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Comparative Literature Graduate Student Profiles

Eser Ari

Comparative Literature PhD 3

"I'm a first year PhD student in CL. After teaching English and Literature at high school and college level, I decided to pursue a degree in Comparative Literature with a focus on colonialism and post-colonialism in English, Russian and Circassian. My research interests are British and Russian Imperial Literature, Diaspora and Migration Studies, Trauma Theory and Collective Memory. I also enjoy working on comparison of Modernism in connection with Turkish Modernism, political. social and historical fiction. "

Reza Ashouri Talooki

Comparative Literature PhD 4

Reza Ashouri is currently completing his PhD in Comparative Literature with an emphasis on Postcolonial Literature. Reza's interests lie largely in Postcolonial Literature/Theories, while he specifically focuses on Diaspora Studies, Migration Literature, Oriental Studies, and Feminist Writings. He is also passionate about modern politics and philosophy framed by philosophers and scholars such as Gilles Deleuze, Walter Benjamin, Michel Foucault, Edward Said, Stuart Hall, Homi Bhabha, and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. These scholars have had a profound impact on Reza's research path. The geographical areas Reza is extending his dissertation on include South Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East. Reza is investigating the clash and/or conflation of tradition and modernity, religion and literature, and Islam and the West in literature of exile and migrant writings/narratives.

Mohamed Baya
Comparative Literature PhD 2
Mohamed Baya is a PhD student in Comparative Literature at Western University, Canada.  He holds an M.A. in Italian Studies from the University of Montpellier (France), and taught French and Italian in various middle and high schools in Italy, England, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates.  he is mainly interested in migrant literatures, with a particular focus on Beur and North African Italophone literatures.

Jaime Brenes Reyes
Comparative Literature PhD 4

Research: Jaime R. Brenes Reyes is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Western Ontario. His research explores the fantastic in literature with an emphasis on the mystical, religious, and medical experiences it creates on the reader. Areas of interest: The Fantastic, Latin American and Spanish literature, Literary theory, Literature and Medicine, Continental philosophy, Disability Studies, Teaching and Learning.

Diana Bychkova
Comparative Literature PhD 3

I am originally from Ukraine (where I received BA and MA in book arts) and, among the other courses on book history and graphic arts, I completed both MA in graphic arts at Academy of Brera and MA in publishing at Catholic University in Milan (Italy). For more than 10 years worked in the book arts field (both publishing industry and crafts, book making and printing), produced limited editions, handmade printings and illustrations. Such an experience brought me to the study of the book history. My research interests include the medieval book arts, the Byzantine culture, literature, arts, and its influence on the Slavic book development, the relationship between text and image, letters and architecture. Web site: , email:

Amrapali Chatterjee
Comparative Literature PhD 1

Gabriella Colombo Machado
Comparative Literature MA 2

George Alexandru Condrache
Comparative Literature PhD 1

Kristoffer Conner
Comparative Literature PhD 3

Amany Dahab
Comparative Literature PhD 2

Ishan Dasgupta
Comparative Literature PhD 3

Alexandre Desbiens-Brassard
Comparative Literature PhD 3

Alexandre Desbiens-Brassard is originally from Saguenay, Quebec, Canada. He specializes in American and Canadian literature in both English and French. Recently published in the latest issue of Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, he completed the writing of his Master Thesis, titled "'They're Coming!' Invasion and Paranoia in Post-World-War-Two Literature in Quebec and the United State", for the Comparative Canadian Literature program at the University of Sherbrooke (Sherbrooke, Quebec). He is in the second year of his PH.D. in Comparative Literature at UWO. He has obtained a research grant from the FRQSC (Quebec Research Fund of Society and Culture) for the completion of this PH.D. which aims to examine the personification of Capitalism as a monstrous figure in contemporary North American speculative fiction.

Natalya Domina
Comparative Literature PhD 3
Originally from Ukraine, I studied Ukrainian philology and literary theory at the National University of 'Kyiv-Mohyla academy.' I hold an MA in Comparative Literature from Western University. My research interests include socialist utopia, Ukrainian literature, Russian experimental fiction, theory and practice of translation.


Kevin Godbout
Comparative Literature PhD 5

I was born and raised in the Canadian province of New Brunswick, and I come to Comparative Literature by way of degrees in English at l'Université de Moncton (BA) and York University (MA). I came to the department to take advantage of my knowledge of French and English and slowly expand my German. I'm interested in nineteenth- and twentieth-century poetry, short prose and aphorisms alongside literary theory of various colours and stripes.  My dissertation project focuses on melancholy in the nineteenth century and within writings of William Blake, Charles Baudelaire and Walter Benjamin.

Barbara Guerrero

Comparative Literature MA 2

I am an international student from Mexico, and currently a second-year Master's student in Comparative Literature. I earned a B.A. Honours in English Language and Literature at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick. My research interests are 19th and 20th century English Literature and Latin American literature, life writing, translation studies, and women writers. I´m currently working on the representation of female villains as modern re-articulations of the femme fatale and as perverse images of nationhood for my thesis. 

