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Meet our MA 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.

Jasmine Banasik, MA Student

Office: Minard 318E30
jasmine.banasik@ndsu.edu

Disquisition Project (w/ Dr. Anastassiya Andrianova): 

Biographical Sketch

Conferences, Presentations, and Publications

Banasik, Jasmine. "Surpassed Heracles and Unto Zeus: Norse Cults in William Shakespeare's Hamlet." Red River Graduate Studies Conference (RRGSC), 2017.

Banasik, Jasmine. “I Know Thee Not: A Psychoanalytic Reading of Sex and Sin in John Milton’s Paradise Lost.” Women’s Week Conference AND Red River Graduate Studies Conference (RRGSC), 2018.

Banasik, Jasmine. “Waiting for the Makers’ Return: Effects of Post-Human CUlture in Angelic” Red River Graduate Studies Conference (RRGSC), 2018.

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
rio.bergh@ndsu.edu

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.

 

Michael Bittner, MA Student
BA in Emergency Management (North Dakota State University)

Office:
  Minard 318E26
michael.j.bittner@ndsu.edu

Disquisition Project (w/ Dr. Emily Wicktor):

Biographical Sketch

Conferences, Presentations, and Publications

Lindsay Campbell, MA Student
BS in Communication (North Dakota State University, 2018)

Office: Minard 318E34
lindsay.campbell@ndsu.edu

Disquisition Project: 

Biographical Sketch

Lindsay Campbell is a Masters student and first-year writing instructor at NDSU. She graduated NDSU with a Bachelor's Degree in Strategic Communication (emphasis in Public Relations) and a minor in Journalism. Her professional passions include content marketing, copy editing, research, and creative writing.

Conferences, Presentations, and Publications

Rowshan Chowdhury, MA Student
MA in English (University of Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2008)

Office: 
Minard 318E30
rowshan.chowdhury@ndsu.edu

Disquisition Project (w/ Dr. Alison Graham-Bertolini):

Biographical Sketch

Rowshan Jahan Chowdhury earned her BA and MA in English from the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh. She was a faculty member in the English Department at Premier University, Chittagong. Currently, she is an MA student in English at NDSU. 

Her interests include American literature ranging from the early period to the long nineteenth century. She is particularly interested in Black studies and Women’s writing. As a scholar of American literature, she is concerned with the ways racial and gendered violence intersect, and the ways those subject to this violence are excluded from the ostensibly universal regime of liberty and equality.

Her future plan is to pursue Ph.D. in Literature, to continue her teaching career and to conduct scholarly research in her field. She joined NDSU because of its welcoming gesture, research opportunities, and the quietness of Fargo.

Rowshan Chowdhury, cv (Fa18)

Conferences, Presentations, and Publications

Chowdhury, Rowshan.“Restriction and Resistance in Anne Bradstreet and Phillis Wheatley’s Works: A Feminist Interpretation.” Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) Triennial Conference, Colorado, 2018.

Chowdhury, Rowshan. “Concept of Hospitality and Levitical Strangerhood: A Retrospective Analysis of the Poems of Phillis Wheatley.” Red River Graduate Studies Conference (RRGSC), 2018.

Rebecca Crisman, MA Student
BA in English (University of North Dakota)

Office: Minard 318E34
rebecca.crisman@ndsu.edu

Disquisition Project: 

Biographical Sketch

Conferences, Presentations, and Publications

Shaibal DevRoy, MA Student
MA in English (University of Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2005)

Office: Minard 318E26
shaibal.devroy@ndsu.edu

Disquisition Project (w/ Drs. Alison Graham-Bertolini and Gordon Fraser): 

Biographical Sketch

Shaibal Dev Roy is pursuing an MA in English at North Dakota State University. His research interests are in American Studies and American literature, particularly in the Long Nineteenth-Century. Much of his research investigates intertextuality and material culture at the intersection of Black studies, racial pedagogies, poetics, and gender relations.

Currently he is working on a project analyzing the black poet George Moses Horton’s (1798-1883) acts of borrowings from The Columbian Orator, a nineteenth-century schoolbook. In his research, he explores the dynamics of racial pedagogies and considers how race is learned and unlearned, and how the material ephemera of culture can be put to new uses to create new meaning. 

Shaibal DevRoy, cv (Fa18)

Conferences, Presentations, and Publications

Publications

  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Chronicle of the Tyranny of the Strong” (Premier Critical Perspectives, 2017) [explores the exploitative roles played by invasive and imperialist state and intrusive men in the lives of women and common citizens.]
  • Magic Realism and Fantasy: Paradoxes of Reality in One Hundred Years of Solitude” (Outlooks, 2014) [combines intertextuality and archival studies]
  • The Sources of Magic Realism in One Hundred Years of Solitude”(Stamford, 2012) [explores how authorship develops and functions in a postcolonial paradigm by borrowing, recycling, and reinterpreting cultural resources of the concerned author.]

Conference Presentations

  • “The Dream of Emancipation in the Poetry of George Moses Horton, a Poet in Bondage.” 32nd Annual MELUS Conference, May 2018.
  • “History of George Moses Horton Criticism.” Red River Graduate Studies Conference (RRGSC), 2018.
  • “License to Rape—the Rhetoric of the Raped Rohingya Women: A Study of the Interviews of Refugees in Bangladesh.” Department of Women and Gender Studies: Red River Women’s Studies Conference, 2017.

