Alumni

Silvia Ferreira

Silvia Ferreira received her BA in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth College. Her fields of study include modern Brazilian Studies, Middle East Studies, and Global Studies. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the twentieth- and twenty-first century cultural production of Arab immigrants in Brazil. Her primary research languages are Portuguese, Spanish, and Arabic. Silvia also completed doctoral emphases in Translation Studies and in College & University Teaching. In addition to Comparative Literature, she has also taught in the Spanish & Portuguese Department and in the Writing Program. In Fall 2016 she moved to the University of Washington Bothell as full-time Lecturer in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, a position that is renewable and comes with research support as well.

Devin Fromm

Devin Fromm studies modern literature and theories of modernity, in both their trans-Atlantic and hemispheric contexts, with a specific interest in modern theories of community. In Spring 2015 he defended his dissertation, entitled A Very Modern Mystery: Investigating Community in Detective Fiction from Poe to Pynchon. He currently lectures in Comparative Literature at UCSB, and serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Occidental College, where he is teaching a course on detective fiction as a way to study engagements with historical and ongoing processes of modernization. He also remains invested in editorial work and is currently preparing two separate volumes for publication, one on Anarchist Theory and another on the genre of American City Mysteries.

Mary D. Garcia

Mary Garcia received her Ph.D in Comparative Literature from UCSB in Fall 2012. Her dissertation is titled, "Embodying Loss: Bodily Perspectives and the Reclamation of Interdependence in African American and Chicana/o Literature." Her research interests are in Chicana/o, Latina/o, and African American  literatures, comparative race theory, and transnational and hemispheric studies. She has completed fields in twentieth-century Latin American Literature, Irish Modernism, and twentieth-century American literature with a focus on ethnic literatures.

Michael Grafals

Michael Grafals defended his dissertation in Spring 2016. He is now a Lecturer in English at Florida International University; his main scholarly interests include discourses of migration, hybridity, and resistance in post-colonial literatures from Latin America, the Pan-Caribbean, and Africa. His current research focuses on Puerto Rican writers who reconfigure their nation's spatial identifications beyond those established historically through the colonization by Spain and the United States. This tradition, represented by writers like Eugenio María de Hostos, Luis Palés Matos, Iris Zavala and Manuel Ramos Otero, construct alternative spatial routings of Caribbean modernity that critique institutionalized spatial formations of colonization and modernization. His work also explores resonances between these forms of modernity with those constructed by other Caribbean authors like Aimé Césaire, Derek Walcott, Édouard Glissant and Maryse Condé.

Nathan Henne

Nathan Henne is an Assistant Professor of Languages and Cultures at Loyola University New Orleans, where his research and teaching in Latin American Studies and Spanish focus on indigenous literatures and Maya poetics. His translation of Time Commences in Xibalbá, a Guatemalan novel written by Luis de Lión, is forthcoming from the University of Arizona Press (2012). Nathan’s article “Untranslation: The Popol Wuj and Comparative Methodology,” forthcoming in the Spring 2012 issue of CR: The New Centennial Review, performs translation comparisons of the many versions of the Popol Wuj, the “oldest book in the Americas,” in order to expose philosophical and epistemological complications in translating Maya and other indigenous American literatures. The article comes out of his scholarly monograph, More than Translation, which is currently under revision. More than Translation isolates slippery principles of Maya philosophy, which he then uses to read canonical Western authors, such as William Faulkner and Miguel Angel Asturias. This project exposes the anthropological gaze in terms of Maya literatures and destabilizes the reading hierarchy under which they are studied in the academy. He has presented his work at conferences all over the US as well as in the Netherlands, in Guatemala, and in Ecuador. He completed his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at UCSB in Spring 2007.

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