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Xhuliana Agolli
M.A. in Liberal Studies, New School for Social Research
B.A. in Liberal Arts, St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM
Areas of interest: Kierkegaard and Bataille; eroticism and desire in literature and film; the representation of religious themes in art cinema; relations of the aesthetic and the ethical; notions of the sacred and the profane; ethical failure, violence, and the modern tragic hero.
Languages: Albanian, French, Italian

Ashna Ali
B.A. in Individualized Study: Literature, Media Studies, Political Theory, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, NYU
Languages: English, Italian, Bengali

K. Paige Ambroziak
kpambroziak@gmail.com
M.Phil., The Graduate Center at CUNY
M.A., The Graduate Center at CUNY
B.A., summa cum laude, The City College of New York
Area of Concentration: Early Modern Drama, specifically the works of Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare, and John Milton. She is currently writing a dissertation on repentance and redemption in the Early Modern period with a focus on Doctor FaustusHamlet, and Samson Agonistes.
Languages: French, Latin, German (reading knowledge) 


Lissi Athanasiou
lyssi_a@hotmail.com
New York, NY
The Graduate Center, CUNY
Area of concentration: Modernity, Modern Greek literature, the 20 century novel, memory, mind, narrative techniques, emotions
Languages: Greek, English. French (basic), Ancient Greek and Latin

Kelly Aronowitz
karaonwitz@gc.cuny.edu
B.A. in Latin American Literature by the Universidad Iberoamericana
Ma in Critical Theory by 17, Instituto de Estudios Críticos
Area of Concentation: Erotic Literature, Porn Studies, Film and TV studies
Languages: Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew, German

Fabio Battista
B.A. Modern Languages and Literatures, Sapienza - Università di Roma
M.A. Modern Languages, Literatures and Translation, Sapienza - Università di Roma
Area of concentration: 16-17th Century English, Italian and French Literature; Spiritual Autobiography; Sartre's Theater; Contemporary Italian Novel.
Languages: Italian, English, French, Latin (reading knowledge).

Carlo Bottone
Università degli Studi di Milano
Area of Concentration: American Literature
Languages: Italian, Latin, Spanish

Anick Boyd
aboyd@gc.cuny.edu
USA (San Diego, CA)
San Diego State University, B.A. with Honors in English
Area of Concentration: The French and Anglophone Modernist novel; Louis-Ferdinand Celine; 20th century American literature
Languages: French, German

Gray Campbell
sijiil@hotmail.com
Bard College, B.A. in Literature
Area of concentration: Live drama (Elizabethan and Jacobean); Renaissance intertextuality; Rimbaud; animalism; gender and sexuality studies.
Languages: English, French

Jin Chang
jschang62@aol.com
Areas of concentration: 18th and 19th century English Novel, 19th century European Realist Fiction, 19th century Russian Novel, Narratology
Languages: Korean, Russian

Jeffrey Chih-yu Twu 涂智瑜
jeffreytwu@hotmail.com
Taipei, Taiwan
B.A. in Foreign Languages and Literatures
National Chiao Tung University (NCTU), Taiwan
Area of Concentration: Literary Theory, Postcolonial Literature & Theory, Sinophone Literature, National Trauma, Lieux de mémoire, Diaspora Studies, Border Studies, Identities and Nationalities.
Languages: Chinese, English, German (in progress)

James Curley-Egan
University of Vermont
Areas of concentration: Psychoanalysis, logic, structuralism.
Languages: French, basic Spanish

Serena Dal Pont
giraffa75@gmail.com
Italy
University of Venice, B.A. in Italian Literature and M.A. in Teaching Italian as a Foreign Language
Area of concentration: Renaissance Literature, Foreign Language Acquisition
Languages: Italian, French

Rosemary Demos
rosemary.demos@gmail.com
BA: Humanities/Comparative Literature, Brigham Young University;
MA: Comparative Literature, BYU
Areas of Concentration: 19th and 20th century, historical narrative, music
Languages: English, Italian, French

Laura Di Bianco
lauradi.bianco@gmail.com
Rome, Italy
Italian "Laurea" Degree in Literature, specialization in Film History "Universita' degli Studi di Roma Tre"
Area of concentration: Film Studies, Women Studies, Italian Women Writers.
Languages: Italian, English, Spanish, Russian.

