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emilio Jesús Taiveaho Peláez

April 23, 2018

Degrees

  • 2017, BA Critical Studies in English Cultures, Literatures, and Film, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
  • 2017, BA Latin American Studies, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire

Bio

emilio Jesús Taiveaho Peláez is a first-generation migrant and a PhD. student—in that order—through the Department of English & Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. As both poet and scholar, their work engages the intersection of aesthetic experience and political discipline, blending critical, creative, and archival inquiry. Focusing on 20th-century hemispheric experimental poetry, their dissertation (tentatively titled Ojos de Hierba: Walt Whitman’s Children & the American Lyric) probes the shared literary and philosophical history of the Américas through the lens of Neobaroque aesthetics, tracing dissonant and dissident relations in the life and work of figures such as Federico García Lorca, Langston Hughes, Allen Ginsberg, Néstor Perlongher, and Cecilia Vicuña. emilio’s first book of poetry, landskips (words are a hard look), a latinX exploration of the sonics and optics of our contemporary American Landscapes, is forthcoming through The Concern Newsstand.


Publications:


Teaching Awards

  • Latina/o Studies Teaching Grant – 2020

Awards

  • 2017 – Present: Mellon Fellow

Kristján Hannesson

April 23, 2018

Degrees

MA in Comparative Literature, University of Iceland

BA in Comparative Literature, University of Iceland

Bio

Kristján studies problems of grace and cultural continuity in Renaissance literature.


Publications:

Hannesson, Kristján. “Making Sense of Form: The Semantic Implications of Structure in Petrarch’s Double Sestina.” MLN, vol. 135, no. 1, 2020, pp. 34-54.


Marcy Pedzwater

April 23, 2018

Degrees

2017, BA Literature, BA Spanish, University of North Carolina Asheville

Bio

Marcy Pedzwater studies twentieth and twenty-first century North and Latin American literature. Her current research focuses on the intersections of race, gender, and colonialism/imperialism in Post-dictatorship literature of the Americas. She is also interested in the function of memory, archive, and trauma in these texts. She teaches English 105, Spanish 105, and Spanish 203.


Publications:

  • Review of Forms of Dictatorship: Power, Narrative, and Authoritarianism in the Latina/o Novel, by Jennifer Harford Vargas, Chiricú, Fall 2019.
  • “Thinking with José Revueltas and Roberto Bolaño: Philosophical Literary Approaches to Latin America.” Review of José Revueltas y Roberto Bolaño: Formas genéricas de la experiencia by Alejandro Sánchez Lopera, A Contracorriente, vol. 15, no. 3, Spring 2018.
  •  “Not of this World: Divine Radical Inclusivity as a Foil to Worldly Wisdom in Flannery O’Connor’s The Violent Bear It Away,The Sigma Tau Delta Review, vol. 14, Sigma Tau Delta, Spring 2017.

Jewell Thomas

April 14, 2018

Degrees

2010, BA English, Washington University in St. Louis

Bio

At UNC-Chapel Hill, I study the development of Early Modern thought (roughly 1500 AD – 1700 AD) in England, France, and Italy with Reid Barbour and Jessica Wolfe. I combine traditional and computational research methods to try to understand how revolutionary changes in science and theology in this period were received and interpreted in the different national literary traditions.


Publications:

