Gail Ganino

Gail works mainly with Comparative Literature Professors and Grad Students. She looks forward to commencement each year—delicious strawberries, madeleines and champagne.

Sandy Richmond

Sandy Benjamin Richmond, a native of Berkeley, arrived in Comp Lit with two decades of UC experience behind her in 2013.  Having worked in just about every area of the University (from finance to HR; accounting to development) she brings her vast knowledge of the inner working of Campus processes and systems to the Comp Lit community as the Graduate Student Services Advisor.  A UC Davis alum, she shares her life away from campus with her husband, Tobin.  The proud mother of two grown-ups (Jared and Channing), she is also the benevolent despot to her grad students, of whom she is equally proud.

Anatole (Tony) Soyka

A world traveler and adventurer, Tony has visited Peru, Alaska, Nepal, Turkey and Iceland, along with meeting numerous relatives in Belarus. He also regularly backpacks into the distant mountains and woods of California, where he claims to have had an encounter with Bigfoot.  A musician since childhood, he plays a variety of instruments, including saxophone, guitar, piano, and bass.   His favorite authors include Nabokov and Dostoyevsky.

Lauren Taylor

Responsible for departmental tenure reviews, merit and promotion reviews, recalls, recruitment, retention, and appointment of all visiting and temporary faculty for French and Comparative Literature.  Also assists with the coordination of GSI appointments, as well as appointment and arrival of visiting faculty and scholars.