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Marty Baldwin, GTA

Jason Baltazar, GTA

Nick Banach, GTA

Alyse Bensel, GTA
Alyse Bensel is a 2017-2018 Sias Fellow in the Humanities and a PhD candidate in Literary Studies and Creative Writing at the University of Kansas. Her recent poems have appeared in The Adroit Journal, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Quarterly West, New South, Bone Bouquet, and elsewhere. The author of two chapbooks, Not of Their Own Making (dancing girl press) and Shift (Plan B Press), she serves as the Book Reviews Editor at The Los Angeles Review.

Divya Bhallla, GTA

Brianna Blackwell, GTA

Tina Blue, Lecturer

Anthony Boynton, GTA

Matthew Broussard, GTA
Matthew Broussard holds a BA from Southwestern University, a MA from the University of Texas at Dallas, and is working on his PhD at the University of Kansas in English – Literature. His academic interests include identity, passing, colorism, otherness, and post-colonialism from the Harlem Renaissance through contemporary literature. Outside of teaching and scholarship, Matthew is involved with The Project on the History of Black Writing at KU, which is dedicated to innovative literary scholarship and recovery in black studies. 

Creighton Nicholas Brown, GTA
Doctoral student in English Literature; M.A. in English Literature (University of North Dakota); B.A. in English, Spanish & Hispanic Studies, and Religion (Concordia College, Moorhead, MN). Research interests: 20th and 21st-century literature of the global south; postcolonial theory; life writing; and critical pedagogy.

Rachel Brown, GTA

Jordan Burr, GTA

Peter Carrillo, GTA

Arnab Chakraborty, GTA

Jimin Choi, GTA

Nino Cipri, GTA

Dana Comi, GTA

Douglas Crawford-Parker, Lecturer

Megan Dennis, GTA

Adam Desnoyers, Lecturer

Leighann Dicks, GTA

Maria Dones, GTA
Maria Dones is pursuing an MFA at the University of Kansas. She likes to write about magic and the things that go terribly wrong with it. When she’s not reading fairy tales or playing tabletop games, you can find her trying to befriend other people’s cats. Her short stories have been published in Inaccurate RealitiesGingerbread House, and Cicada. Maria is currently working on a YA novel. 

Susan Duba, GTA

Kathryn DuBois, GTA

Cody Dye, Lecturer

Clare Echterling, GTA

Meghara Eichhorn-Hicks, GTA
Meghara Eichhorn-Hicks is a Ph.D. candidate in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British and Irish literature; she holds an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Kansas. Meghara’s current research focuses on W.B. Yeats’s rhetorical construction of Ireland as an unpolluted, anti-industrial green space in the early years of the Irish Renaissance. Other research interests include cultural geography, Ecocriticism, pastoralism, and postcolonial studies.
 
Iain Ellis, Lecturer
 
Heather Emge, Lecturer
 
Gibette Encarnacion, GTA
 
Stephen Evans, Lecturer
 
Paul Fey, GTA
 
Jacob Geither, GTA
 
Melissa Gilstrap, GTA
Melissa Gilstrap is a second-year Master’s student at the University of Kansas focusing on social critique in nineteenth-century American women’s fiction. Other interests include nineteenth-century queer literatures, feminist Marxism, New Historicism, the digital humanities, and Mark Twain. She graduated with University and Departmental Honors from the University of Missouri with a B.A. in English and a Bachelor of Journalism.
 
Jason Goodvin, GTA
 
Derek Graf, GTA
 
Jeff Griffin, GTA
 
Christopher Hall, GTA
 
Justin Hampton, GTA
 
Jacob Herrmann, GTA
Jacob is a PhD candidate in English Literature.  He earned his M.A. in English Literature from South Dakota State University in 2013.  His research interests include Medieval and Renaissance literature, monster theory, nationalism, and writing pedagogy.
 
Marcus Hoehne, GTA
 
James Jackson, GTA
 
Mark Jaskowski, GTA
 
Stephen Johnson, Lecturer
 
Casey Keel, GTA
Casey Keel is currently working on her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Kansas. Her professional interests include: Community and Activist Rhetoric, Rhetorical Genre Studies, Grant Development, Neoliberalism in Higher Education, and Diverse Careers outside of the academy. She has served of the First-Second Year English Committee for three years. She has also served on the alumni committee for KU’s NEH Next Generation Humanities PhD Planning Grant. She earned her B.A. in Rhetoric and Composition from Creighton University.

