Current Students 2015-16

Michal Peles Almagor
Track 1: Hebrew and German
Research interests: 19th- and 20th century modern Hebrew and German literatures, Jewish studies, modernism, theater studies, critical theory, exile and migration.  
Teaching experience: Teaching Assistant (A Historical Introduction to Hebrew Literature in the 18th- and 19th Centuries, Ben Gurion University; Great Books, Big Screen, Sapir College)
Publications: “Between Hope and the Abyss: Identity Crisis and Void in Nissim Aloni’s The American Princess," The Quarterly of Contemporary Theater 34, 99-106. [Hebrew]

Tristan Bates
Track I: 20th Century German and Turkish Literature
Dissertation Title: "Alternative Spacialities in Contemporary Turkish Literature"
Research Interests: Translation theory, representations of nationality, "body" theory, thing theory, memoirs, lyric poetry
Teaching Experience: University of Chicago: Humanities Core: writing intern; Writing tutor at the Colorado College Writing Center 07-08

Brian John Dominguez Berry
Track II: Literature and Philosophy
Dissertation Title: "Serious Doubt: Skepticism in Samuel Beckett and Stanley Cavell."
Research Interests: Twentieth Century French and Spanish Literature, Theater Studies, Film Studies, History of Philosophy, Ordinary Language Philosophy, Critical Theory.
Teaching Experience: Instructor, Beckett Beyond the 'Absurd' (Spring 2015); BA Thesis Preceptor; Writing Intern in the Humanities Core; CA, History and Theory of Drama, Marxism and Modern Culture.

Chloe Blackshear
Track II: Biblical studies and Literature
Dissertation Title: Between the Figure and the Text: David Stories in Late 20th Century Prose
Research Interests: Hebrew Bible, biblical narrative, character, intertextuality, rewriting, adaptation, world literature, critical fictions.
Teaching Experience: Writing Intern (Humanities Core: Readings in World Lit); Course Assistant (Hamlet and Critical Methods, Intro to Comparative Lit I: Problems, Methods, Precedents); Tutor in the Writing Program

Megan Boatright
Track II: Literature and visual culture
Research interests: critical animal studies; modernism and spatial metaphor; ecofeminism; disability studies
Teaching experience: Course Assistant (Dr. David Bevington: History and Theory of Drama, Winter 2013 and 2015; Dr. Loren Kruger: Brecht and Beyond, Winter 2014); Intern with Writing Program (Media Aesthetics, begun Autumn 2014)

Alia Breitwieser
Track II: Literature and Art History
Research Interests: Chinese narrative traditions; Ethics of interpretation; Phenomenology of place and space; Ming-Qing transition;  Philosophy of history
Teaching Experience: Course Assistant (History and Theory of Drama I)

