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Profiles of Current Graduate Students

The Department of French and Romance Philology has recruited students with a wide range of interests, as can be seen in the current graduate student profiles included below.

Profiles are arranged alphabetically by last name.

 

Celia Abele
Interests: Realism and Modernism in the novel; philosophy/intellectual history and the European novel, 18th century to early 20th century; Proust; Joyce.
Entering Class: 2013
Previous Degrees: BA in Philosophy and English Literature, Trinity College, Dublin, 2010; Master (1&2) in Littératures comparées, Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), 2012.

 
 
 
Kalinka Alvarez
Entering class:
2012
 
 
 

Laure Astourian
Interests:French film; the Nouvelle Vague; 20th century French literature; postwar cultural history; intersections of documentary and fiction in literature and film.
Grad Student Life: FGSA 2010-2011
Entering Class: 2009
Previous Degrees:MPhil in French (Columbia University, 2013); MA in French (Columbia University, 2011); BA in French and Film Studies (UC Berkeley, 2008).

 
 
 
Gabriela Badea
Interests: Medieval French Allegory.
Entering Class: 2010
Previous Degrees: M.A. in Medieval Literature ( CESCM, Poitiers), B.A in Foreign Languages (University of Bucharest).
 
 
 
Katherine Balkoski
Entering class:
2012
 
 
 

Andrew Branch
Interests: 20th-century literature, literary hoax and plagiarism, translation.
Entering Class: 2010
Previous Degrees: B.A. in French (Reed College).

 
 
 

Mary Claire Brunelli
Interests: Proust, 19th and 20th Century
Entering Class: 2012
Previous Degrees: B.A. in English and French (Williams College)

 
 
 

William Burton
Entering class: 2013

 
 
 
Roderick Cooke
Thesis topic: "Aesthetics and politics through the prism of the Dreyfus Affair".
Grad Student Life: FGSA conference co-organizer (2008).
Entering Class: 2005
Previous Degrees: M.Phil. and M.A. in French (Columbia); M.Phil. in History and Philosophy of Science, M.A., and B.A. in Natural Sciences (Cambridge).
 
 
 
Ellen Di Giovanni
Entering class:
2012
 
 
 

Caroline Dolan
Entering class: 2013

 
 
 

Rose Gardner
Interests: 16th and 17th century French literature
Entering class: 2012
Previous Degrees: Master I Sorbonne (Paris IV)

 
 
 
Diana King
Interests:
Comparative aesthetics (East/West), China in the French imagination, Chinese exile and diaspora literature in a Francophone context.
Grad Student Life:
ICLS Graduate Student Committee (2008-2009).
Entering Class:
2008
Previous Degrees:
M.A. in French Cultural Studies (Columbia), B.A. in English (Swarthmore College).
 
 
 
Mara Elizabeth Lasky
Interests: representations of Marseille in a Mediterranean context, Mediterranean studies, North African literature, urban studies, transnationalism
Grad Student Life: FGSA communications officer (2013-2014)
Entering class: 2012
Previous Degrees: B.A. in French and Francophone Studies (UCLA)
 
 
 
Ana Lazic
Entering Class:
2001
 
 
 

Sarah Lazur
Interests: 20th century and contemporary literature in France and Latin America, intellectual history, modernism and the international left, cosmopolitanism.
Grad Student Life: FGSA president (2009-2010), FGSA activities coordinator (2008-2009), FGSA conference co-organizer (2009).
Entering Class: 2007
Previous Degrees: M.A. in French (Columbia), M.A. in French Cultural Studies (Columbia), B.A. in Comparative Literature (UCLA).

 
 
 

Jacqueline Lerescu
Interests: Late 19th century- 20th century poetry, cinema
Grad Student Life: FGSA communications officer (2010-2011), FGSA president 2011-2012
Entering Class: 2009
Previous Degrees: MA in French Literature (NYU Paris) ; BA in History and French (Barnard College).

 
 
 
David Macklovitch
Dissertation Topic:
"Theorizing the Pleasure of Reading in Eighteenth Century France", focuses on theoretical writings of the first half of the Eighteenth Century, in which reading for pleasure is conceived as an autonomous notion.
Grad Student Life:
Modern Salon organizer (2005-2006).
Entering Class:
2002
Previous Degrees: M.A.in French Literature (McGill University), B.A. in French Literatre (McGill University).
 
 
 

Johanna Magin
Interests: The intersections of philosophy and medicine in early modern French authors (Montaigne, Descartes, Pascal); philosophy as a way of life; Sufism in contemporary North- and West-African Francophone literature; French existentialism and phenomenology.
Grad Student Life: French graduate student conference organizer ("Making Sense," 2013); Rapporteur for the University Seminar on Early Modern France (2010-2011).
Entering Class: 2008
Previous Degrees: MPhil in French and Romance Philology (Columbia University, 2012); MA in French and Romance Philology (Columbia University, 2010); BA with Honors in Romance Languages and Literatures (The University of Chicago, 2008).

