News from Fulbright Alumna Monica Got

Fulbright alumna Monica Got was awarded the title of Doctor of Philology with the summa cum laude honor during a ceremony that took place on September 25, 2017, at the University of Bucharest’s Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Ms. Got’s dissertation, “Crossing Borders, Merging Homelands. Traumatic Identities in Contemporary Chicana Fiction,” was publicly defended in the presence of the Faculty’s dean, professor Liviu Franga; Ms. Got’s academic supervisor, professor emerita Rodica Mihăilă; as well as the two Romanian committee members, professors Irina Pană and Adina Ciugureanu.

The dissertation committee included two of the most prominent scholars in the doctoral candidate’s field of research, Chicana/o Studies professors María Herrera-Sobek and Francisco Lomelí from the University of California, Santa Barbara, who mentored Ms. Got over the course of her Fulbright study year in the United States.

The two American researchers praised the dissertation’s academic value and described its public defense as an “historic event,” congratulating the doctoral candidate, Ms. Monica Got, her supervisor, professor Rodica Mihăilă, the candidate’s alma mater, and the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission for supporting this commendable intellectual endeavor.

The event was also attended by professor Mariana Nicolae, director of the Department of Modern Languages and Business Communication at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies, and professor Sonia Zúñiga-Lomelí from Santa Barbara City College, both of whom applauded Ms. Got’s achievement and deemed it an important step in the direction of promoting Chicana/o Studies within Romanian academia.