Graduate Students

Violeta Ruiz Espigares

Education: B.A. Philosophy/German, Grinnell College, 2015.

Major Interests: Psychoanalysis and deconstruction; Early Modern Spanish literature, religion, and surveillance, especially the figure of the marrano and secrets; and the element of blood and its effects in law, philosophy, and literature. 

Working Languages: Spanish, French, German, and Latin.

Amir Hussain


M.F.A. Creative Writing, Related Area in Cultural Studies, University of Minnesota

B.A. Environmental Studies and English Writing, Minor in Geology, University of Pittsburgh

German language training, Universität Leipzig

Major Interests: Nineteenth century Romantic and Victorian poetry and culture; twentieth century world poetry; historical poetry; cultural theory

Working Languages: German, Russian

Select Poetry Publications:
  • “Seagulls,” Grist, 2017
  • “Meditation on Amber,” “Nighttime in South Florida,” “The Wharf Boy,” Mizna, 2015
  • “After Hours,” Fugue, 2013
  • “Like Small Men Carry Children,” “Awful That I Saw Her,” and “Ice Carver,” Mizna, 2013
  • “Toasts,” Water~Stone Review, 2012
  • “Hour Poem,” Faultline: Journal of Arts and Letters, 2011
  • “Dark Poem,” “When Have You Known Happiness,” Midway Journal, 2011
  • “Night Poem,” Beloit Poetry Journal, 2010

Tiara Jackson

Education: B.A. Psychology and Multicultural Trauma, Mills College '15

Major Interests: Psychoanalysis and Francophone African Diaspora Studies. Black Literary and Cultural Production as modes of resistance and explorations of the sacred.

Working Languages: French and Spanish

Abigail (Abby) Scriber

Education: BA, English and Modern Languages, Kenyon College, 2013

Major Interests: Victorian literature, Foucault, Benjamin, feminist theory, spatial studies and human geography, domesticity, Marxism, anti-capitalist thought

Working Languages: Spanish and Russian

Federica Signorini

Education: B.A.(Hons) English Literature and American Studies, University of Manchester (UK), 2014 M.A. Post-1900 Literature, Theory and Culture, University of Manchester (UK), 2015.

Major Interests: Modernism and 20th century avant-garde poetry & poetics; visual art and photography; psychoanalysis; deconstruction; political philosophy and the modern subject.

Working Languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian