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A Statement from the Comparative Literature Faculty

We support the ongoing protests against the systemic racism and violence perpetrated against Black lives for more than 400 years in the United States.

As researchers and scholars, we acknowledge our obligation to reflect collectively and individually on the pernicious effects of racism and how legacies of colonialism, imperialism, and slavery have led us to this moment.

 In our capacities as teachers and mentors we offer our support, but–mindful of the privilege our positions afford us–we also look to those who carry the historical burden of these recent events for guidance and inspiration. 

 In this same spirit, we endorse the demands made by the Black Student Collective. 

Spring Dissertation Defenses in COLT!

Join us this month for three exciting dissertation defenses!

On Wednesday, May 20, at 2 p.m., Tera Reid-Olds will present and defend, ““The Cross-Currents of Exilic Storytelling: Multilingual Memory and the Maritime Shift” (directed by Michael Allan).

On Thursday, May 28, at noon, Iida Pöllänen will present and defend, “Transnational Peripheries: Narratives of Countryside, Migration, and Community in American and Nordic Modernisms” (directed by Mark Whalan).

On Friday, May 29, at 4 p.m., Palita Chunsaengchan will present and defend, “Competitive Aesthetic Regimes: Intermedial


Jenifer Presto recognized with Faculty Research Award

Congratulations to Dr. Jenifer Presto, associate professor of COLT and Director of REEES! Dr. Presto has received a Faculty Research Award from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation. The award recognizes Dr. Presto’s new project,  “Adjacent Ecologies: Russian-American Artists in the Pacific Northwest.”

Faculty Research Awards support scholarship, creative projects and quantitative or qualitative research from all disciplinary backgrounds. They are typically awarded to early-stage projects that show exceptional originality and promise. “Adjacent


Ndakalako-Bannikov wins CAS Dissertation Research Fellowship!

Many congratulations to Martha Ndakalako-Bannikov, whose project, “Borders of the Global Anglophone: Locality, Language and Feminist Futures in Namibian Literature” has been recognized with the highly-prestigious CAS Dissertation Research Fellowship!

Recipients of the CAS Dissertation Research Fellowship receive a full year of support, with no teaching duties, so they can focus exclusively on working on their dissertations. Applications for this coveted fellowship go through two rigorous evaluations: first, materials are reviewed by the applicant’s department, which selects two