William Kenney, GTA

Robert Knapp, GTA
Robert Knapp is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Poetry. He holds a MA in Literature from the University of Montana and a BA in English from the University of Kansas. His research interests include the work of writers from the Beat Generation and the Black Mountain School, especially Ed Dorn, Robert Duncan, and Kenneth Irby. Also: experimental poetics, the occult, alchemical poetics, performance poetry, mysticism, classical antiquity, queer & trans theory, ecopoetics, melancholy, Pound, & Shakespeare

Emma Kostopolous, GTA

Margaret Rayburn Kramar, Lecturer
Margaret Kramar is a lecturer who recently completed the Ph.D. in the areas of modernism, autobiography and disability studies.  She is currently working on a revision of her creative dissertation, now titled Sometimes They Die: A Manual for Losing a Child or Anything Else of Vital Importance.  A chapter from this work captured the first place award in the Kansas Authors Club District Contest.  Her creative nonfiction has most recently appeared in Joy Interrupted: An Anthology on Motherhood and Loss and Echoes from the Prairie: a Collection of Short Memoirs. She and her family live at Hidden Hollow Farm where they produce organically grown fruits, vegetables and free-range eggs.

Sarah Kugler, GTA

Tim Lantz, GTA
Jonathan (Tim) Lantz earned an MA in English from Illinois State University (where he was a Sutherland Fellow for his poetry) and a BA in English from Central Michigan University. Currently a PhD student at KU, he is interested in hybrid forms between poetry and essay. His work has appeared in Prick of the Spindle, Blip Magazine, Airplane Reading, alice blue, DIAGRAM, and other publications. His research interests include Chinese and Chinese American literature and languages, twentieth-century and contemporary American literature, and code-switching in creative writing.

Chelsea Lantz-Cashman, GTA

Aaron Long, GTA
Aaron researches mechanized transportation in late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century British literatures with particular interest in constructed bodies (e.g., cyborgs, androids, and robots, but also aeroplanes, automobiles, motor bicycles, and submarines, to name a few).  He generally teaches 100-level composition courses and 200-level special topics courses in literature, such as “Wings as Weapons from The Iliad to Iron Man” and “Sea Monsters & Submarines”; he occasionally teaches 300-level courses.  He also works for KU’s Center for Teaching Excellence, where he researches course design, assessment, and student learning.  He loves good coffee, bad puns, chess, and his 1982 Yamahopper.  Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Mercedes Lucero, GTA

Mark Luce, Lecturer

Charlesia McKinney, GTA

Morgan McComb, GTA

dee mcelhattan, GTA
dee received her BFA in creative writing from Creighton University and is now an MFA candidate with a concentration in poetry. She teaches English Composition 101 centering around texts that display resistance through content or form. Her interests are in Feminist/Queer Theory, how women's bodies and consciousness are portrayed in literature, black women's writing, sexuality studies, modernist texts, and contemporary poetry. She is the recipient of both the Miniace Award for Most Promising Writer and the Young Writers Recognition by the Academy of American poets. Her work can be found in Aegir Magazine, Bluestockings Literary Journal, Voicemail Poems and elsewhere. Her chapbook, Memoirs of a Broken Housewife, was published in 2013. 

Charlesia McKinney, GTA

David Miller, GTA

Adam Mills, GTA
Adam Mills is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing-Fiction at the University of Kansas. He previously received a B.A. in Creative Writing and an M.A. in English from Missouri State University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast Writing Program. His areas of interest include fiction writing and theory, media theory, the Gothic, graphic novels/mixed media narratives, speculative fiction, fan cultures, and writing center theory and praxis. Mills has had fiction published in FUSION Magazine, Ideomancer, and the Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities anthology. His book reviews have been published on Los Angeles Review Online and Weird Fiction Review Online, and his interviews with writers such as Daniel Jose Older, William Gibson, and Margaret Atwood can be found on The Rumpus and the KU Commons YouTube channel. Alongside Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, he was nominated for a World Fantasy Award in 2013 for his work editing Weird Fiction Review Online, and has served as managing editor for projects such as The Steampunk User's Manual and The Collected Leena Krohn. He currently works as the Graduate Assistant and Administrative Intern for the Writing Center at the University of Kansas.

