- Special Programs
Sophie came to Columbia in 2010 after receiving a B.A. in Literature from Harvard. Her research interests include German, French, and Yiddish literature (especially 20th century); feminist theory; philosophy of language; and hermeneutics.
Nicolas received his B.A. from Reed College and he completed graduate work at Stanford University. His research interests include Latin American and Spanish fiction, crime, 19th and early 20th century anarchism, popular music, and critical theory.
Kalinka Alvarez is a PhD candidate in French and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She received a B.A. and a Maîtrise in French Literature from the University of Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle. Before entering the doctoral program, she taught French for the Ministère de l’Éducation Nationale, the French Institute Alliance Française, and both French and Spanish at the City University of New York. Her research focuses on European autobiographies of the 19th and 20th centuries and the development of this genre within different literary, historical, and religious contexts.
Hadeel is interested in examining dispossession from a subterranean perspective - literally and figuratively. The literal include archaeological sites, underground resources, and borderland tunnels; the figurative include buried histories and narratives, and the piecing together of fragments as a means of intervention into ongoing dispossessions. She also enjoys filmmaking and supporting her family's small farm and goat cheese operation in Texas.
Ibai Atutxa holds a B.A. in Basque Philology (Deustuko Unibertsitatea) and two M.A.s in Comparative Literature and Contemporary Philosophy respectively (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). His research interests include counter-discourses in nationalism and nation-formation, minorized-language literatures and opression, continental philosophy,postcolonial studies,queer theory,and cultural studies. He is the author of twobooks on Basque literary and cultural studies:Tatxatuaren Azpiko Nazioaz (On the Nation Under Erasure, 2010, Utriusque Vasconiae) and Kanonaren Gaineko Nazioaz (On the Nation Over the Canon, 2012, Utriusque Vasconiae). He is also member of the editorial board of the journal: 452ºf Scientific Journal of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature (www.452f.com).
Diego, a native from Guatemala, completed his BA in Comparative Literature with emphasis on Continental Philosophy at Stanford University where he also completed two years of the Electrical Engineering program. He has published academic essays and interviews in Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Israel and Colombia. Reader of Faulkner, Pynchon, Rulfo, Asturias, Conrad, Neruda, Benjamin and Heidegger, his approach to literature has always been comparative and philosophical in nature. Specifically, he is interested in the intersection of poetry, history and oriental thought through the exploration of silence as a literary category. In his noblest of hours he constructs a novel which he is unwilling to publish yet. In his most honest of hours he plays with his Schnauzer Bruno and suffers through every single FC Barcelona match.
Humberto Ballesteros was born in Bogotá, Colombia, in 1979. An obsessive reader of fiction who cannot picture a life without an imaginary center, he decided to study literature and holds a B.A. in that subject from Universidad de Los Andes, a Magister in Latin American Literature from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and an M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought from NYU. He has also received an M.A. and an M.Phil in Italian and Comparative Literature from Columbia, and is currently working on his dissertation, which attempts to reconstruct the ontology developed by Dante's Divina Commedia from a close reading of several of its most philosophically complex passages. He has also written academic work on authors like Kafka, Dickinson, Boccaccio, Calvino, Petrarch, Flaubert and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.
Parallel to his scholarly pursuits, Humberto is a succesful author of fiction, which he writes in his native Spanish. His first novel, Razones para destruir una ciudad (Alfaguara, 2012), received the Ciudad de Bogotá National Fiction Prize. He has also published a collection of short stories, Escritor en el aire (Pluma de Mompox, 2011), and his poetic and narrative work has appeared in magazines in Colombia, Mexico, Argentina and the United States. He lives in Harlem with his wife, Evelyn, and his son, Agustín.
Maria is interested in issues of translation and literary movement following linguistic change, especially as pertains to modern globalization and post-Cold War American influence in Asian countries. Outside of academia, she enjoys cooking, running, and dessert, all in large quantities.
