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Mark Firmani

Mark is a third-year graduate student working on a comparative American Studies dissertation that reads Arabic-language and U.S. cultural production engaging with the “war on terror,” the conflict in Iraq, and its ongoing aftermath(s). Central to his project is an interdisciplinary rethinking of the relationship between law and culture in the contemporary moment, especially as it relates to U.S. imperialism. He is also interested in genres/quasi-genres like the Gothic, the American Western, horror, and speculative fiction, portrayals of artificial intelligence in film & literature, and decolonial & Marxist theory. 

After graduating in 2013 with BAs (summa cum laude) in English and History from Quinnipiac University, he spent a year hiking in his home state of New Hampshire before living as a Fulbright scholar in Amman, Jordan, where he taught as the 7th- & 9th-grade English teacher at an UNRWA school for Palestinian boys. He is concurrently a JD student at Yale Law School (expected 2022) and looks forward to applying his cultural studies methodologies to legal scholarship.

Mark also co-coordinates the AmLit Reading Group with Kiana Murphy--please contact him if you'd like to be added to the listserv.

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