Featured English Students
Megan Gallagher, Ph.D. in English
Megan is a second-year doctoral student in English literature here at Claremont Graduate University. Her scholarship interests include early modern literature, especially staged and closeted dramas, the history of the book, and early modern readership and interactions with text.
Megan came to CGU with a M.A. in English Literature with an emphasis in early modern British Literature. During her M.A. work she was able to present two chapters of her thesis “Producing Early Modern Space and the Mind in Public and Closet Drama” at McGill University’s 2011 conference (Dis)embodied Feminisms Symposium and the Pacific Northwest Renaissance Society’s 2011 conference Reimagining Genre. She also worked as an assistant editor to her university’s academic journal UNIversitas and gained teaching experience through her position with the intensive, academic English program.
CGU’s emphasis on transdisciplinary research has awarded Megan the opportunity to work as a research assistant for a project exploring the relationship between botany and nineteenth-century interpretations of early modern literature.
Since beginning her doctoral studies Megan has had the opportunity to work closely with faculty both in her area of study and from different disciplines. Megan’s coursework at CGU has ranged from philosophy, transdisciplinary methods of inquiry, British history, and American literature, and the faculty she has worked with have encouraged her individual scholarship interests throughout, “If you have an interest, topic of study, or discipline that you want to explore in relation to your own scholarship the faculty at Claremont encourages you to extend yourself academically and offers their guidance along the way.”