian-American Academy Summer School in Nuremberg, Germany.


Oliver Wallis (email) is a fourth-year PhD student. His research focuses on the composition and mediators of modernisms. Other areas of interest include science/technology studies and Irish literature.





Barry WilliamsBarry Williams (email) is a first year PhD student. He received his BA in English from The College of The Bahamas, and MA from University of The West Indies, St. Augustine. His research interests include charting tropes of queer identity formation in Anglophone Caribbean/ diasporic literature. He lectured in English at the University of The Bahamas before attending the University of Miami. 




Becca Yahr (email) is a fourth-year PhD student. She received her BA in History and English Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (2014), and her MA in English Literature from the University of Miami (2016). Her research currently focuses on Early Modern literatures, with specific interest in queer, gender, and affect theories.