Lilly Graduate Fellows - The Seventh Cohort


Sonya Bilocerkowycz received a B.A. in English from the University of Dayton in 2011. After spending three years teaching and working in the post-Soviet space, she is continuing her education at The Ohio State University where she will pursue an M.F.A. in Creative Writing with a focus on Nonfiction. Sonya is interested in literary journalism that explores revolutionary processes, national identity, technology, and environmental issues, particularly as they are experienced on the territories of former Soviet and Communist states.

Brad Boswell received a B.A. in Christian Ethics and Economics from Union University in 2011 and a Master of Theological Studies at Boston College in 2014.  He will continue his studies in historical theology at Duke University where he will begin a Ph.D. in Religion in the fall of 2014.  His interests lie generally in the thought of the early church, and more specifically in the development of Trinitarian and Christological doctrine in the 2nd through 5th centuries.  He hopes that his project of giving a careful, historically-sensitive reading to the disputes of these periods will thereby help to illuminate the meaning of the resultant doctrines for contemporary audiences.

Griffin Klemick received his B.A. from Wheaton College in 2012 and his M.A. in Philosophy from Northern Illinois University in 2014. In the fall of 2014, he will enter the University of Toronto’s Ph.D. program in Philosophy. He is interested in the centrality of community, normativity and practice for adequate accounts of human thought and agency, as well as in discussions of these themes in post-Kantian German philosophy and in American Pragmatism.

John Dixon Mirisola received his B.A. in English from Gordon College in 2011, and will begin work this fall on an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside. Currently writing a novel and a collection of short stories, John is interested in the increasingly permeable boundaries that connect fiction to poetry and memoir. His pieces often use fragmented narratives and experimental styles to explore the varied experiences of memory, perception, and belief within close relationships.

Alex Mouw received his B.A. in English literature, history, and classical studies from Hope College in 2014. Beginning in the fall of 2014, he will pursue an M.F.A. in creative writing at Purdue University. His primary interests are the craft and study of formalist and ecclesiastical poetry. His secondary interest is social and intellectual history during World War I.

Katherine G. Plants received her B.A. in 2013 from Loyola University Maryland with a double major in English and Classical Civilizations. She is continuing her studies this fall in the M.A./Ph.D. program in English at The Pennsylvania State University, where she plans to focus on early modern English literature. Her primary research interest is classical reception within early modern prose and poetry.

Jordan F. Slavik graduated from Saint Louis University in the spring of 2014. He received a Bachelor of Arts in History, a Bachelor of Arts in Theology, and a supporting major in the classics. Jordan accepted an offer to study ancient Roman history at the University of Maryland College Park. While the focus of his dissertation is far from certain, Jordan is intrigued by the military history of Rome, especially during the Punic Wars. He is also interested in researching the cross section of Rome's mythology and religious culture with the rights held by Roman women.

Andrew Soria received a B.A. in English Literature and a B.A. in Spanish - with a minor in French - from Azusa Pacific University in 2014. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California (USC). His main research interests focus on Sephardic Jewish literature written in the diaspora, with a particular emphasis on the literary and cultural merit of the Judeo-Spanish language. An ambitious, long-term goal is to map the evolution of “Spanishness” and “Jewishness” in Sephardic thought from the late middle ages to modern-day Israel/USA.

Jared Warren received a B.A. in History and French from Calvin College in 2011, and completed an M.A. in Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies from the University of Kansas in 2013. Beginning this September, he is pursuing a PhD. in Modern European History at New York University. As an intellectual and cultural historian, he is interested in how Eastern Europe and Western Europe (particularly France and Poland) “fit” together in pan-European cultural discussions. He is also interested in museum education, and has worked as an historic interpreter at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, Connecticut.

Hilary Yancey received her B.A. in Religion, Ethics and Politics from Gordon College in 2012. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Philosophy at Baylor University, focusing on bioethics and ethics of technology. She is particularly interested in how changing technologies shape our views of the human person and family.

Mentors, Seventh Cohort of Lilly Graduate Fellows

Paul J. Contino is Blanche E. Seaver Professor of Humanities at Pepperdine University, where he teaches in the Great Books Colloquium and was awarded the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence. At Pepperdine, with his wife, Maire Mullins, he serves as Co-Editor of the journal Christianity and Literature and as Associate Director of the Center for Faith and Learning. Before coming to Pepperdine, he received his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame, after which he taught for twelve years in Christ College, the honors college of Valparaiso University. With Susan Felch, he has edited and introducedBakhtin and Religion: A Feeling for Faith (Northwestern UP, 2001). His has published numerous essays -- on Dante, Zhuangzi, Austen, and contemporary Catholic writers -- but his primary scholarly focus is on the Christological dimension of Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov.  His essays on that novel have appeared in various book volumes and journals.

Susan Felch received her undergraduate education at Wheaton College and her Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D. C.  She has taught in the English Department at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan since 1992 and is also currently the Director of the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship. She publishes articles and books in sixteenth-century British literature and contemporary literary theory and teaches first-year rhetoric, introductions to world and British literature, Shakespeare and other sixteenth-century authors, environmental literature, and senior seminar. Recent publications include two volumes of The Emmaus Readers: Listening for God in Contemporary Fiction (Paraclete 2008, 2009), coedited with Gary Schmidt, with whom she also edited the four volume Spiritual Biographies of the Seasons, and Elizabeth I and Her Age (W. W. Norton, 2009), coedited with Donald V. Stump, which received the 2010 Teaching Edition prize from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. In 2009, she won the Josephine A. Roberts Scholarly Edition Award for her book Elizabeth Tyrwhit’s Morning and Evening Prayers (Ashgate, 2008), and in 2000, she received an honorable mention for her first book, The Collected Works of Anne Vaughan Lock (RETS, 1999). Her work on Queen Elizabeth, Lock, and Tyrwhit have been recognized as “significant and authoritative contributions to the field of early modern scholarship.” She has also written Selected Readings of Bible Stories / 圣经故事选读 , a textbook for teaching advanced English in China, co-authored with Xing Ling (Yunnan University Press, 2011) and Metaphors and Imagination: Rethinking Christian Higher Education co-authored with David Smith and forthcoming from Eerdmans. She enjoyed growing up as a TCK (third-culture kid) in Papua New Guinea and still loves to travel

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