At Iowa, we are committed to helping our PhDs develop careers both within academia and beyond it.  We encourage students to start planning their life after graduation from their very first semester in the program, when they take our Introduction to Graduate Study course, which includes information on career opportunities for PhDs in multiple fields.  

We also encourage our students to explore the expanding array of careers open to PhDs in the humanities.  As the following list demonstrates, most of our graduates pursue careers in academia, but quite a few have gone on to successful and rewarding careers in nonprofit institutions, business, and law.  The Grad Success Center, which includes an English PhD on its staff, offers excellent programming and advice on the full range of career opportunities for our graduates.  We strongly advise our students to take full advantage of it. 

Current Placements

Jomil Ebro (ABD)
Faculty, English Department, Arapahoe Community College, Denver, CO

Benjamin Kirbach (ABD)
Academic Advisor, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Paul Schmitt (ABD)
English Faculty, Cotter High School, Winona, MN

Meredith Stabel (ABD)
Acquisitions Editor, University of Iowa Press, Iowa City, IA

PhD Placement

Jaclyn Carver
Writing Consultant, St. Paul, MN

Brady Krien
Assistant Director of Student Success & Assessment, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

E Mariah Spencer
Instructional Assistant Professor of English Education, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Konrad Swartz
Academic Advisor, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Heidi Renee Aijala
Professor, English and ESL (Transitional Education), Pierce College, Washington State, Lakewood, WA

Enrico Bruno 
Visiting Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of the Writing Center, St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA

Christopher Dolle 
Content Specialist, ACT, Iowa City, IA

Ryan Furlong 
Professor of English, Crown College, St. Bonifacius, MN

Laura Hayes
Interim Director of TRIO, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA

Makayla Steiner 
Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Alexander Ashland
Assistant Professor, Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI

Faith Avery
Educational Specialist, Goodwill Industries, Portland, OR

Benjamin Batzer
Assistant Professor of English Education, Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri

Haley Larson 
Assistant Professor of English for New Media, Dakota State, Madison, SD

Katherine Ostdiek
Instructional Designer, Bellevue University, Bellevue, NE

Annemarie Pearson
Instructor, New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM

Caitlin Simmons
Assistant Professor, Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA

Rachel Walerstein
Learning and Talent Development Manager, AIDS Foundation, Chicago, IL

Matthew Blackwell 
Freelance Writer, Tenerife, Canary Island, Spain

Chelsea Burk 
Registrar Service Coordinator,  University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Ian Faith 
TBA, US Justice Dept., New York, NY

Gemma Goodale-Sussen
Product Engineer - Writer, Esri - Geographic Information System Company, Redlands, CA

Corey Hickner-Johnson
Senior Instructional Designer, Wiley Education Services, Minneapolis, MN

Akia Jackson
Instructor, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

Miriam Janechek
Ed-Fi Project Manager, Communications, and Public Engagement, Minnesota Department of Education, St Paul, MN

Katherine Nesbit
Assistant Professor, Department of English, Central College, Pella, IA

Spenser Santos 
RFE Writer, Hudson Business Immigration, Iowa City, IA

Anna Williams
Assistant Lecturer, Co-Director of the Writing Center, Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, AL

Nellene Benhardus 
Assistant Professor, Department of English, Clovis Community College, Fresno, CA

Kelly Budruweit 
Visiting Assistant Professor, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO

Brett DeFries 
Visiting Assistant Professor, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

Samuel Fitzpatrick
Adjunct Professor, Spalding University, Louisville, KY

Lisa Jackson 
Development Coordinator, Peace House, Park City, UT

Bethany Johnson Smith 
Fellowships Coordinator, Honors Program, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

Marija Reiff 
Assistant Professor of 19th-Century British Literature, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL

Lauren Rosales
Adjunct English Instructor, Southeast Community College, Lincoln, NE 

Stefan Schoeberlein
Assistant Professor of English and Digital Humanities, Marshall University, Huntington, WV

