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

Adam Ahlgrim

Adam Ahlgrim

M.A. Student, Literary and Cultural Studies

Email: aahlgrim@andrew.cmu.edu

Adam Ahlgrim graduated from Baldwin Wallace University with a B.A. in English and a minor in Education. Adam’s research interests include 20th and 21st century British and American literature, literary representation, reading and spectatorship, and social criticism. Previous research interests involved violence and excess in contemporary ‘extreme’ fiction, and the ideas connecting novels, characters, and readers.

After graduation, Adam plans on continuing his education towards a Ph. D.


Benie Capitolin

Benie Capitolin

M.A. Student, Literary and Cultural Studies

Email: bcapitol@andrew.cmu.edu

Benie H. Capitolin graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a B.A. in English and Africana studies. Born in Dominica, her interests include Afro-American, Afro-Caribbean, and Black Diasporic literature, specifically in the examination of representations of race and gender and their effects on identity formation and societal relationships. As an undergraduate, Benie's research included studies on prominent Africanist writers and the ways which they use form to represent these sociopolitical systems, and the effects that these systems have on their character's own identity formation and the ways which their identities are understood by the societies around them. Benie addresses these issues with spatiality in mind, i.e. examining the form and function of race, gender, etc. in the public vs. private sphere.

Sara DeSantis

Sara DeSantis

M.A. Student, Literary and Cultural Studies

Email: sdesanti@andrew.cmu.edu

Sara DeSantis graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California with a B.A. in English and a minor in Environmental Studies. During her four years at Saint Mary’s, Sara was part of the college’s newspaper, The Collegian, and served as its Editor-in-Chief for two years. She is particularly interested in American environmental literature. Her senior undergraduate honors thesis analyzed the link shared among American female ecopoets who carry on the tradition of connecting one’s identity with the local nature surrounding them. She also wrote an independent research paper on Willa Cather’s prairie novels, O Pioneers! and My Ántonia, examining the connections between the novels’ female characters and the land.

Sara is excited to be a part of Carnegie Mellon’s LCS program and plans on using what she learns during the year to narrow her literary interests into an avenue of research for a Ph.D. In the future she hopes to teach English at the university level and become a published author.


Elena Garcia

Elena Garcia

M.A. Student, Literary and Cultural Studies

Email: egarcia1@andrew.cmu.edu

Elena Garcia graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in English, focusing in poetry, drama, and Medieval & Renaissance Literature, and a Bachelor of Theater Arts (BTA) in Theatrical Performance and Theatrical Production. Since graduating, she has worked in a variety of fields, including as the Programs Director for an arts education non-profit doing outdoor classical theater with kids and in the Artistic Director's office at the California Shakespeare Theater as part of the Professional Immersion Program. She is hoping to use this program to clarify career and academic goals moving forward and her academic interests vary widely and include: gender theory, dramaturgy, performance theory, and pop culture.


Alyson Goldsmith

Alyson Goldsmith

M.A. Student, Literary and Cultural Studies

Email: agoldsmi@andrew.cmu.edu

Alyson graduated in 2013 from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in anthropology and English literature. While completing her undergrad, she interned as a copy-editor at ETHNOLOGY, an academic journal focused on ethnographic anthropological research. Alyson's academic interests include history of the book and literary theory. Through completing the MA in literary and cultural studies, she hopes to research both literary communities of authors and the process by which books become and maintain themselves as historical artifacts. After completing her MA degree, Alyson would like to try her hand at trade publishing.

Genna Malatino

Genna Malatino

M.A. Student, Literary and Cultural Studies

Email: gmalatin@andrew.cmu.edu

Genna earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from The Pennsylvania State University. She also obtained a minor in Technical Writing, as well as concentrations in Professional and Media Writing and Rhetoric and Writing. During her undergraduate career Genna was a writing tutor at Penn State Learning.

After graduating from college, Genna worked as an Assistant Teacher at a preschool specializing in early intervention and behavioral analysis. She is currently pursuing her MA in Literary and Cultural Studies. Outside of her scholarly pursuits, Genna skydives and enjoys the challenge of jumping out of planes.


Matthew Milideo

Matthew Milideo

M.A. Student, Literary and Cultural Studies

Email: mmilideo@andrew.cmu.edu

Matthew Milideo graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology with a B.A. in literature and a B.S. in computer science. His senior thesis analyzed Mad Men’s reconstruction of the 1960s using the texts of Walter Benjamin, Max Horkheimer, and Theodor Adorno. The thesis explores how Mad Men reconfigures the past by subtly altering the way viewers associate things such as historical imagery and history. Matthew is attending Carnegie Mellon with the hopes of developing his critical base and eventually pursuing a Ph.D. in Literary Theory or Media Studies.   


Julia Patarini

Julia Patarini

M.A. Student, Literary and Cultural Studies

Email: patarini@cmu.edu

Julia Patarini earned her B.A. in Cultural Studies at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her areas of interest at Chatham included Environmental Studies, Post-Colonial studies, the construction of identity, and the use of the narrative in late 20th century American Literature. Additional interests included African American studies, specifically the history of African Americans communities in Pittsburgh, and she was involved in conducting oral histories in the Homewood area. Her senior tutorial discussed Consumer Culture through an analysis of the consumption of commodities and ideologies in Toni Morrison’s novel The Bluest Eye and in Don DeLillo’s White Noise.

She is currently earning her M.A. in Literary and Cultural Studies, hoping to use the degree to write fiction, to edit, and to promote Media Literacy, and is strongly considering pursing her Ph.D. and a career in University level education.


Eva Phillips

M.A. Student, Literary and Cultural Studies

Email: eaphilli@andrew.cmu.edu


Hillary Roman

Hillary Roman

M.A. Student, Literary and Cultural Studies

Email: hroman@andrew.cmu.edu

Hillary Roman graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in psychology and a double major in Art History. After a year at Duquesne Law School, she decided to shift directions. She is attending Carnegie Mellon University seeking a degree in literary and cultural studies with the goal of pursuing a career in science writing.

Robyn Rowley

M.A. Student, Literary and Cultural Studies

Email: rrowley@andrew.cmu.edu