Ben Sifuentes-Jáuregui

Chair of Comparative Literature

Ben. Sifuentes-Jáuregui's research interests include Latino/a Literature and Culture, XXth-Century Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies, gender theory and sexuality studies, and psychoanalysis. He is author of Transvestism, Masculinity, and Latin American Literature (Palgrave, 2002), and The Avowal of Difference: Queer Latino American Narratives (SUNY Press, 2014). He has also published articles on sexuality, queer identities in Latino/a America, and melodrama.

Karen Elizabeth Bishop

Undergraduate Director

Karen Elizabeth Bishop is Associate Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature and Founding Director of the Rutgers Translation Studies Initiative. She works on modern poetry and narrative; literary translation; human rights; and geopoetics. She is the author of The Space of Disappearance: A Narrative Commons in the Ruins of Argentine State Terror (SUNY Press, 2020) and the editor of Cartographies or Exile: A New Spatial Literacy (Routledge, 2016). 





Xiaojue Wang

Graduate Program Director

Xiaojue Wang is Associate Professor of Chinese Literature in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and Director of Graduate Studies in the Program in Comparative Literature. Her research interests are Chinese literature and culture from late imperial to contemporary periods, cultural Cold War studies in global Asias, Chinese-German intellectual connections, cultural memories, film and media studies, gender and sexuality, and comparative literature. She is the author of Modernity with a Cold War Face: Reimagining the Nation in Chinese Literature across the 1949 Divide (Harvard University Asia Center, 2013), which examines the diverse, dynamic cultural practices in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and overseas across the 1949 Chinese divide, and re-positions modern Chinese literature in the global context of the Cold War.

Fatimah Fischer

Program Coordinator

Before coming to Rutgers, Fatimah worked as an Administrative Assistant in the Educational Opportunity Fund Program (EOF), at College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ. She earned a B.A. in Communication with a minor in Journalism and a M.S. in Organizational Change in Business Management from (CSE).