Graduate Students

Genevieve Amaral

Home Department: French and Italian

Genevieve received her B.A. from the University of Toronto in Literary Studies and Philosophy in 2005, and her M.A. in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth College in 2006. She spent 2011-2012 in France with the Paris Program in Critical Theory. Her interests include continental philosophy, in particular phenomenology and hermeneutics; questions relating history, literature and politics; the avant-garde novel; and French, German and English literature from the late nineteenth century to 1960. She has published "Edgar Allan Poe's Fear of Texts: The Man of the Crowd as Literary Monster" in the June 2011 issue of The Comparatist, and is currently at work on her dissertation, tentatively entitled "Flagrant Anachronism: the Aristocrat in interwar French writing and film.

Patricia Anzini Da Costa

Home Department: English

Patricia holds a BA in Studies of Languages and Literature and a MA in Literary Studies partially from her hometown Universidade Estadual Paulista - UNESP (Brazil) and from the University of Winnipeg (Canada) where she wrote her thesis on the work of the Brazilian poets from the Fringe Poetry, especially Cacaso, along with a mainly musical movement called Tropicalism, from the sixties and seventies, in Brazil.  She is especially interested in how they raised the question that has been for many the core of Brazilian art: a national identity know as Brazilianess.  Therefore, the intersections between deconstruction and aesthetic representations of the modern and postmodern condition and identity in the context of Brazilian and American Literature are what will surround her future research.  She has also taught in the field of Languages.

Nadav Avruch

Home Department: German/Jewish Studies

Nadav received his B.A in comparative literature and philosophy from Tel Aviv University in 2006, and his M.A in philosophy in 2011. His M.A thesis dealt with boredom in the writings of Martin Heidegger and Walter Benjamin, and in the work of filmmaker Bela Tarr. Nadav is currently interested in Jewish mysticism, modern German thought and contemporary philosophy, with special emphasis on figures of demonic language.

Eloisa Bressan


Home Department: English

Eloisa Bressan received her B.A. in Classics and her M.A. in Modern Philology from the University of Padua in Italy. Her M.A. dissertation investigated the montage of elements from Ancient Greek and medieval Provençal literatures in The Cantos of Ezra Pound. An abridged version of this work was published in the French online review Loxias in 2014 under the title “Le vortex gréco-provençal dans Les Cantos d’Ezra Pound.” After completing her M.A., Eloisa pursued her graduate studies at the University of Aix-Marseille in France until finally transferring to the doctoral program in Comparative Literary Studies here at Northwestern University.  During her time here, she hopes to deepen her knowledge of American modernist poetry and of its binds with the Classics and with Romance literatures. A poetry enthusiast, Eloisa is a member of the Poetry and Poetics cluster at Northwestern. Her current interests focus on the relation between poetry and the geographical shaping of real and/or imagined places. Eloisa is also a member of the Ezra Pound Society and a contributor to Make it New, The Ezra Pound Society Magazine. Her articles “Reading A walking tour in Southern France…in Southern France: A Geographical Approach” (June 2015) and “Regionalism and Mythmaking: A Map for Ezra Pound’s Walking Tour in Southern France, 1919” (March 2016) include two interactive maps of Pound’s travels. Eloisa is also the editor of the French Scholarship Bibliography on Ezra Pound, and the translator of the troubadours’ biographies from Provençal into English for The Cantos Project, a digital research environment on The Cantos edited by Roxana Preda at the University of Edinburgh.

Arif Camoglu

Home Department: English (MENA)

Arif Samet Camoglu received his B.A. and M.A. in Western Languages and
Literatures from Bogazici University, Turkey. His M.A. thesis explored
the ways in which late Nineteenth Century Ottoman and British
Romanticisms may relate to one another particularly through the poetics
of Percy B. Shelley, and Abdulhak H. Tarhan. He finds Ecocriticism,
Continental Philosophy, Romantic and Modern English, Ottoman and Turkish
literatures inspiring and guiding in his research and studies.

