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Pre-2022 Winners—Graduate Travel to Research Collections

Previous Winners—Graduate Travel to Research Collections

2021-2022 Award Winners

Justin Smith, for research at the Beinecke Library at Yale University


2017-2018 Award Winners

Megan Poole, for travel to the Estelle Glancy Papers at the Optical Heritage Museum and the Lyman Library Special Collections at the Museum of Science

Josh Tuttle, for travel to the Sadleir-Black Collection of Gothic Fiction

2016-2017 Award Winners

Lisa McGunigal, for research at the Massachusetts Historical Society

Layli Miron, for research at the National Bahá’í Archives in Wilmette, IL

2015-2016 Award Winner

Justin Mellette, for research at the Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University

2014-2015 Award Winners

Bethany Ober Mannon, for research at the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library

Jay Miller, for research at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Erica Stevens, for research at Tulane University’s Louisiana Research Collection

Susan Weeber, for research at Columbia University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library Collections

2013-2014 Award Winner

Krista Quesenberry, for research at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University

2011-2012 Award Winners

Abe Foley, for research at the Stanford University Special Collections

Sara Marzioli, for research at the Ralph Ellison Papers at the Library of Congress

Melissa Slocum, for research on the Carlisle Indian Boarding School in Carlisle, PA 

2009-2010 Award Winners

Daniel Radus, for research on American Indian print culture

Robert Volpicelli, for research on Marianne Moore at the Rosenbach Museum in Philadelphia, PA

*resulting in the article “Against Things: the At-Home Objects of Marianne Moore,” in Twentieth-Century Literature

2008-2009 Award Winners

Geffrey Davis, for research on Edna St. Vincent Millay at the University of Virginia

Lynn Feeley, for research on Theodore Winthrop at the Library Company of Philadelphia

Jesse Hicks, for research on Charles Whitman at the Austin History Center

Emily Sharpe, for research on Salaria Kee at the Library of Congress

Michelle Smith, for research on Frances Wright in Tennessee

2007-2008 Award Winners

Dustin Kennedy, for research on Melville’s Israel Potter at the Newberry Library

Gregory Pierrot, for research on Marcus Rainsford at the Library of Congress

*resulting in the article: Pierrot, Gregory. “‘Our Hero’: Toussaint Louverture in British Representations.” Criticism 50.4 (Fall) 2008.

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Justin Smith, a past CALS Graduate Research Assistant and recipient of CALS travel funding, has accepted a position at Randolph-Macon College, where he will serve as an Assistant Professor of English and Black Studies. Congratulations, Justin, on this fantastic job market success!

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Sabrina Evans, winner of the 2022 CALS Summer Graduate Fellowship, has accepted a faculty position at Howard University, where she will serve as an Assistant Professor of English specializing in African American Literature. Howard is home to the Moorland Spingarn Research Center, whose archives are central to Sabrina's research. Congratulations, Sabrina, on this outstanding job market success!

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Liana Glew, former CALS Dissertation Fellow and CALS Graduate Research Assistant, has accepted the role of Prison Education Program Manager with the Penn State College of Education's Restorative Justice Initiative. The RJI eliminates barriers to educational access and civic engagement for those who are currently and formerly incarcerated; since its founding in 2015, the initiative has worked with and provided resources to over 200 incarcerated individuals. In her new role, Liana will work to recruit and train additional instructors as part of the RJI's Higher Education in Prison program. Congratulations, Liana, on your job-market success—an important reminder of the range of meaningful, impactful work one can do with an English doctorate!

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Nathaniel Windon, a former CALS Dissertation Fellow, has accepted a tenure-track position beginning in Fall 2022 at Xavier University, where he will serve as Assistant Professor of English (specializing in pre-1900 American literature). Nate earned his PhD in 2018 under the direction of Christopher Castiglia. In addition to serving as a CALS Dissertation Fellow, Nate was also awarded a CALS Graduate Research/Training Award to support  research for his dissertation, now his first book project, entitled Superannuation: The Making of Old Age in Nineteenth-Century America. Congratulations to Nate, and to Christopher, for this job-market success!


Leland Tabares has accepted a tenure-track position beginning in Fall 2022 at Colorado College, where he will serve as Assistant Professor of Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies. Leland earned his PhD in 2018 under the direction of Tina Chen. While completing his dissertation--now his first book project entitled Professionalizing Asian America: Race and Labor in the Twenty-First Century--Leland earned funding support from CALS in the form of a CALS Graduate Research/Training Award. Congratulations to Leland, and to Tina, for this job-market triumph!


Akash Belsare has accepted a tenure-track job beginning in Fall 2022 at University of Illinois—Springfield, where he will serve as Assistant Professor of English. Akash earned his PhD at Penn State in 2021 and he completed his dissertation--Humanimal Narratives: Genre and Animality in Contemporary Ethnic Literatures--under the direction of Tina Chen while being supported by a CALS Dissertation Support Award. Congratulations to Akash, and to Tina, for this outstanding success on the job market!


Transatlantic Modernism and the US Lecture TourRobert Volpicelli, a PSU Alumnus and CALS Dissertation Fellow -- who now serves as Assistant Professor of English at Randolph-Macon College (VA) -- recently published his first book, Transatlantic Modernism and the US Lecture Tour, with Oxford University Press. Deriving from his dissertation project, Transatlantic Modernism is the first comprehensive study of modernist authors on the US lecture tour, a widespread phenomenon that accounted for many Americans' first encounter with international modernism. Attending to these encounters, the volume reroutes our understanding of modernism away from the magazines and other mass media that have so far characterized its circulation and toward the unique form of cultural distribution that coalesced around the tour. Congratulations, Robert!

Justin Mellette

Justin MelletteJustin Mellette, Visiting Lecturer of English at Northeastern University and a former recipient of a CALS Travel Grant, has published Peculiar Whiteness: Racial Anxiety and Poor Whites in Southern Literature, 1900-1965 (University Press of Mississippi, 2021). Peculiar Whiteness engages key issues in contemporary critical race studies, whiteness studies, and Southern studies through discussions of authors including Charles Chesnutt, Thomas Dixon, Sutton Griggs, Erskine Caldwell, Lillian Smith, William Faulkner, and Flannery O’Connor. Congratulations to Justin!