DIRECTORY | 2022-2023

Gianmarco Bocchi, PhD
– Research interests: text-image relationship; theories of photography; pictorial/photographic ekphrasis; photo-texts and issues of spatiality; narratology; visual rhetoric; 20th- and 21st-century Italian and Latin-American literature; memory studies; W.G. Sebald
– Languages: Italian, English, Spanish, Portuguese (reading), Latin

Colby Chubbs, PhD
-Research interests: Hegel and post-Hegelian thought, especially the transmission of his philosophy amongst his schools as well as Heine and Marx and Engels; Marxist thought; psychoanalysis; German literature, especially Kleist, Heine, Kafka, and Brecht.
-Languages: English, German, French

Matthew da Mota, PhD
SSHRC Doctoral Fellow, William Reese Company Fellow 2019, Bibliographic Society of America Scholarship Holder 2019-2020
– Research interests: early modern Iberia, epic poetry, historical writing, narrative and time, philosophy of history, and book history
– Languages: Portuguese, Spanish, Latin (reading)

Zhuoran “Ran” Deng, PhD
Collaborative program in Women & Gender Studies
– Research interests: 20th- and 21st-century German and Sinophone literary and visual cultures, gender and sexuality studies, affect, psychoanalysis, media theory, and digital humanities
– Languages: Mandarin, German, Japanese (in progress)

Sophie Feng, PhD
SSHRC Doctoral Scholar
– Research interests: Francophone literatures, Canadian literature, diasporic literature and theory, transnational feminisms, anticolonial theory and literature, vulnerability studies, cultural and literary theory, early modern women’s poetry, gender and sexuality studies, affect theory, 20th-century anarcho-feminism in China
– Languages: English, French, Chinese (Mandarin), Italian (reading), German (reading)

Anna Foran, PhD
SSHRC Doctoral Fellow
– Research interests: 20th century art and architecture, abstraction, literary theory, media and information studies
– Languages: French, Creative Research, German (reading)

Ellen Grace, MA
Research interests: Russian literature, transhumanism, Soviet science fiction, russian cosmism and Nikolai Fedorov, mind-body dualism, corporeality and disability studies, petroculture & eco-criticism
Languages: English, French, Russian (in progress)


Ben Hjorth, PhD
Connaught International Doctoral Scholar
– Research interests: Theatre history & performance studies, early modern English poetry and performance (Shakespeare, Milton), 19th- and 20th-century Continental philosophy, particularly German and French (Hegel, Marx, Benjamin, Adorno, Derrida), psychoanalysis (Freud, Lacan), Caribbean anti-/decolonial literature, history and theory (Fanon, Césaire, Glissant, C.L.R. James, Wynter, Brathwaite)
– Languages: English, French, German, Spanish (in progress)
– Non-literary specialization: Philosophy

Tal Isaacson, PhD
Ontario Graduate Scholar
– Research interests: Classical Reception, Greek Tragedy, 20th-century Caribbean literature and theatre, Marxism, Anti-Colonial and Post-Colonial literatures, the Non-Aligned Movement
– Languages: Ancient Greek, French, Russian (in progress)

Ben Koonar, PhD
– Research interests: HIV/AIDS literature, ethics and aesthetics, self-portraiture, queer theory, pornography, translation, photography
– Languages: French, Spanish (in progress)

Hong Liu, PhD
– Research interests: Early modern theatre, history plays, tragedy, and comedy in philosophy, aesthetics, material culture, text-image relationship, iconoclasm and iconography
– Languages: Chinese, English, Spanish, German, Latin (in progress)

Gaia Malnati, PhD
Collaborative program in Jewish Studies
Research interests: orality, Holocaust testimonies, migrants’ performance, Paul Celan’s poetry, public theory
Languages: Italian, English, German, French (reading), Yiddish (in progress

Ben Meyerson, PhD
– Research interests: flamenco, medieval troubadour lyric, peninsular Spanish poetry, contemporary poetry and poetics, materialism and process philosophy (Spinoza, Simondon, Serres, Deleuze, etc.), medieval and early modern Jewish philosophy, diasporic ontologies, critiques of speculative realism, Wittgenstein and ordinary language philosophy, ineffability in sonic cultures
– Languages: English, Spanish, Medieval Occitan (reading), Hebrew (reading), French (reading)

Ido Moses, PhD
Collaborative program in Jewish Studies
– Research Interests: 20th-century war novels, soldier-authors, Hebrew literature, history and literature, adaptation of experience, new media, post-ideological conflict, diary writing, POW experiences.
– Languages: Hebrew, English, German, French (reading)

Matthew Mucha, PhD
Ontario Graduate Scholar
Collaborative programs in Diaspora & Transnational Studies and Women & Gender Studies
– Research interests: contemporary Philippine literature, postwar Taiwan literature, 20th century Central & Eastern European literatures, diasporic literatures, archipelagic studies, Cold War studies, postcolonial theory, queer theory, trauma & memory studies
– Languages: English, French, Spanish, Mandarin, Taiwanese Hokkien, Tagalog, Polish, Italian (reading)

Dominic Pizzolitto, PhD
Research Interests: Marxism, Psychoanalysis, Continental Philosophy, Aesthetics, Modernism, Walter Benjamin, Baudelaire, Trauma Studies, Dramaturgy
Languages: French, German

Felix Roessler, PhD
– Research interests: contemporary poetry and poetics; experimental literature; multilingual literature; media materialities; queer historiographies аnd temporalities; STS; translation studies; obscurity and untranslatability; language (in Derrida, Glissant, Deleuze&Guattari)
– Languages: German, English, French, Russian

Lily Tarba, PhD
Ontario Graduate Scholar
– Research interests: literary representations of shame and honour; Northwest Caucasus; Russo-Circassian, Caucasian war; 18th- and 19th-century Russian poetry and prose; 18th- and 19th-century Georgian poetry and prose
– Languages: Russian, Georgian, French (reading)

Krystale Tremblay-Moll, PhD
FRQSC Doctoral Fellow
– Research interests: Hispanic Caribbean Literature, gender/sexuality studies, postcolonial studies, labour histories, tourism studies, environmental humanities
– Languages: English, French, and Spanish

Robert Twiss, PhD
Ontario Graduate Scholar
– Research interests: The history of anthropology, early-modern European satire, early-modern European contact literature
– Languages: French and Spanish, reading German

Teresa Valentini, PhD
Connaught International Doctoral Scholar
– 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

Updated 2021.