Current Students

Jacopo Aldrighetti

Jacopo AldrighettiJacopo holds a B.A. in Modern Languages, a dual M.A. in Postcolonial Studies from Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz (Austria) and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy), and has been affiliated with the Université de Paris (France) to conduct research in the area of environmental humanities. He has lived and worked in several countries across Europe and South America and is interested in the interactions between humans and the environment through the lens of indigeneity and comparative cultural studies. At LSU, he seeks to employ methods from disciplines such as geography and anthropology (e.g. cultural ecology) to gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between the indigenous peoples of the Amazon and water, as well as how their culture cores are reflected in their respective oral literatures. His research revolves around one central question: How can the study of the interactions between surviving pre-industrial communities and the environment inform environmentalist trends in contemporary industrial societies? His book of poetry Areia: per la forma della poesia che verrà (“Areia: For the Shape of Poetry to Come”) is forthcoming. Currently, he is working on a book on geo and eco-poetry.

Negar Basiri

Negar Basiri received her BA in English literature from Isfahan University, Iran. She also holds an MA in the same major from Shahid Beheshti University of Tehran, Iran. She is a PhD candidate and a graduate teaching assistant at Louisiana State University. She works on English, Persian and French languages and literatures. She is interested in theories of phenomenological ethics and philosophy particularly the theories of Emmanuel Levinas, Maurice Blanchot and Jean Luke Nancy. Her current research concentrates on the representation of il y a, a phenomenological term for the void, and anonymity in the aesthetic realm and its relation to disaster, trauma and the event in general. Major areas through which she examines this phenomenological concept of Il y a are memory, exile and temporalization.

Marlon Andres Cáceres Delgado

Marlon Delgado

Marlon Andres Cáceres Delgado holds a B.A. in Spanish and English Literature from the Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia in Bucaramanga and an M.A. in Spanish from the University of South Florida. His research interests include: Latin-American women writers (fiction and poetry), feminist studies on literature and cultural identity representation (cinema and theater).

As former President and Vice- President of the Spanish Graduate Student Association at USF, he created and organized events such as; Latino and Hispanic writers in the US, Pido la palabra/ Mind Your Words (a bilingual poetry reading and discussion) and organized conference tables about women literature and gender theories. He has a podcast on Spotify, in which he explores and analyzes recent sci-fi films, literature, and series (1.21 GIGAWHAT!). He published his poetry and fiction short stories in



Aparajita Dutta

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Aparajita earned her B.A. (2011), M.A. (2013) and M.Phil. (2015) in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University, India. She works on queer studies, postcolonial studies, and cultural studies focusing on literary and cultural productions from South Asia, Spain, and Latin America. Her research interests include issues of gender, sexuality, race, nation, citizenship, and disability. She works in texts composed in English, Bangla, and Spanish. Aparajita is also a writer, poet, and an activist who believes in the possibility of changing the world through words. A plant mom, she is the co-founder of Akshar, an all-inclusive ezine.

Pelumi Folajimi

Pelumi student photoPelumi Folajimi earned a BA in Dramatic Arts (2008) and MA in English (2015) from Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria. In 2017, he earned a second MA in African Languages and Literature from the Dept of African Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since 2017, he has been a Fellow and Artistic Director in Residence at African Theatre in America, Chicago. He was a visiting scholar at the Department of Theatre and Dance of the University of Hawaii-Manoa (Spring 2019), a candidate of English Language Program at Seton Hall University (Summer 2019), and a Fellow of the National African Language Resource Center at Indiana University-Bloomington (Summer 2019). His papers have appeared in Research in African Literatures, African Literature Today, Journal of the African Literature Association, Ife Journal of the Humanities and Social Studies, and Matatu: Journal for African Culture and Society. He wishes to pursue a dissertation in ‘‘The Global Travels of the Western Classic: Postcolonial and Holocaust Transformations of Sophocles’ Antigone.’’

Salma Helal 

Salma HelalSelma Helal was educated in her native country, Tunisia. She earned her BA (with a concentration in Literature) from the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, University of Tunis, and the Agrégation, in English, from the Faculty of Letters, Arts, and Humanities, University of Manouba. She participated in the ENS Summer School in Tunis with Fellow Normalien(ne)s from Paris and Lyon, and in the ENS Exchange Program in Lyon. She took part in workshops and international conferences by the London Center for Interdisciplinary Research, where oral history, (dis)placement, and borders/boundaries have influenced her perception of time and literature. Her research interests center on the interactions of literature and philosophy.


