Graduate Students

John Schranck

John Schranck graduated with a bachelor's degree in English and a minor in Spanish from Rhodes College. At UCSB, John is pursuing his MA/PhD in Comparative Literature, focusing on the technical and thematic interrelationships between 20th-century US Southern and Latin American literature, with a special interest in pan-Caribbean investigations of memory, time, trauma and race. An avid interdisciplinarian, John previously directed a school music program in his native St. Louis and also served as development officer for the multi-genre St. Lou Fringe performing arts festival.

Maxximilian Seijo

With a rich Puerto Rican and British heritage, Maxximilian is looking forward to his doctoral studies at UC Santa Barbara. He completed his MA in Film and Media Studies at the University of South Florida. His interests include German Studies and Critical Theory, Film and Media Studies; Translation Studies; and Philosophy. He plans to continue his current work on Weimar intellectual and American exile, Siegfried Kracauer. Maxximilian was awarded a Max Kade Fellowship in Spring 2020. 


Rebecca Stewart

Rebecca Stewart completed her BA in English and French at the University of Richmond, and then went on to teach for a year in South Korea with the Fulbright ETA Program. As an MA/PhD student, she will focus on 19th and 20th century American and European literature and film, working in English, French and German. She is interested in the interrelatedness of ethics and aesthetics, and in particular the way that modernist and post-modernist texts grapple with the work of mourning in the wake of collective and personal trauma.

Marcel Strobel

A native of Germany with near-native fluency in French, Marcel completed his MA degree in English and French at the University of Mannheim. At UCSB he will work in Cognitive Science, Urban Studies as well as Gender, and Queer Studies, in Anglophone, Francophone, and Germanophone contexts. His other interests include the Medical Humanities, Film and Media Studies, Global/Transnational Studies, Literature and Science as well as Literary Theory, Performance Studies and Visual Culture. Marcel was awarded a Max Kade Fellowship for Fall 2020. 

Xiaoxue Sun

Xiaoxue (Wendy) Sun's primary field of study is German Literature. She is interested in Holocaust Studies especially in the reception and translation studies between  Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan. Her other field of studies includes gender and sexuality issues in Chinese Literature, Gothic Studies in English Literature, and Translation Studies among the languages of German, English, and Chinese.  She holds a BA from Chinese Language and Literature from Jilin University and an MA in Comparative Literature and World Literature from Peking University; her second MA is in English Literature from Loyola Marymount University. Her translation of a Children's book from German to Chinese is forthcoming.