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Teaching Fellows

Post-doctoral Teaching Fellows: Models of Collaboration, Innovation, and Professional Growth

Jade Hagan

Instructor and Teaching Fellow

Jade Hagan

Instructor and Teaching Fellow

Jade Hagan received her PhD in English in May 2019 from Rice University, where she has taught courses on first-year writing, the environmental humanities, the health humanities, and technology and consciousness. Her research combines the theoretical insights of ecocriticism, Continental philosophy, and media studies with comparative work on American and British popular cultures from the eighteenth century to present. She has articles forthcoming in Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology, Blake/An Illustrated Quarterly, and a book chapter out in the edited collection, Romantic Weltliteratur of the Western Hemisphere. Jade has seven years of combined editorial experience from working at two academic journals, which informs how she teaches her college writing courses. In her spare time, she enjoys creative writing, gardening, hiking, and walking her dog, Petal.

Contact

Office Fondren 414
Mail Stop MS-625
Email jlh20@rice.edu
Phone 713.348.2414

Mark Celeste

Instructor and Teaching Fellow

Mark Celeste

Instructor and Teaching Fellow

Mark Celeste received his PhD in English from Rice in May 2019. He specializes in British literature of the long nineteenth century, and his research focuses on maritime fiction, broadly conceived. His interest in oceanic circulations and exchanges shapes his current FWIS courses, both of which take up questions of connectivity and survival in a globalized world. He has also taught courses on environmental studies, feminist theory, and postcolonialism. Mark's work has appeared in Victorian Review, The Gaskell Journal, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. In teaching writing, he is particularly interested in style -- the subjective choices of form, tone, and rhythm that fundamentally affect the authority, poise, and efficacy of a written work.

Contact

Office Herring 129
Mail Stop MS-630
Email mc64@rice.edu
Phone 713.348.3994

Layla Seale

Instructor and Teaching Fellow

Layla Seale

Instructor and Teaching Fellow

Layla Seale received her PhD in Art History from Rice in May 2020, specializing in late medieval and early modern art.  Her research focuses on images of demons and how their unique forms and inventive iconographic contexts reveal alternative modes of viewing the infernal non-human. Her work synthesizes visual analysis and historical context with monster theory, animal studies, critical race theory, posthumanism, Marxism, and feminism. As a writing instructor, Layla believes that no one is born a “good” or a “bad” writer. Effective writing and communication stems from thorough training and continued practice. Her current FWIS courses are Visualizing Demons and Women Artists: von Bingen to Beyoncé.

Contact

Office TBD
Mail Stop MS 630
Email ls41@rice.edu
Phone TBD