Michelle Taylor 
Continuing Instructor, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Angela Toscano
Associate Instructor, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Stephanie Tsank 
Lecturer, Department of Rhetoric, The University of Iowa

Katlyn Williams 
Lecturer, Department of Rhetoric, The University of Iowa

Jacob Bender 
English Instructor, Middlesex County College, Edison, New Jersey

Nicholas Borchert 
English Faculty, Liberty High School, North Liberty, IA

Nicholas Cooley 
Assistant Professor, Department of English, Great Basin College, Elko, NV

Justin Cosner 
Lecturer, Department of Rhetoric, The University of Iowa

Jennifer Janechek 
Director of Content Strategy, Sound Wisdom, Cedar Rapids, IA

Brent Krammes 
Assistant Professor, Grace College, Winona Lake, IN

Laura Kuhlman 
Assistant Professor, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 
Jillian Linster 
Online Instructor, Department of English, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
Annmarie Steffes 
Assistant Professor, University of Saint Frances, Fort Wayne, IN

Nicholas Kelly 
Assistant Professor, New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM

Zachary King 
Assistant Director Of Annual Giving, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN

Sarah Livesay 
Senior Compliance Officer, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA

Christine Norquest 
Academic Advisor, Academic Advising Center, The University of Iowa

Jennifer Shook 
Visiting Assistant Professor, Theatre Arts and American Studies, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 

Jennifer Stone 
Lecturer, Department of Rhetoric, The University of Iowa

Raquel Baker 
Assistant Professor, California State University Channel Island, Camarillo, CA

Cassandra Bausman 
Lecturer, Department of Rhetoric, The University of Iowa

Shuhita Bhattacharjee 
Professor, Presidency University, Kolkata, India

Dorothy Giannakouros 
Lecturer, Department of Rhetoric, The University of Iowa

Jessica Lawson
Lecturer, University of Colorado-Boulder, Boulder, CO

Elizabeth Lundberg 
Senior Academic Advisor, Academic Advising Center, The University of Iowa

Sonja Mayrhofer 
Lecturer, Department of Rhetoric, The University of Iowa

Benjamin Miele 
Assistant Professor, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX

Joshua Miner 
Assistant Professor, Department of Film and Media Studies, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Rebecca Roma Stoll
Center Director, Huntington Learning Center, Portland, OR

Gemmicka Piper 
Humanities Librarian, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN 

Timothy Robbins 
Instructor of English, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA

Elizabeth Sanders 
Writer and Editor for Academics and Nonprofits, St Louis, MO

Michael Sarabia 
Associate Attorney, Edward & Culver, Billings, MT 

Andrew Williams
Philosophy, Humanities, and Religion Instructor, Scott Community College, Bettendorf, IA

Katherine Bishop 
Editor, Los Angles, CA

Thomas Blake 
Assistant Professor and WIT Program Director , Austin College, Sherman, TX

Blake Bronson-Bartlett 
Associate Editor, Mark Twain Project, University of California-Berkeley, CA

Jacob Horn 
Assistant Professor in Residence: Writing Center Coordinator, University of Connecticut, Hartford, CT

Kelly Franklin 
Associate Professor, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI

Robert Gillespie
AVR Programmer, Instructor, Writer and Products Specialist, Advanced Technology Environmental Education Center, Davenport, IA

Jennifer McGovern
Graduate Writing Instructor, Baylor University, Waco, TX

Katherine Montgomery 
Teacher, The Urban Assembly School For Green Careers, The Bronx, NY 

Anna Newnum 
Senior Academic Advisor,  Liberal Arts & Sciences, The University of Iowa

Eve Rosenbaum
Editor, Leapfrog Technologies, Iowa City, IA

Taryne Taylor 
Assistant Professor of Humanities and Communication, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL

Angela Watkins 
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Louisiana of Lafayette, Lafayette, LA 

