Graduate Studies

A Letter from the Associate Chair

Associate Chair of Graduate Studies Gail HoustonWelcome to the graduate program in English at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Our department is located in a diverse ethnic and cultural environment. With a commitment to training graduate students in the global and local connections found in the fields of British and American literatures, Creative Writing, Medieval Studies, and Rhetoric and Writing, we offer graduate study in Southwest, Chicano/a, Native American, Postcolonial literatures and cultures, Medieval Studies, British/Irish and American Literary Studies, and in Professional Writing, Rhet/Comp and Writing Programs Administration.

Approximately 100 students are enrolled each semester. Two thirds of these students hold teaching or graduate assistantships. Our graduate students present at local, national, and international scholarly and creative conferences; they publish in scholarly, creative writing, and professional writing journals; and they have received prestigious awards, such as the Association of American University Women Dissertation Fellowship, the National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, and the Popejoy Dissertation Prize, the Bilinski Fellowship, the Mellon Fellowship, and the Center for Regional Studies Hector Torres Fellowship.

The English Graduate Student Association is a vibrant organization, offering forums for graduate students, while complementing the faculty’s commitment to student success. Our faculty and coursework prepare graduate students for successful careers within and beyond academia. The rich conversations and web of intellectual connections made in a graduate program atmosphere provide a strong and rigorous foundation for students. Our graduates go on to diverse careers as technical and creative writers, editors, high school teachers and professors, as well as in non-profit organizations and NGOs. They take their expertise in the arts, uses, and powers of language to venues all over the world.

We invite you to browse our website and learn more about the range of activities and many accomplishments of the students and faculty in our graduate program. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have further questions.

--Gail Houston