Literature and Cultural Theory Alumni

Ibtisam M. Abujad

Degree: PhD
Prior Degree: MA, UWM 2016

Interests: Arab and Arab American Fiction, Contemporary Transnational Fiction, American Muslim Literature, Gender/ Women’s Studies, World Literature, Poetics of Childhood, Motherhood Studies, Memory Studies, Narrative Theory, Islamic Feminism

Teaching Experience: Arabic Literature in English Translation: The Modern Arabic Novel (currently taught at Marquette University); currently Instructor of Arabic Language and Literature at Marquette University

Norah Alsuhaibani

Degree: PhD
Prior Degrees: BA, King Saud University 2010, Saudi Arabia; MA, DePaul University 2016, Chicago, IL

Interests: 18th-century British literature, utopian literature, classical and cultural theory, Arabic novels, and poetry.

Suchismita Banerjee

Degree: PhD

Interests: postcolonial theory, literature, and film, transnational feminism, theories of labor, and diasporic literature

Michael Beebe 

Degree: PhD
Prior Degrees: BS Syracuse University 2006 (Television Radio & Film); MA New York University 2010 (Irish & Irish-American Studies)

Interests: Irish studies, literary modernism, modernization/modernity, cultural studies, political philosophy, biopower/biopolitics, postcolonial studies

Teaching Experience: ENG 215: Intro to English Studies; ENG 227: Irish Modernism; ENG 306: Survey of Irish Literature

Kayla M. Blodgett

Degree: MA
Prior Degree: BS in Secondary Education in English from Northern Michigan University in 2013

Interests: postcolonial studies, feminist theory, critical race theory, American Lit, religion/spirituality

Teaching Experience: Currently teaching high school English while studying at UWM

Andy Freeburg

Degree: MA
Prior Degrees: BS Secondary Education, English and Speech Communications-UW La Crosse, 1997 and MA Education-Viterbo University, 2007

Interests: modern poetry, Tennessee Williams, Yusef Komunyakaa, fables, 80s Brat Pack literature, formalism

Related Activities/Experience: Teaching high school English

Thad Furman

Degree: PhD

Interests: 19th Century Victorian Literature, Postcolonial Theory and Literature, Ecology, and Queer Theory

Conference Presentations: Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (MIGC). UWM Feb. 20th – 21st. Theme: Unbearable. Paper presented: “War, Gore, and the Unbearable: Attack on Titan’s Brutality.”

Teaching Experience: English 215, Spring 2017

Kyle T. Henrichs

Degree: PhD

Interests: Contemporary American Literature, Ecocriticism, Narratology

Teaching Experience: English 21

Emily Jones

Degree: MA
Prior Degree: BA, English, Hamline University

Interests: Women’s studies, feminist literary theory, queer theory, cultural studies

Sarah Beth Kiliman

Degree: MA

Interests: Contemporary Irish fiction, postcolonial studies, narrative theory, folklore studies, myth in contemporary fiction, video game studies, science fiction

Yousuf Mamoon

Degree: MA
Prior Degree: Double BA in English and Comparative Literature from UWM

Interests: Postcolonial theory, transnationalism, critical race theory, the Pakistani-Indian Partition

Shanae Aurora Martinez

Degree: PhD w/ Women’s and Gender Studies Certificate

Interests: Indigenous American Literatures, Social Justice Narratives, Decolonial Praxis, Transnationalism, Trans-Indigenous Resistance, Feminist Alliances, Tourism

Teaching Experience: English/American Indian Studies 276: Introduction to American Indian Literature: Transnational and Inter-Tribal Perspectives, UWM, Fall 2014 and Fall 2015

English/American Indian Studies 276: Introduction to American Indian Literature: History, Literature, & Sovereignty of Wisconsin Tribes, UWM, Spring 2015

English 215: Introduction to English Studies, UWM, Spring 2014


Vice President, AFT-CIO Local 3535, The Association of University of Wisconsin Professionals (TAUWP), UWM, July 2016-Present

Peer Reviewer, Feral Feminisms, 2013-Present

GPC Student Representative, Graduate Policy Committee, Department of English, UWM, Fall 2014-Spring 2016

Managing Editor, cream city review, Fall 2012-Spring 2014

Kacee Mariah McKinney

Degree: MA

Interests: Motherhood studies, postmodern literature, feminist studies from the latter half of the twentieth century

Sarah O’Connell

Degree: PhD

Interests: British Modernism, Disability Studies, Irish Studies, Feminism, Crip Theory, Critical Race Theory

Teaching Experience: 215: Intro to English Studies; English 150: Multicultural America

Michiaki Ogura

Degree: PhD

Interests: 19th c. American literature, male friendship, intimacy, queer theory

Matt Schneider

Degree: PhD

Prior Degree: MA-English/Creative Writing, Northern Michigan University, 2006
Interests: Twentieth-century American literature; science fiction; modern literary theory; utopian studies; prophecy; historiography; cinema; game studies; creative writing

Teaching Experience: Graduate Teaching Assistant, UW-Milwaukee, 2014-present – English 215 – Introduction to English Studies

Nicole Solakiewicz

Degree: MA

Interests: 20th and 21st-century American literature, women’s literature

Alison Sperling

Degree: PhD
Prior Degree: MA from San Francisco State University

Interests: 20th-century American modernism, eco-criticism, feminist materialisms, queer theory, disability studies, nonhuman theories, theories of temporality, plant and animal studies

Teaching Experience: English 215, LGBT 200, WGS 20

Veronica Toth

Degree: MA

Interests: Victorian literature, Victorian feminist studies, American transcendentalism, creative nonfiction