Mary Mussman is a researcher, educator, and poet.
A Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, Mary researches gender and sexuality in British and French literatures of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as the reception of ancient Greek texts.
At Berkeley, Mary has designed and taught a number of undergraduate literature courses; this fall, they are leading a community-building workshop for graduate students in the Comparative Literature department under the support of a Graduate Diversity Grant. As a program associate at the Townsend Center for the Humanities, Mary oversees the “Bear’s-Eye View” blog and the Course Threads certificate program, and coordinates the Honors Thesis Workshop.
Mary has published poetry in The White Review, Fieldnotes, Berkeley Poetry Review, and elsewhere. Their writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was selected as a finalist for the 2021 Gatewood Prize.
Mary holds an M.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from UC Berkeley (2020) and a B.A. in Literature from Yale (2015). They have also studied at l’École Normale Supérieure de Paris and l’Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris-IV).