Graduate Students

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.

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.