FMS New Faculty: Dr. Meryem Kamil, Dr. Andre Kunigami, and Dr. Bo Ruberg
Department: Film and Media StudiesPost Date: October 23, 2020
Dr. Meryem Kamil earned her Ph.D. from the Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan. She held the Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California, San Diego from 2019-2020 in the Ethnic Studies Department, also her undergraduate alma mater. Her research interests include new media, postcolonial studies, and Palestine studies. She is a member of Precarity Lab, a cross-disciplinary research collective that studies various forms of insecurity, vulnerability, and social and cultural exclusion that digital platforms produce, and a co-author of Technoprecarious (Goldsmiths Press, November 2020).
Dr. André Keiji Kunigami comes to UCI’s Department of Film and Media Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was a Carolina Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Romance Studies. Kunigami has also taught film history at the Fluminense Federal University in Brazil, and he has been a researcher at PUC-RJ, in Rio de Janeiro, and a Japan Foundation Fellow at Meiji Gakuin University, in Tokyo. He was born and raised in Brazil, where he earned his B.A. in communication from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and his M.A. in communication from the Fluminense Federal University. He earned his Ph.D. in Asian studies from Cornell University, where he also specialized in Luso-Brazilian studies, and film and video studies.
Bonnie “Bo” Ruberg, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of interactive media and digital games
at the University of California, Irvine. Their research explores gender and sexuality in digital media and digital cultures with a focus on queerness and video games. They are the author of The Queer Games Avant-Garde (2020, Duke University Press) and Video Games Have Always Been Queer (2019, New York University Press) and the co-editor of Queer Game Studies (2017, University of Minnesota Press). Ruberg is also the co-founder and co-organizer of the annual Queerness and Games Conference. They received their Ph.D. with certification in New Media and Gender and Sexuality Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and served as a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Interactive Media and Games Division at the University of Southern California.