Graduate Students

Katie Lateef-Jan

Katie Lateef-Jan  received her Bachelor of Arts in English literature and Spanish, with a minor in Comparative Literature and Culture, from the University of San Francisco. She is interested in Spanish and Latin-American studies, translation studies, and sociolinguistics. Ms. Jan has already done extensive field work in South America; she has taught poetry, composition, and translation in Spanish immersion schools in the Bay area; and served as an Assistant Curator for a conference on Latin American women in the Arts.

Dustin Lovett

Dustin Lovett graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Comparative Literature and German and a Certificate of Translation Studies. He received a combined Fulbright grant in 2010 to conduct research on translation methodology in Vienna, Austria. After working as a freelance translator for several years in Europe and America, he was accepted into UCSB's Comparative Literature PhD program, effective fall 2015.

Alvaro Luna

Álvaro Luna studies in the French and Francophone track of the Comparative Literature Program. Luna holds a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and French from UC Los Angeles and an MA in French and Francophone Studies from California State University, Long Beach. His research focuses on autobiographical writing in twentieth-century and contemporary France.

Alexandra Magearu

Alexandra Magearu holds a BA in American Studies from the University of Bucharest and an MA in the History of Photography from De Montfort University. Her current interests include contemporary Francophone and Anglophone literatures, postcolonial cinema, feminist criticism, continental philosophy, postcolonial theory, posthumanist critiques of subjectivity, affect studies, migration and globalization. Her dissertation project approaches postcolonial immigration narratives within a European context from the point of view of the social production of fantasies, ambivalent attachments and movements of resistance, while also interrogating the relationship between liberal humanism, neoliberalism and neocolonialism.

Daniel Martini

Daniel Martini researches a wide range of topics within the overall domain of ethics and subjectivity, spanning science and technology studies, ecocritcism, experimental poetry, translation studies, gender studies and contemporary French philosophy, notably Alain Badiou, Gilles Deleuze, and Bruno Latour. He’s the translator into Danish of Joan Retallack’s What is Experimental Poetry and Why Do We Need It? (Laboratory of Aesthetics and Ecology, 2016) and the Assistant Editor of Jewish Quarterly. Daniel holds degrees in Philosophy (BA Hons, University College, London), Comparative Literature (MA, University College, London) and Creative Writing (Mst, University of Oxford). He works in English, French, German, and the Scandinavian languages.