Graduate Students

Philip 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

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

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

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

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

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

Research Interests: Michael Paul Berlin is a fourth year doctoral candidate in the Comparative Literature program. Building off of the two years that he spent in the PhD program in classics, his dissertation focuses on the imagined continuities and ruptures between the present and the archaic past in early modern English poetry. Of interest, as well, are the ways in which 20th century literary critics have projected modernist assumptions onto these relationships. Michael's theoretical interests include post-colonial theory, critical race theory, and environmental studies.

Ashley Call


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

Research Interests: 19-20 century American literature; religion; Mormon studies; relationships between religion, race, and politics; hemispheric studies; indigenous studies; border studies; minority literatures; gender and sexuality (especially polygamy narratives); critical theory; poststructuralism

Daniel Carnie

B.A. in Comparative Literature, UCLA 2012;

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

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

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.

James 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


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

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


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

Karen 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


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


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.

Shiqi Lin

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

Research Interests: postcolonial and subaltern studies, political theory, hermeneutics, border thinking, ethnography, contemporary Chinese literature and film, historiography in East Asia, postcolonial francophone literature, urban political economy, documentary/literary nonfiction

Babak Mazloumi

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

Emphasis: Critical Theory

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

Gayatri 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


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 

Anannya 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

Nathaniel Murphy

B.A. In Philosophy, CSU Fullerton 2012.

Research Interests: Utopian and dystopian literature, science fiction, political and ethical theory, democratic theory, and the nature of justice

Fovad Oveisy

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

Rebecca Pallares

B.A. in Comparative Literature, UCI, 2016

Yassaman Rahimi

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.

Anandi Rao

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. 

Will Saladin

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

Jon-David 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

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

Kirsty Singer


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

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

Research Interests: mid-20th century & contemporary American poetry and poetics; impersonality; improvised forms of ethics, spirituality, and psychoanalysis in radical politics and poetic practice; phenomenology of racialized, gendered, and queered embodiment; racial-ontological crisis; intimate historiography; anarchist theories of psychosocial revolution, liberation praxes, and decolonial development paradigms; world literature and 18th C Orientalism.

Morgan Slade


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

Research Interests: African American literature; Caribbean literature; psychoanalysis; critical theory

Aubrey 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:  Hong Kong cinema; Chinese and Sinophone film history; film philosophy; phenomenology; sensations and cinema.

Ann Thuy-Ling Tran

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

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

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

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.