President and Graduate Caucus Board Representative
Nicole Lowman is working toward a PhD in English at the University at Buffalo. Her research interests lie in theories of subjectivity and self-making, psychoanalysis, and gender and queer theory. She is also the President of the Kurt Vonnegut Society.
Claire Sommers is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center, CUNY, where she also holds several administrative positions. She is the Deputy Coordinator of the Critical Theory Certificate, a program she created and for which she also wrote the curriculum. In addition, she is the Deputy Director of “Mapping Time,” an initiative offered in conjunction with New York Public Library that uses New York City history to teach archival and digital research techniques, and the Deputy Director of the Writers’ Institute. She also serves as the NeMLA Promotions and Exhibits Coordinator and NeMLA Professional Development Coordinator. Claire teaches English and Comparative Literature at Fordham, Hunter, and Baruch. Her dissertation examines various modes of hybridity as a reflection of the author’s creative process in Classical and English and French Renaissance literature.
Christian Ylagan is a 4th year PhD student in Comparative Literature at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. His primary research interest is on literary representations of postcolonial queer subjectivities, specifically how Filipino queerness emerges but ultimately diverges from its Spanish and American colonial roots. He has also published articles on diglossia in national literature, diasporic literature from the Philippines, and the ethics of postcolonial science fiction.