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.
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.
Ashley Byczkowski is a French Literature PhD student in the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures at the University at Buffalo. Her research interests include 19th and 20th century French and Franco-Caribbean women writers, psychoanalysis and the mother-daughter dyad, autobiographical novels, and global feminisms.
Jiwon Ohm is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University at Buffalo. Her research focuses on the imagining and forming of national identities in/through 20th- to 21st-century (medieval) fantasy literature.
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.
Cassandra Scherr is a Ph.D. student in the Department of English at Buffalo. Her research interests focus on the use of speculative fiction when exploring questions of race, ethnicity, gender, and class in fiction, art, and activism.
Kinga Winnicka is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the English department of the University at Buffalo, SUNY. She is currently working on her dissertation in contemporary, American speculative fiction, focusing on the figure of the futuristic city and intersections of imagined urban space with nature and the posthuman body. She hails from Warsaw, Poland and when not immersed in academia Kinga is a world traveler and seeker of adventure who enjoys playing her violin, painting, swimming, and fashion.
Claire Sommers is a Post-Doctoral Fellow of Early Modern British Literature in the English department at Washington University in St. Louis. She recently completed her PhD in Comparative Literature, specializing in Classical and English Renaissance literatures. Her dissertation Chimeras, Centaurs, and Satyrs: Creating Mixed Genre Texts in Antiquity and the Renaissance argues that authors would use mythological figures such as the Chimera or the satyr to symbolize the composite nature of their works, and to demonstrate that hybridity is the means of transcending existing forms of expression. Her article on the role of the shadows in Plato’s cave was recently published in Arion. Claire is the Creator and Founding Director of the Critical Theory Certificate at CUNY and has taught at Fordham, Hunter and Baruch. Claire serves as the Promotions, Exhibits, and Professional Development Coordinator at NeMLA, where she oversees several convention initiatives including the Job Cinic, the Book Exhibit, and the Undergraduate Research Forum.