MA in LCS Student Profiles-Department of English - Carnegie Mellon University

Elizabeth Benshoff

Elizabeth Benshoff

B.A. in English Literature and Political Science, Miami University

Email: ebenshof@andrew.cmu.edu

Elizabeth Benshoff graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in May 2014 with a Bachelor's degree in English Literature and Political Science. Her undergraduate studies focused on the intersection of political science and English literature, an interest she plans to pursue further in her graduate work. Her undergraduate senior thesis focused on Marianne Moore’s view of World War II from home and the changes the war brought to American culture and gender roles. Looking forward, Elizabeth is particularly interested in the representation of political institutions, individual political engagement, gender roles, and cultural changes in texts from a variety of time periods. Following her MA at Carnegie Mellon University, she hopes to pursue her PhD.

Larissa Briley

Larissa Briley

Email: lbriley@andrew.cmu.edu

Larissa studied Film and English Literature at the University of Pittsburgh with film credits from the University of Southern California, and she hopes to one day teach at the university level. Larissa was very active in music and theatre while pursuing her undergraduate degree, and founded the Musical Theatre Club at Pitt in 2009. She hopes to continue to be involved in extracurricular theatre while at CMU.

 


Abigail Cady

Email: acady@andrew.cmu.edu

Abby completed her undergraduate studies in Creative Writing, Literature, and Theatre at Miami University in 2014. Abby's academic focus is the relationship of literature and critical theory to performances both on the stage and in everyday life. She plans to write plays and become a dramaturge upon completion of the LCS master's program, focusing on 19th and 20th century plays as well as new works and playwrights.


Eileen Sabrina Herman

Eileen Sabrina Herman

B.A. in Art History and English, Case Western Reserve University

Email: eileenhe@andrew.cmu.edu

Eileen Sabrina Herman graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 2012 with a B.A. in Art History and English. During undergrad, she ran the student newspaper (The Observer) as its Editor-in-Chief, she was the secretary of the Media Board, and she was the Vice President of Sigma Tau Delta, the honorary English fraternity. After college she began to work full-time at Hermes Press, a mid-sized publishing company that specializes in historical comic book and strip restoration and publication, and continues to work there part-time while obtaining her Masters at CMU. In her spare time, Sabrina enjoys attending anime and comic book conventions, playing with her dogs, and long walks on the beach. She is an avid fan of Star Trek, and maintains that TOS is the best of all the versions.

Emily Necciai

B.A. in English, Washington & Jefferson College

Email: enecciai@andrew.cmu.edu

My Research interests include Conflicts in Culture(s). Specifically those concerning war and/or the relationship between literature and reality and their interaction in the realm of digital media as displayed through online comics, online social communities, and etc. My professional interests/goals include Teaching in Higher Education, the Study of War, Public Relations, and Publishing. See more at www.linkedin.com/in/emilynecciai

I chose the CMU, MA LCS program because CMU is a well known and an even better reputed university, besides being a top school in the country, and that reputation encouraged my attendance. In addition, I knew, because CMU also has a very progressive reputation, that my ideas would be well received here and allow me to see where the field of literature is headed and to, if I choose, help it move forward myself.


Souri Somphanith

Souri Somphanith

B.A. in American Studies and Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz

Email: ssomphan@andrew.cmu.edu

Souri Somphanith earned her undergraduate degree in American Studies and Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. When she was not hiking through the Californian wilderness, she reported for the campus paper, City on a Hill Press; interned with a human rights organization in Washington, D.C.; and learned the in’s and out’s of publishing with Wiley-Blackwell. Prior to attending CMU, she was a publications manager with PLOS ONE, an online Open Access STEM journal.

Souri chose to attend CMU to continue her interdisciplinary work in the humanities and to determine whether she would like to pursue a Ph.D. Her research interests include contemporary American fiction, genre fiction, print culture, and issues in postcolonial studies (e.g., representations of place, intergenerational immigrant narratives).