Daniela D'Eugenio
ddeugenio@gc.cuny.edu
M.A. in Italian Philology and Linguistics, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Florence, Italy
Areas of concentration: History of Italian Language, Dialectology, Philolology, and Paleography, Medieval and Early Modern literature, Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition
Languages: Italian (mother tongue), Spanish, Latin (reading knowledge)

Albert Fayngold
afayngold@yahoo.com
Kiev, Ukraine
National Academy of Arts and Architecture, two-year-certificate
Prague, Czech republic, EFL teaching certificate
New York, B.A. in English Literature, C.W. Post; M.A. in Comparative Literature CUNY Graduate Center
Area of concentration: British and American realist novel; 19th and 20th century Russian/ Slavic literature; exilic memoir; aesthetics, ekphrasis; literature and art; literature and science
Languages: Russian, Ukrainian, Czech, French

Nicole Fennimore
nfennimore@gc.cuny.edu
Brooklyn, NY
NYU, BA in Medieval & Renaissance Studies
Area of concentration: Medieval Studies, lyric poetry
Languages: French, Latin

Anna Finkelstern
afinkelstern@gmail.com
Israel/Russia
Tel Aviv University, B.A. in French and English literature
Area of concentration: 19th – 20th century French and English literatures, 18th – 19th century Russian literature, Romanticism and Realism, Philosophy of Language, Cultural Studies, Theories of Communication, Mythology, Immigration Narratives and Portrayals, Memory and Memoir.
Languages: Russian, Hebrew, French

Matilde Fogliani
Mestre, Venice Italy
Ca' Foscari University, Venice
M.A. in European, American and Postcolonial Languages and Literatures
B.A. in Modern Contemporary Languages and Literatures
Languages: Italian, English, Spanish, French, Portuguese in progress.

Nathalie Fouyer
nathalie@nyct.net
MA Hunter College
Langauges: French, English, Spanish, some Russian
 

Nataliya Gavrilova
gavrnata@gmail.com
Russia
"Kandidatskaya" Degree in Russian Literature, Tomsk State University
Diploma in Phylology, Tomsk State University
Area of concentration: interactions in 20th century Russian and Anglo-American, literature, especially poetry; Joseph Brodsky's poetry; modernism and postmodernism; translation studies.
Languages: English, Russian, French

Carolina Gonzalez

B.A. Media and Communications: Goldsmiths, University of London
M.F.A. Creative Writing (fiction): University of Arizona
Areas of Concentration:  the intersection of modernism, ekstasis, religion, and rupture in 19th and 20th century Latin American literature; Early Renaissance devotional literature and political treatises; chronology and geography in long-form narratives
Languages: Spanish, Italian

Yulia Greyman
ygreyman@gmail.com
B.A. in Film Studies, CUNY Honors College at Hunter
Areas of concentration: 19th and 20th century Russian and English literature, Translation Studies, Film Studies
Languages: Russian, English, French (in progress).

Valentine Gurfinkel
B.A. in English and Semiotics, University of Toronto
Areas of Concentration: Russian Modernism; Soviet postmodernism; early cinema; Nabokov; Internet; Tolstoy; the novel; literary & critical theory; mimesis; memory; migration; forgetfulness.
Languages: English, Russian, French.

Zheng He
M.A. in Comparative Literature, University of Iowa
B.A. in English Language and Literature, Peking University
Areas of Interest: British and German Romanticism; Religious Studies; Early American Literature.
Languages: English, Chinese, German (in progress)

Julia Heim
juliaheim.ny@gmail.com
M.A., Middlebury College - Italian Studies
Area of concentration: Political, Social, and Gender Dissent through film, Divismo, Neorealismo, Mafia studies.
Languages: Italian

Yu-Yun Hsieh
yhsieh@gc.cuny.edu
Taipei, Taiwan
M.A. in English, National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU), Taiwan
B.A. in Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Chung Hsing University (NCHU), Taiwan
Areas of Concentration: 20th century literature, modern and contemporary novel, postmodernism, film, music
Language: Chinese, English, French (in progress)

Selin Kalostyan
Istanbul, Turkey
M.A., Comparative Literature, The Graduate Center, CUNY
B.A., American Culture and Literature, Istanbul University
Languages: English, Turkish, Armenian, French

Agata Kasprzyk
akasprzyk@gc.cuny.edu
M.A. in German Philology, University of Silesia (Poland)
Areas of specialization: German postmodernism; 20th century German, Swiss and Austrian literature; 19th and 20th century philosophy; German–American and Polish-German cultural relations; history of Europe; translation theory.
Languages: German, English, Polish

Charlotte Lucy Latham
clatham@gc.cuny.edu
B.A., double major in Philosophy and History of Mathematics,
St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM
Areas of interest: aesthetic manifestos, aesthetic desire, pictorial influences in prose poetry, fictional art and artists, artist memoirs, Proust, phenomenology of reading.
Languages: English, French, Italian

