Mayra Cano completed her Ph.D. in English at the University of Notre Dame, with minors in Gender Studies and Screen Cultures. Her research centers on the intersection between Latinx Studies, queer theory, and media studies. Her work seeks to theorize alternative forms of looking, memory, and being, which allow us to conceptualize identity beyond settler-colonial understandings of the self.
Dong Hwan (Alex) Chun examines the various ways in which early modern poets, especially John Milton, attempted to converse with the ancients. In particular, he looks at how literary productions of Renaissance humanists were influenced and shaped by their discourse with classical authors as well as by contemporary cultural interactions. Intrigued by the readiness with which Renaissance humanists negotiated with the classics, he reads early modern literary works by interrogating how humanist scholars contended with the classics for various political, aesthetic, and cultural reasons. He explores how they playfully and sometimes anxiously collaborated with classical authors to produce dynamic systems of meanings that spoke to early modern worldviews and socio-political conditions. He taught for the university's Writing Program for two semesters and served as an editorial assistant for Spenser Studies for a year. He worked as a copy-editor for the book review team at Religion & Literature and was its Managing Editor with Nicholas Babich. He was also a graduate fellow at the Nanovic Institute for two years, and he is now a postdoctoral research fellow at the Navari Center for Digital Scholarship. He is scheduled to teach Latin at the Westville Correctional Facility through the Moreau College Initiative program at Holy Cross College (Notre Dame, IN).
Arpit completed his M.Phil. at the Department of English, University of Delhi where his dissertation engaged with the English coffee-house culture of the long-eighteenth century via an evaluative critique of Habermas' historical and theoretical enquiries into the concept of a rational-critical public sphere. His dissertation engages with literary texts that emerge from the extended world of eighteenth century sociability - a plethora of pamphlets, periodicals, poetry - as social, political documents that bring together a diversity of discourses.
Jennifer Birkett is a Postdoctoral Fellow with Shakespeare at Notre Dame. She researches early modern drama with a specific interest in terms of endearment and the relationship between text and performance. Her scholarship characteristically magnifies quirky details and contradictions in order to arrive at new affordances. She is deeply committed to empowering female voices within dramatic narratives and combatting gender inequality by championing mutuality and solidarity.While a graduate student at Notre Dame, Jennifer worked as a managing editor for the Religion & Literature journal, co-directed the Early Modern Circle, and served as Social and Professionalization chairs for EGSA. She has taught multiple sections of Writing and Rhetoric, Shakespeare and Performance, and Intro to Film and Television.