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PhD students

Jerikho Ezzekiel Amores

Jerikho Ezzekiel Amores is a doctoral student of Hispanic Studies. He pursued a Bachelors of Arts with Joint Honours in Classics and Hispanic Studies and a Masters in Spanish from McGill University. Also, he has participated in summer schools at the University of Barcelona, Utrecht University, and the University of Groningen.  

His research interests include the Golden Age to contemporary literatures and cultures of Spain, humour and satire studies, urban studies, narratology, geocriticism, pluriculturalism, and the work of Eduardo Mendoza.

Contact: ezzekiel.amores [at] 



Katherine Bundy

Katherine (Kate) Bundy is a doctoral candidate of Hispanic Studies, and her research interests include contemporary Spanish and Latin American film and media studies, digital cultural production, (trans)nationalism, and posthumanism. As a founder of an annual short film festival and a feminist wrestling collective in the southern U.S., Kate's approach to scholarship is that of an ongoing dialogue between the analogue and the digital.

Nikolai Choubine

Nikolai Choubine is Ph.D. student in Russian Studies. He holds D.Mus. in Piano Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as well as Specialist Diploma from the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow. Nikolai’s research explores identities in émigré literature, the diary, and the travelogue. His current project centers on the Soviet composer Sergei Prokofiev’s diaries as a case study of émigré identity. Nikolai has presented his work at the Canadian Association of Slavists’ and will be reading at the 10th World Congress of the International Council for Central and East European Studies in Montreal, next Summer.

Dario De Palma

Dario De Palma received his B.A. in Italian Honours, with distinction, 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: il mondo è ancora paese" 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. As a PhD student in Italian Studies at McGill, Dario has expanded his research interests by completing the ‘Italian Diaspora Studies Summer Seminar’, organized by the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute of the City University of New York. His interdisciplinary approach in Italian Studies intersects with History and Diaspora Studies, and includes interests in the Southern Question, migration, the development of Italian national, cultural and diaspora identities, which he explores in Cinema and Literature. Dario also teaches ‘Italian for Beginners’ at McGill. To reach him, please email: dario.depalma [at]

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.


Michiko Hara

Michiko Hara is a Ph.D. student in Italian Studies. After having practised law in the field of international business for over 25 years, she took early retirement to pursue her interest in the Italian Renaissance at McGill University. In her B.A. Honours thesis, she discussed Pope Leo X’s contributions to the Renaissance in Rome. Her Master’s thesis on Giacomo Puccini’s opera Gianni Schicchi shed light upon the question of social justice and his conscious departure from its source, Dante’s Divine Comedy. Her focus remains on the analysis of Puccini’s operas by highlighting his denunciations of social injustice through a literary rather than a musical approach. On a personal level, she maintains her passion for the Italian Renaissance.

David Hoyos García

David Hoyos García is PhD student in Hispanic Studies. He holds an M.A. in Hispanic Studies from University of Montreal and an M.Sc. from Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Brazil).He has been Portuguese Instructor at the Universidad de Antioquia (Colombia), Spanish Instructor and Teaching Assistant for Latin American Literature and Culture, and Film Studies courses at McGill University. His current project research, “Cumbia and Musical Imaginaries in Literature and Cinema: Crossing the Border from South to North America”, regards how the process of popular cultural appropriation inherent in Cumbia operate as a vehicle for the reformulation of border traditions from South to North America. His project is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Tim Klähn

Tim Klähn is a PhD candidate at the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at McGill University. He holds an MA in Russian, German, and English Studies from the Humboldt University of 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. His research interests include 20th and 21st century German and Russian literature and art, samizdat and dissidence, memory studies, and book history. He works as a librarian at the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

Kaylin Land

Kaylin Land is a PhD student in Russian Studies. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Russian from Carleton College. She was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grant for the 2015-2016 academic year and taught English at Murom Institute of Vladimir State University in Russia. Kaylin started her PhD in 2018. Her project entitled “Transcultural Approaches to Reading American Astronaut and Soviet/Russian Cosmonaut Memoirs” focuses on outer space narratives in popular American and Russian literature. Kaylin’s research makes use of digital humanities tools and practices such as digital textual analysis to perform large-scale corpora analysis of web native discussion boards dedicated to Soviet and American astroculture.

Edgar Lazo Cornejo

Edgar Lazo Cornejo comes from Monterrey, Mexico, and is currently enrolled in the PhD in Hispanic Studies program at McGill University. He holds a Masters and a BA in the same field. His research interests include Latin American literature, history and culture, Spanish Baroque, Spanish history, and Affect Theory. Contact: edgar.lazocornejo [at]

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.

