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Undergraduate Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors meet with prospective students interested in pursuing English as a degree, and they also help the department with prospective student outreach events. Our current Student Ambassadors thrive both within the English Department and the community, and they are here as a resource for anyone who wants to learn about their experiences as English students at the University of Iowa. If you are seeking insider-English-major information, they are the ones to ask! 

To find out more information or schedule a visit with a Student Ambassador, contact Kate Torno at To apply to be an ambassador, please fill out this form and put in Kate's mailbox in 310 or deliver to her via email.  Application

Jake Edwards

Jake Edwards ( is a senior majoring in English and Political Science. Having lived in Iowa City for the last seven years, he transferred into the University of Iowa his sophomore year and has enjoyed many different classes offered by the English department. Jake works for the University of Iowa Libraries, as well as teaches at Scattergood Friends School in West Branch. His current specializations include Victorian literature and the politics of revolutions. 

Kit Fitzgerald
Kit Fitzgerald

Kit Fitzgerald ( is from the suburbs of Chicago and came to the University of Iowa to study English and Creative Writing with a focus in social media marketing. Kit has been a reporter for the Daily Iowan newspaper, a member of English Society, contributes to several writing groups, and regularly participates in events hosted by Bijou film board, Dey House, and Prairie Lights.

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Hannah Gellman

Hannah Gellman ( is an English and Creative Writing major from League City, Texas. Hannah plays the mellophone in the Hawkeye Marching Band and has played the French horn in the university Concert Band. She is also a member of the University Lecture Committee, where she has helped bring people such as Lois Lowry, Ana Navarro, and Leslie Odom, Jr. to speak on campus. Through the English Department’s Publishing track, Hannah has both edited and designed a chapbook for the inaugural Iowa Chapbook Prize and helped put together Circuitry, a one volume student-run literary magazine. She has had her own work published in the campus literary magazines Ink Lit Mag and earthwords: the undergraduate literary review. Hannah is a senior also minoring in Arabic who studied abroad in Morocco. She is applying for a Fulbright Scholarship and hopes to teach English in Morocco after graduation. 

Austin Hughes

Austin Hughes ( is currently is a junior double majoring in English and Creative Writing and Japanese with a minor in Theatre Arts. He is from good ole Arlington, Texas but loves Iowa City a bit more! He served as an associate peer leader of the Iowa Edge Program--a summer bridge program for incoming students of underrepresented communities. After undergraduate study, Austin hopes to pursue an MA in Japanese and a PhD in English Literature with an MFA in Creative Writing somewhere along the way...

Tess Koetting

Tess Koetting ( is a senior from Texas majoring in English with the Publishing Track. She is currently a drama editor at earthwords: the undergraduate literary review and has served in various positions at Ink Lit Mag in the past. She has spent the last year studying abroad in Ireland, first attending UCC in Cork and then working as an intern in Dublin. She enjoys studying folklore, comparative mythology, and trashy science fiction.