My research and academic interests span American literature and culture of the mid-nineteenth century to the early-twentieth century. I’m particularly interested in intersections between American and Russian literatures, spaces, and people, and I usually engage these literary and geographic intersections through transnational, eco-materialist, and archipelagic frameworks.
Transnational, Postcolonial, and Global
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.
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.
Katherine Churchill studies and teaches medieval literature. Her dissertation project, Archival Sensibilities: Posterity, Organization, and Collection in Late-Medieval England and France, traces how archivists changed how they stored and organized texts in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, transforming literary writing in the process. In addition to her work on media history and cultural memory, she also studies virginity, gender, orality, and nineteenth-century medievalism.
Kathryn's research focuses on Irish Modernism within a global transnational context. Her additional research includes late 19th C British and French literature. Kathryn's pedagogical interests include Contemplative Pedagogy and Science and Technology Studies.