Graduate Students

The Department currently enrolls thirty students from fifteen different countries. Over half enter the Ph.D. program with an M.A. degree. By admitting a small number of students each year, the program is able to offer intensive classroom interaction, close mentoring, and structured preparation for entering the job market.

The graduate student office is located in the Merrick Building, Room 210-24.

To contact all students via telephone dial 305.284.4002.

French

Nicolas Bordage

Program

Ph.D. in Romance Studies/French, Francophone Studies and Film

Degrees

  • BA in Film and Video Production and Spanish,
  • California State University, Long Beach, 2008
  • MA in French, California State University, Long Beach, 2010

Research Interests

My interests are the new Francophone writers and filmmakers, the novel and film adaptation, and the cinematic writing techniques.

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE AT UM

I really enjoy studying in the Modern Languages and Literatures department at the University of Miami.  It is a pleasure and a privilege to prepare a Ph.D. in Romance Studies here.  All the professors are great and I can take classes in other departments, as well.  My cognate field is film and I have already taken three film courses to complete my knowledge of cinema.  After fulfilling my prerequisites in French and Francophone literatures, I was able to take Italian and Spanish courses, as well.  I fell very well prepared for the job market.  The DILS program has allowed me to study Korean, which is a great challenge for me, but I am very excited to speak this wonderful language and to learn about a new culture.  Now, I feel part of a real intellectual and cosmopolitan community.  I love UM!

Email  |  Merrick Bldg. 210-24  |  305-284-4002 | CV


Literary, Cultural & Linguistic Studies

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Salim Ayoub

Salim is 3rd year PhD candidate in the department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Miami. Salim is a former teacher of English, journalist and social worker who got his first B.A. in English from the university of Rabat in Morocco, his second from the university of Meknes with a concentration in TEFL, and his Master’s (American Studies) from the university of Casablanca. He is currently doing research on the intersections between literature, cinema and sociolinguistics. His thesis project is focused on analyzing North African Literature, of different languages, from a sociolinguistic perspective. Salim is also interested in research areas related to colonial encounters in the literatures of the 19th and 20th centuries, French and Francophone (Maghrebi) Literatures and the North African diaspora, questions of language, ideology, and society in Morocco and France, post-colonial literature and Queer theories, and North African/Maghrebi Cinema.

Program

Ph.D in Romance Studies, French

Degrees

  • M.A. in Moroccan-American Studies, Hassan II Mohammedia University, Casablanca, Morocco, 2013
  • B.A. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Moulay Ismail University, Meknes, Morocco, 2011
  • B.A. in English, Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco, 2010

Teaching & Research Areas and Interests

  • Teaching French and Arabic at all levels; Basic Spanish
  •  19th Century French literature, Colonial Encounters
  •  20th and 21st century French and Francophone (Maghreb) Literatures; North African diaspora
  • Sociolinguistics; Questions of language policy in Morocco
  • Colonial / Post-colonial Literature; Post-colonialism and Queer theories
  • North African / Maghrebi Cinema
  • Literary and Critical theory

Teaching Experience

  • Teaching Assistant, Teaching French 201,   University Of Miami, Fall 2016
  • Guest Instructor, Franco-Maghrebian Cinematography, FRE 301 under supervision of Dr. Ralph Heyndels, University of Miami, Fall 2016
  • Language Partner, Teaching Moroccan Arabic, DILS program, University of Miami, Spring 2016
  • Teaching Assistant, French 101, University of Miami, 2015-2016
  • Teaching Assistant, French conversation tables, University of Miami, 2014-2015
  • Tutoring, French tutor (100-200 levels), University of Miami, 2014-2015
  • Assistant to Dr. Ralph Heyndels for Film Series on “Contemporary Queer French and Franco-Maghrebian Cinema” (2015) and “Histoires d’Amour autour de Catherine Deneuve” (2014), University of Miami 2014-2015
  • High School Teacher, Teaching English, Lycée Zitoun, Meknes, Morocco, 2010-2011

Other Professional Experience

  • Assistant to Dr.Ralph Heyndels for U.S. extension project of the Ali Zaoua Fondation, Casablanca, Morocco 2015
  • Social Worker, FieldResearcher, Handicap International, Rabat, Morocco 2013-2014
  • Journalist, Journal Libération, Casablanca, Morocco 2012

Awards

  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the Year, University of Miami, Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures, USA, 2015-2016
  • MLL Summer Research Award, University of Miami, Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures, Amsterdam, Netherlands & Paris, France, Summer 2016

