Graduate Students, 2014-15

          Amanda Dean earned her B.A. degree in 2011 at Christendom College with a major in English and Philosophy.  After her undergraduate studies, she worked in California and taught Junior High-School English in Northern Virginia.  Her literary interests include poetry and Southern American Literature. She will be serving as a T.A. in the English Department.

          Julian Dean originates from New Jersey and has taught in the Shenandoah Valley for several years. Prior to arriving at JMU, he earned degrees in Criminology, English, and Education from West Virginia University and Rowan University. He is particularly interested in Norse and Celtic mythology. He attends JMU part time and teaches high school in Harrisonburg. 

          Payton Mink earned her B.A. degree in English with a minor in music at University of Tennessee at Martin in May 2014. Her interests include British and Renaissance literature, gothic literature, Holocaust studies, and film studies. She serves as a T.A. in the English Department.

          Mackenzie Oberndorfer graduated from Lee University with a B.A. in English and a keen interest in medieval and early modern literature.  Her principal research interests include the influence of ideas about Christendom upon relationships among mankind and between man and God.  A semester in Italy introduced her to medieval mysticism and magic studies, while personal research sparked questions of colonialism and ethnic relations.  She is curious to see how these apparently divergent areas may interact.  Meanwhile, she serves as a T.A. in the English department.

          Alan Stauffer grew up in rural central Pennsylvania before moving across the country to Southern California to attend Azusa Pacific University. He holds the B.A. in English, with minors in Philosophy and Theology. His interests include theory and criticism (primarily in the realm of continental philosophy), queer(ing) texts, and British and Irish literature throughout the ages. He serves as a G.A. in the English Department.

          Daniel Zimmerman earned his B.A. degree in English with a secondary education licensure at Bryan College in 2010.  After teaching high school and middle school English for three years, he moved to Harrisonburg to pursue the M.A. at JMU.  He is fascinated with British and Renaissance literature and critical literary theory, and he works as a G.A. in the JMU Writing Center.




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