Modern LanguagesWestern Arts and Humanities

Comparative Literature Graduate Alumni Profiles

BehnamMansoor Behnam

When did you graduate? Aug. 2010

Thesis title: "Shadow Play": Pre-cinematic Spectacle and the Adaptation of Persian and Arabic Literature (A Thousand and One Nights).

Supervisor: Janelle Blankenship

What did you do after graduating? Started a research-creation PhD project at Cultural Studies program at Queen's University-Canada

What are you doing now? I am working on the written component of the PhD project which I expect to defend in Aug. 2014

Comparative Literature at Western is a vibrant, diverse and rich intellectual community. As a graduate student I received permanent and productive academic support and attended weekly seminars in which other graduate students and faculty shared their work in progress. This prepared me to do good quality research and to present my work in other intellectual forums. Meanwhile, the exchange of ideas and critical thoughts among the students and faculty in the program provided a platform for challenging myself and my assumptions about comparative literature, film, art and their theories and scholarship. 


CauchiRoberta Cauchi Santoro
PhD 2013
Post Doctorate, University of Guelph School of Languages & Literatures, Centre for European Studies

Iulia David
PhD 2009
Articling Law Clerk, Legal Aid Ontario

Caitlyn Doyle
MA 2010
PhD Student, Department of French & Italian, Northwestern University

Jeff Gatrall
MA 1997
Associate Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures, Montclair State University

Matthew Godfrey
MA 2010
PhD Student, Department of English, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University

Duru Gungor
PhD 2011
Faculty member, School of Language & Liberal Studies, Fanshawe College

herraAgnieszka Herra
PhD 2014

Originally from Poland, Agnieszka completed her BA in English at Queen's University and her MA in English and Film at Wilfrid Laurier University. She chose Western's Comparative Literature program in order to be able to work with a non-English literature. Her dissertation work analyzes how novels look back on social movements and examines the effect of rhetoric and collective memory on individual participants. Her analysis focuses on novels written after the American Civil Rights Movement and the Polish Solidarity movement.


Christina Ionica
MA 2005 "The Exhaustion of Literature: Urmuz and Daniil Kharms"
Supervisor: Călin-Andrei Mihăilescu
Tenured Faculty (English), School of Language & Liberal Studies, Fanshawe College
Limited Duties instructor, Department of English, Western Unviersity


ionitaMaria Ionita
MA 2000 "Meta by Night: Fantastic Literature and Metafiction"


MayrMaria Mayr
MA 2005
PhD 2011
Assistant Professor, German & Russian, Memorial University

MiocAdrian Mioc
PhD 2011
Assistant Professor, German, Western University

PolyuhaMykola Polyuha
PhD 2008
Assistant Professor, Russian & German, Departmento of Languages & Cultures, Bloomsburg University

MengMeng Wu
MA 2012
PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia


zeranAurie Zeran
Comparative Literature MA 2
After completing a double major in Comparative Literature and French at Western, followed by an MA in Comparative Literature. Her thesis focused on 19th-century European culture and the evolution of the figure of the dandy. She is continuing with academics by pursuing her interests in translation, with an MA in Translation Studies at Concordia University.