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. Her research interests include literary and narrative ethics, phenomenologies of reading, and contemporary US fiction. Her article "Counter-Narrative Ethics: Don DeLillo's Post-9/11 Novels" was published in Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction

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

Awards Fellow


Dipanjan Maitra is PhD candidate in English at the University at Buffalo. His dissertation, currently entitled “Built With Glue and Clippings: Modernist Collaboration and the Press-Cutting Bureau” explores the connection between press-cutting agencies and modernism. An active member of the University at Buffalo's Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture, he has presented on modernism, psychoanalysis, and genetic criticism in the US and abroad, and his articles have either appeared or are forthcoming in Modernism/modernity Print PlusJames Joyce QuarterlyGenetic Joyce StudiesJoyce Studies in Italy, and other peer-reviewed journals.

Convention Fellow


Pauine Carbonnel is a Ph.D. 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).

Convention Fellow


Lauriane Guihard comes from Brittany (France). After spending a year as an exchange student and a teaching assistant at the University of Notre Dame in 2015-2016, Lauriane decided to continue her academic career in the United States, obtaining a Master's Degree in French and Francophone Studies in 2017, before entering the University of Pennsylvania as a Ph.D. candidate.

Editor and Accessibility Fellow


Jessica Lowell Mason is currently a PhD student in Global Gender Studies. Her research interests focus on identity and language: women, literature, madness, and queer consciousness as a location of feminist resistance in the life and writing of Virginia Woolf. Situated in disABILITY theory, feminist theory, and queer theory, she strives to use the written contributions of maligned, misunderstood, and heretical women (those dubbed 'madwomen' and 'witches') on the subject of consciousness to "talk back" to norm-enforcing modern-day sanist institutional and social practices. Her larger goal is to combat institutional oppression and to hex the patriarchy. She is the co-founder of Madwomen in the Attic, a grassroots feminist mental health 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.

Graphic Design and Marketing 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.

Social Media Fellow

Dana Venerable.

Dana Venerable is a writer, educator, and an English PhD candidate at the University at Buffalo. Her dissertation explores Black performance, dance, notation, social choreography, and sound through their intersections. Dana is invested in how marginalized communities resist against archives / records, while (re)inserting themselves within them.