Graduate News

Rutgers Comp Lit wins Mellon Grant to support Critical Theory in the Global South initiative

The Rutgers Program in Comparative Literature is pleased to announce a five-year collaboration with the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM). This partnership, beginning in 2018-19 and funded generously by the Mellon Foundation’s Critical Theory in the Global South initiative, will support reciprocal dissertation workshops in Mexico City and New Brunswick, as well as the creation of a new interdisciplinary course, to be taught concurrently in English and Spanish at Rutgers and UNAM, on “The University and Its Publics: North, South, and In Between.”

Rutgers Comp Lit participates in this initiative as a member of the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs (ICCTP), co-directed by Judith Butler (UC Berkeley) and Penelope Deutscher (Northwestern). For further information about the Rutgers-UNAM collaboration or the ICCTP, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the principal investigator for the Rutgers Mellon Grant, or go to

Matthew Mangold and Carolyn Ureña to begin new positions

Congratulations to May 2017 Phd's Matthew Mangold and Carolyn Ureña!  Matthew will soon begin a post-doctoral position at the the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.  Carolyn will take up a full-time appointment in the Princeton Writing Program. Our best wishes to both!

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Monica Filimon publishes book on Romanian film director

Congratulations to our recent alum Monica Filimon on the publication of her book Cristi Puiu in the Contemporary Film Directors series of the University of Illinois Press. Cristi Puiu has been hailed as "the first book-length study of an important twenty-first century filmmaker....Monica Filimon explores the works of an artist dedicated to truth not as an abstract concept, but as the ephemeral revelation of the fuller, ungraspable world beyond the screen."  For information see

Monica Filimon is an assistant professor of English at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY.

Caroline Godart and Tara Coleman appointed to tenure-track positions

Congratulations to recent PhD Caroline Godart, who will begin teaching in Fall 2016 at the Institut des hautes études des communications sociales in Brussels, and to Tara Coleman, soon-to-be a PhD, who begins this Fall at LaGuardia Community College in New York City.  Bravo to both!

Chia-Chieh (Mavis) Tseng, alumna, appointed assistant professor

Chia-Chieh (Mavis) Tseng has been appointed Assistant Professor of English in the Center for General Education and Language Center at Taipei Medical University. She will teach courses on the English language as well as literature and film.  Congratulations, Mavis!

Sergey Toymentsev, alumnus, awarded post-doctoral teaching fellowship

Sergey Toymentsev has been awarded a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship in Florida State University's program in Slavic. This program puts a strong emphasis on interdisciplinarity, which particularly fits Sergey's research interests in film studies, French philosophy, and memory studies. He will be teaching survey courses on Slavic civilization as well as a graduate seminar on Deleuze and cinema.