  • Ning, B., Ghoshal, S., Thomas, J.B. (2018). Bayesian Method for Causal Inference in High-Dimensional Time Series with Applications to Sales Data. Bayesian Analysis.
  • Chen, X., Irie, K., Banks, D., Haslinger, R., Thomas, J.B., West, M. (2017). Bayesian Dynamic Modeling and Analysis of Streaming Network Data. JASA.
  • Thomas, J.B., Brier, M.R., Ortega, M., Benzinger, T.L., Ances, B.M. (2015). Weighted brain networks in disease: centrality and entropy in human immunodeficiency virus and aging. Neurobiology of Aging.
  • Thomas, J.B.*, Brier, M.R.*, Bateman, R.J., Snyder, A.Z., etc. (2014). Functional connectivity in autosomal dominant and late-onset Alzheimer disease. JAMA Neurology. *Co-first authors
  • Thomas, J.B., Brier, M.R., Vaida, F.F., Snyder, AZ., Ances, BM. (2013). Pathways to Neurodegeneration: Effects of HIV and Aging on Resting State Functional Connectivity.
  • Duchek, J.*, Balota, D.*, Thomas, J.B.*, Morris, J., Ances, B.M. (2013). Loss of Intra-Network Resting State Functional Connections in the Default Mode Network Predicts Working Memory Performance Deficits. Neuropsychologia. *Co-first authors
  • Brier, M.R., Thomas, J.B., Ances, B.M. (2013). Functional connectivity and graph theory in preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease. Neurobiology of Aging.
  • Ances, B.M., Benzinger, T.L., Christensen J.J., Thomas, J.B., et al. (2012). C11 Imaging of Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Associated Neurocognitive Disorder. Archives of Neurology.
  • Wright, P.W., Heaps, J.M., Shimony, J.S., Thomas, J.B., Ances, B.M. (2012). The effects of HIV and combination antiretroviral therapy on white matter integrity. AIDS.
  • Wang, L., Roe, C., Snyder, A.Z., Brier, M.R., Thomas, J.B., Benzinger, T., Morris, J.C., Ances, B.M. (2012). Family History of Alzheimer’s Disease Impacts Resting-State Functional Connectivity in Cognitively Normal Individuals. Annals of Neurology, In Press.
  • Brier, M.R., Thomas, J.B., Snyder, A.Z., Benzinger, A.M., Zhang, D., Raichle, M., Holtzman, D.M., Morris, J.C., Ances, B.M. (2012). Loss of Intra- and Inter-Network Resting State Functional Connections with Alzheimer’s Disease Progression. Journal of Neuros
  • Wang, L., Brier, M.R., Snyder, A.Z., Thomas, J.B., Fagan, A.M., Xiong, C., Benzinger, T.L., Holtzman, D., Morris, J.C., Ances, B.M. (2013). Amyloid-β and Tau independently affect resting state functional connectivity in the default mode network of cognitively normal individuals. JAMA Neurology.
  • Arbelaez, A.M., Su, Y., Thomas, J.B., Ances, B.M., Hershey, T. (2013) Arterial Spin-Labeling Quantification of Cerebral Blood Flow in Euglycemia and Hypoglycemia.
  • Wang, L., Day, J., Roe, C.M., Brier, M.R., Thomas, J.B., Benzinger, T.L., Morris, J.C., Ances, B.M. (2013). The APOE ε4 Allele Modulates the Effect of Donepezil on Resting-State Functional Connectivity in Patients with AD. Alzheimer’s Disease and Associated Disorders.
  • Thomas, J.B., (2008). “Keble Rowing: A History,” in Keble: Past and Present. Third Millenium Publishing.

Awards

2017, PhD Merit Fellowship, UNC-Chapel Hill


Michael J. Clark

April 6, 2018

Degrees

2011, BA English, Colby College

Bio

I am a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature and a Graduate Teaching Fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill. As a comparatist, I’ve studied Italian, Spanish, ancient Greek, Latin, Old English, Irish, and French, and my research interests include Renaissance literature, the history of medicine, theater studies, translation studies, classical reception, writing center studies, and pedagogy.

My dissertation “Deceptive Medicine and (Dis)Trust in Renaissance Drama” examines interactions between patients and medical practitioners in English, Italian, and French Renaissance comedies. The project explores how questions of trust and distrust in medical authority are reflected and dramatized in Renaissance theater.

My cross-disciplinary teaching experience has included Italian language courses, first-year composition courses, and literature survey courses. I also served for four years as a coach at the UNC Writing Center, providing one-on-one writing feedback and sharing composition strategies with more than 1000 unique students.

When not teaching, writing, or conducting research, I like to travel the world and to sing in a local community chorus.


Teaching Awards

  • Erika Lindemann Teaching Award in Composition and Literature, 2019
  • Literature Teaching Award, 2016
  • Foreign Language Teaching Award, 2016
  • Engaged Instructor Award, 2015

Awards

  • Howell-Voitle Dissertation Award, 2020
  • McLendon-Thomas Award in the History of Medicine, 2018
  • Future Faculty Fellowship Program, 2017
  • Folger Shakespeare Library Grant-in-Aid, 2015

Curriculum Vitae / Resume