Irene Bulla was born in Rome, Italy. She earned an M.A. and a B.A. in Foreign Languages from the University of Roma Tre and a B.A. in Anglo-Irish Literature from University College Dublin. She is currently enrolled in the PhD program at the Department of Italian. Her interests include 20th-century Italian literature, modernist and postmodernist fiction and magical realism. She is also interested in the theory and practice of translation. She has published a co-translation into Italian of David Storey's novel This Sporting Life in 2010.
Liane Carlson is a PhD student in the Department of Religion, studying philosophy of religion. Her interests include 19th and 20th century continental philosophy, with an emphasis on German Idealism, French Phenomenology, and questions of aesthetics, affect, and the philosophy of history. Currently, she is writing her dissertation on the connection between contingency, flesh, touch, and affect in 19th and 20th century thinkers.
My research focuses on modern European and American theater, with an emphasis on the interconnections between performance and philosophy. My current project examines various concepts of the baroque in 19th and 20th century continental philosophy and theatrical performance, drawing upon materialist theories of media and post-structuralist theories of rhetoric. Other research interests include: early modern theater, historiography, dramaturgy, and opera.
Nassime grew up in Paris and moved to London to pursue her studies. She received a BA from University College London and a Master of Studies from the University of Oxford. She was awarded the Junior Paget Toynbee Prize for her work on Dante. Her interests include French and Italian Literature, specifically medieval poetry.
Jae Won's research examines how the discourse of everyday life (or "saenghwal") in Korea emerged in negotiation with the Japanese colonial rule and U.S. hegemony in East Asia during the Cold War. Before beginning his doctoral studies, he received his B.A. in philosophy from Swarthmore College, M.F.A. in creative writing from Columbia's School of the Arts, and worked as a literary translator in Seoul. His research interests also include modern Japanese literature, film studies and theories of race.
Matan Cohen, a doctoral candidate in the department of Middle East, African and South Asian Studies and the Institute for Comparative Literature & Society, is an Israeli political activist, a founding member of direct action group Anarchists Against the Wall, a military service refuser, and a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaigns coordinator. His Hampshire College B.A thesis, titled A Racism of Disengagement: Israel’s Militarized Neoliberal Apartheid, is being edited for publication. His opinions, interviews and pictures have appeared, among other places, in the Nation, the Guardian, BBC, Al-Jazeera, the New York Times, Haaretz, the book Occupied Minds, and the films Enraged and Intifada Cult. At Columbia, he works on the political-economy of the modern Middle East, psychoanalysis and critical theory.
David holds a BA in Humanities and a MA in Philosophy from K.U. Leuven. He has been a Visiting Researcher at Brown University. He is interested in the anthropology of the gaze in Baroque Spain and the New World, and the intersections of epistemology, visual culture, art and theology in the Early Modern Iberian Worlds.
Nicholas Croggon is a PhD candidate in the Department of Art History and Archaeology, specialising on modern and contemporary art. Nick is interested in the necessarily inter-disciplinary nature of contemporary art: its philosophy, politics and aesthetics. He is the co-founder and co-editor of the Australian contemporary art journal Discipline and a co-editor of the online art history journal emaj, and he previously worked as a public interest environmental lawyer.
I'm interested in carnival, violence, and revolution in Central and Eastern Europe, and in how these concepts translate into the literary genre of Grotesque Realism. My languages and literatures include: Russian, Hungarian, German, Ukrainian, and (hopefully soon) Czech.
Anatoly studies modern Chinese literature and history. Looking at transnational literary propoganda and its reflexive engagement with mediation, his project examines the entity "information' and its appearance alongside modern statecraft in China, 1920-1960.
Allison received her B.A. in Italian and German Literature from NYU. Her research interests focus on the relationship between European literature and the Islamic world; particularly Dante, Goethe and Coleridge.
Chloe received an AB in Comparative Literature from Princeton University in 2009 and an MA in Chinese Studies from the University of Michigan in 2013. She is interested the evolution of contemporary Chinese poetry and fiction, the intersection of translation theory and practice, as well as anthropological literature (and literary anthropology).
