Spotlight: Alumni

A major in English opens many career paths. Our graduates are teachers and attorneys, content managers and social media experts, writers and professors; they teach abroad and work in publishing houses, advertising agencies, and nonprofit organizations. For more on the variety of careers open to English majors, see our Careers page.

The English Department strives to maintain connections with our graduates, including our department's Facebook page. At least once a year, we bring alumni back to campus for a roundtable discussion on professional opportunities for our students.

Alumni Profiles

Some of UMass Boston's most successful alumni are English majors!

Michele McPhee

The UMass Boston English major provides a solid foundation for a career in journalism. Author of five true crime books, Michele is one of Boston's most celebrated investigative journalists.

Click here to read Michele's full profile.

Erica Mena

Since graduating from UMass Boston a decade ago, Erica has shaped a multifaceted career in publishing. A successful editor, poet, and translator, Erica has built a small publishing house and a literary journal. She works as the executive director of the American Literary Translators Association.

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Muna Kangsen

Having developed his skills as a professional writer and public speaker at UMass Boston, Muna has gone on to achieve success in politics and public administration, working for the Office of the Mayor of the City of Cambridge since 2008.

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Ken Tangvik

Since graduating from UMass Boston in the early 1980s, Ken has been a professor at Roxbury Community College, where he teaches courses in literature and writing. He specializes in working with English language learners.

Click here to read Ken's full profile.