The UCI PhD Program in English has placed graduates in a wide range of careers, from tenure-track appointments at research universities to "alt-ac" positions in humanities education and university administration to opportunities in private-sector employment.
The placement information below offers detail on the positions obtained by our graduates alongside information about their dissertation research.
(Dates refer to year of appointment rather than year of graduation. All assistant professor appointments tenure track unless otherwise noted.) (All assistant professor appointments tenure track unless otherwise noted.)
Dissertation: "An Unoccupied Woman: American Women's Writing, The Literary Spinster, and Feminist Care"
Lecturer, UCI Composition
Dissertation: " Intervals of Grace: Shakespeare and Chaucer’s Existential Romances and the Repair of the Past"
Assistant Professor of English in the Composition, Rhetoric, and English Studies (CRES) Program at the University of Alabama
Dissertation: "Feeling Like We Belong: College Students' Countercurricular Rhetorical Education"
Dissertation: Girls Never Grow Up: Generic Impossibility and Narrative Tension in the late-Nineteenth Century Maturation Serial"
Term Assistant Professor, George Mason University
Dissertation: "More Like Life: Politics and the Organic Metaphor in Late-Victorian Aesthetic Cultures"
Academic Support Coordinator of the Writing Studio, Vanderbilt University
Dissertation: "Still Hidden in the Future: Allegory and Metalepsis in British Fiction in the Long Nineteenth Century"
Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow in the Writing and Communication Program, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dissertation: "Business and Belongingness: How the Female Entrepeneur Revised the Victorian Canon"
Dissertation: "Kindred by Chance: Spontaneous Art and Neoliberal Order"
Jacob William Baumgartner
Associate Director, Purdue Online Writing Laboratory (OWL). Dissertation: "Literature in the Age of Wellness"
Dissertation: "Tongues in Trees and Sermons in Stones: The Landscape of Affordances"
Howard E. and Susanne C. Jessen Postdoctoral Instructor in English, Caltech
Dissertation: "Of Shadow and Substance: Sadakichi Hartmann, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and Photo-Poetic"
Visiting Rhetorical Arts Fellow, Loyola Marymount University
Dissertation: "Raciolinguistic Ideologies in the Rhetoric of Early California Statehood"
Dissertation: "Crisis Tendencies: Contemporary Fiction and the Political Economy of Mental Health After 1980"
Professor of English at Santa Rosa Junior College
Dissertation: "Advertising, Affect, and the Avant-Garde: The Aesthetics of Interruption and Identity Formation in American Fiction of the 1920s"
Lecturer, UCI Composition
Dissertation: "Return to Normalcy: Modernist Prose and the Quantification of Sexuality"
Assistant Professor, California State University, Long Beach
Dissertation: "Textual and Visual Rhetorics of the Generative Wound: A Historical Genealogy from Medieval Iberia to Contemporary Chicanx Self-Representation Strategies and Pedagogies."
Lecturer in the University of Pennsylvania's Critical Writing Program
Dissertation: "Finding Themselves By Two: Serial Poetics in Whitman, Oppen and Baraka"
2019Christopher Taekwan Kang
Assistant Professor, College of Wooster
Dissertation: "“Zero Ecology: A Study of British Romantic Poetry”"
Editor, The Georgia Review, University of Georgia
Dissertation: "“Thomas De Quincey's Theatric Prose: Theater, Rhetoric, and Literature after the British Enlightenment”"
Alden Sajor Marte-Wood
Assistant Professor, Rice University
Dissertation: "Philippine Anglophone Literature in the Age of Reproductive Labor"
Visiting Assistant Professor, Clemson University
Dissertation: "Unity Defective: Figurations of Sovereignty in Early Modern English Literature"
Garrett Bridger Gilmore
Lecturer, University of Alabama
Dissertation: "The White Man's Magic Word: Southern Knowledge and White Racial Melancholy"
Assistant Professor, California State University, San Bernardino
Dissertation: "Appraising Our Investments in Youth: Rhetorical Education in the Age of Neoliberalism"
Assistant Professor, Drew University
Dissertation: "Campus Life: Rhetorical Education and College Writing amidst an Evolving Geography"
Assistant Professor of Black Studies and English, Caltech.
