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  |  Literary, Cultural & Linguistic Studies Spanish


French

Nicolas Bordage

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


Thouraya Ferid

Dissertation Title: Tuez-les tous: Narrative Imaginaries of Terrorism in Contemporary Francophone Literature

Research Interests: Literature from the Maghreb, Modern and Contemporary French Literature, Postcolonial, Queer, and Arab Studies, Cultural Studies, Film Studies.

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


Melyssa Haffaf

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


Literary, Cultural & Linguistic Studies

‌‌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.

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


Lorella Di Gregorio Photo‌Lorella 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.

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

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


‌‌Nadia Naami PhotoNadia Naami


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


Hicham Mazouz

Dissertation Titale: "Re-mapping the Black Atlantic: Racial Formation in North Africa and African Americans' Homogeneity"

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


Féria Nekkache

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


Gregory Rhinehart

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


Jordan Rogers

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


Olivier Sales

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


Nicholas Sheets

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


 Maria Veliz

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


Ruming Yang

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


Carlo Zepeda

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


Amine Zidouh

Amine Zidouh (M.A., Moroccan-American Studies, Hassan II University, Casablanca; B.A. English and Discourse Analysis, Mohamed V University, Rabat) is a Teaching Assistant of French and Arabic and a fifth year ABD doctoral candidate in Literary, Cultural & Linguistic Studies at the University of Miami, where he specializes in issues of literature, culture, language and ideology in France, North Africa and the Middle East. His cognate field is Film Studies and Cinematography. His Ph.D dissertation, which is entitled “Phantom Arabic; Dis-located French: Self-Anthropological Imaginaries: Jean Genet, Leila Sebbar, Abdellah Taïa , Nabil Ayouch”, argues that a critical understanding of the relationship between, “Phantom Arabic” and French, is crucial to the critical repositioning and questioning of a significant part of post-colonial French and so-called francophone cultural production.

Research Interests: F20th / 21st Century French and Francophone Literatures, Cultures and Cinema; Sociolinguistics and Language Acquisition; Arabic (Maghrebi and Middle Eastern) Studies; Language and Ideology; Film and Cinematography Studies; Cultural Theory, Queer Theory, Critical Discourse Analysis, Cultural Anthropology

Email  |  Merrick Bldg. 210-24  |  P. 305-922-4454 | O. 305-284-4002


Spanish

Catalina Balbontin

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


Elena Bonmati Gonzalvez

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


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


Antoni Fernández Parera

Dissertation/Future Research: Working on concept-based instruction for the teaching of the Spanish subjunctive to second language learners and Spanish heritage language speakers.

Research Interests: Sociolinguistics, Language and Dialect Contact, and Second Language Acquisition and Teaching.

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


Ernesto Fundora

Research Interests: Dramatic/Theatrical Canons and Canon Formation Studies, Classical Tradition and Reception, Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Latin American and Caribbean Literatures, Theater Historiography, Theater and Performance Studies, Genetic Criticism, Caribbean Studies, Queer Studies, Digital Humanities.

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


Elizabeth Langley

Research Interests: Francophone, Hispanophone and Anglophone Caribbean Cultural Production and History; Latin American Women Writers; The Caribbean Short Story; Feminism; Diaspora; Exile; Memory; Empire; Resistance

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


 Ariana Magdaleno

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


 Ámerico Mendoza-Mori

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."

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