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News from Master of Arts Degree Alumni

Roger David Dulceany Adv '10 wrote on July 13, 2012 - After graduating from the Comparative Literature M.A. program in 2011, I remained at Dartmouth College to work for the Department of Spanish and Portuguese as the 2011-2012 Faculty Advisor to La Casa, the Spanish language affinity house and immersion program. Starting in October 2012, I will be on a Fulbright research grant to Romania for 9 months. I have proposed to investigate the sociocultural and diplomatic relations between Cuba and Romania during Romania's communist era. Afterward, in Fall 2013, I will begin my PhD in the Spanish section of the Romance Studies department at Duke University, where I hope to specialize in Hispanophone Caribbean literature and culture. 

Darrah Lustig, Adv '10 wrote on July 3, 2012 - This year I taught English at a private language school in Wolfsberg, Austria. This fall I am starting a PhD program in German Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

Amber Gode, Adv '10 wrote on July 2, 2012 - I am still working at Walnut Hill School for the Arts as a Spanish and French teacher in Natick, MA. I am continuing my education this summer in a non-degree 6 week program at Middlebury in their graduate-level French program.

Kristal Bivona, Adv '10 wrote on June 29, 2012 - I'm currently living in Los Angeles where I'm the assistant editor of Language Magazine, but in Fall '12 I'll be starting the Ph.D. program in Hispanic Languages and Literatures at UCLA.

Lara Roizen, Adv '10 wrote on June 9, 2012 - I have spent the last year in Paris tutoring English and working as a secretarial assistant at a French law firm. I will be starting my Ph.D. at Harvard in the fall for Comparative Literature.

Judith Rauscher, Adv '10 went back to Germany where she finished a second MA degree in American Literature in spring 2012. Currently, she is a part-time teacher at the American Studies department of the University of Bamberg in Germany and working toward a PhD in American Literature.
In March 2012 she wrote: I'll be forever grateful for the opportunity of studying at Dartmouth, not only for everything I learned, but also for every single amazing person I met. Being in the Dartmouth MA program set me on a path and equipped me with what I needed to follow it.

Filippo Trentin, Adv '08 is at the University of Warwick, where he is working on his Ph.D and is a Part-time Teacher. His research interests include: Modernity and Postmodernity, Pier Paolo Pasolini, 20th Century Italian Culture, Testimony and Trauma, and Representation of Cities.

Andrea Seubert, Adv '09  wrote on February 26, 2011- My time at Dartmouth and especially in the Complit Masters Program enabled me to not only mature as a person but also deepen my interest in worldwide migration movements. I enjoyed to get in touch with various interesting persons, the inspiring and encouraging academic environment at Dartmouth and working with excellent professors such as my thesis advisors Yuliya Komska and Irene Kacandes

Daniela Vasquez, Adv '10 wrote on February 14, 2011 - As an undergraduate I enjoyed exploring different disciplines in the process of fulfilling my distributive requirements.  I had many different interests and I wasn't sure how I could pull them all together.  I decided to do the Masters in Comparative Literature because all of the classes listed and the projects purposed were interdisciplinary.  I finally found an outlet for my love of languages and knowledge!  Working in my Masters year with different language departments I learned of opportunities to live abroad.  Currently I am taking advantage of one of those programs through an assistantship with the Language study abroad programs in Rome, Italy.  More than anything COLT has inspired me to strive always to combine my interests and to find connections that are no always obvious to others!

Thomas Wisniewski, Adv ’09 wrote on February 4, 2011 - The wonderful community of scholars at Dartmouth and the A.M. in Comparative Literature gave me exactly the excellent training I needed to pursue a Ph.D. in the field. I'm now a graduate student at Harvard University planning for an academic career and studying that which I hold most dear: literature and music.

Kathrin Spiller, ’10 wrote on February 1, 2011 - I have to say that the year of the Masters was a wonderful time. I've met so many great people and I am still stunned by the amazing academic environment that surrounded the program. Dartmouth itself is a wonderful place but the Comp Lit people were just unbelievable. The administrators were always there for us, the professors were also always available and you never got the feeling that there would be no one to ask for advice. I also loved to get the chance to meet Judith Butler, Homi Bhabha and Anne McClintock - something I never thought possible! I greatly miss my time as a Comp Lit Masters Student and only have fond memories of the program and all its wonderful people!!!

