Graduate Students

Reem Taha

Reem completed her MA in English, Book History, and Print Culture at the University of Toronto. She is interested in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Postcolonial Studies, trauma theory, the History of the Book and the Digital Humanities as well as Translation Studies. Her research focuses on al-Andalus/Medieval Iberia, for which she plans to study the social, religious, political and literary interactions among Muslims, Jews and Christians. She is particularly interested in exploring the boundaries that construct and define identity, as well as the role of collective historical trauma in shaping identity among Andalusian exiles. 

Sofie Thomsen

Sofie Sommer Thomsen completed her BA and MA in comparative literature at the University of Copenhagen. During her MA, she spent one-year on exchange at UCSB as a Fulbright scholar in preparation for writing her thesis. As a PhD student at UCSB, she focuses primarily on the effect of the Digital Era on reception and production of traditional literature as well as emerging new forms of literature. Her research interests include digital humanities, media studies, European literature, German philosophy and the history of the book.

Jordan Tudisco

Jordan entered our doctoral program in Comparative Literature in fall 2017; his research interests include Transgender Studies, Queer Studies, 19th/20th century French and Francophone Literature, Sociolinguistics, Translation Studies, and the Digital Humanities. A native speaker of French, Jordan also works in English, German, and Russian. His translation works focus on the problems posed by the translation of transgender memoirs into French, a language that offers less possibilities to express a non-binary identity and shows signs of linguistic censorship; 2) the specific dynamics at work in the translation of digital literature; and 3) the process of creative self-translation.

David Vivian

David received his BA in Literature from UC Santa Cruz in 2015. He is studying in the French track in Comparative Literature, and plans on pursuing Spanish for his third language. His research interests include 19th- and 20th-century Francophone literature and theory, as well as French and English Renaissance literature. Among his theoretical interests are animal studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, translation studies, technology and media theory, and Marxist criticism. 

Maria Anna Zazzarino

Maria Anna completed a Master of Arts in Anglophone literary and cultural studies with distinction at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. In 2017-18 she researched Caribbean Francophone and Anglophone literatures at the University of Louisana, Baton Rouge as a Fulbright awardee. Her fields of interest include Black Studies, English, Global Studies, Spanish and Portuguese, with such foci as the Global South, Caribbean Studies, Global/ Transnational Studies, and Postcolonial Studies.