Class of 2019
How does an international scholar make a career on queer and migrant narratives in the US? Duygu Ula, now a postdoctoral fellow at Barnard College, shares her experience around the world and across disciplines, alongside valuable advice for international as well as domestic PhDs in Complit.
Mei-Chen (Michelle) Pan
Class of 2016
Mei-Chen Pan speaks about how her interdisciplinary interests in Museum Studies and translation brought her to Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan. Here you will read about her experience as an international student, graduate student parent, her work as a freelance translator, and her job as an academic success coach at the University of San Francisco.
Class of 2016
Sara Grewal is Assistant Professor of Post-Colonial Literature at MacEwan University. Her research and teaching experience in the Comparative Literature department has equipped her to teach literature by writers of color.
Class of 2015
Now a translator, middle school teacher, and three-times parent, Emily Goedde’s eventful career path is a model for graduate students operating under the uncertainties caused by COVID-19. Following her heart’s desire at each step of the way, Emily let her interests be shaped by circumstances, finding new possibilities at each turnaround.
Class of 2013
Ramon Stern works at Brown University, where he is the Administrative Manager for the Brazil Initiative and the Brazilian Studies Association. His graduate work in Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan prepared him for an alternative-academic career.
Class of 2012
From the PhD at Michigan to a tenure-track position in Massachusetts, Corine Tachtiris crafted her own path to success in academia. In this interview, she shares how her faculty mentors helped her combine activism with her work as a researcher, teacher, and translator.
Class of 2007
As Associate Professor at the University of Arizona, Bram Acosta teaches American Cultural Studies to a wide range of students. As a graduate student at the University of Michigan, a Rackham Merit Fellowship allowed him to strike a balance between research, coursework, and teaching in Comparative Literature.
Class of 2006
Comparative Literature PhD alumna Jing Jiang is now Associate Professor of Chinese and Humanities and the chair of the Chinese department at Reed College. This interview highlights her interdisciplinary explorations as an international student, and how she finds her passion in engaged and collaborative pedagogy at a teaching-oriented institution.
Class of 2000
Currently based in Ireland, Marcy Wheeler completed her Ph.D. in Complit at Michigan in 2000. The author of Anatomy of Deceit (2007) and the creator of the journalism blog emptywheel, Marcy talks here about her alt-ac career as an independent reporter on national security and political blogger for public justice.