I am a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature at Stony Brook University. My dissertation is titled “Melancholia in Modernity: A Study in Romantic and Decadent Literatures.” Focusing on works by Friedrich Hölderlin (1770–1843), Gérard de Nerval (1808–55), and Gustave Flaubert (1821–80), I hope to show how melancholia might be a perfectly understandable aesthetic response to the challenge of modernity. My research areas include nineteenth-century literature, aesthetic philosophy, and world literature. Since Spring 2014, I have been teaching courses on classical mythology, death and the afterlife, sexuality in literature, and most recently, world mythology. I have been working for the Global Citizenship and World Literature Project at Stony Brook since Spring 2016.