Natalia Affonso

M.A. Literary Studies, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), 2018
B.A. English Language and Literature, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), 2013
Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA), Saxoncourt, London, 2011

Research Interests: ContemporaryQueer/Cuir/lesbian Caribbean, Brazilian and Latin American literature; Poetry translation; Decolonial and Anticolonial thought and aesthetics; Global South; Afrodiasporic thought, Sexual dissidence, Grassroots activism, Freirean Pedagogy

Danah Alfailakawi


B.A. in English Language and Literature, American University of Kuwait, 2011
M.A. in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, Kuwait University, 2017

Research Interests: Modern and Contemporary Arab/ic Literature; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Indigeneity and Race in the Middle East; Queer Theory/Queer Theory of Color; Critical Race Theory; Decoloniality and Anticoloniality; The Monstrous, the Grotesque, the Abject

Ashwin Bajaj


M.A. English, UC Santa Barbara
M.Phil. English, University of Delhi

Research Interests: Continental Philosophy, Critical Theory, Philosophy of History, Dialectical thought, Postcolonial and Tricontinental Literature, Theory of the Novel, Feminist Studies


Robert Barrett


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

Research Interests: 20th Century North American Literature; LGBTQIA+ Literature, Film, Visual & Performing Arts; Cultural Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies; HIV/AIDS Activism, Trauma, and the Literary, Visual and Performing Arts; Feminist and Queer Fantasy and Speculative/Science Fiction

Edward Batres

B.A. International Relations and French, summa cum laude, University of Redlands, 2016

Research Interests: Francophone and Hispanic Caribbean literature (19th century - contemporary); the production of space; archipelagic thinking; postcolonial studies; anthropological studies of the Martinican peasantry; the decolonization of belonging and attachment; the preservation of colonial waste

Ben Bieser

Ben Bieser

B.A. Comparative Literature & Society, Columbia University, 2019

Research Interests: Black Critical Theory; Continental Philosophy; Wertkritik and Open Marxism; Deconstruction; Psychoanalysis; Legal Studies; Anticolonial Poetry & Literature; Experimental Film & Music; Nonsovereignty and the Nonpolitical

Ashley Call

M.A. English Literature, Claremont Graduate School, 2017
B.A. English Literature, Brigham Young University, 2014

Research Interests: U.S. Literature 19-20th Century, Religion and Secularism; Political Theory; Critical Theory; Translation Studies; Settler Colonialism: Zionism and the American West; Millenarianism and Utopias

David Carter

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

Williston Chase

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

Ssu-Yu Chen


M.A. English, National Central University, Taiwan (2016)
B.A. Foreign Language & Literature, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan (2012)

Research Interests: Gender & Sexualities Studies, Gender Governance, Critical Race Theory, Theory of the State, History of Nationalism and Nation-Building, Affect Theory, Phenomenology, Political Theory, Historiography in East Asia, Postcolonialism in East Asia

Rose DuCharme

B.A. English and French Studies, Scripps College, 2014

Research Interests: Transatlantic modernism; feminist and queer studies; critical race studies; affect; literary and aesthetic engagements with subjectivity, structure, and space.

John Gillespie


B.S. Philosophy and Religious Studies, Towson University, 2017

Research Interest: Black Literature, Theory and Performance Studies; Science, Technology and Society studies; Continental philosophy; Psychoanalysis; Anti-psychiatry and Madness Studies

Christine Guiyangco

Christine Guiyangco

M.F.A. Studio Art from University of California, Irvine, 2020
B.A. Art, University of California, Los Angeles, 2014

Research Interests: words as characters and characters as words---theory on translation and untranslatability, narrative, art and art practice, postcolonialism, quantum time and space, onomatopoeia, puns, counterfeit, punchlines, deconstruction, ontology, idiomatic form, comics/motion comics, the Filipino diaspora

Alejandro Hirsch Saed

Hirsch Saed

B.A. Literature and International Studies, American University, 2020

Research Interests: Development studies through Literature and Film; Anglophone African Literature (Kenya and Nigeria); Third World Literature and Film; Eco-criticism; Post-colonial literature; Latin American Literature and Film; Representations of Violence

Sarah Hoenicke Flores


M.F.A. Journalism, UC Berkeley, 2019
B.A. English, Mills College, 2016

Interests: Postcoloniality; Displacement; Anglophone and diaspora literatures; longform nonfiction; conflict studies