Seth Boniface Fabian studies the convergences of scientific thought and literature with particular emphasis in medieval Italy and Dante. His dissertation will focus on Cecco d’Ascoli’s didascalic "Acerba etas" (“The Age of Immaturity”), written as a “scientific” response to the Divine Comedy, which fortunately survived (and actually thrived in) its designation as a prohibited book after Cecco fell victim to the Inquisition and was burned at the stake as a heretic. Seth’s fields of research include include intellectual history, heterodoxy and authority, the use of science and natural philosophy in ethical systems and the relations of literary and intellectual cultures.
Nicole enrolled in Columbia's English Ph.D. program in 2011. She received her B.A. in English and Growth & Structures of Cities at Bryn Mawr College. She specializes in 20th and 21st century, postcolonial Anglophone literature. Her academic interests include queer and feminist theory, transnationalism, globalization, and narratives of shame and resilience.
Alyssa Greene received her B.A. from Smith College in 2010. Before joining Columbia's Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures in 2012, she spent two years as a Fulbright/Pädagogischer Austauschdienst fellow teaching English in Hamburg, Germany. Her research interests include modern and contemporary Austrian and German literature (particularly the works of Thomas Bernhard); gender and postcolonial studies; intertextuality; and late 19th and 20th century art.
Jay Gundacker (BA, New York University; MA, Fordham) joined the Department of History at Columbia in 2009. He studies late medieval European cultural and economic history, focusing on Mediterranean towns and trade networks. Current research interests include merchant ways of knowing, counterfeiting and commercial fraud, and the role of sensory perception in evaluating goods.
Vivek Gupta is working on multilingualism (Classical Hindi and Persian) in early-modern India. He is interested in patronage, manuscript circulation, epigraphy, and the confluence of literary and art history. He has been involved in projects at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Asia Society and has completed fellowships for Arabic and Urdu literary studies. He holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Arabic from Washington University in St. Louis.
Gal is a PhD candidate in the East Asian Languages and Cultures department as well as a fellow in the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. She received her B.A and M.A from Hebrew University in Jerusalem before coming to Columbia in fall 2008 to study modern Chinese literature with Prof. Lydia Liu. Gal is currently conducting dissertation research in Beijing, China with the support of a Columbia University Mellon Traveling Fellowship. Her dissertation studies the question of religious spirituality in Republican China, particularly, the literary production and cultural exchange resulting from Chinese intellectuals’ envisioning of new literature in an era of national strife, and Protestant missionaries’ introduction of philology and textual criticism to China’s fledgling higher education system.
Roni Henig is a PhD student in the department of MESAAS. She received her BA in literature, literary theory and creative writing from Tel Aviv University (Suma Cum Laude). She is interested in Modern Hebrew literature and contemporary Israeli literature, critical theory, psychoanalysis, subjectivity and subjectivation, language theory and translation theory.
Francis Hittinger is a third year Ph.D.student in ICLS and Italian. He is obsessed with languages, and has studied Latin, Attic Greek, Italian, Spanish, German, some Slavic (Russian, Czech, and Polish - now a totally incoherent mash in his mind), and would like to study Sanskrit or Biblical Hebrew someday. Among his many academic interests, he is most interested in the linguistic, literary, and socio-cultural milieu that makes it possible to concieve of a "premodernity," so you might call him a comparative classicist-medievalist-romance philologist. His long term research interests include Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio; the relationship between emergent vernacular languages and literatures--Italian, Provencal, old-Spanish--and Latin within diverse sociolects and cultural contexts from the roman republic through the renaissance; the late antique/medieval Christian tradition (patristic/monastic/institutional) and its relationship to literary consciousness--which he believes to be more "humanistic" than previously acknowledged; and the Italian "questione della lingua." Francis believes in philology, seeking to balance the vera of theoretical speculation with the certa of the historically inscribed textual word.
Zachary's research concerns media, technology, and infrastructure in contemporary South Korea. He is particularly interested in the South Korean film industry and its entanglements with various processes of economic and technological development. When not hitting the books, Zach enjoys cooking and home-brewing.
