PhD Careers & Outcomes

Our PhD graduates go on to do amazing things. From tenure-track positions in research universities to teaching in the secondary education system, working in communications to public service, our alumni have found positions where the expertise and skills of an English PhD are invaluable.

In our department we celebrate diverse careers. While our program focuses on training students to be professors, we also employ a wide range of resources at the university to facilitate placement in many different occupations, always helping our students achieve their desired career.

Job Placement

Supplementing the professional advice offered students by their dissertation director and readers, the job placement committee offers extensive resources for students seeking employment. The committee provides overviews of the state of the job market, advises on the assembly of a dossier of professional recommendations, and provides guidelines and workshops for the composition of cover letters, CVs, dissertation abstracts, and teaching portfolios. In addition to counseling on traditional job searches, in which the candidate pursues tenure-track appointment across an international pool of academic institutions, the committee advises on application for post-doctoral fellowships and on searches targeted to employment in particular geographical locations or in particular sectors of the academy.  The committee advises on how to prepare for professional interviews, enlisting faculty from the English Department and from across the Humanities in offering practice interviews and assembling audiences of faculty and students for practice “job talks.”  In effect, the Placement Committee provides individualized professional advice at all stages of a doctoral students’ search for professional employment.

Since 2008, our PhDs have accepted tenure-track jobs at colleges and universities including Louisiana State University, Columbia University, St. Mary's College, Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, University of Sydney, University College Dublin, St. Andrews University in Scotland, St. John’s University in Minnesota, Trinity University in Texas, Wesleyan University, the University of Alabama at Huntsville, the University of North Dakota, and the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse. Other post-2008 graduates have won highly competitive postdoctoral fellowships, including (for example) several Volkswagen Fellows in Germany and postdoctoral fellowships at University College, Oxford, and the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies in Berlin. Still others have taken recurring non-tenure-track teaching positions at Bucknell University, New York University, Tulane University, and the University of Texas at Austin. Some of our most recent PhDs have also entered non-academic careers from corporate communications to labor organizing.

We believe that we are successful in placement because of the unusual level of support we offer in the first critical years of graduate work, and because of our faculty’s commitment to careful mentoring in the years beyond them. The long-term value of such mentoring can be measured in the publication records of our PhDs, several of whom have issued books with major university presses including Cambridge, Chicago, Notre Dame, Oxford, and Yale.

PhD Alumni Directory

2019

John Ladd
PhD 2019
Postdoctoral Fellow (AY 2019-2020 and 2020-2021)
Northwestern University

Melanie Walsh
PhD 2019
Postdoctoral Fellow (AY 2019-2020 and 2020-2021)
Cornell University

Corinne Zeman
PhD 2019
Assistant Professor of English (Tenure Track)
Texas A&M

2018

Benjamin Meiners
PhD 2018
Postdoctoral Fellow (AY 2019-2020)
Volkswagen Postdoctoral Fellowship at Technische Universität Dortmund

Margaret Tucker
PhD 2018
Senior Medical News Writer
Siteman Cancer Center

Merrill Turner
PhD 2018
Postdoctoral Fellow (AY 2019-2020)
Washington University in St. Louis
Previously: Visiting Assistant Professor, Colorado College

Hannah Wakefield
PhD 2018
Assistant Professor of English (Tenure Track)
University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

2017

Claire Class
PhD 2017
Postdoctoral Fellow (AY 2019-2020)
Washington University in St. Louis
Previously: Assistant Professor, New York Institute of Technology - Nanjing campus

Kenyon Gradert
PhD 2017
Postdoctoral Fellow (AY 2019-2020)
Auburn University
Previously: Volkswagen Fellowship, Heidelberg

Joseph Kreutziger
PhD 2017
Middle School Director
The Birch Wathen Lenox School

Kelly Oman
PhD 2017
Media and Marketing Administrator
Division of Public Health Sciences
Washington University Medical School in St. Louis
Previously: Visiting Assistant Professor, Lindenwood University

Amy Reynolds
PhD 2017
Adjunct Instructor
Missouri Institute of Science and Technology
Field: Medieval
Previously: Postdoctoral Fellow, WUSTL

2016

Annelise Duerden
PhD 2016
Visiting Assistant Professor
College of William and Mary

Jonathan McGregor
PhD 2016
Assistant Professor of English (Tenure Track)
Newberry College
Field: 20th c. American
Previously: Assistant Professor, United States Air Force Academy

Lauren Robertson
PhD 2016
Assistant Professor (Tenure Track)
Columbia University

Yuki Tanaka
PhD 2016
Assistant Professor
Hossei University, Tokyo

Elisabeth (Beth) Windle
PhD 2016
Adjunct Instructor
Washington University in St. Louis
Field: 20th c. American/WGSS
Previously: Postdoctoral Fellow, WUSTL

2015

Courtney Andree
PhD 2015
Marketing Manager
University of Massachusetts Press

Lauren Barbeau
PhD 2015
Instructional Services Coordinator, Faculty Development
Georgia Southern University

Meredith Beales
PhD 2015
Adjunct Instructor
University of British Columbia

Noah Cohan
PhD 2015
Lecturer and University College M.A. Program Coordinator in American Culture Studies
Washington University in St. Louis

