Graduate Students

Rachel Feldman

Rachel Feldman received her BA in Comparative Literature  from UC Santa Barbara, and completed her undergraduate studies abroad at the Rothberg International School, of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In addition to French, her languages of inquiry include both modern and biblical Hebrew. She examines the intersections between contemporary French literature and philosophy and Jewish philosophical concepts, and the writers, both secular and religious, who address major modern and postmodern themes of the twentieth century as well as traditional Jewish themes. She is also interested in the transference of memory and trauma though text and visual media, and the figuration of emotional displacement and dehumanization.

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.