UC San Diego SearchMenu

Graduate Students - PhD

Soraya Jill Abuelhiga

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

Laala Al-Jaber

Laala Al-Jaber
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2016
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Carolin Bottcher

Carolin Bottcher
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2014
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Jing Chen

Jing Chen
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2016
Ph.D. Program - Cultural Studies

Luis Alberto Cortes

Luis CortesLuis Alberto Cortes 
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2014
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Research Interests:

Prison Literature & Carceral Poetics

Mayra Cortes

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

Research Interests:

Early modern English and Spanish travel and colonial narratives 
Transnationalism and literature 
Crossing borders in early modern literature and in the theater
Identity, race, and religion in early modern world
Literature and empire
Identity and performance 
Shakespeare
17th and 18th century Anglophone epistolarity

 

Gina di Grazia (Altavilla)

Gina di Grazia 
Email Address:Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2012
Ph.D. Program - Cultural Studies

Rhett William Farinholt

Rhett Farinholt 
Email Address:Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2013
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

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.

Kailey Nicole Giordano

Kailey Nicole Giordano 
Email Address:Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2014
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Research Interests:

Shakespeare; seventeenth-century lyric poetry, especially the Metaphysical poets, and related religious, cultural, and artifactual matters of the English Renaissance; British Romanticism; postcolonial literature, especially in the French and Francophone world; Critical Theory; Theory of Mind; evolution and literary theory; network theory and literature

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.

Gibran Guido

Gibran GuidoGibran Guido
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2012
Ph.D. Program - Cultural Studies

Research Interests:

Gibrán Güido was born in San Diego and raised in San Ysidro, California. He is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego. He completed his M.A. program in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at San Diego State University. As a doctoral student, his thesis and dissertation reflects a vein of an emerging area of scholarship, known as Jotería Studies, focusing particular attention to the ways pain and trauma has come to impact the lives of young gay men of color and formulate a sensibility of consciousness-raising. By doing so, his contributions will serve as a medium between academia and his community that fosters and nurtures the lives of individuals who seek out a reflection of themselves, providing a platform to enable their own process of claiming voice to specific moments of struggle and transformation. Recovering these voices can have a profound impact not only on our current understandings of identity, but can also articulate new sensibilities and ways of knowing for how one may find self through writing, a project that Gibrán hopes will help other young queer men of color find clarity from their own losses and traumas. Grounding his work in women-of-color feminist thought and Queer of Color scholarship, his work will offer new possibilities and outlooks of what it means to find consciousness through the traversing of critical moments of pain. One overall aim for this work is to provide a means of crafting theoretical approaches to understanding loss through various lens of analysis and imparting these academic tools to respective queer communities of color in a language that is translatable and would impact the very lives of young gay men of color with whom this work is inspired by and written for.

Research Skills:

While attending graduate school he also worked in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention and counseling. Currently, Gibrán is co-editing with Adelaida R. Del Castillo the forthcoming anthology titled, "Fathers, Fathering and Fatherhood: Queer Chicano Desire and Belonging." In 2013 Gibrán has been recognized as a Lambda Literary Foundation’s (LLF): Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices Fellow; a two-time recipient of the Parent’s, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Richard P. Geyser Ethics Memorial Scholarship; and as an honoree for the San Diego Pride: Spirit of Stonewall Community Service Award; and a La Castia Writer-in residence with Ana Castillo. Gibrán is also the co-editor of the anthology titled: "Queer in Aztlán: Chicano Male Recollections of Consciousness and Coming Out"  published in August 2013. In 2010 he organized the 5th Annual Queer People of Color Conference in San Diego at San Diego State University and co-organized the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies 3rd Jotería Conference held at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. In 2007, Gibrán graduated from the University of California, Davis with his Bachelor of Arts in Chicana/o Studies; Women and Gender Studies and minored in Sexuality Studies.

Danielle Hammer

Kevin Hart

Zachary Richard Hayes

Jeanelle Horcasitas

Tina Mae Hyland

Tina Mae Hyland
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2016
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Mark Kelley

Teresa Kuruc

Sang Eun Lee

Sang Eun Lee
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2016
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

G. Victor Legrand

G. Victor Legrand
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2015
Ph.D. Program - Cultural Studies

Research interests:

Nineteenth-century British literature.

Twentieth-century American literature and cinema studies / Theories of adaptation.

Screenwriting theories / the screenplay as a literary form.

Drama: Greek & Roman Tragedy, Elizabethan & seventeenth-century French theatre / Renaissance art.

World mythologies, especially the notions of liminality and sacrifice / the Bible as literature / scapegoating theories

Jennifer Anne Marchisotto

Amanda Martin Sandino

Norell Martinez

Matthew Moore

Matthew Moore
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2016
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Bernardo Nuñez

Edmundo R Ortiz

Crystal Pérez

Reema Rajbanshi

Beatriz Asuncion Ramirez

Jorge Omar Ramirez

Nima Rassooli

Fernando Andres 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

Savannah Sherer
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2015
Ph.D. Program - Comparative Literature

Haydee Smith

Alan Stauffer

Melissa Vipperman-CohenAlan Stauffer
Email Address: abstauff@ucsd.edu 
Year of Entry: Fall 2015
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Research Interests:

Dialectics; Queer literatures and theories; Race; Biopolitics; Death studies; Contemporary American literatures and cultures; Phenomenology; Affect; Dialogue; Speculative imaginations

Yanqin Tan

Yanqin Tan
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2016
Ph.D. Program - Cultural Studies

Katherine Anne Merit Thompson

June Chun-Yuan Ting

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.

Marina Vlahaki

Marina Vlahaki
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2016
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Stacie Vos

Melissa Vipperman-CohenStacie Vos
Email Address: snvos@ucsd.edu 
Year of Entry: Fall 2016
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Research Interests:

The English Bible, exemplary literature in the form of sermon stories and Puritan biographies, the transition from manuscript to print

monstrous births, psychoanalysis, deconstruction 

in particular: The Book of Margery Kempe, the writings of Robert Crowley, the exempla of Jacques de Vitry, Frankenstein 

Other experience:

Processing assistant for the photography and manuscript collection of Carl Van Vechten at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, member of Seeld Library

Educational background:

BA, Kalamazoo College

MAT, Smith College

MDiv., Yale Divinity School

Personal interests:

Horseback riding

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.

Xiaojiao Wang

Xiaojiao Wang
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2016
Ph.D. Program - Comparative Literature

Jeanine Marie Webb

Shannon Welch

Shannon WelchShannon Welch
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2016
Ph.D. Program - Comparative Literature

Research Interests:

20th century Japanese migration to Brazil; Japanese-Brazilian return migration to Japan; modern and contemporary Japanese and Brazilian literatures; Japanese imperialism; feminism and gender studies; critical race and ethnic studies; cultural materialism

Research Skills:

Language proficiency in English, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish; experience assisting Prof. Dennis Washburn with creating a Norton Critical Edition version of his translation of The Tale of Genji

Academic Background:

M.A. in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth College 2016
Fulbright Brazil English Teaching Assistantship at the Federal University of Maranhao 2014
B.A. in English and Spanish from Villanova University 2013

Katrina Suzanne Woltmann

Tatiana Sophia Zavodny

Link to MFA Graduate Students
In Memoriam
Sarah Jo Mayville

Can't find an email address?

If you can't find an email address for someone in the Literature Department, you can address your message to litinfo@ucsd.edu and we will forward your message for you. Or, check the campus directory.

If you are a Literature Faculty member, Staff or Graduate Student and would like your email address listed, please let us know! Please send an email litinfo@ucsd.edu.