Rice University

Department of English

News from Our Recent PhDs

New Positions

Abby Goode (PhD 2016) 
Assistant Professor, English, Plymouth State University
Early and nineteenth-century American literature, sustainability studies, transnational American studies, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies
Dissertation “Democratic Demographics: A Literary Genealogy of American Sustainability”

Samhita Sunya (PhD 2014)
Assistant Professor, Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures, University of Virginia
World film history; Asian cinemas; intersections of (old and new) audio-visual media and literature; sound studies; and postcolonial literature
Dissertation “Love in the Time of Cinema: The Global Tracks of Hindi Film/Songs” 

Meina Yates-Richard (PhD 2016)
Yates Richard 
Assistant Professor, English, Syracuse University
20th- and 21st -Century African American, African diasporic, and American literature and culture
Dissertation "Echoes of the Future-Past: Slavery & Sonic Testimony in African American Literature 1845-Present"


Rice PhD Bookshelf

A selection of recently published books by former doctoral students

Victoria Ford Smith (PhD 2010)
Between Generations: The Collaborative Child in the Golden Age of Children's Literature (forthcoming, 2017)

Martine van Elk (PhD 2000)
Early Modern Women's Writing: Domesticity, Privacy, and the Public Sphere in England and the Dutch Republic (Early Modern Literature in History), 2017

Tanya Ann Kennedy (PhD 2004)
Historicizing Post-discourses: Postfeminism and Postracialism in United States Culture (S U N Y Series in Feminist Criticism and Theory), 2017

Ryan White (PhD 2012)
The Hidden God, 2015

Eileen Cleere (PhD 1996)
The Sanitary Arts: Aesthetic Culture and the Victorian Cleanliness Campaigns, 2014

Elizabeth Fenton 
(PhD 2006)
Religious Liberties: Anti-Catholicism and Liberal Democracy in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature and Culture, 2011

Ayse Çelikkol
 (PhD 2006)
Romances of Free Trade: British Literature, Laissez-Faire, and the Global Nineteenth Century, 2011

Lloyd Kermode (PhD 1998)
Aliens and Englishness in Elizabethan Drama, 2009