Gender and Sexuality


Kaylin Preslar is a current English MA Teaching Concentration student at the University of Virginia. Her areas of interest include speculative fiction, etiological narratives, gender and sexuality, and disability studies. She is passionate about pedagogy, and her studies often consider the best ways to transfer knowledge and cultivate learning in an accessible, differentiated classroom environment. She completed her BA in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2020.


I am a master's student from Clemson, South Carolina. In May of 2020, I graduated summa cum laude from the College of William & Mary with a major in Classical Civilization and a minor in French & Francophone Studies. I am excited to be back in Virginia and to study the Victorian novel, British imperialism, and women writers.


Rachel Haines's research focuses on the nineteenth-century novel and considers questions of identity and identification relating to the construction of gender and sexuality. Her broad interests include queer theory, gender and women's studies, affect studies, the history and theory of the novel, and Henry James. Before coming to UVa, Rachel received her B.A. in English from Connecticut College, where she wrote an honors thesis on queer female desire in Henry James's novels titled "Queer Substitutions: On Relations Between Women in The Portrait of a Lady and The Wings of the Dove."


Nasrin Olla is an Assistant Professor of English and African & African American Studies. Nasrin completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Cape Town and her PhD in the Department of Literatures in English at Cornell University. Nasrin is currently completing her first book project, The Right to Opacity, which engages with the theme of alterity across a range of contemporary African and African diasporic literature.


I am an international student from India, and before coming to UVA, I did my master's in liberal studies, with a concentration in English, at Ashoka University. I am interested in the everyday, the domestic, the boring and how our identities mediate our experiences and beings in these spaces. The approach I take to these questions, and to scholarship in general, is firmly interdisciplinary. At UVA, I have been a Democracy Initiative Graduate Seminar Fellow and have completed the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Graduate Certificate.


I'm a 3rd-year Ph.D. student studying early modern literature. My research interests include women's writing, translation, closet drama, and religious writing. Before arriving at UVa, I graduated from Smith College in 2017 with a B.A. in English and Government.


I study medieval English and French literature (primarily from the 13th-15th centuries), and I am currently serving as one of UVa's Medieval Studies graduate student representatives. My academic interests include gender and sexuality studies, virginity studies, Mediterranean trade networks, manuscript studies, and contemporary medievalisms and adaptations. My personal interests include cooking and hiking with my badly behaved dog, Moose.


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