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.

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. 

Nazanin Keynejad

Nazanin (Naz) Keynejad earned her MA in English Literature with Distinction from California State University Northridge in 2016.  She was a 2015-2016 recipient of the Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. Her research project seeks to investigate the underlying mythology of religious dogma in both the East and the West, determining how it has fed, and continues to feed, into literary exegesis. Her fields of study include British literature, religious studies, and Persian studies. Naz has been trained in the Digital Humanities and has worked as an advocate of the field through her work with Texas A&M’s 18th Connect and the CSUN branch of the 4Humanities organization.