Meghan Hodges

Meghan Hodges Meghan Hodges earned her B.A. in English (2019) from Louisiana State University, where she has also completed the curriculum for an M.A. in Hispanic Studies (to be conferred May of 2022). Meghan's past research and writings have addressed the use of antique, Roman literature in Iberian Spanish novels as a basis for the increasingly important and almost exclusively masculine project of nation-building. She has delivered presentations on this topic at such events as the 30th Annual Mardi Gras Conference (2021) and the 92nd SAMLA Conference (2020). Meghan intends to further investigate forms, methods, and crises of nation-building in her doctoral studies. Having noted a distinct relationship between fin-de-siglo nation-building and the birth of the Roman Empire, it remains an artifact of interest for Meghan, and she hopes to uncover a similar, cross-cultural, even transatlantic, trend. In comparing the literatures of the Southern United States of America, Spain, and France, she intends to demonstrate the commonalities and differences of "nations" and how a spectrum of marginalization (or lack thereof) influenced the forms, methods, and crises of nation-building.

Jaime Elizabeth (Liz) Johnston

Liz Liz Johnston is a poet and performer from New Orleans, LA. She completed her B.A. in Writing and a minor in Social Media at Loyola University New Orleans in Spring 2017 before entering the Comparative Literature Ph.D. Program in Fall 2017. Liz is the former Chairperson of the Loyola University Community Action Program (LUCAP), the largest and oldest service and social justice organization at Loyola, a position which won her the "Organization Officer of the Year" Magis Leadership Award. She previously worked as the Editor in Chief of the Loyola Branch of the Odyssey Online, a staff writer in film and digital media for, and a Copy Editor for The Maroon. In 2018 she began establishing Comparative Woman (a Comparative Literature/Women and Gender Studies/ Arts journal at LSU) and became Editor in Chief and started the Open Mic/Pop-Up Gallery series “Comparative Collective” in early 2019. Liz’s academic interests include Afro-Spirituality, Creole Culture, Dream Interpretation, and Horror.

Guilliermo (Guy) Londono

Guy PhD StudentGuillermo (Guy) Londono is an engineer, an economist, and a writer. He is a member of the society of Authors and Composers of Venezuela. Before entering the LSU CPLT PhD Program, he developed a passion for literature, cultural studies, and languages through both his academic research and travels in Venezuela, Colombia, The Netherlands, Canada, and the United States. He also believes in the advancement of the human race through a new emphasis on eclectic humanism, without neglecting the Divine.


Nkosilathi Moyo

NkosieNkosilathi Moyo graduated with a BA ‘honours’ in English and Communication from Midlands State University (Zimbabwe) in 2015. He went on to pursue a master’s degree in Britain at Coventry University where he graduated with a Master of Arts in Communication, Culture and Media in 2018. In the past (just after high school and briefly after his master’s degree) he taught Literature in English as a Temporary Teacher. Presently, he is studying for a PhD in Comparative Literature at LSU with research interests in decolonial theories, Global Hip Hop and African Diaspora Cultures.

Vrixton Phillips 

Vrixton PhillipsVrixton Phillips holds a BA in English from Nicholls State University, in Thibodaux, Louisiana, with a double specialization in Literature and Rhetoric/Writing, where he was awarded the 2021 COLA Award for Outstanding Graduate in Rhetoric and Writing. In his senior year, the Nicholls’ Regional Undergraduate Journal, Chênière, published his article “A Clear and Present Danger: Robespierre’s ‘On the Trial of the King’” and after graduating, he went on to work with one of his former professors as a qualitative data coder for the Nicholls/BOEM Gulf Database Project. His research interests are in tragic poetry and drama throughout history, particularly that of Ancient Greece, Renaissance England, and Neoclassical France. He is also fascinated by contemporary and 20th century continental philosophy and their possible applications to ancient literature and the history of literature.


Leslie Quezada

LeslieLeslie Quezada is a native of Louisiana and the daughter of Mexican immigrants. She received her B.S. in Kinesiology in 2014, B.A. in Spanish in 2016, and M.A. in Hispanic Studies in 2019 all at Louisiana State University. She is currently in her first year as a Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature and a graduate teaching assistant in Spanish at LSU. She is also a dance instructor and choreographer. She works English and Spanish languages and literatures. Her research interest examines women in 19th century including: Mexican American, Mexican, and Spanish literature, social constructs of women, identity of self, and representation of women by others. Other topics of interest include travel literature, heritage speakers/bilingualism in America, second-language learning, and the effects of immigration across all areas.

