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

Sara Faradji

Sara Faradji

Email: sfaradji@andrew.cmu.edu

Sara Faradji graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 2013 with a bachelor's in global studies. Throughout her time at CMU, she has enjoyed participating in projects that connect students and residents of the greater Pittsburgh community to other parts of the world. From Conflict Kitchen, a storefront art project and takeout restaurant that serves cuisine from countries that the U.S. is in conflict with, to the Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival, a celebration of global cultures through foreign film, to Camino, an original theatre production inspired by the real-life stories of undocumented immigrants, the work she has become involved with brings international issues to local audiences in creative forms. Following her study and service abroad trips to South Africa and Rwanda during the summer of 2012, she completed an honors thesis that analyzed the effectiveness of post-conflict nation building and technological integration within Sub-Saharan Africa. Upon completion of the Master's program in Literary and Cultural Studies, she hopes to pursue a doctoral degree in cultural studies.

Amy Lytle

Amy Lytle

Email: alytle@andrew.cmu.edu

I graduated from Regis University in 2013. I double majored in English and History with a Spanish minor. I will be in the LCS program this year, hoping to pursue my PhD. My senior honors thesis covered the topic of the Harry Potter novels as an allegory for World War II and this made me realize another passion of mine is to study the importance of children's literature in society. In my free time, I enjoy dancing, photography, reading, meeting new people and experiencing new places.

Stephen Rosnick

Stephen Rosnick

Email: srosnick@andrew.cmu.edu

I recently graduated from Carnegie Mellon, where I studied history, English, and philosophy. Academically, my focus is on Middle English and Early Modern English texts, particularly the works of Chaucer and Gower. I am interested in examining the interplay between history and literature by examining the historical context(s) of a work's composition, depiction, and reception.


Steven Secular

Steven Secular

Email: ssecular@andrew.cmu.edu

My research interests include TV/film studies, American cultural studies (late 20th and 21st century), and gender studies. I spend most of my time overanalyzing the cultural implications of Lost and Twin Peaks (among others), listening to early '90s hip-hop and wishing I were cool, and talking about the NBA as the pinnacle of American weirdness.

Justin Stanley

Justin Stanley

Email: jtstanley@cmu.edu

Justin completed his bachelor degree at Georgia State University in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He had returned to college as a non-traditional student after several years as an entrepreneur and a more traditional employee. In the course of completing his degree requirements, he rediscovered a passion for storytelling and creative writing.

While in the workforce, Justin worked in information technology with most of his responsibilities in network and development operations. Some highlights of his experience include work as an engineer developing a VOIP-based emergency management system, as a Digital Media intern with the Southeast Atlantic Modern Language Assoication, and in technical operations for an international e-invoicing company.

Justin is concentrating his studies on the future of storytelling, with a focus on narratives and how they transition across types of media. He is also examining the impact of network culture on the expectations of modern and future storytelling. Following graduation, Justin plans to pursue a doctorate that combines his background in technology and his current research.


Stephanie Wontrop

Stephanie Wontrop

Email: swontrop@andrew.cmu.edu

Graduating from Duquesne University with a B.S. in Secondary English Education and a Women and Gender Studies minor, Stephanie is excited to further her knowledge of literature and its relevance to common thought and societal perceptions through Carnegie Mellon's LCS Master's program. She aspires to take this knowledge into the classroom, and hopes to eventually pursue a PhD.