Dissertation: "Divine Quiet: Phillis Wheatley's Gentle Mastery of Meter, Genre, and Address"
Assistant Professor, College of Southern Nevada
Dissertation: "Closed Minds and Open Systems: Narrative Voice and Institutional Complexity in the Late Modern Novel"
Assistant Professor, Tulane University
Dissertation: "Dissociative States: The Metaphysics of Blackness and the Psychic Afterlife of Slavery"
Performance Consultant, Allen Communications
Dissertation: "The Hand: Grasping Embodiment in British Literature 1690-1746"
Assistant Professor of English, Clemson University
Dissertation: "Race Writing in the Internet Age"
Assistant to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, UC Riverside
Dissertation: "Changing Times: Kipling, Yeats, Eliot, and the Measure of Modernity"
ACLS Emerging Voices Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University UC Riverside
Dissertation: "Race, Place and Literary Practice in The United States from Thoreau to Ransom"
English Instructor, Sierra Canyon School
Dissertation: "‘The Language of Trade’: Rhetoric, Power, and the Commercial Identity in Eighteenth-Century British Fiction"
Honors Collegium Program Manager, Ohio State University
Dissertation: "Beyond Stage and Screen: The Making of the Scene in Modernist Fiction"
Assistant Professor, San Bernardino Valley College
Dissertation: "Body and Tool: An Enactive Approach to Perceptual Entrainment in Fiction and Science Fiction"
Dissertation: "The Hospitable Globe: Persia and the Early Modern English Stage"
Freelance Writer and Editor
Dissertation: "For the Record: Gendered Collective Memory in the Works of Pauline Hopkins, Edith Eaton/Sui Sin Far and Abraham Cahan"
Teaching Assistant Professor, University of Denver
Dissertation: "Composing (In) Commensurable Publics: Dual Sponsorship and Askesis in the Writings of Detained Youth"
Lecturer, San Diego State University
Dissertation: "A Call to Act: Witness, Testimony, and Political Renewal in Shakespeare's Plays"
Curriculum Development Specialist & Instructor, University of Texas at Austin
Dissertation: "Gothic Episodes in Nineteenth-Century American Literature"
Assistant Professor, Long Beach City College
Dissertation: "‘Everything Was Strange’: Regional Nationalism and Ironic Identities in Early National American Fiction"
Dissertation: "The Wilderness of Language: Toward a ‘Wild’ Reading of American Nature Writing"
Dissertation: "‘This New Species of Affliction’: Self-Destruction and the Eighteenth-Century Ethic of Self-Improvement"
Lecturer, Harvard University
Dissertation: "Savage Hunter: Cannnibalism and the Discourse on Slavery in the United States and Caribbean"
Assistant Professor, Providence College
Dissertation: "Find Yourself Here: Neighborhood Logics in Twenty-First Century Chicano and Latino Literature"
Dissertation: "Dwelling in Possibility: American Literature, Architecture, and Domestic Innovation, 1850-1900"
Adjunct Professor of Writing, Whittier College
Dissertation: "Distended Youth: Arrested Development in the Victorian Novel"
Academic Counselor, HS2 Academy
Dissertation: "Dangerous Investigations: Experiment as Deep Play in Eighteenth-Century British Literature"
Dissertation: "Feeling Engaged: College Writers as Literacy Tutors"
Dissertation: "Viable Crimes and Victorian Gentlemen: Rhetorics of (In)Consistency and the 19th-Century Novel"
English Field of Study Coordinator, Beijing Bayi School
Dissertation: "Militarized Desires: Consumerism in American Literature, 1939-1955"
Lecturer, Chapman University
Dissertation: "Romantic Liberalism"
Assistant Professor, San Jacinto College
Dissertation: "Modernism's Suicidal Impulse: Psychic Contamination and the Crowd"
Assistant Professor, Kwansei Gakuin University
Dissertation: "Manners of Contradiction: Economy and Gender in Early Twentieth-Century American Narrative"
Assistant Professor, California Baptist University
Dissertation: "Pragmatism and the Gift: Toward a Charismology of Dynamic Gifts in American Literature and Religion"