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Graduate Studies - PhD

Active Ph.D. students in the Department of Literature.

Comparative Literature

Catherine Nina Evarkiou

Email Address: cevarkio@ucsd.edu
Year of Entry: Fall 2018

Julia Fermentto-TzaislerJulia Fermentto-Tzaisler

Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2015

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.


Ying Guo

Email Address: yiguo@ucsd.edu
Year of Entry: Fall 2018

Ningning Huang

Email Address: nih007@ucsd.edu 
Year of Entry: Fall 2017

Research Interests:

I am interested in queer diaspora presented in both Asian American and Chinese literature/film. Examining the interaction between race and sexuality in such literature and film, I try to discuss the possibility for these diasporic queers to go beyond their racial and sexual identities. Apart from critically analyzing literature and films on queer diaspora, I am also an avid reader of queer theories, feminist theories. critical race theories and film theories. Key topics/debates which I am particularly interested in, but not limited to, include, 

  • queerness as negativity or utopia,
  •  knowledge and power in the production of queer,
  • the sameness V.S.difference debate in feminist theories, 
  • the application of corporeal feminist theories in the Asian context, 
  • cure V.S.living with racial melancholia  
  • the interaction between nudity and racial identities in pornography
  • identity politics and the possibility to go beyond identities

Research Skills:

I started my training as a psychotherapist in Hong Kong when I was an undergraduate student. A critical reading of psychological treating methods eventually leads me to psychoanalysis, which in turn brings me to continental philosophy. Reflecting on queer diaspora through continental philosophy is always for me a reflection of my reflection, since my reflection of queer diaspora can be read as a kind of diasporic (European) continental philosophy. 


Yui Kasane

Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2017

Research Interests: 

American Literature, American Studies, Japanese Studies, Cultural Studies, Literary Theory, Transpacific Studies.

Research Skills: 

Academic translation experience in Japanese


Alexandra Kutovoy

Email Address: akutovoy@ucsd.edu
Year of Entry: Fall 2019
Beatriz Ramirez

Beatriz Asuncion Ramirez

Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2014

Research Interests:

Including, but not limited to: Latin American literature; Mestizaje; 17th and 18th Century American literature; Indigenous literatures of the Americas, folklore; mind and body; metaphysics; phenomenology; feminist philosophy; post-colonial discourse; hermeneutics; food and literature; religion and/or spirituality in literature; African American literatures, the short story genre, multiculturalism and literary canon.


Makenzie Read

Email Address: mrread@ucsd.edu
Year of Entry: Fall 2019

Yi Sun

Yi Sun

Email Address: yis020@ucsd.edu
Year of Entry: Fall 2019

Research Interests:

Animal studies, the alterity of animal, animal representation in different forms of art, Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature.

Biography:

I was born and grow up in Beijing, China. During 2009-2016, I studied Tourism Management and Chinese Literature in Soochow University, which is in Suzhou, a city famous for its rivers and bridges in southern China. I finished my East Asian Studies MA program in Duke University in 2018.


Xiaojiao Wang

Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2016
Shannon Welch

Shannon Welch

Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2016

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


Cultural Studies

Manuel Carrion Lira

Manuel Carrion Lira

Email Address: macarrio@ucsd.edu
Year of Entry: Fall 2019

Research Interests:

Materialisms, Post-human Theory, Decoloniality, Contemporary Native American and Indigenous Literature, Indigenous Mapuche Epistemologies, Feminisms, Anticolonial Thought, Two-spirit Theory, New Materialisms, Post-human Theory, Queer Theory, Contemporary Indigenous Art, Contemporary Latin American Art, Film Studies.

Academic Background:

M.A., Arte, Pensamiento y Cultura Latinoamericanos, Instituto de Estudios Avanzados, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, 2017
Professional Practice Certificate, Design, Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile, 2013
B.A., Design, Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile, 2012

Professional Experience:

Artist at Residencia de Arte Colaborativo, Ministerio de las Culturas, las Artes y el Patrimonio, Chilean Government, Chile (2017-2019).
Postgraduate Coordinator at the Faculty of Arts, Universidad Mayor, Chile (2015-2017).
Lecturer at the Faculty of Arts, Universidad Mayor (2014-2017).

