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Comp Lit Students Win Dissertation Awards!

Congratulations to Paulina Barrios, selected as a Dissertation Fellow at the Rutgers Center for Cultural Analysis; to Thato Magano, who received a University and Bevier Dissertation Fellowship; and to Yuanqiu Jiang, the winner of a Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange--Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. They will hold these awards during the 2022-23 academic year.

Congratulations to Gabriel Bámgbóṣé

Comp Lit celebrates Gabriel Bámgbóṣé on the successful defense of his dissertation "In My Mother's House: African Women Poets and the Radical Translation of Negritude," and on beginning a new tenure-track position in African literature at UC-San Diego. Good luck, Gabriel!

Comp Lit Celebrates Our Recent PhDs!

Congratulations to all!


Virginia L. Conn

Dissertation: The Body Politic: Socialist Science Fiction and the Embodied State

Committee: Anindita Banerjee (Cornell), *Andrew Parker, Song Weijie, Wang Xiaojue

Lidia Levkovitch

Dissertation: Blurred Boundaries: Negotiating Normativity in Late Soviet and Early Post-Soviet Narratives about Alcohol

Committee: Edyta Bojanowska (Yale), Mark Lipovetsky (Columbia), Andrew Parker, *Emily Van Buskirk

Qingfeng Nie

Dissertation: Ordering Urban Space in Luoyang, 600-1000 CE

Committee: Sukhee Lee, Song Weijie, *Wendy Swartz, Wang Xiaojue

Josue Rodriguez

Dissertation: The Spontaneous Afterlife: Surrealism as Translation in Latin American Vanguard Poetry

Committee: Nicola Behrmann, *Karen Bishop, Ignacio Infante (Washington U in St Louis), Marcy Schwartz

Recent Graduates Begin New Teaching Positions

Our 2020-2021 PhDs will soon be teaching on three continents! Congratulations to ...

Gabriele Lazzari
Lecturer in Contemporary Literature
University of Surrey (UK)

Qingfeng Nie
Assistant Professor of Chinese Language and Literature
New Era University College University (Malaysia)

Jeong Eun "Annabel" We
Assistant Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures
Northwestern University

Congratulations to Our Prize-Winning Students!

Gabriel Bámgbóṣé has won an ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Fellowship for 2021-2022;

Paulina Barrios will hold a Rutgers Graduate Public Humanities Internship for Summer 2021;

Rudrani Gangopadhyay received a Mellon Dissertation Fellowship for 2021-2022;

Thato Magano has begun a dual-doctorate ("cotutelle") program at Leiden University;

Bernie Mendoza will be a Postdoctoral Research Associate for 2021-2022 at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women at Brown University;

Mònica Tomàs was selected as a Fellow for the Institute for Research on Women’s 2021-2022 seminar;

Ke “Coco” Xu has won a Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Doctoral Fellowship for 2021-22.

Teaching Practices in the Era of BLM Symposium

The Program in Comparative Literature and the Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies sponsored a student-led event on February 5th, 2021, under the title “Teaching Practices in the Era of BLM.” The event, organized by María Elizabeth Rodríguez Beltrán, Paulina Barrios, Mònica Tomás, Milan Reynolds, and Amanda González Izquierdo was attended by more than 100 people. We were honored to have Dr. Carolyn Ureña, a Comparative Literature alumnus and now Assistant Dean for Advising at University of Pennsylvania. Along with Dr. Jonathan Daniel Rosa and Dr. Angel Jones, Dr. Ureña spoke on the importance of incorporating pedagogy that addresses systemic racism and white supremacy in educational spaces.

See the grad student blog at for a video recording of the workshop and follow-up questions and answers.

Critical Theory in the Global South Initiative Concludes Spring 2022

The Rutgers Program in Comparative Literature has been collaborating with the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM). This five-year partnership, which began in 2018-19 with funding provided by the Mellon Foundation’s Critical Theory in the Global South initiative, supported reciprocal graduate workshops in Mexico City and New Brunswick, as well as the creation of a new interdisciplinary seminar, to be taught concurrently in Spring 2022, 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