Lisa Swanstrom

Lisa Swanstrom ( 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.

Lily Wong

Li (Lily) Wong earned her doctoral degree in Comparative Literature in Spring 2012, with an emphasis in East Asian Cultural Studies, English, and Film and Media Studies. In fall 2012 she became an Assistant Professor in Comparative Literature at American University. Her interests lie at the intersection of literature and media, race and representation, gender and sexuality, globalization and nationhood; paying close attention to affective economies and historical writing.  Her current project focuses on the figure of the prostitute, tracing an intimate history of its transforming representations circulated amongst the United States, China, and the Sinophone communities of Hong Kong and Taiwan. From late imperial Chinese literature to Cold War-era Sinophone diasporic cinema, to contemporary internet forums, the project tracks how the figure, often portrayed as in-between the public and private, and as both the desired other and disdained abject, constructs as it contests competing notions of community, nationhood, and globality, in turn marking such boundaries as pertinent as it is porous throughout the modern era.

Claudia Yaghoobi

Claudia Yaghoobi received her PhD in Comparative Literature at UCSB in Spring 2013. She also completed a doctoral emphasis in Feminist Studies. Claudia’s dissertation is titled, “Submission versus Transgression: Farid al-Din ‘Attar Nishapuri’s Embrace of Diversity in Tadhkirat al-Awliya, Ilahi-nama, Musibat-nama and Mantiq al-Tayr.” Claudia was the recipient of 2012 Jafar and Shokoh Farzaneh Prize in Persian Literature and Culture for her paper, “Coexistence of Diverse Voices in Farid al-Din ‘Attar Nishapuri’s Sufi Poetry.” She was Assistant Professor of English and International Literature at Georgia College and State University until Spring 2016. She became Assistant Professor of Persian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in fall 2016. Her research and teaching interests include medieval and modern Persian literature, medieval and modern English Literature, Sufism and mysticism, Iranian “woman question”, Contemporary Middle Eastern Women writers, Iranian fiction, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Feminist Studies and Human Rights.

Xingyue Zhou

In August 2018, Inez Xingyue Zhou started her two-year postdoctoral position as a junior fellow at the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at SUS Tech University in Shenzhen, China. As she writes: "I will continue my major research projects in modern poetics and waste aesthetics as well as expand my interdisciplinary scope and develop my works in environmental humanities in this culturally diverse region with rich social environmental texts in the global economy." Inez developed her interests in poetry studies from her earlier years at Peking University, China, where she earned a BA in English Literature and an MA in Comparative Literature and World Literature. Her main research areas include modern American poetry and modern Portuguese and Brazilian poetry, with a wider vision of comparative poetics and world poetry since modernism; her other research interests comprise the philosophy of language; translation theories; classical Chinese poetics; text-image relations; metamorphoses between text, body, object, and landscape. Inez defended her dissertation entitled Slippage between Garbage and Language: Degeneracy, Abjectionism, and Poetic Perception in spring 2017 and also completed a Graduate Emphasis in Translation Studies. In 2017-18, she was Assessment Coordinator for the undergraduate and graduate programs in Comparative Literature at UC Santa Barbara.