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.
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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.