Placement and Dissertations

2014 PhD Recipients

Spanish

Diogenes Costa Curras
Dissertation Title: Redeeming Realism: Alternate Historicities in Spanish Film and Literature
Dissertation Chair: Cristina Moreiras-Menor
Placement: Lecturer, University of Massachusetts

Mara Pastor 
Dissertation Title: La Dimension Inexacta: Two Case Studies on War, Poetry, and the Politics of Cultural Production in Puerto Rico in the 1970's.  
Dissertation Chair: Kate Jenckes
Placement: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico 

Rachel TenHaaf
Dissertation Title: Visualizing an Aesthetics of Resistance: The Role of Sight in 19th and 20th Century (Neo)Realism on the Iberian Peninsula
Dissertation Chair: Cristina Moreiras-Menor
Placement: Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow, Kalamazoo College

Federico Pous
Dissertation Title: Beyond Incarceration: Prison Literature and Political Subjectivation in Cold War Latin America
Dissertation Chair: Gareth Williams
Placement: Assistant Professor, Elon University

Gabriel Horowitz 
Dissertation Title: Fantasies of Independence and their Latin American Legacies  
Dissertation Chair: Gareth Williams
Placement: Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Michigan

French

Mamadou Moustapha Ly 
Dissertation Title: Edouard Glissant in Theory and Practice: A Diasporic Poetics of Politics Dissertation Chair: Jarrod Hayes
Placement: Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Michigan

Tanya Camela Logan  
Dissertation Title: Sartorial Second Skins: Black Men, Masculinity, and Agency in Dress in Paris and Brussels from 1976 to Present  
Dissertation Chair: Frieda Ekotto

 

2013 PhD Recipients

French

Marie Stoll
Dissertation Title: "Masculin, Féminin" et l’écriture littéraire et cinématographique burkinabè : Double émergence, double affirmation
Dissertation Chair: Jarrod Hayes
Placement: Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Michigan

Italian

Juliet Guzzetta
Dissertation Title: Stages of History: Performing 1970s Italy with Narrative Theater
Dissertation Chair: Vincenzo Binetti
Placement: Visiting Assistant Professor, Michigan State University

Spanish

Aaron Boalick
Dissertation Title: Revitalizing Youth in the Body Politics of Contemporary Spanish Culture
Dissertation Chair: Cristina Moreiras-Menor
Placement: Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Michigan

 

2012 PhD Recipients

French

Maxime Foerster
Dissertation Title: French Romanticism and the Reinvention of Love
Dissertation Chair: Michèle Hannoosh
Placement: Assistant Professor, Southern Methodist University in Dallas

Spanish

Talía Dajes
Dissertation Title: Staging Terror:  Violence and the Aesthetics of Civil War in Contemporary Peru
Dissertation Chair: Gareth Williams
Placement: Visiting Assistant Professor, Michigan Technological University

Christian Kroll
Dissertation Title: Writing Beyond Reason:  Literature, Insurgency, Counterinsurgency and Sovereignty in Contemporary Latin America
Dissertation Chair: Gareth Williams
Placement: Assistant Professor, Sewanee University

Sandra Watts
Dissertation Title: Genre in the Works of Benjamín Jarnés:  "el género intermedio"
Dissertation Chair: Cristina Moreiras-Menor
Placement: Senior Lecturer, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

2011 PhD Recipients

French

Jennifer Solheim
Dissertation Title: Sounding the Text: Listening to Gender in Mediterranean Culture in French
Dissertation Chair: David Caron and Jarrod Hayes

Spanish

Alejandro Quin
Dissertation Title:Taming the Chaos:  Nature, Sovereignty, and the Politics of Writing in Modern Latin America
Dissertation Chair: Gareth Williams
Placement: Assistant Professor, Michigan Technological University

Jessica Piney
Dissertation Title: A Trans-Atlantic Encounter: Special Period Migration and La Nueva España: Geographies and Cultural Production of the Cuban Velvet Exile in Contemporary Spain
Dissertation Chair: Larry LaFountain-Stokes
Placement: Postdoctoral lecturer, University of Michigan

