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.

Akaltun, Evren

Evren 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, Sophia

S. 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, Ryan

Ryan 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 Ruby

I-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, Greg

greg

 

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.

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.

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, Dylan

 Dylan 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, Jessica

Harwick

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
 

High, Michael

Michael High
 

mhigh858@gmail.com

PhD, Cultural Studies, Stony Brook, 2005 - present
MFA, Creative Writing Program, San Diego State University

Areas of Interest: Literature of the Middle East, Marxist theory, Deconstructionism, Global Warming.

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.

 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

 

 
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, Briana

Briana 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, Joana

Joana 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.

Nagase Eva

Eva 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

Nooney, Laine

Laine Nooney

laine.nooney@gmail.com

www.lainenooney.com

PhD, Cultural Studies, Stony Brook, 2008-present
Women's and Gender Studies Certificate
MA, English, Cultural Studies, Kansas State University, 2006
BFA, VisualCommunication Design, University of Dayton, 2004

Areas of Interest: Media Archaeology, Critical Materialism, Queer And
Feminist Studies, Social Media And Internet Culture, Game Studies, And Visual Culture.
Dissertation Title: “Cabinets: A Feminist Media Archaeology of the Personal Computer and Domestic Space"

Paruolo, Sarah

Sarah 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, Marley

Rosner

Marley.Rosner@stonybrook.edu

Ph.D Cultural Studies, Stony Brook University, 2013-present                                               M.A.  American Studies,California State University, Fullerto

B.A. American Studies, California State University, Long Beach\
Areas of Interest:  Sound studies, critical theory, public memory, expressive culture, art and technology. 

Schaefer, Joy

Joy 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 -presentBA, 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, Rita

I-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, Beth

Beth 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, Melis

Umut

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, Sofia

Sofia 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, Simone

SimoneWEST

 

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.

 

Yen, Tzu-ling

janis780122@hotmail.com

Yu, Claire Dan-ju

Claire 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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New MA/PhD in Women's and Gender Studies

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Nancy Hiemstra has been selected to receive the 2014 Graduate and Faculty Research Program in the Arts, Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences.

Robert Harvey has been appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor.

Izabela Kalinowska-Blackwood is curating a film series at the IWM in Vienna.

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Beth Tsai has been selected to receive the 2014 Graduate and Faculty Research Program in the Arts, Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences.

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