Graduate Students

Kuan-yen Liu

Kuan-yen Liu earned his B.A. with a double major, in English Literature and Philosophy, and two minors, in History and Chinese Literature, from National Chengchi University in Taiwan. He entered our M.A./Ph.D. program in Fall 2008, and completed his M.A. thesis entitled “Zoology, Physiology and Philosophy of Mind: on Darwin’s and Huxley’s Biology and Victorian Literature” in Spring 2010. His research interests center on Victorian Literature, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind, Chinese Literature and Chinese Philosophy. His research project currently focuses on the intersections of Darwinism with the literature and intellectual thought of Victorian Britain and of Late-Qing China.

Alvaro Luna

Álvaro Luna studies in the French and Francophone track of the Comparative Literature Program. Luna holds a BA in Linguistics and French from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MA in French and Francophone Studies from the California State University, Long Beach. His research interests focus in the intersections of sexuality, race and migration in contemporary French, Latin-American and American literatures. Luna studies the ways in which literature, media and language can contrast and subvert social marginalization. A teacher of modern languages, Luna’s research also extends to foreign language pedagogy which includes the use of technology in the classroom and teaching strategies for diverse learners. Luna has experience teaching French courses using the innovative Romance Language Intercommunicative method.

Alexandra Magearu

Alexandra Magearu's research interests include British, French and German modernist texts, visual and literary autobiographies, theories of subjectivity, the phenomenological aspects of perception, memory and creativity, critical theory and the history of philosophy.

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 is completing her Master of Arts in Classics at the University of Vermont; she has gained advanced fluency in Latin, Greek and French, and has native competency in both Italian and English.  She is interested in studying feminine communication in classical theater. While her research has focused on Roman comedy, she also plans to study issues of women's voices in early Renaissance France and Italy. She will pursue her doctoral work in Comparative Literature, with a concentration in French and Francophone Studies, and will add the doctoral emphases in Translation Studies and Applied Linguistics.