Director Susan Aronstein
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Dr. Marlene Tromp (1990), Professor of English and Women’s Studies, Denison University
My experience at the University of Wyoming was characterized by intellectual challenge and real professional support. My coursework as a student opened up new horizons for me, and the faculty engaged with my writing and thinking in ways that showed genuine care and thoughtfulness. I have genuinely wonderful memories of the classes I took at Wyoming. Moreover, the support that the department offered as I moved on to a Ph.D. program and, later, into my career, was invaluable. They humanized the profession for me with their interest in my intellectual growth and well-being, and I will always be grateful for the support they provided.
At present, I am a Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Denison University. I served for six years as Chair of Women’s Studies, and I have also served as Chair of the Faculty and Chair of the Faculty Development Committee. My service at the college and in the profession at large, on the Board of the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association and in my work with junior colleagues in my field, is modeled on the generous support the University of Wyoming faculty always gave.
In addition to a number of articles, I am author of Altered States: Sex, Nation, Drugs, and Self-Transformation in Victorian Spiritualism (SUNY, 2006) and The Private Rod: Sexual Violence, Marriage, and the Law in Victorian England (UP Virginia, 2000). I have written a new book entitled Force of Habit: Life and Death on the Titanic, which is under review. I have also co-edited and contributed to Fear and Loathing: Victorian Xenophobia (Ohio State UP, Forthcoming), Victorian Freaks: The Social Context of Freakery in the Nineteenth Century (Ohio State UP, 2007) and Mary Elizabeth Braddon: Beyond Sensation (SUNY 2000). I am presently at work on a new book that considers the Victorian connections between murder and money.
Amy Tigner (1996), Assistant Professor of English, University of Texas
After graduating with an MA in English at UW in 1996, I taught as a lecturer in the English Department for two years. Deciding that my true passion was Renaissance literature, I decided to get my Ph.D. in English and was accepted at Stanford University to begin doctoral studies in 1998. Working with Jennifer Summit, J. Martin Evans, and Roland Greene, I wrote my dissertation England's Paradise: Horticultural Landscapes in the Renaissance, which argues that gardens dramatize issues of art, artifice, and global power in the early modern period. After receiving my Ph.D. in 2004, I taught as a post-doctoral fellow in the Stanford Introduction to Humanities program and in 2006 joined the faculty at the University of Texas, Arlington, which is located in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Currently I am working on a manuscript based on my dissertation and plans to write my next book on the connection between the garden and the kitchen and the aesthetics of growing, cooking and eating in the Renaissance. I maintain my connections with the English Department faculty, meeting them at conferences and exchanging research ideas; recently I brought Susan Frye to UT, Arlington's campus as a plenary speaker for a graduate student conference.
Wendy Matlock (1997), Assistant Professor of English, Kansas State University
When people ask me how I came to be an English professor, I always credit my Master’s work at UW. Even though I was a student there for only two years, the intimate program allowed me to get to know professors as role models and not just as authorities. The course work provided opportunities for me to explore old passions and to discover new interests. In addition, the department offered new teachers excellent mentoring. Pedagogical support and intellectual discovery converged most productively when I served as a teaching intern in a Chaucer class at the same time that I took a course on medieval women. I was hooked.
My professional life since then has been devoted to the study and teaching of medieval literature and culture. I completed a Ph.D. at the Ohio State University, and I have held tenure track positions at two different universities: first at California State University, Sacramento, and now at Kansas State University. Making the earliest English literature accessible to modern students continues to inspire me, and I have published articles in Philological Quarterly, Studies in Philology, and the Journal of English and Germanic Philology. I am currently working on a book about how Middle English debate poems like The Owl and the Nightingale, Piers Plowman, and The Debate of the Carpenter’s Tools present households as contested spaces devoted to both family and work.
Laurie Milford (1999), Executive Director, Wyoming Outdoor Council
I'm the executive director of the Wyoming Outdoor Council, which is Wyoming's oldest independent, statewide conservation group. Our role is to protect the state's world-class public lands and wildlife, safeguard our clean air and water, and blaze the trail toward sustainable energy. We influence the actions of decisionmakers, including agency and industry staff and elected officials. We educate and activate citizens and work in alliances with conservation, religious, and labor groups. When all else fails we take legal action to meet our mission, which is to protect Wyoming's environment and quality of life for future generations.
The master's program in the English Department helped me to prepare for a career in nonprofit management by sharpening my skills in research, analysis, and communication, both oral and written. Most importantly the program bolstered my self-confidence: As a teaching assistant, I learned how to lead others. And as a student, I learned how to meet consistent deadlines for high-quality work. The master's program in English is rigorous. It would benefit those who are preparing to perform marketing and communications, fundraising, or management in the nonprofit sector.