Danah Alfailakawi


Degrees: B.A. English Language & Literature, American University of Kuwait, 2011; M.A. Comparative Literary & 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


Degrees: 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

Ben Bieser

Ben Bieser

Degrees: 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

Degrees: 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

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

Ssu-Yu Chen


Degrees: 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

 Benjamin Connor

Degrees: M.A. English Literatures, University of British Columbia, 2023; B.A. Sociology with Honours, Simon Fraser University, 2021

John Gillespie


Degrees: B.S. Philosophy and Religious Studies, Towson University, 2017
Research Interests: Black Literature, Theory and Performance Studies; Science, Technology and Society studies; Continental philosophy; Psychoanalysis; Anti-psychiatry and Madness Studies

Christine Guiyangco

Christine Guiyangco

Degrees: M.F.A. Studio Art, UC Irvine, 2020; B.A. Art, UCLA, 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

Sarah Hoenicke Flores


Degrees: M.F.A. Journalism, UC Berkeley, 2019; B.A. English, Mills College, 2016
Research 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: https://sarahhoenickeflores.com/

Carolin Huang


Degrees: 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
Degrees: 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.

Munyao Kilolo

Munyao Kilolo

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

Chenglin Lee

Chenglin Lee

Degrees: M.A. English, CSU Fullerton, 2020; B.A. English, CSU Fullerton, 2017
Research Interests: Asian American studies, Asian Latin America, Diaspora, Political Economy, Psychoanalysis


Diya Mathur


Degrees: 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

Gayatri Mehra

Degrees: B.A., M.A., 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

Degrees: 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


Degrees: B.A. English and Philosophy, Texas Christian University; M.A. Philosophy, CSU 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

Degrees: M.F.A. 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.

Caroline Oliver

Degrees: B.A. Comparative Literature & Psychology, Barnard College, 2020

Yassaman Rahimi

Degrees: 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

 Danely Ramos Segoviano

Degrees: M.A. English - Literature option, CSU Dominguez Hills, 2018; B.A. English, UCSB, 2012

Jacob Reimer

Jacob Reimer

Degrees: 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 

Maryam Salehi

Degrees: M.A. Anthropology, University of Tehran; B.A. Hotel Management, Allameh Tabataba'i University

Morgan Slade


Degrees: B.A. Comparative Literature, University of California Irvine, 2012
Research Interests: history of philosophy; psychoanalysis; Frantz Fanon

Pedro Soares Daher

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

Dylan Taylor

Dylan Taylor
Degrees: 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

Pragya Trivedi

Trivedi, Pragya
Degrees: M.A. History of Consciousness, UC 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
Publications: ‘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
Degrees: 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: Marxism, Psychoanalysis, Critical Theory

Henry Ward

Degrees: 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

Degrees: 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.
Awards & Fellowships: UCI Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for Dissertation Writing from the Center for Critical Korean Studies (CCKS) for 2024-2025.