Biography:

I come from a small agro industrial town called Quillota, located in Chile, South America. A place that once was an indigenous metropolis where the Inca, Llolleo, Mapuche, Diaguita, Bato and other ancient cultures shared a common space for intellectual and political development. The traces of that ancient history still remain along with our colonial/modern present. It was in this territory where I experienced homophobia, racism and classism for the first time, it is the place that was most important for shaping my multidimensional sensibility.

I am a non-heterosexual indigenous person. We call ourselves epupillan in our mapuche communities, which could be translated as two-spirit for the reality in Turtle Island (North America), since epu means two and pillan is a reference to an ancient spirit.

As a contemporary epupillan artist and thinker, I dedicate my work to analyze remaining colonial continuities in our epistemologies and ontologies rendered as a binary matrix of thought. I am particularly interested in materiality as a critical dimension to understand the paradox of the human/culture divide as well as the active/passive divisions of agency present in our way of organizing our worlds. What does it mean to give form to matter? Does matter participate here or is it just a passive receptacle for the human action? Are non-western practices and epistemologies funded in this same divide?

My work faces these kinds of questions through academic research but also through my artistic collective practice, allowing me to experiment and practice diverse approaches to question the spectator, reader or viewer. The "Catrileo Carrion Community" is our epupillan research-creation platform where we can modulate our questions through editorial, audiovisual, curatorial and contemporary art practices that include diverse techniques and resources such as book publications, political memory workshops, indigenous revitalization talks, video-art exhibitions, video-essays projections, archive exhibitions, collective essay writing, wool knitting, and poster and diagram design.

Our community is currently composed of Constanza Araya Miranda (Journalist and social communicator, epupillan weaver and author of the radio programs Lafken Kürruf and Wente winkul mew), Alejandro Carrion Lira (epupillan healer and creator), Antonio Catrileo Araya (epupillan writer, teacher and weaver) and Manuel Carrion Lira (epupillan artist and thinker).

We have published the following books:


Jing Chen

Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2016

Vivian Szu-Chin Chih

Vivian Szu-Chin Chih

Email Address: schih@ucsd.edu 
Year of Entry: Fall 2017

Research Interests:

Having received my B.A. in National Taiwan University and M.Phil. in Cambridge University, my ongoing research will focus on the Sinophone cinematic poetics, Taiwanese cinema and literature, and translation studies. I also hope to dedicate myself to exploring the international variations of film styles and themes, including the marginalized. Before coming to San Diego, I have been working as a translator in Taipei. I have also been serving as the editor for Taiwan of the online literary translation journal, Asymptote, since 2013.


Bias Collins

Bias Collins

Email Address: bcollins@ucsd.edu
Year of Entry: Fall 2018

Biography:

Bias Collins is a queer, neurodivergent, transgender graduate student in the PhD in Literature program, Cultural Studies emphasis. His primary research focus is on analyzing adaptations of fictional dis/abled figures from literary to visual mediums, particularly in the genres of science fiction, horror, & the gothic. He is keenly interested in exploring the hybridity of morality & mortality in figures of the cyborg, zombie, & vampire and their reliance on dis/ability in their dis/configurations of the human body. His wider areas of research interests include Disability, Queer, Feminst, & Film Studies.

Art Credit:
Trein Zuniga
https://www.instagram.com/sparebikes/ 


Sean CompasSean Compas

Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2017

Research Interests:

Disability Studies; Critical Gender Studies; Queer Theory; Television Studies; Critical Race Studies; Fashion Theory

Academic Background:

M.A., Cultural Studies, Dartmouth College, 2010
B.A., Government, University of California San Diego, 2006
Semester at Sea, University of Virginia, Summer 2006

Professional Experience:

Human Rights Campaign (HRC), San Francisco, CA
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Washington, DC
Population Council, Washington, DC

Biography:

Prior to his doctoral studies, Sean spent several years living in Washington, D.C., where he worked in the field of international development. His professional efforts focused on HIV and AIDS programming to reduce HIV/STI infections, and stigma surrounding HIV, among key populations (e.g., men who have sex with men (MSM), female sex workers (FSW), people who inject drugs (PWID), and adolescent girls and young women (AGYW)) in Western, Eastern, and Sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia.

