Student Publications and Conferences

With mentorship from our faculty, English graduate students at LMU are encouraged to present their work at academic conferences worldwide and publish their work in peer-reviewed journals. Below are some recent student scholarly achievements.

  • Jacob Longini

    "Twitter as Limited Digital Rhetorical Forum – The Reproductive Rights Discourse Online," Comparative Woman: Vol. 2, Article 8. 2023

  • Abigail Davis

    “Assistant Scenes,” Open Ceilings, Winter 2022: Salt – Scholarship Award for Prose

    “Come to Jesus,” Open Ceilings, Winter 2022: Salt

    Katie Howard

    "Female Saints and the Performance of Virginity in the Medieval Period" Seattle University Undergraduate Research Journal (SUURJ), Spring 2022

    “Humor as non-Reactive: Analysis of Indigenous Myth and Louise Erdrich’s Love MedicineGraduate Library Research Awards Recipient, 2022

    Jacob Longini

    "Performative Speech and Outcasts in Dickens' Oliver Twist," South Atlantic MLA 94 Conference, November 11th-13th, 2022

    "Twitter as Limited Digital Rhetorical Forum" and "Clean Quiet," CSUSM LTWR MA Graduate Conference, April 9th, 2022

    "Dark Generation," Eyes&Windows&Souls, GoldScriptCo, 2022

    "Proustian Quantum Mechanics - Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being as a Variation Novel," Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Conference, April 30th, 2022

    "Sisyphean Virtue: Existentialism as a Critical Lens for Reading A Farewell to Arms," Criterion Literary Journal, 2022

    Nyla Manuel

    "Black Girls and White Women," 36th Annual MELUS Conference in New Orleans on March 23-28th, 2022

  • Abigail Davis

    “Toxic Maternity in Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects,” Criterion Magazine, 2021

    “An Open Letter to my Allies in Life,” Prometheus Dreaming, 2021

    "English Majors Can Save the World (but We're in Desperate Need of a Rebrand)," Nineteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities at Complutense University of Madrid, June 2021

    Neda Loop Awardee for best capstone

    Rebecca Gross

    "‘Watchmen’ and ‘Hunters’: Reclaiming Black and Jewish Bodies in Contemporary American Superhero Series," in The New Americanist, 2021.

    "Book Review of Holocaust Memories, Histories, Novels, and Films," in Jewish Film and New Media, 2021.

    "Book Review of Connected Jews: Expressions of Community in Analogue and Digital Culture," in Jewish Film and New Media, 2021.

    Neda Loop Awardee for best capstone

    Hudson Luthringshausen

    Neda Loop Awardee for best capstone




  • Jaedyn Baker, Dom Beaudine, Mary Deckas, Rebecca Gross, Nazareth Martinez, Mattie Norman, Schuyler Vanderveen, Steven Mailloux

    "Rhetorics and Viruses," Philosophy & Rhetoric Special Issue, Fall 2020 

    Jaedyn Baker, Hudson Luthringhausen, Mattie Norman

    "Complicit vs. Interrogative Spectatorship: Ideology and Closure in Snyder’s 300 and HBO’s Watchmen," Literature/Film Association, November 2020

    Jaedyn Baker, Mattie Norman

    "The American Grotesque: Sherwood Anderson and Modernity featuring Bruce Falconer and Chad Trevitte," The Lion Lounge, Season 1, Spring 2020

    "The American Grotesque: Flannery O’Connor and Southern Gothic featuring M. O. Walsh and Robin Miskolcze," The Lion Lounge, Season 1, Spring 2020

    Jaedyn Baker

    "Composition of the Future: Rhetorical Genre Studies & Multimodal Projects," CCCC (Conference on College Composition and Communication) at USC, Summer 2020 

    Abigail Davis

    "Toxic Maternity featuring Sady Doyle and Sarah LaChance Adams," The Lion Lounge, Season 1, Spring 2020

    "Left Behind: An Exploration of the Survivors of Suicide," LMU’s Spring Research Award Ceremony, Fall 2020

    “Why I Can’t Name my Unborn Baby Robert,” Prometheus Dreaming, 2020

    Rena Gallagher

    “America Loves Dead Girls,” Stardust Literary Review, 2020

    Rebecca Gross

    "Kisses I've Had In My Life," in Stone of Madness Press Issue 1, 2020.

    "Tetragrammaton," in TERSE JOURNAL, August 14, 2020.

