Krieger Hall

Culture and Theory Students

AndresElaine Kathryn Andres

Elaine's research interests include popular music and visual culture, transnational feminist practices, gender & sexuality studies, sexual health education, Asian American studies, Filipino/a American studies, and narrative and performance as praxis. 
BlissJames Bliss

James' research interests include 20th century US dissident autobiographies, with sustained theoretical engagements with Black feminist critical theory, psychoanalysis, historical materialism, and deconstruction. He is interested in how these texts theorize race, sexuality, gender, the state, political violence, affect, and subjectivity.
BurrellJocelyn Burrell

Jocelyn’s research mobilizes questions raised by the end of race and other ostensibly intractable systems of cultural, political, and psychic organization. She is primarily concerned with the psychic and affective pedagogies instrumentalized, both consciously and unconsciously, in the construction and regeneration of violent human sorting systems, and the counter-pedagogies developed across various modalities that together might form a teachable ethos of resistance and social transformation. The speculative method of her work draws from both creative and theoretical frameworks, including playwriting and performance studies, affect theory, black feminist thought, gender and sexuality studies, critical theory, and media studies. A former editor and publisher, Jocelyn earned a BA in Ethnic Studies at Brown University.
CarterLaShonda Carter

LaShonda’s research is concerned with manifestations and the accrual of violence against black bodies as a result of institutional and systemic anti-black racism. She also researches the different modes of personal and political survival they develop in an attempt to respond to living in conditions of continuous incredible violence.  She holds a BA in African American Studies and in English from the University of California at Irvine.
CheungErica Cheung

Erica's interdisciplinary research explores the intersections of food as a racialized and gendered text, identity formation, critical landscapes, and cyberspace. As such, her current research looks at the discursive construction of Asian American racialized and hypermasculine identities within the popular culinary industry and narratives about food, eating, and cooking. Her larger project is interested in analyzing the production and consumption of food as performative self-making within the “global city” of Los Angeles.
DumasDeShawn Dumas

DeShawn's research centers whiteness as a militarized socio-economic order and psychodermatological frame for constructions of personhood and subjective experience. His interests include aesthetics, political ontology, climate ecology and the future of policing. 
A contemporary conceptual painter and Visiting Faculty at San Francisco Art Institute, He received a Master of Arts degree in Fine Art and the History of Art and Design from the Pratt Institute.  
KhalilSamiha Khalil

Samiha's research examines racial slavery in the Arab world, Arab subject-formation and its convergences with constructions of race. This work employs critical race theory, black studies, philosophy, postcolonial theory, and textual analysis of historical Arabic texts. It aims to create new methodological approaches to studying the transmutations of racial regimes in the Arab World and on a global scale. Samiha’s formal training in architecture and critical geography informs her other research interests, which extend to the intersections of architecture and psychoanalysis, space/body relations in colonial cities, and her previous work on racialized urban governance and its spatial manifestations in urban settings.
ParkLinette Park

Linette’s research areas include violence, imprisonment, mass incarceration, the Los Angeles Uprisings, and prisoner protests. Her work fundamentally interrogates the modalities of thought that constitute and produce the knowledge production, phenomenology, and abstraction of violence. She draws from critical and political theory, aesthetics, continental philosophy, philosophy of law and legal studies, critical race theory, black studies, and afropessimism.

She holds a BA in Studio Art from the University of California, Los Angeles, an MA in Critical Studies from the Aesthetics and Politics Program at the California Institute of the Arts, and has also completed coursework from the University of New South Wales and from the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, Australia. Linette is in the first cohort of the Law, Society, and Culture emphasis here at UC Irvine.
PruettJessica Pruett

Jessica’s research interests include queer theory, new media, affect theory, crip theory, trauma studies, lesbian fandom, gender and sexuality studies, and performance studies. 
RodriguezJudith Rodriguez

Judith’s work interrogates notions of ethno-nation and multiracialism within Puerto Rican Studies, Latina/o Studies, and Performance Studies. By centering the (neo)colonial concept of blanqueamiento (whitening) within the performative gestures of juridical discourse, film, theatre, and punk, she illuminates the violence produced by the transhistorical force of anti-Blackness and its effects on revolutionary possibilities in Puerto Rico and its diaspora. Her work is situated within Black Feminist and Black Diasporic Theory, Puerto Rican Studies, Latina/o Studies, and Performance Studies.