Current Students

Chelsea Bray holds a B.A. in English from Boston University. Over the summer of 2013, UROP funded her research that examines the garden imagery in Dickens’ novels in relation to female sexuality. While working with her advisor Dean Natalie McKnight, Chelsea began investigating the influence of the Lowell Mill Girls on A Christmas Carol, and from her findings, the two co-authored the chapter, “Dickens, The Lowell Mill Girls, and the Making of A Christmas Carol” published in the edited volume Dickens and Massachusetts. In 2015, Chelsea received her M.A. in English with a concentration in Irish literature from Boston College. Her doctoral work examines The Lowell Offering, a nineteenth-century periodical written and published by the Lowell Mill Girls.

Lauren Eckenroth is a doctoral student working on a catalogue and annotated selection of the correspondence between Sylvia Beach, Bryher, and H.D. She is a senior writer at Boston University School of Law, where she edits the law school’s alumni magazine and manages content for the website and newsletters. She received her Master’s degree from BU’s Editorial Institute, for which she edited a selection of Edith Sitwell’s letters. While earning her B.A. in English at Penn State University, she assisted with the first volume of The Letters of Ernest Hemingway, 1907–1922.

Alissa Valles (BA School of Slavonic Studies, University of London) is editing and translating Polish poet Aleksander Wat’s Diary Without Vowels.

Allison Vanouse (BA summa cum laude, Brandeis University) is editing a catalogue raisonné of Modernism: Eliot, Joyce, Wyndham Lewis, Ezra Pound, and Beckett.

Cecilia Weddell holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Boston University, where she graduated cum laude and with honors distinction in the major. Her dissertation will be a bilingual edition, in her English translation, of columns written by the Mexican writer/diplomat Rosario Castellanos in the Mexico City newspaper Excélsior from 1963 to 1974. She is an editorial assistant at Harvard Review and has formerly worked at Boston Review and Cinco Puntos Press.