Graduate Students 

Our graduate students come from the U.S. and from all across the world. In the links below you can find descriptions of our graduate students and their area(s) of interest, listed according to their year of entry to the program.

Abbasi-Lemmon, LauraLaura

laura.abbasi.lemmon@gmail.com

MA, Women’s and Gender Studies, Stony Brook University, 2014 to Present                BA, Art and Communication, McDaniel College

Areas of interest: Representations of Gender and Sexuality in Media, Feminist Theory, Interpersonal and Nonverbal Communication, Interdisciplinary Methods.

Akaltun, EvrenEvren Akaltun

evrenakaltun@gmail.com

PhD, Comparative Literature, Stony Brook, 2007-present
MA, Comparative Literature, Stony Brook University, 2011
BA, English, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, 2000

Areas of interest: 20th Century Turkish literature, transnational studies, World Literature, psychoanalysis, travel literature.

Basaldua, SophiaS. Basaldua

 

sophia.basaldua@stonybrook.edu

Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Stony Brook University, 2013 to present                     MA, English, Clemson University, 2013                                                                   BA, English, Armstrong Atlantic State University, 2011

Areas of Interest: Transnational theory, postcolonial theory, movement and dance theory, the interplay of embodiment and disembodiment in literature, Post-45 American and British literature and how it intersects with Victorian literature, gender and sexuality, narratives of masculinity, the novel, interdisciplinary approaches to literary theory. 

Barnhart, RyanRyan Barnhart

rtbarnhart@gmail.com

PhD, Comparative Literature, Stony Brook, 2007-present
BA, Comparative Literature, New York University

Areas of Interest: Postmodernism, rhetoric, religion, Hispanic studies, film.

Brock, Marcus MARCUSBROCK

 

marcus.brock@gmail.com

PhD, Cultural Studies, Stony Brook, 2010 - present
B.A. American Literature & Culture, Minor: Political Science, University of California Los Angeles
M.C.M., Communication Management, University Of Southern California

Areas Of Interest: Race, Queer Theory, Film And Cinema Theory, Gender And Sexuality, Disadvantaged Youth, Arts Education, Gay Subculture, Harlem Renaissance, Post-Colonialism.

Burrows, Claire Claire Burrows

aclaireburrows@gmail.com

PhD, Comparative Literature, Stony Brook, 2006-present
MA, Comparative Literature, Stony Brook University, 2010
MA, Aesthetic Studies, University of Texas at Dallas, 2006
BA, Literary Studies, University of Texas at Dallas, 2003

Areas of interest: graphic narratives, autobiography, twentieth century fiction, holocaust studies, trauma narratives.

 

Cannarella, Elaine

 ecannarella@aol.com

Chen, I-Ju RubyI-Ju Ruby CHen

chenrubyiju@gmail.com

PhD, Comparative Literature, Stony Brook, 2005 - present
BA, English, Tamkang University (Taiwan) 2001

Areas of Interest: late-19th century French Art, Literature and Criticism, Heterotopia, contemporary Chinese prose and poetry.

 

 Choi, Ignacio

ignaciochoi2@gmail.com

Clinton, Greggreg

greg.clinton@stonybrook.edu

PhD Program, Cultural Studies, Stony Brook, 2012 - present
MA, Philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), 2005
BA, Philosophy, College of Wooster, 2001

Areas of Interest: Intersection of philosophy and literature, Education, Romanticism, Philosophy of Science, Intellectual History, Shakespeare.

Kimberly CoatesCoates

kimberly.coates@stonybrook.edu

PhD, Comparative Literature Stony Brook University, 2014 - present                           MA, History and Literature, Columbia University, 2014                                                BA, English, Santa Clara University, 2009

Areas of Interest: Literature and Philosophy, 20th and 21st Century Existentialist Fiction, American and French Feminist Theory

Corbman, Rachelcorbman

rachel.corbman@stonybrok.edu

PhD, Women's and Gender Studies, Stony Brook, 2014-present

Advanced Certificate, Archives, New York University

BA, Liberal Arts, The New School, 2010

MA, Liberal Studies, CUNY Graduate Center 2012

Areas of Interest: The history of Women's and Gender Studies; 20th century feminist, LGBT, and African-American social movements; community based lesbian, feminist, and women's archives; feminist and queer theory; 20th century American literature; African-American literature.

Deger, Anne

acdeger@gmail.com

PhD, Cultural Studies, 2012 - present
B.A., Liberal Arts, St. John's College, Annapolis, Maryland

Areas of Interest: Media studies; internet and social media; history of science; media archaeology; digital communications.