His involvement included qualitative data summary and analysis on key informant interviews and program management and support on U.S. government-funded, foundation-funded, and multilateral organization-funded projects such as: HIVCore (USAID), LinkUp (International HIV and AIDS Alliance), Project SOAR (USAID), DREAMS Implementation Science (Gates Foundation), Most-at-Risk-Populations Nigeria (DoD), Ghana Strengthening the Care Continuum Project (USAID), and most recently, Breakthrough RESEARCH (USAID), to name a few.

He has traveled extensively in over 25 countries. 


Gina di Grazia 

Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2012


Zach Hill

Zach Hill

Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2017

Academic Background:

Georgia State University - B.A. History w/ Film Minor (2014)
University of Kansas - M.A. East Asian Languages and Cultures (2017) 

Research Interests:

Film history, early cinema, empire, media and nature, media and labor, globalization, philosophy of history, historical materialism, memory studies, cultural studies, media industries, transpacific studies

Zach's dissertation focuses on multi-national film companies' role in the extension of imperialism in the Transpacific in the early twentieth century.  Tentatively titled: "Invasion of the Producers: Media Capital and the Extension of Empires in the Transpacific," this project hopes to compare U.S. and Japanese imperialism in places such as Taiwan and Hawai'i by focusing on labor and raw materials necessary to the creation of media markets and their material infrastructure.


Erik Homenick

Erik Christopher Homenick

Email Address: ehomenic@ucsd.edu
Year of Entry: Fall 2017

Research Interests:

My scholarly interests include representations of monstrosity in literature and films as well as the narrative/semiotic potential of music in films. My doctoral dissertation focuses on the outstanding narrative importance of music, especially by the composer Akira Ifukube, in Godzilla films. Other interests include 17th and 18th century French literature (especially the Marquis de Sade), cinema history, cinema sound, and musicology.

Academic Background:

Bachelor's degree in French (Minor in Linguistics), San Diego State University
Master's degree in French, San Diego State University

Professional Experience:

I have worked as a French and Humanities instructor at San Diego State University. Also, I have been an adjunct French professor at Mesa College, City College, and Southwestern College in the San Diego area. I have also served as a French translator for two video game companies, Sony Online Entertainment and Midway Home Entertainment.


Nima Rassooli

Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2014

Jessica Silbaugh-Cowdin

Email Address: jsilbaug@ucsd.edu
Year of Entry: Fall 2019

Yanqin Tan

Email Address: tyanqin@ucsd.edu 
Year of Entry: Fall 2016

Research Interests:

My research field of interest is film and documentaries, with a focus on modern cultural history of China, through the lens of independent Chinese documentaries since 1980s. My research touches upon topics such as perception and construction of spaces within the films, as well as the functions of film screening in making a public space in the society. I therefore value various research methods including film analysis and fieldworks into its circulation.

Academic Background:

BA in Chinese Literature, Peking University, 2014
MA in East Asian Studies, University of Virginia, 2016.


Yichen Tan

Email Address: y7tan@ucsd.edu
Year of Entry: Fall 2019

Reem Tasyakan

Reem Tasyakan

Email Address: rehazbou@ucsd.edu 
Year of Entry: Fall 2019

Research Interests:

Anglophone Arab literature; Diaspora studies; Arabic literature in translation; Arab-American cultural studies; Middle East cultural studies; Arab-American ethnic and racial studies; Post-colonial studies; Arabic literary translation and translation theory; Modern Middle East history

Professional Experience:

From 2013-2019, I was a lecturer at San Diego State University and University of San Diego where I taught courses in Arabic literature in translation, Arab-American literature, and Middle East culture while conducting course-related and independent research. From 2011-2015, I worked in the translation industry performing Arabic to English translations and coordinating translation and interpreting projects for individuals, non-profit organizations, and corporations.

Academic Background:

M.A., Middle East and North African Studies (MENAS), University of Arizona, 2011
B.A., Creative Writing, University of Arizona, 2004


Evelyn Vasquez

Evelyn Vasquez

Email Address: evvasque@ucsd.edu
Year of Entry: Fall 2019

Research Interests:

Post-colonial theory and literature, immigrant literature, socioeconomic mobility, neocolonialism, and representations of the home in urban and rural spaces presented in literature and in urban studies (planning for low-income housing and communities).