    "Gonzo," in Cobra Milk Issue 1, Fall 2020

    "Sucking on a disco biscuit, watching her bosom rise and fall distractedly in autumn, 1975" in Seiren Quarterly, Fall 2020

    "Embodying Trauma: The Body as Archive in Jamaica Kincaid's Annie John and Edwidge Danticat's Breath, Eyes, Memory," Hannon Library's Graduate Library Research Awards, 2020 

    Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS) Conference, Fall 2020

    LMU’s Spring Research Award Ceremony, Fall 2020

    "Looking to Literature and Our Bodies: The future of researching and teaching bodily trauma in literature featuring Holli Levitsky," The Lion Lounge, Season 1, Spring 2020

    Amanda Koenigsberg


    Neda Loop Awardee for best capstone


    "Mental health, stigma, and ableism featuring Savannah Lee Simmons," The Lion Lounge, Season 1, Spring 2020

    Nazareth Martinez

    "Narcissister for the Sisters (and Women Bodied Individuals): Modes of Subversion through Performance and Performativity," Southwest Humanities Symposium, 2020

    Mattie Norman

    American Literature Association Conference 

    Hudson Luthringhausen, Kemi Ogun

    "Introduction to Nightwood," The Lion Lounge, Season 1, Spring 2020

    Alex Thurnher 

    Panel at ALA

    "Reading Women Authors featuring Evelyn McDonnell, Molly Youngkin, Anna Dorn, and Nate Elias,"  The Lion Lounge, Season 1, Spring 2020

  • Angelo Antonio 

    "From Nothing to Nothing: Survivalism, Class, and Literacy in Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower," MELUS Conference, March 2019

    "From Nothing to Nothing: Survivalism, Class, and Literacy in Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower," College English Association (CEA) Conference, March 2019

    "Thousand Oaks is Burning," FORTH Magazine, February 2019

    Sydney Delaney

    "On Weariness," LA Miscellany, 2019

    "Now You See Her: gendered bodies of the visual, race and female identity in Nella Larsen’s Passing," Criterion, 2019

    Comparative paper on Jesuit, Loyolan, Soka and Makiguchian pedagogies in the writing classroom, Sustainable Education Conference, February 2019

    "Travel Epistemology and Narrative Embodiment in James Baldwin and Ta-nehisi Coates," NeMLA Conference, Panel on Escapism, Washington D.C., March 2019

    Maria Gonzalez 

    “Studying Theatrical Environment at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival,” LMU’s Spring Research Award Ceremony, Fall 2019

    Rae Lontok

    “Department Stores: A Victorian Woman's Eden,” LMU’s Spring Research Award Ceremony, Fall 2019

    Yoán Moreno

    "Machete," Prime Number Magazine, January 2019

    Noah Salamon

    A Series of Moments now available through Finishing Line Press

    Tariku Sherif 

    "Ethiopia in Western Literary Imagination: a territory unexplored," Southwest English Symposium (SWES), March 2019

    "Recurring Themes in Amharic Political Songs: A Comparative Study of Song Lyrics during Three Moments of Revolution in Ethiopia (1974, 1991, 2018)," American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference, March 2019

    Anna Stigen 

    "Reclaiming the Work of Dorothy B. Hughes," LMU’s Spring Research Award Ceremony, Fall 2019

  • Angelo Antonio

    "A Passing," LA Miscellany, April 2018

    "The Transformative Classroom: A Case Study for Teaching Multi-Ethnic Literature in the Twenty-First Century," MELUS Conference, May 2018

    Nina Batt

    "'Estas Son Mis Armas': Bilingual Writing as Negotiator of Space and Place," "You Are Here," An Interdisciplinary Conference on Space, Place, and Embodiment, Omaha, March 2018

    Sydney Delaney

    "The Black Castrato: Travel Epistemology and Narrative Embodiment through Voice in James Baldwin and Ta-Nehisi Coates," LMU BCLA Graduate Student Summit, Los Angeles, April 2018

    "The Transformative Classroom: A Case Study for Teaching Multi-Ethnic Literature in the Twenty-First Century," MELUS Conference, May 2018

    André Enriquez

    "Poetic Form in White Space Exploration," LMU BCLA Graduate Student Summit, Los Angeles, April 2018

    "Re-Assimilation in Crisis: Greek Masculinity Depicted Through Film," Criterion, April 2018

    "A(c)company," LA Miscellany, April 2018

    "The Transformative Classroom: A Case Study for Teaching Multi-Ethnic Literature in the Twenty-First Century," MELUS Conference, May 2018

