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PhD Career Outcomes

The Department of English believes in the intrinsic value and the versatility of advanced humanistic training and is committed to supporting its doctoral students in their pursuit of a variety of career trajectories through personal career mentoring, professional training workshops, and funded internships. See below for a detailed summary of our students' career outcomes and recent job placements.

PhD Career Outcomes Summary

The following statistics are intended to provide an overview of the range of opportunities available to our students. We strongly encourage prospective students to seek out comparable data from other schools they may be considering.

Number of currently active students: 89 [this is just for L&L, since the data below reflects only L&L student outcomes]

Number of students admitted since 1994 who have successfully completed the program: 186

Of these graduates, 152 work in education:

  • 89 in tenure-track positions
  • 36 in non-tenure-track positions (including lectureships and postdocs)
  • 11 in libraries
  • 10 in higher education administration
  • 5 in primary and secondary education

Among those in other sectors:

  • 10 are full-time writers or editors
  • 10 work in academic-adjacent fields, such as admissions counselling or study abroad program administration
  • 5 work in business
  • 3 work in design, marketing, and communications
  • 2 are lawyers
  • 2 are pursuing further educational opportunities
  • 1 works for a non-profit
  • 1 is a musician

Percentage of graduates admitted since 1994 who hold or have held tenure-track positions: 52%

Subfields of the Language & Literature Program in which tenure-track placements have historically exceeded 75%: Medieval, African-American, Asian-American, Postcolonial, 20th-Century British, British literature, and Rhetoric and Composition.

Job Placement by Year

Click the years below for information (updated yearly) about job placement.

2020

Kyle Frisina: Assistant Professor, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts

Mika Kennedy: Frederick Donald Sober Post Doc, University of Michigan, Michigan

Ross Martin: Frederick Donald Sober Post Doc, University of Michigan, Michigan

Cecilia Morales: Engaged Scholarship Manager, University of Michigan, Ginsberg Center for Community Service & Learning, Michigan

Hayley O’Malley: Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University, Illinois

2019

Sheila Coursey: Coordinator, Compass Lab, Saint Louis University, Missouri

Maia Farrar-Wellman: Personal Trainer, Michigan

Amanda Greene: Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Associate, Lehigh University, Pennsylvania

Rebecca Huffman: Description Project Assistant, University of Michigan Library, Michigan

Crystal Lie: Assistant Professor, California State University, Long Beach, California

Valentina Montero-Roman: Assistant Professor, University of California, Irvine, California

Megan Torti: Vendor Outreach Coordinator, Great Lakes Water Authority, Michigan

2018

Gregory Ariail: MFA Student, University of Alabama

Matthew Bellamy: Lecturer I, American Culture and English, University of Michigan, Michigan

Amrita Dhar: Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University, Newark, Ohio

Lauren Eriks Cline: Assistant Professor, Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia

Aran Ruth: Musician (singer and composer), Detroit, Michigan

Emily Shearer: Video Game Designer, California

Adam Sneed: Instructor, Southwest Tennessee Community College, Tennessee

Malcolm Tariq: Communications and Development Associate, The Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES), New York City

Joshua Wall: Frederick Donald Sober Post Doc, University of Michigan, Michigan

 

 

2017

Cassius Adair: Associate Producer, With Good Reason Radio, Virginia

Gregory Dandeles: Senior Program Manager, Amazon, Washington

Kyle Grady: Assistant Professor, University of California, Irvine, California

John Hampstead: Associate Editor, FreightWaves

Julia Hansen: English Faculty, Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School, Missouri

Amanda Healy: University-Community Partnerships Manager, Ginsberg Center, University of Michigan, Michigan

Elizabeth Mathie: Postdoctoral Fellow, Tsinghua University, China

Christopher Parsons: Assistant Professor, Keene State College, New Hampshire

Logan Scherer: Consultant, AdmissionWise

Alice Tsay: Assistant to the President for Special Collections, The Huntington Library, California

2016

Christie Allen: Adjunct Instructor, Brigham Young University, Utah

Tiffany Ball: Postdoctoral Fellow, Tsinghua University, China

Kathryne Bevilacqua: Customer Consultant, Elsevier, New York City

Catherine Cassel: Lecturer, University of Michigan, Michigan

Alistair Chetwynd: Assistant Professor, American University of Iraq, Sulaimania, Iraq

MicKenzie Fasteland: Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Jina Kim: Assistant Professor, Smith College, Massachusetts

Joshua Kupetz: Lecturer, University of Michigan, Michigan

Rebecca Manery: Hopwood Program Manager, University of Michigan, Michigan

Elizabeth McAdams: Curriculum Developer, Art of Problem Solving, Michigan

Joanna Want: Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame, Indiana

Ruth Anna Spooner: ASL Translator, ASLCORE

Emily Waples: Assistant Professor, Hiram College

2015

Patrick Barry: Assistant Professor, University of Michigan Law School, Michigan

Nicolette Bruner: Postdoctoral Researcher and Instructor, Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge, University of Chicago

Andromeda Hartwick: Course Mentor, Western Governors University, Utah

Emily Howard: Library Technician, Ann Arbor District Library

Konstantina Karageorgos: Assistant Professor, State University of New York at Oneonta, New York