Daniel Boscaljon 
Couples Coach, Iowa City, IA 

Craig Carey 
Associate Professor and Undergraduate Studies Coordinator, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS

Judith Coleman 
Assistant Professor, Delta State University, Cleveland, MS

Eric Conrad 
Prep School Assistant Director, Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School, New York, NY

Andrew Crooke 
Adjunct English Instructor, Department of English, Moravian University, Bethlehem, PA 

Kerry Doyle 
Library and Public Relations Coordinator, Swathmore Public Library, Swathmore, PA 

Sarah Fay 
Adjunct Faculty, DePaul University, Chicago, IL

Nicole Gainyard 
English Teacher, Georgetown Day School, Washington, DC

Sunghyun Jang 
Assistant Professor, Korea University, Seoul, Korea

Bryan Mangano  
Language Arts High School Teacher, Lin-Mar School District, Marion, IA 

Robert McLoone
Lecturer, Lansing Community College, Lansing, MI

Wanda Raiford  
Associate Teaching Professor: Director of Liberal Studies , Florida International University, Miami, FL

Chris Vinsonhaler
Assistant Professor, Borough of Manhattan Community College - CUNY, Manhattan, NY

Stephanie Horton 
Chair of English Department and Associate Professor (TT), Harper College, Palatine, IL

James Lambert 
Associate Professor and Director of The Writing Center, Southern Virginia University, Buena Vista, VA 

Matthew Lavin 
Assistant Professor  - Data Analytics, Denison University, Granville, OH

Joshua Matthews 
Associate Professor, Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA

Joseph Rodriguez 
Assistant Professor, Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, KS

Elisabeth Shane 
Judicial Law Clerk, United States District Court, New York, NY

Stephanie Blalock 
Digital Humanities Librarian; Associate Editor, Walt Whitman Quarterly Review; and Associate Editor, Walt Whitman Archive, The University of Iowa

Bridget Draxler 
Associate Professor of Writing, Speaking, and Academic Support; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Writing, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

Richard Garrett 
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature, Divine Word College, Epworth, IA

Marta Holliday-Larkai 
Assistant Professor, Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL

Travis Johnson
Chair of Humanities Division and Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of English, Central Methodist University, Fayette, MO

Matthew Low 
Lecturer, Department of English, Creighton University, Omaha, NE

Erin Mann 
Dean of Humanities,  Volunteer State Community College, Gallatin, TN

Anne Peterson
Contract Content Specialist II, Cognia, Washington, D.C. 

Ann Pleiss-Morris 
Associate Professor of English, Ripon College, Ripon, WI

Lindsey Row-Heyveld 
Associate Professor, Luther College, Decorah, IA

Amit Baishya 
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Program, University of Oklahoma, Normal, OK

Heidi Bean 
Associate Professor, Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA

Gunnar Benediktsson 
Senior Associate Attorney, Norton Rose Fulbright Global Legal Practice, Calgary, Canada

Adam Bradford 
Dean, Graduate College and Professor of English, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID

Laura Capp 
Owner and Purveyor of Noteworthy Paper Goods & Notions - Postscript, Ashland, NE

Joanna Davis-McElligatt 
Assistant Professor, University of North Texas, Denton, TX

Douglas Dowland 
Associate Professor, Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH

Joshua Gooch 
Assistant Professor, D'Youville College, Buffalo, NY

Katherine Gubbels
Basic Writing Coordinator, Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, NE

Chad Hines 
Freelance Writer,  Stillwater, KS

Cory Hutchinson-Reuss 
Poet, Iowa City, IA

Joanne Nystrom Janssen 
Associate Professor, Baker University, Baldwin City, KS

Thomas Keegan 
Head, Digital Research & Publishing, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Heidi Lavine
Associate Professor, Department of English, Westminster College, Fulton, MO

