Current Students of the Centre (2018–19)

Pushpa Raj Acharya, PhD
pushpa.acharya [at]
SSHRC Doctoral Fellow
Collaborative program in South Asian Studies
– Research interests: South Asian literatures; Nepali literature; Anglophone literature; postcolonial literature; violence and trauma; storytelling; the Himalayas and the Indian Ocean; the Mahabharata
– Languages: English, Nepali, Hindi, Sanskrit, French (reading), Chinese (in progress)

Benjamin Bandosz, PhD
b.bandosz [at]
Vanier Scholar
– Research interests: 19th- & 20th-century English and Polish literature and expatriate writers; Conrad’s Trilogy of Surveillance; French Continental philosophy; globotomy, psychoanalysis, and schizoanalysis (Freud & Guattari); narratology; textual depictions of mental illnesses; alchemy and early modern political thought (Bacon, Hobbes, & Spinoza)
– Languages: English, Polish, French, Russian (in progress)

Gianmarco Bocchi, PhD
gianmarco.bocchi [at]
– Research interests: word-image relationship; ekphrasis, photography, visual rhetoric; W.G. Sebald; memory; concept and rewriting of classics; utopia-dystopia
– Languages: Italian, English, Spanish, Latin, Portuguese (reading)

Kate Brennan, PhD
kate.brennan [at]
Collaborative program in Diaspora and Transnational Studies
Dissertation: “The Grafted Tongue: Caribbean and Irish Poets on English-Language Hegemony”
– Research interests: 20th and 21st century Caribbean and Irish literature, film, and music; language theory and linguistics; poetry and poetics; postcolonial, cultural, and comparative literary theory; diaspora and transnational studies
– Languages: French, Irish, Spanish, Jamaican Creole (in progress)

Jessica Copley, PhD
jessica.copley [at]
– Research interests: post-war and post-violence subjectivities in 20th- and 21st-century American, French and Japanese fiction; literature as a site of political resistance; representations of violence and the body; critical theory (esp. Marxism, feminism, psychoanalysis)
– Languages: English, French, Spanish, Japanese

Matthew da Mota, PhD
matt.damota [at]
– Research interests: medieval and early modern Iberian literature and history, literary epic, descriptive bibliography, culture and political movements in the 19th and 20th centiuries, philosophy of history, social history, film aesthetics, memory, war and trauma in literature, the spy novel and the Cold War
– Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian (reading), Czech (reading)

Arianne Des Rochers, PhD
arianne.desrochers [at]
– Research interests: translation studies, multilingual writing, Caribbean thought and literature, contemporary Canadian literature, Indigenous literatures, migrant writing, border writing, politics of refusal, language & identity, transnational and diaspora studies
– Languages: French, English, Spanish

Corinn Gerber, PhD
corinn.gerber [at]
Jackman Junior Fellow
Collaborative Program in Women and Gender Studies
– Research interests: definitions of personhood, epistemologies of publication and dissemination, political subjectivity, print and digital literacy, publication as methodology, technologies of recognition, theories of individual and collective becoming, transnational feminisms
– Languages: German, English, French, Danish, Italian (reading), Kanyen’kéha (reading)


Nathaniel Harrington, PhD
nat.harrington [at]
Ontario Graduate Scholar
– Research interests: reading, riddles, shapeshifting, the apocalypse, wizardry, language; ontologies of fiction, contemporary Scottish Gaelic literature, fantasy and science fiction, Miguel de Unamuno, “postcritique”, reader-response criticism
– Languages: Scottish Gaelic, Spanish, English, French, Irish (reading), Italian (reading)

Natasha Hay, PhD
natasha.hay [at]
– Research interests: Walter Benjamin; Hannah Arendt; Theodor Adorno; Frankfurt School; German-Jewish thought; social and political thought; philosophies of history; continental philosophies of language; messianic theologies; ethics of alterity; historiographies and theories of violence; post-structuralism and deconstruction; history of philosophy; critical legal theory; philosophy of education; translation studies; rhetoric; hermeneutics; aesthetics
– Languages: English, French, German, Latin (in progress)

