Visitors and Fellows

Rana Choi
Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar AY 2017-2018
Comparative literary critical methodology, especially in the methodology of Erich Auerbach and its influence on formalist and historicist reading practices in the American literary critical scene, and work on articulating his interpretive procedures and adapting them for critical readings of literary, visual and material culture of the English Renaissance.
Nisha Kommattam
Visiting Assistant Professor 2017-2018
Nisha Kommattam is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary South Asian literatures and gender studies, with a special focus on Southern Indian languages, such as Malayalam. She is currently working on a monograph titled “The Public Secret”, which examines discourses surrounding non-normative desires in Southern India. Current research interests include Gender and Sexuality Studies, Queer Theory and Animal Studies.

In 2017, Nisha Kommattam was awarded a multi-year research grant from the Bundesministerium fuer Bildung und Forschung (German Ministry of Education and Research). She concurrently holds a research position at the University of Cologne, Germany. Prior to that award, she held a postdoctoral fellowship at Dartmouth College.

Tingyi Lin
Visiting Scholar AY 2017-2018
Lei Xu
Visiting Scholar AY 2017-2018