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.

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2022-2023 Graduate Fellows

Video Production Fellows


Paule 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.

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.”

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.

Marietta Fernández López.

Marietta Fernández López is a PhD candidate at the University at Buffalo, SUNY in the Spanish Language and Literature program. She holds a MA in Caribbean Studies from UB and a B.A in Art History from the University of Havana. She has experience working with the Interdisciplinary Program of Caribbean Studies at the University of Havana in addition to working as a Fellow at the Smithsonian Latino Center. Her research interests include 20th-21st Century Caribbean literature and arts; Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean cultural theory; ecology, language and aesthetics; literacy and language pedagogy. She has taught novice and intermediate Spanish language courses at the University of Buffalo and at Buffalo State College.  She is currently working on her dissertation.

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.

Faegheh Hajhosseini.

Faegheh Hajhosseini is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature at the University at Buffalo. She got her first master's in Philosophy in Iran and her second master's also in Philosophy at UB. Her main interest is continental philosophy, post-modern theories, and Persian mysticism. Currently, she is working on a comparative study of the concept of the secret in recent western philosophy and Iranian medieval thoughts.

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.

Hannah Krull.

Hannah Krull is an Honors Scholar, undergraduate senior, and graduate student at University at Buffalo. She is graduating in May 2023 with a BA in Sociology and Global Gender and Sexuality Studies, and in 2024 with an MS in Information and Library Science. Among other grants and awards, in April 2022 Hannah was awarded the UB LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Association's 'Pride Scholarship' for demonstration of academic success and a commitment to LGBTQ advocacy and education. Hannah is an undergraduate student instructor for GGS 498, Gender and Sexuality: Write Now, a course designed to produce a student-designed and -authored journal in the department of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies. In October 2022, she spoke on the panel 'Practicing Feminist Pedagogies: Teaching to Transgress' at the Visionaries and Troublemakers conference celebrating 50 years of women's, gender, and sexuality studies at University at Buffalo regarding this course. Hannah grew up in Northern Appalachia, a way of knowing that informs her undergraduate honors thesis which considers disidentificatory relationships to queer identity, the perceived illegibility of queer rural women, and connections between the body and the land at sites of resource extraction.

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.

Théo Ricardo.

Théo Ricardo is a third-year PhD student in French in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University at Buffalo. His research interests are based around gender issues, performativity, 19th century Francophone and Anglophone literatures, the urban space and the city.