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Meet our Graduate Instructors

Meet our Graduate Instructors

Our graduate students come to us from four continents: Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America. Representing almost 15 countries (such as Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal, China, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan, Sudan, Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Germany and Italy), our students create a diverse community of emerging scholars, committed to learning, collegiality, cultural exchange, world citizenship, civility, and social outreach. 

We currently have 37 graduate students enrolled in our programs, 22 for the MA in English and 15 for the PhD in Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture. While the majority of our students are financially supported through departmental teaching assistantships, two carry research assistantships outside of the department and one is funded through a dissertation fellowship. Five of our PhD students are self-funded and hold teaching, academic, or administrative appointments outside of the department or the university.

Our EGO Officers, listed here, are an excellent first contact as you explore our program. Reach out to them with questions about teaching and studying in the department.

Amanda Watts, PhD Student
EGO PhD President
MA in Principles of Conservation (University College London, 2009)
MS in Conversation for Archeology and Museums (University College London, 2011)

Office: Minard 318E16

Disquisition Project (w/Dr. Mary McCall): 

Biographical Sketch

Amanda Watts joined the Ph.D. program in English to study international technical writing in the field of cultural heritage. With a BA in archaeology from Boston University and both an MA and MS from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, in museum conservation ethics (MA) and archaeological objects conservation (MS), Amanda is focusing on the rhetorical context of writing cultural heritage policy documents for an international audience. Field projects include work in Egypt (Giza), Turkey (Catalhoyuk), UK National Trust, Museum of London, Rapa Nui, and Afghanistan (Mes Aynak). Amanda continues to serve the National Museum of Afghanistan on joint projects with the Oriental Institute, Chicago. 

Conferences, Presentations, and Publications

Watts, Amanda. “A Muse of Fire: Translating the Role of Chorus from State to Film.” Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature, 2018.

Watts, Amanda. “Power Over Gods: The Anthropomorphism and Destruction of Buddhist Figures from Hadda.” Red River Graduate Studies Conference (RRGSC), 2018.

Watts, Amanda. “The Essential Role of the Chorus in Film Adaptations of Shakespeare’s Henry V.” Mid-Atlantic Popular American Culture Association, 2017.

Shane Gomes, PhD Student
EGO PhD Vice President/Assistant Director of Upper-Division Writing

MA in English Literature (University of Northern Colorado, 2012)

Office: Minard 318E6

Disquisition Project (w/ Dr. Emily Wicktor):

Biographical Sketch

Hello! I’m Shane Gomes, and I’m in the midst of the second year of my PhD here at NDSU. I previously completed my MA in English at the University of Northern Colorado and my BA in Psychology at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. My primary research interests are in minority representations in Comics, Graphic Novels, and other new media.

Conferences, Presentations, and Publications

Gomes, Shane. "Shaken, But Not Yet Stirred. The Persistance of Institutionalized Misogyny in the James Bond Series." Literary Conference, Denver, CO, 2015.

Gomes, Shane. “Unweaving the World: Militant Eco-Feminism in Beautiful Darkness.” Red River Graduate Studies Conference (RRGSC), 2017.

Gomes, Shane. "'Everything That Ought to Have Remained Hidden': Sublimation and the Uncanny in Anya’s Ghost." North East Popular Culture Assocation Conference, Amherst, MA, 2017.

Gomes, Shane. "Empathic Teaching: A Deployment of CCT Informed Pedagogy." Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), Kansas City, MO,. 2018

Gomes, Shane. "'Whiteness Never Has To Speak Its Name': The Rhetorical Construction of Race in Linden Hills." VIII International Gothic Literature Congress, Mexico City, Mexico, 2018.

Hannah Stevens, MA Student
EGO MA President/Assistant First-Year Writing Director

BA in English (North Dakota State University, 2016)

 Minard 318E34

Disquisition Project (w/ Dr. Emily Wicktor):

Biographical Sketch

Hannah Stevens is a third year MA student pursuing an English degree, and is expected to graduate in the spring of 2019. She received her BA in English with a minor in Women and Gender Studies from NDSU in 2016. In addition to teaching two sections of English 120 online, Hannah is currently working as an Assistant Writing Director, and is NDSU's English Graduate Organization's (EGO) MA President.

