Graduate Students

Ghassan Aburqayeq

Ghassan M. Aburqayeq holds his BA in English Language and Literature from Al-Hussein Bin Talal University, and MA from New Mexico Highlands University. He has taught ESL in Jordan, and Arabic at various colleges and universities in the United States. His research interests include Trauma Theory, Postcolonial Literatures and Theory, English Romanticism, and Classical Arabic literature and philosophy.

Alexandra Appino-Tabone

Allie Appino-Tabone holds a BA in English Literature from McGill University, an MFA
in Creative Writing from The New School, and an MA in English Literature from New
York University. Her research interests include the translation and circulation of
philosophical and scientific texts between France and Italy in the Early Modern period,
translation theory, and poetics, as well as relationships between literature and visual art.
Her languages are French and Italian.

Christene d'Anca

Christene d’Anca holds her BA from UCLA, and MA from California State University, Northridge. Her research focus is on twelfth- and thirteenth-century women in France, tracing their participation in the creation and dissemination of arts through scribal activities, patronage, and historiographic accounts of female networks. She will be adding the Medieval Graduate Emphasis to her degree. She also divides her time between medieval scholarship and more recent cultural studies focused on inquiries into the literary and artistic atmosphere of Eastern Europe from the nineteenth century into the modern period. 

Margarita Delcheva

Margarita Delcheva has an MFA in Poetry from New York University (2009) and a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Franklin & Marshall College (2007). She is specializing in Russian literature, English literature, and Art History. Since 2009, she has been a co-founding editor at the literary and art online journal Paperbag. Margarita has taught composition, communication, and writing at various colleges in the New York area. Her poems have appeared in Sixth Finch, Fugue, Epiphany, Tuesday: An Art Project, BOMBlog, NAT. BRUTDrunken Boat, and are forthcoming in the Brooklyn Poets Anthology. Her poetry collection The Eight-Finger Concerto (English translation of the Bulgarian title) was published in Bulgaria in 2010. 

Emilie Denaud

A Franco-Haitian scholar, Emilie completed her MA degree in the prestigious doctoral program of France's Museum of Natural History (affiliated with the Sorbonne), where she studied philosophy, history, and the environment. At UC Santa Barbara she plans to study literature and the environment, animal studies, Vegan studies, Black Studies, and Film and Media Studies. She is also interested in Postcolonial Studies as well as Gender, Queer/Transgender, and Feminist Studies. Picture Credit: Marion Letessier.