Eleanor Paynter

Eleanor Paynter

Eleanor Paynter

PhD Student and Graduate Teaching Associate


476 Hagerty Hall
1775 S. College Road
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Refugee and Migration Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Postcolonial Studies


  • BA Agnes Scott College
  • MFA Sarah Lawrence College

Eleanor Paynter is a PhD Candidate in Comparative Studies and an OSU Presidential Fellow. She specializes in precarious migration, through methods including narrative and discourse analysis, and oral history and ethnography. Eleanor's dissertation focuses on contemporary Mediterranean migration to Italy. Drawing on oral history interviews and written and filmic life writing, she examines how migrant testimonial narratives challenge the notion of migrant arrivals as a crisis or emergency. At OSU, she has taught courses in literature, representations of war, and the Italian language. Her areas of interest include human rights, Italian studies, and autobiography. More information at http://eleanorbpaynter.net/research/.