Raul Ariza-Barile, ’07 wrote on January 31, 2011 - Dartmouth was great for two things. First, of course, working with Monika Otter was a pleasure, and I feel fortunate to remain her friend and colleague. Her work has influenced my own scholarship in countless ways. The second was that it helped me realize how much of a comparatist I am: although I'm housed at an English department, my weird interests often drive me away from English (and England). (I should probably add a third one: I miss Baker Library enormously).

Submitted on November 25, 2009, Christina Stoltz wrote - A 2006 and 2007 graduate of Dartmouth College with a Masters in Comparative Literature, Christina M. Stoltz is a sexual/domestic violence and human trafficking specialist who works as both a shelter coordinator and a crisis intervention advocate in the United States, Russia, and Kyrgyzstan to implement crisis center reforms, to develop safe-house programs, and to organize international relief efforts.  Having served in administrative, research, and direct-service capacities at various crisis centers, shelters, and prisons in the United States and abroad, Christina collaborates with a diverse team of international medical practitioners, law enforcement officials, and crisis specialists to provide emergency resources and problem-solving assistance to victim-survivors of domestic and sexual violence.  Furthermore, as a policy analyst and educator in both the developed and developing worlds, Christina organizes steering groups and task teams which are committed to long-term academic solidarity initiatives: primarily, skills training workshops for youth and basic, post-basic, and continuing education seminars for teens and adults who are affected by the global economic crisis and, in turn, by their shifting societal roles.
As a 2008-2009 Fulbright scholar in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Christina utilized the innovative techniques and intervention methods she developed at the Women's Information Service ("WISE", Lebanon, NH), the Southeast State Correctional Facility (Windsor, VT), the Angel Coalition to Combat Human Trafficking (Moscow, RU), and the Sisters Sexual Assault Recovery Center (Moscow, RU) in her work as an emergency shelter coordinator at the Sezim Crisis Center (Bishkek, KG) and as a professor of Anthropology at the American University of Central Asia (Bishkek, KG).  Having completed her Fulbright research, Christina is currently preparing for publication a series of comparative analyses which outline the geopolitical and social implications of contemporary Russian and Central Asian gender-based violence advocacy, education reform, and community outreach.
Today, Christina serves as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the American University of Central Asia (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan) and as a regional expert for UNIFEM (Dushanbe, Tajikistan), where she consults on the organization and implementation of a pilot program to address issues of women’s personal safety and economic security in market places and at cross-border points throughout Central Asia.

On September 16, 2009 Jennifer Rowell, '08 wrote- Since graduating from the COLT Master's program in 2008, I have done several things. Immediately afterwards, I attended Middlebury's Summer Language Schools where I studied Portuguese after receiving the Kathryn Wasserman Davis Fellowship for Peace. Later, I taught English in Mexico, served as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Young Democrats Abroad of Mexico City, and survived swine flu thanks to good friends and a stock of masks. More recently, I accepted a position as a Junior Specialist (aka Editor) for a company called MacroSys that works for the U.S. Department of Transportation in Cambridge, MA. Thanks for keeping in touch, Jennifer

In August 2008, Katherine Hawkins, '96 - finished her Ph.D, lives in Philadelphia where she teaches yoga "till the munchkins go off to school. Life is beautiful."

Mary Brown, '98 - I'm still in the PhD program in Comp. Lit. at Berkeley, though I am not physically there at the moment. After passing my qualifying exams in 2003 and taking a year to put together a dissertation project, I am now spending a year in Paris on a Chateaubriand fellowship, researching and writing my dissertation on the exchanges between courtly poetry and the medieval encyclopedia at the end of the 13th century.

