Department of English Language and Literature

Alumni Profiles

Selected recent graduates of the English Department's B.A. and M.A. programs discuss their plans, including further graduate study, and the preparation they have received from the English Department. See the many graduate programs that have accepted our students.

Sean Burlingame (M.A. 2018)

Sean Burlingame

A co-recipient of the 2018 Richard M. Summers Graduate Essay Prize for his essay "Queer Power and Hegemonic Subversion in Funny Boy," Sean is taking time off after the M.A. while preparing to apply to Ph.D. programs for the following year.

Sean discusses his experience in the UToledo M.A. program in literature and his future plans.


Darryn Edwards (B.A. 2018)

Darryn was a recipient of 2018 Ernest Gray Award, in recognition of his essay on Shyam Selvadurai. He has entered the M.A. program in English at Miami University of Ohio. His primary interests include postcolonial, transnational, and queer literature.

Darryn talks about his professors at UToledo, the Honors program in English, and his plans for graduate school.


Joe Heidenescher

Joe Heidenescher (B.A. 2015, M.A. 2018)

Joe Heidenescher

Joe participated in the Honors program in English as an undergraduate and later was co-editor of The Mill, a student-run literary magazine sponsored by the English Department. Joe is now studying in the PhD program in English at Howard University.

Joe discusses how courses and mentoring at UToledo have prepared him for his future in academia.


Zainab Hussein (B.A. 2018)

Zainab was the English Department's 2018 Outstanding Student. She won the 2018 Shapiro Prize for Best Thesis in the English Honors program and was awarded multiple Dean's Essay Awards for her creative writing. She is now attending the M.F.A. program in creative writing at the University of California at Irvine.

Zainab talks about the Departmental Honors program and the English Department faculty.


Zainab Hussein

Marisa Mercurio (M.A. 2018)

Marisa Mercurio

Marisa was co-editor of The Mill literary magazine during her time at UToledo. While an M.A. student, she was awarded the English Department's Graduate Teaching Fellowship to teach ENGL 2710: Reading Fiction. Marisa has entered the Ph.D. program in English at Michigan State University.

Marisa speaks about her experience at UT and her future plans.


Jacob Ray (M.A. 2018)

Jacob was a co-recipient of the 2018 Richard M. Summers Graduate Essay Prize for his "Subjective Fanatics: Muslim American Livelihood in Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Ayad Akhtar's Disgraced." He is teaching while considering applying to Ph.D. programs in the fall of 2018.

Jacob describes the elements of his UToledo coursework that have most influenced his thinking and future plans.


Jacob Ray

Thomas Rushin (MA 2018)

Thomas Rushin

Thomas has a unique dual specialty in medieval literature and African-American literature. He is now studying in the Ph.D. program in English at the University of Texas at Austin.

Thomas talks about his coursework, scholarly interests, and his plans for continuing study.


Savannah Xaver (B.A. 2016, M.A. 2018)

As an undergraduate, Savannah was awarded the Dean's Essay Prize for her Departmental Honors thesis on the violence of motherhood in Shakespeare's Macbeth and Coriolanus. She will continue to study Renaissance literature in the Ph.D. program at Western Michigan University.

Savannah discusses her preparation for academic work in the undergraduate and graduate programs in English at UToledo.


Savannah Xaver

Phil Zaborowski (B.A. 2018)

Sean Burlingame

Phil was awarded the 2017 Nicholas and Gail Conrad Scholarship on the basis of his essay on the role of the English major in contemporary society. He is now in the Ph.D. program in English at the University of Iowa, where he intends to study modern American literature.

Phil shares his thoughts on his future plans and all he has learned at UToledo.


Other recent graduates

B.A. 2018

Melody Beerbower: Master's program in education at UToledo
Maggie Chappuies: English instructor for the Teaching Assistant Program in France
Kenzie Crossman: UToledo M.A. program in English
Jacob DeBrock: M.A. program in English at the University of Louisville
Emily Grubbs: Internship advisor, The Washington Center, Washington, DC
Faith Snyder: UToledo M.A. program in English
Lauren Patterson: UToledo M.A. program in English

M.A. 2017

Patrick Cook: Composition instructor, UToledo
Erin Gariepy: Faculty advisor, The Independent Collegian
Karly Pahl: Program Staff, Wood County Park District
Clara VanEnkevort: Composition instructor, UToledo

See also the careers and graduate programs of some of our recent M.A. graduates.

The English MA in Literature class of 2018    Graduates of the English department with Drs. Lundquist and Gregory
The English M.A. in Literature class of 2018       English Department graduates and one rising senior
2018 College of Arts and Letters Honors and Awards Ceremony
Last Updated: 8/5/22