Graduate Students

Tegan Raleigh

Tegan Raleigh is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature on the French and Francophone track with an emphasis in Translation Studies. Her dissertation research focuses on adaptation in the transmission of fairy tales in the Francophone and Germanophone traditions. She examines the institutionalization of the fairy tale in seventeenth-century France and its role in terms of written culture, especially among female authors. She applies various approaches such as translation theory, psychoanalysis, and narratology to discuss the ongoing process of fairy tale adaptation and the importance of narrative frame up through the present day. Tegan received her BA in French Literature from Reed College and a Master's in Literary Translation from the University of Iowa. She has translated numerous works of both fiction and non-fiction from French and German and has been the recipient of the PEN translation fund grant and a fellowship from the American Literary Translators Association. In addition, she has been a translator-in-residence at the Banff Literary Centre in Canada and the College des Traducteurs Littéraires in Arles, France. She has taught in Indonesia, France, and the United States.


Sharalyn Sanders

Shari is now a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature, with graduate emphases in Global Studies and Feminist Studies. Her fields of study include science fiction, animal studies, feminist studies, global studies, and rhetoric and composition. Her research fuses critical theory with cultural praxis; she is interested in integrating academic with non-academic knowledges in order to better understand human- and non-human animals relationships within gendered, racialized, classed, heterosexist, and speciesist hierarchies of power.

John Schranck

John Schranck graduated with a bachelor's degree in English and a minor in Spanish from Rhodes College. At UCSB, John is pursuing his MA/PhD in Comparative Literature, focusing on the technical and thematic interrelationships between 20th-century US Southern and Latin American literature, with a special interest in pan-Caribbean investigations of memory, time, trauma and race. An avid interdisciplinarian, John previously directed a school music program in his native St. Louis and also served as development officer for the multi-genre St. Lou Fringe performing arts festival.

Lacey Smith

Lacey N. Smith has an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her primary focus is on the concept of the suburbs and suburban space from WWII to the present, and her other interests include spatial studies, postmodernism, cultural studies, Cold War era history and literature, the Berlin Wall, pop culture, and movements of protest and resistance. She works primarily in English, German and Russian.

Rebecca Stewart

Rebecca Stewart completed her BA in English and French at the University of Richmond, and then went on to teach for a year in South Korea with the Fulbright ETA Program. As an MA/PhD student, she will focus on 19th and 20th century American and European literature and film, working in English, French and German. She is interested in the interrelatedness of ethics and aesthetics, and in particular the way that modernist and post-modernist texts grapple with the work of mourning in the wake of collective and personal trauma.