Graduate Students

First Year

Suddhadeep Mukherjee (B.A. [Honours], M.A. Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University)

Research Interests: Gender studies, South Asian women's writings, Dalit literatures, indigeneity, oral narratives, translation studies, literary theory

Sadaf Hakimian (B.F.A. Studio Arts, Concordia University; M.A. Performance Studies, NYU)

Research Interests: Autobiographical fiction, mythologies of the self, turn-of-the-century French literature, the writings of women Surrealist artists, deconstruction, post-structuralist feminist theory, Persian diaspora, cinema and sound studies 

Second Year

Sookyung "Vero" Chai (B.F.A. Studio Art, NYU; M.A. Arts Administration, Teachers College; M.A. Interdisciplinary Studies, NYU)

Research Interests: Contemporary art, history and theory of photography, archival theory, counter-archives, image culture, film, decolonial thought

Alan Fabio Palacios (B.A. English, National University of Tucumán; M.A. Comparative Literature, Binghamton University)

Research Interests: Postcolonial literatures in English, Spanish, and Portuguese; epistemologies of the South; oralitura; South-South dialogue; decolonial thought

Third Year

Fourth Year

Sneha Khaund (B.A. [Honours] English, St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi; M.A. Comparative Literature, SOAS, University of London)

Research Interests: Twentieth-century South Asian literature, linguistic nationalism, print culture, multilingualism, minority literatures, world literature, cultural studies, and postcolonial theory

Xingming Wang (B.A. English, Soochow University; M.A. English, Nanjing University)

Research Interests: Modern and contemporary Chinese literature, nineteenth-century British and American literature, critical animal studies, posthumanism, cultural studies, trauma and memory studies

Fifth Year

Milan Reynolds (B.A. Individualized Study [Colloquium Topic: Memory], New York University)

Research interests: Italian literature, borders and migration, transnational literature of the Mediterranean, postcolonial theory, historical narrations, language and identity, translation

Phil Yakushev (B.A. Comparative Literature, Politics, Philosophy, New York University; M.F.A. Creative Writing - Fiction, The New School)

Research Interests: Late 20th- and early 21st-century Russian, American, and German literatures; madness, collective trauma, (post-)memory, late capitalism and narrative

Sixth Year

Paulina Barrios (B.A. Comparative Literature, Colorado College and M.A. African Studies, Colegio de Mexico)

Research Interests: Comparative Latin American and West African studies; literature and social movements; African feminisms; political theater, graphic novels, self narratives, children's literature

Yuanqiu Jiang (B.S. Geography, Nanjing University)

Research Interests: Postwar French theory and classical Chinese writing; philosophy, religion, linguistics

Thato Magano (B.A. Communication, University of Pretoria and M.A. African Literature, University of Witwaterstrand)

Research Interests: Seventeenth-century Dutch culture and history, African political thought, Black radicalism, decolonial thought, queer theory

Mònica Tomàs White (B.A. Comparative Literature and French, UC-Berkeley and M.A. Gender Studies, University of Barcelona)

Research Interests: Environmental humanities and ecocriticism; post-human and animal studies; science fiction and feminism

Penny Pui Chee Yeung (B.A. English, Northwestern University and M.A. Comparative Literature, Kings College London)

Research Interests: Narratology and translation studies, nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction in English and French, Sino-French literary relations, the politics of nature writing, nationalism and sexuality


Rudrani Gangopadhyay (B.A., M.A., M.Phil. English Literature, Jadavpur University)

Research Interests: Migration and diaspora studies, the literature of the Partition, literature in English, theories of gender and sexuality, media studies, digital humanities

Maria Elizabeth Rodriguez (B.A. Classical Studies/English Literature, CUNY Hunter College)

Research Interests: Race theory, literary theory, slave narratives, colonialism, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century American literature and history, visual culture, theories of oppression, Caribbean literature

Fremio Sepulveda Ortiz (B.A. English, Rutgers University-Newark and M.A. English, SUNY-Buffalo)

Research Interests: Caribbean, diaspora, and transnational American studies, postcolonial theory, and gender/sexuality studies

Ke "Coco" Xu (B.A. English Language and Literature, Sun Yat-Sen University)

Research Interests: Translation theory and practice, ambiguity and its limits, modernism, theories of identity, Chinese literature and philosophy/religion, literary theory, the visual arts and film