Despite the difficult job market in our field, students who have completed their PhD in English at UCSB in the past decade have done quite well. Indeed, most of our graduates who have sought an academic position, such as a professorship or postdoctoral fellowship, have found one. Our graduates have also made very good use of their degrees in a wide variety of other fields, from marketing to instructional technology.

For information on overall job placement for our department, you can download our 2016 job placement information sheet from Graduate Division.

Recent Job Placements

We are currently updating this page to include job placements for the last five years (2018-2022). In the interim, you can reach out to our graduate advisor for more information. Our graduate advisor can also help update or add new information, if you are not on this list or your position is listed incorrectly.



  • Unita Ahdifard:  Kanner Fellowship in British Studies, Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies, UCLA & Graduate Intern, Dept of Communications & Public Affairs, J. Paul Getty Museum
  • Roberto Macias: Assistant Professor, Department of English, UC Riverside
  • Leah Norris: Assistant Professor, Department of English, Widener University
  • Sydney Lane: Creative Writing Program, MFA Candidate, UC Davis


  •  Sage Gerson: Literary Arts and Studies, Rhode Island School of Design
  • Anita Raychawdhuri: Department of English, University of Houston Downtown
  • Maite Urcaregui: Department of English and Comparative Literature, San Jose State University


  • Katie Adkison: Assistant Professor of English, Bates College
  • Chip Badley: Lecturer in English, University of California Davis
  • Phillip Cortes: Assistant Teaching Professor, Barrett Honors College, Arizona State University at Tempe
  • Tyler Shoemaker: Postdoctoral Scholar, DataLab, University of California Davis


  • Nicole Dib: Assistant Professor of English, Southern Utah University


  • Jeremy Chow: Assistant Professor of English, Bucknell University


  • Corinne Bancroft: Assistant Professor of English, University of Victoria, British Columbia
  • Nissa Cannon: Postdoctoral Associate in Kilachand Honors College at Boston University
  • Ashley Champagne: Digital Humanities Librarian, The Center for Digital Scholarship, Brown University
  • Bethany J. Wong: Visiting Assistant Professor, Whittier College


  • Geoffrey Kyle Bucy: English Instructor, Hun School of Princeton
  • Theresa Russ Covich: Adjunct Instructor of English, Westmont College
  • Thomas J. Doran: Assistant Professor in Residence, Rhode Island School of Design
  • Leah M. Fry: New York City Teaching Fellow and Agent’s Assistant, The Wylie Agency
  • Rachel Levinson-Emley: Program and Events, Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, UCSB
  • Christopher Walker: Mellon Post-doctoral Fellowship in the Environmental Humanities, Colby College
  • Roberta Wolfson: Assistant Professor in Ethnic American Literatures, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo


  • Zachary K. Horton: Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh
  • Alison R. Reed: Assistant Professor, Old Dominion University
  • Sheena Berwick: Partner, Berwick Communication, Inc.
  • Christopher Foley: Assistant Professor, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Catherine Zusky: English Department Chair, The Brentwood School, LA
  • Kelly M. Kawar: Lecturer, University of Bonn
  • Elizabeth C. Love: Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Utah


  • Shannon R. Meyer: Associate Executive Director, North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities
  • Steven Pokornowski: Adjunct Professor, Whittier College and Ro Hondo College
  • Andrew Kalaidjian: Assistant Professor, California State University Dominguez Hills
  • Paul J. Megna: Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Western Australia Australian Research Council’s Centre for Excellence for The History of Emotions


  • Can Aksoy: Assistant Professor, Los Angeles City College
  • Pavneet Aulakh: Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University
  • Shannon Brennan: Assistant Professor, Carthage College
  • Timothy Gilmore: Lecturer, UC Santa Barbara
  • Geoffrey McNeil: Lecturer, Notre Dame de Namur University
  • Megan Palmer-Browne: Assistant Director, English Broadside Ballad Archive, UC Santa Barbara
  • Judith Paltin: Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia
  • Amanda Phillips: Assistant Professor, Georgetown University
  • Benjamin Shockey: Executive Director, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology British Columbia
  • Lindsay Thomas: Assistant Professor, University of Miami


  • Anne Cong-Huyen: Digital Scholar, Whittier College
  • Megan Fernandes: Visiting Assistant Professor, Concordia University
  • Kevin Kearney: Assistant Professor, Palomar College
  • Nhu Le: Assistant Professor, University of South Florida
  • Summer Star: Assistant Professor, San Francisco State University
  • Sharon Tang-Quan: Assistant Professor, Westmont College
  • Irina Wender: Lecturer, UC Santa Barbara


