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.

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. 

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.