UMass Boston

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!



Ivana Castillo '17

Educators know that teaching can be one of the most difficult jobs, but also one of the most rewarding. For Ivana Castillo, the desire to teach came from her own positive experiences as a student and from the educators who inspired her along the way.

Read Ivana's full profile.



Nathan Goudreault '17

English majors at UMass Boston can gain a lot of scholarly experience in their coursework, but they also have the opportunity to do independent research with faculty mentors. Nate Goudreault, who graduated from the Honors College in May 2017 with a double major in English and Philosophy, is an example of a student who took every opportunity to grow as a student and scholar.

Read Nathan's full profile.



Muna Kangsen '08

Having developed his skills as a professional writer and public speaker at UMass Boston, Muna achieved success in politics and public administration, working for the Office of the Mayor of the City of Cambridge. He is now the Manager of Communications, Programs and Events at the Cambridge Public Library.

Read Muna's full profile.



Erica Mena '06

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.

Read Erica's full profile.



Michele McPhee '93

The UMass Boston English major provides a solid foundation for a career in journalism. Author of multiple true crime books, Michele is one of Boston's most celebrated investigative journalists. Best selling author, Emmy-nominated investigative reporter and award-winning journalist Michele McPhee has spent two decades covering terrorism, murder, mobsters, and corruption for television, newspapers and radio.

Read Michele's full profile.



Ken Tangvik '81

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.

Read Ken's full profile.