Spencer Dodd graduated cum laude from Iowa State University with a BA in English and a minor in Classical Studies. Yet another recurring nightmare of the department, he has returned to pursue a MA in literature. He serves as a teaching assistant for SPCM 212 and enjoys engaging with student work and speaking in third person. His research interests involve world and empire-building and how authors commit to historiography and intertextuality in the long nineteenth century.
Carolyn Gonzalez graduated with honors from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s in English, as well as with a cross-departmental Medieval Studies Certificate. She is currently a first year Master’s in English Literature student. Her research interests are focused in the middle ages, with an immense fascination with medieval Scandinavian and Nordic literature. As a first year Speech Communication 212 lab instructor, Carolyn enjoys working closely with students, fellow teaching assistants, and instructors, challenging and expanding her pedagogical repertoire. Currently, Carolyn’s research focuses on notions of madness and the monstrous spanning medieval texts, including the works of Geoffrey Chaucer and Arthurian traditions. In her free time, Carolyn enjoys attending heavy metal concerts and comic book conventions with her husband.
Emily Grzywacz graduated Summa Cum Laude from Iowa State University in 2017 with a B.S. in Sociology/Criminology and a B. A. in English. She returned to Iowa State for her graduate studies and is currently a first-year Master in English Literature student. Her research interests include but are not limited to fantasy and its lack of representation and consideration in the literary canon and academia. More specifically she is fascinated with trees, vampirism, and hauntings and their incorporation in literary texts. She also expresses interest in current Young Adult Fiction. Emily is an instructor for English 150. She enjoys getting to know her students, finding new and engaging ways to immerse her students in compositional topics, and expanding her pedagogical knowledge through experience, peers, and ISU instructors. Emily is quite literally obsessed with Harry Potter, which explains her fascination with the fantasy genre.
Kevin (Hee-Seong) Lim is from South Korea and a Fulbright scholarship grantee. He received his B.A. degree in English Language and Literature from Chungnam National University (CNU) in South Korea and he is pursuing Master’s degree in English literature at Iowa State University. His interest areas are contemporary American fiction and Film Studies.
Stacy Petersen received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with a minor in Teaching English as a Second Language from Iowa State University. She is currently a second-year Master’s student in English Literature. Her interest area is a mixture of Film Studies and Linguistic Analysis. Stacy holds a graduate teaching position, teaching English 250 course with the theme of Monsters.
Meredith Smith-Lane holds a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from the University of Nebraska, and a B.A. from Buena Vista University with an English/Art double major. She is currently a first-year student in the Master’s in Literature program. Her academic interests are varied, and include nineteenth-century literature, particularly works by and about women; comparative mythology; and Shakespeare’s Richard III. Correspondingly, she is a theatre enthusiast, and has worked in theatrical costuming since 2008. She is a teaching assistant, instructing first-year undergraduate students in the ISU Comm program. Outside of Iowa State, Meredith is facilitator for three sections of writer’s workshop for the Fort Dodge Public Library, and enjoys photography and spending time with her two daughters.