The Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journal

A Premier Humanities Research Journal at the University of California, Berkeley

Author Biographies

Grant Glass is a recent graduate of the continuing education program at Harvard University, where he studied Humanities with a focus on literature. He currently is studying in the master’s program at Harvard extension school. He is currently writing about digital mediums and their influences on identity creation and culture.

Eugene Kwon is a recent graduate of Washington University in St. Louis where he majored in the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities and Japanese Language & Literature. He is currently living in South Korea, preparing to serve in the military as an interpreting officer. In the meantime, he plans to enjoy the last minutes of his freedom by working as a docent at the Paik Art Center and hanging out at the Cinematheque Seoul.

Alice Maglio is a recent graduate of Georgetown University where she majored in Comparative Literature with a focus in Arabic and Italian lit. Her future research plans will address Italophone literature and Arabic travel writing.

Autumn Murphy is a junior at the University of Kentucky. She majors in English and History while also minoring in Hispanic Studies. She is currently a Gaines Fellow for the Humanities and the President of UK Mock Trial. She enjoys rock climbing and is thrilled to be following a vegan lifestyle. In the future, she hopes to research popular consciousness of animal rights within the purview of nineteenth-century American literature.

Mitchell Perry is a third year English major at Clark University with a concentration in global culture. He is particularly interested in exploring the shift from modern to postmodern modes of thought through the lens of cognitive studies.

Cassandra Euphrat Westion studies Literature at Harvard University, with a secondary field in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Her academic and personal interests center around literature as resistance; to this end, she spends most of her time in and out of class writing, performing, organizing, and writing about spoken word poetry. Her senior thesis will compare English-language spoken word and the oral performance of Arabic poetry.

Esther Yu is a recent graduate of the University of Chicago, where she majored in English Literature and East Asian Studies. She has just begun a Masters at the University of Virginia, with a focus on 20th century American literature. Her interests range over a wide variety of topics, including race, migration, food culture, and pop culture (including, of course, Jackie Chan!).