Ruth McAdams: Visiting Assistant Professor, Skidmore College, New York

Matt Oches: Lecturer, University of Michigan, Michigan

Elizabeth Rodrigues: Humanities and Digital Scholarship Librarian, Grinnell College, Iowa

Cordelia Zukerman: Visiting Assistant Professor, US Military Academy West Point, New York

2014

Christopher Barnes: Scholarly Communications Librarian, Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania

Nan Zhang Da: Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame, Indiana

Carolyn Dekker: Assistant Professor, Finlandia University, Michigan

Katherine Fisher: Digital Preservation Archivist, Georgia State University, Georgia

Angela Heetderks: Lecturer, University of Michigan, Michigan

Alice Keane: Adjunct Assistant Professor, City University of New York, Queens, New York

David Lucas: Lecturer, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio

Khaliah Mangrum: Assistant Professor, Westmont College, California

Adam Mazel: Director of Digital Scholarship and Public Services, Union College, New York

Asynith Palmer: Technical Writer, Vectorworks

Benjamin Pollak: Lecturer, New York University, New York

Rebecca Porte: Community Initiative and Podcast Program Head, The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, New York

Leila Watkins: Development and Communications Manager, CollegeSpring, California

Kathryn Will: Instructor, Louisiana State University, Louisiana

2013

Andrew Bozio: Assistant Professor, Skidmore College, New York

Chung-Hao Ku: Assistant Professor, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

Brian Matzke: Digital Humanities Librarian, Central Connecticut State University, Connecticut

Daniel Mintz: Anti-Hunger Advocate, Louisiana Budget Project

Stephen Spiess: Assistant Professor, Babson College, Massachusetts

2012

Angela Berkley: Lecturer, University of Michigan, Michigan

Olivia Bustion: PhD Student, Theology, University of Chicago

Geremy Carnes: Associate Professor, Lindenwood University, Missouri

Sarah Ehlers: Assistant Professor, University of Houston, Texas

Rachel Feder: Assistant Professor, University of Denver, Colorado

Kumiko Kobayashi: Associate Professor, Kyoto University, Japan

Christa Vogelius: Assistant Professor, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

2011

Alexander Beringer: Associate Professor, University of Montevallo, Alabama

Katherine Brokaw: Associate Professor, University of California, Merced, California

John Cords: Senior Editing Manager, National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

Manan Desai: Assistant Professor, University of Michigan

Joanne Freed: Associate Professor, Oakland University, California

Robert Friedlander: Assistant Professor, University of Mississippi, Mississippi

Roxana Galusca: Senior User Researcher, LLamasoft

Toshiaki Komura: Associate Professor, Kobe College

Caroline Miller: Upper School English Teacher, National Cathedral School, Washington DC

Nathaniel Mills: Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota, Minnesota

Ori Weisberg: Writer, Editor, Translator, The Times of Israel

Rebecca Wiseman: Lecturer, University of Toronto, Scarborough, Canada

2010

Taryn Hakala: Assistant Professor, California State University, Channel Islands, California

Korey Jackson: Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library Services, Oregon State University, Oregon

Casie LeGette: Associate Professor, University of Georgia, Georgia

Xiwen Mai: Associate Faculty, Cascadia College, Washington

Navaneetha Mokkil-Maruther: Assistant Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Jonathan Smith: Assistant Professor, Washington University of St. Louis School of Law, Missouri

Michael Tondre: Associate Professor, Stony Brook University, New York

2009

Stephanie Batkie: Associate Professor, Sewanee University of the South, Tennessee

LaMont Egle: Lecturer I in English, University of Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts

Grace Glass: Associate Vice President and Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, American Public University System

Lauren LaFauci: Assistant Professor and Research Fellow, Linkoping University, Sweden

Joshua Lambert: Academic Director of the Yiddish Book Center and Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts

David Lavinsky: Associate Professor, Yeshiva University, New York

Chris Palmer: Associate Professor, Kennesaw State University, Georgia

Amy Rodgers: Associate Professor, Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts

Rebecca Smith: Adjunct Instructor, Gonzaga University, Washington

Jennifer Sorenson: Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University, Texas

Benjamin Stroud: Associate Professor, University of Toledo, Ohio

Chad Thomas: Associate Professor, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, Alabama

2008

Laura Ambrose: Assistant Professor, Saint Mary's College, Indiana

Tamara Bhalla: Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland

Caroline Giordano: Associate Lawyer, Miller Canfield Law Firm

Catherine Harrison: Assistant Professor, University of Detroit Mercy, Michigan

Elspeth Healey: Special Collections Librarian, The University of Kansas, Kansas

Gavin Hollis: Assistant Professor, Hunter College, The City University of New York, New York

Olivera Jokic: Associate Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justic, The City University of New York, New York

Emily Lutenski: Associate Professor, Saint Louis University, Misouri

Jamie Olson: Professor, Saint Martin’s University, Washington

Ji-Hyae Park: Lecturer in English Composition, Roosevelt University, Illinois

Sheshalatha Reddy: Associate Professor, Howard University, Washington DC

David Ruderman: Associate Professor, The Ohio State University, Ohio