NeMLA Graduate Fellows

The NeMLA Graduate Fellows Program is operated through the College of Arts and Sciences at the University at Buffalo, NeMLA's administrative host. This program provides graduate students with 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. Students gain insight into one of the most important forms of knowledge production and dissemination in the humanities.

NeMLA's Graduate Convention Assistant

Callie Ingram.

Callie Ingram is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University at Buffalo and was a NeMLA Graduate Fellow from 2017-2021. Her research interests include 20th and 21st-century US fiction, narrative ethics, and phenomenologies of reading, and her dissertation explores how contemporary women writers interrogate the popular and disciplinary investment in "encounter" as the site of literary ethics. Her scholarly work has been published in Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, and her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in P-QUEUE, Dream Pop, and on (as recipient of the 2021 Dan Liberthson Poetry Prize).

Exhibits and Professionalization Coordinator

Claire Sommers.

Claire Sommers is the Post-Doctoral Fellow of Early Modern British Literature in the English department at Washington University in St. Louis. Her forthcoming book, Chimeras, Centaurs, and Satyrs: Creating Hybrid Texts in Antiquity and Early Modern England, focuses on the deployment of hybrid creatures in what she has termed “hybrid texts,” works that combine multiple literary genres, styles, and conventions in a mode of metatextual engagement. Her study reframes the hybrid as a positive generative force that serves as a marker of hermeneutic innovation and as a vehicle for creative transcendence. Claire’s articles have been published in Renaissance Drama and Arion. She was also the Creator and Founding Director of the Critical Theory Certificate at CUNY and has previously taught at Fordham, Hunter and Baruch. Claire serves as the Exhibits and Professionalization Coordinator at NeMLA, where she oversees several convention initiatives including the Job Clinic, the Publishing Mentorship, the Book Exhibit, the Elevator Pitch, and the Undergraduate Research Forum.

2021-2022 Graduate Fellows

Video Production Fellow


Pauline Carbonnel is a PhD Candidate in French and Francophone Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include literature and science; history of science and medicine; environmental humanities and literature; post-humanism, technologies and environment, human and artificial others in French Literature (19th and 20th centuries).


Video Production Fellow

Lauriane Guihard.

Lauriane Guihard is a PhD student in French and Francophone Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation focuses on the role and functions of the chorus in the sixteenth-century French tragedy. She has given several presentations on that topic, and has published an article in Vernacular entitled "Le Choeur dans Cléopâtre captive d'Etienne Jodelle, entre espace intérieur et espace public." Lauriane served as a NeMLA Convention Fellow in 2020-2021, and works now as a NeMLA Video Production Fellow. If you see a brunette at the Convention with a camera, it might be her!

Editor and Accessibility Fellow

Jessica Lowell Mason.

Jessica Lowell Mason is a teaching assistant and doctoral candidate in the Global Gender and Sexuality Studies program. Jessica's broader scholarly interests center on identity, language, consciousness, and embodiment, but focus more specifically on representations of madness in court documents, autobiography, memoir, and transhistorical fiction to uncover intersections between medical, legal, and literary discourses on madness, coloniality, sexuality, gender, and power, with the goals of contributing to community wisdom around the production of madness as a patriarchal and colonial project, challenging mental hygiene laws that use colonial and sanist heteropatriarchal state power to control disabled, non-normative, and neurodivergent bodies, and working toward mental healthcare justice. She strives to use the written contributions of maligned, misunderstood, and heretical women and gender-non-conforming people (often, those dubbed 'madwomen' and 'witches') on the subject of consciousness to 'talk back' to norm-enforcing modern-day sanist institutional and social practices - that is, to 'hex' the patriarchy. Jessica teaches both courses for the GGSS department and writing courses, and is the co-founder of Madwomen in the Attic, a grassroots feminist mental health and madness literacy organization. 

Undergraduate Forum Graduate Fellow


Born and raised in Italy, Joëlle Carota is a PhD candidate in Spanish linguistics in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University at Buffalo. Her research interests include contact linguistics, code-switching, sociolinguistics, and heritage language education. In her dissertation, she investigates the bilingual practices of the Italo-Venezuelan community of Pescara, Italy. For the last five years, she has taught Spanish at the University at Buffalo and Italian.


Social Media and Graphic Design Fellow

Jiwon Ohm.

Jiwon Ohm is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University at Buffalo. Her research focuses on the formation of the modern fantasy genre, as well as the imagining and forming of national identities in/through 20th- to 21st-century neo-medievalist fantasy. She is particularly interested in the history behind the publications of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and the ways in which these works have shaped the trajectory of the fantasy genre in popular culture.


Editorial Fellow

Dana Venerable.

Dana Venerable is a writer, educator, co-editor of P-QUEUE journal, and an English PhD candidate at the University at Buffalo. Her research addresses methods of the archive through compositions and intersections of Black performance, dance, notation, social choreography, and sound. Dana's dissertation "Collective Composition for Weathering Black Experience: Embodying Signature Moves of 20th and 21st Century Black Performance" investigates primarily Black women artists/theorists and how they develop maneuvers and teaching praxis through signature moves via a methodology of notation and noticing. She has performed within artist collectives at UB Arts Collaboratory, PLAY/GROUND and UB's MFA Dance Concert, and is a teaching artist and volunteer at Just Buffalo Literary Center. Dana has written for Peach Mag, Rigorous, Snail Trail Press, P-QUEUE, The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, VIDA Review, and elsewhere.