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.

2022-2023 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!

Communications Fellow

Samadrita Kuiti.

Samadrita Kuiti is a PhD candidate and graduate instructor in the English department at the University of Connecticut-Storrs. She is in the last stages of her PhD, finishing up her interdisciplinary dissertation on feminist and queer utopian spaces in Anglophone, postcolonial works of literatures from South Asia and Africa. This book-length project spotlights an archive of fiction, photojournalistic work, short films & commercials to theorize on a politics of feminist & queer futurity in a postcolonial context. Her research & teaching interests overlap continuously and primarily reside at the intersections of postcolonial & utopian theories, gender & sexuality studies, & modern transnational literatures, particularly South Asian, African, and diasporic literatures. Some of her research articles have either been published or are forthcoming from journals and magazines such as the South Asian Review, Warscapes, and Utopian Studies. She also serves as the current Interim VP & Communications Director for the NeMLA Graduate Student Caucus.

Hospitality and Convention Fellow

Jessica Lowell Mason.

Jessica Lowell Mason is a Ph.D. candidate and teaching assistant in the Global Gender and Sexuality Studies Department at the University at Buffalo. During the 2020-2021 year, she was a graduate fellow with the College Consortium and the Coalition for Community Writing’s Herstory Training Institute and Fellowship Program, a year-long program in partnership with the Humanities Institute at Stony Brook University. In 2022, she served as the Hospitality Graduate Fellow with NeMLA and was a recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award at the University at Buffalo. Jessica has taught courses in composition, rhetoric, and communication at Carl Sandburg College, Spoon River College, Western Illinois University, and Buffalo State College. She currently teaches courses related to writing and rhetoric, literature, gender, sexuality, culture, media literacy, and public policy at the University at Buffalo and through the Bard Prison Initiative. She is the author of Straight Jacket (Finishing Line Press, 2019) and co-editor of Madwomen in Social Justice Movements, Literatures, and Art (Vernon Press, 2022). Her essay, "Making Bedlam, Making Mayhem Method: Toward a Trauma-Informed Mad Feminist Literary Theory and Praxis" is forthcoming in Humanities (2023). She is the co-founder of Madwomen in the Attic, a feminist mental health literacy organization in Buffalo, NY and is the co-facilitator of an ongoing weekly writing workshop in partnership between MITA and the Herstory Writing Workshop, titled “Memoirs to (Re)Imagine Mental Healthcare.”

2022-23 UB NeMLA Fellows

Brooke Bastie.

Brooke Bastie is a PhD candidate in English at the University at Buffalo working on contemporary American and Indigenous poetry. 

Marie Dufay-Verbié.

Marie Dufay-Verbié is from Paris, France. After completing her master’s degree as an exchange student in the University at Buffalo, she decided to apply for a PhD in the Romance Languages department of the same university. She is now a 4th  year PhD candidate and is currently writing about Laughter as a means of power in Victor Hugo’s L’homme qui rit. Her research interests also include the autobiographical genre in France and in the US.

Amelia Gayle.

Amelia Gayle is a fourth year PhD student in French Literature. Her work explores theories of body, classical music performance, technique, and feminism. 

Amy Greer.

Amy Greer is a Ph.D. Candidate in the English department at the University of Buffalo. She is currently finishing her dissertation, "Formulating Otherness: Figures of the Other in Detective, Horror, and Weird Fiction," focused on the connections between popular genres as well as their ethical potentials. Her other research interests include postmodern literature, Derridean philosophy, the history of science, and animal studies.

Stephine Hunt.

Stephine Hunt is a Ph.D. Candidate (ABD) in the American Studies program at the University at Buffalo and a  Teaching Assistant in the Department of Indigenous Studies at University at Buffalo. She holds an M.A. in English from SUNY Fredonia and a B.A. in English and History from Alfred University. Her fields of study include Critical Indigenous Studies, Native American History, and the Environmental Humanities. Her dissertation examines Haudenosaunee literary and artistic representations of waterways in WNY as decolonial interventions in historical and contemporary settler grammars of place. As a non-Indigenous person she seeks to observe and practice this work in solidarity while critically examining the settler colonial logics, structures, and privileges that stem from historic and ongoing dispossession, displacement, and erasure of Indigenous peoples. Beyond studying, working as a writing consultant in the Center for Excellence in Writing, and teaching at UB, Stephine works at Chautauqua Institution in the summer to support the Chautauqua Literary Arts programming. She also enjoys gardening, running, and exploring local parks and woodland areas with her fiancé and rescue dog, and is an avid speculative fiction, climate and science fiction, and fantasy reader.

Mary Lyn Nutting.

Mary Lyn Nutting is a PhD student at the University at Buffalo. She holds an MA and MFA from the University at Albany and graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Her research lies at the intersection of feminism, art, and activism.

Shu Wan.

Shu Wan is a Ph.D. student in history at the University at Buffalo. He mainly studies disability history in East Asia and North America in the 19th and 20th centuries.