Nicole T. Hughes holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Comparative Literature from New York University. Before joining the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures she edited works of non-fiction as assistant editor to The Penguin Press. She is a visiting researcher at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and the translator of a collection of critical essays on the work of Colombian photographer Fernell Franco (DRCLAS/Harvard University Press, forthcoming). Her research interests include the ars moriendi tradition and representations of friendship and the human-animal distinction in Late Medieval/Early Modern Europe and Colonial Latin America.
Irvin Hunt is Columbia University's John W. Kluge Teaching Fellow. After graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Morehouse College, Hunt went on to receive an MA from the University of California at Berkeley in English and American literature. Awarded the Ford Fellowship for Graduate Study, he then enrolled as a PhD student in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia, where he has received two MAs. In 2005, he released a book of letters titled Family. He has published articles in the Maroon Tiger and Independent School. In 2010, he appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show as an Oprah Scholar. Currently, Hunt is writing a dissertation on Humor and the Idea of the Human in Twentieth Century African American Letters.
Jon Kief is a doctoral student in modern Korean literature and comparative intellectual history. His research focuses on 1920s-1960s Korean debates over the proper form and function of "humanist" thought, and he hopes to use these debates' successive iterations to trace the shifting intellectual currents moving between Korea, Japan, the US, and Europe. Ultimately, his goal is to show how an historical consideration of changing constitutions of "humanity" in Korean discursive practice can help re-embed these contentious decades -- often framed in terms of the colonial/postcolonial rupture, the dual Pacific and Korean War divides, and the birth of a new Cold War order -- in a more complex narrative linking Korean and transnational intellectual history.
Diana is a doctoral student in French and Comparative Literature. Her dissertation examines how revolution is translated between France and China in the twentieth century. She is more broadly interested in French Orientalism and Exoticism in the Twentieth Century, Francophone Chinese Exile and Diaspora Literature, and French Maoism.
Jessica Kirzane studies Yiddish literature, with a particular interest in Jewish self-representation of ethnicity and race. She received her BA in Jewish Studies and English Language and Literature from the University of Virginia in 2008 and studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 2008-2009.
Warren holds a B.A. in English from Lewis & Clark College, and specializes in West African Anglophone and Francophone literature and drama. He has used French and Wolof in his research on the textualization of oral traditions in postcolonial novels.
Yuval received his B.A in philosophy from Tel Aviv University (summa cum laude), and is now a PhD student in the department for Middle East, South Asian and African Studies, and the ICLS. His research interests include Aesthetics and Politics, Political Theologies, Continental Philosophy, Timing, Performance and Performativity, The End of History and what comes next
Mara is a first-year doctoral student in the Department of French and Romance Philology. She received her B.A. Honors in French and Francophone Studies from UCLA in 2010, and spent the following year teaching English in Marseille. Her research interests center around theories of postcolonialism, Orientalism, cosmopolitanism, and Mediterraneanism as they pertain to the literary and cultural history of Marseille. Other interests include Francophone North African literature, beur literature and hip-hop culture, and l'Ecole d'Alger.
Lei is interested in the intersection between literary studies and science studies. Particularly she is interested in exploring how the epistemic battles between different communities of knowledge, such as evolutionary biology, neo-Confucianism, literary imagination and Buddhism were carried out by various agents in the context of China during the 19th and 20th century. In doing so, she seeks to discover new perspectives in critiquing the discourse of the "modern" and scientific positivism.
Ayala Levin is a doctoral candidate in the History and Theory of Architecture at Columbia University. She earned a BA in comparative literature and the multidisciplinary program in the arts from Tel Aviv University and an MA in Cultural Studies from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her interests include postcolonial theory, globalization studies and memory culture. Drawing on case studies from Israeli architectural projects in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia, her dissertation explores the role of architectural modernism, mediated by Cold War development agendas, in the self-fashioning and governance of post-independence sub-Saharan African states.
Yitzhak graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a B.A. in Psychology, Comparative Literature and Creative Writing. His interests include: Early Modern Hebrew Literature and Thought; Literature, politics and religion; Borges studies; Braslav studies; Literary theory.