Academic & Professional Background:

While an undergraduate student, I studied abroad at Oxford, England and Santiago, Chile. After graduating from UC Davis in 2016, I worked at Pasadena City College, where I assisted students with transfer resources and provided personal statement workshops. I worked at Aspires West Pasadena, an after-school program, dedicated to fill in academic gaps. Afterwards, I taught English courses in Mexico as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant.


Pai Wang

Email Address: paw003@ucsd.edu
Year of Entry: Fall 2015

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.


Yiwen Wang

Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2017

Shiya Zhang

Email Address: shz030@ucsd.edu
Year of Entry: Fall 2019

Literatures in English

Laala Al-Jaber

Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2016

Research Interests:

The rise of the novel; Victorian literature; Gender Studies; Film Studies; Literatures of migration, passing, and mobility; Psychoanalysis; The Harlem Renaissance; Ethnic Studies; Performativity; Literary representations of The Other; Popular Culture Studies

Professional Experience:

I was the literature and popular fiction librarian at the Qatar National Library for two years. At UCSD, I worked as a graduate student researcher and served as a teaching assistant in the Warren Writing Program. While earning my master’s degree in comparative literature at Dartmouth, I worked on an oral history project and conducted interviews with undergraduates. I served as an intern for the ABA Journal and the CQ Researcher while pursuing my journalism degree at Northwestern. I am fluent in English and Arabic.

Academic Background:

M.A. in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth College 2013
B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University in Qatar 2012


Joanmarie BanezJoanmarie Banez-Clancy

Email Address: jbanez@ucsd.edu 
Year of Entry: Fall 2019

Research Interests:

Contemporary Native American and Indigenous literature; Pacific Rim literature; Asian American literature; transnationalism and transnational adoption narratives; third space theory and spatial rhetoric; trauma theory; critical race studies; biopolitics; Indigeneity and science studies; rurality and southern studies

Research Skills:

Fluent in Spanish and receptively bilingual in Tagalog and Kapampangan. Joanmarie has worked closely with L2 students as a tutor at the Georgia State University Writing Studio, through which she has also presented research about writing center studies.

Academic Background:

M.A., English (Literary Studies), Georgia State University, 2019
B.A., English (Spanish minor), Georgia State University, 2017
International Exchange Student, Universidad de Málaga, Spring Semester 2016

Biography:

Before moving to San Diego to pursue a Ph.D. in Literature, Joanmarie lived the majority of her life in Atlanta, Georgia. Joanmarie’s research interests focus on contemporary Indigenous and Pacific Rim literature. In particular, she studies how trauma, transit, and transnational adoption affect the identities of Indigenous and Southeast Asian domestic workers. She is also interested in conceptions of race, rurality, and identity in the American South. Joanmarie is a first-year doctoral student and James K. Binder Fellow at UCSD.


Meaghan Mary Baril

Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2017


Steven BeardsleySteven Beardsley

Email Address: sbeardsl@ucsd.edu 
Year of Entry: Fall 2018

Research Interests:

Filipino American & Filipino Spanish American Literature; 19th and 20th Century American, Latin American, and Spanish Literatures; queer theory, particularly queer people of color critique and queer diasporic studies; Asian American, African American, and Native American literatures; psychoanalysis; feminist theory and queer masculinities; postcolonial studies and the subaltern; identity construction, subjectivity, and nationalizing projects; ecocriticism; and media and popular culture. I am currently interested in the impact of Catholicism on Filipino Spanish American identity construction and subjectivity.

Research Skills:

I am fluent in Spanish, and I conducted an interdepartmental honors project between the English and Modern Languages Departments at Hamline University in Minnesota titled:

“Revolution, Redemption, and Romance: Reading Constructions of Filipino Spanish American Identities and Politics of Knowledge in Rizal’s Noli me Tangere and El Filibusterismo alongside Filipino American Fiction.” This ninety paged project is published in the Hamline Digital Commons. A section of it is also published through the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) 2016 proceedings.

Professional Experience:

I have two years of experience teaching English as a second language to Spanish and Russian speakers. I taught for the Center for Interamerican Studies (CEDEI) in Cuenca, Ecuador for one year (2016-2017). I then taught for Berlitz in San Luis Potosi, Mexico for one year (2017-2018). I also taught for Skyeng an online school based in Russia for three months (June-September 2018). I also have experience working as an independent contractor for the Center for Global Environmental Education (CGEE) where I helped design and write a blog discussing environmental education topics such as water conservation and alternative energy.

