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Recent Grads

Heidi Bohn

Specializations : law and literature; prison studies; fantastic literature of Germany , Iceland , and the Americans; Film studies; the history of contracts; cognitive science and the emotions

Areas of research interest : Currently writing about “men’s studies” with a focus on John Quincy Adams as an early feminist. Also thinking about Eric Santner’s work on the animal. Writing a chapter on “the personality of the law.”

Academic Background : BA in Spanish and Government; MA in Comparative Literature (University of Washington); study abroad in South Africa through Howard University; Cornell’s School of Criticism and Theory; Fulbright Grant to Iceland (Icelandic Cinema); J.D. (2007); PhD- expected completion 2008.

Extra-Curricular Involvements : Buffalo Public Interest Law Journal; Vice-President/Co-initiator of the “Buffalo Prison Task Force” (teaching legal research and writing to inmates); Buffalo Public Interest Law Program; tutoring program for Somali refugees; boxing.

Nathan Gorelick

Specializations: 18th century French and British literatures of excess; 20th century French theory, esp. Artaud, Bataille, Blanchot, Foucault, Lacan

Areas of Research Interest:  Intersections between sexuality and death, primarily in the 18th century; the ethics of writing and the libertine tradition; theories of expenditure and excess; the Marquis de Sade, Laurence Sterne, Daniel Defoe, Denis Diderot

Academic Background:  BA in Sociology from New York University

Extra-Curricular Involvements: co-editor of theory@buffalo issue (Re)Visions of Excess; president, Department of Comparative Literature Graduate Student Association; vice president, Group for the Study of the History of Ideas; assistant debate coach for Harvard University

Nicole M. Jowsey

Specializations: 20th Century European and American Poetry; Philosophy and Literary Theory; Visual Studies

Areas of Research Interest: Ancients and Moderns; Specifically: Homer, Sophocles, Plato, Martin Heidegger, Georges Bataille, Frederich Niezsche, Luce Irigaray, and Julia Kristeva; Specific 20th Century Poets: H.D. and Rainer Maria Rilke

Academic Background: I have a BFA in Photography, have published several Exhibition catalog essays for both national and international artists, and have curated several exhibitions at galleries and museums in the Western New York area. My work has been presented at both national and international conferences. I have studied abroad in Berlin, Germany and will be participating in the 2007 Collegium Phaenologicum on “Word and Image”.

Extra-Curricular Involvements:I am Co-Editor of theory@buffalo issue Aesthetics and Finitude . I have served as President of the Comparative Literature Graduate Student Assoiciation, Senator for the Comparative Literature Graduate Student Association, and Vice President of the Graduate Student Association. I am a member of the Board of Directors of the Faculty Student Association, the Comparative Literature Graduate Student Association, the Graduate Poetics Group and the Graduate British Studies Group. I am also the Director of External Programming at Big Orbit Gallery.

Jieun Kwon

Specializations: Postmodernism; Postcolonialism; 20th-century American Literature.

Academic Background: I hold an MA in English literature from Rutgers University. Since coming to Buffalo in 2002, I have been working on 1960s American novelists, such as Doctorow, Pynchon, and Norman Mailer.

Areas of Research Interest: I am interested in the aesthetics of postmodernism.

Samuele F. S. Pardini

Specializations: Comparative literary cultures; American literature and Studies; Italian literature and studies; Popular culture; Literary criticism; Critical theory.

Academic Background: University of Pisa, Italy, degree in Letters and Philosophy, and University College Galway, Ireland, Erasmus Student in 1993. In 2000, lecturer in the Deptartment of Italian Studies at UCLA.

Extra-Curricular Involvements:Vacanze Romane. Un critico americano a spasso per l’Italia letteraria, (Rome: Donzelli Editore, 2004,

Racing in the Street. The Bruce Springsteen Reader, ed. June Skinn Sawyers, Preface by Martin Scorsese, (New York: Penguin, 2004,,,0_0142003549,00.html).

Michael Baxter-Kauf

Specialization: Psychoanalysis; Ethics; 20th-century American literature.

Academic Background: Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2002.

Extra-Curricular Involvements: Umbr(a) and the Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture.

Sorin Radu Cucu

Specialization: 20th-Century European and American literatures; Philosophy and literary theory; Psychoanalysis; Political theory.

Extra-Curricular Involvements: I am working on the politics of postmodern prose in contemporary French and American fiction. Since arriving in Buffalo, I’ve taught classes on modernism and the problem of evil in postmodern fiction. I co-edited the 2004 issue of theory@buffalo on “politics and doxa” and I am currently co-editing the next issue of Umbr(a) on “the incurable.”