My research interests include the theory and practice of teaching literature, and the phenomenology of reading–what happens in the encounter between readers and texts, and its effects.
Ph.D. English & Comparative Literature, Columbia University (Feb. 2018)
M.A. English & Comparative Literature, Columbia University (May 2012)
B.A. English and Growth & Structure of Cities, Bryn Mawr College (May 2010)
Nicole Gervasio is a Ph.D. Candidate in English & Comparative Literature with a certificate in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Columbia University. Using postcolonial, feminist, and queer frameworks, her research explores collective trauma, genocide, political violence, human rights, and state repression in contemporary Anglophone, Hispanophone, and Francophone literature from the Global South. Her dissertation, “Arts of the Impossible: Remembering Political Repression in Today’s Decolonial Literatures,” examines the innovative methods by which descendants and witnesses of genocide and dictatorship across the Global South have represented unimaginable political violence. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a B.A. in English and Growth & Structure of Cities and has received Beinecke, Javits, Mellon Mays, and Mellon Interdisciplinary Fellowships. A 2015-16 Public Humanities Fellow at Humanities New York, she is founder of the Kaleidoscope Project, a not-for-profit, diversity-based contemporary literature and creative writing workshop for teens in New York City.