Alexander Schmid

Alexander Schmid Graduate Student

Alexander Schmid studied philosophy at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for his B.A. He then earned an M.A.L.A. from St. John's College in Annapolis' Graduate Institute. He then earned a California Teaching Credential while developing a "Great Books" style curriculum and teaching it in northern San Diego for seven years. Alexander's primary research interests are Medieval Italian Poetry, Ancient Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy, Dante’s Poetics and Metaphysics, Interreligious Dialogue, Comparative Literature, the History of the Transmission of Philosophy, Medieval Jewish and Arabic Aristotelianism, Ancient and Medieval Epic Poetry. He currently works with the English, Ancient Greek, Latin, Classical Arabic, Spanish, German, French, and Italian Languages.


Stacy Stingle

Stacy Stacy Stingle holds a BA in English, History, Philosophy, and Psychology, with a minor in Creative Writing - University Wisconsin-Oshkosh, an MA in English with a concentration in Literature and Cultural Theory from the University Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a MA in Philosophy, with a minor in Political Science from Louisiana State University. She works in English, Spanish, and French languages and literatures. Stacy's current research is focused on continental philosophy and literary modernism, looking at representations of time, trauma, memory, and fractured consciousness. She examines modern society under surveillance and the way that artists and writers have used their works to examine, resist, and defy oppressive regimes and their power structures.

Jing Tan


Jing Tan holds a BA in Economics from Peking University and has had a wonderful journey studying in the Department of Hispanic Literatures at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Enthusiastic about Migrant Literature and East-West Comparative Poetics, Jing is a great lover of Spanish Golden Age Literature and Classical Chinese Poetry. The languages she grew up with or learned along the way—Cantonese, Mandarin, English, Spanish, Latin—have formed an essential part of her being and identity.  Jing is very excited about exploring the literary world of these beautiful tongues. She is doing a dual degree in Complit and MA in Spanish Literature.

Bertha Vazquez

Betty Vazquez PhD Student

Betty Vasquez is a US Army Veteran who is beginning her first year at LSU working towards her PhD. in Comparative Literature. Among her academic achievements she counts: a BFA from Cameron University in English Literature with a minor in French, an MFA from the University of Houston Clear Lake in English Literature with a thesis in creative writing. Currently she is studying Spanish Linguistics at the University of Houston.Throughout her academic career she has focused on linguistics, short stories, poetry, film studies, and pedagogy.

Mulin Wang

Mulin Mulin Wang holds a BA in English from Hebei Normal University and a MA in Linguistics and English Teaching from Beijing Normal University. She works in Chinese, English, and French languages and literatures. Mulin researches translation practice and theory.

Recent Graduates

Hussam Amujalli

Amujalli completed a BA in Arabic Language at Imam Ibn Saud Islamic University in Saudi Arabia (2006). Beginning in 2006, he began teaching Arabic and Arabic literature at the high school level. Subsequently in 2008, he taught Arabic literature at King Saud University to undergraduate level. In 2014, Amujalli completed a MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University’s College of Arts and Sciences. Currently, he is in his second year of study to complete a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Louisiana State University. His interests include aesthetics of classic and medieval Arab prose. Hussam works in Arabic, Hebrew, and French languages and literatures.

Emily O'Dell


Emily O’Dell received her PhD from LSU in 2019 and is currently working as a Dual Enrollment College Early Start Professor at Benjamin Holt Academy. Her articles have been featured in Postcolonial Interventions, The Louisiana Folklife Journal (Northwestern State University), The Louisiana Folklore Miscellany, Atlantic Studies (Taylor and Francis), La Louisiane et les Antilles, une nouvelle région du monde (Presses universitaires des Antilles), and Utopia and Dystopia in the Age of Trump: Images from Literature and Visual Arts (Rowman & Littlefield). She is also co-editor of the collection Teaching, Reading, and Theorizing Caribbean Texts (Lexington Books).

Thana Al-Shakhs

thanaThana AlShakhs is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature with a minor in English at Louisiana State University. She has her Bachelor and Masters degrees in Arabic Language and Literature from King Saud University in Saudi Arabia. She has received three scholarships from: Saudi government in 2013 to study abroad, The Institute of World Literature at Harvard University in 2016, and Digital Humanities Summer Institute at University of Victoria for summer 2017. Currently, she works as a GA in Film and Media Arts Program. 

