affiliated faculty

Please note that this list is updated as new faculty are affiliated and is more current than the General Catalog listing.


Russell Samolsky's research interests include South African literature, Jewish studies, animal studies, and the global humanities. His book, Apocalyptic Futures: Marked Bodies and the Violence of the Text in Kafka, Conrad, and Coetzee, which takes account of the complex relationship between past apocalyptic texts and future catastrophic events, was published by Fordham University Press in 2011. His current book project, “Killing Dogs,” examines the place of the dog in the contemporary literary and theoretical discourse on the question of the animal.

Chicana and Chicano Studies

Prof. Sandoval's research areas include: Cyber and millennial studies, third space feminism, critical media theory and production, oppositional consciousness, social movement. Main publications: Methodology of the Oppressed (2000);  “New Sciences: Cyborg Feminism,” CyberSexualities: A Reader on Feminist Theory, Cyborgs and Cyberspace (2000); The Chicano Studies Reader: An Anthology of Aztlán, 1970-2000 (2001), co-edited with Chon Noriega, KarenMary Davelos, and Rafael Perez-Torres.

Film and Media Studies

Research interests: Post-colonial media theory, political economy of global media, and history and memory. Bhaskar Sarkar’s work addresses questions of modernity and nationhood, paying close attention to the institutions, circuits, and practices constituting global media assemblages. He is the author of Mourning the Nation: Indian Cinema in the Wake of Partition (Duke University Press, 2009), a critical exploration of the cinematic traces of a particular historical trauma. He has published essays on philosophies of visuality, and Indian and Chinese popular cinemas.

French and Italian

Research interests include: Renaissance literature and culture, Belgian literature in French. Main publications: Maurice Scève et la pensée chrétienne (1992); Le Poète architecte en France.  Constructions d’un imaginaire monarchique (2003); and articles on Jean Lemaire de Belges, Clément Marot, Marguerite de Navarre, Marie Dentière, Louise Labé, Joachim Du Bellay, Pierre de Ronsard, Jean Rotrou. Her most recent book, Aging Gracefully in the Renaissance.  Stories of Later Life from Petrarch to Montaigne (2013) (Print and e-book), was named an Outstanding Academic Title for 2014 by Choice Magazine.

French and Italian

Jon Snyder has published and lectured extensively on the literatures, arts and cultures of early modern Europe, especially Italy. He has also produced a number of essays and translations concerning modern and postmodern Italy and Europe. Among his books are: L'estetica del Barocco (The Aesthetics of the Baroque), written and published in Italian in 2005 and translated into Portuguese in 2007; Dissimulation and the Culture of Secrecy in Early Modern Europe, which appeared in the US in August 2009 and will be re-released in paperback in August 2012; Love in the Mirror (2009).