Tessa Cavagnero

Home Department: Classics

Tessa Cavagnero holds a B.A. in classics from Knox College and an M.A. in classical antiquity from the University of Kansas. Her Master’s thesis, entitled Medea nunc sum, examined the relationship between ekphrasis and self-actualization in Seneca’s Medea, and argued against the school of thought that insists Seneca’s plays were written with recitation rather than staged performance in mind. Her main research interests are Greek and Roman tragedy and their relationship to modern film, especially horror film. She is also interested in modern authors whose work refers to horror film, such as Mark Z. Danielewski, and in ancient authors whose work relates to but does not take the form of staged tragedy, such as Lucan. Other interests include women’s and lesbian studies and literary portrayals of witchcraft. When not glued to her desk at work, she enjoys playing violin, writing original poetry and fiction, and translating classical texts into English.

Charles Coustille

Home Department: French and Italian

Charles Coustille is currently involved in a dual Ph.D. program with EHESS in Paris. He is writing his dissertation about writers who attempted to write dissertations themselves (among these writers are Péguy, Paulhan and Barthes). He studied political science, law and literature. At the crossroad of these disciplines, he wrote a Master’s thesis about academic plagiarism where he plagiarized an entire chapter from more than sixty different sources. Charles's various interests include “French theory” and the cinema of Eric Rohmer.

Denis Dapo

Home Department: German

Denis’ present research focuses on aesthetic theory, exile and immigrant literatures, modernism and avant-garde, epistemology, and the intersection of continental philosophy and literature. The period he is chiefly interested in is from the late 19th century to contemporary times in German, English, and Slavic languages and literatures. Denis spent the summer months learning Spanish and reading on aesthetic theory in Kant, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche.

Caitlyn Doyle

Home Department: French

Caitlyn completed her B.A in comparative literature and political science at McMaster University, and her M.A in comparative literature at the University of Western Ontario. Her current research focuses on contemporary French literature and theory, working particularly with the writings of Gilles Deleuze.  Caitlyn is interested in the intersection of philosophy and literature developed in Continental theory, specifically in phenomenology and poststructuralism, focusing on the relationship between language and subjectivity.

Maziyar Faridi

Home Department: English

Maziyar obtained his B.A. in English and his M.A. in Translation Studies from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran. In the past three years, the trajectory of his studies has promoted his interests in poststructuralism, particularly Derrida’s writings, globalization and the interrelations of (trans)national literary canons, comparative literary theory and polysystem studies, philosophy of translation and translation theories, and postcolonial studies and (neo-) orientalism.

Menglu Gao

Home Department: English

Menglu received her B.A. with Honors in English Literature from Shanghai International Studies University in 2012, and her M.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University in 2013. Her interests include late 19th- and early 20th-century British literature, transnational modernism, the intersection of science and literature, translation and theatrical adaptation, and visual culture.

Richard Gabri

Home Department: English

Richard is a self contrarian who is never amazed by his ability to be amazed. He is also interested in things that interest others, so long as they don't interest others the way that they interest him. He is currently thinking about the question of sovereignty, and its reason, as it relates to language and poetic discourse. Richard knows Armenian, Persian and a little Italian.

Lorena Iglesias-Meléndez

Home Department: Spanish & Portuguese

Sabrina Jaromin

Home Department: German

Sabrina studied Comparative Literature, Philosophy and Japanese at the Free University Berlin where she wrote her bachelor thesis on tropes of life, death and nature in Walter Benjamin. As a recipient of a Fulbright grant she spent a year at the University of Minnesota in 2009/2010 and then pursued a Master’s degree in Cultural Studies at the Humboldt University, Berlin. Her M.A. thesis explored Bakhtin’s concept of the carnival in representations of the body in Roland Barthes and Yoko Tawada.

Sabrina is interested in critical theory, animal studies, queer and feminist theory, deconstruction and theories of media and translation. Her dissertation on hunting looks at human-animal encounters in the practices of filming, collecting and eating. Some of her side projects engage with the use of landscape in the Berlin School films or the communication of “Heimat” in regional museums.

Ian Koller

Home Department: Classics

Ian Koller received a B.A. in Classics from Cornell University and attended courses at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg after graduating. His general interests lie in Greek, French, and German literature and thought, and their intersections with one another.