Research Interests: Feminist studies, horror/slasher film studies, genre studies, OWI pedagogy, anti-racist pedagogy, and Southern Gothic American Literature.

Curriculum vitae

Conferences, Presentations, and Publications

Stevens, Hannah. “’…I can get you anytime I want’: Violence as a Societal Commentary in the Slasher Film”. The Film and History Conference, 2018.

Stevens, Hannah. “Live as a Force to be Reckoned With: The Destruction of Individuality, the Deliberate Miscarriage of Justice, and the Dystopian in Naylor’s Linden Hills.” Red River Graduate Student Conference (RRGSC), 2018.

Stevens, Hannah. “Roundtable: Grading Contracts”. Red River Graduate Student Conference (RRGSC), 2018.

Stevens, Hannah. “Workshop: Grading Contracts in Praxis.” Red River Graduate Student Conference (RRGSC), 2018

Stevens, Hannah. “The Ethics and Praxis of Grading Contracts in the University Writing Classroom.” A Minnesota Conference on Writing and English | University of Minnesota. Minneapolis MN (MnWe), 2018.

Stevens, Hannah. “’In the Space Between Chaos and Shape there was Another Chance’: Transitions from Theorist, to Activist, to Teacher, to Scholar.” Women’s Week (NDSU), 2018.

Stevens, Hannah. "Multi-dimensional Female Characters: How the Slasher/Horror Genre Gives Rise to Female Voices and an Analysis of the 'Final Girl' in the Movie Hush." Red River Graduate Studies Conference (RRGSC), 2017.  

Stevens, Hannah. “’I Stuck a Blender on His Head and Killed Him’: Heroism, Violence, and Feminine Representation in the Slasher Film.” Red River Women Studies Conference (RRWSC), 2017.

Rio Bergh, MA Student
EGO Vice MA President/Assistant First-Year Writing Director

BS in English and Psychology (North Dakota State University, 2017)

Office: Minard 318E30

Disquisition Project (w/ Drs. Rebecca Weaver-Hightower and Gordon Fraser): 

Biographical Sketch

Rio Bergh earned his BS from NDSU in English and Psychology with a minor in History. He also completed the University Honors Program. He is an aquarium aficionado, an appreciator of the ukulele, and an MA student in English. His interests include American literature of the long nineteenth century, Marxism, and materialism. Specifically, he focuses on the development of consumerism and capitalism in American culture. He chose to further his studies at NDSU for a variety of reasons, including the following: the scholars, an excellent English department, icy-cold winters, and sweaters.

Rio Bergh, cv (Fa18)

Conferences, Presentations, and Publications

Bergh, Rio. “The Fantasy of Virtuous Labor: The Accretion of Bodies and the ‘Grey Area’ in Venture Smith.” Midwest Modern Language Association’s 60th Annual Conference, 2018.

Bergh, Rio. “A ‘Monster of Wickedness?’: Sexual Anxieties of the Eighteenth Century in The Confessions of Patience Boston.” Red River Graduate Student Conference, 2018.

Bergh, Rio. “‘Free from Our Feasts and Banquets Bloody Knives’: Food, Consumption, and Power in Macbeth Adaptations of the 2000s.” Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association’s Annual Conference, 2017.


Lee Gullickson, MA Student
EGO Treasurer

BA in English (North Dakota State University, 2013)

Office: Minard 318E34

Disquisition Project (w/ Dr. Lisa Arnold): 

Biographical Sketch

I'm Lee Gullickson, and I'm in my third year as an MA student in the English program.

I also completed my BA in English at NDSU, writing about zombie in utopian literature for my capstone project. In 2014, I was fortunate enough to join the English department's Study Abroad Program to the UK, where we learned about Shakespeare, Harry Potter, and cream tea.

For the MA in English, I changed tracks a bit; I know focus primarily on rhet/comp. Currently I'm serving as the Assistant First-Year Writing Director, observing fellow graduate instructors, learning about writing program administration, and helping to organize the Showcase of Student Writing. This is an exciting opportunity. 

Conferences, Presentations, and Publications

Gullickson, Lee. “Individuals, Interpellation, and ‘Fake’ News.” Comparative World Literature Conference, Long Beach, CA, 2017.

Gullickson, Lee “Understanding Divisive Digital Rhetoric.” Red River Graduate Studies Conference (RRGSC), 2018.

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