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Drew Beard (PhD 2012) presented “Defining Eco-horror, or, Why It’s Always Shark Week” at the 2012 Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in Boston, Mass. He has also published an article, “New Nightmares,” on post-millennial horror cinema in Eastern Europe in Diabolique and had numerous book and film reviews appear in Horror Studies and the Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies. 

Chris Bradley (BA 2009) has recently self-published his first book, a bilingual children’s story called The Park Bench. Christopher, currently teaching in France, is the author of the book, and has published it together with his French girlfriend, who is responsible for the story’s rich color illustrations. The Park Bench is available in multiple bilingual variations, with the publishing tandem having translated the text into Spanish, French, German, and Italian.  For more on the book, go to: 

Tiffany Beechy (PhD 2007) accepted an Assistant Professorship at the University of Colorado Boulder.  She is also the author of The Poetics of Old English (Ashgate, 2010).

Scott William Carter (BA 1994) won the prestigious 2011 Oregon Book Award for Young Adult Literature for his novel, The Last Great Getaway of the Water Balloon Boys (Simon and Schuster, 2010).  Publishers Weekly called it “a touching and impressive debut” and Library Journal deemed it “a good choice for reluctant readers.”  His fantasy novel, Wooden Bones, chronicling the untold story of Pinocchio, will be published in the summer of 2012.  He has also published over three dozen short stories and two collections.  You can find out more about him at

John Coletta (PhD 1989) is currently Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.  A leading figure in the interdisciplinary field of biosemiotics, he served as President of the Semiotic Society of America in 2010, and has published numerous articles on ecocriticism, literature, and science.

Jason Cortlund (BA 1994) wrote and co-directed (with Julia Halperin) the narrative feature film Now, Forager. The story follows the struggles of a married couple who hunt wild mushrooms and sell them to restaurants around New York City.  The film is premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival in January 2012.  For more information on the film, visit

Nick Henson (PhD 2012) presented “Watching for the Butterflies: Environmental Justice and Regionalism in Denise Giardina’s Coal Mine Novels” at the ASLE 2011 Conference at Indiana University and “The Flowers Are Ours: Community and Counterhistories in the West of Salt of the Earth” at the 2011 WLA Conference in Missoula.  He published “Glimpses of Ecstasy: The Public Shaping of Personal History in Carlos Bulosan’s America is in the Heart” in disClosure.  He has also accepted the position of English Instructor and co-chair of the English Department at Windward School, an independent college prep school in Los Angeles.

Chris McGill (PhD 2012) published “A Reading of Zoomorphism in ‘The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber'” in The Explicator.  His review of Upamanyu Mukherjee’s Postcolonial Environments appeared in Ecozon@: the European Journal of Literature, Culture, and Environment.

Michael McGriff (BA 2003) published his second book, Home Burial (Copper Canyon Press).  In 2010, his translation of Nobel Laureate, Tomas Tranströmer’s Sorgegondolen / The Sorrow Gondola was published by Green Integer Press.  He is also the founder of the not-for-profit literary publishing company, Tavern Books, based in Portland, which has translated four of Tranströmer’s books.

Eric D. Meyer (BA, 1976), an independent scholar and former assistant professor, has just published Questioning Martin Heidegger: On Western Metaphysics, Bhuddhist Ethnics, and the Fate of the Sentient Earth (University Press of America, 2013).  Martin Heidegger’s “Overcoming Metaphysics” provides Meyer with the jumping-off point for a wide-ranging critique and deconstruction of Western metaphysics from the Pre-Socratics and Sophists to Descartes, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, and Derrida.  Besides questioning Heidegger’s controversial relationship with German National Socialism (Nazism) and the Holocaust, Questioning Martin Heidegger also takes off onto diverse topics like the question of being and the problem of nothingness, the birth of subjectivity and the death of God, and the Kehre and the emergence of a global ecological consciousness. Written in straightforward, jargon-free language, Questioning Martin Heidegger will be stimulating and exciting reading for professional scholars and enthusiastic laypersons, philosophy students and the general public.

Patricia Oman (PhD 2010), who has just completed a year as Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois, Springfield, has accepted a tenure-track job as Assistant Professor of English at Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska.

Alice Persons (BA 1973; MA 1976) teaches English at Southern Maine Community College Seven years ago, she founded Moon Pie Press, a small poetry press that has published 61 books by 40 poets from all over the country.  24 poems from Moon Pie Press books have been featured on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac on National Public Radio.  The Portland Press Herald included a story on the press last spring (  The website for Moon Pie Press is:

Tison Pugh (PhD 2000) has been promoted to Professor at the University of Central Florida.  His most recent book, Innocence, Heterosexuality, and the Queerness of Children’s Literature (Routledge) was published in 2011, and his Queer Chivalry: Medievalism and the Myth of White Masculinity in Southern Literature is forthcoming from LSU Press.

Melissa Sexton (PhD 2012) has accepted a position as a faculty member at the Oregon Extension, a program in the Cascades outside of Ashland, which is accredited by Eastern University in Pennsylvania.  She will be teaching an interdisciplinary program in the fall and helping to start an environmental studies May term for the spring.

Karen Shaup (PhD 2011) is currently serving as Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Salisbury University in Maryland.

Sarah Stoeckl (PhD 2012) presented papers at the Willa Cather International Seminar and the Western Literature Association Conference.  She also did research at the Ernest Hemingway Archive in Boston, a trip partially funded by a generous award from the English department.  Her article, “Clarissa Dalloway Goes to New Mexico: Mabel Dodge Luhan and the Modern Art of Space and Self,” appeared in the Journal of Contemporary Thought and her paper from the Cather Seminar is likely forthcoming in the next edition of Willa Cather Studies.

Bianca Tredennick (PhD 2002) edited the collection of essays, Victorian Transformations:  Genre, Nationalism and Desire in Nineteenth Century Literature (Ashgate, 2011).

Nicholas Wallerstein (PhD 1989) is Professor of English at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S. Dak. He teaches surveys of early British literature, upper-division courses in Shakespeare, and seminars on Virgil, Chaucer, and Spenser. Because he holds a graduate degree in theology from Harvard, he also teaches a course on western religions. His fifteen scholarly publications are wide-ranging, running from Beowulf to Audre Lorde.

Brenna Wardell (PhD 2010) presented a paper, “‛What’s in Your Basket, Little Girl?’: Gender, Narrative, and Place in “Little Red Riding Hood” adaptations and The Company of Wolves,” and chaired a panel, Pushing the Boundaries of Horror, at the annual Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference in Boston.  She presented “’All Hail Rome’: Prestige versus Pulp in HBO’s Rome and Starz’s Spartacus: Blood and Sand” at the What is Television? Conference in Portland.  And she won a travel grant from UO’s Center for the Study of Women in Society.