Recent Publications:
"Measles, Media and Memory: Journalism’s Role in Framing Collective Memory of Disease," J Med Humanit (2021)
"Doulas Hope to Regain Momentum as Covid Restrictions Ease," The New York Times, July 26, 2021

Personal Website:

Carolin Huang


B.A. Urban Geography and Art History, McGill University, 2014
Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS), University of Alberta, 2019

Research Interests: psychoanalysis; critical theory; aesthetics; east asian cinema; queer cinema; philosophy of history; the concept of east asian modernity

Noah Jerge

Noah Jerge
M.A. Philosophy, SDSU, 2022 
B.A. Philosophy, UCSD, Magna Cum Laude/High Distinction, 2020
AA-T Degree, Philosophy, Palomar College, 2018

Research Interests: My research interests are broadly centered around global modern literature (especially the writings of Franz Kafka, Yukio Mishima, and Louis-Ferdinand Céline), as well as the history of 19th and 20th century German philosophy (with specific emphasis on the works of Hegel, Nietzsche, and Heidegger).  In particular, I am fascinated by the relationship of fragmentation in text, sound, and experience to the production and degradation of meaning.  I also have strong interests in ancient Greek philosophy (particularly Epictetus), philosophy of literature, aesthetics and art history, and philosophical issues relating to animals.  I have published articles relating noise music and Heidegger's phenomenology, and I have studied Ancient Greek and modern German for several years.

Anders Johnson

Noah Jerge

B.A. 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

Munyao Kilolo

Munyao Kilolo

Postgraduate Certificate, Seagull School of Publishing, 2020
B.A. Journalism, the United States International University – Africa, 2019

Research interests: Munyao Kilolo's research interests include inter-African Language Translation, Theorizing in African languages, African and World Literature, Media theory, Multilingualism, and Post-colonial literature.

Joseph Christian Labagnao Ligunas

Labagnao Ligunas
B.A. in English, University of California, Los Angeles, 2016

Research interests: Pilipinx studies; Pilipinx literature; transnationalism; colonial historiography; travel narratives; poetry; film; postcolonial studies; multicultural literature; diaspora; short story forms; popular culture; visual arts; queer theory; issues of canon; critical theory.

Ruiqing Li

Ruiqing Li

B.A. in Comparative Literature and Philosophy, UC Irvine, 2021

Research Interests: Wo-logy; Ruiquing

Chenglin Lee

Chenglin Lee

M.A. in English, CSU Fullerton, 2020
B.A. in English, CSU Fullerton, 2017

Research Interests: Asian American studies, Asian Latin America, Diaspora, Political Economy, Psychoanalysis

Shiqi Lin

B.A. in Political Science and French & Francophone Studies, Vassar College, 2017

Research Interests: Chinese literature, cinema, and media cultures; decolonial politics of East Asia; memory studies; media studies; urban studies; documentary; speculative fiction; translation theory; political theory

Diya Mathur


M.A. Sociology, Concordia University, 2018
B.A. Anthropology & Sociology, Concordia University, 2009

Research Interests: critical theory; postcolonial studies; Black studies; the civilizing process; history of philosophy

Babak Mazloumi

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

Emphases: Critical Theory; Translation Studies

Research Interests: Contemporary Persian literature, literary translation (theory and practice), exile literature. 

Select Publications: 
“Where is Akbar Radi’s Home? A Study of the Concept of Exile at Home in Through the Windowpanes by Akbar Radi,” Text & Presentation: Journal of the Comparative Drama Conference, April 2019, 111-124.

“Mapping the Unmappable: A Critical Study of Dead Reckoning: A Novel by Bahman Sho‘levar,” Iran Namag, Volume 6, Number 1 (Spring 2021), 30-45.

“Will I Be Strong Enough for You? Nasim Marashi’s I’ll Be Strong for You” World Literature Today [Online], 6/22/21

Jamali, Rosa. “Here is the Promised Latitude” [“Inja Aez-e Mo’ud Ast”] by Rosa Jamali. Los Angeles Review of Books. [online]

Gayatri Mehra

BA, MA, M.Phil in Literature, University of Delhi

Research Interests: Theorization(s) of Contemporary Indian culture, Contemporary Indian Writings in English, Indian Mass-Culture, Postcolonial Studies, Marxism. 


Iris Morrell

Iris Morrell

B.A. Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley, 2020

Research Interests: Jewish studies, especially Jewish mysticism; memory and trauma studies; psychoanalysis; deconstruction; legal studies, especially standards of proof.

