The Graduate English Organization

Representatives of NYU’s Graduate English Organization (GEO) are dedicated to community building among the graduate English student body. We are acting liaisons for our MA and PhD colleagues as well as the faculty, and aim to facilitate exchange between the MA and PhD students within the department. At the beginning of the fall semester, we will welcome the incoming admits at orientation and make ourselves available as resources to the first year cohorts. Throughout the year, it is our mission to keep lines of communications open and to act as a bridge between PhD candidates, MA students, and the rest of the department.

MA representatives of the NYU’s Graduate English Organization (GEO) are dedicated to community-building among the graduate English student body. We are acting liaisons for our MA and PhD colleagues as well as the faculty. We aim to facilitate social and intellectual exchange within the MA program as well as between MA and PhD students within the English department. Together with PhD GEO representatives we are responsible for planning events that promote interconnectivity across our community such as workshops, field trips, happy hours, and holiday parties. We work to promote the MA/PhD Buddy Scheme, and are also available by email to answer any questions that MA students may have.

At the beginning of the fall semester, we welcome the incoming MA students at orientation and make ourselves available as resources to the first year cohort. During admissions season, we are responsible for helping to field questions from prospective MA students, and may help to find lodging for those who travel to the MA Open House. Throughout the year, it is our mission to keep lines of communications open and to act as a bridge between MA students, PhD students, and the rest of the department.

PhD representatives of NYU’s Graduate English Organization (GEO) are dedicated to community building among the graduate English student body. We are acting liaisons for our MA and PhD colleagues as well as the faculty, and aim to facilitate exchange between the MA and PhD students within the department. Together with the MA GEO representatives, PhD GEO reps are responsible for planning events to promote interconnectivity across the English community; such events may include happy hours, holiday parties, workshops, townhalls, and field trips. On the administrative side, we are involved in the selection process and allocation of CEPP funds for graduate working groups before the start of the academic year. At the beginning of the fall semester, we will welcome the incoming PhD admits at orientation and at the working group open house, availing ourselves as resources to the first year cohort. During admissions season, we are responsible for finding lodging for prospective students during Welcome Weekend, preferably by matching new admits with current student hosts in related fields. Throughout the year, we act as representatives for the Graduate Program Committee, organize elections for department job search committees, and assist in forming the subcommittee responsible for determining summer teaching assignments. It is our mission to keep lines of communication open and to act as a bridge between PhD candidates, MA students, and the rest of the department.

MA Representatives

Leah Becker
Leah BeckerMA Representative
Leah Becker is a second year MA student hailing from the Pacific Northwest and specializing in Early and Nineteenth Century American Literature. Her scholarly interests include history of readership, critical theory, the German language, American transcendentalism, and Herman Melville. Her not-so-scholarly interests include craft beer, politics, feminism, television, and Harry Potter.
Ryan Campagna
Ryan CampagnaMA Representative
Hi! I’m a second year MA student focusing on Renaissance/early modern literature. As an undergraduate, I attended the University of Wisconsin and received a BA in English and Philosophy. Before coming to NYU, I was a 6th grade teacher of language arts and reading in Dallas, TX. I look forward to serving as a GEO representative this year and to facilitating the interests and needs of MA students. Please feel free to contact me with any questions/concerns/ideas at rc3230@nyu.edu!
Jessica Ziza
Jessica ZizaMA Representative
Jessica Zisa completed her undergraduate degree at Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon. As a second year MA student, her research interests are primarily situated in late medieval literature, gender and sexuality, and the intersections of psychoanalysis, feminist and affect theory. During her first year at NYU, she presented at the George Washington University Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute Conference. She also attended the Folger Institute Research Orientation Workshop and the CUNY Latin Summer Institute. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, snuggling with her kitty, going to the ballet, exploring museums, trying new restaurants and coffee shops, and hiking outside the city.
Cassidy Holohan
Cassidy HolohanMA Representative
Cassidy Holahan is a second year MA student primarily studying eighteenth-century British literature with a secondary interest in early American literature. Her scholarly interests include book history, spatial theory, the beginning of the novel as a genre, and the history of reading. Cassidy grew up in Los Angeles and recently graduated from Colgate University in upstate New York, but has been delighted to find a new home in New York City. Her favorite activities include swimming in lakes, kayaking, and reading Virginia Woolf while drinking red wine.

PhD Representatives

Zane Koss
Zane KossPhD Representative
Zane Koss grew up in rural British Columbia, Canada. He completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English at the University of Guelph, and earned a Master’s degree in English from McGill University. Zane is a second-year PhD student in the NYU English Department and a SSHRC Doctoral Research fellow who works primarily with Twentieth-Century Poetry and Poetics.
Julia Cheng
Julia ChengPhD Representative
Julia Cheng received her BA from Vassar and her MA from Columbia. Her research interests include 20th Century American Modernism, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Food Studies. This is her second year as a Ph.D. candidate at New York University.