MA in English

Rafaella Silva

Rafaella Silva, 2024

Cultural Studies concentration in the MA in English, 2024

Rafaella Silva is from West Palm Beach, FL, and graduated from Florida State University with a BA in English: Editing, Writing, and Media and a minor in education in 2020. She began her master’s in English: Cultural Studies at Mason in 2021. Rafaella was also the English MA Representative for GMU's Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA) for the 2022-2023 academic year.

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Laura Chavez

Laura Chavez, 2023

Literature concentration in the MA in English, 2023

Laura was born in Cali, Colombia, and she graduated high school from Tuscarora High in Leesburg, VA. She graduated with her Bachelor's in English from the University of South Florida in 2019. Her major then was also English. During COVID, Laura decided to come back to the area to get her MA from Mason! She has a 15-month-old son and loves to travel just about anywhere!

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Christine Condo

Christine Condo, 2023

MA in English

Using grounded theory and rhetorical analysis, Christine surfaces themes in how those with autism work to assert authority across a wide range of public spaces. She's a vocal advocate for improved attention to neurodiversity as a key issue of access and social justice. Christine also published pieces related to this work, including “You don’t look autistic: The reality of high-functioning autism,” in The Washington Post in 2020.

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Trang Ngo

Trang Ngo, 2023

Professional and Technical Writing concentration in the MA in English, 2023

Trang is a Mason Alumni who just graduated with an MA in English, with a concentration in Professional and Technical Writing. Currently, she also has the pleasure of working with the English Department as an Administrative Assistant! If you have any questions, you can find her in the English Department in Horizon Hall 4200!

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Jamie Gergen

Jamie Gergen, 2021

Literature concentration in the MA in English

Jamie is a terrific student who carries a 4.0 GPA.

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Melanie Hill

Melanie Hill, 2012

2021 Distinguished Alumni - English

Dr. Melanie R. Hill is assistant professor of American literature in the department of English at Rutgers University. As her research focuses on the intersection of African American literature, music, and Black theology, Hill is a reviewer for the Yale Journal of Music and Religion. She has written articles on Black feminism and the sermon as sonic art in James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner, as well as Bessie Smith and Ella Fitzgerald under the Religions Journal and Oxford University Press, respectively.  

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Eric D. Chapman

Eric D. Chapman, 2010

Reading the law like an English major

Eric D. Chapman brings to his legal career the skills of reading for detail, identifying underlying assumptions, and imagining alternatives points of view that he developed in the English major.

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Heidi Lawrence

Heidi Lawrence, 2007

2022 Distinguished Alumni - Faculty

Heidi Y. Lawrence is an associate professor in the Department of English at George Mason University and directs the English department’s professional and technical writing graduate programs.

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Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson, 2005

CHSS Dean's Advisory Board - Chair

Johnson is a consultant specializing in digital transformation and has led digital teams and programs at a variety of public- and private-sector organizations

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Constance Sayers

Constance Sayers, 1998

Alumni Chapter - Director

Constance Sayers, MA English '98, is the chief revenue officer of GovExec where she leads all revenue and sales associated with the media brands and data platforms. 

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Wendy Burns-Ardolino, PhD

Wendy Burns-Ardolino, PhD, 1997

2018 Distinguished Alumni - Cultural Studies

Burns-Ardolino teaches courses that cut across media, cultural and women’s studies and is nationally recognized as a scholar in the fields of feminist media studies, body studies, and American popular culture.

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Gregory Fowler

Gregory Fowler, 1995

Online expertise, leadership at UMGC

Gregory Fowler, MA English ’95, has been named president of University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC).

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Honorable Roderick C. Young

Honorable Roderick C. Young, 1994

Greeting CHSS graduates from the federal bench

The Honorable Roderick C. Young, BA Speech Communication ’89, MA English ’94, is a U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, who returned to Mason virtually in May to speak to CHSS graduates.

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Sean G. Murphy

Sean G. Murphy, 1993

2019 Distinguished Alumni - English

Sean Murphy has been publishing fiction, poetry, reviews—of music, movies, books, and food—as well as essays on the technology industry for almost twenty years. as well as essays on the technology industry for almost twenty years.

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Felicia L.  Carr

Felicia L. Carr, 1992

2022 Distinguished Alumni - Cultural Studies

Felicia Carr created an early love of storytelling into a career in communications and marketing with a focus on non-profits, advocacy organizations, and higher education.  

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Elissa Matulis Myers

Elissa Matulis Myers, 1982

Understanding the big picture through focused attention

Elissa Matulis Myers works in the world of professional associations, advocating for their missions and understanding how they work together.

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