Pelin Kivrak entered the PhD program in Comparative Literature in 2012 after spending a year in Istanbul as part of the creative team at the Museum of Innocence. Her dissertation, tentatively entitled Imperfect Cosmopolitanisms, examines the relations that several late twentieth-century novelists and filmmakers from the Near East bear to the concepts of cosmopolitanism and hospitality. Her broader research and teaching interests include realism and visual culture, modern and contemporary fiction, intellectual history of the 20th century, history of feminism and the study of the novel. She was the recipient of the MacMillan International Dissertation Fellowship and spent an academic year (2016-2017) conducting research in Istanbul, Tehran and Paris. Kivrak is a fellow at the MLA Connected Academics Program in New York this year. She holds a BA degree in Literature from Harvard University.
Critical Theory and Philosophy; Cultural History; Fiction; Film; Literary Theory; Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures
French, German, Ottoman, Persian, Spanish, Turkish
M.Phil. Comparative Literature, Yale University, 2015
M.A. Comparative Literature, Yale University, 2015
B.A. Literature, Harvard University, 2011