Natasha Marie Llorens is a PhD student in modern and contemporary art history and an independent curator. Recent curatorial projects include “Troubling Space,” at the Zabludowicz Collection, in London and "A study of interruptions" at Ramapo College, in New Jersey. Her academic research is focused on post-minimalist art, human rights discourse, and feminism. She holds a BA in Art History from Simon’s Rock College, and an MA in Contemporary Curating from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.
Research interests include bilingual writers, theory and practice of translation, early twentieth century urban literature, and creative non-fiction. She is the author of the book of essays Papeles falsos (Sexto Piso, 2010) and the novel Los ingrávidos (Sexto Piso, 2011; forthcoming as Faces in the Crowd, Granta Books, UK, 2012).
Tommaso Manfredini is a Doctoral student in the Department of French. He is interested in Francophone literature, migration movements, contemporary poetry and oral history. He grew up in Italy, and studied there, in France and in Boston before coming to Columbia.
I work on religious minorities and Francophone minority literature during the French colonial period in North Africa and the Middle East, with a particular interest in the Levant.
Wendell Hassan Marsh is interested in African intellectual history and West African Arabic and Ajami texts. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Wendell has worked as a journalist in Washington, D.C., studied in France and Senegal, and lived in Egypt as a Fulbright Fellow.
I research architecture as it relates to American foreign policy, especially as it emerged following the Spanish-American War. In my study of contested spaces I focus on issues of citizenship and cosmopolitanism through the lenses of public health, urban planning and the history of American anthropology. My main object of study is the Philippines—more specifically the American master-planning of Manila, though this focus is always thought of within the broader context of globalization and through a comparative framework. I received my BA in Architecture from UC Berkeley (2001) and my M.Arch. from Columbia University (2006).
Peter Minosh is a Ph.D. candidate in architectural history and theory GSAPP; he received his B.Arch. in architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a M.S. in the history, theory, and criticism of architecture and art from MIT. Peter’s focus is on the intersection between political, epistemic, and aesthetic regimes. His current research is on the influence of anarchic thought in the co-development of architectural modernism and the nineteenth-century project of democracy, with a particular focus on the discursive exchanges between the United States and France.
Naeem Mohaiemen is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology. He is a visual artist, exploring histories of the 1970s ultra-left in Bangladesh through essays, photography, and film. His work has shown at the New Museum, Sharjah Biennial, Frieze London, Kolkata Experimenter, Finnish Museum of Photography and been published in Visual Culture Reader (3rd ed), Modern Painters, Granta, Art in America, etc. Project themes were described as "not yet disillusioned fully with the capacity of human society" (Vijay Prashad, Take on Art) and "ultimately more illuminating than Jacques Rancière’s microscopic examinations of the utopian kernels" (Ben Davis, ArtNet).
Nancy is interested in Asian American and transnational/diasporic history, particularly of Chinese labor migrations in the US, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. Her research interests also include social justice and leftist movements, and issues of power and subjectivity in the construction of archives and history.
Ginger studies how the imagined figure of the "savage mind" has operated throughout the 19th and 20th centuries as a sort of conceptual rosetta stone for European and American architects and designers, making possible various global modernisms. This history of "How the 'Savage Mind' Became the 'Artificial Mind'" examines how theories gleaned from anthropology and ethnopsychiatry have been translated into practices of industrial, architectural, and digital design. It asks, furthermore, how the trope of an alleged primitive intelligence has functioned within the gradual historic shift from colonial to neo-colonial paradigms. When not dissertating, Ginger likes to write fiction and is currently working on a pseudo-science-fiction serial, The Neanderthal Diaries, a light satire on academia and prehistory.
A former high school English teacher and the son of newspaper journalists, Sean’s propensity for taking matters of word choice and storytelling seriously has motivated his interests in linguistics and historiography. His general questions concern theories of notation, visuality, literacy, and language ideology as they have historically intersected with the development of science in early modern Europe. More specifically, he writes about writing, investigating how early modern debates concerning the Roman letter, the Egyptian hieroglyph, and the Chinese character largely begot the presumptions and preoccupations of 19th and 20th century semiotics. Before joining the History Department and ICLS at Columbia, Sean earned bachelor’s degrees in linguistics and English literature at Truman State University and a master’s degree in folklore at UC Berkeley.
