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Meet the Students

 

Tucker Grimshaw

Literature, 2nd year

Aloha! I received my BA in English Literature from Brigham Young University-Hawaii in 2014. My research interests include 20th century American literature, disability studies, and the teaching of writing and literature. When I am not studying or teaching, a few other things I like to do include reading, surfing, snowboarding, dancing, and singing.

Chaney Hill

Literature, 2nd year

I graduated from Texas Lutheran University with a BA in English Literature, and a BS in English Language Arts, 7-12. I have also had the opportunity to attend Alpha Chi National Honor Society’s national conference and to publish an academic paper in their undergraduate journal. I hope to eventually get a PhD in English Literature and teach at the university level.  I am interested in 19th and 20th century American literature, feminist theory, and the non-human.

Richard Hooton

Literature, 2nd year

My literary interests include British authors from the early modern era and American authors of the 18th through 20th century. My two preferred Americans are Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway, and my favorite son of England shall always remain “Little Will” Shakespeare. As I cling stubbornly to a short list of favorites, but always with an open mind to exploring the works of many writers, my preferred studies are literary periods and single authors, allowing for a more focused approach than a broad survey. A daily diet of reading and a passion for fiction writing will prepare me for my ultimate goal of working with students and educators, and I expect never to retire from the endeavor.

Heath Kemper

Rhetoric and Composition, 2nd year

Through my time at Boise State, I hope to develop tools and gain experiences that will enable me continue to teaching, learning, and contributing to the local community. Over the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to work as a tutor for international students in Boise State’s English Language Support Program and as a site director for Shake It Up, a Shakespeare-oriented after-school program for elementary students. I’m really enjoying developing and stretching my teaching abilities in the classroom this semester. I’m interested in writing and narrative, in rhetoric, in teaching, in community engagement, and in working with multilingual students.

Allie Qiu

Rhetoric and Composition, 2nd year

I am from Iowa City and the Chicago suburbs. Before coming to BSU, I studied education research & design and tutored at a community college writing center. I was so excited to find the field of rhetoric and composition! My research interests are in second language writing, creative writing pedagogy, and multilingual multimodal composition. I also like pop music, religions, and young adult literature.

Elizabeth Slabaugh

Literature, 2nd year

When I was five years old, my parents asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up. I immediately replied with, “I want to read, write, and drive.” These three childhood goals became my mantra and always fueled my need to explore and be independent. Now that I’m an adult, I push myself to read better books, write better words, and travel as often as possible. I graduated in 2014 from Northwest Nazarene University with a BA in both English and Psychology. My desire is to integrate literature and psychology in meaningful ways. After completing my MA, my next goal is pursuing a PhD.  My academic interests include: 19th century American and British literature, psychoanalytic theory, illness and women’s writing, and feminist theory.

Kameron Walters

Literature, 2nd year

One day I’d like to become a published author. Studying the world’s best writers is my way to get there. Currently, I teach 8th grade literature to alternative students. My main literary interests are in cyber-spaces, virtual realities, and cyber-punk literature.

Sarah Wilson

Rhetoric and Composition, 2nd year

My background is in 6-12 education. I love teaching in BSU’s First Year Writing Program where I can constantly draw real-time connections between my studies and instruction. Once I complete my degree I plan to teach at the community college level. In my free time, I enjoy yoga, skiing, and hiking in the Boise foothills. My research interests are translingual theory and multilingual studies, composition pedagogy, and teacher-research.

Jean-Louise Zancanella

Literature, 2nd year

I have my MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and am the public services librarian at the College of Western Idaho. I’m pursuing this degree to supplement my career in librarianship and further foster my interests in contemporary British fiction and the digital humanities.

Bailey Graham

Literature, 1st year

I currently teach middle school English and love it! Helping middle schoolers refine their powers of literary analysis, critical thinking, and composition is both challenging and rewarding. I am pursuing graduate work to fuel my own passion for literature, and plan to continue my education with a PhD. My academic interests center on fantasy and science fiction, especially in the ways myth, legend, and deconstructionist theory intersect throughout those genres. Subsets of my academic interests include Jane Austen, WWI, and the history of exploration.

Hannah Goldie

Rhetoric and Composition, 1st year

I am a Southern California native working towards a Master’s degree in English with a concentration in Composition and Rhetoric at Boise State University. I received my bachelors degree in English at the University of California, Irvine where I worked as a Writing and Library Research Undergrad Specialist and English 101 Embedded Tutor in the Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication. I currently work in the First Year Writing Program as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.  My research interests include composition pedagogy, feminist rhetoric, community engagement, and rhetorical criticisms.

 

Mark Horton

Literature, 1st year

I am in my first year in the Masters Program here at Boise State University—with an emphasis in Literature. I received my undergraduate degree from BSU in 2017 (English Literature). I grew up in Emmett, Idaho working on my parent’s fruit orchard and raising cattle. I was fortunate enough to have a great English teacher my senior year of high school, and she encouraged my passion for reading and writing abut literature. I have worked in the BSU Writing Center for the past three years, and I truly consider it a privilege to work in that space. I am also teaching English 101/102 this year—which is truly frightening. I plan on pursuing my PhD in English Literature, with my focus in British Renaissance—especially William Shakespeare and John Donne. One of my favorite places in Boise is the view from the top of Tablerock. When you make the climb to the top—you have earned the view—and I try to carry that outlook in life and school—you earn the view.

Jason Lowery

Literature, 1st year

Having earned my degrees in English Literature and Communication at Boise State, I decided to work towards an MA in Literature because I love to learn. I enjoy Shakespeare, his contemporaries and the revenge tragedies they’ve created. I’m partial to theory and research method classes, and am always open to different perspectives.

Blake Hunt

Literature, 1st year

Greetings! My name is Blake Hunt and I am a second-year MA student in literature. I earned a BA in English from the College of William & Mary in 2013, after serving six years in the Air Force. I began teaching English 101 this Fall, and will also be writing a thesis this year. My primary interests are Twentieth Century American literature, especially Western; modernism; Twentieth Century British; Shakespeare; and continental philosophy. My future goals include pursuing a doctorate and writing professionally.

Dustin Millar

Rhetoric and Composition, 1st year

I am a first year MA student in Rhet/Comp. I received my BA in Literature. I love teaching and strive to teach at the college level.  I also have a passion for creative writing and I work on my novel whenever time permits. I enjoy spending time with my wife and daughter doing anything from park visits to Netflix.

 

Brittany O’Meara

Literature, 1st year

I earned a multidisciplinary degree of the arts with a minor in English literature from Boise State University in 2016. I studied printmaking and dabbled in non-profit business while earning my degree, during which, I found a passion for studying literature. I enjoy modern and postmodern work the most, and love modern theory. I also love my dog.

 

Tracy Bringhurst

Literature, 1st year

Hello, my name is Tracy Bringhurst. I graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelor’s in English Literature. I am a first year graduate student in the Literature program.