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

Ashley Byczkowski.

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.

Exhibits and Professionalization Coordinator

Claire Sommers.

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.

2020-2021 Graduate Fellows

Awards Fellow

Joëlle Carota.

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.

Awards and Exhibitor Fellow

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. This will be her fourth year as a NeMLA Graduate Fellow.

Convention Fellow

Macy McDonald.

Macy McDonald is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University at Buffalo. Her research interests include 21st-century representations of violence and their corresponding symbolic economies. She pairs more traditionally humanist research materials with analyses of algorithmic governmentality, with a particular focus on the impact of datafication on cultural metanarratives. She is the current co-chair of the UB Living Stipend Movement and a Presidential Fellow.

Editor and Events Fellows

Cassandra Scherr.

Cassandra Scherr is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University at Buffalo. Her research interests focus on Black speculative fiction, African fiction, and African American fiction when exploring questions of race, ethnicity, gender, and class in fiction, art, and activism. Her dissertation project "Human Pain, Monstrous Pleasure: Black Femininize Monstrosity and its Potential for Black Pleasure Through Use of the Speculative" examines how monstrosity has shaped stereotypes and mythologies around black women. This work explores monstrosity’s possible uses as a form of Black resistance and perhaps even a path to Black pleasure.

Dipanjan Maitra.

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 Plus, James Joyce Quarterly, Genetic Joyce Studies, Joyce Studies in Italy, and other peer-reviewed journals.

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.

Visual Archive Fellow

Valentina Marulanda.

Valentina Marulanda is a Spanish PhD student in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University at Buffalo. Her research interests include Latin American science fiction, postcolonial literature, and feminist and queer theory.