Sonia Li

Home Department: German

Sonia received her B.A. in English, French, and German from Cornell University in 2011. Since graduating, she has taken classes at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität in Heidelberg and taught English in France. Broadly speaking, she is interested in German, French, Dutch, and Anglophone literature, with a particular emphasis on the postwar period.

Sarah Mann-O'Donnell

Home Department: French and Italian

Sarah Mann-O'Donnell is an ABD doctoral student in Comparative Literary Studies with a Certificate in Critical Theory. Her dissertation, titled "Intensive Care: Disability and Desire from Fichte to Deleuze,” considers intersections of convalescence and longing in Fichte, Novalis, Nietzsche, Proust, and Deleuze, through the lens of contemporary disability theory. She was the recent guest editor for a special issue of Deleuze Studies (10.2) on athleticism, is currently editing a volume titled Deleuze and Disability, and will chair an ACLA seminar this summer in Utrecht called “Disability: That Dangerous Supplement."

Maïté Marciano

Home Department: French and Italian

Maïté is a Ph.D. student in the Program of Comparative Literary Studies with a home department in French. She received her B.A. in Art History from the Free University of Brussels in 2012 and her M.A from the Center For Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University in 2013. Her interests include 19th- and 20th- century French literature and thought, critical theory, aesthetics, performance philosophy, and the intersection of literature and science.

Ruth Martin

Home Department: English

Ruth Martin is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literary Studies with a home department in Rhetoric and Public Culture and affiliation with the Classics Cluster. Her dissertation, following Mikhail Bakhtin, explores the origins of the novel in Platonic dialogue. She is co-chair of the NU Public Humanities Colloquium and co-president of Civically Engaged Graduate Students, both of which she helped found, as well as a Brady Fellow in Ethics and Civic Life and a 2015-16 Graduate Affiliate of the Kaplan Institute for the Humanities. In addition to leading seminars in the English, Slavic, Classics and Comp Lit departments, she has taught courses for Chicago Field Studies (Civic Engagement) and The Odyssey Project, an affiliate of Illinois Humanities and Bard College.

Marjan Mohammadi

Home Department: English

Hailing from Tehran, Marjan is a dual PhD candidate at Northwestern and Sorbonne-Nouvelle Paris 3. She is currently away in Paris fulfilling her requirements at Paris 3. She was a fellow in Paris Program in Critical Theory during 2014-2015. She is interested in contemporary American and Anglophone novel, theories of narration, translation, deconstruction, critical theory, media theory, and visual cultures.

Scott Newman

Home Department: English

Scott studied at Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV) and at Oxford Brookes University for his B.A. in English and French (2013). Before joining Northwestern he earned his M.St. in World Literatures in English from the University of Oxford (2014) with a thesis titled “’Native Development’: Land, Education, and Identity in Two African Bildungsromane.” He is broadly interested in postcolonial theory, globalisation and the novel, Anglophone and Francophone African literature, magical realism and 'dictator novels', and narratives of development in fiction and politics.

Olufolahan Olowoyeye

Home Department: Slavic

Folahan received his Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Comparative Literature and Slavic Literatures and Languages from Stanford University in 2009, writing his thesis on the foundation of literary aesthetics in formal distinction, as illustrated in the novels of Vladimir Nabokov. After a brief stint in publishing, he has returned to academic study with a vengeance, his interests drawing from literary and aesthetic theory, phenomenology, and hermeneutics, as well as religious and mystical literatures. He is far less comfortable writing in the third-person than this snippet would imply.

Taymaz Pour Mohammad

Home Department: English (MENA)

Taymaz received his B.A. in Law from Allameh Tabataba'i University in Tehran and studied Liberal Studies at The New School for Social Research, focusing on European philosophy. He is interested in studying the shifting discourses of emotions during the introduction of modernity in Iran by looking into texts produced during and after Iran's 1906 Constitutional Revolution. He primarily investigates the ways in which literary texts have treated emotions, thereby attempting towards a new approach to the study of peripheral modernities.

