Literature Alumni

Miami Literature majors find that the coursework and academic rigor of a BA in Literature prepares them for a number of career paths. Some students go on to pursue graduate degrees in the humanities, while others enter professional schools in fields like law, medicine, library science, and business. Many graduates join the workforce right away and go into fields like editing, marketing, consulting, sales, teaching, and management. 

To provide prospective and current students a snapshot of the diverse and interesting career paths that Literature majors take, we offer these sample profiles of alumni.

If you are an alumnus and would like to be profiled on our website, please contact Dr. Erin Edwards, Director of Literature, at


  • MacKenzie Pickering (2016), Student, University of Toledo School of Law
  • Elizabeth Benshoff (2014), Student, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Jonathan Wheeler (2013), JD, University of Pennsylvania Law School (2016)
  • Pietro Signoracci (2007), Associate, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, New York City
  • Maggie Fibbe (2004), Director, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC), Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio
  • Jessica Moore (2003), Prosecutor, Jefferson Circuit Court, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Katie Mosca (2002), Attorney, Ohio Attorney General's Office, Columbus, Ohio

Marketing, Public Relations and Communications 

  • Nicole Smith (2015), Communications Coordinator, Compass Clinical Consulting
  • Neha Tandon (2015), Public Relations Representative, Nike
  • Taylor McBroom (2015), Marketing Assistant, HarperCollins
  • Joseph Clemmer (2012), Senior Marketing Specialist, Comcast Business
  • Matt Levy (2011), Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut
  • Tommy Marzella (2010), Marketing Communications Director, MarTech & SaaS Marketer, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Samantha McKee (2009), Digital Marketing Analyst, Naked Lime Marketing, Dayton, Ohio

Creative Strategists

  • Elisabeth (Strunk) Effron (2002), Multi-media artist, storyteller, creative strategist, Red Hat, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Kimberly Singer (2000), Principal and Consultant, Kimberly Singer Creative, LLC


  • Hannah Davis (2015), Substitute Teacher, Goshen Community Schools, Indiana
  • Breann Bourelle (2014), English Teacher, Fusion Academy, Los Angeles
  • Kaela Thomasson-Pavao (2014), English Teacher, Mt Juliet High School, Tennessee
  • Sarah Ruzic (2004), English Teacher, Pearl Cohn High School, Nashville

Higher Education

  • Emily Sharrett (2016), MA/PhD candidate in English Literature, Loyola University, Chicago
  • Yolanda O’Neill (2015), Master’s of Teaching, Brown University (2016)
  • Leah Grisham (2012), PhD candidate in Literature, George Washington University
  • Adam Drury (2007), PhD candidate in English, SUNY Buffalo; MA in English at University of Oregon 
  • Sami Schalk (2008), Assistant Professor, University of Albany; PhD in Gender Studies, University of Indiana (2014). Book is forthcoming by Duke
  • Jennifer Harford Vargas (2002), Assistant Professor of English, Bryn Mawr;  PhD, English, Stanford University (2011)
  • Billy Stratton (2002), Associate Professor of English at University of Denver; PhD, American Indian Studies, University of Arizona
  • Shannon Payne (1999),  Post-doctoral Fellow, Tulane University. Ph.D, American Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2008)

Editing, Copywriting & Publishing

  • Lindsay Crist (2016), Book-buyer, Joseph Beth Bookstore, Cincinnati
  • Alex Rice (2015), Foreign Rights/Contracts Assistant, Foundry Literary & Media
  • Emily Dangler (2014), Copywriter, Designer Shoe Warehouse
  • Karen Krumpak (2014), Assistant Editor, Writer's Digest
  • Leah Logan Raymond (2012), Technical Writer, MRI Software
  • Vitus Vrynne (2011), Global Source Editor, Amazon's Worldwide Marketplace

Library Science

  • Jaqueline Gazda (2016), Library Assistant, Mason Public Library
  • Keely Moloney (2013), Librarian, Lane Public Library; MA candidate, Library Information Systems program, Kent State
  • Kate Ceronie (2012), MLS, Library Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2014)

Medicine and Health Care

  • Caroline Barrett (2007), Operations Manager, SanovaWorks Healthcare Communications, New York City
  • Robin Anglin (2004), Dietician, US Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Kristen Reichart Rost (2003), Executive Director, Ohio Children’s Trust Fund
  • Jay Hopkins (1999), Counselor, Whole Person Psychotherapy 

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