Sam Catlin
Track II: Literature & Religion
Research Interests: Bible; hermeneutics; literary and critical theory; 16th- and 17th-century English literature; Reformation theology; Jewish studies; iconoclasm; political and legal theory; politics of the American university.
Monica Felix
Track I: Russian and German
Dissertation Title: “Illusions, Confusions: Aisthesis, Deception, and the Topoi of Memory in the Romantic Imagination.”
Research Interests: 19th- through 20th-century Russian literature, German Romanticism, historical semantics, collective memory, theories of aesthetics, reception theory.
Teaching Experience: University of Chicago – Spring 2015: Lecturer (GRMN 13100 Reading German), Course Assistant (ENGL 23415 Theories of the Novel), Spring 2014: Lecturer (CMLT 25007 The Places of Memory, 1780-1880), Spring 2013: Lecturer (GRMN 13100 Reading German), Autumn 2012: Lecturer (GRMN 10100 Elementary German for Beginners I), English Teaching Assistant at the Internatsschule Schloss Hansenberg - Hesse, Germany (2007-2008).
Awards/Fellowships: Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Summer Fellowship 2012, 2013, and 2014; Fulbright English Teaching Assistant 2007-2008.
Yael Flusser
Nana Holtsnider
Track I: Dutch and English
Research Interests: Colonial and travel literature in the Dutch, British, and French empires; children's literature; aesthetics, visual culture, and film studies
Dissertation Title: "Exotic, Yet Integral: Empire in Nineteenth-Century British and Dutch Juvenile Colonial Literature"
Teaching Experience: Writing Intern in the Humanities Core
Ana Ilievska
Track I: Italian and Luso-Brazilian Literatures
Dissertation Title: Sounding Texts, or What We Hear When We Read: The Sonic Dimension of Italian and Portuguese Fiction in the Age of Industrialization
Teaching Experience: Language Assistant: Elementary and Advanced German (2008-2009, Brescia, Italy); Advanced Portuguese (Spring 2015); Beginning to Intermediate Italian (Winter 2016). Course Assistant: Renaissance Demonology (Spring 2016); Brazilian Avant-Gardes (Winter 2017). 
Awards/Fellowships: Markelstiftung Begabtenförderung (2009-2013); FLAS for Portuguese (Summer 2014), Academic Year (2015-2016); CLAS Tinker Field Research Grant (Brazil, Summer 2014); Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace (Middlebury Italian Graduate Program, Summer 2015); Fundação Eça de Queiroz Scholarship (Portugal, Summer 2016).
Publications and Research Interests:
Cody Jones
Joint PhD with the Divinity School (Religion, Literature, and Visual Culture)
Track II: Literature and Philosophy
Research Interests: Alternate modernisms; 19th and 20th century Scandinavian, French, and English literatures; critical theory; everydayness; horror; spiritual and mystical practices; anti/non-philosophy; wild psychoanalysis; food studies; cybernetics; virtual humanities; speculative realism and fiction; xenophenomenology; failure.
Teaching Experience: Teaching Assistant (On Book Reviewing, CUNY Graduate Center)
Austin Jung
Track II: Literature and Art History
Research Interests: 19th- and 20th-century Russian literature; modern Latin American literatures; history of the novel; modernism; history of painting; urban studies; historical linguistics; linguistics and intellectual history; artificial/artistic languages.
Teaching Experience: Teaching Assistant in CMLT 20109 Comparative Methods in the Humanities (Winter 2017); REES 20013 Dostoyevsky (Winter 2017).
Samuel Lasman
Track I: Persian, French, & Celtic
Research Interests: Persian literature, especially late Middle Persian and Classical Persian; French literature, especially medieval; Welsh and Irish literatures; medieval narratives and considerations of the past; premodern cultural exchange; the role of myth, history, and romance in the construction of national literatures and identities.

Megan Macklin
Track II: Literature and Sciences of the Mind
Dissertation Topic: Realism in contemporary American and German young adult fiction
Research Interests: Young adult literature, cognitive approaches to literature, literary and narrative pedagogies, trauma and memory studies
Teaching Experience: Preceptor, B.A. Project & Workshop: Comp. Literature (2015-2016); Course Assistant, A Hero and a Fool: Don Quixote and its Impact on Art and Literature (Spring 2015), History and Theory of Drama 2 (Winter 2015), Introduction to Comp. Lit. I: Problems, Methods, Precedents (Autumn 2013); Writing Intern in the Humanities Core

