Graduate Students

Nazanin Keynejad

Naz Keynejad earned her MA in English Literature with Distinction from California State University Northridge in 2016. Her research interests include literary studies of Early Modern through the Long Eighteenth Century, classical Persian (8th-12th century) prose, poetry, and philosophy, affect theory, and translation studies. Naz has taught courses in Persian Language and Literature, European Literature, and Children’s Literature as a Teaching Associate at UCSB and is an Adjunct in the English Department at CSUN, teaching upper division specialized courses on the Age of Enlightenment British literature. An active digital humanist, Naz has been involved in various literary digitization projects both at CSUN and UCSB. In 2021, Naz was elected to serve a three-year term as a member of the Western Regional Delegate Assembly for the Modern Language Association (MLA), and was awarded a 2021 Mellon Engaging Humanities Graduate Fellowship at UCSB. 

Shanna Killeen

Shanna studied at Oregon State University, where they earned their BA/MA program in English. Their MA thesis, entitled “Bleeding Assemblages: Translating Borders in the Bilingual Poetry of Irma Pineda Santiago,” focuses on the study of the bilingual poetry of indigenous women writers such as Spanish and Isthmus Zapotec-poet and self-translator Irma Pineda Santiago. Shanna’s interests include poetry, linguistics, literary theory, linguistic anthropology, Indigenous poetry, and translation studies.

Mariam Lmaifi

Mariam Lmaifi completed her Master in Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures, in English, with a specialization in Literary Translation, at the University of Paris-8. In addition to Translation studies, she is interested in French and Francophone Studies, Feminist Studies, Applied linguistics, Postcolonial Studies, Psychoanalysis and Trauma Studies, and Global/Transnational Studies

Ekaterina Lopatko

A native of Moscow, Russia, Katya Lopatko holds a BA from the University of Southern
California in International Relations and Francophone literature. Her research interests
include the reinvention of spirituality in the age of mass consumerism, in modern French,
Russian, and German literature and art.

Dustin Lovett

Dustin Lovett advanced to PhD candidacy in the spring of 2019. His dissertation research revolves around the early circulation of the Faust legend, and its relationship to superstitious attitudes and belief in the efficacy of magic from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. His published articles include "Polemical Magic: Early Faust Literature and Skepticism in the Reformation" (in eHumanista's issue, "European Baroque Skepticism") and "The Politics of Translation in the Press: Siegfried Kracauer and Cultural Mediation in the Periodicals of the Weimar Republic" (in Translation and Interpretation Studies). A translator or co-translator on many popular, literary, and academic texts, Dustin also works in translation studies as well as twentieth-century German literature and journalism. He has received a Fulbright Grant and ALTA Travel Fellowship (2010), a UCSB's Graduate Center for Literary Research and Block Grant Funding for attending Harvard's Institute for World Literature in Tokyo, Japan (2018), and a Borchard Foundation Fellowship for Doctoral Research in European Studies (2019). In 2018-19, he is teaching as a Lecturer at the University of Paris-8 while also pursuing his research on the Faut Legend.