    Prague Summer Program for Writers, July 2018

    "The Guest," Meluzina Zine, July 2018

    Danielle Gibson

    "Rainbow Colored Wrists," LA Miscellany, April 2018

    Mauricio Hernandez

    "The Transformative Classroom: A Case Study for Teaching Multi-Ethnic Literature in the Twenty-First Century," MELUS Conference, May 2018

    Chloe Jory

    "Equations for a Falling Body," Marathon Literary Review, Forthcoming

    "Hex Boyfriend," Marathon Literary Review, Forthcoming

    Nina Keen

    "Aspartame," LA Miscellany, April 2018

    Courtney Marquez

    "Living in Complicated Times," Forecast LA, April 2018

    David Miller

    "Love Song," Cold Coffee Stand, June 2018

    "All Resistance Grows From The Same Complacency," Cold Coffee Stand, June 2018

    "Afterwork," Cold Coffee Stand, June 2018

    "Seamster's Union," Cold Coffee Stand, June 2018

    Yoán Moreno

    "La Fuente Epifánica, or The Literature of Self-Denial," American Comparative Literature Association Conference, March 2018 

    "Beat Deafness: The Polyrhythm of Paradiso's Chapter XII," Criterion, April 2018

    "The Transformative Classroom: A Case Study for Teaching Multi-Ethnic Literature in the Twenty-First Century," MELUS Conference, May 2018

    Bryan Rollofson

    "In My Room," LA Miscellany, April 2018

    Townsend Scholz

    "Dissolving the Angelic Ideal: Reading the Angelic Body as Disciplinary Object and Example in Paradise Lost," LMU Graduate Student Symposium, March 2018

    "Bad Hand Jack," LA Miscellany, April 2018

    Pageantry," LA Miscellany, April 2018


  • Emily Baade

    "wom•an," LA Miscellany, April 2017

    Nina Batt

    "Re-teaching the ABC's: Propaganda Analysis as a Solution to Political Polarization in the College Classroom," Onondaga Community College SUNY Council on Writing, September 2017

    "'Estas Son Mis Armas': Multilingualism as Rhetorical Device in Lorna Dee Cervantes' 'Coffee,'" AISNA Biennial Conference, Milan, September 2017

    Oscar King IV

    "Women Come Apart: Fractured Female Identity in the Shonen Harem," AX Anime and Manga Studies Symposium, July 2017

    David Miller

    "hang float burn bury," Rattle, March 2017

    "The Bruised Universe,", June 2017

    Townsend Scholz

    "Summat to Make Her Live," PAMLA Conference, Hawaii, November 2017

    Gardner Stevenett

    "Stepping at Woolf's 'Sweet Will': Masculinity, Mobility, and Aesthetic Subversion in Jacob's Room." Mardi Gras Conference at LSU. February 2017

    "Our Summer Would Fly," LA Miscellany, April 2017


  • Megan Barnes
    "'To Choose or Not to Choose': The Success of Hysteria in Gissing's The Odd Women."

    Northeast MLA Annual Conference. March 2016.

    "'Clearing Up Cathy' -Steinbeck's Exploitation of Cain and Abel in East of Eden."

    Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. March 2016

    "'Sir Steinbeck and the Green Knight': A Re-Examination of To a God Unknown."

    International Steinbeck Conference. May 2016

    "'Little House, Big Ecology': The Ecocentric Presence in Little House in the Big Woods."

    Western Literature Association Annual Conference. September 2016

    "'He Too is Gone Down With the Water': The Violent Agency of an Ecocritical Perspective in James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans."

    Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference. November 2016

    "'Upon the Treadle of the Loom': Failed Communication and Contestable Yarn in Moby-Dick."

    Literature at Sea Conference. December 2016

    Rhetorical Arts Faculty Fellow at Loyola Marymount University

    Gabe Bitto
    "Rhetoric and Empathy in the High School English Classroom" 

    Indiana College English Association Conference, October 2016

    Alexandra Meany
    "'Timelessly speaking of change': Reading Scales of Time and Space in the Prose and Poetry of Adrienne Rich"

    Western Literature Association Conference. September 2016

    Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference. November 2016

    "'The problem of the universe revolving in me': the Chronotopological Vortex in Herman Melville's Moby Dick"

    Literature at Sea Conference. December 2016

    David Miller
    "Elegy", March 2016

    "Silence" South Florida Poetry Journal, October 2016

    "Surprises!", December 2016



  • Esther Dalton

    Kipling's Kim: Elegy for an Indian Childhood
    British Commonwealth Postcolonial Studies Conference. February, 2015

    Alexandra Meany

    "Establishing Power and Identity in the Third Space: Examining the Literary Work and Life of Mourning Dove"
    Western Literature Association Conference. November, 2015.

