Radhika Koul is an incoming graduate student in the department of Comparative Literature at Stanford. She is a native of Kashmir, but was born and raised in exile in India. She graduated from Yale in 2014 with a B.A. in Comparative Literature with Distinction in the Major, and then taught 4th and 5th grade children in India as a Teach For India Fellow before returning to the States for graduate school. She is the founder of the Koshur Fellowship, a summer fellowship for deracinated Kashmiri children to learn their mother tongue and come to terms with their identity and culture outside Kashmir. Over the course of her graduate studies, she will study the literature of early modern Europe, in particular France, alongside the literature of medieval and early modern Kashmir. Her particular research interests include early modern French theatre, classical reception in early modernity, Sanskrit poetics and Kashmiri poetry. She enjoys learning new languages, and hopes to be fluent in Persian and Italian soon.