Teboho Makalima

Teboho Makalima is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Hispanic Studies. She holds a First Class Bachelor of Arts in Spanish language and culture from the University of British Columbia, and a Master in Hispanic Studies from the University of Victoria. She has also served as a Spanish instructor and teaching assistant at McGill University. Her research interests include the culture and literature of Spain - particularly Golden Age theatre and short fiction, the works of Garcilaso de la Vega, medieval literature, as well as sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Anglo-Hispanic relations and textual exchange. While her M.A. thesis (“Schadenfreude and the Don Juan Archetype in the Theatrical Works of Seventeenth-Century Spain”) focused on the characterisations of a singular literary figure, for her doctoral thesis she is preparing a critical edition of Juan de la Cueva’s play ‘La Constancia de Arcelina’.

Meredith Martin

Meredith Martin is a PhD student in Hispanic Studies at McGill. She holds and MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from the University of Guelph and her thesis there, written in French, dealt with the reception of the Haitian Revolution in Latin America through literature. Her research interests include digital humanities, feminist history, art and film history, and biography.

Timothy Ostrom

Timothy Ostrom is a PhD candidate in Hispanic Studies. He holds a combined licenciate degree in Spanish Linguistics and Literature from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata in Argentina, having graduated first in his class and received the Joaquín V. González award for having one of the top ten GPAs in the College of Humanities. His licenciate thesis addressed the representation of raw materials in Latin American avant-garde literature. From the period of 2009 to 2019, he worked as both a course instructor and a faculty lecturer in literature and literary theory at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata. In 2014 he was nominated to participate in a CONICET research project to investigate the relationship between defeat, melancholy and Latin American post-dictatorship literature. In general, his research interests range from intellectual history to historical narrativism and late critical theory. His doctoral research focuses on second-generation testimonial literature and, in particular, on the debates in contemporary Argentine culture surrounding the emergence of post-memory discourses following the assimilation of memory politics into State institutions and the mass media in the period from 2003 to 2015. Aside from his teaching and research, he has worked as a community organizer for more than twenty years. In Argentina, he founded a collective of artists in 2005 that organizes on-going classes, workshops and other activities for children and adults in the community.

Matteo Ottaviani

Matteo Ottaviani is a Ph.D. student at McGill University. He received his B.A. in History of Art, Medieval art specialization, from the Università di Bologna with a thesis in Digital Humanities and an M.A., also from the Università di Bologna, in Medieval History. After his degree he attended the Specialization School of Archival science, Paleography and Diplomatic at the State Archives of Bologna and he received a Diploma from the National School for editing of documentary sources at the Historic Italian Institute for Middle Ages (ISIME). His main interest is Dante and the genesis of the Commedia during the Casentino exile. He is also interested in medieval society and politics, and in the relation between Dante and political power. He promotes an interdisciplinary approach on his research that combines history and literature. He worked as a freelance researcher for The Study Center on Charities, Fondazione del Monte di Pietà di Bologna e Ravenna and as a secondary school teacher in Italy with a project about local history. He also teaches Italian languages at McGill University and for APIQ association.

Carlos Antonio Pajuelo Jara

Carlos Antonio Pajuelo Jara is a doctoral student in Hispanic Studies. He holds a Master of Arts in Hispanic Studies from the University of British Columbia with a thesis on Codex MS. 11017 Trinity College, Dublin: Regula Sancti Benedicti, and an Honours BA in Spanish Literature and Society from Concordia University. His current research focuses on Modern and Contemporary Latin-American identity representations in cultural productions in analog and digital publications by Hispanic-Canadian authors living in Quebec. He is also interested in medieval and colonial paleography, historiography, disability studies, and translation studies. Before joining McGill, Carlos Antonio held instructor, TA, and RA positions at the University of Toronto, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, the University of British Columbia, and Concordia University. His academic work has been funded by SSHRC, McGill's Graduate Excellence Award (Ph.D.), and the Gordon J.A. Whitehorne Fellowship (Ph.D.). Carlos Antonio has presented his work at the Canadian Association of Hispanists, the Levy-Wasteneys Symposium, the UBC-FHIS Graduate Student Conference, and the Concordia Hispanic Studies International Colloquium. His creative writing has been published in AErea, The Apostles Review, and Helios.

Lidia Ponce de la Vega

Lidia Ponce de la Vega comes from Mexico City, Mexico, and is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. 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 and the Frank & Judith Kunz Fellowship in Humanities by McGill University. She has worked as a Research Assistant in several paleographic and modernized editions of colonial texts at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and as a Digital Studies Instructor and Spanish Language Instructor at McGill University. Her research interests lie at the intersection of Latin American studies, ecocriticism, and the digital humanities, especially regarding the epistemic (de)colonization of Latin American nature and biodiversity in digital archives.

