Department News

September 4, 2020
“Are you a Yale undergraduate student interested in attending graduate school or professional school? The Yale Graduate-Undergraduate Mentorship Initiative invites you to browse our Mentor database, which pairs Yale undergraduate students with postdoc, graduate student, and professional student mentors in a wide range of fields. So far, the Initiative has recruited more than 150 mentors in almost every professional school/graduate school department at Yale.   An experienced mentor can make all...
September 1, 2020
We are pleased to announce that our very own Ayten Tartici has been awarded the 2020 American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Emerging Voices Fellowship. In response to the severe economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,  the program is designed to identify and assist a vanguard of scholars whose voices, perspectives, and broad visions will strengthen institutions of higher education and humanistic disciplines in the years to come. Ayten will spend the 2020-21 academic year as a...
August 20, 2020
Are you a Yale graduate/professional school student or postdoctoral fellow at Yale interested in mentoring an undergraduate? The Yale Graduate-Undergraduate Mentorship Initiative invites you to submit a profile to our database to pair Yale undergraduate students with postdoc, graduate student, and professional student mentors from a wide range of fields.   We hope that through these valuable mentorship relationships, mentors will be able to impart valuable advice onto curious, driven...
August 12, 2020
We are proud to announce Shaj Mathew has won the New Literary History’s 2020 Ralph Cohen Prize. Click here to read the announcement. Shaj is elated and starts his new position as an Assistant Professor of English this fall at Trinity University, San Antonio. Cheers to you Shaj!
July 17, 2020
We are delighted to announce that our alumna, Masha Shpolberg, will be starting as an Assistant Professor of Film Studies at UNC–Wilmington in Fall 2020. Masha’s research focuses on global documentary and Russian and Eastern European cinema, with a special interest in feminist, ecological, and labor aesthetics. Her first book, Labor in Late Socialism: The Cinema of Polish Workers’ Unrest 1968-1981, argues that cinema played a crucial role in the formation of the Polish “Solidarity”...
July 17, 2020
Linday Stern, PhD student at Yale’s Comparative Literature Department and author of The Study of Animal Languages. A Novel, has published “What Can Bonobos Teach Us About the Nature of Language” in Smithsonian Magazine, July 2020. The essay tells the story of the paleontologist Sue Savage-Rumbaugh and her controversial work with primates at the Iowa Primate Learning Sanctuary at Des Moines in the years 2006 to 2013. See the article here.
June 25, 2020
Hsin-Yuan Peng  Comparative Literature & Film and Media Studies, Meteorology by Cinematic Means: Aesthetics and Epistemology of Weather Images Hsin-Yuan Peng’s research focuses on the use of moving image technologies by Japanese meteorologists Abe Masanao, Nakaya Ukichirō, and their European colleagues. She argues that scientific visualization of weather is a complex act of construction rather than passive documentation. By analyzing meteorological filmmaking it is possible to imagine a...