Conferences

  • Presenter, Department of Romance Studies Graduate Conference: Ideas of South; « Immigration, Global Influence & Alienation in the Literature of the South: The Case of Fatou Diome’s Le Ventre de l’Atlantique », Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA 2016
  • Presenter, DILS International Multicultural Night, « Trilingualism and Triglossia in the Moroccan Context » University of Miami, USA 2016
  • Member of Organizing Committee, The Modern Languages and Literatures Annual Graduate Students Conference: « Recycling Cultures: Poetics and Practices of Sustainability », University of Miami, USA 2015-2016
  • Member of Organizing Committee, International conference: « Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Arab Spring and its Implications for American Studies in Arab Universities », Hotel Al Andalous, Marrakech, Morocco 2012

Publications

Non academic
  • Le TGV pas encore sur les rails”, article published in Journal Libération, Casablanca, Morocco 2012

Languages

  • French: Native proficiency: Writing/reading/speaking
  • Arabic: Native proficiency: Writing/reading/speaking
  • English: Near native proficiency: Writing/reading/speaking
  • Spanish: Standard level: writing/reading/speaking

Email  |  Merrick Bldg. 210-24  |  305-284-4002 | CV


Z‌ayer Baazaoui

Research Interest: The relationship between Literature and History through the novels of different francophone writers from different areas (Caribbean, North African, Middle Eastern, and West).

Email  |  Merrick Bldg. 210-24  |  305-284-4002


Fèly Catan

Research Interests: Non-Sovereignty and Coloniality in Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe and Martinique; Theater and Performance Studies

Email  |  Merrick Bldg. 210-24  |  305-284-4002


Lidiana de Moraes dos Santos

Research Interests: Subaltern Studies (focused on gender, race, and ethnicity), Postcolonial Settings in the Lusophone world, Cinema and Media Studies, Comparative Literature, Second-language Acquisition, and Sociolinguistics. Lidiana has published on the following topics: Postcolonialism, Translation Studies, and Contemporary Luso-Brazilian Literatures.

Email  | Merrick Bldg. 210-24 | 305-284-4002 | CV


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Lorella Di Gregorio

Research Interests: Cultural Studies, Migration Studies, Ideologies of Language, Sociolinguistics. 20th and 21st cultural production related with migration and organized crime: corridos, exvotos, sceneggiata, canzone neomelodica, etc.

Program

PhD in Romance Studies, Spanish 

Degrees

  • M.A. in Spanish, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas: Spring 2014
    • Thesis in Linguistics: ¿Primo hermano o falso amigo? Español para italianos
  • Master of Arts in Art History (Contemporary Art Track), University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy: Fall 2010 (Cum Laude)
    • Thesis in Psychology of Art: Un uomo “astroso”: Francesco Giombarresi e l’Art Brut
  • Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Philosophy (Modern Literature Track), University of Catania, Catania, Italy: Fall 2006
    • Thesis in Music History: L’arte non è mai da sola: Chopin - Sand - Delacroix

Research Interests

  • Modern and Contemporary Spanish and Spanish American literature and culture. Cultural and linguistic influences between Spain and Italy in Modernity. Contemporary Art, Psychology of Art, Art Brut, Outsider Art.

