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Faculty Spotlight

NEWS FLASH: We thank Elin Diamond, Professor of English, for 6 great years of service as Graduate Director/Chair of Comparative Literature and we welcome Michael Levine, Professor of German and Comparative Literature, as new Graduate Director/Chair. We welcome back Professor Jorge Marcone to a second 3-year term as Undergraduate Director

Congratulations to the following faculty:

EDYTA BOJANOWSKA has received the 2013-2014 ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship and will spend the year in residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Her work in Comparative Literature was recently featured in the Rutgers article "Chekhov, Tolstoy, and Beyond".                                         MICHAEL G. LEVINE has published a book entitled "A Weak Messianic Power: Figures of a Time to Come in Benjamin, Derrida and Celan" (Fordham UP, 2013).                                                 SUSAN MARTIN-MÁRQUEZ, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Comparative Literature, has won National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for 2013-2014.
BEN. SIFUENTES-JÁUREGUI, Professor of American Studies and Comparative Literature, has received the Warren I. Susman award for Excellence in Teaching in 2013.

SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS to MARILYN TANKIEWICZ, Administrative Assistant in Comparative Literature, who has won the Graduate School-New Brunswick Staff Excellence Award for 2013. Way to go, Marilyn!!

Graduate Student Spotlight

Comparative Literature congratulates DR. SHIRLI SELA-LEVAVI, who successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Guests in their Own Homes: Homecoming, Memory and Authorship in A Guest for the Night by S.Y. Agnon and the Yash Novels by Jacob Glatstein".

Congratulations also to:

DR. ALESSIO LERRO, who successfully defended his dissertation entitled" From Baroque Allegory to Romantic Sublime: Writing, Images, and Subjectivity in Tesauro, Vico, and Novalis".                    DR. MARIA KAGER, who successfully defended her dissertation entitled "The Bilingual Imagination: Joyce, Beckett, Nabokov and the Making of Modern Fiction". Maria is also the winner of a fellowship from Carolus Magnus Fonds, a division of the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds of the Netherlands, and will use the Carolus Magnus fellowship to work on a book proposal and to write two more articles.
winner of an "associateship" in the workshop in Scholarly and Literary Translation from Slavic Languages as well as an Individualized Research Practicum through the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois.

Congratulations to all!


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Joshua Beall

Assistant Professor of English
Department of English
Georgia Gwinnett College

Mahriana Rofheart
Lecturer in French
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
University of North Carolina-Wilmington

Salvatore Pappalardo

Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian
Department of Romance Languages and Literature
Villanova University


Josh Beall
Assistant Professor of English (tenure track)
Department of Humanities
Alabama State University

Jennifer McBryan
Coordinator of the Center for Writing and Communications
Stevens Intitute of Technology


Josh Beall
Lecturer in English
Department of English
Vanderbilt University

Patricia Ferrer-Medina

Assistant Professor of Spanish (tenure track)
Department of Modern Languages
Marist College

Christopher Rivera
Assistant Professor of American Culture and Literature
Department of American Culture and Literature
Bilkent University
Ankara, Turkey

Mahriana Rofheart
Assistant in English
Académie of Montpellier

Ping Zhu
Assistant Professor of Modern Chinese Literature (tenure track)
Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
University of Oklahoma


Kael Ashbaugh
Adjunct Professor
Liberal Studies
New York University, NY

Tolanda Tolbert
Lincoln Road Block Association
Brooklyn, New York


Barbara Hamilton
Assistant Professor
Department. of English
Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ

Ignacio Infante

Assistant Professor (tenure track)
Comparative Literature and Romance Languages
Washington University
St. Louis, Missouri

Chad Loewen-Schmidt
Assistant Professor (tenure track)
Department of English
Shepherd University,
Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Christopher Rivera
Visiting Assistant Professor
Race/Ethnicity Studies in the Comparative American Studies Program
Oberlin College
Oberlin, Ohio


