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Placement and Dissertations

Should you wish to contact any of these former students regarding their work or their experience in the department, please contact the Graduate Assistant and they will gladly forward your request to them. 

2016 PhD Recipients

Spanish

Elizabeth Barrios
Dissertation Title: Invisible Geographies: Oil, Time, and Ecology in Venezuelan Cultural Production
Dissertation Chair: Kate Jenckes
Placement: Assistant Professor, Albion College

Karen Frazier
Dissertation Title: Neoliberal Noir: Bearing Witness to Systemic and Subjective Violence in Mexico
Dissertation Chair: Kate Jenckes
Placement: Senior Researcher, American Institutes for Research

Anna Mester
Dissertation Title: Iberian Atlantic Imperial Carcerality: Narratives and Vestiges of Disciplinary Violence in Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, and Mozambique from Colonialism and Beyond
Dissertation Chair: Fernando Arenas & Juli Highfill
Placement: Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts-Boston

Martin Vega
Dissertation Title: Mothers and Daughters at Imperial Crossroads: Expressions of Status, Economy and Motherhood in 16th Century Mexico
Dissertation Chair: Gustavo Verdesio
Placement: Assistant Professor, Bucknell University (declined); College Fellow, Harvard University

Italian

Mattia Beghelli
Dissertation Title: As Seen on TV: Programming Cinema and Entertainment in Italy during the Long 1980s
Dissertation Chair: Giorgio Bertellini
Placement: Academic Advisor, University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts

Pierluigi Ergaggio
Dissertation Title: Writing Mussolini: Il Duce’s American Biographies on Paper and on Screen, 1922-36
Dissertation Chair: Giorgio Bertellini
Placement: Visiting Assistant Professor, Kenyon College (declined); Administrative Assistant for the Italian Consulate in Detroit

Francesca Minonne
Dissertation Title: Between Italy and Argentina: Circular Accents in Contemporary Migration Literature
Dissertation Chair: Giorgio Bertellini

French

Matthieu Dupas
Dissertation Title: The Postsexual Transition: Sex and Love After Sexuality in the Contemporary French Novel
Dissertation Chairs: David Caron & David Halperin
Placement: Postdoctoral fellow, University of Michigan

2015 PhD Recipients

Spanish

Erika Almenara
Dissertation Title: The Language of Travestism and the Political Limits of the National-Popular in 20th and 21st Century Latin American Cultural Production
Dissertation Chair: Gareth Williams
Placement: Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas

Matias Beverinotti
Dissertation Title: What Happened in History since the End of History?: Populism and New Historical Discourse in Argentina
Placement: Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Michigan

David Collinge
Dissertation Title: The Turning Wheel of Hostility: The E.T.A. in Literature and Film in Spain since the 1970s
Dissertation Chair: Cristina Moreiras-Menor
Placement: Visiting Assistant Professor, Union College

Rodrigo Toromoreno
Dissertation Title: One World is Not Enough: The Colonial Amazon and the Shaping of the New World
Dissertation Chair: Gustavo Verdesio
Placement: Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Michigan

Brian Whitener
Dissertation Title: The Rise of Finance: Cultural Production and Politics in Mexico and Brazil After 1982
Placement: Assistant Professor, University of South Alabama

French

Maria Canal
Dissertation Title: Récits de consolation et Consolations du récit dans la littérature française de la fin du Moyen Âge
Dissertation Chair: Peggy McCracken
Placement: Public Project Liaison, Mayor’s Office, Geneva

2014 PhD Recipients

Spanish

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

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: Assistant Professor, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico, Ponce

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: Assistant Professor, University of Denver

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: Visiting Assistant Professor, Humbolt State University

Italian

Juliet Guzzetta
Dissertation Title: Stages of History: Performing 1970s Italy with Narrative Theater
Dissertation Chair: Vincenzo Binetti
Placement: 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: Adjunct, Columbia University for 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, Westminster College

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

Marcelino Viera
Dissertation Title: In the Shadow of Liberalism: The Culture and Literature of Anarchism in the Río de la Plata (1880-1930) 
Dissertation Chair: Gareth Williams
Placement: Assistant Professor, Michigan Technological 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
Placement: Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago

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, University of Utah

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: Lecturer, Pennsylvania State University

ErieMariam 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: Lecturer, University of Michigan

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: Lecturer, University of Michigan

Julie Human
Dissertation Title: Looking Back: Medieval French Romance and the Dynamics of Seeing
Dissertation Chair: Peggy McCracken
Placement: Assistant Professor, 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: Instructor, University of South Florida

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, University of Alaska Southeast

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: Associate Professor, Colorado College

Roberto Robles-Valencia
Dissertation Title: Melancholic Nation:  The Affective Culture of Spanish Nationalism
Dissertation Chair: Cristina Moreiras-Menor
Placement: Assistant Professor, University of South Alabama

Ofelia Ros
Dissertation Title: The Uncanny Laughs Once Again: Subjectivity and Structures of Ideological Domination in Late Twenty-Century Argentinean Cultural Production
Dissertation Chair: Kate Jenckes
Placement: Professor and Researcher, Instituto Caro y Cuervo and Graduate Professor in the Universidad Santo Tomás, Bogotá, Colombia

2009 PhD Recipients

French

Julie Robert
Dissertation Title: A Nation's Ills: Medico-National Allegory in Quebec 
Dissertation Chair: Jarrod Hayes
Placement: Assistant Professor, University of Technology, Sydney

Italian

Silvia Marchetti
Dissertation Title: Promoting the "Minor": A Figural Practice in Italian Literature and Film
Dissertation Chair: Vincenzo Binetti
Placement: Diplomat, State of San Marino

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: Associate Professor, Senawee: 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: Associate 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: Faculty Fellow, New York University

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: Associate 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: Associate 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
Placement: Associate Professor, Truman State University

2008 PhD Recipients

French

Michelle Miller
Dissertation Title: Material Friendship: Service and Amity in Early Modern French Literature
Dissertation Chair: George Hoffmann
Placement: Marketing, Google Inc.

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: Associate Professor, St. Joseph's 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: Associate 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: Associate 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: Associate Professor, University of Richmond

Spanish

Wilfredo Valentin Marquez
Dissertation Title: Doing being boricua: Perceptions of national identity and the sociolinguistic distribution ofliquid 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, West Chester University

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
Placement: Associate Professor, University of Montana

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
Placement: Freelance Artist, New York City

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

Placement: Researcher, Graduate University for Strategic Research in Bolivia

Constanza Svidler
Dissertation Title: Narratives of Failure and Impossibility: Dismantling Silenced Trauma in Postdictatorial Argentina
Dissertation Chair: Jossianna Arroyo and Santiago Colás
Placement: Interim Manager, Kaiser Permanente

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: Associate Professor, 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: Associate 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: Owner, Freedom Therapy