Ph.D. English

Heather Flyte

Heather received her B.A. and M.A. in English literature from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. She has worked in web development, marketing, graphic design, and publishing. She spent three years working in KU's Writing Center and enjoys working one-on-one with students and their writing. After discovering an old anthology of Japanese fairy tales, she wrote her thesis, "Demons, Devourers, and Demigods: The Dialogue of Victorian Imperialism in the Translation of Japanese Fairy Tales," to investigate how Victorian writers and scholars translated these stories for a British audience.

Sarah Goletz

If Sarah Wagenseller Goletz has learned anything from fairy tales, it's that the survivors are the people who resist the limits of definition by existing in the interstitial spaces between many names--but you can call her Wag. She emerged fully grown, wielding a tureen of coffee and a sassy expression, from the head of a bearded northern god many decades ago.

Jimmy Hamill

Jimmy received his B.A. in Writing from Saint Joseph's University in 2012 and his M.A. in English Literature from Lehigh University in 2015. He is thrilled to return to Lehigh to pursue his scholarly interests in post-45 American literature, queer theory, and religious studies. When Jimmy isn't busy being a gentleman and a scholar, he's usually caught in a neverending marathon of RuPaul's Drag Race, sipping mocha frappucinos, or taking an excessive amount of Buzzfeed quizzes.

Samantha Sorensen

Sam holds a B.A. in English from Immaculata University and an M.A. in English from Villanova University, where she wrote her thesis, "'We are gathered here today because we are not gathered somewhere else today': Slam Poetry and Political Solidarity." Her research interests largely lie in 20th century American fiction.

Gillian Andrews

Gillian Andrews graduated in 2016 from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, with a B.A. in Comparative Literature with a Year Abroad, First-Class Honors. In 2018, she received her M.A. in English from Lehigh where she wrote her thesis, “The Hazards of Medicating Memory: Propranolol, Posthuman Ethics, and M. Night Shyamalan’s Split.” Now in Lehigh’s English Ph.D. program, her research interests focus on the intersections between medical humanities, horror studies, and posthuman theory.

Megan Bruening

Megan received her B.A. in English from Roanoke College and her M.A. in English from Wake Forest University. Her master's thesis, "Cunning Authors and Bad Readers: Gendered Authorship in 'Love in Excess," explored the correlation between gender and novelistic production. Her interests include 18th-century British literature, the development of the novel, and gender and sexuality studies. She is also interested in the Gothic novel, and when not reading books from any of these categories enjoys fantasy and historical fiction.

Joanna Grim

Joanna Grim is a PhD student in the English department. She studies the relationship between women's literature, social movements, and political organizing. She is also interested in creative writing, in particular short fiction. She earned an MFA in creative writing from the New School in 2012 and a BA in art history from Temple University in 2008. She divides her time between West Philadelphia and Bethlehem, PA.  

Heather Simoneau

Heather received a bachelor's degree in business and economics with a major in accounting from Lehigh University in 1990. She earned a master's degree in library and information science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006. Heather's research interests include representations of class and gender in Victorian literature, reader-reception theory, book culture, and digital humanities.

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