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Graduate Students

Graduate Students in the American Culture doctoral program conduct interdisciplinary research on a wide range of American studies topics in consultation with dedicated faculty advisors drawing on various disciplines, including history, English,women's studies, law, religious studies, media studies, museum studies, psychology, medicine, art history, and architecture, among many others.

Stefan Aune
Graduate Student
Fields of study: 19th and 20th century Native American history, Cultural History, US Empire, Military Violence, Settler-Colonialism
Maryam Aziz
Graduate Student
Fields of study: African American studies, Black power and the Black arts movement, martial arts in the 20th century social movements, Black popular culture imagery, people of color nationalisms, gender and self-defense
Juan Rodriguez Barrera
Graduate Student
Fields of study: African American Literary Radicalism between the wars, Proletarian Literature, History of the U.S. Communist Movement in the 20th Century, the Cold War, Marxist theory
Sergio Barrera
Graduate Student Instructor
Fields of study: U.S-Mexico Borderlands, Fronterizo Masculinity, Latino Fraternities, and Sexuality on Social Media.
Casidy Campbell
Graduate Student
Fields of Study: Performance Studies, Black Feminist Thought, Sexuality Studies, Black Girl(hood) Studies, Black Critical Theory
Sena Duran
Graduate Student
Fields of Study: Muslim-American studies, gender studies, transnationalism, and the queer of color critique
Dejan Duric
Graduate Student
Fields of Study: religion, law, migration, social activism, undocumented youth, the sanctuary movement, Central American and Chicana/o studies
Fields of Study: ethnonationalism, digital media studies, social networks, visual cultures, and Asian American studies
Belquis Elhadi
Graduate Student Instructor
Fields of study: Arab and Muslim American studies, media and cultural studies, women's and gender studies, race and ethnicity, representations of Muslim American women
Kyle Frisina
Graduate Student
3504 Haven Hall

Fields of study: Interrelation of race, rights, and environment in 20th and 21st century literature, drama, and visual culture; performance studies; museum studies. Teaching: American Magazines; Performing American Culture; Contemporary American Drama.
Dominic Garzonio
Graduate Student
Fields of study: Orientalism and Postcolonial Theory, Film and Media Studies, U.S. Empire, U.S. History (late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries)
Joseph Gaudet
Graduate Student
Fields of study: Early and Nineteenth Century American History, Native American Studies, Environmental History, Borderlands, American West
Yahya Alami Hafez
Graduate Student
Fields of Study: South West Asian and North African (SWANA) studies, Arab American and Diaspora Social Movements, Decolonial Theory, Queer Studies
Kris Klein Hernandez
Graduate Student
3504 Haven Hall

Fields of study: Latino American history, U.S. Mexico borderlands, Chicana/o, Latina/o, Teiana/o studies, intersections of race, gender, nation, and sexuality, nineteenth century U.S. cultural history
Irene Inatty
Graduate Student Instructor
Fields of study: Literary and critical food studies in the Global South, continental philosophy, queer studies and social change
Jallicia Jolly
Graduate Student Instructor
3504 Haven Hall

Fields of study: Women's, gender, and sexuality studies; African diaspora and Caribbean studies; cultural politics of HIV/AIDS, human rights, and humanitarianism.


Meryem Kamil
Graduate Student
Fields of study: Postcolonial studies, digital studies, ethnic studies, Palestine, social movements and activism
Peggy Lee
Graduate Student
Fields of study: Asian/American and critical ethnic studies; citizenship, labor, and mental health; 20th c. women of color literature
Traci Lombre
Graduate Student
Fields of study: 19th and 20th century cultural history of African Americans in the mid-west, Harlem Renaissance, Jazz history and culture, Black music and community development
Michelle May-Curry
Graduate Student Instructor
3504 Haven Hall

Fields of study: critical mixed-race studies, 20th and 21st century African American literature, and visual culture of the family
Alice Mishkin
Graduate Student
Fields of Study: Anti-Occupation Jewish organizations in the United States, Palestinian solidarity, Zionism, White nationalism, and anti-Semitism
Stephen Molldrem
Graduate Student
Fields of study: LGBTQ/Sexuality Studies, Health Studies, HIV/AIDS studies, Infrastructure Studies, Data Studies, Digital Studies, Social and Political Theory, Theories of GovernmentalityHistory and Theory of Homosexuality
Janee Moses
Graduate Student
3504 Haven Hall

Fields of study: 20th C. African American Literary and Cultural Studies, Gender and Women Studies, 20th C. U.S. Social Movement History, Oral History
Emily Na
Graduate Student
Fields of Study: African American literary and cultural production, gender and sexuality studies, Afrofuturism, and visual cultural studies
Pau Nava
Graduate Student Instructor
Fields of Study: Latina/o studies, Chicana/o Art, Mexican History in the Midwest, Public art, Transgender studies, Queer Latinidad, Queercore, Queer of color critique.
Kate O'Connor
Graduate Student Instructor
Fields of study: Disability studies, institutionalization, medicine, and reproductive justice; youth and the family; gender, sexuality, and queer theory
Michael Pascual
Graduate Student
Fields of study: U.S. Empire in the Philippines, Queer of Color Critique, Asian-American Studies, Visual Culture, and Museum Studies
Robert Ramaswamy
Graduate Student Instructor
Fields of study: 20th century US; urban history; labor history; history of capitalism; gender; feminist theory; Marxist theory
Megan Rim
Graduate Student Instructor
Cengiz Salman
Graduate Student
Fields of Study: Digital Studies; Technology, innovation, and idealism; Planetary computation; Venture capital and private equity; Value and surplus; Critical theory
Jasleen Singh
Graduate Student
Fields of Study: Sikh diaspora, activism and subjectivities in the post-9/11 era, transnational narratives, feminist and queer theories, digital assemblages and community development.
Kyera Singleton
Graduate Student
Fields of study: Black women’s bodies and diaspora
Hanah Stiverson
Graduate Student Instructor
Fields of study: Representations of race and gender in new media, Comic Studies, Film Studies
Aurelis Troncoso
Graduate Student
Fields of Study: African Diaspora and Gender Studies, Intersectionalities of race, gender, (queer) sexuality, Afro-Latinidad in the Caribbean and U.S., Black Feminist Queer Theory, West African Spirituality in Cuba and the U.S. post colonization
Vivian Truong
Graduate Student
Fields of Study: Asian American Studies, Urban History, Social Movements, Women of Color Feminisms, Public History, and Oral History
Kerry White
Graduate Student
Fields of Study: transgender and other gender non-normative subjectivities in the Americas, particularly in the circum-Caribbean; ethnography; and queer of color critique
Mallory Whiteduck
Graduate Student Instructor
Fields of study: Native American Studies; Anishinabe kinship narratives and ontology; Native literature and literary theory; land, language and belonging
Kathleen Whiteley
Graduate Student
3504 Haven Hall

Fields of study: Native American Studies, Native American History, gender and women’s history