    David Miller

    "Historical Present: The Lyric According to Walt Whitman"
    ACLA National Conference. March, 2015

    Attendee of the 2015 Poetry Workshop at the Writers' Institute of Skidmore University

    “Four Poems” Palaver, Fall 2015.

    Stephanie Nicolard

    "The Anatomy of a Villain: Explorations of the Body in Othello"
    Re/Inventions 2015: Consumption CSULB. April, 2015
    Interconnections: Patterns, Pathways and Possibilities, University of Rhode Island. April, 2015

    Michael Robinson

    "Political Animals: The Awntyrs off Arthure

    "Putting the Weir Front-and-Center in McPherson's The Weir"
    Natures 2015. Serra University. February 12-13, 2015

    "Between Being(s): Phenomenologies of the Creature in Early Cultures"
    University of California, Irvine. April, 2015

    "Language as Military Assault on Identity and Memory in Friel's Translations"
    American Conference for Irish Studies. October 2015

    Yad Vashem 

    Erika Rothberg

    "Prisoner on the Hell Planet: Survivor's Guilt and Shared Trauma in Maus"
    Wondercon, Comic Arts Conference. April, 2015

    "Truly Dead Ends: Failed Journeys and Social Immobility in Flannery O'Connor's 'A Good Man Is Hard To Find' and 'The Life You Save May Be Your Own.'"
    International Gothic Association's Biennial Conference - "Gothic Migrations". July 28th - August 1 2015 

    Xiaxoue Sun

    "Teaching in a Salad Bowl: Multilingual and Multicultural Challenges in the English Classroom"
    Midwestern Conference on Literature, Language, and Media. March, 2015

    "To Go Is To Come Back: A Comparative Analysis of Wooden Fish Songs and The House on Mango Street"
    N-Determination Conference. March 13, 2015
    50th Annual Comparative Literature Conference. April, 2015
    72nd SCMLA. October 31-November 3, 2015
    A version of this paper will be published in the International Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies, June 2015. 

    "Poppy and Recollection: Paul Celan's Influence on Ingeborg Bachmann"
    RMMLA. October, 2015 

    "Poppy and Memory: Darkness Spoken between Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan"
    Charles Davis Award for Outstanding Graduate Presentation. 2015 RMMLA Convention
    Accepted into UCSB's PhD in Comparative Literature Program, German Emphasis.

    Kalene VanHuss

    "Silence on the Seas: The Voiceless Perspective in Melville's Benito Cereno"
    PCA/ACA National Conference, April, 2015

  • Justin Campbell
    Finalist for the 2014 Lascaus Prize for Short Fiction

     “Bedtime Stories”
    The Lascaux Review, Forthcoming
    African American Review, Forthcoming: 2014

    "Multiplicity of Me: On Race, Fatherhood, and James Baldwin."
    The Millions (essay here)

    Chris Chien 

     "Union of Pure with Pure Desiring": Recovering Gender Fluidity and the 'Hermaphrodite' in Milton's Paradise Lost
    68th RMMLA. October, 2014
    25th UCLA Southland Conference. May, 2014

    "Used to It" : Queer Identity, Inc. and the Politics of Resisting "Acceptance"
    86th SAMLA. November, 2014

    Joanne Do

    "Do You Believe in Magic: Examinations of Agency in Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye"
    Southwest Popular and American Culture Association. February, 2014

    “Why Are You Looking At Me Like That?: Objects and Their Use in Samuel Beckett's Happy Days and Krapp's Last Tape
    PCA/ACA National Conference. April, 2014

    Hannah Dow

    "Mirror, Mirror: The Bluest Eye and the Construction of Pecola's Subjectivity"
    Trespassing(s): The University of Maryland's GEO Conference. March, 2014

    Amanda Drum

    "I Would Be I": Agency and Ideology in William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying
    112th PAMLA. October 31 - November 2 2014

    Liz Goldhammer

    "Sex, Lies, and Videotapes: Cultural Feminism's (Re)Production of Patriarchy"
    Close Encounters: Remapping Discipline through Genre. March, 2014

