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Ph.D. Profiles


Sara Grewal
Class of 2016

Sara Grewal is Assistant Professor of Post-Colonial Literature at MacEwan University. Her research and teaching experience in the Comparative Literature department has equipped her to teach literature by writers of color. 

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Corine Tachtiris
Class of 2012

From the PhD at Michigan to a tenure-track position in Massachusetts, Corine Tachtiris crafted her own path to success in academia. In this interview, she shares how her faculty mentors helped her combine activism with her work as a researcher, teacher, and translator.

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Ramon Stern
Class of 2013

Ramon Stern works at Brown University, where he is the Administrative Manager for the Brazil Initiative and the Brazilian Studies Association. His graduate work in Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan prepared him for an alternative-academic career. 

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Bram Acosta
Class of 2007

As Associate Professor at the University of Arizona, Bram Acosta teaches American Cultural Studies to a wide range of students. As a graduate student at the University of Michigan, a Rackham Merit Fellowship allowed him to strike a balance between research, coursework, and teaching in Comparative Literature.

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Jing Jiang
Class of 2006

Comparative Literature PhD alumna Jing Jiang is now Associate Professor of Chinese and Humanities and the chair of the Chinese department at Reed College. This interview highlights her interdisciplinary explorations as an international student, and how she finds her passion in engaged and collaborative pedagogy at a teaching-oriented institution.

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