More about me on my Linkedin profile


Carolin Boettcher

Email Address: cbottche@ucsd.edu 
Year of Entry: Fall 2014

Research Interests:

British literature of the long eighteenth century; literature and science; recipes; practice, craft, and materiality of science in the English novel of the eighteenth century

Biography:

Carolin Boettcher received an M.A. in English from Clark University and an M.A. in English from the Christian-Albrechts-University (Germany). Her research interests include the British novel in the long eighteenth century and representations of natural philosophy and science in literature. Her dissertation deals with the overlap of literature and science in the English novel and how especially women, both authors and characters, live out their practice of natural philosophy with a particular focus on the genre of the recipe.


Luis CortesLuis Alberto Cortes 

Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2014

Research Interests:

Prison Literature & Carceral Poetics


Mayra CortesMayra Cortes 

Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2015

Research Interests:

"New World" Travel Writing
English and Spanish Colonialism
Transatlantic Studies
Sound Studies
Literary Histories of Class, Race, and Labor 
Decoloniality
Indigenous Studies
Utopian/dystopian fiction


Nolan Dannels

Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2017


Grace Dunbar-Miller

Email Address: gdunbarm@ucsd.edu
Year of Entry: Fall 2019


Hannah Friederike Doermann

Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2017

Research Interests:

20th- and 21st- century American literature and popular culture, particularly contemporary commercial fiction and young adult literature, in relation to neoliberal diversity politics, racial capitalism, US imperialism, and gender and sexuality.

Academic Background:

BA in English Literature, Spanish & Queer Studies, Denison University, 2016
MA in Comparative Literature, Dartmouth College, 2017


Tina Mae Hyland

Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2016

Celine Khoury

Celine Khoury

Email Address:  cjkhoury@ucsd.edu
Year of Entry: Fall 2017

Research Interests:

Early Modern Literature
Postcolonial Theory and Literature
Comparative Race and Empire Studies
Cultural Studies
Travel Writing

Biography:

Celine received her BA in English from UC Santa Barbara with a specialization in Literature and the Mind and her MA in Medieval and Early Modern Literature from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England.


Hannah Grace Lanneau

Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2017
Trung Le

Trung T. Le

Email Address: ttl072@ucsd.edu 
Year of Entry: Fall 2017

Research Interests:

Theory and Criticism, with focus on post(-)colonialism; film aesthetics; world literatures, especially Pacific literatures and Vietnamese literatures; cultural studies; linguistics; comparative literature; modernist and postmodernist literature

Current Research Areas:

The intersection of the body, the nation, and gender in the formation of identity; practices of encoding the body: the digital, the tattoo, bio-chemical and social influences on the body and behaviour; interdisciplinary studies: postcolonial theory, post-colonial period, and Vietnamese/Pacific literary zones.


Sang Eun Lee

Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2016

Samuel Lyons

Email Address: slyons@ucsd.edu
Year of Entry: Fall 2019


Kellie Miller

Email Address: knmiller@ucsd.edu
Year of Entry: Fall 2019


Matthew Moore

Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2016
Katherine Neipris

Katherine Neipris

Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2017


Research Interests:

Transatlantic Victorian literature and culture; queer childhood; history of baseball and sporting culture; biopolitics and identity politics; travel narratives; liminal figures (i.e. the governess)


Laurie Nies

Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2017
Heather Paulson

Heather Paulson

Email Address: hpaulson@ucsd.edu 
Year of Entry: Fall 2018

Heather completed her undergraduate education in English and Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She went on to teach for two years through Teach for America in the Hawai’i region where she also completed a Master of Education degree at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa. Her experiences both as a first generation college graduate and as a teacher continue to influence her research interests in Critical Gender Studies, Marxism, Working-Class Studies, Queer Theory, Pedagogy, Film Studies and 20th Century American Literature.


