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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Alexandra O'Connell

Graduate Student

PhD Student and Teaching Assistant



400 Hall of Languages


  • Degree: Began PhD program in 2017
  • Concentration: 20th-century American Literature
  • Advisor: Harvey Teres (Director of Graduate Studies)

Alexandra is a first year PhD student whose research and teaching interests center on twentieth-century American literature, and the complex, interwoven representations of race, class, gender, and sexuality throughout this literature. Some of her research interests include the presence of gendered silence and subalternity in narrative, the role of empathy in character construction and readership, contemporary feminist debates concerning sex and gender binaries and intersections, female figures of madness and reclusiveness, genealogies across narratives, and how disruptions of temporality and spatiality function within narrative structures. She is also interested in queer theory, film theory, and trauma studies.

  • B.A. English Literature, Fordham University