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Northeast Modern Language Association

NeMLA Graduate Fellows

The NeMLA Graduate Fellows Program is operated through the English department of NeMLA's administrative Host, the University at Buffalo. It provides graduate students a unique opportunity to get practical experience in the working of a large academic convention and non-profit organization, as well as to establish professional connections with scholars across the Northeast and to gain insight into one of the most important forms of knowledge production and dissemination in the humanities.

2016-2017 Graduate Assistant

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Sarah Goldbort is a third-year PhD student in the Department of English at University at Buffalo. Her scholarly interests are Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century British literature, Queer and Feminist Studies, with a focus on representation of British masculinities and rape culture in Victorian literature.


2016-2017 Fellows

Convention Fellow

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Shayna S. Israel is a graduate student in the Innovative Writing Program at the University at Buffalo interested in the intersection between poetry and visual art. She has a B.A. in Sociology from Bryn Mawr College and a M.S.Ed in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Her past research includes issues of completion and participation in doctoral degree attainment rates and the unspoken social contracts that permeate institutions of higher learning. Currently, she has finished a recent chapbook, The Forest She Traveled, and is working on a project involving cartography, poetry and compositional constraints. Shayna teaches business writing and grammar to visually impaired students and is originally from Brooklyn, New York.

Events Fellow

Jocelyn Marshall

Jocelyn Marshall is an English PhD student at SUNY Buffalo, and she primarily works with 20th-21st-century US multiethnic texts. Her scholarship is concerned with the intersections of diaspora, gender, and sexuality studies, drawing from transnational studies scholarship and women of color feminisms.


Promotions Fellow

Claire Sommers

Claire Sommers is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center, CUNY, where she also holds several administrative positions. She is the Deputy Coordinator of the Critical Theory Certificate, a program she created and for which she also wrote the curriculum. In addition, she is the Deputy Director of Special Projects and a Presidential Research Fellow at the Center for the Humanities and the Deputy Director of the Writers' Institute. She teaches English and Comparative Literature at Fordham, Hunter, and Baruch. Her dissertation examines various modes of hybridity as a reflection of the author's creative process in Classical and English and French Renaissance literature.