Anannya Mukherjee


B.A. English and Philosophy, Texas Christian University
M.A. Philosophy, California State University, Los Angeles

Research Interests: Narrative, representation, adaptation and translation, online discourse and culture, queer theory and gender studies, postcolonialism (India), hermeneutics, critical theory, popular culture, fan culture, transnational Anglophonism

Glaydah Namukasa

Namukasa, Glaydah

MFA Creative Writing, University of California, Riverside, 2022
B.S. Community Psychology, Makerere University, Uganda, 2017
Diploma in Midwifery, Rubaga Hospital Nursing School, Uganda, 2008

Research Interests: Comparative analysis of the intersection of literature and medicine; Representations of disease and health in contemporary African literature and Global Black Literatures, Medical Humanities, Disability studies, Postcolonial studies, Creative Writing.

Yassaman Rahimi

B.A. English and Cultural Studies, and Gender Studies, University of Western Australia, 2016

Research Interests: 20th Century Persian literature; intersection of Islam and Marxism; exile; diaspora

Jacob Reimer

Jacob Reimer

M.A. Cultural Theory and History (Kulturwissenschaft); Humboldt Universität zu Berlin 
B.A. Comparative Literature, Minor in European Studies; New York University

Research interests: Psychoanalysis, Transatlantic Modernism, Jewish Studies, Black Studies, Frankfurt School & French Critical theory (Structuralism, Poststructuralism), German Idealism, Marxism(s), Aesthetic Philosophy 

Morgan Slade


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

Research Interests: history of philosophy; psychoanalysis; Frantz Fanon

Pedro Soares Daher

B.A. Social Communications, Potíficia Universidades Católica do Rio de Janeiro, 2013

Dylan Taylor

Dylan Taylor

B.A. Sociology & Comparative Literature, Indiana University, 2018

Research Interests: aesthetics; early & avant-garde cinemas; francophone & lusophone film, literature & thought; Black studies & critical philosophy of race; ekphrasis; historicity of form; modalities of reception; irony; iconomachy; deconstruction; psychoanalysis; history of philosophy

Ann Thuy-Ling Tran

B.A. English, University of California, Los Angeles, 2017

Research Interests: comparative race studies, humor, and popular culture/ new media, cross-racial and multicultural comedy, language, accents, critical refugee studies  

Pragya Trivedi

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

Dissertation/Thesis Title: Image, Narrative, Fantasy: Hindi Films and the Cinematic

Research Interests: Popular Hindi Cinema, Transnational Cinema, Feminist Media Studies, New Media, Global South, Psychoanalysis

‘Fantasy, film song, and ‘non-resident media’: Dil Se’s afterlife’. (2022). South Asian Popular Culture, vol. 20: 2, pp. 217-234. 

‘A Daydream and a Nightmare in Muqaddar Ka Sikandar: Formulas, Fantasies, and the 1970s’. (2022). Studies in South Asian Film and Media, vol 14: 2, pp. 37-52


Tianmo (Mo) Wang

Tianmo (Mo) Wang

M.A. Literary and Cultural Studies, The University of Hong Kong (2021)
B.A. Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University (2020)

Research Interests: Coming out of an interdisciplinary program without a major (my BA) and still maintaining the spirit, I travel between German Idealism, the frankfurt school of critical theory (specifically Benjamin and Adorno), french theory (Levinas, Foucault, Deleuze&Guattari), psychoanalysis, new materialism (the Spinozian tradition), and environmental media studies(film and ambient sound). I'm also interested in post-socialist China. My undergraduate thesis examined the "misfired" reception of Michel Foucault in 90s China. 

Henry Ward

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

Research Interests: Marxism; critical theory; political theory; postcolonial/decolonial theory; colonialism and imperialism; postmodernity and globalization; theories of spatiality and mapping; anticolonial and socialist literary internationalisms.

Alexandra Yan

M.A. Comparative Literature, UC Riverside, 2016
B.A. Comparative Literature and Modern Languages, Boston University, 2012

Research Interests:  My research investigates Japanophone literature written by colonized Koreans and Taiwanese authors between 1850 and 1945 under the Japanese empire. I concentrate on subjects such as: multi-ethnic empire, colonial imaginaries and world-building, modernism, social realism, naturalism, literary satire, theories of race and empire, colonial modernity and postcolonialism in East Asia, the relationship between empire and nation-state, colonial and imperial Japanese critiques of liberal democratic modernity, and the influence of German and Austrian literary movements in modern Japanese literature.