     "The Queer and the Creepy: Homosexual Desire in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein"

    albeit, Forthcoming…

    Alex Halicki
    Crossing Thresholds: An Entry into Gothic Fiction (curator)
    William H. Hannon Library Department of Archives and Special Collections

    "'All men schall tak exampyll': The Audience and the Akedah in the Brome Abraham and Isaac"
    35th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum. April, 2014

    "The Quotative 'Be Like' and Valley Girl Identity"
    Cultural Rhetorics. October 30-November 1 2014

    Sean Hooks

    “The Soul of London is the Heart of the American Midwest,” Review
    The Journal, Spring 2014 issue

    Kathryn King

    "Gender Representation and Adaptation: Kasdan's and Tyler's The Accidental Tourist"

    "Intersections" Conference. March, 2014
    Craft Critique Culture; (Mis)Leading Conference. April, 2014

    XI International Conference on Women's Studies. April, 2014
    Gender Studies: Transatlantic Visions 11 (2014).

    "'But I Do Clean Up Real Fuckin' Pretty': True Detective and Motorcycle Subculture Representation as Spectacle and Diversion." 
    Masculinities Journal. 
    August 2014-February 2015 issue: 59-79.

    Jeffrey Nazzaro

    “Climbing That Mountain Again”
    Rind Literary Magazine, June 2014

    BareBack Magazine, September 2014

    “Chores” and "At Japan's First Citrus-Themed Park"
    Flash: The International Short-Story Magazine, October 2014

    “Brown Chicken, Brown Cow”
    Every Day Fiction, November 2014

    Michael Robinson

    Poetica Magazine: Special Issue, The Holocaust, 2014

    A First Shabbat at the Kotel

    Poetica Magazine: Fall 2014 Issue 

    Erika Rothberg

    "What the Hell to Expect When You're Expecting: An Examination of Demonic Pregnancies in Horror Literature and Film"
    Pennsylvania College English Association. October, 2014

    Noah B. Salamon

    “The Transformative Effect of Color in the Poetry of Tomas Tranströmer.”

    World Literature Today. June, 2014. Web.

  • Elizabeth Barr
    "'Who the devil wrote that?' Intertextuality and Authorial Reputation in Georgette Heyer's Venetia
    Journal of Popular Romance Studies, Spring 2013

    Justin Campbell
    First Place Recipient of the 2013 Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers

    "Blessed Are The Peacemakers." 
    34th Parallel Literary Magazine Winter 24 (2013): 44-53 

    “Excerpt from “Sitting On The Knees of Gods.”
    The Two Cities, 8 Nov. 2013 Web
    The Two Cities, 13 Sept. 2013 Web

     “Your Life Is Not Your Own” 
    The Cossack Review, Forthcoming: 2013

    “.12 Gauge”
    The Faircloth Review, 2013

    “Super Tuscan”
    The Conium Review, 2013

    “The Escort”
    The Wide Net Literary Magazine, 2011

    Margins, Forthcoming…
    UK’s International Creative Writing Conference. June, 2013

    “Original Trauma: The Assumption of Unique Identities in Brick Lane 

    34th Annual Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association Conference. February, 2013
    2013 Acacia Conference. March, 2013

    Hannah Dow

    “(Dis)empowered: Virgins as Surrogates”
    6th Annual Religions in Conversation Conference. February, 2013

    Sean Hooks

    “The Art of Digression: Experimentalism and Anti-Form in J.D. Salinger's ‘Seymour: An Introduction’”
    34th Annual Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association Conference. February, 2013
    A version of this conference paper is published in the Los Angeles Review of Books, September 15, 2013 

    "Crichton's Jurassic Park Twenty Years Hence, A Reconsideration"
    Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference. October, 2013

    Alisa Manzelli

    “Myrtle Wilson's Desperate Attempts for Social Acceptance in The Great Gatsby  

    34th Annual Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association Conference. February, 2013

    Courtney Pina   

    “Modernist Oppositions: How War Unites the Literature of Dos Passos and Ginsberg” 
    34th Annual Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association Conference. February, 2013
    College English Association Conference. April, 2013

    Katelyn Quinley

    “Distortions of Chastity in the House of Busyrane"
    International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Thought. April, 2013

    Noah B. Salamon

    “Sanctuary and other poems”
    Poetry issue of Sixfold, Fall 2013

  • Joanne Do
    “Poe and Plagiarism: The Evolution of a Changing Attitude”
    Creativity and Authorship: Law and Changing Practice Symposium. December, 2012