Carnegie Mellon University

Dissertations & Job Placement

Since its inception in 1986, the Ph.D. program in Literary and Cultural Studies at Carnegie Mellon University has been preparing its graduates for positions at universities around the U.S. Our graduates have found full-time or tenure-track positions on faculties of English, Writing, or Technical Communications.

The following table presents the placements of our graduates since 2005. For a complete list of dissertations, click here.





2018 Juliann Reineke Three Sheets to the Wind: The Jolly Jack Tar and Eighteenth-Century British Masculinity Associate Director of the Global Communication Center, Carnegie Mellon University

Jamie Smith

Rights and Rites: Revolution, Gender, Performance, and Religion in British Novels of the 1790s

Pavithra Tantrigoda

Contesting "Green Imperialism": Rights and Ecology in South Asian Literature


Matthew Lambert

The Green Depression: Landscape, Environmentalism, and Social Justice in the 1930s and 40s Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Wabash College

D.J. Schuldt

The Dissenting Academies and the Literary Politics of the 1790s Adjunct Professor at Emmanuel College in Boston

Kate Hamilton

'The Voice of Fame’: Frances Burney and Eighteenth-Century
British Celebrity
Postdoctoral Teaching Consultant, Eberly Center for
Teaching Excellence & Technological Innovation

Kate Holterhoff

Speculating Victorians: Romance Fictions and Evolutionary Science, 1859-1914 Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgia Tech

David Haeselin

Searching...A Cultural History of Twentieth-Century Information Retrieval Senior Lecturer, University of North Dakota
Heather Steffen Academic Labor in an Age of Change: Criticism of the U.S. University, 1890-1930 Lecturer, University of California, Santa Barbara
Eric Vázquez Realms of Inconsequence: U.S. Imaginaries of Central America, 1979-2005 Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies, Dickinson College
2013 Sheila Liming The Natural Woman: Science and Sentimentality in Nineteenth-Century America Assistant Professor of English, University of North Dakota
2012 Geoffrey Glover Fables of Difference: African American Science Fiction from 1931 Through 2006 Lecturer, University of Pittsburgh
Christopher Jeremy Taylor The Fortified Compound: New Journalism and the New Right Humanities Teacher, Hong Kong International School
2011 Nilak Datta Authentic Fictions in Homely Worlds: The Construction of the Post-Tourist Gaze in Postmodern American Fiction Adjunct Professor of English, Community College of Allegheny County and Point Park University
Bill Blake Soldier Playwrights, Public Honor, and the Making of Liberal Arts Culture, 1660-1737 Assistant Professor of English & Drama, New York University
2010 Emily Klein Constructing the American Activist: Twentieth-Century Political Performances and Discourses of Social Change Assistant Professor of English and Modern Drama, Birmingham-Southern College
2009 Mario Castagnaro Embellishment, Fabrication, and Scandal: Hoaxing and the American Press Assistant Professor of Medicine, West Penn Health System
Rebecca May Morbid Parts: Dissection and the Gothic in the Long Nineteenth Century Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar
2008 Thora Brylowe Romantic Arts & Letters: British Print, Paint, and Engraving 1760-1830 Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh
2007 Srila Nayak Citizens Everywhere: Modernism, Decolonization, and Discourses of Citizenship Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
2006 Courtney Maloney Images of Steel: Labor, Memory and the Cultural Work of Corporate Photographers Assistant Professor, Writing & Humanities, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
Dana Gilserman-Kopans The English Malady: Egendering Insanity in the Eighteenth Century Adirondack Environmental Studies Residency, SUNY Empire State College
2005 Victor Cohen Heroes for Sale: Radical Politics and Genre Formation in Hard-Boiled Crime Fiction English Teacher, Oakwood Secondary School, California