Kritish Rajbhandari

Home Department: English

Kritish received his B.A. in English from Reed College in Portland Oregon.  While at Reed, Kritish’s wrote his senior thesis on the poetry of Ezra Pound and Wallace Stevens.  His thesis explores how materiality of signs participates in poetic expression in the works of these poets. Kritish’s interests include modern and contemporary poetry and poetics, critical theory, phenomenology and continental philosophy. He is particularly interested in the reciprocity between the poetic consciousness and language - the ways in which texts negotiate between the objective particularity of a form and the abstract idea of a subject.

Jonas Rosenbrück 

Home Department: German

Hailing from Bochum, Germany, Jonas received his B.A. in philosophy from Yale University in 2014. His B.A. thesis investigated the notions of silence and prosthesis in Martin Heidegger’s work. Jonas’s current interests are wide-spread and vague, and include the question of what we find interesting and why, as well as the questions of vagueness, rigor, boredom, and self-referentiality. Thinkers who excite him include Heidegger, Benjamin, Freud, Deleuze, Derrida, Leibniz, Sophocles, and Plato, among many others.

Azadeh Safaeian

Home Department: MENA

I obtained my B.S. in Biology from Azad University of Mashhad, Iran and my B.A. in English Literature from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran. I am interested in alternative cinematic and literary representations of war in The Middle East specially from the point of view of women and ethnic minorities.

Ben Schacht

Home Department: English

Ben received his B.A. in Philosophy from Trinity College (CT) in 2008. His research concerns the social history of reading in early Victorian England, workers' periodical and pamphlet literature, literature and economics, Marx and Victorian England, and twentieth century Marxist social and cultural theory. He has also recently developed an interest in Yiddish literature and its relation to Jewish labor history in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Frederika Tevebring

Home Department: Classics

Frederika recieved a B.A. in Altertumswissenschaften (Ancient Studies)
and a M.A. in Religionswissenschaft (Religious Studies) from Freie
Universität in Berlin. During her studies she has also attended
courses in Greece and Sweden arranged by the Universities of Stockholm
and Uppsala and worked on a number of archaeological excavations
throughout Greece. Frederika is interested in the history
of classical scholarship, especially in late 18th and 19th century Germany.
She is particularly interested in the developing discourse of this
time on categories such as nature and, associated with it, sexuality
and fertility with regard to Greek religion.

Benjamin Trivers

Home Department: German

Benjamin received his A.B. in comparative literature from Brown University and his M.A. in German Literature from Princeton. Most recently, he taught English in Santiago, Chile. His interests include German, English, Latin American, and French Literature; Romanticism; poetics; aesthetics; literary theory; the limits and ethics of criticism; and literature and the visual arts.

Vincent Valour

Home Department: French & Italian

Having successfully passed his Qualifying Exam in early December, Vincent is currently achieving his prospectus. Vincent will be in Paris next year, with the Paris Program in Critical Theory, and will take part in the London Graduate School Summer Academy, UK, centered on the work of Jacques Derrida on June 24-27.
Vincent has also recently applied for a dual-PhD with the University of Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV).

Joshua Winchester

Home Department: German

Winchester holds both a BA and MA from New York University. He received a BA in Comparative Literature as well as Creative Writing and an MA in German Studies. Winchester is primarily concerned with the history of ideas in philosophy and literature. His current research focuses on the history of the idea of freedom incompatible with the will from the Protestant reformation to the end of World War II. Winchester focuses on early modern, transcendental, and post-structural philosophy from Michel de Montaigne to Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Nietzsche and Emmanuel Levinas. With respect to literature, there is no categorical focus, but research in the original language is largely limited to English-, French-, German-, and Spanish-language literatures. His other interests include psychoanalysis, the site occupied by an "accident (eventum)" in literary and philosophical thought, the political intersection of Antigone across various discourses, queer theory and its relationship to mimesis, the radical sameness of the other, racism and race philosophy, relief objects of ideology, the affects of shame and apathy, the practice of documenting identities as well as the corollary oppression of play instituted through such norms of objectivity. Additionally, Winchester is a post-conceptual mixed-race poet who comes from an adoptive family in rural southern Illinois.