Mariam Colón Pizarro 
Dissertation Title: Poetic Pragmatism: The Puerto Rican Division of Community Education (DIVEDCO) and the Politics of Cultural Production, 1949-1968
Dissertation Chair: Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes
Placement: Assistant Professor, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez

Robert Wells
Dissertation Title: Humanism and Deshumanización:  Fiction and Philosophy of a Transatlantic Avant-Garde
Dissertation Chair: Juli Highfill and Gareth Williams
Placement: Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Sarah Cyganiak
Dissertation Title:The Method of Maria Zambrano: An Analysis and Translated Selection of Essays Centered on the Concepts of the Word, the Person, Compassion and Love
Dissertation Chair: Juli Highfill
Placement: Assistant Professor, Carthage College

Javier Entrambasaguas
Dissertation Title:The Social Movements in Contemporary Spanish Culture
Dissertation Chair: Cristina Moreiras-Menor
Placement: Visiting Professor, UMBC

2010 PhD Recipients

French

Elena Dalla Torre
Dissertation Title: French and Italian Feminist Exchanges in the 1970s: Queer Embraces in Queer Time
Dissertation Chair: Jarrod Hayes and Peggy McCracken
Placement: Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian, Saint Louis Univerisity

Julie Human
Dissertation Title: Looking Back: Medieval French Romance and the Dynamics of Seeing
Dissertation Chair: Peggy McCracken
Placement: Lecturer, University of Kentucky

Rebecca Wines
Dissertation Title: Sporting Frenchness: Nationality, Race, and Gender at Play
Dissertation Chair: Jarrod Hayes
Placement: Assistant Professor, Cornell College

Italian

Federica Colleoni
Dissertation Title: Violenza politica e identita nazionale: Trauma, Spettralita e allegoria nella letteratura e nel cinema
Dissertation Chair: Vincenzo Binetti
Placement: Assistant Professor, James Madison University

Spanish

Daniel Arroyo-Rodríguez 
Dissertation Title: Guerrilla Narratives in Spanish Contemporary Culture
Dissertation Chair: Cristina Moreiras-Menor
Placement: Assistant Professor at Colorado College

Andrea Dewees
Dissertation Title: The Trembling Foundations of the Guatemalan National Novel: The Case of Miguel Angel Asturias
Dissertation Chair: Gareth Williams
Placement: Assistant Professor, Lindenwood University

Annie Hesp
Dissertation Title: Writing the Camino: First-Person Narratives of the Camino de Santiago, 1985-2009
Dissertation Chair: Cristina Moreiras-Menor
Placement: Lecturer, Virginia Tech

Andreea Marinescu
Dissertation Title: Dialoguing Across Catastrophies: Chilean Post-Coup and Post-Dictatorship Cultural Production
Dissertation Chair: Gareth Williams
Placement: Assistant Professor, Colorado College

Roberto Robles-Valencia
Dissertation Title: Melancholic Nation:  The Affective Culture of Spanish Nationalism
Dissertation Chair: Cristina Moreiras-Menor
Placement: Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship, Kalamazoo College

Ofelia Ros
Dissertation Title: The Uncanny Laughs Once Again: Subjectivity and Structures of Ideological Domination in Late Twenty-Century Argentinean Cultural Production
Dissertation Chair: Gareth Williams
Placement: Visiting Assistant Professor, Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá

2009 PhD Recipients

French

Julie Robert
Dissertation Title:
A Nation's Ills: Medico-National Allegory in Quebec 
Dissertation Chair: Jarrod Hayes
Placement: French Coordinator/Lecturer, University of Technology of Sydney (Australia)

Italian

Silvia Marchetti
Dissertation Title: Promoting the "Minor": A Figural Practice in Italian Literature and Film
Dissertation Chair: Vincenzo Binetti
Placement: Visiting professor, University of Bologna, Italy

Spanish

Manuel Chinchilla
Dissertation Title: In the Wake of '68:  Literature and the Cultural Politics of Democracy in Contemporary Mexico
Dissertation Chair: Gareth Williams
Placement: Assistant Professor, Sewanee:  The University of the South

