Maya Cope-Crisford and Brita Thielen Awarded Executive Education Program Grants


Ph.D. students Maya Cope-Crisford and Brita Thielen have each been awarded an Executive Education Program Grant from the CWRU Graduate Studies Professional Development Center. The grant covers the cost of a one-day program offered by the Weatherhead Executive Education program.


Michelle Lyons-McFarland Awarded 2017 J. Paul Hunter Prize


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Ph.D. candidate Michelle Lyons-McFarland has been awarded the 2017 J. Paul Hunter Prize for the best graduate paper delivered at the Daniel Defoe Society Biennial Conference in New Haven, Connecticut, September 7-9 2017. Her work, “Rising Up: Roxana and Social Mobility,” is an excerpt from a chapter of her dissertation.

This monetary award is given every two years and is assessed both based on the high quality of the scholarly paper given as well as the mode of presentation. The prize is judged by the Executive Board of the Defoe Society.

Melissa Pompili Wins the 2017 Neil MacIntyre Essay Prize


The winner of the 2017 Neil MacIntyre Essay Prize is Melissa Pompili!

Congratulations go to Pompili, a fourth-year Ph.D. student, for her essay “Strange Encounters with Dead Selves: Medical Memoir, Apostrophe, and (Re)animating Subjectivity.”

Please join the entire Department on Friday, December 8, 2016 for a presentation and celebration of this winning essay.

Melissa Pompili’s research focuses on the sometimes contradictory subjectivities that are required by the biopolitical state from the early twentieth century to the present moment. Her dissertation, “Internal Medicine: Bioaffect, Medical Discourse, and the Making of a Physician,” attends to the paradoxical subject position that physicians come to occupy through medical training, and the aesthetic products that they produce during their education in order to affectively (as in emotionally and psychologically) accommodate that subjectivity. Her theoretical investments include biopolitics and affect theory, and her work falls at the intersections of literary studies, the rhetoric of health and medicine, and the medical humanities. Pompili also currently serves as the President of the English Graduate Student Association (EGSA).

Commencement 2017


Congratulations to the newest English graduates: Jack Rooney and Joey Rooney earned M.A. degrees and Ray Horton, Michael Parker, Jess Slentz, and Jonathan Scott Weedon earned Ph.D.s.

Case Western Reserve University’s Spring Commencement 2017 was held Sunday, May 21 at the Veale Convocation Center.

from left to right: Associate Professor Kurt Koenigsberger, Jack Rooney, Joey Rooney, Associate Professor T. Kenny Fountain, Jess Slentz, Jonathan Scott Weedon, Michael Parker, Ray Horton, Professor/Chair Department of English Christopher Flint, and Associate Professor Kim Emmons.

Read The Daily‘s story about this commencement, featuring an address by iconic civil rights lawyer and university alumnus Fred Gray, here.

The EGSA cheers all our graduates (as well as their loved ones and the faculty and staff who supported them along the way) and wishes them well in their next adventures!