Maya Richards

Email Address: mirichar@ucsd.edu
Year of Entry: Fall 2018

Haydee Smith

Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2012
Melissa Vipperman-Cohen

Alan Stauffer

Email Address: abstauff@ucsd.edu 
Year of Entry: Fall 2015

Research Interests:

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


Melissa Vipperman-Cohen

Melissa Rachelle Vipperman-cohen

Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2014

Research Interests:

Early Modern English Theatre, Formulation of Social and Sexual identity in Early Modern Europe, Emergence of Queer Capitalism, World History from the Protestant Reformation to American Independence; Feminist, Queer, New Economic, and Biopolitical Critical Theory

Biography:

Melissa (Mel) Vipperman-Cohen is a PhD Candidate in Literature at the University of California, San Diego, Managing Editor of the Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, and the former President of the UCSD Graduate Student Association. Her doctoral research focuses on the early modern period, specifically the intersection between English Renaissance drama, global trade networks, and queer theory. Her dissertation is tentatively titled "Queer Capitalism and Global Economies of Desire on the Early Modern English Stage." She received her B.A. from Barnard College at Columbia University.


Marina Vlahaki

Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2016
Melissa Vipperman-Cohen

Stacie Vos

Email Address: snvos@ucsd.edu 
Year of Entry: Fall 2016

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


Yaprak Yildirim

Yaprak Yildirim

Email Address: yyildirim@ucsd.edu
Year of Entry: Fall 2019

Research Interests:

feminist theory, gender and sexuality studies, corporeality and the “lived body”, contemporary poetry (in Turkish and English), feminist critical discourse analysis, innovative poetry, politics and poetry

Academic Background:

MA, Critical and Cultural Studies, Boğaziçi University, 2019
BA, English Language and Literature, Boğaziçi University, 2017 (Double-Major)
BA, Management, Boğaziçi University, 2017 (Double-Major)

Other Information:

poet, translator, Fulbright grantee
preferred pronouns: she/her/hers


Literatures in Spanish

Jessica AguilarJessica Aguilar

Email Address: jea035@ucsd.edu 
Year of Entry: Fall 2017

Academic Background:

Master of Arts in Spanish, New Mexico State University (2016)
Bachelor of Arts with majors in Spanish Literature and Latin American Studies, University of California, San Diego  (2014)
University of California, Education Abroad Program at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (2012)

Research Interests:

!9th Century Latin American Literature
Contemporary Mexican Literature
Critical Race Theory
Critical Gender Studies
Critical Ethnic Studies
Decoloniality
Narco-Politics
Politics of Death 
Critical Migration and Refugee Studies
Central American Transmigration Studies
Border Studies

Research Skills:

At New Mexico State University, Jessica conducted research on Spanish Language Acquisition and Teaching Methodology for Heritage and Second Language Learners. Through the implementation of Case Studies, Survey Research, and Critical Discourse Analysis, she was able to present a Didactic Unit specifically designed for teaching Spanish to Heritage Learners. In addition, as a UCSD Competitive Edge fellow (2017), Jessica also worked on a project that took from Fredric Jameson’s concept of “National Allegory” to analyze the relationship between the mutilated body and neoliberal economic practices in Salvadoran short stories published between 1990-2000.

Biography:

Jessica Aguilar is originally from the San Ysidro/Tijuana border region and a first-generation, low-income, transfronteriza student. She graduated from UCSD in 2014 with BAs in Latin American Studies and Spanish Literature and received a Master’s Degree in Spanish from New Mexico State University in 2016. While at NMSU, Jessica volunteered for the College Assistant Migrant Program, worked closely with the Center for Latin American and Border Studies, and was a member of literary workshop Pizca a las 6:30. Upon her return to San Diego, Jessica worked closely with unaccompanied migrant children from Central American backgrounds, something she continues to do during the summer time. 

Jessica is a founder and current Co-Chair of the Latina Doctoral Student Collective at UCSD. She also works for the Raza Resource Centro as a Graduate Learning Specialist (GLS), where she assists in the facilitation of high impact learning components of the Raza Research and Conference Program, and coaches undergraduate Latinx/Chicanx students in the creation of pathways to post-baccalaureate opportunities. 


Albert Asuncion Benedito

Email Address: aasuncio@ucsd.edu
Year of Entry: Fall 2018


Marisol Cuong

Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2017


Zachary Hayes

Zachary Richard Hayes

Email Address: zhayes@ucsd.edu
Year of Entry: Fall 2014

Research Interests:

Poetics of knowledge, creative rivalries, translation, reception theory, hermeneutics, autobiographies/collective memory, 20th-century Latin American literature, Spanish Golden Age.

Research Skills:

Interpreting and Translation experience in Spanish


Bernardo Nuñez

Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2013

Andrea Zelaya

Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2017
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