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2014 Incoming Graduate Students

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Note: Incoming and prospective graduate students can find useful information on the Resources page in the "About Us" menu, and on the Progress to the Degree page under "Programs."

1. M.A. in Translation Studies

Marcus Khoury

Marcus Khoury received his B.A in French & Francophone Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2012. His academic interests include the intersection of politics and 20th century French literature, translation studies, and the reception of texts across different literary cultures. He is also interested in the national and indigenous literatures of Latin America, and hopes to work with the Spanish and Arabic languages as well as French.

Muira Mccammon

Muira Mccammon grew up in South Carolina but has Midwestern roots. After earning her B.A. in French & International Relations from Carleton College, Muira headed to eastern Turkey, where she taught English as a Fulbright grantee, began learning Pashto and Turkish, and gained a better understanding of local freedom of expression issues. She is the recipient of the prestigious Beinecke Fellowship. Her current research interests include translators' rights in conflict zones, ethical quagmires associated with legal/court interpretation, and literary translation theory. Currently, she is working on translating Leila Sebbar's Métro.

Bill Ollayos

Bill Ollayos is a Connecticut native and completed his B.S. at the University of Connecticut in Biological Sciences and English. His research interests include bridging the space between the humanities and hard sciences. Furthermore, he focuses on inter-semiotic translation in regards to the exotification of marginalized populations. Bill works as a Learning Communities Graduate Assistant on campus.

2. M.A. in Comparative Literature

Chamila Somirathna

Chamila Somirathna received her B.A. in Sinhala Language and Literature from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and is a Fulbright grantee. She is interested in fiction, travel literature, poetry and literary theory, particularly, feminist literary theory and post-colonialism.

3. Ph.D. in Comparative Literature

Siobhan Anderson

Siobhan Anderson was born and raised in mid coast Maine. She received her Bachelor's degree in English and French literature from Mount Holyoke College in 2011. She went on to continue her studies in Paris where she received her Master's degree in Comparative Literature from La Sorbonne Nouvelle in 2013. Siobhan's research focuses primarily around Belgian national poet Emile Verhaeren (1855-1916) and ties between the symbolist movement in France and Belgium and the emergence of modern American verse.

Shastri Akella

Shastri Akella moved to Amherst three years ago to do his MFA in fiction at UMass which he completed earlier this summer. Prior to that, he worked for Google in their India, San Francisco, and Dublin offices and also with a street theater in India. His primary research interest is migration literature and its expression in fiction, cinema and photography. Specifically, he would like to compare the migratory narratives that emerged across the India-Pakistan, Germany-Poland, and the US-Mexico borders.

Adile Aslan

Adile Aslan has a B.A. in English from Bogazici University, an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Istanbul Bilgi University and a second M.A. in Cultural Studies from Sabanci University. In addition, she has worked as an instructor and teaching assistant at different universities in Istanbul. Adile is interested in modernism, psychoanalysis, Middle Eastern Studies and is looking forward to learning Arabic and Farsi.

Hyongrae Kim

Hyongrae Kim has an M.A. in Interpretation and Translation from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in South Korea. Before joining UMASS he worked as an interpreter/translator at the Ministry of Unification. His research interests include Translation Studies and North Korean translation.



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