Graduate Students

Natalia Affonso

Affonso

Degrees: 
B.A. in English Language and Literature, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), 2013
M.A. in Literary Studies, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), 2018
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

Alfailakawi

Degrees:
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

Anastasia Baginski

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

Research Interests: 20th century poetic movements in the United States and Mexico, critical theory, queer theory, border studies, translation and hemispheric studies

Ashwin Bajaj

BajajDegrees:
M.A. English, UC Santa Barbara (2018)
B.A. English (2009), M.A. English (2011), M.Phil. (2014), University of Delhi

Research Interests: Continental philosophy, Critical Theory, Philosophy of history, Dialectical thought, Historical novel, Postcolonial Literature, Theories of the Novel, Feminist Studies

Robert Barrett

Barrett

Degrees:
B.A. in 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

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: Michael's dissertation The Poetry of Origins: Odes, Palinodes, and Literary History reevaluates the ode and its influence on the study of lyric poetry. Whereas twentieth-century criticism has viewed the ode as a constitutive genre of Western literature, I show that its development is essentially modern. Examining the Atlantic context of the ode, I trace how this genre became a medium for allegories of colonial authority that relied upon a racialized sense of literary futurity. Inherently unstable, these efforts ran up against the genre of poetic recantation (“palinode”), which served as an anticipatory counterbalance to the progressive literary history encoded in the ode.

For more information see his website.

Ashley Call

Call

M.A. in English Literature, Claremont Graduate School, 2017
B.A. in 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

Daniel Carnie

CarnieDegrees:
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

Ssu-Yu Chen

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
 

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

DuCharmeDegrees:
B.A. in 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

Gillespie


Degrees:
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.

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    

Lillian Goldberg

Goldberg

B.A. in Political Studies and Visual Studies, Bard College at Simon's Rock, 2017

Research interests: political theory; feminist theory (feminism as method); film, poetics, and related questions of genre and form; postcolonial studies; 20th century Francophone philosophy and literature

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

Alejandro Hirsch Saed

Hirsch Saed

Degrees: 
B.A. in 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

Hoenicke

Degrees: 
B.A. English, Mills College, 2016
M.S. Journalism, UC Berkeley, 2019

Interests: Postcoloniality, South Asia, Sri Lankan literature and culture, Anglophone and diaspora literatures, creative writing, longform nonfiction

 

Carolin Huang

Huang

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

Research Interests: psychoanalysis; critical theory; queer theory, literature, and cinema; spatial thought; experimental literature; theories of (anti-)relationality; east asian cultural studies

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

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.

Joseph Christian Labagnao Ligunas

Labagnao LigunasDegrees:
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.

Chenglin Lee

Lee

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

Research Interests: East Asian literature and cinema; Latin American literature and cinema; affect theory; political theory; media studies

Shiqi Lin

LinDegrees:
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

Mathur

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

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

Babak Mazloumi

MazloumiDegrees:
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. 

Gayatri Mehra

Mehra

Degrees: 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. 

Amanda J. Mixon

Mixon

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

Research Interests: Mixon's research and teaching interests include 20th-century U.S. literature and film, gender and sexuality studies, and comparative race studies, with specializations in literatures and media of U.S. social movements, multi-ethnic cultural productions about the U.S. south, and the intellectual and institutional history of queer theory. Their dissertation, Queerer, My God, to Thee: Twentieth-Century White Southern Lesbian Writers & Anti-Racist Praxis, frames Lillian Smith (1897-1966), Rita Mae Brown (1944-), Minnie Bruce Pratt (1946-), Mab Segrest (1949-), and Dorothy Allison (1949-) as a distinct political tradition whose concern with how people are trained to inhabit and (re)produce whiteness radically departs from anti-racist political thought and activism among white southern women of nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The project is currently supported by a 2019-2020 American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship and received archival research funding from Duke University, the University of Virginia, and UCI Humanities Commons.

Anannya Mukherjee

Mukherjee

BA: English and Philosophy, Texas Christian University
MA: 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

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

Yassaman Rahimi

RahimiDegrees:
B.A in 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.

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: Histories of psychoanalysis; critical theory; accumulation and enclosure; homelessness; Gothic Marxism; the picaresque novel; 20th century literature of the Americas.

Michael Simmons

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

Morgan Slade

Slade

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

Research Interests: history of philosophy; psychoanalysis; Frantz Fanon

Ann Thuy-Ling Tran

TranDegrees:
B.A. in 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

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 

Henry Ward

WardDegrees:
B.A.(Hons) in 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

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

Research Interests:  Modernism in German and Japanese literature, multi-ethnic empire, colonial and minor writers, colonial language policy, relationships between empire, race, and nation-state; formation of ethno-national narratives and subjectivity, hybridity (both linguistic and ethnic), postcolonialism in East Asia, and the concept of the human in German Idealism and Kyoto school philosophy.