Graduate Students

Nazanin Keynejad

 Nazanin (Naz) Keynejad earned her MA in English Literature with Distinction from California State University Northridge in 2016.  She was a 2015-2016 recipient of the Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. Her research focuses on investigating the influence of Eastern (predominantly Persian) mythology, philosophy, and literature as it traces throughout the West. Her interests include British literature (Late Modern through the Long Eighteenth Century), classical Persian (8th-12th century) prose, poetry, and philosophy, and Translation Studies. Naz is also a digital humanist and has been involved in various literary digitization projects both at CSUN and UCSB.

Shanna Killeen

Shanna studied at Oregon State University, where they earned their BA/MA program in English. Their MA thesis, entitled “Bleeding Assemblages: Translating Borders in the Bilingual Poetry of Irma Pineda Santiago,” focuses on the study of the bilingual poetry of indigenous women writers such as Spanish and Isthmus Zapotec-poet and self-translator Irma Pineda Santiago. Shanna’s interests include poetry, linguistics, literary theory, linguistic anthropology, Indigenous poetry, and translation studies.

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.

Mariam Lmaifi

Mariam Lmaifi completed her Master in Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures, in English, with a specialization in Literary Translation, at the University of Paris-8. In addition to Translation studies, she is interested in French and Francophone Studies, Feminist Studies, Applied linguistics, Postcolonial Studies, Psychoanalysis and Trauma Studies, and Global/Transnational Studies

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.