Current EAP Post-doctoral Fellows
Hometown: Lenoxburg, Kentucky
Ph.D. International Peace Studies and Latin American History, Notre Dame
Ryne Clos is a cultural historian of twentieth-century Central America. He was granted his doctorate in International Peace Studies and Latin American History from the University of Notre Dame in January 2016. His research is centered on the connections between identity, religion, social change, and structural violence. Specifically, he investigates the development of liberation theology in Nicaragua in the 1960s and 1970s as an organic response to the population’s poverty and lack of institutionalized agency. He is also a lover of language and culture, generally speaking, making hobbies of language study and film-reviewing. He has taught courses in Central American History, World History, Writing and Rhetoric, and English Pronunciation.
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Ph.D. Medieval Studies, Notre Dame
Brandon L. Cook is a linguist and art historian of medieval France, and he was granted his doctoral degree in Medieval Studies from the University of Notre Dame in September 2017. As the son of an American diplomat, Brandon spent his high school years in Pakistan and Hungary where he first became passionate about languages and world cultures. He developed his intellectual interests in these areas as an undergraduate Linguistics major at Yale University and in his studies of ancient languages and medieval culture as a graduate student at the University of Notre Dame. He has been an English language tutor and English editor for over ten years and is eager to work with Notre Dame's international students, postdocs, and their families.