University of Minnesota English PhD Program

As one of the oldest Ph.D. programs in the country, dating back to the 19th century, Minnesota boasts a legacy that unites innovation and tradition.

Minnesota's pioneering beginnings persist in a commitment to interdisciplinarity and to emergent fields of study. In addition, the Department of English continues a long tradition of scholarship in established fields such as medieval, early modern, and renaissance studies. The University of Minnesota Libraries offer a wealth of resources supporting research in English and American literatures as well as in such newer areas as post-colonial, gender and sexuality, and African-American studies.

Graduate Internship Program 09/15/2022

CLA is excited to offer graduate students the opportunity to gain experience in a profession beyond academia and the tenure track, explore how their academic training might translate into various career options, and build additional skills that will translate across sectors and jobs. Enrolling up to 10 students, the program has been expanded to run for 12 workshop sessions (7 mandatory) from Oct. 27, 2022 through April, 2023, and students will receive up to $6,000 in fellowship funding.

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Call for Papers 08/10/2022

The 58th International Congress on Medieval Studies (held in a new hybrid format May 11–13, 2023), hosted by Western Michigan University's Medieval Institute, is calling for papers! Many of our doctoral students have presented in Kalamazoo.

Call for Papers This call for papers includes all sponsored and special sessions approved by the Program Committee for the 58th International Congress on Medieval Studies (held in a new hybrid format Thursday through Saturday, May 11–13, 2023), hosted by Western Michigan University's Medieval Institute.

08/03/2022

Teaching with Access & Inclusion Program Aug. 24, 25, 29, and 30: How might an instructor address questions of exclusion and belonging in their courses? Through four highly interactive synchronous Zoom sessions, the TAI Program offers an exploration of critical frameworks and practical strategies towards creating more equitable educational experiences for all. Register by Aug. 17.

Teaching with Access and Inclusion Program | Center for Educational Innovation Overview Are you committed to supporting diverse students but still feel unsure of how to address questions of exclusion and belonging in your courses? Have local and global events in the last few years left you even more concerned about supporting marginalized students? The Teaching with Access and...

06/29/2022

Doctoral candidate Jonas Gardsby successfully defended the dissertation "Unsettled: Trials, Attempts, and Unknowing in the Early Modern Essay" on June 28. Gardsby's advisor is John Watkins. Gardsby has accepted a tenure-track job at UW-Green Bay. Congratulations!

Project MUSE - “Amantes del Barrio Franklin”: Reading Chilean Shakespeare Through Cultural Anthropophagy 06/28/2022

Doctoral student Morgan Graham published the article "'Amantes del Barrio Franklin': Reading Chilean Shakespeare Through Cultural Anthropophagy" in Shakespeare Bulletin. Congrats!

Project MUSE - “Amantes del Barrio Franklin”: Reading Chilean Shakespeare Through Cultural Anthropophagy Cultural Anthropophagy, an artistic approach that originated in Brazil, takes cannibalism as a metaphor for consuming what is useful from the colonizer’s culture and using it to make new, self-affirming art. Because of its emphasis on the artist’s autonomy, Cultural Anthropophagy provides a usef...

06/22/2022

PhD alum Zoë Rodine accepted the position of Director of University Programs and Partnerships at the Playwrights' Center. Congratulations! Rodine also published the paper "Janelle Monáe, Dirty Computers, and Embodied Posthumanism" with MELUS (47:1) and gave the talk "Vampires, Circulation, and Rewriting the Body in Jewelle Gomez’s The Gilda Stories" at the MELUS Conference, New Orleans, March 2022. The paper is at:
https://doi.org/10.1093/melus/mlac018

06/01/2022

PhD candidate David Rodriguez Martinez successfully defended the dissertation "The Sensibilities of Film Noir" on May 25. Rodriguez Martinez's advisor is Siobhan Craig. Congratulations!

05/20/2022

Doctoral candidate Laura Scroggs successfully defended the dissertation "A-Lines: Dresses, Texts, and 1960s Icons" on May 16. Scroggs' advisor is Paula Rabinowitz. Congratulations!

05/18/2022

PhD candidate Laura Price successfully defended the dissertation "Things Fall Apart: Decapitation and the Quest for Certainty in Early Modern English Literature" on May 5. Price's advisor is John Watkins. Big cheers!