Publications

Articles
  • “Giombarresi e la scienza di ‘astrosità’.” Rivista dell'Osservatorio Outsider Art 2 (April 2011): 36-47.
Book Chapters
  • “Cristo in croce sembrava più infastidito dalle infamie che dai chiodi.” In & Out. Art Brut/Outsider Art: Omaggio a Nicolò Scarlatella. Exhibition catalog (June - July 2012): 11- 13. Caltagirone, MACC.
  • “Se una dodicesima notte d’inverno un non scrittore.” Ed. Ettore Bianciardi. Scrivi con lo scrittore. Terza edizione 2006-2007. Bologna: Giraldi Editore, 2007. 273-278.
Reviews
  • “Pliegos de cordel: la aproximación de Pablo Torío Sánchez.” Letras Hispanas: Revista De Literatura Y Cultura 10.2 (2014): 81-82. MLA International Bibliography.
  • “Santo Paolo Guccione. Quando l'opera parla, si spiega, si presenta.” Liburni 13 (2014): 26. Livorno: Centro Tipografico Livornese.
  • “Dentro l'out.” Arte e Critica 72, XIX (September - November 2012): 105.
  • “Francesca Jacona: In Presenza.” Arte e Critica 70, XIX (March - May 2012): 106.
  • “Photos, Atto Secondo: Fotognomica.” Arte e Critica 68, XVIII (September - November 2011): 104.
  • “Omnia tempus habent al MACC.” Arte e Critica 66, XVIII (March - May 2011): 134.
  • “Al MACC l’arte si contamina!” L’Obiettivo 7, 10-113 (14 October 2010): 16.
  • “Pantalica.” Guccione Matraxia. Palermo: Centro Diffusione Arte Editore, 2010. 20.
Blog postings
  • “Handling and Overcoming Language Barriers.” txstgradcollege.wordpress.com. The Graduate College at Texas State University Blog (March 2014).
  • “Intervista a Domenico Amoroso, direttore del MACC.” www.festivalartecontemporanea.it (April 2011).
  • “Cu’ la pittura campu e tiru avanti.” www.lunarionuovo.it. Lunarionuovo 41/53 new series (April 2011).
  • “Swarovski Kristallwelten: popular e contemporanei.” www.festivalartecontemporanea.it (March 2011).
  • “Passaju la vita a-mmienzu ‘na campagna (Parte seconda).” www.lunarionuovo.it. Lunarionuovo 40/53 new series (March 2011).
  • “Passaju la vita a-mmienzu ‘na campagna (Parte prima).” www.lunarionuovo.it. Lunarionuovo 39/53 new series (February 2011).
  • “Ceramitaro.” www.svicolando.com. Svicolando: scritture impertinenti (December 2008).

Conference Presentations

  • “Nada más: una película Pop-Op.” SCOLAS: Southwest Council of Latin American Studies, San Diego. Paper presentation, March 27-29, 2014.
  • “Estudios Culturales: casos de cine y música.” SCOLAS: Southwest Council of Latin American Studies, San Diego. Panel Chair, March 27-29, 2014.
  • “Per non dimenticare Francesco Giombarresi.” Fondazione G.P. Grimaldi, Modica. Vernissage presentation, September 8, 2011.
  • “Un uomo ‘astroso’: Francesco Giombarresi e l’Art Brut.” Museum of Contemporary Art in Caltagirone (section Art Brut in Sicily) for “Musei in Primavera 2011.” Paper presentation, May 6, 2011.
  • “Un uomo astroso’ presentazione dell’artista outsider Francesco Giombarresi.” Department of Visual Arts - University of Bologna, in collaboration with the International Association for Art and Psychology, Bologna. Lecture, December 9, 2010.

Email  | Merrick Bldg. 210-24 | 305-284-4002  |  CV


Sam Johnson

Sam is a 1st year PhD Candidate in the Department of Modern Languages in Literatures. Sam completed his BA at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI and his master's degrees at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. While at UNM he taught Spanish as a second language and looks forward to teaching Spanish and Portuguese while at University of Miami. Currently, he serves as tutor for the Spanish and Portuguese language programs at UM and is coordinating the Luso-Brazilian Movie Series and Bate-Papo events. His research interests include ecocriticism, indigeneity, (de)coloniality, citizenship, human/non-human rights, and their intersections with contemporary literature and film in the Americas.

Email  | Merrick Bldg. 210-24 | 305-284-4002


 

Lydda Lopez Valdez

Research Interests: Language, literature, linguistics, sociolinguistics, sociophonetics, Spanish and English contact, and national and local discourses surrounding Spanish and English in the US.

Email  | Merrick Bldg. 210-24 | 305-284-4002


 

Lilianne Lugo Herrera

Research Interests: Cuban and Caribbean Studies, Gender Studies, Racial Studies, and Performance Studies.

Email  | Merrick Bldg. 210-24 | 305-284-4002


Dainerys Machado Vento

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Nadia Naami

Program

Ph.D in Romance Studies, French

Degrees

  • Ph.D. in French, Chouaïb Doukkali University, "l’Ecole doctorale Représentations interculturelles: langue, littérature et Art" 
    • Disseration Topic: "La peinture au Maroc: contexte historique et evolution de la reception."
  • M.A. in French - Langue et Communication , Chouaïb Doukkali University, Faculté des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines, El Jadida, Morocco
  • B.A. in French literature, Chouaïb Doukkali University, Faculté des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines, El Jadida, Morocco

Research Interests

French and Francophone (Maghreb, Caribbean) Literatures and Cultures, Trans-Arab Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Literature and Visual Esthetics, Urban Studies Teaching French and Arabic Language, Literature and Culture.

