Faculty and Current Students

Advisory Committee and Afilliated Faculty

The Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies (CLCS) is an interdisciplinary program that includes faculty from different departments and programs across campus.  The Program is led by a Program Advisory Committee, which makes executive decisions on admissions, academic policies, and other program related activities. CLCS students take courses and work with faculty across campus, including those listed below.

 

Erika Almenara.

Dr. Almenara is an Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Her areas of expertise are contemporary Latin American Literature and cultural criticism, queer theory and subaltern studies.

Nancy M. Arenberg

Dr. Arenberg is an Associate Professor of French in the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Her areas of research are Epistolary Fiction, Feminist Theory, and Francophone Literature.

 

Steven Bell.

Dr. Bell is an Associate Professor of Spanish and chair of the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures.  His research areas includes Latin American and Latino Literature, Mexican Literautre, Modern Latin American Fiction, and Critical Theory.

 

Nadja Berkovich

Dr. Berkovich is an Assistant Professor of Russian in the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures.  Her research interests includes 19th and 20th century Russian and Yiddish literature and culture, Literary ethnography and folklore in the Russian empire, Political Exile and Ethnography, Comparative literature and Jewish Studies, Modernism and postmodernism, Russian and Yiddish film and theater, 20th and 21st century German Jewish and Soviet-born American Jewish émigré writers, Russian and Yiddish Women Writers. She teaches Elementary Russian I and II, Intermediate Russian I and II, Advanced Russian I and II, Power and Protest from "Pussy Riot" to Dostoevsky, Supernatural and Mundane in Russian 20th Century Literature.

Keith Booker 

Dr. Booker is a Professor of English. His research areas are science fiction, Postcolonial Literature, Literature of the Left, Modern American Literature, Modern British Literature, Film Studies, and Literary Theory. Dr. Booker is a member of the CLCS Program Advisory Committee. 

Edvan P. Brito.

Dr. Brito is an Assistant Professor of Portuguese in the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures. His areas of expertise are language and identity, comparative race relations in Brazil and the U.S., and Portuguese as a second language. 

Lucy M. Brown

Dr. Brown is an Assistant Professor of Journalism.  Her research interests includes Advertising Aesthetics; Race, Gender, and Class; Marketing Communications, Visual Communications, and Inter-Cultural Marketing Strategies 

Jee Young Chung

Dr. Young Chung is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism. 

Lauren J. DeCarvalho

 Dr. DeCarvalho is an Assistant Professor of Communication.  Her research interests are Critical/Cultural Studies, Film and Media Studies, Feminist Theory. Prof. DeCarvalho teaches Film Lecture, American Film Survey, Reel Women, Representational Issues in Film, Globalization and Film.

John Tabb Duval

Dr. Duval is a Professor of English in the Department of English. His research and teaching interests are ranslation Theory and Practice; Creative Writing; Comparative Literature; World Sonnet; Dante; Medieval Literature; Epic Poetry. Dr. Duval is a member of the CLCS Program Advisory Committee. 

David Fredrick.

Dr. Fredrick is an Associate Professor of Latin in the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures and Director of the Tesseract Center.   His areas of expertise are roman poetry, Roman houses and wall painting, the Representation of Rome in Cinema, and Cultural Theory.   Dr. Fredrick is also a member of the CLCS Advisory Committee. 

Tatsuya Fukushima

Dr. Fukushima is an Associate Professor of Japanese in the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures.  His research and teaching interests are Discourse Analysis, sociolinguistics, and Technology-Based Language Instruction. Dr. Fukushima is a member of the CLCS Program Advisory Committee. 

Adnan Haydar

Dr. Haydar is a Professor of Arabic in the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures.  His teaching and research areas are Modern and Classical Arabic Literature, Arabic Language, Folk Literature, Oral Poetry, and European and Arabic Poetics.  Dr. Haydar is a member of the CLCS Advisory Committee and the Middle East Studies Center Program.

Patricia Snel Herzog

Dr. Herzog is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice. 

Jennifer Hoyer

Dr. Hoyer is an Associate Professor of German in the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the Director of the Jewish Studies Program. Research and teaching interests includes Poetry, Cinema, Medieval and Early Modern Literature, Post-1945 Literature and Theory, and Holocaust Writing. Dr. Hoyer is a member of the CLCS Program Advisory Committee. 