  Desgranges, MagdalaMaggie

 

 
Ph.D, Cultural Studies, Stony Brook University, 2014 - present
MA, Pan-African Studies, University of Louisville
BA, Media Studies and English, Hunter College
 
Areas of Interest: Cultural Memory, Pan-African Studies, Media Studies, Visual Art, Intercultural Communication, International Education

 

Desmond, Theresa Theresa Desmond

 

tmdesmond09@gmail.com

PhD, Comparative Literature, Stony Brook, 2009- present
MS, Criminal Justice, Long Island University 2008
MA, English, Long Island University, 1990
MA, Spanish, SUNY Albany,1988
BA, SUNY Albany, 1985

Areas of Academic Interest: Modernism, feminism, post-colonial theory, literature and the law Professional Interests: teaching composition, education opportunity programs, working with the under-represented students, creative writing.

Godwin, DylanDylan Godwin

degodwin@gmail.com

PhD, Comparative Literature, Stony Brook, 2011-present
B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, University of British Columbia
M.A., English, University of California at Davis

Areas of interest: Poetry and poetics.

Green, Gregory

gregagreen@gmail.com

PhD, Comparative Literature, Stony Brook, 2011-present
B.A. St. John's College, Santa Fe

Areas of interests: International Genre Fiction, Theory Of Literature, Postwar Germany.

 Harwick, JessicaHarwick

jessica.harwick@stonybrook.edu

 
PhD, Comparative Literature, Stony Brook University, 2013-present
BA, Comparative Literature, Penn State University, 2013
BA, English, Penn State University, 2013
 
Areas of Interest: Post-Colonial Literature and Studies, Modern and Contemporary Literature, Storytelling, Italian Literature.
 

Ho, Michelle

Michelle Ho

michelle.ho@stonybrook.edu

PhD, Cultural Studies, Stony Brook, 2012 - present
MAS, Information, Technology, and Society in Asia (ITASIA), University of Tokyo, 2012
BA (Hons), Literature in English, National University of Singapore, 2007

Areas of Interest: Japan, Film and Literary Theory, The Mass Media (Television), and Women And Gender.

Hong, Douglas Doug Hong

douglas.hong@stonybrook.edu

PhD, Cultural Studies, Stony Brook 2012 - present
MA, English, UC Santa Barbara, 2008
BA, English, UC Berkeley, 2001

Areas of interest: Politics and aesthetics, critical theory, literature, surveillance studies, minority culture.

Juch, BarbaraJuch

barbara.juch@stonybrook.edu

MA, Comparative Literature, Stony Brook University, 2014-present 

MA, Critical Studies, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria, 2013-present

MA, English and American Studies, University of Vienna, Austria, 2013      

Areas of Interest: poetry, twentieth century fiction, creative writing, Aesthetic Theory, Feminism, Critical Theory, American Cinema, Art Education, popular culture, Post-Marxism.

Knox, AllyseAllyseKnox

allyse.knox@stonybrook.edu

PhD, Women's and Gender Studies, Stony Brook University, 2014-present​
MAT, Special Education, Hamline University, 2014                                         BA,Theatre Arts, Mount Holyoke College, 2010 

Interests: narrative and media representations of gender, race, and class; affect and performance studies; globalization, technology, and work; education; feminist social movements and activism; ethnography.

 Kondratyuk, Marta

Marta Kondratyuk

mkondratyuk@gmail.com

PhD, Comparative Literature, Stony Brook, 2008 - present
MA, Comparative Literature, Stony Brook University, 2006
MAT, English, Kiev State Linguistic University, Ukraine, 1997

Areas of Interest: Russian Poetry of Silver Age, Post-Soviet Literature and Film, Psychoanalysis, Feminism, Formalism, Witches in Literature and Film, Methodology of Foreign Language Teaching.  
Dissertation Title: “The Inner Witch: Channeling and Containing Femininist".

 Lee, Sookil

Sookil Lee

sookil@gmail.com

PhD, Comparative Literature, Stony Brook, 2002-present
MA, English Literature, Seoul University
BA, English Literature, Hong Ik University

Areas of Interest: Cultural Studies, Asian Pop Culture, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese Cinemas.

 Liang, Pi-JuLiang

 

 
PhD, Cultural Studies, Stony Brook University , 2013-present
MA, Cinema Studies, New York University
BA, Film Production, Shih Hsin University (Taiwan)
 
Area of Interest: East Asian Cinema, National Cinema, Globalization and Transnationalism, Colonial and Postcolonial Theories. 

