Graduate Student Directory

Rafael Franco
  • Title
    • Ph.D. Student
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • Literature Department
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Remote work location, Zoom
  • Office Hours By Appointment
  • Mail Stop No Mailstop

Research Interests

19th Century Novel, Monstrosity, Gender, Sexuality, Race, Colonialism, Happiness Theory

Biography, Education and Training

B.A. English, UCLA, 2020, cum laude

B.A. History, UCLA, 2020, cum laude

Honors, Awards and Grants

May 2022 Coha-Gunderson Prize in Speculative Futures

Mar. 2022 Anne and Jim Bay Fellowship  

Dec. 2021 GANAS Graduate Pathways Graduate Student Mentor Fellowship 

Sept. 2021 Cota Robles Fellowship

June 2020 Phi Beta Kappa

Selected Presentations

(Upcoming) “Monstrous Maps: Transgressing Borders as Queer Resistance in Stoker’s Dracula.” A talk given at The International Vampire Film and Arts Festival's “Vampires Through the Ages” academic conference.

"Diseases of the Wild: Examining the Vampire as Infection Metaphor in Stoker's Dracula." A talk given at University of British Columbia's "(Anti)Bodies" academic conference, May 20, 2022.  

"Growth or Happiness?: New Perspectives on Industry and 19th Century Morality.” A talk given at UCSC Winter Dickens Universe, February 26-27, 2022. 

“Unhappy Women And Creatures: Happiness And Its Patriarchal And Racial Exclusivity In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.” A talk given at UCLA Undergraduate Research Week for the UCLA Department of English, May 18-22, 2020.