Graduate Students

Philip Anselmo

Anselmo

B.A. University of Long Island, 2002

Research Interests: International cinema, film studies, psychoanalysis, poststructuralism, Frankfurt School, epistemology, theories of futility, theories of precarity

Emphases: Critical Theory Emphasis, Visual Studies Emphasis

Anastasia Baginski

BaginskiDegrees:
B.A. in English, University of California Irvine, 2012

Research Interests: deconstruction, feminist theory, feminist histories, queer theory, border studies, narrative, temporality, logic, and experimental writing

Robert Barrett

BarrettDegrees:
B.A. in English/Lib. Studies, Sonoma State University, 2013

Certificate of Thai Studies, Pridi Banamyong International College, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand, 2011

Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA), Cambridge English,  2006

Research Interests: LGBTQ literature, film, visual and performing arts; Queer Theory; AIDS activism, trauma, and the literary, visual and performing arts; Feminist and Queer Fantasy and Speculative/Science Fiction; Abjection, Shame, Stigma and Transgression; Transnational Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Translocal Queer Networks; Southeast Asia; Latin America.

Edward Batres

BatresDegrees:
B.A. in French and International Relations, University of Redlands, 2016

Research Interests: Francophone and Hispanic Caribbean literature; anti-colonialism; contemporary African literature in the Métropole; blackness in Latin America; France's management of diversity within its Republic and the overseas community, relevance and implementation of French national values in overseas territories, self-determination of the Kanak people in New Caledonia; translation theory; orientalism in 19th century art

Michael Berlin

BerlinDegrees:
B.A. in Liberal Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, New York, 2011

Research Interests: Lyric poetry; Romanticism; Philology, Psychoanalysis, and other materialisms

Daniel Carnie

Degrees:
B.A. in Comparative Literature, UCLA 2012;

David Carter

Degrees:
M.A. in Individualized Study, 2016
B.A. in Philosophy, UC Santa Cruz, 2006

Williston Chase

ChaseDegrees:
M.A. international relations and african studies, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 2010
B.A. philosophy, University of California, Los Angeles 2008


Research Interests: 20th century Latin American literature, film, and culture; critical theory; critical university studies; neoliberalism; anarchist pedagogies

Carlos Colmenares Gil

Colmenares GilDegrees:
M.A. in Philosophy and Critical Theory, Kingston University, London, 2012
B.A. in Psychology, Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, 2009

Research Interests: Latin American thought, contemporary Latin American literature, film, essay as form, scientificity of form, negativity, mediation, continental philosophy, psychoanalysis.

Rose DuCharme

Degrees:
B.A. in English and French Studies, Scripps College, 2014

James Goebel

Goebel

B.A. in Philosophy, California State University, Fullerton 2011

Research Interests:20th Century Literatures of the U.S. Southwest Deserts; Critical Animal and Environmental Studies; Ecocriticism and Place Studies; History and Philosophy of Science and Ecology; New Materialism and Posthumanism    

Laura Hatch

HatchDegrees:
B.A. in Humanities and German, minor in Scandinavian studies, Brigham Young University, 2013

Research Interests: Embodiment; phenomenology; Medieval and Early Modern literature and visual art

Crystal Hickerson

Hickerson

M.A., SUNY Buffalo, 2008

Research interests: aesthetics and models of thought; intersections between poetry, continental philosophy, urban design and visual culture; problematics of voice, style, and tone in discourse; hybridity and genre; poetic novels of 20th c. Latin America and postmodern world literature; modernisms and the avant-garde

Alexander Jabbari

Jabbari

B.A. in Community Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2008

Research interests: Persianate literary historiography; nationalism, modernity, sexuality; literary exchange in Persian and Urdu. Graduate Feminist Emphasis.

Karen Jallatyan

Jallatyan

B.A., in Comparative Literature, minor in Philosophy, University of California, Los Angeles

M.A. in Comparative Literature, University of Indiana, Bloomington, Indiana

Research Interests: Post-structuralism; post-colonial studies particularly in East European and post-Soviet contexts; Nietzsche, Bergson, Blanchot, Deleuze; deconstruction; translation; cinema; contemporary, diaspora Armenian literature.

Anders Johnson

Johnson

B.A. in Rhetoric, UC Berkeley, 2013

Research Interests: continental philosophy, with an emphasis in german idealism and existentialism; rhetoric, understood as the phenomenology of language; the tension between hermeneutics and poetics; nihilism; morbidity; tragedy

Monica Katiboglu

M.A. in French Literature, UCI
M.A. in Comparative Literature, UCI

Research Interests:
critical translation theory, modernity, Turkish and French literatures

Wujun Ke

Ke


BA Comp Lit, University of Chicago, 2013

Research interests: Medical humanities; immigration and transnational/trans-cultural identities; feminist theory and critical race theory; East Asian history; autobiography; liberation movements.

Sarah Kessler

Kessler

B.A., Art-Semiotics, Brown University, 2003
M.A., English, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 2008

Research interests: ventriloquism, media and performance theory, comedy, voice and sound studies, popular culture, and feline companionship.

