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Soraya Jill Abuelhiga

Soraya Jill Abuelhiga
Email Address: sabuelhi@ucsd.edu
Year of Entry: Fall 2013
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Research Interests:

Postcolonial studies; transnational feminisms; American imperialisms; comparative settler colonialisms; marginalized histories in Latin America and the Middle East; resistance movements and literatures; globalization and identity formation; literary formations of crime and punishment; affect theory; war and social/political theory; dialectical thinking; all things Palestine.

Yelena Diane Bailey

Yelena Diane Bailey
Email Address: ydbailey@ucsd.edu
Year of Entry: Fall 2009
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in Spanish

Research Interests:

Critical race and gender studies, with a specific focus on the black international; Latin American literature; Caribbean literature; U.S. cultural studies and multi-ethnic literature; Poetics.

Research Skills:

Field research in Spain and Cuba; academic research and writing in English and Spanish; teaching experience in U.S. cultural studies, composition and Spanish and Latin American literatures.

Biography:

Yelena Bailey received her B.A. from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota where she studied Spanish and Latin American Literatures and Physics. After graduating from Bethel, Yelena moved to Madrid, Spain where she received her M.A. in Spanish and Latin American Languages and Literatures from New York University. She is currently a doctoral candidate. Her dissertation focuses on international black feminist theory and literature, with a specific focus on the U.S. and Cuba.

Carolin Bottcher

Carolin Bottcher
Email Address: Contact Department

Bailee Daniele Chandler

Bailee Daniele Chandler
Email Address: bchandle@ucsd.edu

Luis Alberto Cortes

Mayra Cortes

Mayra Cortes 
Email Address:Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2015
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Research Interests:

Shakespeare, especially the performance of gender and violence
Metamorphosis in the Renaissance
Performance, Gender, and Sexuality Studies  
Sacrifice in the Bible
The aesthetics of intoxication in Romantic literature  
Immigrant experience literature

Jane Elizabeth Coulter

Gina di Grazia (Altavilla)

Jodi Eisenberg

Rosiangela Escamilla

Rhett William Farinholt

Julia Fermentto-Tzaisler

Julia Fermentto-TzaislerJulia Fermentto-Tzaisler
Email Address:Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2015
Ph.D. Program - Comparative Literature

Research Interests:

Jewish-American, Hebrew and Yiddish modern literature, with a particular interest in jewish history, gender theory and feminism

Biography:

Julia Fermentto—Tzaisler is an Israeli writer and journalist. Her first novel "Safari" was published in Israel in 2011. Since then she has published short stories and opinion pieces in ׳Haaretz׳ newspaper. She received her B.A in Literature and French and her M.A in Comparative Literature from Tel-Aviv University.

Sören Fröhlich

Alberto Garcia Jr.

Kailey Nicole Giordano

Stephanie Gomez Menzies

Stephanie Gomez Menzies
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2011
Ph.D. Program - Cultural Studies

Research Interests:

Comparative Caribbean Studies, Puerto Rican Studies, Caribbean Literatures, Performance Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Hemispheric American Studies, Gender Studies, Critical Geographies

Research Skills:

Field research in Puerto Rico, New York, and Mexico; academic research and writing in English and Spanish; teaching experience in world literatures, Spanish language, composition, and disability studies.

Biography:

Stephanie Gomez Menzies received her B.A. from Wellesley College where she studied Spanish and American Studies. She is currently a doctoral candidate. Her dissertation is entitled, Bodies Dispossessed: Antigone and the Aesthetics of Loss in Caribbean Performance 1968-present.

Paulina Gonzales

Allia Ida Griffin

Gibran Guido

Danielle Hammer

Kevin Hart

Zachary Richard Hayes

Catherine Hayter

Lauren Allison Heintz

Bernandine Marie Hernandez

Jeanelle Horcasitas

Mark Kelley

Nadeen Kharputly

Anthony Yooshin Kim

Eunsong Kim

Ashvin R. Kini

Teresa Kuruc

Gaetan Victor Legrand

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Jun Lei

Jennifer Anne Marchisotto

Amanda Martin Sandino

Melissa I Martinez

Norell Martinez

María Muñoz

Bernardo Nuñez

Edmundo R Ortiz

Crystal Pérez

Christopher Michael Perreira

Ilaria Tabusso Marcyan

Cindy Pinhal

Reema Rajbanshi

Beatriz Asuncion Ramirez

Jorge Omar Ramirez

Nima Rassooli

Clare Rolens

Fernando Andres Sanchez

Violeta Sanchez

Kayleigh Setoda

Kayleigh SetodaKayleigh Setoda
Email Address: ksetoda@ucsd.edu
Year of Entry: Fall 2015
Ph.D. Program - Comparative Literature

Research Interests:

Transatlantic Romanticism, specifically British, American, & Latin American works; Hemispheric American Studies within the 18th & 19th-Century; Ecocriticism; Caribbean Literature

Savannah Sherer

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Haydee Smith

Sharryl Sosa

Alan Stauffer

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Sarika Talve-Goodman

Katherine Anne Merit Thompson

June Chun-Yuan Ting

Stacey Michelle Trujillo

Megan Christine Turner

Niall Ivan Twohig

Ben Van Overmeire

Diana Marcella Vargas

Melissa Rachelle Vipperman-Cohen

Melissa Vipperman-CohenMelissa Rachelle Vipperman-cohen
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2014
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Research Interests:

Early Modern English Theatre, Formulation of Social and Sexual identity in Early Modern Europe, European Social Hierarchy 16th - 18th centuries, Linguistic Construction of Sovereignty, Feminist, Queer, and Biopolitical Critical Theory, Comics Studies, World History from the Protestant Reformation to American Independence

Biography:

Melissa Vipperman-Cohen received her BA in Literature from Barnard College, Columbia University. She is currently a doctoral candidate, and she has presented her research on the symbiotic relationship between early modern theatre and Renaissance medical practices at PAMLA.

Pai Wang

Pai Wang
Email Address: paw003@ucsd.edu
Year of Entry: Fall 2015
Ph.D. Program - Cultural Studies

Research Interests:

East Asian films, media and popular culture, transnational studies, star studies, film genres, gender and sexuality studies.

Research Skills:

Majored in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, I have taught students from a variety of ages and cultures. Besides teaching, I conducted a field research on Taiwanese local consciousness during my graduate study. I also had the experience of producing a short horror film and I want to write or produce more film works in the future.

Jeanine Marie Webb

Katrina Suzanne Woltmann

Tatiana Sophia Zavodny

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