Shinae Lee
B.A. in French literature, Art &Art History, Colgate University
Area of concentration: Ethics, religious history, trauma & memory, post-colonial studies, cultural & media studies, contemporary mythology, critical theory, political theory.
Language: Korean, French

Andrew Libby
M.A. Comparative Literature, The Graduate Center, CUNY; B.A. in English and German, University of Texas
Languages: German, French; reading knowledge of Ancient Greek, Latin, Old English, and Dutch

Yvonne Mattevi
ymattevi@gc.cuny.edu
Trento, Italy.
SUNY. Stony Brook University, DA in Foreign Language Instruction.
YSU (OH). MA in English + TESOL Certificate.
Area of concentration: Italian-American literature, linguistics, cultural studies, theatre, and pedagogy.
Languages: Italian

Erika Mazzer
University of Padua B.A in Italian Literature, M.A. in Italian Studies at New York University
Area of concentration: Sacred Literature in the Medieval and early Renaissance
Languages: Italian, German
 

Evelina Mendelevich
emendelevich@gmail.com
English B.A (Suma Cum Laude), Hunter College, CUNY
Area of interest: Russian, British, and French nineteenth-century novel. Psychological fiction. Women writers.
Languages: Russian (native), Belarusian (near-native), French (proficient), Hebrew (fair), Latin (fair).

Corinna Messina-Kociuba
B.A. in Interpreting and Translation Studies, Rome, Italy
M.A. in Spanish Language and Literature, City College of New York
Area of Concentration:  Italian Literature of the Twentieth Century, Womens Studies, Foreign Language Education.
Languages:  Italian, English, Spanish

Krystyna Michael
kmichael@gc.cuny.edu
University of Toronto, B.A. in Literary Studies
Area of concentration: Romantic, 19th and 20th century literature (American, German, Polish); theories of anxiety; the aestheticization of the urban landscape; intersections of philosophy, literature and history.
Languages: German, Polish

Tom Moran
MA: MALS Program, CUNY Grad Center
Languages: Ancient Greek, French

Ilaria Muzzi
imuzzi@gc.cuny.edu
M.A. in Foreign Languages and Literatures Honors, Universita' Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy
Area of concentration: Linguistics, Dialectology, Medieval Studies, Jewish and Russian literature and poetry, Cinema Studies with a concentration in the cinema of the Far East.
Languages: Italian (mother tongue), Russian, French, German, English, Hebrew, Japanese (basic), Albanian (in progress). Reading knowledge of Old Slavonic, Old and Middle English, Ancient Greek and Latin.

Yael Nezer
YNezer@gc.cuny.edu
Binyamina, Israel
M.A., Hebrew and Comparative Literature, Haifa University
B.A., Hebrew and Comparative Literature, Haifa University
Area of concentration: Latin Literature, Hebrew literature, Renaissance Italian literature, History of Literary Criticism, Intertextuality and Mythology.
Languages:Hebrew, English, Latin, Ancient Greek, Italian (in progress)

James Nikopoulos
jnikopoulos@gc.cuny.edu
Area of concentration:19th and 20th Century literature. Modernism
Languages: Italian, Greek

Robert O’Hara
B.A. in French Literature, minor in Italian Literature: Hunter College
Area of Concentration: Specialization in Italian Literature with a focus on 20th Century Itlian and French prose fiction.
Languages:  Italian, French, Spanish, German

Nick Olson
B.A. Literary Studies, Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts
Intended Areas of Concentration: French, Spanish and English-language modernism; contemporary approaches to myth, religion and theology; linguistics.
Languages: French, Spanish

Douglas Parker
dougscottparker@yahoo.com
Dowling College BA
Fordham University MST
Areas of concentration: History of the Novel; 19th Century European & American Lit; Modernism; Film & Theater; Classics.
Languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish.

Jeffrey Peer
New York, USA
B.A. Literature: Bennington College
Area of Concentration: 19th and 20th Century Literature; Modernism; the Psychological Correlative
Languages: Spanish, French


John Pendergast
john.pendergast@usma.edu
New York, NY
BA, Music, Birmingham-Southern College
MA, Russian Language and Literature, University of Arizona
Area of Concentration: 19th c. Russian and German Literature, Music and Letters, especially opera and art song
Languages: Russian, German, Latin

Anita Pinzi
anitapinzi@gmail.com
Florence, Italy
M.A. in Social Sciences, Universita' degli Studi di Firenze
B.A. in Comparative Literature, Universita' degli Studi di Firenze
Area of concentration: Migration Literature, Bilingualism, Postcolonialism.
Languages: Italian, English, French.

