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Tim Ellison

MA, Comparative Literature, Yale University
M.Phil., English, University of Cambridge
BA, Literature, Yale University

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I am a graduate of Yale University (B.A.) and the University of Cambridge (M.Phil.), where I studied English, Comparative Literature, and Modern and Ancient Languages. I graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Yale, and after receiving a Paul Mellon Fellowship to Clare College, Cambridge, I pursued an M.Phil. in English (18th Century and Romantic Studies), where my thesis on Wordsworth was awarded the Members’ English Prize for the best of the year.

I took advantage of my time in Europe also to study modern languages, where I learned Italian, perfected my French, and studied Modern Greek. I returned to the Yale Comparative Literature Department in 2013, where I received a FLAS fellowship to study German in Berlin, and was awarded distinction on my oral exams. I have published one academic article on Flaubert in MLN (Modern Language Notes) in 2015. I received a second Master’s degree (M.A.) from Yale in Comparative Literature in 2018.

Outside my own academic work, I very much enjoy working with students on their writing in small groups as a TA for courses on Romantic Poetry and Literary Theory, but have also enjoyed one-on-one tutoring work with younger students on subjects like French and English composition. Students I have worked with have enjoyed my patience, careful attention to detail, and flexibility in addressing particular needs.

In my free time, I enjoy playing with my darling one-year-old ragdoll cat named Wiigy (after my favorite actress, Kristen Wiig), memorizing the lyrics to pop songs so I can impress friends by singing along at parties (I particularly enjoy Kelly Clarkson, Camila Cabello, Alanis Morissette, Lana Del Rey, and Sia), going to the gym, and laughing. I also enjoy a good book: favorites include novels by Henry James or Marcel Proust, poems by Shelley, Rilke, or Dickinson, and plays by Racine or Shakespeare.