NeMLA Graduate Fellows

The NeMLA Graduate Fellows Program is operated through the Department of English at NeMLA's administrative host, the University at Buffalo. This program 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.

2017-2018 Graduate Assistant

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Sarah Goldbort is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at University at Buffalo. Her scholarly interests include rape culture, British nationalism and theories of the nation, history of the book studies, and the Long Eighteenth Century. This is her second year as the NeMLA Graduate Assistant. She has previously served as a NeMLA Fellow. 

2017-2018 Fellows

Award Fellow

Ashley Byczkowski

Ashley Byczkowski is a PhD student in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University at Buffalo. She is the president of the RLL Graduate Student Association. Her research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literature, contemporary feminist critical theory, and the history of French feminism.

Convention and Editor Fellows

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Callie Ingram is a PhD student in the Department of English at University at Buffalo. Her research interests focus on issues of ethics, epistemology, and narrative in postmodern and contemporary American literature.





Naila Sahar, NeMLA Convention and Editor Fellow

Naila Sahar is a PhD student in the Department of English at University at Buffalo and a Fulbright Scholar from Pakistan. Her scholarly interests are transnational literature, Islamic feminism, migration, and diaspora. Her dissertation focuses on Muslim women leadership in the Muslim countries and progressive Muslim feminists who are challenging the gender oppression and contributing to Muslim women empowerment.

Events Fellow

Amy Greer, NeMLA Events Fellow

Amy Greer is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University at Buffalo. Her current research focuses on the connections among different forms of popular genre fiction. Her other research interests include literary postmodernism, Derridean philosophy, the history of science, and animal studies, many of which intersect in her upcoming article "Absence, Play, and the Antidetective Story: Shelley Jackson's Half Life," to be published in Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction. Whenever possible, her teaching focuses on critical thinking and writing through reference to the scientific method.

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.