Ben Hjorth, PhD
ben.hjorth [at]
Connaught International Scholarship for Doctoral Students
– Research interests: 19th- and 20th-century German philosophy, 20th- and 21st-century French philosophy, psychoanalysis, contemporary poetics and performance practice, performance theory, performance philosophy
– Languages: English, French, German
– Non-literary specialization in Philosophy

Minying Huang, MA
minying.huang [at]
Massey College Junior Fellow
– Research interests: Arab immigrant writing in Latin America; avant-garde and contemporary Spanish American poetry and poetics; memory, myth, and desire in diasporic literature; queer studies
– Languages: Spanish, Arabic, English, Chinese (Mandarin), French (in progress)

Tal Isaacson, PhD
talia.isaacson [at]
SSHRC Doctoral Fellow
– Research interests: ancient Greek political thought, early modern European political thought, European colonialism, American imperialism, Marxism, materialist feminism
– Languages: ancient Greek, French

Sanja Ivanov, PhD
sanja.ivanov [at]
Collaborative programs in Diaspora and Transnational Studies and in Jewish Studies
– Research interests: Balkan and Central European literatures and cultures, post-communism, new sincerity, material culture, museum studies, autobiography and life writing, immigrant writing
– Languages: Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Bulgarian (native); English (near-native); German (upper-intermediate); Slovenian, Macedonian (reading)

Nefise Kahraman, PhD
nefise.kahraman [at]
– Research interests: gender and medicine, science and literature, medical humanities, history of emotions, translation studies, world literature, storytelling
– Languages: Turkish, Ottoman Turkish (matbu), French, Persian

Paula Karger, PhD
p.karger [at]
Ontario Graduate Scholar
– Research interests: late medieval Iberia; early colonial Latin America, specifically Brazilian and Mayan works; Ramon Llull, La Doncella Teodor; trans-Atlantic exchange; translation/adaptation; wisdom literature
– Languages: Spanish, German, Latin (reading), Catalan (reading), Maya (in progress)

Joseph Klemens, PhD
joe.klemens [at]
– Research interests: contemporary Latin American literature, orality and performance in prose, narratology, language theory, contemporary poetry and poetics, small press publishing
– Languages: Spanish, German, Portuguese (reading)

Ben Koonar, MA
– Research interests: continental philosophy; French literature; shame; animal studies
– Languages: English, French, Spanish (reading), Modern Standard Arabic (in progress)

Anastasia Lachine, PhD
anastasia.lachine [at]

Matthew Larocque Coulas, PhD
m.larocquecoulas [at]
Ontario Graduate Scholar
– Research interests: contemporary photography and non-fiction
– Languages: English, French, Arabic (in progress), German (in progress)

Tristian Lee-Hyman, MA
tristian.lee.hyman [at]
– Research interests: continental philosophy, translation, fashion, theories of modernity, cities, photography
– Languages: English, French, Italian, German (in progress), Irish (in progress)

Hong Liu, PhD
ishong.liu [at]
– Research interests: Shakespeare’s plays, American modernism and postmodernism, expatriate writing, intertextuality, melancholia, psychoanalysis, literary representation of mental illness, affect studies
– Languages: English, Mandarin, Spanish (in progress)

Samantha Mazzilli, MA
samantha.mazzilli [at]
– Research interests: Republican Latin poetry; satire and obscenity; epistemological choices in scientific doctrines; collective memory and trauma; Epicurean philosophy
– Languages: English, Latin, French

Dr. Alex Moshkin
amoshkin [at]
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow
Project title: “Minor Geographies: Russian Émigrés, Literature of Deterritorialization and Spatial Politics in Israel”
– Research interests: Soviet and post-Soviet literature; contemporary Israeli writing and film; transnational Jewish culture; world literature
– Languages: Russian, Hebrew, English

Matthew Mucha, PhD
matthew.mucha [at]
– Research interests: Philippine history and literature, contemporary Taiwan literature, Sinophone literatures, Hispanic literatures, Central and Eastern European literatures, postcolonial studies, diaspora and transnational studies, women’s autobiography studies
– Languages: English, French, Spanish, Mandarin, Taiwanese Southern Min, Italian (reading), Polish (in progress), Tagalog (in progress)

Adwoa A. Opoku-Agyemang, PhD
maa.opoku.agyemang [at]
SSHRC Doctoral Fellow
– Research interests: West African literature, French and francophone literature, humour, translation, postcolonial literature

