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Graduate Students

French, Turkish, English

Migration and memory in the 20th and 21st centuries.

English, Russian, French, and Classical Greek,

literary naturalism; biology in aesthetic theory; Zola; Catherine Malabou; Hegel; Lévi-Strauss

Dissertation Title: As Lively Mock'd as Ever: Plasticity and the Aesthetic Image of Life

Mary Casey

English, Spanish and Portuguese

Modernism and Vanguardism, the Generations of '98 and '27, and Cinema & Media Studies


English, Euskara, Spanish, French

Basque and Irish lit, Postcolonial theory, Indigenous studies, Memory and Trauma studies, nationalism, film

English, Korean, Russian, Japanese

Modernism, Postcolonialism, Translation


English, French, German, Russian

European modernism; biopolitical discourse and film; detective fiction


Ethan Madarieta, utopian

English, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazilian), euskara

Performance and performance theory; Latin American literature, political and cultural theory; Mid-20th century South American dictatorships (Chile, Uruguay) and quotidian forms of resistance; Utopia; Memory studies; Phenomenology

Lizy Mostowski

English, Polish, French

Polish-Jewish identity narratives, Holocaust literature, memory studies, autobiography, oral history

Sanskrit, English, Hindi, German

Cultural memory, translation, and postcolonialism

English, Arabic, Spanish 

The Medieval Middle East, Religion, Gender and Sexuality, Women in Literature 

Richard Sanders

English, French, German, Latin

Medical humanities and medical education, epistemology, aesthetics, comparative methodology 


Meagan Smith

English, Russian, Spanish

English, Russian, and Spanish literatures of the mid to late 20th century; with a particular emphasis on the cultural politics of the Cold War and the neoliberal turn. 

My research focuses on representations of border walls and border zones in Soviet, American, and Mexican science fiction and utopian/dystopian novels and films. 

German, French and American literature of the early 20th century, especially from the period between the world wars. 

English, Spanish, French, Ancient Greek

the American Renaissance, the Gothic, European modernism, Surrealism, Cinema (psychological horror and sound, in particular), Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis


Polish, Spanish, German, English

Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies; Polish-Jewish relations; Polish poetry, literature, and film; Spanish Civil War poetry, literature, and film; sexual violence and post-dictatorship cultural amnesia 


English, French, Italian, Spanish

19th- and early 20th-century British and French literature; literature and the arts; history of the image, visual and material culture; psychoanalytic theory; neuroaesthetics