Kyle Thomson is currently a PhD candidate in the Program in Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Berkeley with a Designated Emphasis in European Studies. His dissertation, which is comparative in nature, examines the spectral nature of space in imperial capitals in the former colonial powers of Spain, Italy, and Portugal. Combining analysis of literary texts and major international events (World and Specialized Expositions), his dissertation proposes a redrawing of the borders of Europe and Europeanness by comparing portrayals of terra infirma (both unsettled and unwell) in Southern Europe.


US Student Program – Fulbright / FLAD Open Study/Research Award

Education: PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures, University of California – Berkeley (2021);

Field of Study: Literature

Project Title: “After the Revolution: Empire and National Identity in Portugal’s Transition to Democracy”

Host Institution, Location: University of Lisbon, School of Arts and Humanities (FLUL), Centre for Comparative Studies (CEC-ULisboa) , Lisbon

Grant Duration, Starting Date (month): 8 months, starting in October 2021