Matteo Pace was born in Rome, where he earned his B. A. in Italian at Sapienza University of Rome, majoring in Romance Philology and Literatures. In Fall 2012, he joined the Department of Italian as a Ph. D. Student. His research interests deal with a comparative analysis of Medieval and Early Modern Literatures (Italian, French, Occitan and Latin), particularly about the philosophical implications of the concepts of Love and Nature, and the blending between theological strive and the language of love. He is also interested in the intersection between the cognitive theory of metaphor and literary criticism (Cognitive Poetics), notably in the development of a body-centered and experiential lexicon and imagery. He has just revised his B. A. thesis into a forthcoming monograph, in which he argues that the semantics of love deeply dives into a marine experiential perspective, from its Indo-European etymology to the cognitive linguistic results he investigated in Medieval texts like the "Historia Apollonii Regis Tyri", Thomas’ "Tristan et Yseut", Martin Codax’s cantigas de amigo and the anonymous "Mare amoroso". He has also published on the reception and selection of public in William IX and the Archpoet.
Alessia is a Ph.D. Student from Florence, Italy. She received her BA Magna Cum Laude from Beloit College in Theatre Arts-Dance and Religious Studies, with awards for her choreographic work. She received her MA with Honors from NYU-Florence in Italian Studies where she honed her passions for 20th century and contemporary literature, theatre, and film. Prior to her graduate studies, she worked at the Chicago Dancing Company, became a tour guide in Italy, interned at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, was a journalist during the 2010 World Cup Series, and created the subtitles for a film in the Florence Queer Film Festival. Immediately after finishing her MA she worked full time as Student Services Coordinator at the International Studies Institute in Florence, where she established the university consortium’s newsletter. In academia she has written on Pirandello's existential theatre, literature, and essays, on Fellini’s auteur work, and on Svevo. She is also interested in international cinema and hopes to explore cross-cultural interpretations.
Chris received his B.A. and M.A. from The School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) in modern Chinese history and literature. His research interests include literature by and about minority nationalities in the People's Republic of China, particularly literature about Tibet by Han authors.
B.A. in English, Manhattanville College; M.A. in Estudios Literarios, Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Research interests include Comparative Caribbean studies; Feminism, Race, and Creolization theories; Puerto Rican studies, as well as the broader Latino/a experience in the United States.
Eugene Petracca holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Brown University (2008), where he studied English and Classics. He was born in New York, and has lived in England, Mexico, France, Austria, Italy and Greece. His M.A. thesis was entitled, "Translating the Translator: Dryden's Chaucer and the Idea of Authorship."
Luca's past research has focused on May '68 and political radicalism in postwar France; other interests of his include humanitarianism, biopolitics, and governmentality; modern European intellectual history; the history of the social sciences; and the history of radical social thought. He enjoys brunch.
Alexis Radisoglou received a BA in Modern Languages and Literatures from the University of Oxford before joining Columbia as a doctoral student in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. He specializes in 20th century and contemporary German and Greek literature and film. His research is focused on the transformation of spatio-temporal imaginaries and imaginaries of the future around and after 1989 as well as on the relationship between aesthetics and politics in the age of globalization.
A native of France, Yohann Ripert has always shared his dedication for music with a passion for academics. He has performed the complete Iberia cycle by Albéniz, given solo recitals across France, Italy, Spain, Germany, United States and Japan, and appeared many times with the New Juilliard Ensemble. Yohann holds a degree in mathematics and is a graduate from The Juilliard School, where he is also the recipient of the John Erskine Prize for the Humanities for his essay "Lévi-Strauss and Music." After receiving his M.A in French and Romance Philology with an essay on "Proust Wagnérien," he is now in the Ph.D program in French and Comparative Literature, continuing to uncover the interactions between music and literature.
