Eleanor Paynter

Eleanor Paynter

Eleanor Paynter

PhD Candidate and Presidential Fellow


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 an OSU Presidential Fellow and successfully defended her dissertation in Comparative Studies on January 24, 2020. She specializes in precarious migration, through methods including narrative and discourse analysis, and oral history and ethnography. Eleanor's dissertation focuses on contemporary Africa-Europe migration, in particular 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 border studies, human rights, Italian studies, and life narrative. More information at http://eleanorbpaynter.net/research/.