Graduate Students

Rachel Feldman

Rachel is currently finalizing her dissertation prospectus, which considers intergenerational collaborations, New Materialism approaches to encounters with books, intersemiotic translation, and re-versioning stories, focusing upon Children's Literature and Modern Hebrew literature, and their tenuous and virtual borderings. Her research interests also include Writing Studies and Translation Studies. She has presented on literature and poetry of the Shoah, French postcolonial literature and theory, South Asian Anglophone literature, and issues of globalization, border crossing, and postmemory.

In addition to five years of teaching fellowships in literary studies courses in Comparative Literature and English, and a year long role as Lead Teaching Assistant in Comparative Literature, Rachel has recently completed pedagogical training workshop in Writing Studies and has taught Writing 2: Academic Writing at UCSB for a year. She is committed to integrating her pedagogical training in literary studies with techniques and modalities from Writing Studies in order to highlight and incorporate students' prior knowledge and literacy practices. Rachel also serves as a student board member for the Graduate Center for Literary Research (GCLR) at UCSB, and as the graduate student representative to the Committee on Courses and General Education (CCGE).

Elena Festa

Dr. Elena Festa received her doctoral degree in Comparative Cultures and Literatures from Università degli Studi Roma Tre in Rome in 2011. She is interested in adding the Global Studies Emphasis to her doctoral training, and plans to develop her new doctoral work on media, multidirectionaly memory, and the European migration crisis. She published two book-chapters, one on the postcolonial city; the other on postcolonial translation in J.M. Coetzee.

Sage Freeburg

A graduate from Reed College, where she earned her BA, Sage Freeburg is interested in postcolonial studies, ecocriticism, and translation. She will be exploring the literary presentation of diaspora populations and the ways in which they relate to the environment and demonstrate the affective realities of colonial spaces in the face of environmental crisis. A poet, Sage was awarded Honorable Mention from the Mary Barnard Academy of American Poets. 

Sebaah Hamad

Sebaah Hamad completed her BA in English at Le Moyne College (Syracuse, NY) as an Honors student in May 2017.  As an MA/PhD student she plans to pursue her work in Arabic Studies, Jewish Studies, Black Studies, and Translation Studies. Her research interests include trauma theory, the dynamics of race, and the interrelationship of shame and guilt. She is also interested in promoting dialogue, cross-cultural learning, collaboration, and interaction amongst diverse ethnic and faith groups. 

David Hur

David received his BA from Rutgers University and his MA from the University of Hawai’i, Manoa. He works in the flow of the Korean diaspora and David's interests include poetic sounds, form, representation, and marked speaking positions.