Adam Resnick
Aresnick1@gc.cuny.edu
New York, NY
The Graduate Center, CUNY
Area of concentration: Existential Literature, Apocalypse in literature and film, Marxist theory, Nietzsche.
Languages: English,Spanish,Latin

Antoine Rideau
B.A., double major in Human Geography and Hispanic Studies,
Queen Mary University of London
Areas of interest: Migrant and sexual identities in literature; 19th and 20th century French and Spanish poetry and theatre; Translation and bilingualism.
Languages: English, French, Spanish

Mark Rinaldi
mrinaldi@gc.cuny.edu
USA
B.A. in English and Italian, M.A. in Italian Literary and Cultural Studies, University of Connecticut Area of concentration: Italian dialect literature, Italian-American Studies, and confrontation/rapport between Italy and Italian-Americans.
Languages: Italian

Abraham Rubin
abrubin@gmail.com
Israel
MA Tel Aviv University
BA Haifa University
Area of concentration: Modernism, critical theory, psychoanalysis, trauma studies,Jewish-American literature
Languages: Hebrew, English, German

Francesco Sacchini
M.A. in Italian , Hunter College, CUNY.
Areas of concentration: Dante studies and Latin Literature.
Languages: Italian, English, French and Latin.

Luisanna Sardu Castangia
LSardu_Castangia@gc.cuny.edu
B.A. in European Languages and Literature, Universitá di Sassari, Italy
Area of Concentration: German studies, Linguistics
M.A of Arts, Florida Atlantic University, Florida
Area of Concentration: Languages, Linguistics, Comparative Literature Spanish studies, Renaissance studies
Languages: Italian, Spanish, English, German

Lisa Sarti
lisasarti@libero.it
Italy
Laurea Degree, University of Florence
Area of concentration: English literature, foreign languages
Languages: Italian, English, German, Spanish, Latin.

Johnna Scrabis
B.A. English - Pennsylvania State University
Working towards an M.A. in Comparative Literature with areas of interest in morality and ethics, animal studies, and language in theatre.
Languages – Spanish and Portuguese

Yelizaveta Shapiro
B.A., English and Russian, Macaulay Honors College at CUNY Hunter
Area of concentration: 20th century poetry and literature (Russian and English), Isaac Babel, poetics, uncertainty as a language of crisis and its effect.
Languages: Russian

Katherine Shloznikova
B.A., M.A., French (University of Toronto)
Areas of concentration: narcissism and ethics; Proust.
Languages: French, Russian

Jane Shmidt
Jane_Shmidt@yahoo.com
USA
Hunter College, B.A. in English Literature
Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, NY
Area of concentration:18th and 19th Century Russian Literature, 19th and 20th century British Literature, Classical and Modern Drama, Short Story, Latin American Literature, Bilingual Writers, Memoir
Languages: Russian, Spanish

Michael Skafidas
MichaelNPQ@aol.com
The Graduate Center, City of New York, NY,
Languages: Native language Greek. Near-native fluency in English. Working knowledge of French, German, and Classical Greek.

Isabel Sobral Campos
B.A. in English, Brooklyn College
M.A. in Theatre, Hunter College
MFA, Bard College
Area of interest: French and English 20th Century Literature, Critical Theory, Poetry and Poetics, Performance and Visual Culture.
Languages: English, French and Portuguese.

Claire Sommers
csommers@gc.cuny.edu
B.A. New York University, 2007 (Gallatin School of Individualized Study)
M.A. New York University, 2009 (Graduate School of Arts and Sciences)
Languages: French, ancient Greek, Latin, Spanish, Italian

Elena Staffoni
EStaffoni@gc.cuny.edu
Laurea at Ca' Foscari University, Venice, Italy.
Area of concentration:19th & 20th Century Literature, Decadence, Psychoanalysis, Film Studies.
Languages:Italian, French, German, Latin, Ancient Greek

Linda Stein
LOSS2006@columbia.edu
Graduate Center, CUNY
Area of concentration: the medieval literatures of Spain, France and England
Languages: Spanish, French

Annalisa Susca
B.A. Italian Studies: Macaulay Honors College at CUNY College of Staten Island
Areas of Concentration: Risorgimento, Postwar and Contemporary Literature
Languages: Italian, Spanish, Latin