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE AT UM

Being a Ph.D. student at the University of Miami is a wonderful and exciting experience. I realize, everyday, how amazing it is to be here. The MLL Department provides a high quality faculty, available human and physical resources, and it offers me the possibility to build a curriculum perfectly suited to my intellectual and professional expectations.

The MLL Department also allows me study other languages apart from French and Arabic (Spanish and Portuguese) which - combined with my native language (Arabic) and my second language (French)- will open my research perspectives and increase my professional preparation.

I think that I have found here what I was looking for: a studious, encouraging and multicultural environment that makes me completely dedicated to success.

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 Féria Nekkache

Email  | Merrick Bldg. 210-24 | 305-284-4002


 Gregory Rhinehart

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 Jordan Rogers

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Olivier Sales

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Nicholas Sheets

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Maria Veliz

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 Ruming Yang

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Carlo Brando Zepeda

Carlo’s research and academic interests include humanistic approaches to sexual identity, sexuality, immigration, and the search for home in our global era. He specializes in ethnographic studies of late 20th and early 21st century Central America with emphasis on cultural expressions and productions of sexuality, gender and orientation; human rights/LGBTQ rights and story-telling in El Salvador.

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Spanish

Elena Bonmati Gonzalvez

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Ellen Davies

Research Interests: Twentieth-Century Spanish and Latin American Literature, Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Queer Theory, Feminist Theory, Brazilian Women Writers.

Email  | Merrick Bldg. 210-24 | 305-284-4002


Delia Pamela Fuentes Korban

Research Interests: Latin American Literature, Cultural Productions, Identity, Urbanity and History; 20th -21st Century Argentine Cultural Expressions: Literature, Music, Film, Theater, Radio, Art.

Email  | Merrick Bldg. 210-24 | 305-284-4002


Lina Jardines del Cueto

Research Interests: Politics, Cultural Productions, Immigration, and Cultural Exchange in Cuba and the Middle East, and its Relationship with Latin America.

Email  | Merrick Bldg. 210-24 | 305-284-4002


 

Ariana Magdaleno

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Ámerico Mendoza-Mori

Program

Romance Studies / Latin American Literature

Degrees

B.A. Latin American Literature, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Perú, 2008

Research Interests

Cities and Creative Industries in the Andes, Brazil and Miami. National identities in Peru and Latin America.

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE AT UM

What I love most about Miami is its relationship with Latin Americans: from the people who go back and forth through the airport to the migrants who reshape South Florida every day with their languages and cultural traditions. Attending the University of Miami (UM) allows me to do research in a truly diverse academic environment; but, it is also the city itself that enriches me with the day-to-day experiences that go beyond campus life.

I came to UM looking for my current advisor, Dr. George Yúdice, and I’m very happy I made that decision. During my years at UM I have learned a lot, and am still learning from him, from my professors and from my fellow students. For example, it is because of my experience in one of my Portuguese classes that I decided to go to Brazil and do research.  My Spanish courses have inspired me, among other things, to revisit the works of Latin American intellectuals of the 19th century. There’s a lot to do and to learn. I’m glad to be a part of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures here at UM.

Email  | Merrick Bldg. 210-24 | 305-284-4002


Catalina Ramirez 

Catalina Ramirez

Dissertation Title: "Contemporary Central American Imaginaries Under (Re)Construction: Landings in a Postwar Cultural Landscape."

Program

Ph.D. in Modern Languages & Literatures, Spanish track

Degrees

  • MA Gender, Culture Studies, Universidad de Chile Santiago de Chile, 2008
  • BA Psychology, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile Santiago de Chile, 2001

Research Interests

20th and 21th centuries Latin American cultural production, literature and music; the process of subjectivation from a power relationships viewpoint, and how that works through discourses upon subjectivity (identity and body perceptions).

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE AT UM

Studying at Modern Languages and Literatures program at UM it has been a very enriching experience.  This program, even when it is a literature one, it has allowed a very interdisciplinary approach to different themes.  Professors are willing to discuss different topics and to help when you want to learn more about things that are not already included in the class.  Classmates are also interesting people since we have different backgrounds – fields of previous studies, interests, languages, origin countries.  All that has enriched my own learning process at UM.

Email  | Merrick Bldg. 210-24 | 305-284-4002