Katrin Rohrbacher

Katrin Rohrbacher is a PhD student in German Studies at the Department of Languages, Literature and Cultures. She holds a master’s degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Vienna. In her master’s thesis, Katrin catalogued and studied for the first time the unpublished literary work of the Austrian writer and artist Helga Michie, twin sister of the writer Ilse Aichinger. This was made possible by the close collaboration of Michie’s family. In her thesis Katrin examined how the notion of Exile can be used as a fruitful aesthetic category in both Michie’s literary work as well as her work in the visual arts in regard to its social-historical context.

Her current research interests include: 19th and 20th century German literature, computational literary studies, space and place in narrative theory, digital cultures, and urban studies.

She is editorial assistant for the Journal of Cultural Analytics and course lecturer in German at McGill. Prior to coming to McGill, she worked as research assistant at the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

In addition to her academic path, Katrin worked as curatorial assistant at Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst und Medien (Exhibition Space for Art & Media) in Graz, Austria.

Contact: katrin.rohrbacher [at]

Samantha Ruckenstein

Samantha Ruckenstein is currently a PhD student in Hispanic Studies at McGill University with a focus on Contemporary Spanish literature. Samantha completed her Master's in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures with a specialization in Medieval studies at the University of Toronto, in addition to her Undergraduate degree in Hispanic Studies at Queen's University. Samantha has an internship with the Canadian Association of Hispanists and is a TA and course lecturer at McGill University. Along with her research position at the Centre for Early Modern Visual Culture, she has two articles that are forthcoming. Her research interests include: Medieval and Contemporary Iberian Literature, Transatlantic Spanish Studies, Feminist theory, Queer theory, Minority studies, Jewish studies, and Spanish law. For more information, please contact samantha.ruckenstein [at]

Benjamin Sauvé

Benjamin Sauvé is a doctoral student in German Studies. He holds a B.A. in German Studies, with a year at the Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg, and an M.A. in German Literature from the University of Montreal. His M.A. thesis studied the literary motif of the shipwreck in Arno Schmidt’s Die Schule der Atheisten. He currently works on his Ph.D. thesis on the cyclical violence of industrialization in German-speaking countries. His research interests include German Realism of the 19th century, space theories and environmental studies.

Sophie Marie Schönberg

Sophie is a PhD student in German Studies; her research focuses on the representations of human-animal relationships and conceptions of nature in literature and film. She holds a Masters in German Studies from McGill University, and two BAs in Journalism and Communication Studies, and in Romance Studies from the University of Vienna. While completing her undergraduate degrees, Sophie studied at the University of Lyon 2 (France) and at the University of Montreal. In her master’s thesis, entitled “Kafka’s animots: Challenging Anthropocentrism,” she examined questions of animality within the works of Franz Kafka. Sophie loves teaching, and has a passion for whetting her students’ curiosity about, and enthusiasm for, the German language and culture. Having won a Fulbright scholarship, she taught German for two semesters at Bowling Green State University (USA). Since coming to McGill, she has been teaching German language courses, as well as working for McGill’s Student and Learning Services as a Student Skills Assistant, where she facilitates skills development workshops for graduate and undergraduate students.

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.

MA students

Bal Dhakal

Bal Krishna Dhakal is doing a Masters in Digital Humanties. He has finished his Bachelors in Education and Masters in English Literature from Nepal. He is interested particularly in Text Mining, Machine Learning, and Postcolonial Digital Humanities. He has worked at McGill University as a Research and Teaching Assistant. He is writing his thesis on "Digital Humanities Projects and Sustainability."

Ingrid Lassek

Ingrid Lassek received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours in English) from the University of British Columbia (Okanagan) in 2020, and is now enrolled in the Master's Program in German Studies at McGill University. She was awarded a SSHRC-CGS Master's Scholarship in 2020. Her thesis research will investigate Christoph Martin Wieland's translation of twenty-two plays by William Shakespeare into German between 1762 and 1766. Even though his creative approach did not resonate with translation practices in the 18th century, recent translation studies have found Wieland's creative approach very compelling. The theoretical framework of Wieland's work and its implications for current translation studies will thus form a major aspect of Ingrid's research. Prior to attending UBC, Ingrid was a partner in a flourishing physiotherapy practice in Germany for many years.

Aleksandra Lazicic

Aleksandra Lazicic received her Bachelor of Arts (Double Major in Industrial Relations and Italian Studies) from McGill University in 2019, and is now enrolled in the Master's Program in Italian Studies at McGill University. Her research investigates Post WW2 Italy and the Sessantotto movement as well as the subsequent Years of Lead. Prior to attending McGill University, Aleksandra was a Senior Radiation Therapist and Technical Coordinator at MGH McGill University Health Center. She continues to work as a professional trader in the securities industry while completing the Master's program on a part-time basis.

