Graduate Students

Daniel Martini

Daniel Martini researches technologies of the self with attention to script/object theory, memory and phenomenology. His thinking draws on Jacques Derrida, Bernard Stiegler, Michel Serres, Alain Badiou and Martin Heidegger in combination with neurocognitive science. Daniel is a Graduate Associate Researcher on the Prismatic Translation strand of Creative Multilingualism led by the University of Oxford and funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council in the UK. His own translations into Danish include Joan Retallack’s What is Experimental Poetry and Why Do We Need It? (Laboratory of Aesthetics and Ecology 2016). A recipient of fellowships from the UC Regents (2016) and the Max Kade Foundation (2019), Daniel was awarded BA (Hons) in Philosophy (UCL), MSt in Creative Writing (Oxford) and MA in Comparative Literature (UCL). In 2019 he worked with the interdisciplinary UCSB project, "Unconscious Memory and the Human Mind."

Martina Mattei

Martina Mattei completed her MA at the University of Cagliari, Italy, with a specialization in modern European literature (Spanish, Italian and French). Her MA thesis explored the poetics and politics of citationality in Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things through an analysis of Roy's echoing and rewriting of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and Virginia Woolf’s Death of the Moth. Her research interests include modern and contemporary European literature, film and media studies, reception and adaptation studies. She is particularly interested in examining intertextual trends and intermediality in contemporary Italian culture, especially the ways in which literary and narrative forms relate to the cinematic medium and other visual media. She was awarded a Regents Fellowship for 2020-21. 

Arpi Movsesian

Arpi Movsesian graduated with honors from California State Northridge where she completed BA and MA in English literature. Arpi is currently a Doctoral Candidate, working on Medieval and Renaissance English literature, with a focus on Shakespeare, 19th-century Russian literature, with a particular emphasis on Dostoevsky, and Soviet literature. Arpi is a trilingual speaker of Russian, Armenian, and English, and her research centers on the character of the fool in her three fields of study. Arpi recently co-authored a book, Love and its Critics: From the Song of Songs to Shakespeare and Milton’s Eden (Cambridge: OpenBook, 2017), and has presented at numerous conferences. In the summer of 2018, Arpi participated in Harvard University’s Institute for World Literature held at the University of Tokyo. Trained in paleography and codicology, she has been working on medieval manuscripts and has taken part in the Polonsky Foundation Digitization project through Oxford’s Bodleian Library.

Richard Nedjat-Haiem

A native of Los Angeles, Richard holds a BA from UCLA and an MA from the
University of Chicago, both in Middle Eastern Studies. His research focuses on Arabic
socio-linguistics and popular culture, and music and dance across the Middle East. His
languages are Persian, Arabic and working on French.

James Nate Nichols

James Nate completed his MA degree in literature at UC Santa Cruz, writing on the thematics of exile and return in the films of Raúl Ruiz. Previously, he completed his bachelor’s degree in literature with a minor in education from UC Santa Cruz, as well as two AA degrees, in Spanish and liberal arts, from Cabrillo College. At UCSB his research explores the vast ecologies of the exilic, including literature, art, theater, protest music, and film. His broad interests include critical theory, translation theory, la vanguardia chilena, Psychoanalysis, and film and media studies.