Welcome to your weekly UIC English grad student news digest.
Vicki Bolf, Graduate Studies Program Coordinator
Meet the 2021 Cohort!
For the rest of the summer, we'll be introducing a few of the Fall 2021 cohort every week.
Rana Awwad is a Muslim Palestinian American, raised in the southern suburbs of Chicago. She received her Bachelor of Arts from UIC in 2019 and her Master of Arts from the University of Chicago in 2020. She currently works as an English tutor and does freelance writing and editing. Her hobbies include playing Animal Crossing, watching copious amounts of television, and being the subaltern who speaks.
Rana’s research pertains to nineteenth-century Anglophone fiction—Gothic literature in particular—pursued through a post-colonial lens. She combines elements of literary analysis and literary memoir to create a new understanding of the presence of characters of color within the traditions of Gothic literature and post-colonialism.
Lauren Keeley worked as a high school English teacher in Lille, France for a year after her undergraduate and then as a communications writer at a large health care data company in Boston. In her spare time, she can usually be found exploring art museums, taking long walks along the harbor, or trying (and failing) to find someone to speak French with her.
Lauren completed her BA in English with a minor in French from Boston College in 2018. She looks forward to living in a new city and being around those who similarly value critical thinking and sustained academic study. Her research interests include critical disability studies, biopolitics, medical humanities, and visual arts.