Dissertations and Job Placement | Department of English | Kent State University

Dissertations and Job Placement


Aqeeli, Ammar Abduh, "The Nation of Islam's Perception of Black Consciousness in the Works of Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, and Other Writers of the Black Arts Movement." http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1523466358576864. Advisors: Babacar M'Baye and Yoshinobu Hakutani.

Hindi, Hanan. "Postcolonial Palestinians in Ghassan Kanafani's Works: Men in the Sun, All That's Left to You and Returning to Haifa." http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1532086829180848. Advisor: Babacar M'Baye.

Kim, Heejung. The Other American Poetry and Modernist Poetics: Richard Wright, Jack Kerouac, Sonia Sanchez, James Emanuel, and Lenard Moore. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1523964596644369. Advisor: Yoshinobu Hakutani.

Melick, Elizabeth H. "Four Middle English Roland Romances: An Edition of Poems Drawn from Medieval Manuscripts." http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1523367850331762. Advisor: Susanna Fein.

Owens, Wendy Michelle, "Identity and the In-Between Space in Transracial Adoptee Literature: Making Space for the Missing Voice." http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent152283718139289. Advisor: Babacar M'Baye.


Laffey, Seth Edward, "The Letters of Edwin Arlington Robinson: A Digital Edition (1889-1895)." Advisor: Paul Gaston. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1499369594701871. Dr. Laffey is an Assistant Professor of English at the American University in Dubai.

Lin, Yu-Fang, "The Cultural Construction of Taiwan in the Literatures of Taiwan, China, and the United States." http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent149178259135258. Advisors: Babacar M'Baye and Masood Raja.

MacDonald, Sarah Nicole, "Working Women's Life Writing and Authorial Competency." http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1511353472506823. Advisors: Margaret Shaw and Sara Newman.


Ghashmari, Ahmad, "Humanizing the posthuman in Powers, Wallace, Gibson and DeLillo." http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent147855115808631. Advisor: Tammy Clewell. Dr. Ghasmari is an Assistant Professor in the English Language Institute at Bellevue College, Washington.

McCracken, Heather, "Creating postcolonial national heroes: The revisionist myths of W.B. Yeats and Jame Joyces." http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1472725837. Advisor: Claire Culleton. Dr. McCracken is an Instructor in the English Department at Winona State College, Minnesota.

Alzoubi, Mamoun, "Richard Wright's trans-nationalism: New dimensions to modern American expatriate literature." http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1466409579. Advisors: Yoshi Hakutani & Babacar M'Baye.

Albalawi, Mohammed, ``Read to change: The role Arabic literature can play to redress the damage of stereotyping Arabs in American media." http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1460221387. Advisor: Babacar M'Baye. Dr. Albalawi is an Assistant Professor of English in the College of Fashion and Design in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

Murray, Joshua, "No definite destination: Transnational liminality in Harlem Renaissance lives and writings." http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1461257721. Advisor: Babacar M'Baye. Dr. Murray is an Assistant Professor of English (tenure track) at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.

Taylor, Rebekah, "Anthropocene Modernisms: Ecological Expressions of the `Human Age' in Eliot, Williams, Toomer and Woolf." http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1461270901. Advisors: Kevin Floyd and Ryan Hediger. Dr. Taylor-Wiseman is an Assistant Professor of English (tenure track) at Brenau University in Atlanta, Georgia.


Randi Pahlau, “Hospitality and the natural world within an ecotheological context in William Shakespeare's Much ado about Nothing and Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.” Advisor: Vera Camden. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc num=kent1448050811. Dr. Pahlau is an Assistant Professor of English, tenure track, at Malone University in Canton, Ohio.

Colleen Thorndike, “Constructing womanhood: The influence of conduct books on gender performance and ideology of womanhood in American women’s novels, 1865-1914.” (Spring 2015) Advisors: Robert Trogdon and Wesley Raabe. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc num=kent1428755452. Dr. Thorndike is an Instructor in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Mississippi.

Heidi Stoffer, "Nostalgia and materialism: Negotiating modernity through houses in Wharton, Fitzgerald and Cather." Advisor: Tammy Clewell. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc num=kent1429543427. Dr. Stoffer is an adjunct professor at Baldwin Wallace University.

Ross Tangedal, “A most pleasant business: Introducing authorship in Twentieth Century American literature.” Advisor: Robert Trogdon. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc num=kent1429287330. Dr. Tangedal is an Assistant Professor, tenure track, in the Department of English at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point.


Elizabeth Wagoner, "Interpreting the multimodal novel: A new method of textual scholarship." Advisor: Ray Craig. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1416406231. Dr. Wagoner is an Instructor in the English Department at Kent State University.

Seth Johnson, "History, myth and secularism across the borderlands: The work of Michael Chabon." Advisor: Lewis Fried. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1392155557. Dr. Johnson is an Instructor in the English Departments at Kent State University and Cleveland State University.

Geoffrey Moses, "The lack of a future: Utopian absence and longing in Twentieth- and Twenty-First- Century American fiction." Advisor: Kevin Floyd. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1365784335.


Meltem Oztan, "Indelible Legacies: Transgenerational Trauma and Therapeutic Ancestral Reconciliation in Kindred, The Chaneysville Incident, Stigmata and The Known World."  Advisor: Willie H. Harrell. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1375031855. Dr. Oztan-Meli is a member of the faculty for the Office of International Affairs and Global Strategies at the University of Central Florida. 

Stacie Hanes, "The sense and sensibility of the 19th-Century fantastic." Advisors: Kathe Davis and Margaret Shaw. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1382975086. Dr. Hanes is an Adjunct Instructor at Youngstown State University. 


Graduation Year
Sohomjit Ray 2013 College of Staten Island (CUNY), TT
Yeonmin Kim 2013 Chonnam National University, South Korea, TT
Jason Ellis 2012 New York City College of Technology (CUNY), TT
Masaya Takeuchi 2011 Toyo University, Tokyo, Japan, TT
Katherine Blackbird 2010 Kent State University, NTT
Elizabeth Haller 2009 Northern State University, So. Dakota, TT
Mayuri Deka 2008 University of the Bahamas, Grand Bahamas
Catherine Rock 2008 Stark Technical College, TT
Todd Williams 2007 Kutztown University – Visiting Prof.
Sara Kosiba 2007 Troy University, TT
Michael Sanders 2006 Kent State University, NTT
Elizabeth Jones 2006 Cleveland State University, TT
Edward Dauterich 2006 Kent State University, NTT
Peter Marbais 2005 Hutchison Comm. College, KS, NTT
Seema Kurup 2004 Wm Rainey Harper, TT
Susan Lord 2004 Kent State University, PT
Mary Hricko 2004 KSU Geauga Campus - Library Director of Regional Campus
Chuck Fitzgerald 2004 Private Industry
Melissa Jones 2004 High school teacher - Cleve.
Hunter Stephenson 2004 University of Houston, TT
Carl Robinson 2004 Kent State University, PT
Greg Martin 2004 St. Ursaline - private women's high school
Michael Johanyak 2004 University of Akron, TT
Kathy Ward 2003 Thiel College, TT
Susan Gunn 2003 St. Edwards University, TT
Lynn Zimmerman Hall 2003 Business Owner
Yupei Zhou 2003 Xiamen University, China, TT
Kerrie Farkas 2003 Millersville University, Penn., TT
Linda Girard 2003 Parkland Comm. College, NTT