05/12/2022

Doctoral candidate Sungjin Shin successfully defended the dissertation "Personal and Vernacular Voices: Reimagined Relationship with the Past in Early British Romantic Literature" on May 5. Shin's advisor is Brian Goldberg. Congrats!!

05/09/2022

PhD candidate Elizabeth Howard successfully defended the dissertation "The Parted Voice: Polyvocal Utterances in Victorian Elegies" on May 4. Howard's advisor is Andrew Elfenbein. Cheers!

05/06/2022

Doctoral candidate Jennifer Easler successfully defended the dissertation "The Futility of Prophecy: Prophecy and Poetry in English Narratives of Troy" in March. Easler's advisor was Andrew Scheil. Congratulations!

02/22/2022

Call for Proposals: UMN Dissertation Proposal Development Program
Applications are now being accepted for 2022. This program aims to expand and improve formal dissertation prospectus and grant proposal development for humanities and social science doctoral students here. The program includes an intensive five-day workshop in May, followed by independent student summer research, and another intensive five-day workshop in late August and early September, prior to fall research grant proposal deadlines.
Application Deadline: March 7, 2022
Weblink: https://z.umn.edu/idpdstudentapp
Application link: https://umncla.infoready4.com/ /1859455

InfoReady Review

12/22/2021

Last day of finals! Congrats on the end of the semester. English reception is closed next week, but we'll be back on Jan 3 if you need anything. Best wishes on a relaxing and restorative winter break!

12/10/2021

Early Career PhD Merit Grant winners: Doctoral students Isabel Bethke, Morgan Graham, Nyla Numan, and Kerstin Tuttle received these new English awards meant to recognize "exceptional levels of academic engagement on the part of a beginning PhD student" and to encourage the student's future research agenda. Congrats!

12/07/2021

Congratulations to PhD candidates Christopher Bowman and Moinak Choudhury, winners of the 2021 English Graduate Student Teaching Awards! Thank you to all our great graduate student instructors.

CLA Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (CLA DDF) | CLA Neighborhood 11/17/2021

Interested in applying for a 2022-2023 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship? There is an info meeting tomorrow Nov 18 2-3 pm, and another Dec 9 9-10 am. By Dec 1, you must notify the English Graduate Studies Office (email Karen) that you are intending to apply for the DDF. See Nate Mills' engrad-l email Nov 15 more more details specific to English.

CLA Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (CLA DDF) | CLA Neighborhood The College of Liberal Arts has a collegiate process for nominating students to the Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF) competition. The process offers departments the choice of two tracks. Track 1 programs select and forward student applications directly to the Graduate School co...

2022 Saltus CSPW Fellows Call 11/16/2021

The Center for Premodern Studies’ Saltus Grants support grad students in taking a leap toward a new skill or perspective beyond regular research. (Applicants encouraged to consult with CPS prior to submitting re: the proposed project.) Deadline: 12-15-21. Grants for spring-summer '22 are for a maximum of $3,000. Sample projects:
**Participation in Rare Book School, paleography, or other skill-building opportunities offered by an outside institution
**An apprenticeship with an artist or artisan (book arts, theater, food & beverages, textiles, etc.)
**Syllabus development for a job portfolio or degree examination process
**Support for a curatorial, media, or digital project or portfolio
**Support for a professional internship, community partnership, and/or service experience
Full details: https://z.umn.edu/Saltus2022CPS
Contact Lydia at [email protected] with your questions.

2022 Saltus CSPW Fellows Call Saltus Grant Application 2022 Please email your application (as a single PDF) to [email protected] by December 15th, 2021 for priority consideration. Additional applications may be considered at a later date if funds remain available. Saltus Grants The Center for Premodern Studies’ Saltus Grants...

FLAS Fellowships | Global Studies | College of Liberal Arts 11/09/2021

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships provide significant funding (up to $33,000 toward tuition, fees, and living expenses for the academic year or up to $7,500 for summer) for grad students whose academic and professional goals will be furthered by the study of a modern, less commonly taught language. Open to graduate students at the University. Info sessions will be held Tuesday, November 16 at 3 p.m.; Wednesday, November 17 at 10 a.m.; and Thursday, December 2 at 1 p.m. See engrad-l 11/9 email for Zoom link.

