M.A. students at Rutgers-Camden develop their research in a variety of ways that support their academic and professional goals. They can expect to work closely with faculty in their fields of interest to advance their scholarship and skills.

M.A.-English Recent Grant Recipients


  • Jamie Gibbs – Received $500 to attend the College English Association Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida in order to present her paper “‘It’s natural you should put up/ With my moods:’ The Tragic Consciousness, Fragmentation, and Euripides’ Medea.”


  • Joshua Cruz – Received $450 to attend the Stony Brook Graduate Conference in Stony Brook, New York in order to present his paper “Why Nietzsche Will Not Friend You: Maintaining Individuality.”
  • Jamie Gibbs – Received $500 to attend the College English Association Conference in San Antonion, Texas in order to present her paper “‘No! No! No!’: Paralysis and the Creation of ‘Self’ in James Joyce’s Eveline.
  • Gina Mercurio – Received $500 to attend the International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts in order to present her paper “The Domestic Female Versus the Ambitious Male in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Students producing a high level of work may prepare articles for publication, often at the suggestion of a faculty member familiar with venues appropriate to the student’s area of research.

Students eligible for federal Work Study may serve as research assistants, helping faculty with scholarly, editorial, and administrative projects.

Students may write a thesis in partial fulfillment of requirements for the master’s degree. See Thesis Guidelines.

M.A.-English Recent Theses

May 2011

  • Adam Brock – “Stephen Crane and the Mass Media” – Thesis with Distinction
  • Jamie Gibbs – “‘These Articles of Furniture Could Not be Real…They Must be Ghosts of Such Articles’: The Material Gothic of Charlotte Brontë’s Villette
  • Raven Moses – “Life on the Boundary: ‘Passing’ and the Limits of Self-Definition”

January 2011

  • Bryan Hoffman – “Blair Humphrey’s Secret”
  • Gina Mercurio – “Individualism and the Ruined Woman in Print and Film: Social Standards, Stratification, and Feminine Independence in Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders, David Attwood’s The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders, and Pen Densham’s Moll Flanders
  • Clark Perks – “An Uncommon Education”

May 2010

  • Erin O’Kane – “Recent Scholarship in the Eighteenth Century Sentimental Novel”
  • Kimberly Rotter – “Beloved: A Political Composition”
  • Tara Wood – “The Suffocatingly Narrow Confines of Black Masculinity and the Blues Perception for Escape in James Baldwin, Ernest Gaines, and August Wilson” – Thesis with Distinction

January 2010

  • Jay McKeen – “A Memoir: Policing Your Town” – Thesis with Distinction
  • Joseph Schaffner – “The Smithy of Truth? – Frank Norris, Edith Wharton, and the Working-Class Concept in American Literary Naturalism” – Thesis with Distinction

May 2009

  • Carmen Adamucci Jr. – “Five Stories from South Jersey” – Thesis with Distinction
  • Nagehan Bayindir – “Collective English Translations of the Works of Turkish Poets: Nazim Hikmet, Necip Fazil Kisakurek, Orhan Veli Kanik, Oktay Rifat, and Melih Cevdet Anday”
  • Tess Schaufler – “The Journey is My Home”

January 2009

  • Christopher Gazzara – “Famine Man”
  • Jude Miller – “Female Archetypes in Three Fictions of Thomas Pynchon” – Thesis with Distinction
  • Jill Protokowicz – “Things Long Forgotten: A Collection”

October 2008

  • Elizabeth Allen – “Parallel Journeys in Composition: Immigrant Literature as the Emerging Scholar’s Mirror”

May 2008

  • Peter Bryant – “Re-Envisioning Culture: The Importance of the Graphic Novel”
  • Christian Duncan – “The Times Between”
  • Thomas Earles – “A Family Affair”
  • Candice Kaup – “Feminine Agency and the Search for a Mother in Harry Potter” – Thesis with Distinction
  • Dena Merlino – “Portraits of a Lady” – Thesis with Distinction
  • Pamela Prioli – “Writing Systems and the Media: How the Writing Surface Affects the Written Form”
  • David Solomon – “Around the Horn”
  • Lydia Wagler – “What We Need”

January 2008

  • Richard Gerhardt – “Last Supper”
  • Lynda Hinkle – “Reaping the Whirlwind: Regaining the Irish Catholic Voice of 19th Century American Through the Work of Christine —–” (Lynda handwrote her thesis title and I cannot make out the last name of the writer)
  • Kelsey Maki – “The Going”
  • Marion Wyce – “Loss Prevention” – Thesis with Distinction