Margaret (Meg) Dobbins
PhD 2015
Assistant Professor (Tenure Track)
Eastern Michigan University

Jessica Rezunyk
PhD 2015
Teacher of English, Theory of Knowledge, and Science/Biology
Upper Canada College

Jennifer Romney
PhD 2015
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Washington University in St. Louis

2014

Ashley Maher
PhD 2014
Lecturer in English
University of Sydney

Lauren McCoy
PhD 2014
Assistant Professor
Lindenwood University

Nicholas Miller
PhD 2014
Assistant Professor (Tenure Track)
Valdosta State University
Previously: Visiting Assistant Professor, Hollins University (2016-2018)

Michael O’Bryan
PhD 2014
Lecturer
Washington University in St. Louis

2013

Mary Stewart Atwell
PhD 2013
Assistant Professor
Virginia Military Institute
Author, Wild Girls (Scribner 2012)

Anna Deters
PhD 2013
Secondary School English Teacher
Kingston Grammar School, London

Kate Fama
PhD 2013
Assistant Professor (Tenure Track)
University College Dublin
Previously: Volkswagen Fellowship, Free University Berlin
NEH Research Fellow, Winterthur Museum and Library
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow, University of Konstanz

Dustin Iler
PhD 2013
Lecturer in Writing 1
Washington University in St. Louis

May Peckham
PhD 2013
Chief of Curriculum Development
General Dynamics Electric Boat

Heidi L. Pennington
PhD 2013
Assistant Professor of English (Tenure Track)
James Madison University
Previously: Visiting Assistant Professor, James Madison University
Postdoctoral Fellow, WUSTL

J. Lee Spitzer
PhD 2013
MD 2017
Resident Physician
Department of Internal Medicine
Tulane School of Medicine

Délice Williams
PhD 2013
Assistant Professor of English
Associate Director of Composition
University of Delaware
Previously: English Department Head, St. Andrew's Episcopal School
Upper School English Teacher & Associate Director of College Counseling, St. Andrew's Episcopal School

2012

Kate Bloomquist
PhD 2012
Lecturer in Writing 1
Washington University in St. Louis

Abigail Horne
PhD 2012
Assistant Professor  (Tenure Track)
Hampden-Sydney College

Amy Sattler
PhD 2012
Assistant Teaching Professor
Pennsylvania State University

Victoria Thomas
PhD 2012
Senior Lecturer in English
Director of University College Programs in English
Washington University in St. Louis

2011

Erica Delsandro
PhD 2011
Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies  (Tenure Track)
Bucknell University

Kate Parker
PhD 2011
Associate Professor (Tenured)
University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse

Lawrence Revard
PhD 2011
Lecturer in Writing 1
Washington University in St. Louis

Anna Teekell
PhD 2011
Assistant Professor (Tenure Track)
Christopher Newport University
Field: 20th c. British and Irish Literature

2010

Benjamin Cooper
PhD 2010
Assistant Professor
Lindenwood University

Elon Lang
PhD 2010
Lecturer, Humanities Honors Program
University of Texas at Austin
http://hocclevearchive.org

Katie Muth
PhD 2010
Teaching Fellow in American Literature
Department of English Studies
Durham University

Birgit Noll
PhD 2010
Associate Dean in College of Arts and Sciences
Teaching Professor in Modern Languages
University of Missouri, St. Louis

Courtney Weiss Smith
PhD 2010
Associate Professor, Department of English
Associate Professor, Science in Society
Wesleyan University

2009

Matthew Augustine
PhD 2009
Senior Lecturer
University of St. Andrews

Richard Godden
PhD 2009
Assistant Professor (Tenure Track)
Louisiana State University
Field: Medieval Literature
Previously: Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Tulane University
Visiting Assistant Professor in Medieval and Renaissance Literature, Loyola University - New Orleans

Robert Patterson
PhD 2009
Director of The Writing Center
Washington University in St. Louis

2008

Crystal Alberts
PhD 2008
Associate Professor (Tenured)
Director, UND Writers Conference
University of North Dakota

Amanda J. Bradley
PhD 2008
MFA 2011, The New School, Poetry
Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing
Director of the Honors Program
Keystone College
www.amandajbradley.com

David Callon
PhD 2008
English Teacher
St. Louis University High School

Gregory Hazleton
PhD 2008
Visiting Assistant Professor
Trinity University

Peter Monahan
PhD 2008
Director of the College Writing Program
Washington University in St. Louis

Daniel Plate
PhD 2008
Associate Professor
Lindenwood University

James Williams
PhD 2008
Senior Writer, Alumni and Development Communications
Washington University in St. Louis

2007

Matthew Shipe
PhD 2007
Senior Lecturer
Washington University in St. Louis

Ryan Shirey
PhD 2007
Associate Teaching Professor
Director of The Writing Center
Wake Forest University

2006

Erin Finneran
PhD 2006
Senior Lecturer
Washington University in St. Louis

Michael Flynn
PhD 2006
Associate Professor (Tenured)
University of North Dakota

Sif Rikardsdottir
PhD 2006
Professor of Comparative Literature
University of Iceland