Andrew Moos, GTA

Sheila Murphy, Lecturer

Sarah Ngoh, Lecturer
PhD in English (University of Kansas), M.A. in Women's and Gender Studies (University of Louisville), M.A. in Pan-African Studies (University of Louisville), B.A. in English literature (Ottawa University). Areas of interest: African literature, African masculinities, nationalisms, post-colonial theory, gender and sexuality theory, feminist theory, American protest literature, contemporary Native American literature and criticism, African American literature, and criticism and writing pedagogy. Sarah also specializes in awesomeness!​

Ogochukwu Ngwudike, GTA

Richard Noggle, Lecturer

Kate Nygren, GTA

Jonathan Patterson, GTA

Kate Russell, GTA

Simone Savannah, GTA
Doctoral student in Creative Writing. B.A. in English-Creative Writing from Ohio University; MEd in Cultural Studies from Ohio University. Her areas of interests include Creative Writing (Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Non-Fiction), 19th and 20th Century African American and Black Feminist/Womanist Literature, Sexuality Studies, and autobiography/memoir. She is a contributing writer for the Project on the History of Black Writing's African American Literary Blog. 

Hannah Scupham, GTA
Hannah Scupham is a doctoral student in Literature at the University of Kansas and her scholarly interests include: nineteenth-century British literature, semiotics, embodiment, popular fiction, and gender/sexuality studies. She is originally from Indiana, and received her B.A. in English and German from Valparaiso University and her M.A. in Literature from the University of Kansas. Currently a Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Kansas as well as a Lilly Graduate Program Fellow, she was also the recipient of a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship.

David Snyder, GTA

Sarah Spicer, GTA

Brian Steinbach, GTA

Kari Stewart, GTA

Suzanne Tanner, GTA

Jesse Tatum, GTA

Kyle Teller, GTA

Stefanie Torres-Macsimowicz, GTA

Brittney Tyler-Milholland, GTA

Michael Valk, Lecturer

Ayah Hasan Wakkad, GTA
Ayah Wakkad earned her B.A. and M.A. degree in English Literature from the University of Jordan (UJ), where she also worked as a TA around five and a half years. Recently, she has been granted a GTA scholarship from KU to pursue her PhD in Modern British Literature. Her research interests include comparative jail literature, colonial and postcolonial literature.

Mikaela Warner, GTA
Mikaela Warner is a Master's student in Literature. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and Education from Gustavus Adolphus College. She studies Early Modern British Literature and is particularly interested in queerness, disability, women, and monsters. 

Jessica Weatherford, GTA

Lesley Wheeler, GTA

Robbin Williams, GTA

Shane Wood, GTA
Doctoral student in English Rhetoric and Composition; M.A. in English Composition Theory (California State University, Fresno); B.A. in English Literature (Western Kentucky University). Areas of interest: composition theory, first-year writing programs, writing assessment, multimodality, and genre theory. Shane has forthcoming articles in Grassroots Writing Research Journal and Computers and Composition, as well as an upcoming chapter in an edited collection published by Utah State University Press.

Candice Wuehle, GTA
Candice is the author of the chapbooks curse words: a guide in 19 steps for aspiring transmographs (Dancing Girl Press, 2014) and EARTH*AIR*FIRE*WATER*ÆTHER (Grey Books Press, 2015). Some of her poetry can be found in Tarpaulin Sky, The Volta, The Colorado Review, The Fairy Tale Review, SPORK or PRELUDE and her essays can be read in Coldfront and The Heavy Feather Review. She is originally from Iowa City, Iowa and holds an MFA in poetry from Iowa Writers’ Workshop as well as an MA in Literature from the University of Minnesota. Currently a Chancellor’s Fellow at The University of Kansas as well as Poetry Editor for Beecher’s Magazine, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize nomination.

Wen Xin, GTA

Meagen Youngdahl, GTA
Meagen Youngdahl is a PhD student in Literature and Creative Writing. She holds a BA in English and Film Studies from UC Berkeley and is a graduate of the UC Davis MA program in creative writing. Meagen recently received funding from the Estonian Ministry of Education to complete coursework and research on Juri Lotman's semiotic theory of culture at the University of Tartu. She is working on a critical-creative manuscript, Animal Knowledge, that explores nonhuman intelligence using the biosemiotic perspective.


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