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Affiliated Graduate Students

Suvendu Ghatak is a PhD student in the English department at the University of Florida. His research focuses on the intersection of nineteenth century studies, medical humanities and postcolonial studies, with specific interest in how constellating medical maps and literary realism enable new analyses of the cities of the British Empire.

Mitch R. Murray is a PhD candidate in the English Department at the University of Florida, where he also organized the Marxist Reading Group for five years. His dissertation, The Art of Genre: The Künstlerroman in Contemporary American Fiction, explores the contemporary confluence of  the artist novel and speculative fiction. With Mathias Nilges, he is co-editor of Periodizing the Future: William Gibson, Genre, and Cultural History (U of Iowa Press). His work appears or is forthcoming in ASAP/Journal, Mediations, and Science Fiction Film and Television.

Amanda Rose is a PhD student in the English Department at the University of Florida. Her research focuses on contemporary speculative fiction and how cultural and environmental dissonances within the genre relate to the postmodern spatial turn.

Deepthi Siriwardena is a PhD student in the Department of English at the University of Florida. She researches postcolonial studies, empire studies, and women’s studies, post-structuralism, and the latter’s intersection with Buddhist thought.

Fi Stewart-Taylor is a PhD student in the Department of English. A member of the Marxist Reading Group, she has research and teaching interests in critical theory and pedagogy, popular and visual culture, and feminist and queer theory.

Affiliated Alumni

Kelly Beck graduated with her PhD in English from the University of Florida in 2019. Her areas of interest include Detective /Crime Fiction, British literature, visual and print culture.

Derrick King graduated with his PhD in the English from the University of Florida in 2018. His dissertation, “Forms of Crisis: Realism and Science Fiction in the 21st Century,” investigated how contemporary forms of realism and science fiction give expression to economic, ecological, biogenetic, and exclusionary crises. Derrick’s publications include articles in the journals The South Atlantic Review, Extrapolation, Cinephile, and MOSF Journal of Science Fiction, and a book chapter in Critical Insights: Civil Rights Literature, Past and Present.