Students on the Market

Joan Arbery defended her dissertation, “Remembering Purgatory: Contemporary Incarnations in Paris, London, and Dublin,” in March of 2010. She is currently an adjunct lecturer in Discourse and Discernment at Southern Methodist University. She also directs the Arete in Irving program—a two-week high school summer session on nobility and excellence—at the University of Dallas.

Jason Baxter, Dante and the Sacred, encyclopedic Poem (May 2014)

Damiano Benvegnù In 2007 he completed a “Dottorato di Ricerca in Italianistica” [Ph.D. in Italian Studies] at the University “La Sapienza” in Rome, with a project on modern poetry written in the regional languages spoken in the North-Eastern periphery of Italy. My current research at the University Notre Dame deals with the issue of representations of animals and teriomorphism in modern Italian literature, art, and philosophy. My dissertation, “Primo Levi and the Question of the Animal: Suffering, Technology, Creation,” investigates the animal imagery expressed by the Jewish-Italian writer Primo Levi (1919-1987). (May 2014 graduation)

Sara Bramsen, French and British 18th-century literature, especially the literature of the French RevolutionSara Bramsen

Ciara Conneely, Dialogue with the ‘Other’: Modernity and Migration in an Irish and Francophone African Context. (May 2014)

Daniel Colon Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies,  The Catholic University of America

Melissa Dinsman Melissa Dinsman works as Notre Dame's Digital Initiative Operations Program Manager in the newly formed Office of Digital Learning. Her first book, Modernism at the Microphone, explores the historical and formal connections between modernism and radio broadcasting during WWII and is under contract with the Historicizing Modernism series at Bloomsbury Academic. Melissa has published widely on twentieth-century literature on authors such as James Joyce, Dorothy Sayers, Bertolt Brecht, Umberto Eco, and Eavan Boland.

Jessica Dougherty McMichael, Transformative Place: Liminal Place in Contemporary Irish and Native American Literatures

Mazen El Makkouk, Egyptian and Greek novel

Jennifer Mary Fox, Slavery and Ancient Novel Studies, Gender Studies Minor

Margaret Garvey, Ancient Greek philosophy and performance theory

David Gregory Negron, Contemporary Literature and Film, with a specialization in Latin American Film as well as the Southern Cone. His most recent project analyzes the relation between art and politics in Chile and Argentina and their connection with the Iberian Peninsula.  He will gradaute in Janaury 2014.

Loren Higbee, European lyric poetry, particularly the Italian and British traditions (Graduate January 2014)

Harry Karahalios His Ph.D.. thesis, “Differentiating National Identities: Cultures of Immigration in Europe’s Peripheries,” at the University of Notre Dame. His research focuses on the national anxiety that the presence of immigrants causes in Spain and Greece, and the geocultural location of Southern European countries in relation to the European Union.  His wider research interests include contemporary European cinema, transnational forms of identity construction, and cross-cultural communication and migration. He is currently a lecturing fellow of Spanish at Duke University.

Jieon Kim, Medieval and Late Antique Literature, Philosophy, and Theology

Alexander Larsen, Antebellum American Literature, Continental Philosophy, German Literature, Graduate Minor: Screen Cultures

James Martell, Transnational modernism, poststructuralism, psychoanalysis, history of aesthetics, philosophy of art; art and literature as epistemological practices

Yvonne Mikuljan, Anglo-Saxon Literature, Disability Studies

Javier Mocarquer Modern and contemporary Latin American literature, especially from the Southern Cone (Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay); Contemporary Luso-Brazilian writing; tensions between aesthetics and politics; cultural studies; gender and queer studies; critical theory; world literature.  CV

Marianne Peracchio-Diquattro, Towards a Phenomenological Method of Performance Analysis

Bretton Rodriguez, Medieval English and Spanish literature.

Sara Troyani, Italian and Italian-American Studies, Travel Literature, Screen Cultures Minor

Maria Valenzuela, Colonial Trauma and Philippine (Trans)national Imaginings: Translating/Telling Nation in Philippine Literature

Hannah Zdansky, Medieval English, French, and Celtic literatures

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