Linda Jones

Dr. Jones is an Associate Professor in the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures.  Research interests includes Second Language Learning and Technology, New France and French Mississippi Archival Studies, Missionaries of the Lower Mississippi Valley, Spirituality in Higher Education.

Mohja Kahf

Dr. Kahf is a Professor of English. Her research and teaching interests are Comparative Literature, Arabic Literature, the Quran, Postcolonialism, Gender; the "world lit" survey course. Dr. Kahf is a member of the CLCS Program Advisory Committee and the Middle East Studies Program. 

Mary Beth Long

Dr. Long is an Assistant Professor of English. Her research areas are Late-Medieval and Early-Modern Literature, hagiographgy and religious culture, manuscript and early print history, gender studies. Dr. Long teaches Medieval Sexualities, Marian Devotion and Desire, Medieval and Early Modern Women's Literacies, Saints and Sinners in Medieval Literature, The Pre-Modern Woman's Body, Medieval Romance, Medieval and Renaissance Literature Survey, Honors Humanies Project: The Equilibrium of Cultures, 300-1500 C.E.

Violeta Lorenzo

Dr. Lorenzo Feliciano is an Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures.  Her research interests are Latin American Literature with a focus in the study of Hispanic Caribbean cultures and diasporas, Coming of Age of Narratives, Cultural Essays, Film, and U.S. - Caribbean Politics and Cultures. 

Oksana Maksymchuk

Dr. Maksymchuk is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy. 

Edward Minar.

Dr. Minar is a Professor of Philosophy. His areas of expertise are the history of analytic philosophy, philosophy of mind, epistemology, and contenental philosophy.

Yajaira M. Padilla

Dr. Padilla is an Associate Professor of English and the Director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program. Her research interests are U.S. Latino/literatures and Culture, Ethnic Studies, Modern American Literature, 19th and 20th century Latin American literature, Central American literature, Contemporary Latin American literary: cultural, and social theory.

Luis Fernando Restrepo 

Dr. Restrepo is a University Professor in the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the CLCS Program Director.   His main research areas are colonial Latin America,  Literature and human rights, indigenous literatures and cultures, Latino education.  

Thomas Rosteck Jr.

Dr. Rosteck is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication. His research areas are Communication and Culture, Non-Fiction Television and Film, and Theories of Interpretation.  He teaches Communication Criticism, Introduction to Rhetorical Theory, Rhetoric of Social Movements, Rhetoric of the Black Civil Rights Movement, Documentary Film and Television, Television and American Culture, Communication and Cultural Studies. Dr. Rosteck is a member of the CLCS Program Advisory Committee. 

 

Joshua Byron Smith

Dr. Smith is an Assistant Professor of English, specialized in Medieval Topics. Teaching interests includes Introduction to Old English, Beowulf, Heroes and Monsters of the North Sea, The Literature of the First English Empire, British Literature I, Introduction to Middle Welsh, Introduction to Old High German, Introduction to Old French, Medieval Latin, Germanic Philology, History of the English language.

 

Rachel Tenhaaf

Dr. Tenhaaf is an Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures.  Her research areas are contemporary Iberian Literary and Cultural Studies. 

Gilles Viennot.

Dr. Viennot is an Assistant Professor of French in the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.  Dr. Viennot is also a member of the CLCS Program Advisory Committee. 

Padma Viswanathan

Prof. Viswanathan is an Assistant Professor of English, with interest in international fiction and fiction writing.  

 

 

Current Students

 

Pamela Kirkpatrick 

Hometown: Seoul, Republic of Korea
Past Education: BALA, UALR
Expected Graduate Date: Fall 2017 / Spring 2018

Degree Program: Traditional Comparative Literature (Ph.D.)
Research Area: Childhood and kinship in medieval literature
Dissertation Topic: Medieval Kinship Practices
Dissertation Mentor: Dr. John DuVal 

Zane Emīlija Sarma  

Hometown: Jūrmala, Latvia
Past Education: Master's degree in English Philology: English Literature at the University of Latvia, 2016; Bachelor's degree in Education: Teacher of English and German at the University of Latvia, 2012
Expected Graduate Date: May 2021

Degree Program: Traditional Comparative Literature (Ph.D.)
Research Area: Adolescent Literature, Feminist Literary Criticism, Gender Studies

Ellen Eubanks

Hometown: Arkadelphia, Arkansas/United States
Past Education: English, Ouachita Baptist University, 2014
Expected Graduate Date: May 2018

