Tarez Samra Graban is an associate professor in the Department of English, part of Florida State University’s College of Arts and Sciences. Graban earned her bachelor’s degree from Brown University in 1993 and her doctorate from Purdue University in 2006, and she’s just begun her 10th year at FSU.


A faculty member in Florida State University’s Department of English has received a collaborative research grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize the work of award-winning American novelist Gloria Naylor and develop a model for engaging Black women’s literary archives.


National Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off September 15 and will bring with it a celebration of the culture, history and contributions of those citizens whose ancestors came from Mexico, South and Central America, the Caribbean and Spain.

Modern Languages and Linguistics, English

A Florida State University English doctoral candidate has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to improve accessibility of graphic and visual narratives for blind and low-vision readers.

English, HoTT
Alumnus Ryan Benk helps create one of America’s most popular morning news programs

Ryan Benk came to Florida State University because he wanted to learn how to tell stories. He did and has since found tremendous career success, just not in the medium he would have guessed before his time in Tallahassee.

Summer 2021 | Alumni | English
Attorney and Grad Made Good Neil St. John Rambana guides immigrants on the path to citizenship

When the time came for Neil St. John Rambana to choose where he would attend college, he wasn’t just seeking a good education. He was also looking for a lifestyle change.

Summer 2021 | Alumni | English

A Florida State University English professor has been awarded a fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Assistant Professor Frances Tran will receive a Career Enhancement Fellowship administered by the Institute for Citizens & Scholars and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Suzanne Raybuck is a Florida State University senior pursuing dual bachelor’s degrees in Editing, Writing and Media, through the Department of English, part of the College of Arts and Sciences, and information technology, through the College of Information and Communication.


Professor of Physics Jorge Piekarewicz and Professor of English Gary Taylor have been selected to receive the honor for 2021-2022. Both professors are from the College of Arts and Sciences, representing the breadth and strength of FSU’s largest and most academically diverse college.

Physics, English, HoTT

English writer Adeline Virginia Woolf is considered to be one of the most important modernist 20th-century authors and a pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness as a narrative device. She published more than 45 works, including various novels, essays and short stories. 

English, Florida State News
Creative writing Ph.D. Feroz Rather grounds his work in real-life experiences

Feroz Rather was just five years old in 1989 when Kashmir began its rebellion against the Indian state. In his youth, the author and creative writing Ph.D. witnessed countless acts of torture and police brutality against the Kashmiri people.

Summer 2020 | Alumni | English
History education forms the perfect backdrop for theatrical success

Nearly two decades ago, Florida State alumna Danielle Wirsansky sat in a darkened theater in London’s West End and watched Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Starlight Express” come to life on stage. The spectacle and excitement of that live performance captivated her imagination and spurred in her a life-long passion for the theater.

Summer 2020 | Alumni | English, History