 

Mannir, Elizabeth  

elizabethmannir@gmail.com

PhD, Comparative Literature (ABD)
MA, Comparative Literature, Stony Brook
BA, English, University of Saint Francis

Areas of Interest: North African literature and cinema; trauma studies; transnational feminist activism.

Martino, BrianaBriana Martino

martinobri@gmail.com

PhD, Cultural Studies, Stony Brook, 2008-present
BA, Clinical Psychology, Tufts University 2000
BA, Communications, New Media, Simmons College 2002

Areas of Interest: Feminist Cultural Studies, Queer & Disability Theory, Madness Studies, Transversality, Temporality, Institutional Analysis, Social Movements, Documentary.

Meissner, Josh

frankiestrictly@yahoo.com

PhD, Comparative Literature, Stony Brook, 2003-present
MA, Methodologies, Trent University
BA, English Literature and Cultural Studies, Trent University 

Areas of Interest: Psychoanalysis, rhetoric, late Antiquity, neoplatonism, Bergson, Nietzsche, Bataille, 19th-century American literature, Shakespeare.

 Menon Divya  
 
PhD, Comparative Literature, Stony Brook University, 2012-present

MA, Visual Culture, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2010
BA, Art History, Smith College, 2006

Areas of interest: Modern literature, Memory, Melancholia, Frankfurt School Critical Theory.

Moura, JoanaJoana Moura

joana.moura@gmail.com

PhD, Comparative Literature, SUNY Stony Brook, 2008 - present
MA, Comparative Literature, SUNY Stony Brook, 2011
BA, Germanic Languages and Literatures, King´s College, University of London, 2008
BA, Journalism, Emerson College, Boston, MA, 2002

Areas of Interest: German 20th-Century Literature, Translation Studies, Film Theory, Intertextuality and Authorship.
Dissertation Title: Mistranslation and the Mis-uses of a Literary Tradition.

Mukherjee, Shruti

Shruti

 

shruti.mukherjee@stonybrook.edu

PhD, Women's and Gender Studies, Stony Brook University, 2014-present                     M.Phil, International Politics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, 2011-13                                                                                                                  M.A, Women Centered Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India, 2009-2011                                                                                                             B.A, Political Science (Honors), Lady Shri Ram College, India, 2006-2009

Areas of interest: gender and conflict, sexuality and gender identities, women's movement in India, reproductive and sexual health issues, feminist pedagogy of research and gender in international politics.

 

Nagase, EvaEva Nagase

enagase@gmail.com

PhD, Cultural Studies 2007- Current
MA, Cultural Anthropology, Stony Brook University
MA, Museum Studies, Cooperstown Graduate Program, SUNY Oneonta
MA, Japanese Pedagogy, Columbia University

 Novitskaya,AlexandraNovitskaya

alexandra.novitskaya@stonybrook.edu

PhD, Women and Gender Studies, Stony Brook University, 2014-present                     BA, MA, Social Philosophy, Saint Petersburg State University, Russia, 2009

Areas of Interest: feminist and queer theory; gender in political science; international LGBT activism; gender and sexuality in Russia; history of women's movement in Russia; John Stuart Mill; nationalism; ideologies and propaganda.

Paruolo, SarahSarah Paruolo

sarahparuolo@gmail.com 


PhD, Comparative Literature, Stony Brook University, 2008-present
MA, Comparative Literature, Stony Brook University, 2012
Graduate Certificate in Women's & Gender Studies, 2012
BA, English, Bates College, 2005

Areas of Interest: US & Caribbean Latina/o Literatures and Cultural Productions, Female Subjectivities, Latinidad, Queer of Color Critique, Bodies/Embodiments,Urban Spaces & Places, Decoloniality, and Feminist Pedagogies.

Rosner, MarleyRosner

Marley.Rosner@stonybrook.edu

Ph.D Cultural Studies, Stony Brook University, 2013-present                                     M.A.  American Studies,California State University, Fullerton                                     B.A. American Studies, California State University, Long Beach

Areas of Interest:  Sound studies, critical theory, public memory, expressive culture, art and technology. 

Schaefer, JoyJoy Schaefer

joy.schaefer@stonybrook.edu

PhD, Comparative Literature, Stony Brook, 2011 - present         
MA, French Studies, NYU, 2010  
BA, English and French, Aquinas College, 2005

Areas of Interest:  Film history and theory; French culture; literary, feminist, affect & (post)colonial theory; gender and sexuality; cultural studies; spaces of exclusion; relations between social movements, philosophy, archives & the arts.