Adhira Mangalagiri
Track I: Chinese and Hindi/Urdi
Research Interests: Twentieth century Chinese and Indian literatures, critical and postcolonial theory, modernism, world literature, Global South, Environmental Humanities
Dissertation Title: Twin Souls: Colonial Violence in China-India Literary Encounters (1900-1947)
Teaching ExperienceInstructor - Comparative Modernisms: China and India in the Modern Literary World (Winter 2015); Writing Intern - Readings in World Literature; Course Assistant - Zhuangzi: Literature, Philosophy, or Something Else; Language Assistant - Elementary Modern Chinese, First-Year and Second-Year Hindi, First-Year and Second-Year Urdu; Tutor in the Writing Program.
Awards: American Comparative Literature Association’s Horst Frenz Prize (ACLA, 2015); Award for Excellence in Course Design (Chicago Center for Teaching, 2015)
Mollie McFee 
Track I: French, Haitian Creole, English
Dissertation Title: Aspirational Intimacy: The Affects of Caribbean Languages
Research Interests: Caribbean literature; Theories of intimacy; Postcolonial studies; Creole and Nation language in Francophone and Anglophone Caribbean; Transnational theory; Affect theory
Teaching Experience: Teaching Intern (Social Sciences Core Sequence Self, Culture, and Society); Course Assistant (Le règne des passions au 17ieme siècle); Language Mentorship (French Department); Instructor (Writing Towards Freedom: Slave Narratives and Emergent Black Writing)
Publications: "Beyond Translation: The Matrice of Frankétienne's Dezafi," to appear in Comparative Literature Studies 54.2.
Awards/Fellowships: Mellon Humanities Dissertation Completion Fellowship
Paulo do Nascimento Brito
Track II: Literature and Music
Teaching Experience: Language Assistant: A Topography of Modernity: Cinema in Paris, 1890-1925 (Spring 2014), Portuguese for Spanish Speakers (Spring 2015 and 2016), Intermediate Portuguese (Autumn 2015), Advanced Portuguese (Winter 2016); Course Assistant: History and Theory of Drama 1 (Autumn 2015).

Monica Olaru
Track I: French and English
Dissertation Title: Réussir sa vie: Life as Project in Six French and English Novels of (De)formation, 1860-1895
Research Interests: The French and English novel of the 18th and 19th century; topics in moral philosophy
Teaching Experience: French lecturer (French 101,102 and 103),  French lector (French 101,102, 103, 201, 202, 203),  CA for History and Theory of Drama, ll and Writing Intern in the Writing Program (in the Human Being and Citizen core)

David A. Orsbon  
Joint PhD in Comparative Literature and Classics
Track II: Literature and Philosophy
Research Interests: Nature and allegory from the pre-Socratics to the Renaissance; the intersection of philosophy and literary criticism from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance; the reception and influence of Classical and Late Antique philosophy and literary criticism from the early Middle Ages to the Renaissance; Neo-Platonism in the Middle Ages and Renaissance; the history of criticism, especially the history of allegorical criticism; medieval theology and biblical hermeneutics; vernacular poetry in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance; Medieval and Renaissance Humanism; Renaissance Epic.
Teaching Experience: Instructor, Intermediate Latin 201 (2016); Instructor, Intermediate Latin 101 (2016); Course Assistant, Summer Intensive Intermediate Ancient Greek (2016); Instructor, "Allegory in the Western Literary Tradition" (2016); Course Assistant, Intermediate Latin I (2015); Course Assistant, Intensive Introductory Latin I (2015); Course Assistant, Intensive Introductory Latin I (2015); Teaching Assistant for History and Theory of Drama I (2014); Teaching Assistant for History and Theory of Drama II (2014); Teaching Assistant for Renaissance Epic (2013).
Publications: "Bede's Sacred Order: Schemes and Tropes in the Historia Ecclesiastica: Part I." The American Benedictine Review 62.1 (March 2011): 3-26; "Bede's Sacred Order: Schemes and Tropes in the Historia Ecclesiastica: Part II." The American Benedictine Review 62.2 (June 2011): 125-42; “The Universe as Book: Dante’s Commedia as an Imprint of the Divine Mind.” Dante Studies 132 (2014); "Experiential Exegesis: A Study of Richard of Saint-Victor's Benjamin minor." In Restoration through Contemplation: New Approaches to the Victorines, Turnhout: Brepols (Forthcoming, 2017).
Edited Volumes: Restoration through Contemplation: New Approaches to the Victorines,Turnhout: Brepols (Forthcoming, 2017)
Dissertation: "The Invention of Natura: The Evolution of the Concept of Nature and the Birth of Ecological Discourse in the Allegorical Traditions of Late Antiquity and the Latin Middle Ages"

