gender studies

Alice E.M. Underwood

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Alice entered the Ph.D. program in Comparative Literature in Fall 2012. She is interested in intersections of poetics, sexuality, and political resistance in twentieth-century narrative prose, particularly in Russia and Latin America. Queer theory, postmodernist thought and aesthetics, and the Frankfurt School have influenced her approach to the study of literature. 


"Masks of Opposition: Is Pussy Riot a Drag?" Panel presentation at “Pussy Riot: Performance, Protest, and the Russian State.” Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Stanford University, 2012. 


Fluent: Russian, Spanish

Reading: Portuguese, French, Czech






A.B. from Harvard University, 2011. Magna cum laude with highest honors from the Department of Slavic Literatures and Cultures; secondary field in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. 

Undergraduate Thesis: “Rights on Parade: The Russian LGBT Community’s March Toward Equality," 2011. Slavic Department Best Undergraduate Thesis Prize; Eugene Cummings Award for Thesis on LGBT Topics, Honorable Mention. 

Sarah Wilson

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Focal Group(s): 
Humanities Education
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Dartmouth College Bachelors in Russian and Government cum laude, 2008. Honors Thesis: Victor Pelevin's Feminist Polemic. Awards: ORL Senior Scholar, Cloise Appleton Crane Prize, Pray Modern Language Prize in Russian


Natalie Rouland


Dissertation Title: "Ballet and the Imperial Body in Russian Literature, 1851-1895"

M.A. Thesis Title: "Feminine Filiation and the Absent Addressee in Tsvetaeva's 'Podruga' Cycle"


Fellowships and Grants:

  • Kennan Institute Short-Term Scholar Grant, 2009.
  • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship. St. Petersburg, 2008-2009.
  • Stanford Humanities Center Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellowship. Stanford University, 2007-2008.
  • Kathryn R. Davis Travel Grant. AAASS National Graduate Student Award, 2008.
  • Stanford CREEES Research Travel Grant. St. Petersburg, 2006.
  • Stanford Graduate Research Opportunity Grant. St. Petersburg, 2006.
  • Wellesley College Knafel Traveling Fellowship. “In Search of Tsvetaeva: Translation and the Experience of Exile in Moscow, Prague, Berlin, and Paris,” 2001-2002.
  • IIE Fulbright Fellowship. “Anna Akhmatova and Marina Tsvetaeva: A Comparative Study of Silver Age Poets.” Affiliated with Russian State Humanities University. Moscow, 2000-2001.

Selected Conference Papers:

  • “Project of the Contemporary Ballet: Saltykov-Shchedrin on Saint-Léon’s 'The Golden Fish,'” November 2008 (American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies).
  • “Tolstoy and the Prism of Realism: Images of the Russian Imperial Ballet,” Stanford University, April 2008 (Stanford Humanities Center).
  • “Estrangement, Enchantment, and Other Tricks of the Trade, Or Tolstoy’s Modernist Take on Ballet,” Princeton University, October 2007 (“Magic, Russian Modernism, and the Avant-garde” Symposium).
  • “The Representation of Ballet in Early Tolstoy,” Stanford University, April 2006 (California Slavic Colloquium).
  • “Echoes of Empire: Russian Self-Representation in Petrushka,” Miami University, October 2006 (Havighurst International Young Researchers Conference).
  • “Feminine Filiation and the Absent Addressee in Tsvetaeva’s Podruga Cycle,” University of California at Berkeley, April 2005 (California Slavic Colloquium).

Languages: English, Russian, Czech, French, German.


2000: B.A., Wellesley College, English and Russian (with honors)

Michaela Hulstyn

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Office Hours: 
by appointment
Focal Group(s): 
Philosophy and Literature

conference papers

“The Self and Other in Pain: From Valéry’s Thought Experiment to Delbo’s Embodied Reality,” Representing Genocide and Civil Conflict in Nonfiction Narrative, Modern Language Association Conference, Boston 2013

"Becoming the Female Subject: Metamorphosis of the 'Cochonne' in Darrieussecq's Truismes" The Influence of Simone de Beauvoir’s Writings on Following Generations of French Women Writers, Modern Language Association Conference, Boston 2013

“Boris Vian and the Jazz Novel” Johns Hopkins French Graduate Student Conference, “Normes et Formes,” October 2011, Johns Hopkins University

“Primal Listening: Lyotard, Nancy and the Limits of the (In)human” The 20th/21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium, April 2011, University of San Francisco

awards and distinctions

Taube Center for Jewish Studies Grant Recipient (2012) for research in Paris on Holocaust memoirs

Peter Rotter Essay Prize (2010) Paper title: “Listening to Smothered Words: Lyotard’s Aesthetics and the Holocaust Narrative” 

UCLA Library Prize for Undergraduate Research (2009) Paper title: “The Algeria Syndrome, or ‘Writing in Flight’: Land, Language and Self through the Autobiographical Lens of Assia Djebar and Hélène Cixous”

Martin-Turrill Best Essay Award – UCLA Fr/Francophone Dept. (2009) Paper Title: “La venue à l’inhumain : Néant et Force, Une etude de l’inexprimable tel qu’il est examiné par Jean-François Lyotard et Hélène Cixous”

classes taught

First-year French: French 1, French 2, French 3 (Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012)

Second-year French: French 21C (Fall 2012) 


French, Arabic 


Summer 2011: Institut d’études Françaises d’Avignon, Avignon, France 

2006-2010: B.A. in French, B.A. in Comparative Literature, summa cum laude, University of California at Los Angeles, departmental and university honors 

2007-2008: l’Université de Lyon II, direct exchange, Lyon, France                            


Carolyn Springer

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135 Pigott Hall
650 723 1531

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Professor Carolyn Springer came to Stanford in 1985 after receiving a Ph.D. in Italian language and literature from Yale University. She has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities / American Academy in Rome, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies / Villa I Tatti, the Ford Foundation, and the Fulbright Foundation. Her research has focused primarily on Renaissance and nineteenth-century literature and cultural history. She has published articles and reviews in Annali d’italianistica, Boundary 2: A Journal of Postmodern Literature, Canadian Journal of Italian Studies, Forum Italicum, GRADIVA: International Journal of Literature, The International Journal of the Humanities, Italian Quarterly, The Italianist, Italica (Journal of the American Association of Italian Studies), Modern Language Studies, NEMLA Italian Studies, Quaderni d’italianistica, Renaissance Quarterly, Sixteenth Century Journal, Stanford Italian Review, Versus: Quaderni di studi semiotici, Woman’s Art Journal, The Wordsworth Circle, and Yale Italian Studies.  Professor Springer’s books include The Marble Wilderness: Ruins and Representation in Italian Romanticism, 1775-1850 (Cambridge University Press, 1987; reprinted in paperback, 2010); Immagini del Novecento italiano (Macmillan, coeditors Pietro Frassica and Giovanni Pacchiano); and History and Memory in European Romanticism (special issue of Stanford Literature Review).  Her latest book, Armour and Masculinity in the Italian Renaissance, appeared in 2010 with University of Toronto Press.


Ph.D., Italian Language and Literature, with Distinction

Yale University

M.A., Italian Language and Literature

Yale University

B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
College of Letters,
Wesleyan University

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