Graduate Achievements

Fellowships, Grants, and Awards

  • Jeff Carr: George Mills Harper Graduate Student Travel Fund Award from the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (2018)
  • Sam Hunter: Thesis Completion Grant, The Graduate School (2019)
  • Dinidu Karunanayake: Connected Academics Career Development Boot Camp Fellowship and Travel Grant, Modern Language Association (2018)
  • Casey Kuhajda: Outstanding Graduate Student in Literature (2019)
  • Sandamini Ranwalage: Carolyn Washburn Houtchens Award in Literature (2018)
  • Cynthia Smith: Albert M. Greenfield Foundation Long-term Fellowship, Library Company of
    Philadelphia (2018-19); Harriet Beecher Stowe Society, Up and Coming Scholar Award (2018); Outstanding Teaching Award, Miami University (2016); Mary Catherine Mooney Short-term Fellowship, Boston Athenaeum (2020); Midwest Modern Language Association Short-term Fellowship, Newberry Library (2020); Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library Short-Term Fellowship (2020); Margaretta "Happy" Rockefeller Summer Research Fellowship, Women’s History Institute, Historic Hudson Valley (2019)
  • Brenda Tyrrell: Dartmouth Futures of American Studies Institute (Summer 2019); Graduate Achievement Award (2019)
  • Nicolyn Woodcock: Graduate Students' Achievement Award, Miami University Graduate School (2018)


  • Boyd, Nolan. "‘Nature Is Satan's Church’: Depression and the Politics of Gender in Lars von Trier's Antichrist." Offscreen, vol. 20, no. 8, Aug. 2016.
  • Boyd, Nolan. "The Warped Mirror: The Reflection of the Ableist Stare in David Lynch's The Elephant Man." Disability & Society, vol. 31, no. 10, 2016, pp. 1321-1332.
  • Boyd, Nolan. "You Can't Go Home Again: A Twin Peaks Story." Offscreen, vol. 21, no. 11-12, Dec. 2017.
  • Boyd, Nolan. “Pink Dreams, Blue World: Power, Fantasy, and Desire in Alain Berliner’s Ma Vie en Rose.” Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture, vol. 3, no. 1, March 2018, pp. 87-100.
  • Boyd, Nolan. “Queercrip Temporality and the Representation of Disability in Lady Audley’s Secret.” Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, vol. 12, no. 4, 2018, pp. 407-422.
  • Boyd, Nolan. “The Altered Shall Inherit the Earth: Biopower and the Disabled Body in Texhnolyze.” Science Fiction Studies, vol. 45, no. 1, March 2018, pp. 91-110.
  • Boyd, Nolan. “The Severed Eye: Sight, Sound, and Gender in Blue Velvet.” The Journal of Cinema and Media Studies (forthcoming).
  • Imwalle, Kate. “The Tip of the Iceberg: Freudian Theory in Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace” in Margaret Atwood Studies Journal, vol. 12.
  • Karunanayake, Dinidu. "Reclaiming Home and ‘Righting’ Citizenships in Postwar Sri Lanka: Internal Displacement, Memory and Human Rights,” in The Subjects of Human Rights: Critical Asian and Asian American Studies. Eds. Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, Guy Beauregard, and Hsiu-Chuan Lee. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2019.
  • Karunanayake, Dinidu. “Sri Lankan American Literature and Culture,” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture. Oxford University Press, 2019.
  • Kuhajda, Casey and Anita Mannur. “Asian American Ecocriticism.” Oxford Reference Encyclopedia of Literature (2019)
  • Oriol, Rachel. “Embodied Knowledge as Revolutionary Dance: Representations of Cuban Modern Dance in Alma Guillermoprieto’s Dancing with Cuba.” Dance Research Journal (forthcoming, August 2019).
  • Tyrrell, Brenda. “A World Turned Upside Down: Hop-Frog, Freak Shows, and Representations of Dwarfism.” Journal of Literary and Cultural Studies (forthcoming).
  • Woodcock, Nicolyn. "Tasting the 'Forgotten War': Korean/American Memory and Military Base Stew," Journal of Asian American Studies (February 2018)
  • Woodcock, Nicolyn. “Narratives of Intimacy in Asian American Literature” in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature

Conference Presentations

Graduate students in Literature have recently presented at the following conferences:

  • Altman Symposium
  • American Literature Association
  • Association for Asian American Studies
  • Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society Symposium
  • College Composition and Communication Conference
  • Critical Ethnic Studies Association
  • DC Queer Studies Symposium
  • Faulkner Studies Colloquium
  • Graduate Research Forum
  • International Writing Center Association Conference
  • MEGAA Symposium
  • Midwest Victorian Studies Association
  • Modern Language Association
  • Modernist Studies Association
  • Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States
  • Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
  • New Horizons: A Symposium for Miami University Graduate Students
  • Ohio State Medieval and Renaissance Graduate Student Association Symposium
  • Popular Culture Association
  • Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality Symposium
  • South Atlantic Modern Language Association
  • Sri Lanka Graduate Student Conference, Cornell University
  • The Society for the Study of Multi-ethnic Literature of the United States
  • Virginia Woolf Society

Recent PhD program placement

  • Christian B. Williams (2018) Ohio State University, Literature Ph.D. Program
  • Sam Hunter (2019) UCLA, Cinema & Media Studies Ph.D. Program
  • Sandamini Ranwalage (2019) Miami University, Literature Ph.D. Program

Recent Job Placement

  • Catherine Tetz (2019) Assistant Professor, Pacific Union College
  • Dinidu Karunanayake (2019) Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Centre College
  • Nicolyn Woodcock (2019) Visiting Assistant Professor of American Multiethnic Literature, Colorado College