Hiie Saumaa is a PhD student in English and Comparative Literature. Her research focuses on modernism’s engagement with health. Drawing on philosophy, psychology, spiritual teachings, and writings of alternative healing practices, Hiie’s dissertation examines how Anglo-American literature from 1890-1940 envisions physical, mental, and spiritual wellness. Hiie teaches courses in academic writing and critical reading and is a trainer of mind-body-spirit movement arts such as Nia dance and BodyLogos.
Atefeh received both her BA and MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Tehran, Iran, before moving to New York in August 2012 and starting the PhD program in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia. While she specializes in postcolonial studies in the English department, her interests include, but are not limited to, Orientalism, Diaspora studies, Persian poetry, Latin American and Middle Eastern studies (with a particular interest in the Palestine-Israel conflict regarding the latter).
Ross received a BA from Macalester College in 2010, before studying at Humboldt Universität in Berlin through a DAAD. His interests include Poststructuralism, Psychoanalysis, Kafka, Latin Erotic Elegy, Galant Verse, Modernism, Film, Kant, Topology, Set Theory, and Sexual Difference.
I was born in Kurdistan/ Iran. I finished high school in the same region. Later, I left the country and I was a refugee in Turkey for several years. After I was granted a political asylum, I came to the US in Sep. 1999. I received BA in philosophy from USM (University of Southern Maine) in 2005. In 2007, I was admitted to the PhD program at MEALAC / MEASAS. Currently I am working on my dissertation on Kurdish nationalism in Ottoman/ Turkey and Qjar/ Palavi Iran in the period between 1900 and 1930.
Myra received her B.A. in Chinese and English from UC Berkeley (2007). Before coming to Columbia in 2009, she worked for two years as an assistant language teacher on the JET program in Nara, Japan. Currently, she is a Ph.D. student in modern Chinese literature and a fellow at the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. Her research interests include narratology, image and text, new media forms, and autobiographical constructions in fiction and film.
I specialize in Romantic studies, with a focus on poetry and poetics, as well as on women poets. My research interests include European Romanticism (mostly French and Italian), and the interdisciplinary relationships between performance, poetry, and the visual arts. My most recent work has centered on P. B. Shelley's poetics and media theory, and on the verse of Wordsworth's "Prelude" and embodiment.
I am a third year doctoral student at the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, where I am also affiliated with the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. In 2010 I finished a Masters in Art History (Contemporary Art & Theory) at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. My work is mainly focused on historiography of Art History in an intercultural context. Strategies of representation and display in relation to contemporary art forms created in the social context of marginalized countries, inter-discursive interpretation of art, postcolonial literature, and theories of cosmopolitanism are focal points of my research interest.
BA Comparative Literature; Political and Social Thought (UVA).
My MA thesis is on Proust’s attention to linguistic markers of class in À la recherche. My undergrad thesis was about political uses of literature in French schools and the assimilation of writers who rejected academic uses of literature into the canon. Broadly speaking, my interests are late 19th and early 20th century French, German, and Russian literature and criticism, political uses of literature, cultural institutions, and sociology of literature.
Erin Twohig holds a B.A from Middlebury College, and an M.A in French Literature from NYU. She has studied both French and Arabic for many years, and has had the opportunity to study and do research in Paris, France and Rabat, Morocco. She is currently writing her dissertation on education as a literary theme in novels from Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.
Edward grew up in the UK and holds degrees from Oxford University (BA, Russian and ancient Greek) and the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL (MA, Russian Studies). In 2006 he began studying Chinese, and his current research focuses on Russian-Chinese cultural relations, particularly Soviet images of China in the 1920s and 1930s.
Maddalena Vaglio Tanet was born in Italy in 1985. She is a Ph.D. student in Italian and Comparative Literature. She graduated cum laude in Lettere Moderne at the University of Pisa in 2009, with a dissertation on the Italian poet Valerio Magrelli, and received her Diploma di Licenza from the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa in 2011. Before being admitted to Columbia University, she briefly worked for the publishing house Nottetempo (Rome). Her interests include Italian, French and English literature of the 19th and 20th century, contemporary poetry, theory and practice of translation and creative writing; in particular, she plans to focus on the trilingual poetic work of Amelia Rosselli.