FLAS Fellowships | Global Studies | College of Liberal Arts To learn more about the FLAS fellowships, please refer to the FLAS FAQs. If you have additional questions, contact us by email.

10/25/2021

Deadline next Monday, Nov 1, to apply for English Grad Student Teaching Awards ($200 honorarium). Open to PhD students who have taken their prelims through students who are in their sixth year; and MFA students in their third year. See Oct 4 engrad-l email "English Graduate Student Awards for Teaching Excellence" for details.

Landing a job in the American academic job market: Tips for international students trying to make it in the US hosted by CIGS and the Graduate School 10/22/2021

Doctoral students are invited to attend "Landing a Job in the American Academic Job Market: Tips for International Students Trying to Make It in the US" which will be held tomorrow Oct 23, Saturday, 10-11.30 am CST. This event is organized by the Council of International Graduate Students (CIGS) in collaboration with the Graduate School, and the Center for Educational Innovation (CEI). Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScvrqdnyJgKKWFzY2rhfRTvaPv25MyLyR4or-kptqjMkhPhJw/viewform

Landing a job in the American academic job market: Tips for international students trying to make it in the US hosted by CIGS and the Graduate School

10/21/2021

A new version of the PhD/MA handbook is now posted on the department intranet. Among other revisions, there are updated instructions about "paperwork" for prelim and final exams, and the steps toward graduation, as most of these have been moved to online workflows. Check it out. (Intranet link is at bottom left of English web pages.)

10/11/2021

A reminder that this Friday (10/15, 12:30-2), Prof Katherine Scheil will be featured in Graduate Studies' informal "chat with graduate students" event series. Scheil's research interests are related to Shakespeare and his afterlife, especially among women writers and readers. Get to know Professor Scheil and hear about her next project(s). Email Prof Mills for Zoom info: mills175

10/05/2021

This Friday, October 8, 12:00-1:30, the Graduate Studies Office presents an opportunity for PhD and MA students to chat with Prof Elaine Auyoung about her research work, experience in the profession, advice for beginning scholars, and any other questions you might have. Contact Prof Mills for Zoom info. Auyoung studies 19th-century British literature and culture, the global history and theory of the novel, and psychological approaches to the arts.

10/04/2021

Thinking about applying for an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship from the U? English PhD candidates have had good success with this. Applicants designate the host center or institute they believe is the best match with their planned dissertation topic. Applications are due to centers by Monday, October 18, 2021. IDF applicants must have an intended graduation term of no earlier than spring 2024. https://grad.umn.edu/funding/current-students/interdisciplinary-doctoral-fellowship

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship | The Graduate School The University of Minnesota Graduate School guide for current students applying for the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship.

09/27/2021

This Friday, 10/1, PhD alums Jewon Woo and Yuan Ding will host an information session and Q/A about how to pursue faculty careers at the community college level. Such careers often require different professionalization considerations and job search approaches, so this session will be of great value to PhD students at all levels. Contact Nate Mills for Zoom info. 11 am-1 pm Central

09/14/2021

This Friday, Sept 17, Graduate Studies presents a "Workshop and Information Session on Careers in Secondary School Teaching" with PhD alum Charlotte Madere, a faculty member at King's Academy, Jordan. Open to all graduate students. (10 am-12 pm Central Time on Zoom)

09/08/2021

International student? On Sept 15, get a tour of Handshake for UMN International Students 4:00pm-4:20pm CT via Zoom. Handshake is the platform for UMN students to find career opportunities and events: learn about the resources available within the platform, and how to best use the site as an international student. Recommend review of handshake.umn.edu in advance.
z.umn.edu/ZoomINTLHandshakeTour (follow link to join on the day of)

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09/02/2021

Great to see new and familiar grad students exploring the spaces of our new home in Pillsbury Hall. Welcome!

08/25/2021

Congrats to PhD candidate Jennifer Easler, who received the Klaeber Dissertation Completion Fellowship for this coming academic year! (Prof Frederick Klaeber, a philologist, taught in English for over three decades, beginning in the late 1800s. Klaeber donated royalties from his edition of Beowulf to the University to endow a fellowship for graduate students.)

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