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Ethan Calof

Ethan Calof (they/them) is entering their fifth year in Vanderbilt’s English PhD program, and their fourth year in the Comparative Media Analysis and Practice (CMAP) program. Their research broadly focuses on questions of diaspora, queer history, and assimilation/de-assimilation into normative whiteness. In particular, they analyze how young, secular, potentially culturally disconnected, diasporic North Americans use the specific cultural, media, and technological forms of the long 21st century to situate their identities within a queer cultural genealogy and configure their relationships to North American white, heteropatriarchal hegemonies. Their 2019 Master’s thesis from the University of Victoria is titled "New Men for a New World: Reconstituted Masculinities in Jewish-Russian Literature (1903-1925)." Their 2020 Master’s thesis from Vanderbilt University is titled "‘On account of you I have no translator!’ Michael Chabon and Cynthia Ozick’s Literary Conceptions of Intergenerational Yiddishlands." They were a 2021-22 Mellon Graduate Student Fellow in Digital Humanities.