Graduate Students

Elaine Andres


Vanessa Baker


Erica Cheung

Research Interests: 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.

Charlie Curtis

Allison Dziuba

Stefanie Lira


Amanda Mixon


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.

Sara Newsome

Amanda Petersen

Research Interests: Resistance to the U.S. legal system; abolition theory and practice; biased decision-making in the U.S. legal system; knowledge production in socio-legal and criminological scholarship; liberation theories

Jessica Pruett

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

Anandi Rao

Anat Schwartz


Anat is a doctoral candidate in the East Asian Languages & Literature department. Anat's research takes an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary South Korean feminist activism and communities, paying particular attention to the intersections of feminist spaces on and off social media. Anat's areas of interest include gender and sexuality studies, contemporary South Korean society and culture, feminist epistemology, and cultural theory.

Mindy Tauberg

Annie Wilkinson


Research Interests:  global sexualities, transnational social movements, religious fundamentalisms

Alexander Wolff


Alexander Wolff is a second year graduate student in the Anthropology department. He received his Bachelor's degree in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Research Interests: issues of political participation, governance, citizenship, gender, and sexuality in South Korea. 

Nima Yolmo