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Haverford College
Department of English

Alumni News

Cara Hersh '98 teaches Medieval Literature at the University of Portland.

Gabriel Ehri '00 is Executive Director of the Friends Journal in Philadelphia.

Mandy Burton BMC '01 (but a Haverford English major) is a PhD candidate in Religion at the University of Chicago.

Rakia Clark '01 is a freelance book editor in New York City who has worked with authors from Bill Cosby to former Bush political advisor Karen Hughes; she can be found at

Christian DuComb '01 is Assistant Professor of English in the University Theater at Hamilton College.

Meredith Lewis '01 received an M.Litt from Oxford University, an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a young adult fiction author.

Sarah (Baynes) Sarna '01 launched Sarah Sarna Interior Design in 2011. After graduating from Haverford in 2001, she studied Interior Design at Parsons The New School for Design in NYC. Find her on Facebook. She also runs marathons.

Stephen Yeager '01 received his PhD from the University of Toronto in 2009 and is teaching Medieval Literature at Concordia University in Montréal.

Ryan Bowman '02 is a writer, website designer and "media doctor", one of the founders of Shakeup Media ( Read a recent article of his for the Financial Times.

Amarilis Cespedes '03 earned an MPH from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health and is a Ph.D candidate in public health at NYU.

Katie Thomas '05 is a Junior Specialist for Sotheby's, specializing in watches.

Sarah Jacoby '06 is working on an MFA in illustration from the Maryland College Institute of Art; she works as a freelance designer and blogs at

Sarah Soon-ling Blackburn '09 spent two years with Teach For America, earned an MA in Social Justice and Education from the Institute of Education in London, England, and is now a 3rd grade teacher in Mississippi.

Justin Dainer-Best '09 is studying Clinical Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin.

Sarah Powell '09 is studying International Law at the Emory University School of Law.

Emily Shaw '09 is an Assistant Editor at Marvel Entertainment in New York City, working on Ultimate XMen, Ultimate Spiderman, The Ultimates, and Ultimate Iron Man.

Lauren Dickey '10 teaches English at Norwich Free Academy.

Kayla Hoskinson '10 is the Collection Management and Metadata Services Assistant at Magill Library.

Kyle McCloskey '10 is teaching Japanese with JET in Nagasaki.

Julian Sharyf Whitney '10 is studying English Romanticism at Emory University.