MemberAntonio Luciano Tosta

…Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Brown University
M.A., Comparative Literature, Brown University
M.A., Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, Brown University
M.A., Comparative Literature, State University of New York at Buffalo
Graduate Diploma, Higher Education Methodology, Faculdade de Educação da Bahia
Licenciatura, English (undergraduate degree with emphasis on teaching) , Universidade Federal da Bahia
B.A., English (Letras), Universidade Federal da Bahia…
…ty of Brazilian Cinema.” Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (Canada: The Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies) 38/1 (2013): 17-34.
“The Other as Self or Other? “Latinidade” and the Politics of Identification in Brazuca Novels.” Gávea-Brown (Brown University – Providence, RI, USA) XXXIV-XXXV.2012-2013 (2012): 301-322.
“Modern and Postcolonial? Oswald de Andrade’s Antropofagia and the Politics of Labeling.” Romance Notes 51.2 (2011): 217-26.
“Lyrics and Voice: Resistance and Citizenship in the Songs of Ilê Aiyê and Olodum.&#822…

Luciano Tosta is Associate Professor of Brazilian Literature and Culture at the University of Kansas. Before joining the faculty at KU, he taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During his graduate studies at Brown University, Dr. Tosta taught at Harvard University, Boston University, and Rhode Island College. He received Harvard University’s Certificate of Distinction and Excellence in Teaching, and featured on the University of Illinois’s List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent. In Brazil he taught at the Federal and State Universities of Bahia.

MemberDorin Smith

…Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island)

Ph.D. in English, Expected May 2019

Committee: Philip Gould (Chair), Paul Armstrong, Branka Arsić, Stuart Burrows


California State University, Long Beach (Long Beach, California)

M.A. in English, August 2013

Committee: Paul Gilmore (Chair), Jeffrey High, Frederick Wegener


University of California, San Diego (La Jolla, California)

B.A. in Literatures in English and Philosophy, June 2008…

Dorin Smith is a PhD candidate in English at Brown University. His work has been published in or is forthcoming from The Henry James Review, Postmodern Culture, and ESQ. His research focuses on the intersections of the novel and history of science in the US during the long nineteenth century. Currently, he is finishing his dissertation, Fictional Brains: Reflecting on Necessity in American Naturalism, 1797-1910, a project which examines how materialist models of cognition, developed within nineteenth-century neuroscience, biology, and psychology, prefigure the formal possibilities of the novel in America to plot the contradictions of narrative reflection and storyworld necessity.

MemberMichael Saman

My research focuses on German literary and intellectual history of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and on intersections of German and Africana intellectual culture.
My current work in progress includes a book manuscript on classical German thought in W.E.B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk; studies of the reception of Kant in Goethe’s late literary and scientific work; a study of intertextuality and systemic closure in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit; a comparative methodological study of the thought of Goethe and of Lévi-Strauss; and a contextualization of the work of Kraftwerk within postwar German politics and aesthetics.
I have been a fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Fulbright Foundation, and have taught at Princeton University, UCLA, Brown University, the College of William & Mary, and the College of the Holy Cross.

MemberBrigitte Stepanov

Brigitte Stepanov is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow with the Department of French and Arabic at Grinnell College. Her research interests include Francophone studies, North and Sub-Saharan African literature and visual culture, and postcolonial studies. She holds a PhD in French Studies from Brown University. Her dissertation, “In-Human: Visions of Cruelty in Twentieth and Twenty-First-Century French and Francophone Texts,” explored excessive forms of violence in warfare and their representation in fiction and visual media. Her current book project continues to focus on representations of atrocity in French, Rwandan, and Maghrebi literature and cinema, arguing that the concept of cruelty is fundamental to any discussion of political instability, war, and crimes against humanity. This work more broadly examines the evolution of warfare over the last eighty years in addition to shifting conceptions of the human in the face of universal manifestations of violence.

MemberJeffrey A. Becker

Jeffrey Becker is a Mediterranean archaeologist. Becker has held teaching positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The College of William & Mary, Boston University, McMaster University, the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University, and the University of Mississippi. Additionally, Becker served as Acting Director of the Ancient World Mapping Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is an Associate Editor of the Pleiades Project and contributing editor for Etruscan and Roman art at Becker is a veteran of archaeological fieldwork in Italy, notably on the Palatine Hill in Rome with Clementina Panella and the University of Michigan’s project at Gabii in Central Italy. He is currently a part-time lecturer in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies at Binghamton University – SUNY. At Binghamton, he teaches courses in Mediterranean archaeology and Graeco-Roman art history.