Deborah Manion 
Acquisitions Editor, Syracuse University Press, Syracuse, NY

Lynne Nugent 
Communications Manager, The Iowa Review, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Joshua Raulerson 
Director of Communications, Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC), Pittsburgh, PA

Chad Wriglesworth
Associate Professor, St. Jerome's University, Ontario, Canada

Lisa Angelella 
Assistant Professor, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA

Mark Bresnan 
Instructor of English, Colorado State University, Lafayette, CO

Patricia Brogan
Lecturer, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, WI

Nicole (Nicki) Buscemi
Assistant Professor, North Shore Community College, Lynn, MA

Sucheta Choudhuri 
Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Houston-Downtown, Houston, TX

Kimberly Cohen 
Course Instructor II, Language Arts, Western Governors University, Accord, NY

Erica Daigle
LMS Administrator, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

Vicki Larsen
Associate  Professor, English Department, University of Michigan, Flint, MI

Angie Warfield
Principal Consultant, Compas Academics, St. Louis, MO

Steven Almquist 
Professor and Co-Provost, Department of English and Writing, Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL

Jennifer Banash 
Ghost Writer, Hope, ME

John Craig 
Associate Professor, Department of Languages and Literatures, Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL

Jessica DeSpain 
Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Southern Illinois University Interdisciplinary Research and Informatics Scholarship Center, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL

Melissa Donegan 
Lecturer, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

Jeffrey Doty 
Associate Professor, Department of English and Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of North Texas, Denton, TX

Everett Hamner 
Professor, English Department, Western Illinois University, Moline, IL

Kate Krueger 
Director of Clarkson Honors Program and Professor of English, Clarkson University, Schenectady, NY

William Ness 
Adjunct Professor, ESL,  Avila University, Kansas City, MO

Sean Scanlan 
Associate Professor, New York City College of Technology, Brooklyn, NY

Michael Smolinksy 
Chief Content Officer, Ethis, Inc., White Plains, NY

Jennifer Sherer 
Director of the Labor Center, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Ania Spyra 
Associate Professor, English Department, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN

Michael Chasar
Associate Professor, Department of English, Willamette University, Salem, OR

Mark Dowdy 
Lecturer, Department of English and Comparative Literature, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

Stacy Erickson 
Professor, Department of English, Manchester University, North Manchester, IN

Ted Genoways 
Contributing writer at Mother Jones, The New Republic, and On Earth, Lincoln, NE

Joyce Kelley 
Professor, Department of English & Philosophy, Auburn University at Montgomery, Montgomery, AL

Wesley Kisting 
Associate Professor at Pamplin College, Augusta State University, Augusta, GA

Matthew Miller 
Associate Professor, English Department, Yeshiva University, New York, NY

Justin St. Clair 
Associate Professor, English Department, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL

Erica Still 
Associate Professor and Dean for Faculty Recruitment, Diversity and Inclusion, Department of English, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

Jeffrey Swenson
Professor of English, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, Hiram College, Hiram, OH

Mimi Van Ausdall 
Faculty, Department of English , Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minneapolis, MN

Keith Wilhite 
Department Chair and Associate Professor of English, Siena College, Loudonville, NY

Michael Germana
Professor, Department of English, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

Young Hee Kwon 
Assistant Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, University of Seoul, Seoul, Korea

Margaret Loose
Associate Professor of English Literature, La Jolla, CA

Mary Moran 
Associate Professor, Department of English, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Lori Muntz
Instructor of English, Seward County Community College, Liberal, KS

Scott Nowka
Professor of English and Chair of the Commonwealth Honors Program, Salem State University, Salem, MA

Amy Spellacy 
Assistant Dean of Advising & Associate Faculty, Gallatin School, NYU, New York, NY

Mark Bruce 
Associate Professor, Department of English, Bethel University, St. Paul, MN  

