Arselyne Chery is a first-year Ph.D. student in the English Department. She is also an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow in the Caribbean Literatures, Arts, and Cultures research cluster at UVA. In 2021, she earned her B.A. in American Studies with honors, along with a concentration in Africana Studies, from Williams College where she was an Allison Davis Research Fellow.
Race and Ethnicity
On Research: I am a doctoral candidate in the English department at the University of Virginia. My dissertation centers on historical recovery as an impulse within African American literature, especially regarding how Black writers address and attempt to rectify the power imbalance that stems from a historical record that misrepresents and elides Black life and Black subjectivity.
I graduated with a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2017. Before that I was a teaching artist in California. Current interests include narrative theory, affect studies, print culture, and 19th c. American and British 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.
2023-2024 Office Hours: By appointment only.
Ph.D. Syracuse University
M.A. Virginia Commonwealth University
B.A. Virginia Commonwealth University
Courtney is a medievalist interested in the medieval romance. She was a Medieval Colloquium representative from 2019-2021 and received an All-University Graduate Teaching Award in 2021. Courtney's work explores how medieval romances use topoi to experiment with kinde, medieval notions of nature and identity.