Stephen Parkin
Track II: Rhetoric and Philosophy
Dissertation Title: Figuring the Tragic: Tragic Exempla in Philosophical Essays of Consolation
Research Interests: History and theory of rhetoric, moral philosophy, and tragedy; the essay and autobiography.
Teaching Experience: B.A. Preceptor (UChicago). Instructor (UChicago), "Private Lives, Public Intellectuals: On The Philosophical Essay." Lector in the Writing Program (UChicago), multiple courses. Course Assistant (UChicago), "History and Theory of Drama I" and "Introduction to Comparative Literature I." Lecturer of English (Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an, China), 12 classes in English language and culture.
Honors and Awards: Award for Excellence in Course Design (Chicago Center for Teaching, 2014). Francis X. Kinahan Award for Excellence in Teaching Writing (Writing Program, 2014). Jacob K. Javits Fellowship (U.S. Dept. of Ed., 2011-15). Lois R. and Maurice J. Beznos Fellowship in Comparative Literature (2010-2015).
Nory Ann Peters
Track II: Literature and Philosophy
Research Interests: 20th- and 21st- century German and American literatures; critical theory; Marxism; the politics of form; affect theory; refugee narratives; political theory; human rights; critical animal studies.

Tal Porat
Track I: Biblical Hebrew, English
Research Interests: Hebrew Bible, Dystopian literature, Ethics and Literature, Moral Philosophy, 18th and 19th century novel

Evelyn Richardson

Claudio Sansone
Ad hoc Joint Degree with Classics (Program in Classical Languages and Literatures)
Track II: Comparative Literature and Anthropology/Archaeology
Research Interests: Comparative Mythology and the Analysis of Ideologies, Traditions, Cultures; Long Walks on Beaches
Teaching Experience: Language Assistant in Italian (Autumn 2016); Teaching Assistant in Translation and Translation Theory (Spring 2017)
Recent Awards/Fellowships: Member of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (Summer Session) 2016; Ryerson Fellowship 2016; Daniel Shorey Fellowship 2016.
Publications: Forthcoming: "John Berryman's 'Poundian Inheritance' and the Epic of 'Synchrisis'" in John Berryman: A Centenary Celebration; "Salvadori's Orfeo: Going Astray / Amid the Flowers'" in Translation Ireland.
Anthony Stott
Research Interests: 20th century U.S., Russian, and Japanese literatures; postcolonial studies; comparative modernisms; poetry and poetics; reception studies; Marxism; critical theory.
Teaching experience: Teaching Assistant, Literature of the Fantastic (Brown University, 2015).
Awards/Fellowships: Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace (Middlebury Japanese Program, Summer 2017).
Trevor Tucker
Track I: English, French, German
Research Interests: French Renaissance and Enlightenment; 18th- and 19th-century novel; modern philosophy.

Shengyu Wang
Track I: Chinese, English
Research Interests: Late-imperial Chinese literature, classical Chinese tales and the reception of them in Europe, the fantastic, modernity and enchantment, theories of narrative, print culture and the history of the book.
Dissertation Title: "(Con)fused Enchantment: Transcultural Doubles of Chinese Strange Tale Collections in the Late Nineteenth Century"
Teaching Experience: Writing Intern (Readings in World Literature, Media Aesthetics); Course Assistant (Renaissance Epics, Introduction to East Asian Civilization, History and Theory of Drama); Language Assistant (First-year Chinese).
Honors and Awards: The Center for East Asian Studies Dissertation Fellowship, The University of Chicago Humanities Division Dissertation Research Travel Grant, The Nicolson Graduate Fellowship for Research in the British Isles, Center for East Asian Studies Pre-dissertation Research Grant
Publications: The Afterlife of Pu Songling (1640-1715)’s Liaozhai zhiyi in the fin-de-siècle Ecumenic Print Culture

Nicholas Wong
Track II: Literature and Philosophy
Dissertation Title: Genealogies of Cold War Mahua Literary History
Research Interests: Global Chinese literature, philosophical aesthetics, East/West comparative poetics, media and modernity in China and Southeast Asia.
Teaching Experience: Instructor (Aesthetics and Politics in Southeast Asian Fictions); Teaching Assistant (Intro to East Asian Civ: Vietnam; Intro to East Asian Civ: Korea; History and Theory of Drama I); Language Assistant (Elementary Modern Chinese).
Publications: "The Imaginative Materialism of Wen in Ng Kim Chew's Malayan Communist Writing" in Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, March 2017.