Our Graduates in English

David Lionel Smith ’71 (above) is the John W. Chandler professor of English at Williams College. His interests are race and culture, the black arts movement, Mark Twain and Wendell Berry. He is also a published poet writing under the pen name D.L. Crockett-Smith, an astute essayist and lecturer. He is especially proud of his work for public humanities institutions, including the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Smithsonian. He wrote his New College thesis on "The Painted Veil and Beyond: Shelley as Thinker and Poet."

New College is proud of the many English graduates who have contributed to the field. Here's a sampling of some of our graduates:

Kevin Unrath is principal librarian in at the New York Public Library in Middleton. Previously he was a librarian at Hollins University.

Melissa Renee Waggenspack is communications manager at Johnson & Johnson. Formerly, she was a publicist with Columbia University Press and Oxford University Press.

Karen Fraivillig, who completed a special program AOC in British Literature and History, is Assistant State Attorney and regularly prosecutes high-level criminal cases on the Sarasota Circuit.

Andrew Hossack, a former New York City Teaching Fellow, teaches fourth grade for gifted and talented students at William T. Harris School in New York.

Sarah Viren has been a Fulbright Fellow, the nonfiction editor at The Iowa Review and youth affairs reporter for the Houston Chronicle.

Fiona Lewis recently published her first young adult novel, Dreaming in Color. She is an award-winning novelist; author of Bliss, Hungry For It, Every Dark Desire and Dangerous Pleasures, among other adult novels. Her stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, including From Where We Sit: Black Writers Write Black Youth.

David Mayo is currently a web developer for GenArts in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Carly Earnshaw is a therapist and care manager at Edgewood Center for Children and Families and therapist at Sunset Psychotherapy.

Kristen Mahoney is assistant professor of English at Western Washington University, where she specializes in Victorian literature and aestheticism. She is currently the University of Delaware Library Fellow in Pre-Raphaelite Studies.

Donna Beth Ellard received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara and was named a 2011 ACLS Faculty Fellow by the American Council of Learned Societies. She currently is a lecturer at Rice University, where she specializes in medieval literature.

Judy Ng works as a processing technician at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, overseeing the addition of new materials from letters to objects.

Jason Palmeri is an associate professor of English and affiliate faculty with Interactive Media Studies at Miami University of Ohio; he specializes in composition and rhetoric with a particular focus on computer technology and digital writing. 

•  Dave Rodriguez is the chief projectionist at the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation at George Eastman House, where he completed his M.A.

Lacy Cox is an account executive at Meridian Logistics in Austin, Texas. She was formerly a copywriter at Auto Data Direct, Inc. and story editor at VFE. She turned her persuasive skills to helping other writers develop their scripts and promote them to producers and agents in her work at VFE and continues to use her writing and analytical skills to write web copy, press releases, customer newsletters and develop social media promotions.

David Belew works at the Maryland Historical Society.

Sample of Graduate Schools Attended by NCF Students in English

• CalArts
• Carnegie Mellon University
• City University of New York
• Columbia University
• Cornell University
• Emerson College
• Florida Atlantic University
• Mary Baldwin College / American Shakespeare Company
• New York University
• Ohio State University
• Rice University
• Sarah Lawrence
• Selznick School of Film Preservation at George Eastman House
• Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science
• Stetson University School of Law
• University of Alabama Law School
• University of California, Irvine
• University of California, Santa Barbara
• University of Illinois
• University of Iowa
• University of Miami
• University of Notre Dame
• University of Texas-Austin


According to the Washington Post, New College has more Fulbright Scholars per capita in recent years than Harvard, Stanford or Yale. (2010)

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