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Our StudentsChristian Dickinson was born and grew up in Jacksonville Florida. While getting his A. A. degree in music, he was captivated by the nineteenth century novel, Dickens especially, and became a Literature major at the University of North Florida. After completing his B. A., Chris spent three years teaching. In 2010, Chris was accepted to the Master's Degree program at Florida State University, where he continued his studies in the Victorian novel and taught several Freshman Composition courses, including one which he designed around the theme of "Classic Film." Chris then spent one year teaching Developmental Writing at Tallahassee Community College. Chris is thrilled to be a part of the Baylor community. His current research interests include the reading of Dickens's novels and social thought in relation to the ever-changing religious landscape of Victorian England, and the view of Dickens himself as a modern day teller of moral parables.
Virginia Jarrell is from Ft. Worth, Texas. She earned a B.A. in Letters from the University of Oklahoma in 2006. For many years she dreamed of being a lawyer, but at the last minute decided she wanted a career that would allow her to keep her soul. She decided to pursue an advanced degree in English literature, her first and greatest love. Virginia’s research interests mostly center on the Victorian period. She especially loves the work of William Makepeace Thackeray, Charles Dickens, and George Meredith. She also has a deep and abiding love for the 18th century satirists, especially Fielding, Swift, and Sterne. She wonders if these two interests can combine into an M.A. thesis. (Although, she also loves the work of Victorian women writers like Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, and Elizabeth Gaskell). In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends, baking, and making silly faces to earn a laugh from her adorable nieces Abigail, Hannah, and Olivia.
Nathan Kilpatrick is wondering what convinced him to move to Waco, TX. Originally from Oxnard, California, he graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 2006 with a double major in English and Theology. Though he took two years off to prepare for grad school, he decided that the world of paperwork is no place for him! Thus, he has entered the Ph.D. program in religion and literature here at Baylor, because, really, he is unable to separate the two fields in his own head. As a result, he is drawn to those similarly wacky writers like Flannery O’Connor and Nathaniel Hawthorne who also have religious issues. He hopes to focus on how religious experience is portrayed in the works of these kinds of writers as well as how these portrayals have influenced the general religious culture in America. At least, that’s what his statement of intent says.Reid Makowsky is in his final year of the PhD program and is writing his dissertation on Evelyn Waugh and theology. During his time at Baylor he has enjoyed teaching freshman composition and British literature. His academic interests span from Old English poetry to contemporary writers such as George Mackay Brown. He has published articles on George MacDonald and the Northern Irish writer Bernard MacLaverty. In his spare time he likes to draw, garden, cycle, and walk. His long-term academic goals include a book twentieth-century British hagiography.
Michael Milburn is a fifth-year Ph.D. student from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated summa cum laude from Franciscan University of Steubenville and studied French at l'Institut Catholique de Toulouse. A Presidential Scholar, Michael's interests include nineteenth-century British poetry and fiction, the history of literary criticism, and the theological implications of aesthetics. He received the Alexei Kondratiev Award for Best Student Presentation at an annual meeting of the Mythopoeic Society, and his work has been published in Tolkien Studies and Mythlore, with a more recent article set to appear in Explorations in Renaissance Culture. Michael currently serves as president of the English Graduate Student Associati
J. Cameron Moore is a PhD candidate in Religion and Literature. He specializes in 20th century British and Irish Literature. His dissertation relies on the theological aesthetics of Hans Urs von Balthasar to address the place of beauty in the novels of G.K. Chesterton. In 2013, Cameron was the recipient of an HEB Foundation Doctoral Scholarship for Faith Related Learning. His publications have appeared in Renascence, ANQ, Literature and Belief, The St. Austin Review, and others.
Julie Ooms: For years, Julie has frustrated both her high school English teachers and undergrad professors with an apparently unhealthy interest in science fiction, graphic novels, and not-so-literary writing in general. They must have conspired against her, though, because they brought around eventually and, before graduating from Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA in 2008, she added Eliot, Hardy, Dante, Yeats, Greene, and Eliot to her list of favorite authors (a list that keeps growing). If she had to choose a thesis topic now, she’d probably panic briefly before electing to write about Thomas Hardy, but she’s also fascinated by 20th century dystopian novels and that swarthy English terrorist who keeps showing up in literature, Guy Fawkes. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, nursing a CSI habit as unhealthy as the aforementioned sci-fi addiction, and learning how to cook.
Kalani Pattison graduated from high school in Indonesia. She loves reading and SCUBA diving and anything having to do with the ocean, which is partly why she decided to go to college at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, where she majored in Literature and could see the ocean from her dorm room for two of her four years there. She is a little overwhelmed by her first year of graduate school at Baylor so far, but is actually enjoying it anyway. Her interests are varied and scattered — she likes contemporary children’s literature, seventeenth century poetry, short stories, and random other books that are seemingly unconnected. She has a slight tendency to talk too much, but really does enjoy hearing about the things other people are reading or writing or thinking about. And she is another one of those people who cannot remember a time when she didn’t know the stories in The Chronicles of Narnia.
Danielle Williams originally hails from Glendora, a quiet suburb of Los Angeles, California. She earned an English degree from Azusa Pacific University in 2004. She considered pursuing a career in television after participating in Act One, an intensive screenwriting program; however, her love of literature overwhelmed her desire to be the next Tina Fey. (Okay, her desire is not entirely overwhelmed… she still has a screenplay or two in the works.) Danielle has many research interests, but she is currently most excited about studying Virginia Woolf and modernism. She enjoys spending time (on the phone, but preferably in person!) with her husband, exploring exotic locales, and photography.