Noelia Sol Cirnigliaro
Dissertation Title: Through the Cellar and From the Window: Urban Domesticity and Literary Creation in Early Modern Spain (1583-1663)
Dissertation Chair: Enrique García Santo-Tomás
Placement: Assistant Professor, Dartmouth College

Sebastián Díaz
Dissertation Title: Against Paraguay: Visual and Literary Culture in the War Against Paraguay (1864-1870)
Dissertation Chair: Gareth Williams
Placement: Assistant Professor, Dartmouth College

Eduardo Matos Martín
Dissertation Title: Thinking Biopolitics: Reflections on Franco’s Dictatorship through Contemporary Fiction
Dissertation Chair: Cristina Moreiras-Menor
Placement: Lecturer, University of Arizona  

Cristina Miguez
Dissertation Title: Changing Aesthetics, Ethics, and Politics in Latin American Crime Cinema and Narrative
Dissertation Chair: Daniel Noemi Voionmaa
Placement: Assistant Professor, Metropolitan State College of Denver, Colorado

Pedro Porben
Dissertation Title: The Desired Revolution and the New Man: Assembling and Negotiating Cultural and Intellectual Practices in Revolutionary Cuba (1959-2007)
Dissertation Chair: Alejandro Herrero-Olaizola
Placement: Assistant Professor, Bowling Green State University

Radost Rangelova
Dissertation Title: House, Factory, Beauty Salon, Brothel: Space, Gender and Sexuality in Puerto Rican Literature and Film
Dissertation Chair: Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes
Placement: Assistant Professor, Gettysburg College

Alana Reid
Dissertation Title: The Pirated Body: Mapping Gender and Nationality in Contemporary Hispanic Fiction
Dissertation Chair: Alejandro Herrero-Olaizola
Placement: Assistant Professor, University of Central Arkansas

Raquel Vega Duran
Dissertation Title: The Migrant’s Journey: Border-Crossing, Otherness, and the Politics of Place in Spanish Culture
Dissertation Chair: Cristina Moreiras Menor
Placement: Assistant Professor, Claremont McKenna College

Sergio Escobar
Dissertation Title: Manuela, by Eugenio Diaz Castro, the Novel about the Colombian Foundational Impasse
Dissertation Chair: Javier Sanjines

2008 PhD Recipients

French

Michelle Miller
Dissertation Title: Material Friendship: Service and Amity in Early Modern French Literature
Dissertation Chair: George Hoffmann
Placement: Lecturer, University of Michigan

Sharon Marquart
Dissertation Title: Witnessing Communities and an Ethics of Reading
Dissertation Co-chairs: David Caron & Juli Highfill
Placement: Assistant Professor, Wilfred Laurier University 

Spanish

Andrea Fanta
Dissertation Title: Narratives of Abandonment: Colombia's Cultural Production from 1990 to 2007
Dissertation Chair: Daniel Noemi
Placement: Assistant Professor, Florida International University

Fernando Velásquez
Dissertation Title: The Political Constitution of the Literary: Impossible Nationhood and Alternative Commonality in Modern Peru
Dissertation Chair: Gareth Williams
Placement: Assistant Professor, St Joseph College

Ana Ros
Dissertation Title: Inheritance: Living Memory, Leaving Countries. Uruguayan and Argentinean Fiction at the Turn of the Millennium
Dissertation Chair: Daniel Noemi
Placement: Assistant Professor, SUNY Binghamton

Anne McGee
Dissertation Title: From Tomochic to Las Jornadas Villistas:  History, Memory, and Regional Identity in Chihuahua and Durango
Dissertation Chair: Gareth Williams
Placement: Visiting Assistant Professor, Indiana University

Leslie Marsh
Dissertation Title: Embodying Citizenship in Brazilian Women’s Film, Video and Literature, 1971 to 1988
Dissertation Co-chairs: Catherine Benamou and Larry LaFountain-Stokes
Placement: Assistant Professor, Georgia State University

Patricia Keller
Dissertation Title: Reading the Ghost:  Towards a Theory of Haunting in Contemporary Spanish Culture 
Dissertation Chair:  Cristina Moreiras-Menor
Placement: Assistant Professor, Cornell University