Elizabeth Corsun
Associate Professor, Transylvania University, Lexington, KY

Anthony Enns 
Associate Professor, Department of English, Dalhousie Univeristy, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Marty Gould 
Associate Professor, Department of English, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Mary Hayes 
Associate Professor, Department of English, The University of Mississippi, University, MS

Jack Mallot Jr. 
Associate Professor, Department of English, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Bidisha Banerjee 
Associate Head/Associate Professor, Department of Literature and Cultural Studies, The Education University of Hong Kong, Pokfulan, Hong Kong

Megan Early Alter
Senior Manager/Resource Manager: Content Solutions and Services: SAFe Agile, ACT, Iowa City IA

Jean Fernandez 
Professor of English, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD

Susan Hwang
US Philanthropy Manager, ClientEarth, Los Angeles, CA

Isiah Lavender III 
Sterling Goodman Professor of English, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Thomas McLean 
Associate Professor, Department of English & Linguistics, University of Otago, Duedin, New Zealand

Deirdre McMahon
Teaching Professor of English, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Samadhi Metta Bexar
Assistant Director, McNair Scholars Program, St. Mary's University, San Antonio, TX

Jennifer Ryan-Bryant
Professor and Graduate Coordinator for the Master of Arts, Department of English, Buffalo State, Buffalo, NY

David Banash  
Professor, Department of English, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL

Robin Barrow 
Senior Lecturer, Department of English, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Martin Buinicki
Professor, Walter G. Friedrich Professor of American Literature, Department of English, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN

Damon Franke 
Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS

Thomas Gannon
Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

Elyse Myers
Literary Studies Guide Writer, Iowa City, IA

Mary Beth Pope 
Professor, Department of English, Emmanuel College, Boston, MA

Joann Quinones Perdomo
Associate Professor, Department of English, Earlham College, Richmond, IN

Eun-Jung Yook 
University, Seoul, Korea

Douglas Anderson 
Associate Professor, Department of English, Caldwell University, Caldwell, NJ

Jodi Byrd 
Associate Professor of Engish, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL

Gerald Harp
Associate Professor with Term of the Humanities, English Dept., Lewis & Clark, Portland, OR

Sharon Kennedy-Nolle 
Professional Learning Specialist, Iona College, Rochelle, NY

Amy Lilly
Contributing Arts Writer, Seven Days, Burlington, VT

Sean Meehan 
Professor and Chair of Department of English, Washington College, Chestertown, MD

James Tweedle
Professor, Cinema & Media Studies, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Jessica Walsh 
Professor, Department of English, Harper College, Palatine, IL

Ayana Abdallah
Freelance Writer, Bakersfied, CA

Lera Baker Smith 
Sculptor, Lera Baker Smith Enterprises, San Diego, CA

Gregory Beatty 
Adjunct Instructor, Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon, WA

Heidi Johnson Carrier
The College Board, Iowa City, IA

Michael Clarke
Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Sarah Lucinda Coggins 
Associate Professor of Instruction, Department of Rhetoric, The University of Iowa

Laura Dubek 
Professor, Department of English. Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

Beth Fisher 
Associate Teacher, The Wilson School,  St. Louis, MO

Elizabeth Henry 
Professor, Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies, University of Denver, Denver, CO

Eleanor Hersey 
Professor, Department of English and Program Director, Fresno Pacific University, Fresno, CA

Kristin Brandser Kalsem
Charles Hartsock Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Genevieve Kovalesky
Ordo Franciscanus Saecularis, Portiuncula Foundation, Pittsburg, PA

Jason Mezey
Professor, Department of English, Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA

Michele Morano
Professor and English Department Chair,  DePaul University, Chicago, IL

Don Kimball Smith
Associate Professor, Department of English, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Anne Stapleton 
Associate Professor of Instruction, Department of English,  The University of Iowa

Lara Trubowitz 
Education Director, A World of Difference Institute, Anti-Defamation League, Chicago, IL

Holly Welker
Writer, Editor, and Writing Coach, Weaker Writing, Phoenix, AZ

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