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Molly Tilghman

Molly Tilghman

Molly Tilghman has lived in Washington, D.C. since arriving at AU as an undergrad in 2009. She grew up as a Foreign Service brat, and enjoys giving unsolicited book recommendations.

Amanda Miller

Amanda Miller

Amanda Miller is originally from Bowie, Maryland, but she has spent the last 3 years teaching English in South Korea. She loves Hamilton and Harry Potter, and firmly believes that all problems can be solved with tacos.

Ginny Jackson


Ginny Jackson is from Chattanooga Tennessee. She is also a fashion stylist at Madewell Georgetown. She loves cats, and recently adopted her first kitten, who is named Moo.

Marilyn Savich


Marilyn Savich is from Northern Virginia. She is happy to be in the MA-Literature program at AU, where she went for her undergraduate degree as well. She is interested in the intersection between literature and culture, and is a passionate advocate for libraries.

Juria L. Jones


Juria L. Jones is a trial attorney with the government who has recently rekindled her love of literature. She is interested in studying the impact of literature on law as well as the law’s impact on literature.

Kenesha Brown

Kenesha Brown

Kenesha Brown is from the beautiful island of Jamaica where she taught Secondary English Language and Literature for eight years. She recently moved to America to join her husband Shaun. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, dancing and watching Law and Order.

Kenneth Fleming

Kenneth Fleming

Kenneth Fleming is proud to have been a part of the 250th graduating class at Rutgers University, where he finished his undergraduate degree in English Literature. He is an avid reader of science fiction, 19th century British literature, literatures of social protest, and comic books/graphic novels. When he is not reading or writing, Kenneth can usually be found wandering around with a camera in his hands.

Justine Zapin

Justine Zapin

Justine Zapin is a native Clevelander, who has spent the better part of the last decade living and working in NYC. Justine is an actor who comes to the Literature Department for a more comprehensive understanding of the literary canon and tradition. Her son’s name is Atticus…and no, she is not planning to read Go Set a Watchman.

Greerlin Thomas


Greerlin Thomas is a native Washingtonian. He works for a local non-profit dealing with prevention for sexual assault and domestic violence. He has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh.

Carmen Cain

CAS Literature MA Cain

Carmen Cain has a BA from American University, an MFA from American University, and is currently pursuing an MA in Literature from American University. When not at American University, she reads, writes, knits, and runs.

Erik Schwartz


Erik Schwartz lives in Baltimore, MD. He works full-time at Apple, and his cat’s name is Kafka.

Alfaqir Najd

Alfaqir Najd is from Saudi Arabia and is getting used to being a new Mommy. She crossed the world to devote herself to the completion of the MA program in Literature at American University and hopes to go back home proud of her accomplishments. She likes meeting new people and making friendships. Integral to her success is a great husband who supports her at all times.