Vida Owusu-Boateng

Vida Owusu-Boateng holds a M.Phil. in Visual Cultural Studies from the University of Tromso, Norway; a M.Phil. in English from the University of Ghana, Legon; and a B.A. in English & Information Studies from the University of Ghana, Legon. Her research interests include Folklore and Anthropology, African, Caribbean and African diaspora literature, 20th and 21st century Anglophone and British literature, Postcolonial literature, the Novel, Narrative Theory and Narratology, Film  and media studies, Classical Reception Studies, and Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

Lázara Bolton


Lázara Bolton holds a BA (2004), a MA (2006) and a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University (2016). Dr. Bolton studies choteo and satire in the work of Cuban author Reinaldo Arenas and Nigerian-Yoruba author Femi Euba. She works in Spanish, English, and Portuguese languages and literatures.

Anna Ciamparella

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Anna Ciamparella holds a BA in English, a MA in Italian Studies and a MA in English. Ciamparella's research integrates Atlantic Studies, Modern Writers, Cosmopolitanism, and Queer Studies to create a cultural and literary dialogue among the poets Giuseppe Ungaretti, Langston Hughes, and Antonio D'Alfonso. Her target languages are Italian, French, and English. She works in Italian, English, French languages and literatures. Her publications include "Atlantic Reflection on Giuseppe Ungaretti: The Man, the Journeys, the Poet." Forum Italicum (forthcoming), “Beyond Patriotic Categorizations: Italian Culture and Giuseppe Verdi’s Multifaceted Risorgimento Experiences.” Verdi Forum (under review), “Inclusion/Exclusion: the Abject Other and Its Absolute Passage to Social Order in Chronicle of a Death Foretold.” Revista Atenea (forthcoming), “From Good to Bad Stories: Examining the Narrative of Pregnancy in The L Word as It Teaches and Destabilizes Queerness,” in Queer TV in the 21st Century (forthcoming). 

Amy Lynne Catania


Amy Lynne Catania holds an AS in Biology from Solano Community College (1998), a BA in History from University of California, Berkeley (2000), a MA in Comparative Literature from San Francisco State University (2005), an MLIS (Masters of Library and Information Sciences) from San Jose State University (2009); and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Louisiana State University (expected graduation date May 2017). She works in French, Spanish, Latin, and German languages and literatures. Catania also holds a Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing (issued June 2009) and a Clear Librarian Services Credential from the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing (issued January 2010). Catania draws upon Feminist Theory, Psychoanalysis, Psycho-social analysis in her research. Her research interests include repeated outcomes due to physical imprisonment for men and women in literature; trickster characters in myth and folklore; West African oral history (griot tradition); Creole oral history in Louisiana; death iconography, afterlife, the undead, and immortals; the epic tradition; and etymology 

Agnès Dengreville

Picture of Recent Grad Agnes Agnès Dengreville holds a BA in Modern Literature from Université de Bretagne Occidentale (2005), a MA in Comparative Literature from Université Paris VII-Denis Diderot (with a mobility grant from the ERASMUS program to study in the Universidad de Cádiz, Spain), (2008), and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature with a minor in Theater from Louisiana State University (2019). Her research explores the evolution of the Grotesque in Art and Literature at two moments of its history: its emergence as a critical term in the Arts, and its reappearance in modern age. She is currently completing another Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Sorbonne Université where she examines the recurrence of judiciary trials in European and American literature from 1923 to 1973. Along with the study of the grotesque and court fiction, her research interests include the satire in the work of Femi Euba, as well as comparative studies of national and international systems of education in curriculum and assessment. Dengreville works English, French, Spanish, Italian, and German languages and literatures.

Emma Gist

Emma Gist Originally from Little Rock, AR, Emma Gist holds a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Southern California. Before entering the LSU Comparative Literature PhD program she taught high school English at Da Vinci Charter Academy, a Project-Based Learning school in Davis, CA, and she currently works as a coordinator for Humanities Amped, a non-profit organization benefiting students in Baton Rouge public schools. Emma's research interests include the history of English education, 21st century and multimodal literacies, and how to better promote student engagement in narratives of all forms.




