Shima is a second year International PhD Student in American Studies at Sussex University, UK. Her thesis focuses on "Langston Hughes' Social, Literary, Political, and International Networks". She is studying and exploring the relationship between the various networks that Hughes interacted with and the influence that they placed on his career.

60 Seconds with Shima Jalal Kamali

“How did you come to your current area of research?”

In my undergrad poetry class, I read Langston Hughes’ poem “Cross” and I remember telling myself then that I will one day devote my future research on him and his work. Continue reading

My Archival Adventure as an Academic Researcher across the Atlantic

When I began my PhD in January 2013, I knew that a significant part of my research requires archival materials that are mostly based in the USA, in particular the renowned Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. I will not lie; the opportunity to do archival work in the States and at Yale University was not only exciting and inspiring but also unbelievably unreal. Continue reading