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5 (Of the Many!) Ways Our Grads Are Finding Success After Knox

Some are pursuing their education...

  • Grad Student in English Literature, University of Chicago. Livia Mexias '16.
  • Ph.D. Candidate, University of Michigan. Rebecca Hixon '16. Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • Graduate Student, University of Pittsburgh. Gabrielle Rajerison '14. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Graduate Student, University of Iowa. Allison White '14. Iowa City, Iowa.
  • Graduate Student, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Jeri Murphy '13. Champaign, Illinois.
  • Post Doctoral fellow in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Washington University. Cynthia Barounis '03. St. Louis, Missouri.

Some are writers and editors...

  • Editorial Associate, SmithBucklin. Emma Frey '16.
  • Assistant Editor, Harper Collins Publishers. Ian Crutcher '15.
  • Email Programming Associate, The Spruce. Ashley Wolfgang '14.
  • Associate Art Director, Albert Whitman & Company. Ellen Kokontis '09.
  • Winner of the New Measure Poetry Prize. Beth Marzoni '04.
  • Author of Fell Hunger and Irish Orientalism: A Literary and Intellectual History, Joseph Lennon '90.
  • Emmy nominated television writer and producer. David Axelrod '67.

Some have pursued law...

  • Corporate Associate, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Lauren Assaf '10.
  • Director/Attorney, Huck Bouma, PC. Gina Salamone '04.
  • Attorney, Searcy Denney Scarola Banhart & Shipley. Mara Hatfield '97. Palm Beach, Florida.
  • Attorney and Author. Lead attorney in the precedent-setting Nancy Cruzan "Right to Die" case before the U.S. Supreme Court. William H. Colby '77. Kansas City, Missouri.
  • 18th President of Knox College and Retired Attorney and Partner, Kirkland & Ellis. Roger Taylor '63. Chicago, Illinois.

Some go into education...

  • Resident Principal, Denver East High School. Jason Maclin '07. Denver, Colorado.
  • Associate Professor of English, University of Wisconsin. B.J. Hollars '07. Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
  • Third Grade Teacher, Alexandria City Public Schools. Chantey McGhee '06.
  • Assistant Professor of English, Wichita State University. Rebeccah Bechtold '05. Wichita, Kansas.
  • Assistant Professor of English, Northern Illinois University. Melissa Campbell-Adams ‘00. Dekalb, Illinois.

And some have found success in other fields...

  • Founder, Cat's Cradle Creative. Laura Pochodylo '14.
  • Peace Corps Volunteer, Matthew Hendrick '14. Morocco.
  • Stewardship and Sustainability Director, National Outdoor Leadership School. Aaron Bannon '96. Casper, Wyoming.
  • Psychotherapist, Sternau & Associates. Ruth Katz '70. Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Former President, United Nations General Assembly, The late Ismat Kittani '51.

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Estimated Salary of Alumni with English Literature Degrees

Top Job Titles of English Literature Alumni

  1. Editor
  2. Librarian
  3. Teacher
  4. Business Owner
  5. President
  6. English Teacher


English Literature Alumni Working in Related Field

Top Occupations of English Literature Alumni

  1. Postsecondary Teachers
  2. Chief Executives
  3. Editors
  4. Public Relations Managers
  5. Personal Service Managers
  6. Lawyers
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Printed on Wednesday, October 27, 2021