MemberJessica Hautsch

…BA Assumption College

MA Fordham University

MAT Stony Brook University…

Jessica Hautsch is a PhD student at Stony Brook University, focusing on the reading and writing practices of online fandom. She has a MA from Fordham University and a MAT from Stony Brook University and has taught at Suffolk County Community College and with the Educational Opportunity Program at SBU. She has published and presented on fanfiction, fan use of animated GIFs, the Hogwarts Houses as interpretative frameworks, and gendered and racialized representations in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

MemberBrian Hartwig

…Ph.D. English and Cultural Studies, Stony Brook University (in progress)

M.A. American Studies, Columbia University

M.A. English, Long Island University–Post

B.S. English and Spanish/Adolescent Education, Long Island University–Post…

I am a doctoral candidate and instructor in the Department of English at Stony Brook University, where my research focuses on how prose writers during the Progressive Era relied on theatrical conventions in order to advance social and political change. I also teach in the First-Year Writing Program at Long Island University–Post. In addition to my academic work on theater, I am a practicing actor and director, and currently serve on the Board of Directors of a local, nonprofit theater in Northport, Long Island.

MemberAlexa Jade Frankelis

…New York Public Library/ Stony Brook University…
…Stony Brook University
Degree Name: BA
Field Of Study: Art History & Criticism
Grade: 3.88, Summa Cum Laude with Departmental Honors
Dates attended or expected graduation: 2016 – 2020…

  Alexa Jade Frankelis holds a BA in Art History and Criticism with honors from Stony Brook University. She currently works full-time at a world-renowned cultural institution in New York City. In the past she has held gallery roles at both the School of Visual Arts and SOHO20 Artists Inc.  She is also a visual artist and independent researcher based in NYC. To see her portfolio please visit

MemberJon Heggestad

…Stony Brook University
Ph.D. in English Literature (Anticipated 2021)
Advanced Certificate in Teaching Writing (Anticipated 2018)
Advanced Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (Anticipated 2020)

King’s College London
MA in English Studies: 1850 to the Present (2014)

Drake University 
BA in English Studies (2011)
BA in Public Relations (2011)…

I am a PhD student in the English Department of Stony Brook University. After attending Drake University in Des Moines, IA for my undergraduate studies,  I completed the MA in English: 1850 to the Present program at King’s College London. Continuing to focus primarily on 19th-century literature, I have also been delving deeper and deeper into other discourse as well. Currently, I’m interested in new media studies (especially regarding emerging trends on YouTube), digital mapping, and queer theory.

MemberScott Zukowski

Scott recently finished his Ph.D. in early American literature at Stony Brook University. His current book project, Rethinking Print Media and Nationalism in Early America, concentrates on the underexplored literature of American newspapers between 1776 and 1853. Focusing on issues of asynchronous textual reception, geographic hybridity (distribution and circulation across political and cultural boundaries), and individualized contexts (race, gender, status), his research theorizes the ways in which communal identity formation is affected when a newspaper issue is distributed with uneven speed across varying geographic regions and read differently by contending cultural groups. His M.A. and B.A. are from Tulane University.

MemberSarah Fisher Davis

President, Graduate English Society, Department of English, Stony Brook University
Annual English Graduate Conference, Stony Brook University (
Production Assistant, Accidents Can Happen: The Women of Three Mile Island

…Stony Brook University
Ph.D. Candidate, English (anticipated 2021)
Advanced Graduate Certificate: Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Advanced Graduate Certificate: Writing
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
M.A., English Literature (2014)
Gardner-Webb University
B.A., History & English (2009)
Minors: Secondary Education & Social Sciences…

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in English at Stony Brook University. My work focuses on contemporary American & Anglophone literature, film, and graphic narratives with an emphasis on the environmental humanities, gender studies, and textual form. I am currently working on my dissertation, tentatively entitled “Detection: U.S. Land, Body, and Text as Sites of Nuclearity,” which traces representations of radiation and its lingering corporeal & ecological dangers in a variety of American multi-modal narratives. I am equally concerned with how the author or artist of a nuclear story chooses to convey content, setting, and characters as with the content, setting, and characters themselves. When I am not reading and writing, I love hiking with my rescue pup, discovering craft beer, and finding new blueberry muffin recipes.

MemberCaitlin Duffy

…listen to us on iTunes, Podcast Addict, Spotify, and Google Play.
‘This Mansion of Gloom’: Visualizing Edgar Allan Poe’s Atmospheres of Horror”
My blog.
I’m currently doing some freelance work for the Humanities Commons team, including co-organizing the #HCTwitterConf19, as well as building and leading the Humanities Commons Summer Refresh Workshop (2018-present).
Organizing Committee Member, Stony Brook University English Graduate Student Conference (2018- 2019)
Online Communities Management Intern, MLA (Summer 2017)
English Department Senator, Graduate Student Organization, Stony Brook University (2016-17)

…Stony Brook University
Ph.D. in English Literature (Anticipated 2021)
Advanced Certificate in Teaching Writing (Jan 2019)

NYU Steinhardt
MA in Educational Theatre & Social Studies (2013)

Adelphi University Honors College
BFA in Theatre Arts (2011)…

I’m an English literature Ph.D. candidate at Stony Brook University. My work focuses on 19th century American gothic literature and contemporary horror films. I’m currently working on my dissertation, which traces a thread between early American gothic fiction and contemporary American horror films through the dual lens of 19th century American liberalism and present-day American neoliberalism. In particular, I’m interested in the ways that these two modes of reasoning depict what it means to be American, as well as the ways that 19th-century American gothic texts and contemporary American horror films challenge, support, and subvert these depictions through the deployment of repeated figures and environments. Outside of my academic life, I’m a podcast aficionado, tea addict, and novice yogi. Some of my favorite days are spent going to the theatre.

MemberKay Sohini Kumar

… 2019.
• “Kamala Khan as Miss Marvel: On Being a Brown, Muslim, Immigrant Superhero”; 50th Anniversary Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA); Washington DC 2019.
• “Artistic Resistance and Drawing Girlhood” Creative Panel on Writing Girlhood at NeMLA; March 2019.
•  “Objects, Emotions, and Neocolonialism in Graphic Narratives.” Literature as Activism, 30th Annual Graduate Conference, Stony Brook University, New York, January 2018.
• “Seeing is Saying: Postcolonial Identity Crisis and Resistance in Malik Sajad’s Munnu: A Boy from Kashmir.” Doing Graphic Stories National Conference, Jadavpur University, India, January 12-14, 2017

Panels, Roundtables and Conferences Organized:
• Organizing Committee Member of Gradcon 2020, Stony Brook University.
• Organizer of the Roundtable Session “Comics and…
…PhD in English, Stony Brook University
(Started Fall 2017–)
Drawing Unbelonging: Comics as Thinking, as Method, as Resistance

BA and MA in English (2011-2016)
Jadavpur University…

I am a comics-maker/researcher/writer and a South Asian immigrant based in New York, originally from Calcutta, India. As a PhD Candidate at Stony Brook University, I am currently drawing my doctoral dissertation as a comic. In both my creative and academic work, I focus on how comics can be utilized by scholars and artists alike in ethnography, in narrative medicine, in literary activism, in resisting dominant discourses. Find out more about my work at