Kristina Gibby


Kristina Gibby earned a BA in Humanities (2006) and a MA in Comparative Studies from Brigham Young University (2009). She recently finished her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Louisiana State University (2017). She works in Spanish and French languages and literatures. Gibby's research focuses on a comparative approach to the literature of the Americas, specifically contemporary female writers who explore traumatic histories and the process of recuperating obfuscated experiences. Also concerned with the intersection between modern art literature in Europe and the Americas. Gibby was the recipient of the "LSU Graduate Dean’s Summer 2016 Research Stipend." Also presented a paper at the International Comparative Literature Association congress this summer in Vienna, Austria.

Benjamin Howland

Ben Howland

He holds a BA in Classical Studies and History (2007) as well a MA in Comparative Literature (2010) from Purdue University and a Masters Degree in Classical Studies (2014) from Indiana University. His research interests are Classical Reception, specifically with an emphasis on the reception of Rome in the changing Atlantic World, Star Wars and Classical Reception, Ancient Slavery, and Women in Antiquity. Howland works in English, Latin, and Ancient Greek languages and literatures.

Pengyi Huang


Pengyi Huang holds a BA in English from Beijing Language and Culture University, and a MA in English Language Literature from Beijing Language and Culture University. Huang works in Chinese, English, and French languages and literatures. His research focuses on the relationship between photography and literature, Chinese migrant literature and related literary theories.

Jingyuan Liu

jingJingyuan Liu holds a BA in Chinese Language and Literature, with a minor in English from the Beijing Normal University and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Louisiana State University. Liu works in Chinese (classical and modern), English, French languages and literatures. Her research focuses on the Greek tragedy and its modern adaptations, modern Chinese theatre and traditional Chinese theatre. Other interests include traditional Chinese narratives, modern and contemporary Chinese literature, traditional Japanese literature, and western drama in 19th and 20th century.

Ikea Johnson

Ikea JohnsonIkea is a Comparative Literature Ph.D. Candidate at Louisiana State University. She received her B.A. in English (psychology minor) and M.A. in English from Auburn University-Montgomery (with honors). Previously, she taught Adult Education at a Technical College and English composition at a local high school. Her research interests include: African-American literature, Asian literature, post-colonialism, intersectionality, and Buddhist philosophy. She works in the languages of English, Mandarin, and French.




Anwita Ray 

Anwita RayAnwita Ray has earned a BA (2013) and a MA (2015) in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University, India, and at present she is a PhD student at LSU. Her research interests are: South Asian nationalism, theatre of protest, feminist theories, South Asian diaspora and area studies (concentrating on parts of India, Bangladesh and Myanmar). In her work, she focuses on literature of the postcolonial and the contemporary eras. She works in English, Bengali, Hindi and French languages and literatures.




José F. Rojas (Nano)

Jose Rojas

José F. Rojas holds a BA in Modern Languages from University of Louisiana at Lafayette (2012) and a MA in Hispanic Studies with a concentration in Linguistics from Louisiana State University (2015). He works in English, Spanish, and Portuguese languages and literatures. Rojas examines different representations of criminal women in the mid 19th century; Mexican, South American and Spanish novels from naturalism to Foucaultian perspectives. His interest is to compare, in a transatlantic context, the focus of these representations and their social function.

Guillermo Severiche

guillermoGuillermo Severiche holds a BA in Education with a concentration in Literature and Linguistics and a BA Degree in Modern Literature with a concentration in Comparative Literature from the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina. He also holds a MA in Hispanic Studies and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Louisiana State University. Severiche works in Spanish, Ancient Greek, English, French, and Italian languages and literatures. Guillermo's research focuses on the representation of the body in contemporary fiction (cinema and literature) from three different countries: Argentina, Cuba, and Ireland.  The idea is to explore the nature of the body as a form of discourse present in fiction and find possible connections between these representations with their political and economic contexts and also between these different nations. The project's aim is to analyze the possibilities and limitations of the body as discourse both in films and in novels.

Jacqueline Zimmer


Jacqueline Zimmer holds a BA in Political Science from Michigan State University, a MA in Philosophy and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Louisiana State University. She works in French and Spanish languages and literatures. Jacqueline's dissertation research focuses on an analysis of Jean-Luc Nancy's conception of community and Jacques Derrida's idea of responsibility and hospitality in relation to representatinos of masculinity, responsibility, and national identity in the novels of Carlos Fuentes, Ernest Gaines, and René Depestre.