 
 
 

Tommaso Manfredini
Interests: Music, poetry, writing of the oral.
Entering Class: 2012
Previous Degrees: Master 2 Recherche en Lettres, Arts et Pensée Contemporaine, Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7 (2010), Laurea Triennale in Lingue e Letterature Straniere, Università Ca' Foscari, Venezia (2008).  

 
 
 

Elizabeth Marcus
Interests: Middle Eastern and North African Francophone and Arabic literature; Mediterranean Studies; 19th and 20th century French and francophone literature; French  colonialism and imperial history; Translation
Grad Student Life: Co-coordinator of Modern Salon (2011-2012); FGSA Financial Director (2010-2011); FGSA Conference Coordinator (2011)
Entering Class: 2008
Previous Degrees: M.Phil., 2012, French and Comparative Literature, Columbia University. M.A., 2010, French and Romance Philology, Columbia University. B.A., 2008, Joint Honors in Modern History and French, University of Oxford.

 
 
 

Anaïs Maurer
Interests: Politics and literature in the French Overseas Departments and Territories
Grad Student Life: FGSA president (2013-2014), GSAC co-representative (2013-2014).
Entering Class: 2012
Previous Degrees: Master 2 in Comparative Literature (Paris IV and Tulane University), Licence in Comparative Literature (Paris IV), Baccalauréat Scientifique.

 
 
 

Max McGuinness
Interests: 19th and early 20th-century French literature; journalism's influence on literature; moral philosophy
Entering Class: 2010
Previous Degress: MPhil in French (Columbia) 2013; MA in French (Columbia) 2012; BA in Philosophy and French (Oxon.) 2009

 
 
 
Sarah Myers
Entering class:
2011
 
 
 

Inés Nam
Entering class:
2012

 
 
 
Ana Oancea
Thesis Topic: Inventors in 19th Century French Literature.
Interests: The representation of science and technology in 19th century French literature, decadence and theories of degeneration
Grad Student Life: FGSA conference co-organizer (2008)
Entering Class: 2005
Previous Degrees: M.Phil. in French (Columbia University), M.A. in French (Columbia University), B.A. in French and Mathematics (UVA).
 
 
 
Aleksandra Perisic
Enter
ing Class: 2007
 
 
 

Anna Provitola
Interests: 20th and 21st century literature of North Africa and its diasporas, queer theory between France and the US, bande dessinée.
Grad Student Life: Modern Salon Co-Organizer (2012-2013), Romanic Review Subscriptions Manager (2012-2014)
Entering Class: 2012
Previous Degrees: B.A. (Haverford College)

 
 
 
Yohann Ripert

Interests: Postcolonialism, Francophone Literature and Philosophy, Enlightenment, Aesthetics, Music and Literature.
Grad Student Life: FGSA Treasurer (2011-2013)
Entering Class: 2010
Previous Degrees: M.Phil, Columbia (2013); M.A, Columbia (2011); B.M in Piano Performance, Juilliard (2010); DEUG Mathematics, Paris- Sorbonne VI, (2005)

 
 
 

Johnathan Slaughter
Entering class: 2013

 
 
 
Rebecca Sopchik
Interests:
18th century literature, intellectual history, religion, and sexuality.
Entering Class: 2008
Previous Degrees: M.A. in French, B.A. in French and Psychology (Washington University in St. Louis).
 
 
 

Matthew Trumbo-Tual
Interests:
Sociology and literature, sociolinguistics, 19th and 20th century literature.
Graduate Student Life: 2013-2014 FGSA Vice President, 2012-2014 Modern Salon organizing committee
Entering Class: 2010
Previous Degrees: BA Political and social thought; Comparative Literature (UVA).

 
 
 
Erin Twohig
Interests: North African literature in French and Arabic, multilingualism and language issues, narratives of childhood and education.
Entering Class: 2008
Previous Degrees: MA in French Literature (NYU in Paris) BA in French (Middlebury College)
 
 
 
Nicolae-Alexandru Virastau
Entering Class: 2008
Previous Degrees: Diplôme de l’ENS-Lettres, M2R in Comparative Literature (Paris 3), B.A. in Comparative Literature (UBB-Cluj, Romania).
 
 
 
Paul Wimmer
Interests: The intersection of epistolary rhetoric and fiction, especially in the 16th century.
Grad Student Life: FGSA Vice-president (2010), Modern Salon co-organizer (2008-2009), FGSA Conference co-organizer (2009)
Entering Class: 2007
Previous Degrees: M.A. in French (Columbia), B.A. in French and English literature (Rutgers).
 
 
 

Emily Ming Yao
Entering class:
2010

 

 

 

 

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