Kristján Hannesson

April 23, 2018


2011, MA Comparative Literature, University of Iceland

2008, BA Comparative Literature, University of Iceland


Kristjan studies Renaissance comic literature and its role in thinking through problems of grace and cultural continuity in the Renaissance.

Michael J. Clark

April 6, 2018


2011, BA English, Colby College


Michael J. Clark is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill who specializes in Renaissance drama. In his dissertation, Michael examines how trust and distrust between patients and physicians are depicted in Italian, English, and French Renaissance comedy.

As a comparatist, Michael has studied Italian, Spanish, ancient Greek, Latin, Old English, and Irish, but his primary literatures are English and Italian. His research interests include Renaissance literature, the history of medicine, classical reception, performance studies, translation studies, and pedagogy.

At UNC, Michael’s teaching experience has been cross-disciplinary and has included Italian language courses, first-year composition courses, and introductory literature courses. In addition to these teaching responsibilities, Michael has served as a coach at the UNC Writing Center.

When not teaching, writing, or conducting research, Michael likes to travel and to sing.

Teaching Awards

  • Literature Teaching Award, 2016
  • Foreign Language Teaching Award, 2016
  • Engaged Instructor Award, 2015


  • Future Faculty Fellowship Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2017