Our alumni have gone into a number of fields after graduating with an M.A. from the Communication, Media, and Theatre department. Here is a sample of their accomplishments:

Julie Wight (M.A. 2012)

Julie is now a Ph.D. student at the University of Minnesota

Nicole Kashan (M.A. 2011)

Nicole is now a Ph.D. student at Michigan State University

Alexis Waters (M.A. 2011)

Alexis is now a Ph.D. student at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

Jeffrey Tischauser (M.A, 2008)

Jeffery published his book Anti-Arab and Anti-Muslim Bias in American Newspapers (Edwin Mellin, 2010; foreword by Katrina Bell-Jordan). This book stemmed from Jeffrey’s M.A. thesis project.

Vershawn Ashanti Young (M.A., 1998)

Vershawn published two books in 2011: From Bourgeois to Boojie: Black Middle-Class Performances (Wayne State University Press) and Code-Meshing as World English: Pedagogy, Policy, Performance (National Council of Teachers of English). He is the host of the New Books in African American Studies podcast (

Nancy Greco (M.A., 1996)

Nancy works as a professional actress. She taught Theatre and Humanities at Moraine Valley College. Nancy does a lot of medical acting/communication teaching for most of the medical schools in Illinois and Indiana. She will be appearing in The Ritz at Circle Theatre through April 1. Since obtaining her M.A. at NEIU, Nancy has been able to support herself as an actress/performer.