2005

Matthew Calihman
PhD 2005
Associate Professor (Tenured)
Missouri State University

Lanya Lamouria
PhD 2005
Associate Professor (Tenured)
Missouri State University

Daniel Medlin
PhD 2005
Associate Professor
The American University of Paris

David Shmitt
PhD 2005
Gregg H. Benidt Memorial Professor of Homiletics and Literature (Tenured)
Professor of Practical Theology
Field: Early Modern/Christianity
Concordia Seminary

2004

Christopher D’Addario
PhD 2004
Associate Professor (Tenured)
Gettysburg College
Previously: Assistant Professor, Towson University (2007-2012)

Debra Rudder Lohe
PhD 2004
Director at Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching
St. Louis University
Previously: Director of Composition, WUSTL
Program Admin for Undergraduate Writing, WUSTL

2003

Anita Hagerman
PhD 2003
English Teacher
John Burroughs School
Previously: Adjunct Instructor, Washington University in St. Louis University College
Adjunct Instructor, University of Missouri - St. Louis
Adjunct Instructor, Webster University

Matthew Harkins
PhD 2003
Professor (Tenured)
St. Benedict & St. John’s

Heidi Kolk
PhD 2003
Assistant Professor (Tenure Track)
Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts
Washington University in St. Louis
Previously: Writing 1 Director, WUSTL (2003-2008)
AMCS Associate Director, WUSTL (2008-2018)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Early American Literature, SIUE Carbondale (2002-2003)

Benjamin Myers
PhD 2003
Crouch-Mathis Professor of Literature (Tenured)
Oklahoma Baptist University
Field: Early Modern

Bonnie Carr O'Neill
PhD 2003
Associate Professor (Tenured)
Mississippi State University
Field: 18th and 19th c. American
Previously: Wake Forest University, Visiting Assistant Professor (2004-2008)

2002

Jennifer Arch
PhD 2002
Senior Lecturer
Washington University in St. Louis

Matthew DeVoll
PhD 2002
Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Washington University in St. Louis
Previously: Assistant Professor of English, University of Alabama at Birmingham (2003-2005)
Assistant Professor of English, St. Louis Community College at Forest Park (2005-2008)

Kristie Hochwender
PhD 2002
Associate Professor (Tenured)
Director of General Education
University of Evansville
Research Areas: c19 British; c19 American; Children's Literature
Previously: Assistant Professor, University of Southern Indiana

Elaine McGirr
PhD 2002
Professor of Eighteenth-Century Studies and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Head of Theatre
University of Bristol (2017-present)
Field: 18th century & theatre history
Previous posts:

  • Head of Theatre & Reader in Theatre History, Royal Holloway University of London (2015-2017)
  • Senior Lecturer in English and History, Royal Holloway University of London (2008-2015)
  • Lecturer in English and History, Royal Holloway University of London (2004-2008)
  • Visiting Lecturer in English, University of Hertfordshire (2003-2004)

Randolph Robertson
PhD 2002
Associate Professor (Tenured)
Susquehanna University
Field: 17th c. British

Rachel Schwartz
PhD 2002
Associate Professor of Public Health (Tenured)
Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Center for Online Learning
Field: 18th c. British
Georgia Southern University

Adam Sonstegard
PhD 2002
Associate Professor (Tenured)
Cleveland State University

2001

Noel Sloboda
PhD 2001
Associate Professor
Pennsylvania State University – York
Field: 20th c. American/Drama

Susan Stiritz
PhD 2001
Associate Professor of Practice
Chair, Specialization in Sexual Health and Education
The Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis
Previously: Senior Lecturer in WGSS, WUSTL

2000

Cynthia Westerbeck
PhD 2000
Professor of English
Walla Walla University
Field: Victorian Literature

1999

Randall Fuller
PhD 1999
Herman Melville Distinguished Professor of Nineteenth-Century American Literature
University of Kansas

1998

Eleanor DesPrez
PhD 1998
English Department Chair
John Burroughs School

1997

Anne Cotterill
PhD 1997
Associate Professor of English and Technical Communication
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Annie Gilson
PhD 1997
Associate Professor (Tenured)
Oakland University

1996

Lynnea Brumbaugh
PhD 1996
Lecturer in WGSS
Washington University in St. Louis
Private life coach

1994

David Blake
PhD 1994
Interim Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Planning
Professor of English
College of New Jersey

Charu Malik
PhD 1994
Vice President – Education, Research, and Special Rights
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Washington, D.C.

Edward Schwartzchild
PhD 1994
Associate Professor (Tenured)
State University of New York – Albany
Previously: Assistant Professor of English, Film Studies Director, and Honors Program Director, Sweet Briar (1994-8)
Wallace Stegner Fellow, Stanford University (1999-2001)

1993

Andrew Hazucha
PhD 1993
Professor of English
Division Chair of Arts and Humanities
Ottawa University

1990

Robert Crafton
PhD 1990
Professor Emeritus
Slippery Rock University

1989

Francis Ingledew
PhD 1989
Professor (Tenured)
Fairleigh Dickinson University