PhD Alumni Spotlight

The majority of our PhD alumni go on to pursue academic careers at large research universities, small liberal arts schools, and community colleges. Some also pursue highly successful careers outside of university teaching. They teach at private high schools, found successful businesses, assume administrative roles in higher education, and secure positions in nonprofit organizations and corporations across the country.     

Below are the profiles of just a few of our tremendous PhD alumni. 

Anne Jansen

Anne Jansen (PhD, 2013) is an assistant professor in the Department of Literature and Language at the University of North Carolina -Asheville. A specialist in contemporary US ethnic literatures, Jansen has a strong interest in global indigenous literatures and gender and sexuality studies. In her current research, she uses a comparative approach to analyze connections across racial lines in contemporary African American, Asian American, Chican@, Latin@, and Native American literatures. She is particularly interested in the intersections of politics and aesthetics in 20th- and 21st-century US ethnic literature in extra-realist forms such as the ghost story, "magical realism," and science fiction. Janens's essay "Under Lynching's Shadow: Grimké's Call for Domestic Reconfiguration in Rachel" was published in African American Review (Summer/Fall 2014). 

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Ivonne M. García (PhD, 2008) has served as the Associate Provost of Kenyon College since July 2015. Prior to this, she acted Ivonne M. Garciaas Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, a position established as part of the historic creation of Kenyon's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in July 2014. García joined Kenyon as a visiting instructor in 2006 and was later hired as a member of the college's tenure-track faculty. She was awarded tenure at Kenyon in 2013. García is the recipient of Kenyon's Marilyn Yarbrough Dissertation/Teaching Fellowship, Whiting Teaching Fellowship and the Board of Trustees Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award. In 2011, the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society recognized García's essay "Transnational Crossings: Sophia Hawthorne's Authorial Persona from The Cuba Journal to Notes in England and Italy" as the best essay by a junior faculty member or graduate studentHer book manuscript, "Haunted by Cuba: Intersections of Race and Gender in the Trans-American South" is currently under consideration at a major university press.

To find out more about García and her work, visit

Paula Chambers (PhD, 2000) is the founder and CEO of The Versatile PhD, a web-based career resource that helps graduate students and early-Paula Chamberscareer PhDs envision, prepare for, and excel in nonacademic careers. Supported by institutional subscriptions (Ohio State is a subscriber), Versatile PhD provides a wealth of information about non-faculty careers from the unique perspective of PhDs actually working inside those careers. Current subscribers include 70 research institutions and more than 40,000 individuals. Chambers is a popular speaker on the university circuit, giving talks on the state of the academic job market for different disciplines, the skills that PhDs have (even if they don't know it), and how to prepare for many possible emploument outcomes upon graduation. She also is at work on an essay about how to prepare graduate students for nonacademic careers, which is sure to be a good read. 

To find out more about Chambers and her work, visit