Graduate Students

Elena Festa

Dr. Elena Festa received her doctoral degree in Comparative Cultures and Literatures from Università degli Studi Roma Tre in Rome in 2011. She is interested in adding the Global Studies Emphasis to her doctoral training, and plans to develop her new doctoral work on media, multidirectionaly memory, and the European migration crisis. She published two book-chapters, one on the postcolonial city; the other on postcolonial translation in J.M. Coetzee.

Sage Freeburg

A graduate from Reed College, where she earned her BA, Sage Freeburg is interested in postcolonial studies, ecocriticism, and translation. She will be exploring the literary presentation of diaspora populations and the ways in which they relate to the environment and demonstrate the affective realities of colonial spaces in the face of environmental crisis. A poet, Sage was awarded Honorable Mention from the Mary Barnard Academy of American Poets. 

Alexandra Garcia

Alexandra received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Florida International University with a certificate in Film Studies. Her research interests include continental philosophy and trauma theory, film and media studies, feminist and queer theories as well as LatinX, ChicanX and Cuban literatures. Her languages of inquiry include English, Spanish, and German.

Sebaah Hamad

Sebaah Hamad completed her BA in English at Le Moyne College (Syracuse, NY) as an Honors student in May 2017.  As an MA/PhD student she plans to pursue her work in Arabic Studies, Jewish Studies, Black Studies, and Translation Studies. Her research interests include trauma theory, the dynamics of race, and the interrelationship of shame and guilt. She is also interested in promoting dialogue, cross-cultural learning, collaboration, and interaction amongst diverse ethnic and faith groups. 

David Hur

David received his BA from Rutgers University and his MA from the University of Hawai’i, Manoa. He works in the flow of the Korean diaspora and David's interests include poetic sounds, form, representation, and marked speaking positions. 

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