Alumni

Meaghan Skahan

Meaghan Skahan graduated in June 2013, upon defending her dissertation entitled "Problems at Work: Spatial Tensions in Modern Workspaces." The dissertation combines literary and theoretical representations of workspaces and theories of work with examinations of real contemporary workspaces. In an effort to demonstrate the important role that literary spaces can play in determining ways out of and around corporate capitalism, each chapter addresses a distinct and varied cluster of theories of power and resistance, as well as specific literary representations of work and workspaces. Meaghan is currently a Teach for America corps member, working in a charter school called The Mission Preparatory School in San Francisco. Her teaching and research interests revolve around postmodernism, post humanism, office space, spatial studies and distribution of power as it plays out in the body. She has presented work nationally, studied in Spain and Costa Rica, and published her research on Borges and translation.

Lacey Smith

In summer 2018, Lacey N. Smith was awarded her doctoral degree in Comparative Literature and German. Her doctoral thesis is entitled: Appropriating (Sub)Urban Space: Inhabited Counter-Narratives as Resistant Spatial Intervention in Contemporary American and German Culture. Dr. Smith also holds her 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.In 2018-19, Dr. Smith is a Lecturer in German at the University of Colorado Boulder.

 

 

Kristie Soares

Kristie defended her dissertation, Salsa Epistemology: On the Present, Utopia, and the Caribbean Intervention in Critical Theory in Spring 2015. She earned her Masters degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a thesis entitled, Traveling Queer Subjects: Homosexuality in the Cuban Diaspora. In her doctoral dissertation, she focused on what she calls "salsa epistemology" in Caribbean literature and popular culture. Her research interests include Queer U.S. Latina/o Literature, Contemporary Cuban-American literature, Critical Theory, Gender Politics, Performance Art, and twentieth-century Brazilian poetry. She has published articles in FrontiersLetras FemeninasRevista de Estudios Hispánicos, and Counterpoise Magazine. She is also an active performance poet and organizes writing workshops. In fall 2016 she started her new career as Assistant Professor of Latino/a Literature and Culture in the Spanish Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Lisa Swanstrom

Lisa Swanstrom (http://swanstream.org/) was an Assistant Professor of English at Florida Atlantic University until Spring 2016. She joined the University of Utah as Associate Professor of English and Digital Humanities in fall 2016. Her areas of research include science fiction, fantasy, the history of science and technology, and the digital humanities. Before joining the English Department at FAU, she was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Digital Humanities at Umeå University’s HUMlab in northern Sweden (2010), as well as the Florence Levy Kay Fellow in the Digital Humanities in the English Department at Brandeis University in Massachusetts (2008-2009). She completed her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at UCSB in Spring 2008.

Marta Wilkinson

Marta Wilkinson is Associate Professor of English at Wilmington College where she is also the Writing Across the Curriculum coordinator. Marta’s monograph, Antigone’s Daughters: Gender, Family, and Expression in the Modern Novel came out in 2008. She has an article on translation in the life and testimonial writings of Victoria Ocampo forthcoming in TranscUltural, and presented at the 2012 Nineteenth-Century Studies Association conference on pyschogeography and the 19th century cityscape in Dostoevsky and Zola. When she is actually not at work, she volunteers in her daughter’s first grade classroom and at various Girl Scout events with her daughter’s Daisy troop. She completed her PhD in Comparative Literature at UCSB in Spring 2006.

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