Graduate Students

Bozhou Men

Bozhou Men holds her BA and MA in English from Peking University, Beijing, China. During her graduate studies, she developed a strong interest in late 19th and 20th century American literature, especially in Henry James. She is interested in the ways in which James's works demonstrate a reformist impulse towards the American cultural and social life, and this impulse is exemplified in James's expectation for the emergence of a new generation of “good Americans.” In her doctoral work, she plans to  approach James by looking at his reformist impulse for American culture, and to see how this impulse bridges the gap between his cosmopolitanism and his Americanism.

Deepti Menon

Deepti Menon holds her Bachelor degree in French, Italian, and Classical Civilization from UC Davis and completed her Master of Arts in Classics at the University of Vermont. Her languages include Latin, Greek, Italian, and French.  She is interested in studying feminine communication in classical theater. While her research has been focusing on Roman comedy, she also plans to study issues of women's voices in early Renaissance France and Italy. She is pursuing her doctoral work in Comparative Literature, with a triple concentration on Classic, Italian, and French Studies, and plans to add the doctoral emphases in Translation Studies and Applied Linguistics.

Arpi Movsesian

Arpi Movsesian graduated from California State Northridge where she completed a BA and MA in English with Honors; she is a trilingual speaker of Armenian, Russian, and English. Trained in paleography and codicology, she has been working on medieval manuscripts and is taking part in an international digitizing project. She joined our doctoral program in fall 2015, and plans to work in British Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Russian Medieval literature, and Religious Studies (hagiography and mysticism). She will add the Medieval Studies Emphasis.

Earl Perez-Foust

Earl Perez-Foust completed his undergraduate degree in History and Comparative Literature at UC Irvine.  He is interested in the historical dimension of storytelling with a special focus on the relationship between folklore and nationalist imagination.  His primary research languages are Spanish and Tagalog.

Ali Rahman

Ali M. Rahman holds a B.A. in English Literature from Drexel University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College.  His interests include Medieval Islamic literature, Sufism, literary trends in the modern Muslim world and diaspora community, and the manifestation of Islamic thought in technology and media.  He has taught previously at a private k-12 school, the New York prison system, and a university in the West Bank, Palestine.

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