Alumni

Ghassan Aburqayeq

In Spring 2021, Dr. Ghassan M. Aburqayeq filed his dissertation entitled "Arabic Terror Fiction in Iraq and Egypt: Trauma, Taboos, Dystopia".  His interdisciplinary committee included Professors Dwight Reynolds as Chair (Religious Studies), Bernadette Andrea (English), Elisabeth Weber (Germanic and Slavic Studies), and Touria Khannous (Louisiana State University). In fall 2021, he started a two-year Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow in Arabic at Bowdoin College. Ghassan holds his BA in English Language and Literature from Al-Hussein Bin Talal University, and MA from New Mexico Highlands University. He taught ESL in Jordan, and Arabic at various colleges and universities in the United States. His research interests include Trauma Theory, Postcolonial Literatures and Theory, English Romanticism, and Classical Arabic literature and philosophy.

Jeffrey Bellomi

Jeffrey Bellomi holds his Bachelor of Arts in Literature from UC Santa Cruz, and completed his Master of Arts degree in Comparative Literature, with a Certificate in Critical Theory, at CU Boulder in Spring 2013. His doctoral disseration on darkness combines media studies, philosophy, and literature. His languages include French, German, Russian, and Japanese.

Karen Bishop

Karen Elizabeth Bishop was a Faculty Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Program in Comparative Literature at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. In June 2012, she began a joint tenure-track appointment at Rutgers. After receiving her Ph.D. in 2008, she taught Postcolonial and Latin American Studies for two years as a Lecturer in the Committee on Degrees in History and Literature at Harvard University. Her research interests include twentieth century literatures written in Spanish, English and French, exile studies, cartography, postcolonial studies, translation theory, philosophies of history, and the history and philosophy of human rights with an emphasis on torture and disappearance. She has published on contemporary Latin American fiction, the poetics of exile, the pedagogy of torture literature, and on literature and mapping. She is currently editing a collection of essays, The Cartographical Necessity of Exile, as well as working on her first book, Mapping Disappearance: Representing the Absent in the Southern Cone

Danielle Borgia

Danielle Borgia graduated in december 2009, when she defended her dissertation entitled "Specters of the Woman Author: The Haunted Fictions of Anglo-American, Mexican-American, and Mexican Women." She is now a Lecturer at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where she has taught classes in Women's Studies and American Cultures Studies. Her research and teaching interests center on women in the Borderlands, Borderlands history, transnational and postcolonial feminist theory, Native American literatures, racial profiling, police brutality, and immigration. She has published on Gothic and Fantastic literature, including “Twilight: The Glamorization of Codependency, Abuse, and White Privilege,” in the Journal of Popular Culture and  “Vampiros mexicanos: Nonnormative Sexualities in Contemporary Vampire Novels of Mexico,” in a MESEA edited volume, Vampires and Zombies: Transnational Transformations.

Marcel Brousseau

Marcel Brousseau studies cultural techniques in the Americas with an emphasis on the literature, cartography, and media of the U.S./Mexican borderlands and the Indigenous west. He focuses on technologies and narratives of mapping and institutional memory, and analyzes land inscription, infrastructural development, transcultural networks, and migratory flows. His interdisciplinary work incorporates comparative literature, digital humanities, geography, history, Chican@ studies, and Indigenous studies. He defended his dissertation in Spring 2015: "Over the Line: Critical Media Technologies of the Trans-American Hyperborder." Since fall 2015 Marcel has been the Carlos E. Castañeda Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) at the University of Texas at Austin. He is teaching a course on Mexican American Literature and Culture. He is currently developing his dissertation into a book project, and designing a "moralized cartography" for Óscar Martínez' migration narrative The Beast.

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