Graduate Students

First Year

Amanda González Izquierdo (B.A., English, Florida International University)

Research Interests: 20th- and 21st-century Caribbean theories and literatures; postcolonial identity formation; deconstructive ethics; languages of frustration; bearing witness.

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.

Yingnan Shang (B.A., English Literature, Peking University; M.A., English Literature, King’s College London; M.A., Comparative Literature, Dartmouth College) 

Research Interests: English and American literature, critical and literary theory, ethics in literature, philosophy, modern political discourse, modernity and the city, visual culture.

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.

Second 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: African political thought, Black radicalism, decolonial thought, queer theory.

Mónica Tomás 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.

Third Year

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, digital humanities.

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.

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

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

Fourth Year

Gabriel Bamgbose (B.A. [Ed.] English, Tai Solarin University of Education and M.A. in English [Literature] from University of Ibadan)

Research Interests: African literature and folklore, African women's writing, Nigerian women's poetry in Yoruba and English, postcolonial and decolonial theories, feminist theories, short stories and poetry.

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.

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.

Fifth Year

Virginia L. Conn (CPLF, DELF B1, DELF B2, DEF French [Language, Media, and Communications], Université de Caen Basse-Normandie; B.A. English Literature, University of Kentucky; B.A. Art Studio, University of Kentucky)

Research interests: Science fiction; teleology; the ethics of progress; postcolonial and diasporic literatures (particularly the Chinese intelligentsia diaspora); contemporary Chinese, Arabic, and French minority literatures; visual discourses; cultural memory.

Gabriele Lazzari (B.A. Modern Literature and M.A. Literary Theory, University of Padua)

Research Interests: Theory of the novel, contemporary realism, twentieth- and twentyfirst-century American literature, Italian literature, critical theory, psychoanalytic approaches to literature, sociology of literature, reception theory and structuralism.

Rafael Vizcaino (B.A. Philosophy, Northwestern University)

Research Interests: Decolonial thought, philosophies and theologies of liberation, Hegelian-Marxist critical theory, contemporary Latin American and Caribbean literature and film, critical ethnic studies, indigenous studies, U.S. Third World feminism, critical pedagogy, cultural studies.

Sixth Year

Qingfeng Nie (B.A. East China University, M.A. Fudan University, and M.A. Columbia University)

Research Interests: Third- to fourteenth-century Chinese literature and history, historical geography, archaeology, cultural studies.

Josue Rodriguez (B.A. English, New Jersey City University)

Research Interests: Latin American and French avant garde literature (surrealism, creationism, vanguardism), twentieth-century Spanish, French, and Portuguese poetry, modernism, post-modernism, theories of authorship and reading.

Jeong Eun "Annabel" We (B.A. English, Comparative Literature, and Critical Theory, Northwestern University)

Research Interests:20th-21st century transpacific Korean and East Asian literature and visual media; military occupation; political mobilization; Asian/American Studies; decolonial thought; feminist and queer theory; critical race theory; disability studies; indigenous studies.


Yu-I "Yvette" Hsieh (B.A., Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Taiwan University, and M.C.I.S., Rutgers University)

Research Interests: Science fiction, history of science, critical theory, East Asian popular culture, Gothic literature, queer modernism.

Lidia Levkovitch (B.A., Spanish Language and Literature, Rutgers University and B.S., Computer Science, Drexel University)

Research interests: Russian literature during the Soviet and post-Soviet period, the literature of the Latin American "Boom,” magical realism and other modalities of realism; translation.

Enmanuel Martínez  (B.A., Comparative Literature and Literary Theory/Latin American and Latino Studies, University of Pennsylvania)

Research Interests: Critical Caribbean studies, archive theory and practices of the global South, decolonial thought, literary fieldwork, and queers of color criticism.

Bernabe Mendoza (B.A., Literature, UC Santa Cruz and M.A., Comparative Literature, San Francisco State University)

Research Interests: Speculative and science fiction, creolization theory, feminism, critical race theory, decolonization, deconstruction, and shamanism.

Lina Qu (B.A. and M.A., English Literature, Peking University)

Research Interests: Feminist theories and contemporary Chinese women writings in relation to global women's writings and women's movements.

Louis Segura (B.A., Literary Studies, U.C. Santa Cruz)

Research Interests:  The politics of witnessing and literary representations of trauma, philosophy of language, narrative theory, Holocaust literature, nineteenth-century French poetry, Latin American Jewish studies.

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