Jonathan Snyder
Dissertation Title: Reading Culture at the Threshold:  Time and Transition in Modern Spain (1800 – 1990)
Dissertation Chair:  Cristina Moreiras-Menor
Placement: Graduate Program Coordinator (M.A.), New York University


2007 PhD Recipients

French

Dominica Chang
Dissertation Title: Textually Transmitted Revolutions: Revolutionary Mimicry and Print Culture in Nineteenth-Century France
Dissertation Chair: William Paulson
Placement: Assistant Professor, Lawrence University

Olivier Delers
Dissertation Title: The Other Rise of the Novel: Alternative Economies in Eighteenth-Century French Fiction
Dissertation Chair: William Paulson
Placement: Assistant Professor, University of Richmond

Spanish

Wilfredo Valentin Marquez
Dissertation Title: Doing being boricua: Perceptions of national identity and the sociolinguistic distribution of
liquid variables in Puerto Rican Spanish
Dissertation Chair: Lesley Milroy and Teresa Satterfield
Placement: Assistant Professor, Millersville University

Megan Saltzman
Dissertation Title: The Deteriorating Histories in the Public Everyday Space of Post-Francoist Barcelona
Dissertation Chair: Cristina Moreiras-Menor
Placement: Assistant Professor, University of Otago

2006 PhD Recipients

French

Honorine Abessolo
Dissertation Title: Postcolonial African Literature and Art: A Father's Death as Allegory of Dislocated Culture
Dissertation Chair: George Hoffmann

Benedicte Boisseron
Dissertation Title: Taking the Postcolonial Lead: Decentering the Metropole Through Martinican Literature
Dissertation Chair: Frieda Ekotto and Jarrod Hayes

Patrick Dodd
Dissertation Title: Le Mythe Negre: ideologie de la race, de la sexualite et de l'immobilite chez Dany Laferriere
Dissertation Chair: Frieda Ekotto

Joanna Gill
Dissertation Title: Between Rejection and Redemption: Representations of the Father in Sartre, Beauvoir, Genet and Camus, 1939-1949
Dissertation Chair: David Caron and Frieda Ekotto

Spanish

Silvia Ximena Soruco-Sologuren
Dissertation Title: The City of the Cholos. Bolivia in Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Dissertation Chair: Javier Sanjines

Constanza Svidler
Dissertation Title: Narratives of Failure and Impossibility: Dismantling Silenced Trauma in Postdictatorial Argentina
Dissertation Chair: Jossianna Arroyo and Santiago Colás

2005 PhD Recipients

French

Megan Moore
Dissertation Title: Translating Byzantium: Cross-Cultural Marriage and Gender in Medieval French Romance
Dissertation Chair: Peggy McCracken
Placement: Assistant Professor, University of Missouri

Spanish

Orlando Bentancor
Dissertation Title: The Life of Metals in Potosi: Colonial Mining in the XVI, XVII, and XX Centuries
Dissertation Chair: Gustavo Verdesio
Placement: Assistant Professor, Barnard College

Susana Draper
Dissertation Title: Transmutants in the Poslettered City: Intellectuals, Culture, and Politics in Uruguay at the Turn of the 19th and 20th Century
Dissertation Chair: Santiago Colás and Gareth Williams
Placement: Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature, Princeton University

Emma Garcia
Dissertation Title: Reading Latinas: A Cultural Analysis of Beauty, Gender and Empowering Models For and By Latinas.
Dissertation Chair: Francis Aparicio and Jossianna Arroyo
Placement: Assistant Professor, Colby College

Luis Martin-Cabrera
Dissertation Title: El No-lugar: Novela Policial y Justicia en las Postdictaduras de España del Cono Sur
Dissertation Chair: Cristina Moreiras-Menor
Placement: Assistant Professor, University of California at San Diego

Monika Szumilak
Dissertation Title: Reconfiguring Spanish Subjects: Trans/Nationality and Technology in Spanish Narrative and Film after 1992
Dissertation Chair: Cristina Moreiras- Menor and William Paulson
Placement: Assistant Professor, University of Arizona