Roberto holds two B.A. (Philosophy and Logic) and a M.A. (Contemporary Philosophy) from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University and has lived and studied in Mexico (his perplexing Heimat), France and Germany. He is now pursuing a Ph.D. on the concept of alterity and its significance for the comprehension of intellectual, literary and artistic trends in post-colonial societies, and in Latin America in particular. His interests vary from Gogol, Leopardi, von Kleist, Céline and Bolaño, to phenomenology, post-colonialism, critical theory and psychoanalysis, passing through classical music, old jazz, some tangos and, of course, Bergman films.
Deneb is interested in continental philosophy, critiques of absence and representation, and the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze. Her recent work focuses on 20th century Brazilian and Argentinean literatures, more specifically on how specific works configure the relation between immanence and new ethical practices.
Pieter holds degrees in French and Italian Literature and Literary Theory from Leuven University, and spent one year of his studies at Université Paris IV—La Sorbonne. He has worked as an independent researcher through the Research Foundation Flanders, and collaborated on a New York Times bestselling book on the Amanda Knox case. His ongoing research interests include the works of Pier Paolo Pasolini, China and globalization, contemporary art, and critical theory.
Veli N. Yashin is a PhD candidate in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University, where he is also affiliated with the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society.
His dissertation examines the crises and transformations of authority in the Ottoman Empire during the long nineteenth century by juxtaposing the twin emergence of Arabic and Turkish literary modernities. Bringing together examples of fiction, travelogue, literary history and criticism written in Arabic and Ottoman (Turkish) and attending to the divided figures of the sovereign and the author, he implicates recent theoretical discussions on the notion of sovereignty with theories of writerly authority. The political, social, and cultural pressures exerted by the Tanzimat reforms and the "Eastern Question"—the re-ordering of the empire that responded to the crises of Ottoman legitimacy and identity and to the series of potential cures introduced to treat the "Sick Man of Europe"—and the attendant emergence of an Ottoman polity per se, he argues, figure as corporeal inscriptions in late-Ottoman authorial practices.
His interests include modern Arabic and Turkish literature and culture; late-Ottoman literary, cultural, and intellectual history; theories of sovereignty and political theology; questions of Eurocentrism and Orientalism as they pertain to the study of literature; legacies of German romanticism; and the histories and future(s) of philology.
Zhang Li received his BA in Chinese Literature from Peking University and MA in Comparative Literature from SOAS, University of London. He is now a PhD student in modern Chinese literature at Columbia and a member of the Institute of Comparative Literature and Society. His research interests include the interaction between science, technology and late imperial/early modern Chinese literature, modern Chinese poetry and colonialism and literature in East Asia.
Yurou Zhong is a PhD candidate in the Institute of Comparative Literature and Society as well as the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. She received her B. A. from Tsinghua University, Beijing before joining Columbia. Her dissertation project investigates the transnational making of modern Chinese language and social reforms in China, England, France and the U.S. in the early 20th century. Her research interests include translation theory, the history of language and script reforms with a modern Chinese focus, the relationship between writing as technology and other forms of information transmission.
Yvonne Zivkovic is a Ph.D. candidate in German and Comparative Literature. She holds an M.A. (Magister Artium) from the University of Tübingen, where she studied American, German and Slavic Literature. Her dissertation examines geopoetical (de)constructions of the concept of Mitteleuropa among Austrian and Yugoslav writers after 1945. Her research interests include German literature from the 19th to 21st century, Jewish writers, Eastern European literature, Memory Studies, discourses of Transnationalism and Migration, and Balkan film.
Dongxin received her M.A. in Arabic linguistics from Beijing Foreign Studies University and another M.A. in History from University of Illinois. Her research interests include (post)colonial medicine, identity construction, global knowledge flow, and empire building. Her doctoral study focuses on the history of interaction between China and the Middle East in the second half of the past century.