Ph.D. Candidate, Department of English
Graduate Certificate Program in African American Studies
Emanuela Kucik is a scholar of twentieth-century American and African-American literature, Genocide Literature, and Holocaust Literature. She received her M.A. from Princeton University (2014) and her B.A. with Highest Distinction and Phi Beta Kappa honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2012). Her research examines the connections between African-American Literature and Genocide Studies. Emanuela’s dissertation is a literary history of how the term genocide has been deployed in relation to Black communities in Post-Holocaust Era writing. The project focuses specifically on the intersections of Post-World War II African-American literature, Holocaust studies/discourse, and accounts of the Rwandan and Darfuri genocides. Emanuela is a recipient of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) Dissertation Writing Grant and will be a PIIRS Graduate Fellow during the 2017-2018 academic year.
Emanuela’s teaching experience includes serving as an Assistant Instructor for interdisciplinary courses at Princeton University, including Dr. Ruha Benjamin’s “Race is Socially Constructed: Now What?”; Dr. Eddie Glaude’s “Introduction to the Study of African-American Cultural Practices”; and Dr. Imani Perry’s “Race and the American Legal Process: From Emancipation to the Voting Rights Act.” During the 2014-2015 academic year, Emanuela participated in the Princeton University Preparatory Program as a Graduate Student Teaching Fellow at Ewing High School, where she taught literature and history to tenth and eleventh graders.