Hana Muzika Kahn
Assistant Professor
Department of Spanish and Portugese
Temple University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Yukari Yanagino
New York University Psychoanalytic Institute
New York, New York
Private Practice
Greenwich Village, New York


Tatjana Aleksić
Assistant Professor (tenure track)
Department of Comparative Literature and Slavic Studies
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Shreerekha Subramanian

Assistant Professor (tenure track)
Humanities Department
University of Houston – Clear Lake
Houston, Texas

Anne Xu
Assistant Professor (tenure track)
Department of Comparative Literature-Chinese Studies
Austin College in Texas
Sherman, Texas

Xin Ning

Assistant Professor (tenure track)
Asian Studies Program
University of the South
Sewanee, Tennessee


Molly Burke
3-Year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Women’s Studies
Tulane University
New Orleans, Louisiana

Sujatha Moni
Adjunct Professor
Department of Women’s Studies
California State University, Sacramento
Sacramento, California

Caterina Romeo
Assistant Professor
Department of Philology
Sapienza University of Rome
Rome, Italy

Kristen Abbey

Assistant Professor (tenure track)
Department of English
Felician College
Rutherford/Lodi, New Jersey

Sanja Bahun
Assistant Professor (tenure track)
Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies
University of Essex
United Kingdom

Geoffrey Baker
Assistant Professor (tenure track)
Department of English
California State University, Chico
Chico, California

Atreyee Phukan
Assistant Professor (tenure track)
Department of English
University of San Diego
San Diego, California

Iva Popovicova
Adjunct Instructor
Rutgers, The State University of NJ
New Brunswick, New Jersey


April Michelle Dolata
Instructor of English
Northwestern Connecticut Community College
Winsted, Connecticut

Jen-Yi Hsu
Assistant Professor
Department of English
Dong Hwa University
Hualien, Taiwan

Yianna Liatsos

Assistant Professor (tenure track)
Department of English
University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma

Marinos Pourgouris
Visiting Assistant Professor in Comparative Literature
Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island

V.G. Julie Rajan
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Women’s and Gender Studies
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
New Brunswick, New Jersey


Chia-ju Chang
Assistant Professor of Chinese
Department of East Asian Languages and Lits
Washington and Lee University
Lexington, Virginia

Helen Fazio
Senior Visual and Performing Arts Editor
Catamaran Magazine
School of Continuing and Professional Studies
New York University
New York, New York

Kathleen Hobbs Formosa
Corporate Secretary
Architectural Association
London, England

Donatella Saroli
Television Producer
Rome, Italy

Jebaroja Singh
Assistant Professor (tenure track)
Department of Women’s Studies
William Paterson University
Wayne, New Jersey

Jiwei Xiao
Asian Studies Program
The University of the South
Sewanee, Tennessee


Joseph Chaves
Assistant Professor of English
School of English Language Literature
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, Colorado

Mathew Spano
Faculty – English
Middlesex County College
Edison, New Jersey   

Sara Warner
Assistant Professor (tenure track)
Department of Theatre, Film & Dance
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York


Jennifer Lynne French
Assistant Professor of Spanish (tenure track)
Romance Languages Department
Williams College
Williamstown, Massachusetts

Norma Lozano Jackson
Director of International Programs and
Assistant Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature
Benedict College
Columbia, South Carolina

Weixing Su
Department of English
Beijing University


Justyna Braun
English Department
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Steubenville, Ohio

Richard Lee
Chair and Associate Professor
English Department
SUNY College at Oneonta
Oneonta, New York

Frances Negron-Muntaner
Assistant Professor
Department of English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University in the City of New York
New York, New York

Marla Segol
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, New York

Nina Sonenberg
Communications Director
Libraries for the Future
New York, New York

Nikola Stojsin
Director of IT
Research Diets, Inc.
New Brunswick, New Jersey

Eugene Thacker
Associate Professor
School of Literature, Communication and Culture
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 April 2013 14:03