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Students

Fabio Battista Fabio-Battista

fbattista@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Fabio Battista is a doctoral student in Comparative Literature. His areas of concentration are Early Modern English and Italian literature; Cultural History; Theory of Literary Genres; and History and Literature.

 

Yehuda Éric Benchemhoun

Yehuda Éric Benchemhoun is a graduate student in French. He is interested in Renaissance and 20th century literature and culture; linguistic and cultural aspects of exile, especially how memories of native tongues and cultures are incorporated into new and/or adopted identities; also, the music of Éric Satie and the writings of Albert Camus, Gaston Blanchard, and Paul Ricoeur.

 

Shiraz Biggie Shiraz-Biggie

Shiraz Biggie is a Ph.D. student in the Theatre program. Her research takes a microhistorical perspective surrounding the comparative diasporic experiences of the Irish and Jewish communities in the United States from 1880-1920.  She is exploring various types of amateur performances, language learning activities, and poetry publications with a particular eye to how these communities interacted with their imagined homelands. Her research is aimed at complicating the idea of performed identity within the diaspora. She is particularly interested in the question of how performance in immigrant communities effects the revival and maintenance of language and contributes to the evolving nature of culture in the places they have left behind as well as in their new communities. Her goal is to demonstrate the ongoing connection to the perceived homeland as a vital part of the immigrant experience beyond traditional assimilationist narratives.

 

Jane Bolin

Jane Bolin is a graduate student in English.

 

Joseph Bowling

Joseph Bowling is a graduate student in English.

 

Lorena Uribe Bracho

Lorena Uribe Bracho is a graduate student in the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages department. Her research interests include Spanish Golden Age poetry; medieval and early modern poetry (in both English and Spanish) and its relationship to music of the same period, the sonnet tradition and the history of melancholy and lovesickness.

 

Helen Chang

Helen Chang is a doctoral student in Political Science. Her dissertation is entitled “Looking Beyond Electoral Institutions: Explaining Variations in Electoral Behavior and Outcomes.”

 

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Carlos A. Cuestas is a DMA candidate in classical guitar and early plucked instruments. His interests include performance practice, Latin American history and music, romance languages.

 

Phelim Dolan

Phelim Dolan is a graduate student in History, with research interests including European History, Food History, Social History of Medicine, Early Modern Italy, Early Modern Ireland, and World History.

 

Paola Evangelista

Paola Evangelista is a graduate student in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages.

 

Allison Lindsey FarisFaris-Allison

Allison Faris is a PhD student in French at the Graduate Center. She is interested in women writers and the marginal genres and non-canonical texts of the seventeenth-century, the “petits romantiques,” gender theory, and feminist scholarship.

 

Krystle Farman

Krystle Farman is a doctoral candidate in History.

 

Giurissa A. Félix

Giurissa A. Félix is a graduate student in the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages department.

 

Andrea Fernández

Andrea Fernández is a graduate student in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages, focusing on Siglo de Oro, Colonial Latin America, mysticism, naughty clerics, rogues and pirates, epic poetry, optics, cartography and visual arts.

 

Matilde Fogliani

Matilde Fogliani is a graduate student in Comparative Literature. She studies Italian, English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese literatures.

 

Simon Fortin

Simon Fortin is a graduate student in English.

 

Mariana Goycoechea

Mariana Goyoechea is a doctoral student in the French department. Her dissertation will analyze descriptions of indigenous bodies in the travel writings of French Protestants in 16th century Florida. She also studies representations of Afro-creole spiritual practices and Vodou, and their role in identity formation in diasporic Haitian literature.

 

Thomas Hedrick

Thomas Hedrick is a graduate student in Music (Musicology).

 

Robin Hizme

Robin Hizme is a graduate student in English. Her research interests include Medieval and early modern drama, performance theory, lyric poetry.

 

Eduardo Ho

Eduardo Ho is a graduate student in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages. His research interests include Functional linguistics (Columbia School); historical grammar; language contact and language change; the relationship between linguistics and literature.

 

Adrian Izquierdo

Adrian Izquierdo is a graduate student in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages, with research interests including Early Modern Life-Writing, XVII Century French-Spanish Relations, and Translation Theory and Practice in Early Modern Europe.

 

Maura Kenny

Maura Kenny is a doctoral student in History. Her research is specifically in family record keeping practices in England from 1400–1700, and the history of archives of the early modern period more broadly. Maura is also an archivist and librarian, and has worked mainly in academic archives, as a processing and digital archivist.

 

Yael (Nezer) Lavender-Smith

Yael N. Lavender-Smith is a doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature. She studies early modern literature (English/Hebrew/Latin/Spanish); transformation narratives from antiquity to the 20th century; Shakespeare; Sidney.

 

Maria Lucca

Maria Lucca is a doctoral student in Art History. Her dissertation is entitled “a, “Renaissance Siena as a Case Study of Cross-Cultural Exchange in Central
Italy.”

 

Alex Chih-ping Ma

Alex Chih-ping Ma is a graduate student in English.

 

Colin S. MacDonald

Colin S. MacDonald is a graduate student in English.

 

Trinity Martinez

Trinity Martinez is a doctoral student in Art History. Her research interests include Italian Renaissance Art, Northern Renaissance Art, Renaissance Humanism, Spain (History), and Medieval Spain.

 

John T. Massey

John T. Massey is a doctoral student in History.

 

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emazzer@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Erika Mazzer is a doctoral student in Comparative Literature. Her research concentrations include Renaissance Studies, Cultural History, Italian Literature, Heresy, Magic.

 

Erika Grisselle Morales-Montalvo

Erika Grisselle Morales-Montalvo is a graduate student in theHispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages department.

 

Andres Olmedo Orejuela

Andres Olmedo Orejuela is a student in the Comparative Literature program.

 

Stefania PorcelliStepanie-P

sporcelli@gc.cuny.edu

Stefania Porcelli is a graduate student in Comparative Literature. Her areas of concentration include literature of the Second World War; Italian Resistance; literature and propaganda; Elsa Morante; Elizabeth Bowen.

 

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Luisanna Sardu Castangia is a doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature. She studies Women and Gender studies; languages and linguistics; Spanish studies; and Renaissance studies.

 

Stephen Spencer

Stephen Spencer is a graduate student in English.

 

Lisa Tagliaferrilisaphoto

ltagliaferri@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Lisa Tagliaferri is a doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her focus is on the Renaissance periods, and she is working on a dissertation on Catherine of Siena’s writing and legacy in Italy and England.

 

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Marguerite Van Cook is a doctoral student in French whose recent work looks at the intersection of political economics and literature, and the politics of gender. She is a Fellow of the Henri Peyre French Institute.

 

Pascale Vassy

Pascale Vassy is a graduate student in French.

 

Chun-ling Wei

Chun-ling Wei is a graduate student in Comparative Literature focusing on English literature; Renaissance studies; modern drama; literary theory; Chinese films.

 

Timothy Windsor

Timothy Windsor is a graduate student in English.

 

Rifat Yalman

Rifat Yalman is a graduate student in Comparative Literature.

 

Alessandro ZammataroZammataro

Alessandro Zammataro is a graduate student in Comparative Literature. His work focuses on the Middle Ages, 19th – 20th century and contemporary literature; Digital Philology; Digital Humanities; Digital restoring and visual improving of medieval and modern manuscripts; Petrarch.

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