Resume

ALEXANDRA MAGEARU

EDUCATION
Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (with an Emphasis in Feminist Studies), UC Santa Barbara, September 2018, Ph.D. thesis: “Senses of Vulnerability: Gender, Embodiment, and Dis-Orientation from the Algerian War to the War in Iraq.”

M.A. in Comparative Literature, UC Santa Barbara, June 2013, MA Thesis: “Nomadic Imaginaries: Figurations of the Female Body in Movement in Contemporary French and Francophone Narratives.”

M.A. in Photographic History and Practice, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, September 2010, MA Thesis: “Beyond the Cotton Wool: Virginia Woolf, Photography and Autobiography”

B.A. in American Studies (with a Minor in German), Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Bucharest, June 2009, BA Thesis: “Transgressing the Assumptions of Hegemonic Discourse: Magical Realism in the Fiction of Sherman Alexie and Louise Erdrich.”

WORK EXPERIENCE
  • Freelance Writer and Editor, Cleveland, Ohio (September 2019–present).
  • Adjunct Faculty, the Comparative Literature Program, UC Santa Barbara (September 2018–August 2019).
  • Teaching Associate and Teaching Assistant, UC Santa Barbara (September 2011–June 2018).
  • Assistant Editor, De Gruyter’s Culture and Conflict Series (Summer 2015).
  • French Language Instructor, UC Santa Barbara (September 2012–December 2013).
  • Editor-in-chief, The Caterpillar Chronicles, a creative writing magazine (January 2011–September 2011).
  • English Language Instructor, Bell Language School, Bucharest (September 2010–August 2011).
  • Assistant Editor, [Inter]sections, The American Studies Journal at the University of Bucharest (September 2008–September 2010).
  • English Language Instructor, International House, Bucharest (September 2008–June 2009).
VOLUNTEERING EXPERIENCE
  • Research Analyst, InterReligious Task Force on Central America and Colombia (January 2020- present).
  • Administrative Volunteer and ESL Mentor, US Together (December 2019–present).
  • ESL Teaching Assistant, Migration and Refugee Services, Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland (August 2019–present). 
  • Graduate Mentor, Critical Intersections: An Undergraduate Research Conference, University of California, Santa Barbara (September 2012–September 2015).
  • Fund Raising Volunteer, World Vision, Bucharest, Romania (2008–2009).
COMMUNITY-BASED TEACHING
  • Displacement: The Literature of Forced Migration, Literary Cleveland (April–June 2020)
  • Professional Development ESL, Migration ad Refugee Services, Catholic Charities (February 2020–present)
UNIVERSITY TEACHING EXPERIENCE, UC SANTA BARBARA
Adjunct Faculty
Comparative Literature 100: Introduction to Comparative Literature, Spring 2019.
Comparative Literature 101: Literary and Critical Theory, Winter 2019.
Comparative Literature 100: Introduction to Comparative Literature, Fall 2018.
Comparative Literature 36: Global Humanities and Human Rights Discourses, Fall 2018.

Graduate Instructor
Comparative Literature 33: Postcolonial African Women’s Writing, Summer 2017.
Comparative Literature 100: Comparative Existentialism, Winter 2017.
Comparative Literature 113: War, Imperialism, and Trauma, Summer 2016.
German 164E: Franz Kafka, Summer 2015.
French 50CX: Queer Attachments, Summer 2014.

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Black Studies 33: African Literatures, Fall 2017.
Comparative Literature 35: The Making of the Modern World, Spring 2017.
Black Studies 33: African Literatures, Fall 2016.
Global 130: Global Economy and Development, Winter 2016.
Global 110: Global Ethics and Culture, Fall 2015.
Comparative Literature 30C: Major Works of European Literature, Spring 2016.
Comparative Literature 30B: Major Works of European Literature, Winter 2015.
English 104B: British and Anglophone Literature and Culture, 1900 to present, Spring 2015.
English 103B: Nineteenth Century British Literature, Fall 2014.

Reader, Comparative Literature
Comparative Literature 171: Post-Colonial Cultures, Winter 2018.

Language Instructor, French and Italian Department
French 2: Elementary French, Winter 2013.
French 1: Elementary French, Summer 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2012.

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS
“Torture and Traumatic Dehiscence: Jean Améry and Frantz Fanon on Vulnerability.”
Phenomenology of the Broken Body, edited by Espen Dahl, Cassandra Falke and Thor Eirik
Eriksen. Routledge, 2019.

“A Phenomenological Reading of Gendered Racialization in Arab Muslim American Women’s
Cultural Productions.” The Comparatist, Vol. 42, 2018.

“The Transversalization of Wildness: Queer Desires and Nonhuman Becomings in Djuna Barnes'
Nightwood.” Ecosophical Aesthetics: Art, Ethics and Ecology with Guattari, edited by Colin
Gardner and Patricia McCormack, Bloomsbury, 2018.

SELECTED CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION
“Teaching Palestinian Women’s Literature in the U.S. Classroom” (Panel Organizer), NWSA,
November 2018, Atlanta.

“Dis-Orientation: Muslim Arab American Women Deconstruct Gendered Racialization,” NWSA,
November 2018, Atlanta.

“Figuring Precariousness in Arab-American Women’s Antiwar Poetry,” ASA, November 2018,
Atlanta.

“State Sovereignty and the Racialized Body in the War on Crime and the War on Terror,” NWSA,
November 2017, Baltimore.

“Phenomenologies of Migration in Two Muslim Novels by Leila Aboulela and Mohja Kahf,”
ACLA, July 2017, Utrecht University.

“Islam, Cultural Translation and Embodied Reorientation in Leila Aboulela's The Translator,” The
6th Annual Islamic Studies Graduate Student Conference: Identity, Memory & Diaspora,
May 2016, UC Santa Barbara.

“The French Nation-State and Its Orientalized Islamic Other: Fantasies of Islamization in Michel
Houellebecq’s Soumission,” IES and Social Science Matrix Conf.: A Polarizing Europe:
Identity, Aesthetics and Radicalism in the Post WWII Era, April 2016, UC Berkeley.

“Precarious Labor: British Immigrant Literature,” The Humanities and Changing Conceptions of
Work, May 2014, UC Berkeley.

COURSES, TRAINING WORKSHOPS AND CERTIFICATES
  • TESOL 120-hour Course provided by iTTT. Certificate obtained on January 7, 2020.
  •  Human Rights: The Rights of Refugees, Amnesty International. Certificate obtained on November 13, 2019.
  • International Migrations: A Global Issue, taught by Catherine Withol de Wenden, Institut d’Études Politique. Certificate obtained on September 8, 2019.
  • Refugee 101 and Volunteering with Refugees, Migration and Refugee Services, Catholic Charities, Cleveland, Ohio (July 20, 2019).
  • Elementary and Intermediate Arabic Courses, Qalam wa Lawh, Rabat, Morocco. Certificate      obtained on September 12, 2016.
  • French Language, Advanced Level, Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne, Paris, France. Certificate obtained on August 29, 2012.
LANGUAGES
  • Romanian: native fluency;
  • English: near-native fluency;
  • French: advanced;
  • Spanish: intermediate;
  • German: intermediate;
  • Arabic: elementary.
OTHER SKILLS
  • Computer knowledge: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe In-Design, Microsoft Office.
  • Creative skills: photography, illustration, graphic design, writing and editing.
  • Personal skills: Good written and verbal communication skills; Well organized and detail-oriented; Creative and critical thinking; Responsible and reliable; Strong work ethic; Social awareness; Initiative, ideas, motivation.