Sheena Jary

Comparative Literature MA 2

Sheena Jary is a second-year Master’s student in Comparative Literatures and Cultures. She is currently writing her thesis entitled, “Being ‘Becomes You’: Actualizing Possible Worlds in Carroll, Flaubert, and Durrell,” a project supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Other areas include biblical and allegorical literature, metaphysics and epistemology, as well as magic squares.

Zohre Javaheri
Comparative Literature MA 2

Diana Johnston
Comparative Literature PhD 2


Ramanpreet Kaur
Comparative Literature PhD 4

My research interests include British Imperial Literature, South Asian Colonial and Post Colonial Literature, and the dialectics of cultural exchange in Theatre and Performative Arts. I have earned my MA, MPhil and PhD from Panjab University, Chandigarh, India. My previous PhD (English) thesis, entitled “The Dynamics of Violence: A Study of Selected Novels of Nadine Gordimer,” was funded by the University Grants Commission (UGC) New Delhi, India. I am proficient in English, Hindi, and Punjabi, and I have intermediate knowledge of Urdu, Sanskrit, and French.

Shasha Li
Comparative Literature PhD 1

Jessica Marino
Comparative Literature MA 1

David Mongor-Lizarrabengoa
Comparative Literature PhD 3

Bahareh Nadimi farrokh
Comparative Literature MA 2


Emadeddin Naghipour
Comparative Literature PhD 2

I have a BA and MA in English Literature from University of Tehran and Beheshti, respectively. For my MA thesis, I studied the works of a late-Victorian poet (Ernest Dowson) from a Schopenhauerian perspective. My study interests include translation studies, film and literary theory, and literary/historical transactions between British and Iranian modernists. I am a frequent translator/editor for Iran-Nameh, an Iranian Studies scholarly journal based in Toronto. Back in Iran, I have worked as a documentary film producer and script writer which I hope would help me expand my knowledge here at Western.

Parastoo Nasrollahzadeh
Comparative Literature MA 2

Anda Pleniceanu
Comparative Literature PhD 2

Before joining the Master’s program in Comparative Literature at Western University, I studied theatre and I completed an undergraduate degree, majoring in Classics and French at University of Toronto. I am in my element in the Comparative Literature program, as I can do research in five languages (Romanian, English, Latin, Ancient Greek and French) and I am able to both strengthen and expand my knowledge of languages, literature and theory. My research interests include ancient tragedy, avant-garde theatre, the language and materiality of the body, border poetics, intertextuality, reception theory, the limits of language and Japanese aesthetics.

Rosario Pollicino
Comparative Literature PhD 3

Paola Preciado

Comparative Literature MA 2

Andrea Privitera

Comparative Literature PhD 4

Andrea Privitera is a fourth year PhD student in Comparative Literature both at Western University and the University of Padua (Italy). He received both his BA in Humanities and his MA in Literary theory from the University of Padua, and completed part of his Master’s studies at Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic). His research interests include Italian studies, media theory, and narrative theory. His dissertation will be a transmedia perspective on the Italian Renaissance epic tradition.

Helga Ruppe
Comparative Literature PhD 1

Sasha Salyga-Reynolds
Comparative Literature MA 2

Donatas Sinkunas
Comparative Literature PhD 1

Amberle Tannahill
Comparative Literature MA 

Rachel Wong
Comparative Literature MA 2

I am a second year MA student in Comparative Literature. I completed my BA in English and History at Simon Fraser University. Not sure what to do after graduation, I decided to pursue a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in English (also at SFU). This led me to Western where I am currently researching literary representations of Chinatown and its intersection with cultural identity in Canadian literature. Some of my (many) research interests include: Asian North American diasporic literature and theory, twentieth century Canadian literature, postcolonial theory, and issues of hybridity and liminality in diasporic and travel writing.
Christian Ylagan

Comparative Literature PhD 4
My journey to Comparative Literature has been fairly circuitous, having come to the discipline through various intellectual pursuits. I received my undergraduate degree from Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines), where I majored in Political Science and minored in Philosophy. A lifelong interest in literature and reading led me to a career in teaching English to high school students, where I was also involved in student leadership and formation. Realizing that I am interested in multiple aspects of literature from production to reception to theory to pedagogy, I decided to do my MA in Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta, where I focused primarily on Postcolonialism and national literatures. Presently, my main interest is in the intersection of Postcolonialism with popular culture and media studies, but I’m also keen on depictions of national and queer identities, subjectivity and body modification, theories of control, and diasporic literature. I’m currently involved with Streetprint Manila, a research project chronicling current trends and texts in Filipino popular culture.
Hynek Zykmund
Comparative Literature PhD