Columbia University Libraries’ Graduate Student Internship Program

2009-2010 Interns


Eliza Butler

Ph.D. Candidate
Art History & Archaeology

Eliza studies nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American art, with an emphasis on representations of American identity in photography and the built environment. She received her B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.A. in Art History from the University of Delaware.


Jean-Christophe Cloutier

Ph.D. Candidate
English & Comparative Literature

JC mostly works on twentieth-century literature, with an interest in popular forms such as film and comic books. Although he focuses on American texts, his research is transnational, involving Canadian and European authors. He also works as a translator, with recently published translations of pieces by Jean-Luc Nancy and Bernard Baas. He has presented papers on topics such as James Joyce, Ralph Ellison, Jack Kerouac, Star Wars, implantable prosthetic devices, Batman, old cowboys, and the history of comics. JC received a B.A. from Concordia University in Montreal, an M.A. from S.U.N.Y. Buffalo, and an M.A. from Columbia.


Anne Diebel

Ph.D. Candidate
English & Comparative Literature

Anne studies twentieth-century American fiction, with a focus on the history of professional authorship and the culture of publicity. She received her B.A. in English and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Daniella Diniz da Silva

Ph.D. Candidate
Spanish & Portuguese

Daniella’s research interests include intellectual history in Brazil and in Latin America, literary theory, the ideas of modernity and nation in Ibero-America at the turn of the twentieth-century, and the relationship between diplomats and literature in the early twentieth century. Daniella received her B.A. in Social Sciences from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ - Brazil) and an M.A. in Modern History of Brazil at Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF Niterói / Brazil).


Rob Fucci

Ph.D. Candidate
Art History & Archaeology

Rob specializes in the history of early printed images, both as book illustrations and as independent single-sheet works of art.  His research focus for doctoral study is seventeenth-century Dutch printmaking, and how these images transmitted religious, political, and social ideals to a broader audience.  His other interests include the history of science and the intersection of science and art in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.  Before starting graduate studies, he worked as a research assistant in a neuroscience lab at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.  Rob received his B.A. from Wesleyan University and M.A. from the University of Kansas.


April Holm

Ph.D. Candidate
History -- United States

April Holm is currently at work on her dissertation, “The Civil War in the Mainstream Evangelical Churches, 1837-1894.”  She specializes in nineteenth-century United States history with a particular interest in religion, sectionalism, abolition, and humanitarian movements.  April graduated from Reed College in 2003 with a B. A. in History and is the recipient of a Beinecke Scholarship and a Quinn Fellowship.


Casiana Ionita

Ph.D. Candidate

Casiana’s research interests include cultural history, media theory, and performance studies. She is currently working on the politics and aesthetics of censorship in the French Third Republic. She received her B.A. in Literature from Harvard and an M.A. in French from Columbia.


Allison Lyons

M.S. Candidate
Historic Preservation

After receiving a B.A. in European Studies from Scripps College in May 2006, Allison moved to Memphis to teach high school English with Teach for America. Most recently, Allison worked with the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission on a study of the green movement and sustainability in New York City's historic districts and buildings.  At Columbia, she is involved with Future Anterior, the journal of historic preservation theory.


Darragh Martin

Ph.D. Candidate
English & Comparative Literature – Theatre

Darragh works on Shakespeare and performance in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century, and on animals in theatre. He received his B.A. in English and Drama from Trinity College in his native Dublin. He is often found writing, directing or making something strange for a play.


Yuki Oda

Ph. D. Candidate
History -- United States

Yuki specializes in twentieth-century U.S. history, with an emphasis on immigration history. Yuki’s dissertation plans to focus on early to mid-twentieth century immigration policy, particularly on issues concerning family migration. Born in Japan, Yuki received his B.A. and M.A. in American Studies from the University of Tokyo before coming to Columbia as a Fulbright student in 2006.


Gregory Adam Scott

Ph. D. Candidate
Religion--Chinese Buddhism

Gregory's research focuses on modernity, nationalism and social engagement among Buddhists in Republican China. He received his B.A. from York University and his M.A. from the University of Toronto.


Daniel Talesnik

Ph.D. Candidate

Daniel studies nineteenth- and twentieth-century architectural history and theory; his interests include post-World War II Italy. He is a Chilean architect (PUC 2006) and holds a MS in Advance Architectural Design from GSAPP (CU 2008).


Tenny Thomas

Ph.D. Candidate
Union Theological Seminary, Theology & Early Church History

Tenny's work focuses on Ancient Languages (Greek, Hebrew, Latin and Syriac), Development of Christian Doctrine and History of Christianity in the first Millennium. His current research looks into the Monastic Literature of the Greek and Syriac world from the 4th – 8th centuries. He work as a consultant editor for the Research and Publishing department of the National Council of Churches. Tenny grew up in London and got his M. A. in Theology and Classics from the University of Cambridge and then graduated with an M. Phil in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford. Tenny also graduated with an S.T.M from Union Theological Seminary in 2006.


Jude Webre

Ph. D. Candidate
History -- United States

Jude studies twentieth-century U.S. cultural and intellectual history. His particular focus is on the history of American music and how it has been crafted, conceived, criticized, categorized, and lived to tell about it. He is also interested in the theory and practice of aesthetics as a transatlantic discourse, intersecting with questions of secularization, technology, property, democracy, and cultural politics. He received his B.A. in History from Columbia in 2007, and prior to that spent a decade devoted to the bass clef and all the musicians he has had the privilege to know.


Aaron Winslow

Ph.D. Candidate
English & Comparative Literature

Aaron currently studies twentieth-century American literature. His research areas include post-war avant-garde poetry and poetics, African American literatures, the political economy of literary production and distribution, and the intersection of literary movements and globalization. Aaron earned a BA from the College of Charleston (Charleston, SC) and a MA in English Literature from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


Mike Woodsworth

Ph.D. Candidate
History -- United States

Michael studies U.S. and Canadian history; his research interests include poverty and antipoverty programs, the welfare state, urban policy, and comparative nationalisms. Before coming to Columbia, he received his B.A. from McGill University, earned an M.A. in Journalism at NYU, and worked for several years as a newspaperman.