Lan Dong, '01 graduated from UMass in 2006 and is now teaching at the University of Illinois in Springfield. For her profile online, go to

Helen Pilinovsky, '02, continued her education at Columbia University, graduating in 2007 with the completion of her dissertation, “Fantastic Emigres: Translation and Acculturation of the Fairy Tale in a Literary Diaspora.” She is currently employed as an assistant professor at California State University, San Bernardino‚ English department, where she teaches courses on children‚ and young adult literature, fairy tales, folklore, and fantasy. She has guest-edited issues of Extrapolation and The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, has reviewed for Marvels & Tales, has published in Realms of Fantasy and The Journal of the Mythic Arts. She is the co-founder and academic editor of Cabinet des Fees, and she has articles forthcoming on postmodern fairy tales and retellings of Alice in Wonderland.

November 2008, Scott Wilson, '03 wrote — I live in Brooklyn with my wife, Shelly, and our 5 month old son, Rheinhart (we call him Hart). I teach Latin, English, and History at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in Manhattan. The courses I've taught over the past few years include Latin 1-5, AP Latin Literature, AP Latin Vergil, an English Elective on Classical Mythology, and a History Elective on Roman History.

My English and History courses are interdisciplinary in many respects, and I often draw from my training as a Comparative Literature student when designing curricula and lesson plans.  I try to incorporate literary theory into lessions in the mythology class (Barthes, Levi-Strauss, Psychoanalysis) whenever appropriate.

So yes, I put to practice much of what I learned as a Comp. Lit. graduate student at Dartmouth on a daily basis.  I am certainly grateful to Dartmouth and the Comparative Literature Master's Program for preparing me well.

August 2008 Allison Cook, '06 wrote - I am an Editor at Pearson Prentice Hall in Boston, a textbook publisher. I work mainly on Language Arts anthologies but also on Social Studies (primarily Government and Geography) and World Languages texts. My degree in Comparative Lit helps me tremendously in my work because of its very interdisciplinary approach: one day I might be editing a chapter on the history of government in Russia and the next day working with audio files for a beginner Spanish lesson. My time at Dartmouth helped me to be a better reader and my time as a teaching assistant improved my skills working with other people's writing, both of which are crucial in my job. I just bought a house just outside of Boston and am getting married in September.

July 2008 Genevieve Amaral, '07 wrote — After completing her M.A. in Comparative Literature at Dartmouth, Genevieve went on to spend a year teaching English in France and will be beginning a PhD in Comparative Literary Studies at Northwestern University in the Fall '08.

Genevieve credits her experience at Dartmouth with helping her reflect on and develop her own position on what "comparative literature" means.  She's grateful to the various faculty and staff at Dartmouth who helped her find this sense of direction, which in turn helped her select and apply to graduate schools and has given her a sense of her relation to academia, something which can be difficult to establish on one's own.

April 2008, Duncan Yoon, '07 wrote - My MA thesis is going to be published later this year by Cambridge Scholars Publishing Newcastle UK. It will be in a compilation of essays entitled: "REVOLUTIONS: Mapping Culture, Community and Change.

July 2009, Duncan is at UCLA getting his PhD in Comparative Literature.

Todd Foley, '07, is in the Ph.D. Program at NYU in East Asian Studies.

April 2010, Jason Lewallen, '07 wrote - After finishing the MA and working with the Rassias Foundation for a summer, I was hired as a French Lecturer at Baylor University.  I am currently enrolled in Stanford's PhD program in French.

Kate Paarlberg, '07, began working as a social worker in a program for pregnant families in downtown Kingston, New York. With the Spanish she practiced at Dartmouth, she works with Kingston's large population of undocumented immigrants. With the critical theory she practiced at Dartmouth, she connects her work to issues of race, class, and the development of gender in the modern urban landscape. Kate hopes to enroll in a PhD program next fall in Latin American Studies.

July 2008, Shalom Black Lane , '00, wrote - I am currently living in Indiana with my husband of two years, Adam.  I use my Comparative Literature degree every day, by helping children to value reading and writing, as well as high quality literature and poetry.  The research and writing skills I gained at Dartmouth--especially the ability to organize and edit my writing--have been enormously useful in writing grants and articles, and creating programming.  I've found that having the name "Dartmouth" on my resume has opened many doors for me, both in teaching positions related to my Com Lit major, and in my new filed of arts administration.  My path since graduating from Dartmouth ub 2000 has not run straight, but my time in the MA program certainly challenged me to become a better thinker and writer.

Last Updated: 6/5/14