Lisa Tagliaferri
LTagliaferri@gc.cuny.edu
M.A. in Comparative Literature, SUNY Binghamton University
B.A. in Italian and Art, Macaulay Honors College at CUNY Hunter College
Areas of interest: Dante studies; medieval literature; paleography and illuminated manuscripts; folklore, fairy tales and the oral tradition; translation theory.
Languages: Italian, French, Latin, basic German

Jesse Tandler
B.A. in German Literature and Language, UC Berkeley
M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Fiction, The New School
Languages: English, German, Spanish

Julia Titus
B.A./M.A. Journalism, concentration in Literary Criticism: Moscow State University, Russia.
M.A. in Russian and East European Studies: Yale University
Areas of Concentration: Russian and French literature of the nineteenth century, with particular emphasis on Dostoevsky, Bаlzac and Hugo; language and literature; myth of the city; Russian theater
Languages: Russian, French, Italian

Gina Maria Tomasulo
JeanRhys_4@hotmail.com
The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), New York, New York Area of concentration: Women's Studies, the Novel in France and Italy, African-American literature, Contemporary Autobiographical Writings, Postcolonial Studies, Narratology, Psychoanalysis.
Languages: Italian, French

Vivianna Torrero
vivator@aol.com
Torino, Italy Hunter College, B.A. in Italian Literature, Minor in Music
Area of concentration: 19th & 20th Century Italian Literature, Music, Film.
 

Zoltan Varga
vargaz17@yahoo.com
MPhil, Gender Studies; Central European University–The Open University in London
MA, English, Ancient Greek; University of Szeged, Hungary
Area of concentration: Modernism, literary theory, semiotics, gender, ancient Greek literature, Greek mythology
Languages: ancient Greek, English, Hungarian, German

Laura Visco
laura_visco@yahoo.com
University of Rome "La Sapienza," B.A. Modern Languages and Literature
Area of Concentration: 19th and 20th century Italian and German Literature
Languages: Italian, German and French.

Chun-ling Wei
Taipei, Taiwan
Fu-Jen Catholic University in Taipei, B.A. M.A. in English Literature
Area of concentration: English Literature, Renaissance Studies, Modern Drama, Literary Theory, Chinese Films

Anna Williams
awilliams101780@aol.com
USA
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, B.A. in Literature
MA in Comp Lit from The Graduate Center
Area of concentration: Latin American and Caribbean Literature after 1960, Border Literature and Theory, Cervantes, 17th Century Spanish American Colonial Poetry by Women, and Psychoanalysis and Literature.

Fan Xia
B.A. in English, Jiangsu University
Areas of concentration: 19th and 20th century continental literature
Languages:  Chinese, English

Lori Yamato
loriyamato@verizon.net
USA
New York University, Gallatin School of Individualized Study
BA from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU, MA in Comparative Literature from the Graduate Center (CUNY).
Area of concentration: philosophy and literature; Enlightenment and Romanticism; opera and song cycle; tragedy; Orpheuses and Anti-Orpheuses; emblems, fables, and parables.
Languages: Danish, German, Italian, Latin

Matvei Yankelevich
yan@pobox.com
Moscow, USSR
Wesleyan University, Connecticut, B.A. in Russian Literature
Graduate work at Yale University in Slavic Literature
Area of concentration: Literary Theory, Metaphor, Surrealism, 20th Century Poetry, Translation, Visual Culture & Theater, Theories of Avant-Garde.

Nicole Zeftel
Nicole.Zeftel@gmail.com
M.A., English, University at Buffalo
B.A., Art History and Literary Studies, University of Toronto
Area of Concentration: Humor and folly, subjectivity and personal inwardness in Modernist and Renaissance literature; drama; psychoanalysis; 20th century American literature
Languages: French

Ting Zhang
B.A. and M.A. in English Language and Literature, Peking University, Beijing
Areas of Concentration: 19th century English Novel, 19th century European Realist Novel
Languages: Chinese, English, Spanish, French (in progress)

Brian Zimmerman
B.A. in English, University of Florida
Areas of concentration: Literary Theory, Deconstruction, Phenomenology, Philosophy of Language, Kabbalalistic hermeneutics in post-modern Interpretation Theory, Religious Existentialism, Jewish-American Literature, Yiddish Language and Culture, The Frankfurt School, Critical Theory
Languages: English, French, basic Hebrew, Yiddish (in progress)

Alexandra Zobel
alexandra_zobel@hotmail.com
USA
Hunter College, New York, M.A. in Spanish
Area of concentration: Latin American Literature, Arabic Literature, Violence: its effects on and portrayals in literature, Literature as a vehicle for social protest and change.
Languages: Spanish, French, Italian, intermediate knowledge of Arabic