Alumni

The UNLV English graduate program has many successful alumni working in tenure-track academic positions and beyond.

Benedict J. Whalen
Assistant Professor, Hillsdale College
Book Reviews Editor, The Ben Jonson Journal

Benedict J. Whalen

Assistant Professor, Hillsdale College

Book Reviews Editor, The Ben Jonson Journal

“I happily came to UNLV because it best united the diverse set of elements I was looking for in a graduate program. I knew that I wanted to study Renaissance literature, and as an undergraduate I had admired the scholarship I found in the Ben Jonson Journal and several of Richard Harp’s articles. This drew me to look more closely at the program at UNLV, and I was pleased to find that, while it would satisfy my desire for close study of Renaissance literature, it would also allow me to follow some of my broader interests that fall outside of that period..."

David Armstrong
Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing (tenure-track) at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.

David Armstrong

Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing (tenure-track) at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.

“UNLV was a perfect fit for me. It still represents the single most productive period of my life, both creatively and academically. I knew what I wanted to accomplish, and thanks to an intense course load, a flexible schedule, and extremely supportive faculty in both literature and creative writing, I completed my PhD in English with Creative Dissertation (Fiction), along with a secondary emphasis in 19th Century American literature, in just three years…"

Kathy Anders

Kathy Anders
Assistant Professor and Graduate Studies Librarian, Texas A&M University

Kathy Anders

Assistant Professor and Graduate Studies Librarian, Texas A&M University

“It is my Ph.D. in English from UNLV that gave me an extra edge in obtaining my current position. I learned how to do the types of long term research projects during my dissertation period that I now engage in on a regular basis. Because the English Department allowed me flexibility in how I conducted my research, I was able to work on interdisciplinary research in literature, law, and philosophy that gave me the skills to pick up new specialties…"

Anthony Patricia

Anthony Patricia
Instructor of English at Concord University in Athens, West Virginia

Anthony Patricia

Instructor of English at Concord University in Athens, West Virginia

"If there is one word I had to pick in order to describe my graduate education in the English Literature program at UNLV, it would be opportunity. Being a part of the English Literature Graduate Program at UNLV provided me with a host of opportunities, including the opportunity to study and work with a group of dynamic and nurturing faculty mentors; the opportunity to learn the ins-and-outs of teaching undergraduates—something that, for many of us, is (or will be) an integral part of our lives after graduate school… "

Vu Tran

Vu Tran
Assistant Professor of Practice in English and Creative Writing at the University of Chicago

Vu Tran

Assistant Professor of Practice in English and Creative Writing at the University of Chicago

“I came to UNLV in the fall of 2003, a year removed from receiving my MFA. I’d spent a year selling suits in Iowa and not knowing where to go in my life or my writing. A PhD program in English and Creative Writing sounded like an ideal way to re-immerse myself in academia and English classes, which I had always enjoyed, and to return to a place that would push me forward in my creative work. And the uniqueness of the city promised me at least some interesting new experiences. What Las Vegas and the Black Mountain Institute ended up giving me was something more complex and enriching…"

Olivia Clare

Olivia Clare
Assistant Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English
Sam Houston State University

Olivia Clare

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English at the Sam Houston State University

“Years after graduation I still thank the muses that I was accepted to and attended UNLV. There were two main draws for me: 1) the faculty and 2) the opportunity to obtain a PhD in three years. The program provided me with exactly the kind of challenge I wanted. Every week, I considered myself fortunate to attend workshops and seminars with Donald Revell and Claudia Keelan. Their mentoring and dedication pushed my work to new levels, and I don’t think I would be able to write and think the way I do today without their powerful influence. I learned to read and write poems in ways that were entirely new to me..."

Juan Martinez

Juan Martinez
Assistant professor of English
Northwestern University

Juan Martinez

Assistant professor of English, Northwestern University

"I came to UNLV for a deep dive into one of my literary idols, Vladimir Nabokov, and I emerged a better scholar and person because of the program. I lucked out. I had an amazing mentor, a supportive cohort, and a program that allowed for a great degree of flexibility while maintaining a real sense of intellectual rigor. My background was in creative writing, so I had only the most rudimentary sense of how to really approach or talk about a text. The program -- particularly my mentor, Dr. Stevens -- provided me with a strong theoretical framework and a real appreciation for interdisciplinary approaches. My Ph.D. is in English literature, and I teach both creative writing and lit. courses, and I couldn't have done it without everything I learned here..."