Degree Program: MA
Research Area: African science fiction and fantasy
Sponsor: English TA

Hamed Alalamat 

Hometown: Jordan, California 
Past Education: English Language and Literature, Zarqa University, Jordan 2004
Expected Graduate Date: 2018

Degree Program: Cultural Studies (Ph.D)
Research Area: Postmodernism/ Post-colonialism
Dissertation Topic: Postmodernism and Post- Colonialism in American and Arab Novels

Raquel Castro 

Hometown: San Jose, Costa Rica
Past Education: Electrical Engineering, John Brown University, 2004
Expected Graduate Date: Summer 2018

Degree Program: Interdisciplinary Hispanic Studies (Ph.D)
Research Area: Post Conflict Latin American Literature

Jean- Hugues BITA'A MENYE 

Home Country: Cameroon
Past Education: M.A. American Literature, University of Yaoun
Expected Graduate Date: August 2021 

Degree Program: Traditional Comparative Literature (Ph.D.)
Research Area: Violence, Colonial literature

Kaveh Bassiri

Hometown: San Francisco, USA
Past Education: MFA in Creative Writing, Sarah Lawrence College, 2007
Expected Graduate Date: Summer 2017

Degree Program: Translation (Ph.D)
Sponsorship: Middle East Studies
Research Area: Persian literature and film, translation studies, contemporary poetry (United States and Iran), poetics
Dissertation Topic: Modern Iranian Poetry: A Critical Anthology
Dissertation Mentor: Geoffrey Brock

Hashintha Jayasinghe

Hometown: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Past Education: University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka--2009
Expected Graduate Date: Summer 2017

Degree Program: Cultural Studies (Ph.D)
Research Area: Performance Studies
Dissertation Topic: Repertoire and Archive: An analysis of the eyewitness records of the Perahera performance in Sri Lanka
Dissertation Mentor: Dr. Sidney Burris, Dr Kirsten Erickson, Dr. Lisa Corrigan

Rashmila Maiti

Hometown: India
Past Education: English Literature, Jadavpur University, 2007
Expected Graduate Date: Spring 2018

Degree Program: Cultural Studies (Ph.D)
Research Area: International Film, South Asian Litearture, Postcolonial Theory, Postmodernist Theory, and Third World Feminism, and magical resm
Dissertation Topic: Hybrid Identity and Adaptation in the Hindi Film Industry
Dissertation Mentor: Dr. K. Booker

Alice Hayre

Hometown:Sebastian
Past Education: German, Hendrix College, 1976
Expected Graduate Date: 2019

Degree Program: Translation (Ph.D)
Research Area: German & British Gothic Fiction

Semah S. Hussein

Home Country: Iraq
Past Education: English Language and Literature,Wassit University,2005
Expected Graduate Date: 2019

Degree Program: Cultural Studies (Ph.D)
Sponsorship: HCED
Research Area: English Literature

Trevor Williamson

Hometown: Vassar, Kansas
Past Education: Modern Languages with an emphasis in Spanish and minor in English, Emporia State University, 2010
Expected Graduate Date: 2017

Degree Program: Cultural Studies (Ph.D)
Sponsorship: Senior Graduate Teaching Assistant
Research Area: Graphic Novels and Comic Books
Dissertation Topic: American Modernism, Postmodernism, and the American Superhero
Dissertation Mentor: Keith Booker

Ivan Iglesias

Home Country: Colombia
Past Education: Modern Languages, Universidad del Atlantico, 1992
Expected Graduate Date: December 2017

Degree Program: Interdisciplinary Hispanic Studies (Ph.D)
Sponsorship: John Brown University
Research Area: Neoliberal Violence
Dissertation Topic: Literary and Cinematic Representations of Neoliberal Forms of Contemporary Violence in Latin America

Febriyanti Lestari

Home Country: Indonesia
Past Education: MA, American Studies, Gadjah Mada University, 2008
Expected Graduate Date: December 2018

Degree Program: Traditional Comparative Literature (Ph.D.)
Sponsorship: Fulbright Presidential PhD
Research Area: Muslim American Literature

Tri Murniati

Hometown: Indonesia
Past Education: BA English Literature, Diponegoro University, 2003
Expected Graduate Date: Summer 2017

Degree Program: Cultural Studies (Ph.D)
Sponsorship: Fulbright
Research Area: PImmigrant Literature, Diaspora, Transnationalism
Dissertation Mentor: Prof. Yajaira M. Padilla

 

 

   

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