On September 25, 2017 William Stroebel successfully defended his doctoral dissertation in Comparative Literature:  Fluid Books, Fluid Borders: Modern Greek and Turkish Book Networks in a Shifting Sea.  The dissertation committee was chaired by Vassilios Lambropoulos, Cavafy Chair of Modern Greek with committee members Tatjana Aleksic, Professor of Comparative Literature and Slavic Languages and Literatures;  Artemis Leontis, Professor of Modern Greek, Department of Classical Studies and Chair;  Karla Mallette, Professor of Romance Languages and Near Eastern Studies, and Kader Konuk, University of Duisburg-Essen.