DIRECTORY | 2020-2021


Pushpa Raj Acharya, PhD
pushpa.acharya[at]mail.utoronto.ca
SSHRC Doctoral Fellow
Collaborative program in South Asian Studies
– Research interests: Global Anglophone Literature, South Asian Studies, Postcolonial Literature and Theory, Nepali Literature, Nation-State and Violence, Poetry-Painting Interconnections, Documentary Films
– Languages: Nepali, Hindi, English, French, Sanskrit, Bangla, Pali

Gianmarco Bocchi, PhD
gianmarco.bocchi[at]mail.utoronto.ca
– 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
colby.chubbs[at]mail.utoronto.ca
-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

Jessica Copley, PhD
jessica.copley[at]mail.utoronto.ca
Research interests: War and Literature; Post-1945 US, France, Japan; Marxist Theory; Aesthetics and Politics; Theories of Imperialism; Philosophy of History; Capitalism and Militarism; War in Visual Culture; Drones and Surveillance Culture; Revolutionary Theory; Ocean Studies.
– Languages: French, Japanese, Spanish, German (reading), Old English.

Matthew da Mota, PhD
matt.damota[at]mail.utoronto.ca
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
ran.deng[at]mail.utoronto.ca
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
sophie.feng[at]mail.utoronto.ca
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
anna.foran[at]mail.utoronto.ca
Research creation stream
– Interests: absence, distance, being without; spectrality
– Mediums: collage/image, creative writing

Ellen Grace, MA
ellen.parsons[at]mail.utoronto.ca
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)

Nathaniel Harrington, PhD
nat.harrington[at]mail.utoronto.ca
– Research interests: reading, riddles, shapeshifting, wizardry, language; contemporary denied-language literatures, fantasy and science fiction, Scottish Gaelic literary history, folklore, relationships between premodern and modern literatures, Miguel de Unamuno, “postcritique”
– Languages: Scottish Gaelic, Spanish, English, French, German (reading), Irish (reading), Italian (reading), Welsh (in progress), Anishinaabemowin (in progress)

Natasha Hay, PhD
natasha.hay[at]mail.utoronto.ca
Collaborative Program in Jewish Studies
-Research interests: Frankfurt School critical theory, continental philosophy, psychoanalysis, literature and philosophy, philosophy of education, translation studies
-Languages: French, German
-Non-literary specialization: Philosophy

Ben Hjorth, PhD
ben.hjorth[at]mail.utoronto.ca
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
talia.isaacson[at]mail.utoronto.ca
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
ben.koonar[at]mail.utoronto.ca
– Research interests: HIV/AIDS literature, ethics and aesthetics, self-portraiture, queer theory, pornography, translation, photography
– Languages: French, Spanish (in progress)

Anna Lechintan, MA
anna.lechintan[at]mail.utoronto.ca
SSHRC Master’s Scholar
– Research interests: German, English, French, Romanian literary modernisms; comparative modernisms; romanticism; 20th century interwar novel and poetry (especially German and Romanian); katabasis and Orphic resonances in European modernism; world literature.
– Languages: Romanian, English, French, German (in progress)

Hong Liu, PhD
ishong.liu[at]mail.utoronto.ca
– 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
gaia.malnati[at]mail.utoronto.ca
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
ben.meyerson[at]mail.utoronto.ca
– 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
ido.moses[at]mail.utoronto.ca
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
matthew.mucha[at]mail.utoronto.ca
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
dominic.pizzolitto[at]mail.utoronto.ca
Research Interests: Marxism, Psychoanalysis, Continental Philosophy, Aesthetics, Modernism, Walter Benjamin, Baudelaire, Trauma Studies, Dramaturgy
Languages: French, German

Kaspars Reinis, PhD
kaspars.reinis[at]mail.utoronto.ca
Connaught International Graduate Scholar
– Research interests: animal studies, extinction studies, birds and their representation within various “texts” and discourses, poststructuralism, zoopoetics, contemporary art history, curatorial studies,
– Languages: Latvian (native); English; German; Spanish (reading).

Felix Roessler, PhD
felix.roessler[at]mail.utoronto.ca
– 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

Julian Stuart, MA
julian.Stuart[at]mail.utoronto.ca
-Research interests: Literary and visual culture in fin-de-siècle Paris and Vienna, postwar and contemporary French literature (esp. Modiano), British and German modernism (esp. Woolf, Bowen, Musil, and Mann), autobiography and self-construction, temporality and memory, subjectivity and finitude, the archive and trauma, phenomenology (esp. Heidegger), critical theory (esp. Benjamin), W.G. Sebald.
-Languages: English, French, German (in progress)

Lily Tarba, PhD
lily.tarba[at]mail.utoronto.ca
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
krystale.tremblaymoll[at]mail.utoronto.ca
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
rob.twiss[at]mail.utoronto.ca
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
teresa.valentini[at]mail.utoronto.ca
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

Yu Wang, PhD
wangy579[at]mail.utoronto.ca
Connaught International Doctoral Scholar
Collaborative program in Jewish Studies
– Research interests: History and memory of the Holocaust and the Second World War; narrative studies; illness literature and narrative medicine; comparative violence, immigration, and forced relocation; testimonies, memoirs, and life stories; critical theories; modern and post-modern literature and literary theories; global studies and world literature
– Languages: Chinese (native); English (advanced); German (reading)