Graduate Profiles

David Gosselin

David Gosselin is a PhD student. He holds a Joint Honors B.A. in German and Russian and an M.A. in German literature from McGill University. During the academic year 2006-2007 he was an exchange student at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen. He subsequently spent a year studying Russian Literature and German Philosophy at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow. From 2009 to 2011, he was a French foreign language teaching assistant in Germany, during which time he studied Philosophy at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. In 2016, he received a three-year Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. From May to July 2017, he was a visiting scholar at the Institut für Zeitgeschichte in Munich. In 2019-2020, David will be a doctoral fellow at the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. His main research interests include German revolutionary literature and theory of violence. Among his broader interests are German Idealism, German Romanticism as well as Russian literature and philosophy. He has taught French language and culture courses at the Russian State University for the Humanities and German language, literature and culture courses at universities in Canada and Germany, including McGill University, Université du Québec à Montréal, Bishop’s University, and Freie Universität Berlin.


Tim Klähn

Tim Klähn holds an MA in Russian, German, and English Studies from the Humboldt-University, Berlin, with a thesis on Russian avant-garde poetry and book-art, and an MI in Library and Information Science and Book History and Print Culture from the University of Toronto.Currently, he is a PhD candidate at McGill University. His research interests include 20th and 21st century German and Russian literature, samizdat and dissidence, music, book history, and the history of medicine.

Lisa Teichmann

Lisa Teichmann is a PhD student in German and part of .txtLAB at the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at McGill University. She holds an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Leiden University and a BA in Oriental Studies fromthe University of Vienna. Her research focuses on the question of how computational text analysis methods and tools can form a repository for cross-cultural comparative literary analysis. Read more about her here.

Jerikho Ezzekiel Amores

Jerikho Ezzekiel Amores is an MA candidate in Spanish (Winter 2018) / PhD student in HispanicStudies (from Fall 2018). He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with Joint Honours in Classics and HispanicStudies (2016) from McGill University. His master’s research project surveys the representation of suffering in Medieval and Golden Age Spanish literature and self-conscious writing and sociohistorical context in Modern and Contemporary Spanish literature. His broader research interests include the Golden Age to twenty-first century Spanish literature and culture, urban studies, humour and satire, narratology. Also, as complement to his academic experiences,he has attended summer programmes of cultural interest at the University of Barcelona and Utrecht University (2016). On the side, he enjoys learning and practicing various foreign languages in reading and social contexts.

Zyanya López-Meneses

Zyanya López-Meneses is a Ph.D. Student in Hispanic Studies. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Language and Literature and a Master of Arts in Mexican Literature from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. She has worked as Research Assistant in academic and edition projects of Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century texts at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. She has also been a Spanish and Literature Instructor at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, in Mexico, Spanish instructor at McGill University, and T.A. for Latin American Literature and Culture courses at McGill University and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Her research interests include Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries Latin American Literature; Literature and Intellectual History; National Identity and Literature; Journalism and literature; Transatlantic Studies, and (post-)colonialism.

Ana Sofía Negri Villamil

I hold an MA Honours in Latin American Literature and a BA Honours in Hispanic Language and Literatures from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. In parallel with my studies, I worked for six years as a Research Assistant for the project Spanish Literature of Exile in Mexico carried out by El Colegio de México. As a writer I have published fiction and non-fiction pieces for different periodicals and magazines in Mexico since 2012. I was an editor for the Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes and I have continued developing my creative work. My dissertation research deals with the ways editorial and creative practices intersect through the work of Sergio Pitol and Ricardo Piglia.

Lidia Ponce de la Vega

Lidia Ponce de la Vega comes from Mexico City, Mexico, and is currently enrolled in the PhD in Hispanic Studies program at McGill University. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Language and Literature from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and a Master of Arts in Hispanic Studies from McGill University. She has been awarded the Gabino Barreda medal, granted by the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and the Victor Ouimette Memorial Prize awarded by McGill University. She has worked as Research Assistant in several paleographic and modernized editions of colonial texts at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She has also been a Spanish Instructor at McGill, at both beginners and intermediate levels. Her research interests include ecocriticism, animal studies, and (post-)colonialism, especially regarding the colonization of nature, and the clash between the Western world and the Americas.

Dario De Palma

Dario De Palma received his B.A. with distinction in Italian Honours from Concordia University in Montreal and an M.A. in Italian Studies from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. At Georgetown he published his thesis "Carlo Levi ed Ignazio Silone: ilmondoè ancorapaese" under the supervision of Prof. Nicoletta Pireddu. During his education he has also attended graduate courses on Italian Literature, History of the Italian Language and Italian Political Thought at the Università per Stranieri di Perugia. His work has been recognized by the Italian Cultural Society of Washington D.C. which awarded him the "Cesarina Horing Award" for excellence in Italian Studies. His interdisciplinary approach in Italian Studies intersects with History and European Studies, and includes interests in the Southern Question, Italian Immigration and issues of identity, which he seeks to explore in Cinema and Literature. Dario also teaches 'Italian Beginners' at McGill and will expand his research interests by participating in the 'Italian Diaspora Studies Summer Seminar' organized by the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute of the City University of New York.

Paolo Saporito

Paolo Saporito is a PhD student in Italian Studies at McGill University. His studies are related to Posthumanism and Transmediality in Literature, Cinema and Digital Media and the new definitions of subject and agency that rise from these fields. He is also interested in Contemporary Italian History and Memory Studies focused on the Fascist regime and the post-war period. He teaches Italian at beginners and intermediate level and works as Teaching Assistant in cinema courses. He also collaborates with the Italian Cultural Institute and the Dante Alighieri Society in Montreal in the organization of cultural events and initiatives. In the past, he wrote for on-line newspapers and cultural blogs. He is a voracious reader and, at least according to him, a writer, whose short stories have been published on Italian magazines.

Gleb Vinokurov

Gleb Vinokurov received dual BA degree from St. Petersburg State University's Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Bard College in New York. He successfully defended his thesis titled Elisabeth Kulmann: Translations and Original Poetry in 2017. He worked as a TA (Russian Language Scholar) at Reed College (Portland, OR) in 2016-2017 academic year. In 2017, he started his MA in Russian Studies at McGill University.