Ashley Handrich Kniss, English major with teaching endorsement Gr 6-12

Initially, I used my English/Teaching degree to teach freshman and sophomore English at Spotswood High School, one of Rockingham County’s public high schools. In my second year of teaching, I decided to take a graduate course at James Madison University to determine if I wanted to pursue a graduate degree. I enjoyed the course at JMU, but since JMU only offered a Master’s in English, I applied to other schools that offered a Ph.D. I’m currently in my fifth year of graduate school at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. I’ve finished my course work and will begin work on a dissertation proposal next fall. My area of specialization is nineteenth-century American literature with a special focus on the intersection between Gothic literature and religion in the nineteenth century. I am also a teaching fellow for CUA and have worked as an adjunct instructor at Trinity University, Prince George’s Community College, and The United States Naval Academy.