Kristopher Poulin-Thibault, PhD
kristopher.poulin.thibault [at]
Dissertation: Photographic Intimacy and Hybridity: Text-Image Relationship in Contemporary Autobiographical Narratives
– Research interests: autobiographical writing and autofiction; text-image relationship; photography; empathy and compassion; video game studies; language acquisition and pedagogy
– Languages: French, English, German, Italian, Spanish (reading), Kanyen:kéha (in progress)

Kaspars Reinis, PhD
kaspars.reinis [at]
Connaught Scholar
– Research interests: animal studies; posthumanist ethics and aesthetics; poetics; continental philosophy (Derrida, Nancy, Foucault, Agamben, Bataille); J.M. Coetzee; conceptual art; neo-avant-garde art movements in Eastern Europe; Latvian poetry, especially Imants Ziedonis
– Languages: English, Latvian, German (in progress)

Saharnaz Samaeinejad, PhD
saha.samaeinejad [at]
CGS Doctoral Fellow
– Research interests: modern Persian poetry and poetics (with a special ofcus on the period between 1941 and 19179); the poetry of Forūgh Farrokhzād; the history of Marxist aesthetic theory; the critical theory of the Frankfurt School; the critical potentials of the poetics of lyric expressivity
– Languages: Persian (native), English, German (in progress)

Alif Shahed, MA
alif.shahed [at]
Collaborative program in South Asian Studies
– Research interests: political theory; political economy; market/public infrastructures; the construction of public space and public life; representations of the intellectual; liberalism in South Asia (colonial/contemporary); anthropology/history of time, space, and capital
– Languages: Bengali, Sanskrit, German (in progress)

Rachel F. Stapleton, PhD
rachel.f.stapleton [at]
Dissertation: “Autobiographical Strategies of Petition in Early Modern English and Spanish Women’s Lifewriting”
– Research interests: epistolary theory & genre; communication; letter writing manuals; artes dictaminis; manipulations of inter/personal subjectivities; social conduct; political and gendered language
– Languages: English, Spanish, French, Latin

Leonard Stein, PhD
leonard.stein [at]
Connaught International Scholarship for Doctoral Students
Israel and Golda Koschitsky Fellowship in Jewish Studies
– Research interests: literature of the Sephardic diaspora; crypto-Jewish identity; Inquisition studies; orality and literacy; performance studies; music in literature
– Languages: English, Hebrew, Spanish (in progress), Ladino (in progress)

Lily Tarba, PhD
lily.tarba [at]
– Research interests: literary representations of shame and honour; eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Russian and Georgian poetry and prose; early modern English poetry; Milton; Shakespeare
– Languages: Russian, Georgian, French (reading)

Teresa Valentini, PhD
teresa.valentini [at]
Connaught International Scholarship for Doctoral Students
– Research interests: European modernism (with a special focus on Italian, Irish, and German literatures); theory of modernity; late 19th- and 20th-century continental philosophy; perspectivism; Freud; Agamben’s conception of potentiality; aesthetics; theory of the novel.
– Languages: Italian, English, German (in progress), French (reading), Latin

Robert Twiss, PhD
rob.twiss [at]
Ontario Graduate Scholar; Jackman Junior Fellow
– Research interests: early modern ethnography and colonialism, satire, translation
– Languages: English, French, Spanish, German (reading)

Mac Wallace, MA
mac.wallace [at]
– Research interests: Anglo-Irish modernism; folklore and recovering ancestry in modernism; nationalism and literature
– Languages: ancient Greek, Latin, French, Japanese (in progress)

Yu Wang, PhD [at]
Connaught International Scholarship for Doctoral Students
Collaborative program in Jewish Studies
– Research interests: Holocaust history, memory, literature and culture; moral and ethical issues connected to the remembrance of the past; the transcultural development of the discourse of rescue, humanism and heroism since the 1950s
– Languages: English, Chinese (native), German (in progress), Hebrew (in progress)

Andrew Young, PhD
andrewj.young [at]
– Research interests: the Haitian Revolution; Transatlantic slavery; psychoanalysis; whiteness and anti-Black racism; German idealism, political theory; early modern political thought; critical theory
– Languages: English, French, German (reading), Spanish (reading)


Updated: October 10, 2018.