Email a Current Student


Communicating with current students is another great way to learn about the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH) and the larger University of Chicago community. You are welcome to contact any of the current students profiled below. While many MAPH students have interdisciplinary academic interests, they are grouped here by just one of their main interests so that you can find someone to reach out to with whom you have something in common.

English Language and Literature


Kait Rudney is currently living in Hyde Park and going through the amazing experience that is MAPH. She is originally from Buffalo, NY (Go Bills!) but she received my BA degrees in English Literature and Marketing from the University of Alabama in 2019. Academically she is extremely interested in Women in Literature, Feminist Studies, and Gender and Sexuality Studies; she is also currently reading into and researching elements of Reproductive Justice. Outside of academia: she is a huge football fan (Roll Tide), loves to spend time with her animals and watch Netflix and the works, and she has recently been enjoying trying new restaurants in Chicago.


Alexa Perlmutter is a BA/MA Candidate in the MAPH program this year writing a thesis with the English Department about the connection between memoir and fiction in life and trauma writing. She is grateful for the opportunity to continue her study of literature with MAPH as a fourth year undergraduate at UChicago, and hopes to use these critical reading and writing skills as a lawyer in the future.

Cinema Media Studies

Jade Ryan |

Jade is currently a second-year TLO student focusing on media studies and Russian language. She got her bachelor's degree from University of Florida, where she majored in English and minored in Russian. Her primary research interests are the aesthetics of memes and viral media and digital subcultures. Outside of academia, she spends her free time playing trivia online, trying new vegan recipes, and re-watching The West Wing. 


Jack Slate |

Jack is a current MAPH student focusing on Philosophy and Ethics of Space Settlement!



Madeleine is an international student from Canada. She studied clinical psych and classics in undergrad and she is now pursuing postgrad in classics (after MAPH, she wants to get my PhD). In her non-academic time, she likes to crochet, read, and go on walks!