Alayne Moody

Alayne Moody is completing an MA in Digital Humanities. She is interested in computational text analysis, life narrative and mixed method research. For her thesis, she is applying sentiment analysis, topic modelling and Bayesian linear regression to the letters of 18th, 19th and early 20th century immigrants in Canada and the United States. Her goal is to determine whether broad patterns of experience can be detected in the narrative data and placed into dialogue with previous interdisciplinary research and contemporary migration issues. This work has been supported by a Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and a MITACS Globalink Research Award. Before joining the M.A. in DH program, Alayne served as .txtLAB project manager. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism (2002) from the University of Nevada-Reno and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature (1996) from the University of Rhode Island. For her master’s thesis in journalism, she examined the uses, gratifications and behaviors associated with public radio websites in a project integrating qualitative, quantitative and computational research methods.

Suzanne Nobel

Suzanne Nobel is currently a master's student in her second and final year in Hispanic Studies. Her interests include decolonization narratives in Hispanic literature and intersections in indigenous spaces in Latin America and Palestine, resistance literature. She obtained a bachelor specialization in Spanish Language and a major in Italian Language from Concordia University in 2007.

Cay Rivard

Cay Rivard is an MA student in Italian Studies at McGill University. Her thesis research focuses on Amos Nattini’s Imagini dantesche and explores the relationship between text, image, and the larger socio-political context in which Nattini’s illustrations to Dante’s Commedia were produced.

Rafael Rivera-Mundaca

Rafael Rivera-Mundaca is a MA student in Hispanic Studies. He holds a LLB in Law and Political Sciences from Universidad Villareal (Lima, Peru), and an Honors B.A. in Spanish from Concordia University. His research interest are colonial and postcolonial studies, and the tension between orality and literacy. Beyonds Academia Rafael gets involved in literary production, working on both a novel and a collection of urban short stories whose central axes take place in both Lima and Montreal

Heather Rogers

Heather Rogers is an MA student in Digital Humanities. She holds a BA in International Studies and Japanese from American University’s School of International Service and a Master of Information Studies (MISt) from McGill University’s School of Information Studies. From 2013 to 2016, she taught English as part of the JET Programme in Fukushima, Japan. Since 2018, she has worked as the Education & Human Development liaison librarian for the University of North Dakota. In 2019, she was accepted into the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Digital Scholarship Institute July cohort. Her research interests are information studies, data feminism, text analytics, and the role of academic librarianship in supporting digital scholarship.

Robyn Yue Wang

Robyn Yue Wang is a MA student in Digital Humanities. She holds a B.A. in Information Studies in Nanjing University, China. She has been an editor and journalist in a culture magazine Beijing Youth Weekly. Her research interest includes literary text mining and digital product design. She has done a text mining project using Topic Modeling and Word Embedding (Word2Vec) to explore how the Industrial Revolution and the first wave feminism initiated a change in English literature written by female writers between 1778 to 1930. In another project, she applied a machine learning model to predict the adolescent fertility rate of over 250 countries, identifying what indicators play dominant roles in determining the adolescent fertility rate.

Donna Williams

Donna Williams is a Masters student having returned to academia after a successful business career including 16 years at McGill in the Advancement Office of faculties of music and medicine, raising funds for student scholarships and facilities. She has a BA in Spanish and French from Western University and a Certificate of proficiency in Spanish from McGill Continuing Studies. Her research interests are the literary currents of Latin America and the Enlightenment in Spain.

Ruolin Zhu

Ruolin Zhu is an MA candidate in German Studies at McGill University. She holds a BA degree in German Language and Literature (2019) from Sun Yat-Sen University. During the academic year 2017-2018 she was an exchange student at the University of Cologne, Germany. In her graduation thesis entitled “Auswirkung von Englisch auf die Tertiärsprachendidaktik - mithilfe didaktischer Praxis und Umfrage unter den Lernenden”, she, combining the work experience as a German teacher for A1 and B1 learners, examined the extent of using English while learning German, and sorted potential influence of English using linguistic categories. Her main research interests include 19th and 20th century German literature, German linguistics and cinema. She decided to deepen her insight of German literature and started MA since January 2020, and by far she has done initial research on “Paul Celan und Andenken in der Landschaft des Verschweigens”. She also strives to broaden her knowledge by taking courses in Digital Humanities and Visual Culture, with the final projects researching respectively Chinese trending media Bilibili and the collective impermanence of Hong Kong in 1990s through Wong Kar-wai's lens.

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