Schmermund,Elizabeth Elizabeth Schmermund

elizabeth.schmermund@stonybrook.edu

PhD, Comparative Literature, Stony Brook, 2012 -present

BA, English Literature and Creative Writing, Hofstra University (Honors College)
MFA, Fiction Writing, The New School

Areas of interest: Arabic Literature, Islam and Representations of Islam in The US, French Post-Colonial Studies, Critical Theory, Women's Studies and Feminist Theory.

 Silverstein, Kathryn

Silverstein

silversteinkathryn@gmail.com

PhD, Cultural Studies, Stony Brook University, 2013–present                                      BA, Film Studies, Muhlenberg College, 2011

Areas of Interest: narrative theory, post-structuralism, liminality, reception and media theory, film and television studies, gender and sexuality, the construction and representation of the crime scene as a queer space, fandom studies, bad queers, embodiment and consumption, Jewish identity.  

Smith-Casanueva, Brent

Brent Smith-Casanueva

Bsmith888@gmail.com

PhD, Cultural Studies, Stony Brook, 2011- present
MA, Communication, University of Central Florida, 2006
MA, Cultural Studies, University of New Mexico, 2011

Areas of Interest: Marxist, Postcolonial and Queer Theory; Science Fiction and Fantasy Television and Film; Continental Philosophy and Social Theory; History of Media Technologies; Globalization and Transnationalisms; Punk Rock Subcultures; New Media and Social Movements.

Staats, Hans HANS STAATS

hstaats@gmail.com

PhD, Comparative Literature, Stony Brook, 2008-present
MA, Comparative Literature, Stony Brook, 2008
BA, Film Studies, Brooklyn College/CUNY, 2004

Areas of interest: film theory and history, modern and contemporary Anglo-American literature, American Studies, Italian and Italian American cinema, cultural criminology, Affect (Cultural Theory) and Genre Studies.

Strang, Brent

Strang

brent.strang@stonybrook.edu

PhD, Cultural Studies, Stony Brook, 2011- present
MA, Film Studies, University of British Columbia, 2010

BA, Film Studies, University of Alberta, 2007

Areas of Interest: masculinities in american cinema/television, visual literacy and remediation in videogames & machinima, the gendering of objects & spaces, biomediation/technologized vision & subjectification, and expanded apparatus theory.

 

 Sung, RitaI-Te Rita Sung


sungite@hotmail.com

PhD, Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, Stony Brook, 2007-present
MA, Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, Stony Brook, 2010
MA, English and American Language and Literature, National Central University, Taiwan
BA, English Language and Literature, Fu-Jen University, Taiwan

Areas of Interest: East Asian Cinema, Film Studies, Modernity and Globalization Studies, Cultural Citizenship, Comparative Modern Japanese and Chinese Literature, Outlaw couple films in the 1960s and 1990s! (MA Thesis).

 

 Tsai, BethBeth Tsai

pbtsai@ic.sunysb.edu

PhD, Cultural Studies, Stony Brook, 2010 - present 
BA, English, National Central University (Taiwan)
MA, Film Studies, SUNY at Buffalo 
MFA,Media Study, SUNY at Buffalo

Areas of Interest: East Asian Cinema, Cinema As Cultural Translation, Psychoanalysis, Reflexivity In Film.

 Umut, MelisUmut

melis.umut@stonybrook.edu

PhD, Cultural Studies, Stony Brook, 2013-present
MA, Gender Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
MA, Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design, Sabanci University, Istanbul , Turkey
BA, Social and Political Sciences, Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey
 
Areas of interest: Turkish, Eastern European, and Middle Eastern Cinemas, Masculinity Studies, Art Theory, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Psychoanalysis.

 

Varino, SofiaSofia Varino


sofia.varino@stonybrook.edu

 
MA Theater Studies, City University of New York
BA Writing, Middlesex University, London UK
 
Areas of Interest:  Science and medical studies, continental philosophy, political theory, sexuality studies, feminist cultural studies, aesthetics.

 

West, SimoneSimoneWEST

 

simone.west@stonybrook.edu

PhD, Cultural Studies, Stony Brook University, 2013–present                                    MA, Rhetoric and Writing, Michigan State University, 2013
BA, English, Kent State University, 2010

Areas of Interest: The Spatial Humanities, Experimental and Non-representational Geographies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Feminist and Queer Theory, Contemporary Rhetorical Theory and Practice.

 

Yu, Claire Dan-juClaire Yu

hohoclaire@gmail.com

PhD, Cultural Studies, Stony Brook, 2011- present
MA, Comparative Literature, UC Riverside, 2005-2007

Areas of Interest: East Asian Cinema, Colonial And Postcolonial Theories.

 

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