Graduate Alumni Spotlights

To learn more about the career paths of Department of English and Comparative Literature Ph.D and M.A. students who have pursued paths outside of academia, check out the Alumni Spotlights below. Profiles are added and updated regularly, so check back soon for more stories. If you are a former English or Comparative Literature graduate student who would like to share your story, email

  Name Title
   Jenn Williamson Senior Director for Gender and Social Inclusion at ACDI/VOCA
Sean Knierim Founder of SidePorch and CEO of Estabrook Investors
Leigh Smith Dean of the Institute of American Universities