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.

Daniel Martini

Daniel Martini researches technologies of the self with attention to script/object theory, memory and phenomenology. His thinking draws on Jacques Derrida, Bernard Stiegler, Michel Serres, Alain Badiou and Martin Heidegger in combination with neurocognitive science. Daniel is a Graduate Associate Researcher on the Prismatic Translation strand of Creative Multilingualism led by the University of Oxford and funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council in the UK. His own translations into Danish include Joan Retallack’s What is Experimental Poetry and Why Do We Need It? (Laboratory of Aesthetics and Ecology 2016). A recipient of fellowships from the UC Regents (2016) and the Max Kade Foundation (2019), Daniel was initially awarded BA (Hons) in Philosophy (UCL), MSt in Creative Writing (Oxford) and MA in Comparative Literature (UCL). 2019 will see his involvement in the interdisciplinary UCSB project, Unconscious Memory and the Human Mind.

Jessica Mejia

Jessica received a CSU Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in summer 2018. She is completing her MA in Comparative Literature at San Francisco State University. She is also a published poet and translator. Her interests include Latin-American Studies; Global/Transnational Studies; Interdisciplinary Studies; Literary Theory; Translation Studies. She wants to study late-twenty century poetry of resistance from the Americas written in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Indigenous 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.