Kurt Eggers, MA Student
Assistant Director of Graduate Studies
BA in English (North Dakota State University, 2017)

Office: Minard 318E30
kurt.h.eggers@ndsu.edu

Disquisition Project (w/ Dr. Verena Theile): "Technocracy, Meritocracy, and Star Trek's Failed Mission"

Biographical Sketch

Kurt Eggers earned his BA in English from NDSU in Spring 2017. He is currently pursuing an MA in English. His focus is Media Studies with an emphasis on how media and culture have shaped American society across the 19th and 20th centuries. He particularly deals with the influence of capital and imperialism and how they intertwine with media to produce a cultural landscape. He teaches English 120: College Composition. His interests include cosplay and film prop reproduction, as well as music and automotive history. This semester he serves as the Assistant Director of Graduate Studies, responsible for website maintenance and media and social media outreach. 

Conferences, Presentations, and Publications

David Farrenkopf, MA Student
BA in English (North Dakota State University)

Office: Minard 318E26
david.farrenkopf@ndsu.edu

Disquisition Project (w/ Dr. Bruce Maylath): 

Biographical Sketch

I am currently undergoing study for my MA in English and teach two sections of ENGL 120. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English Education at NDSU in 2014. The following two years I taught Middle School and High School English, coached Speech, and was a Yearbook advisor at LaMoure Public School. I came back to NDSU to pursue my interests in Linguistics, Composition, and Creative Writing while cheering on the NDSU Cheer Team.

Conferences, Presentations, and Publications

Alexandra Froslie, MA Student
BA in English and Religious Studies (Concordia College, 2018)

Office: Minard 318E2
alexandra.froslie@ndsu.edu

Disquisition Project:

Biographical Sketch

Ali Froslie is currently pursuing her MA in English and teaching English 120 at NDSU. She earned her BA from Concordia College, where she majored in English and minored in religious studies. 

Conferences, Presentations, and Publications

Rachel Grider, MA Student

Office:
 Minard 318E30
rachel.grider@ndsu.edu

Disquisition Project (w/ Dr. Bruce Maylath): 

Biographical Sketch

Conferences, Presentations, and Publications

Kaitlyn Grube, MA Student
BA in English (North Dakota State University, 2018)

Office: Minard 318E2
kaitlyn.grube@ndsu.edu

Disquisition Project: 

Biographical Sketch

Kaitlyn Grube is a Master's student and first-year writing instructor at NDSU. She graduated NDSU summa cum laude with a Bachelor's in English and a minor in Psychology. 

Conferences, Presentations, and Publications

Lee Gullickson, MA Student
EGO Treasurer/Assistant First-Year Writing Director

BA in English (North Dakota State University, 2013)

Office: Minard 318E34
Email: lee.gullickson@ndsu.edu

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.

Deborah Haley, MA Student
BA in English (Valley City State University, 2018)

Office: Minard 318E2
deborah.haley@ndsu.edu

Disquisition Project:

Biographical Sketch

Deborah Haley is a first-year grad student from Davenport, ND, who loves books, football, four-wheelers, and movies. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English Education from Valley City State University. Her research interests include Dracula, American Literature, Literary Theory, and Shakespeare. 

Conferences, Presentations, and Publications

Abigail Chrappah Kabu, MA Student

Office:
 Minard 318E2
abigail.chrappah@ndsu.edu

Disquisition Project (w/ Dr. Anastassiya Andrianova): 

Biographical Sketch

Conferences, Presentations, and Publications

Samantha Kise, MA Student
Assistant Director of Graduate Studies

BA in English (Concordia College, 2017)

Office:
 Minard 318E2
samantha.kise@ndsu.edu

Disquisition Project (w/ Dr. Alison Graham-Bertolini): 

Biographical Sketch

Conferences, Presentations, and Publications

Ian Kristan, MA Student
BS in Criminal Justice (Bradley University, 2018)

Office: Minard 318E34
ian.kristan@ndsu.edu

Disquisition Project: 

Biographical Sketch

Ian Kristan graduated from Bradley University with a degree in Criminal Justice, and looks to grow as a writer, teacher, and member of the NDSU community.

Conferences, Presentations, and Publications

Erin Pearson, MA Student
Research Assistant, Northern Plains Ethics Institute (NPEI)


Office: Minard 318E26
erin.pearson@ndsu.edu

Disquisition Project (w/ Rebecca Weaver-Hightower):

Biographical Sketch

Conferences, Presentations, and Publications

Rachel Reko, MA Student
BS in English (North Dakota State University, 2018)

Office: Minard 318E2
rachel.s.reko@ndsu.edu 

Disquisition Project: 

Biographical Sketch

Rachel Reko is a first-year master's student and writing instructor at NDSU. She graduated from NDSU summa cum laude in 2018 with a BS in English and a minor in Women's and Gender Studies.

Conferences, Presentations, and Publications

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

BA in English (North Dakota State University, 2016)

Office:
 Minard 318E34
hannah.stevens@ndsu.edu

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.

Hannah Stevens, cv (Fa18)

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.


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