Ryanson Alessandro Ku

Ku

B.S. in Economics, The George Washington University, 2004
M.A. in Comparative Literature, Louisiana State University, 2008
M.A. in Philosophy, Louisiana State University, 2009

Research interests:semiotics/genealogy/pragmatics; imperialism, trauma, intimacy, justice; economy, sublimation, time, and the queer

Chris Malcolm

Malcolm

B.A. Contemporary History and Politics, University of Sussex, UK, 2008.
M.A. Social & Political Thought, York University, Toronto, 2011.

Research interests: Documentary film; Visual Studies; Environmental Humanities; Film and Media Studies; Critical Theory. My dissertation, Perceiving Extraction: Landscape, Use and the Conditions of Visuality, tracks a history of extraction in landscapes affected by an absence of life, value, habitat, or political possibility to show that the experience of climate change helps produce a theory of perception.

Babak Mazloumi

MazloumiDegrees:
M.A. in Humanities & Social Thought, New York University, 2015

Research Interests: Contemporary Persian literature, literary translation (theory and practice), literary geography and cartography, literature and philosophy. 

Amanda J. Mixon

Mixon

BA English, Stephen F. Austin State University, 2010
MA Literature, Texas State University, 2013

Research interests: critical race theory; whiteness studies; gender and sexuality; the American South and regionalism; rural/urban spatiality; nationalism; trauma studies; collective memory; historiography; knowledge production in the academy; television, film, and visual culture generally 

Ghada Mourad

MouradDegrees:
B.A. in English, CSU Los Angeles, 2007

Research interests: 
Modernity, politics, subjectivation, sexuality and the body in postcolonial Arabic and Francophone literature in the Middle East and North Africa. critical theory emphasis; literary translation emphasis.

Nathaniel Murphy

MurphyDegrees:
B.A. In Philosophy, CSU Fullerton 2012.

Research Interests: Anarchism, political motivation, global justice, parecon, poetry, platonic love, democratic practice, spontaneous self-organization.

Fovad Oveisy

Degrees:
M.A. in Literatures of Modernity, Ryerson Polytechnic Institute, Canada, 2013
B.A. in Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada 2010

Rebecca Pallares

Degrees:
B.A. in Comparative Literature, UCI, 2016

Ariel Perloff

PerloffDegrees:
B.A. in Rhetoric with minors in Philosophy and Creative Writing, UC Berkeley, 2005

Research interests: phenomenology, poststructuralism, psychoanalysis; modern and postmodern novel;
painting and photography; affect

Anandi Rao

RaoDegrees:
M.A. in Literary Translation, University of East Anglia, 2013
B.A. in Arabic and English Literature, University of Edinburgh, 2010

Research Interests: translation theory, postcolonial studies, gender and nationalism, modern Arabic drama, Shakespeare in India, empire and cinema. 

Jamie Rogers

Rogers

B.A. in Print Journalism, Cal State Long Beach, 2003
B.A. in Spanish, Western Washington University, 2010
M.A. in English Studies, Western Washington University, 2008


Research interests: Visual culture; radical politics; feminism; critical race theory; Latin American and Caribbean film and literature; theories of subjectivity and representation.

Will Saladin

Degrees:
B.A. in Comparative Literature and French Studies, Smith College, 2013

Jon-David Settell

Settell

B.A. in English and World Literature, Pitzer College
M.S.W. in Clinical Social Work, Columbia University
M.A. in Comparative Literature, San Francisco State University

Research interests: radical aesthetics and thought; psychoanalysis; critical theory; gender and sexuality; the picaresque novel; Spanish and Latin American poetry; poetics of resistance; early Soviet culture and literature; Dostoevsky and Bakhtin; science fiction.

Michael Simmons

Degrees:
B.A. in Philosophy, B.A. in Women's Studies, UCI, 2012

Kirsty Singer

Singer

B.A. in Gender Studies, Brown University, 2003

M.F.A., School of Critical Studies, California Institute of the Arts, 2010

Research Interests: poetry; death and sacrifice; political protest; current and antiquated scientific theories; personal mythologies and belief systems; queer theory; phenomenology; globalization and alternative development models

Morgan Slade

Slade

B.A., University of California, Irvine, 2012, Comparative Literature

Research Interests: slavery; theory; history of philosophy; psychoanalysis

Emphases: Critical Theory; Visual Studies

Aubrey Tang

Tang

B.A. in Comparative Literature, The University of Hong Kong 1998

M.A. in Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages, The University of California, Riverside 2012

Research Interests: theory of perception; voice in cinema; Cantonese opera; Chinese and Sinophone cultures

Pragya Trivedi

TrivediDegrees:
M.A.History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz
B.A.Literary and Cultural Theory, Carnegie Mellon

Research Interests: visual culture, spatiality, postcolonial studies, popular Indian cinema, psychoanalysis 

Parisa Vaziri

Vaziri

B.A. in Comparative Literature with French minor, New York University, 2007

Research Interests: Iranian film and history, theories of racialization, theories of history, intellectual histories of poststructuralism and postcolonialism, African-American film and theory, legacies of third cinema

Henry Ward

WardDegrees:
B.A.(Hons) in English & Cultural Studies, University of Western Australia, 2015

Research Interests: Marxism; colonialism and imperialism; postmodernity and globalisation; socialist literature; postcolonial studies