Alumni News

English alumnus Ben Weissenbach '20 one of two awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarship
Feb. 20, 2023

Princeton University alumni Willow Dalehite of the Class of 2022 and Bennett Weissenbach of the Department of English Class of 2020 will head to the University of Cambridge in the fall as recipients of Gates Cambridge Scholarships. Dalehite and Weissenbach are among 23 U.S. winners of the scholarship.

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MLA's William Sanders Scarborough Prize awarded to Ph.D. alum Joshua Bennett
Dec. 7, 2021

The Modern Language Association of America today announced it is awarding its twentieth annual William Sanders Scarborough Prize to Joshua Bennett, department alum and professor of English and creative writing at Dartmouth College, for his book Being Property Once…

Hester Blum '95 competes on upcoming Jeopardy Professors Tournament
Nov. 11, 2021
English Department alum and Professor at Penn State University, Hester Blum '95, will compete on the upcoming Jeopardy Tournament of Professors, Monday, December 6, 2021.
Alumus, Adrienne Raphel, published in "Common Books" magazine
April 26, 2021

"When the Writing Takes Over the Writer," in which Adrienne Raphel (Princeton University) explores how Louise Fitzhugh—author of Harriet the Spy—and James Merrill—the poet—were…

Department alum, Marc Conner *GS 96, has been named President of Skidmore College
Jan. 3, 2020

Congratulations to Marc Conner  GS 96, on being named President of Skidmore College, effective July 2020

“Marc Conner brings to Skidmore a commitment to the integrative learning our students and faculty value,” said Nancy Hamilton '77, chair of the Skidmore College Board of Trustees. “His extensive experience shaping academic programs…

Jeffrey Alan Miller '06 named 2019 MacArthur Fellow
Sept. 25, 2019

Jeffrey Alan Miller received an AB (2006) from Princeton University and an MSt (2007) and DPhil (2012) from the University of Oxford. He joined the faculty of Montclair State University in 2012 and is currently an associate professor in the Department of English. Miller’s work has appeared in such publications as the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Milton Quarterly, and Milton Studies.

Meet Emma Boettcher '14, the English Major that broke a "Jeopardy!" winning streak
June 5, 2019
Congratulations to English Major, Emma Boettcher '14 on her impressive "Jeopardy!" win! How Emma Boettcher Beat James Holzhauer on 'Jeopardy!' James Holzhauer's 'Jeopardy!'…
Briallen Hopper *08 Reads from New Essay Collection
Feb. 26, 2019

Princeton Public Library and Labyrinth Books hosted a conversation between Briallen Hopper *08, author of Hard to Love: Essays and Confessions (Bloomsbury, 2019), and two people she has known since she started her PhD in Princeton’s English department seventeen years ago: Bill Gleason, the Hughes-Rogers Professor of English, and Rebecca Rainof *08.

Roy Scranton speaks at Labyrinth on war and climate change
Oct. 24, 2018

Earlier this month, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a 

Jenny Xie '08 awarded for new collection of poems
June 1, 2018

Alum Jenny Xie '08 wins two major awards for her book of poems Eye Level (Graywolf Press, 2018).

PAW article: A 'Monster' and Its Humanity - Susan Wolfson
Jan. 17, 2018

Professor Susan Wolfson reflects on the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus in a recent edition of the Princeton Alumni Weekly

English major, Gunnar Rice '17, awarded Haarlow Prize
Oct. 3, 2017

The 2016-17 Haarlow Prize was awarded to Gunnar Rice ’17 and Tali Pelts ’20 for the two best papers submitted to a 200-level Humanistics Studies course.

Paul Muldoon, An Interview with Lance Rutkin (’17)
June 7, 2017

Graduating senior Lance Rutkin sat down for a wide-ranging and candid conversation with poet Paul Muldoon, Princeton’s Howard G. B. Clark '21 Professor and Founding Chair of the Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts. One of "the most significant English-language poets born since the second World War” (TLS), Muldoon spoke with…

Aaron Hostetter: Poop, Seinfeld, and Anthony Bourdain: How college course makes the abstract real
May 10, 2017

Aaron Hostetter, an English professor at Rutgers-Camden, is teaching a course on consumption. He aims to help students relate abstract theory to their personal lives and the world around them.

Alumni News: Kaylin Blount '16
Oct. 7, 2016

At the end of September, I arrived in the city of Jishou in Hunan Province, China to begin teaching for the first time ever.  I have about 135 students who are depending on me to improve their oral English skills, so I've had to make the daunting transition from student to teacher pretty quickly. It helps that my students are amazing.  They're…

Alumnus Jeffrey Miller '06 discovers earliest known draft of King James Bible.
Oct. 21, 2015

Congratulations to former Princeton English major and Rhodes Scholar Jeffrey Miller '06, who has unearthed the earliest known draft of the King James Bible.