  • Ryan Boyd: Lecturer, University of Southern California
  • Bola King-Rushing: Account Executive, CPI Solutions
  • Kimberly Knight : Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor, Univ. of Texas, Dallas
  • Chris Hagenah: Account Executive, Energy BBDO
  • Sarah Hirsch: Continuing Lecturer, Writing Program, UC Santa Barbara
  • Julia Panko: Assistant Professor, Weber State University
  • Daniel Pecchenino: Assistant Professor, Writing Program, University of Southern California
  • Liberty Stanavage: Department Chair/Associate Professor English & Communication, SUNY Potsdam


  • Shanna Salinas: Assistant Professor, Kalamazoo College


  • Yanoula Athanassakis: Associate Vice Provost, Academic Affairs and Special Projects; Director, Environmental Humanities Initiative, NYU
  • Kathryn Dolan: Associate Professor, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Donna Beth Ellard: Assistant Professor, University of Denver
  • Carina Evans: Assistant Professor, Southwestern University
  • Michael Frangos: Postdoctoral Fellow, HUMLab, Umeå University
  • Soren Hammerschmidt: Faculty Associate in Writing Program, Arizona State
  • William Hall: Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University
  • Eric Martinsen: English Department Chair; Professor of English, Ventura College
  • Laura Miller: Associate Professor, University of West Georgia
  • Jeanne Provost: Assistant Professor, Furman University
  • Aimee Woznick: Director of Academic Support Services, SUNY Empire State College


  • Susan Cook: Assistant Professor, Southern New Hampshire University
  • Sharon Doetsch-Kidder: Adjunct Professor, George Mason, Northern Virginia Community College
  • Andrea Fontenot: Director of the Writing Center, CalArts
  • Bill Gahan: Assistant Professor, Rockford College
  • Caroline Hong: Assistant Professor, Queens College, CUNY
  • Jessica Murphy: Assistant Professor, University of Texas, Dallas
  • Eric Nebeker: Grant Writer, Office of Education Partnerships, UC Santa Barbara
  • David Roh: Associate Professor, University of Utah
  • Sarah Schwendimann: Assistant Professor, Glendale Community College
  • Gina Valentino: Assistant Professor, University of Rhode Island


  • Colin Carman: Instructor of English, Colorado Mesa University
  • Simone Chess: Assistant Professor, Wayne State University
  • Jeremy Douglass: Assistant Professor, UC Santa Barbara
  • Marc Garcia-Martinez: Associate Professor, Allan Hancock College
  • Susie Keller: Instructor, Shasta College
  • Sheila Hwang: Associate Professor, Webster University
  • Kris McAbee: Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas, Little Rock
  • Margaret Sloan: Adjunct Instructor, Endicott College, Instituo Technológico Autónomo de México
  • Mac Test: Assistant Professor, Boise State University


  • Christy Cannariato: Adjunct Instructor, Mount St. Mary’s
  • Vanessa Coloura: Adjunct Instructor, Quincy College
  • Elizabeth Freudenthal: Grant Writer, Growing Home, Inc.


  • Jacob Berman: Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University
  • Alexandra Cook: Associate Professor, University of Alabama
  • Emily Davis: Assistant Professor, University of Delaware
  • Stephen Deng: Assistant Professor, Michigan State
  • Laura Furlan: Assistant Professor, UMass Amherst
  • John Gamber: Assistant Professor, Columbia University
  • Stephen Sohn: Assistant Professor, Stanford University
  • John Tabor: Assistant Professor, Mercer County Community College


  • Mary Bjork: Assistant Professor, Arizona State University
  • Cynthia Davis: Adjunct Instructor, Santa Barbara City College
  • Robert Hamm: Coordinator, Graduate Student Professional Development, UC Santa Barbara
  • Zia Isola: Director of Diversity Programs, CBSE, UC Santa Cruz
  • Jeanne Scheper: Assistant Professor, UC Irvine
  • Randy Schiff: Associate Professor, SUNY Buffalo
  • Diana Solomon: Assistant Professor, Simon Fraser University
  • Carl Stahmer: Director of Digital Scholarship, UC Davis and Associate Director, English Broadside Ballad Archive, UC Santa Barbara


  • Julia Garrett: Assistant Professor, University of New England
  • Sarah Gerend: Associate Professor, Aurora University
  • David Vásquez: Associate Professor, Department of English; Department Head, University of Oregon