Alumni

Randall Pogorzelski

Randall Pogorzelski is an Associate Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Western Ontario. He completed a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at UCSB in December of 2007, with a dissertation entitled “Epic and the Nation in Virgil’s Aeneid and Joyce’s Ulysses.” He has held lectureships in Classics at Scripps College in Claremont, California and at the University of California, Irvine, as well as the Charles Tesoriero Lectureship in Latin at the University of New England, Australia. He has published articles on Virgil, James Joyce, and Lucan, and his 2009 article, “The Reassurance of Fratricide in the Aeneid,” won the Gildersleeve Prize for the best article of the year in the American Journal of Philology.

Tegan Raleigh

In summer 2018 Tegan Raleigh received her doctora degree 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.In 2018-19 Dr. Raleigh is a Lecturer in German and Comparative Literature at UC Santa Barbara, teaching Fantasy and the Fantastic, Children Literature, and German.

Sharalyn Sanders

In Summer 2017, Shari Sanders defended her doctoral dissertation entitled: Being Imaginary: Reponsibility and the Literary Animal. She also pursued 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.

Allison Schifani

Allison Schifani received her PhD in Comparative Literature from UCSB in Spring 2013. She was a Digitial Humanities Postdoctoral Scholar at the Baker Nord Center at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. In January 2016 she joined the University of Miami as Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Digital Studies. Her dissertation was titled, Biotechnical Ecologies: Urban Practice and Play in Buenos Aires and Los Angeles. Grounded in materialist criticism and theories of biopolitics as well as contemporary urban studies and architectural theory, Biotechnical Ecologies uses Buenos Aires and Los Angeles as heuristic fields in the development of a new critical rubric to tackle cultural texts that have emerged out of these two cities. The work offers "biotechnical ecologies" as a way to bring together biology and biopolitics, technology and ecology in a constellation, providing a necessary tool to tackle emerging urban practices as well as offer a critical map of the kind of work alternative speculations can do (both in art production and practice as well as critical writing of the sort the dissertation performs). Allison is currently developing the dissertation into a book-manuscript and continuing her research on technologically-mediated urban art and forms of play.

Mary Aileen Seliger

Mary received her Ph.D in Comparative Literature in June 2008. Her dissertation was titled, "Unmasking the Myths of Democracy in the United States: Narratives of Minority Race and Rights in Twentieth Century Literature and Jurisprudence." Since graduation, she has published: “Dessa’s Blues: Reimagining the Master’s Narrative in Sherley Anne Williams’s Dessa Rose.” Spec. issue of The Western Journal of Black Studies 36.4 (2012): 314-324; “Colonialism, Contract, and Community in Américo Paredes’s George Washington Gómez and … And the Earth Did Not Devour Him by Tomás Rivera.”  Latino Studies 7.4 (2009): 435-456; “Racial Violence, Embodied Practices and Ethnic Transformation in Helena María Viramontes’s ‘Neighbors’ and Their Dogs Came With Them.” The Bilingual Review. She is continuing to conduct research in American Studies with a focus on law and literature, race, and ethnic literatures. And has been an Academic Research Visitor, with the Chicano Studies Institute at UCSB.

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