Ph.D. English

Dashielle Horn

Dashielle received her M.A. from Lehigh in 2012 after graduating from Salisbury University with a B.A. in English and History in 2010. Her main love being Jane Austen, her M.A. thesis was titled “An Early Loss of Bloom:  Spinsters, Old Maids, and the Marriage Market in Persuasion." She has continued studying representations of singleness in the eighteenth century while writing her dissertation. Her broader interests include the eighteenth century novel, women’s writing, and the Romantic era.

Rachel Heffner-Burns

Rachel Heffner-Burns is currently pursuing a PhD in English at Lehigh University where she studies American poetry and poetics in connection with American religious history. Her dissertation examines the poetry of Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, and H.D., and how they adapted their former experiences with particular religious cultures as a means of effecting cultural change through their political verse. Formerly a teaching fellow in Lehigh's first year writing program, Rachel is currently an adjunct faculty member of the English Department at Norwalk Community College.

Robert Fillman

Robert Fillman is a Ph.D. candidate and Senior Teaching Fellow in the English Department at Lehigh University. His research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, the study of poetry and poetics, U.S. modernism, and ecocriticism. He is currently completing his dissertation which explores the ways in which U.S. modernist poets were drawn to the pastoral as a space to explore a conflicted relation to the natural world. Fillman’s chapbook of recent poems, November Weather Spell, will be published in 2019 (Main Street Rag Publishing Company).

Cynthia Estremera

Cynthia is currently a PhD. Candidate in the department of English completing her dissertation around the racial politicization of blackness and Latina identity in the U.S. She was a teaching fellow for the First-Year Writing program in English and an adjunct Hip Hop Studies professor for five years at Lehigh University. Cynthia holds a B.A. in English from The Pennsylvania State University-Abington and a M.A. in English from Villanova University.

Caitlin Edwards

Caitlin received her B.A. in English Literature from Villanova University in 2008. Before pursuing & receiving her M.A. in English from Villanova University in 2013, she received her J.D. from Rutgers-Camden School of Law in 2011. Her research interests include gender & sexuality studies, queer theory, late 19th century & 20th century American literature, and poetry. She currently lives in Collingswood, NJ with her fiancée and two dogs, and is excited to begin the Ph.D. program at Lehigh University.

Sarah Heidebrink-Bruno

Sarah is a Ph.D. candidate, specializing in post-1945 American fiction and intersectional feminist theory. She is currently working on her dissertation, tentatively titled "“How Will You Grow?”: Envisioning Restorative Practices in Higher Education," in which she explores restorative justice practices in aesthetic models as a way to envision transformative communities.

Kyle Brett

Kyle Brett is a Ph.D. candidate who studies nineteenth-century American literature and Transatlantic Romanticism. His dissertation project focuses on sentimental writers’ engagement in the nineteenth-century literary market. His other critical interests are American horror and weird fiction in relationship to traditional Gothic conventions.

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