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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.

Glenesha Berryman
Graduate Student
Fields of study: Black feminisms, cultural studies, pop music studies, and the Obama era
Loveleen Brar
Graduate Student
Fields of study: Asian American Studies, Migrant Labor, Critical Food Studies, and Women of Color Feminisms
Michael Brier
Graduate Student
Fields of study: History of anti-discrimination law and colorblind rhetoric in the US; political technologies; intellectual history
Kathleen Brown
Graduate Student
Fields of study: Transnational anti-fascism and networks of solidarity around the Spanish Civil War; abolitionist studies, critical university studies
Henry Chen
Graduate Student
Fields of study: Asian American history to 1940; histories of sexuality in North America; queer of color critique
Lily Jiale Chen
Graduate Student
Fields of study: museum studies, memory studies, anti/post/decolonial studies, U.S. imperialism, Indigeneity, women of color feminisms, queer and trans of color critique.
Sena Duran
Graduate Student
Fields of Study: Arab and Muslim American Studies; Women of Color Feminisms; Film and Genre Studies; Digital and New Media Studies; History of Sexuality
Jasmine Ehrhardt
Graduate Student
Fields of Study: Ethnonationalism, digital media studies, social networks, visual cultures, and Asian American studies.
Mona Hagmagid
Graduate Student
Fields of study: Historical impact of Muslim-Americans on the fabric of American culture, concentrating on the racial, class, and sectarian differences that made up 20th-century Muslim-American communities.
Caroline Hsu
Graduate Student
Fields of study: media and cultural studies, Asian American studies, Internet and digital studies, film studies, contemporary literary fiction.
Melisa Hussain
Graduate Student
Fields of study: Ethnographic Writing, Arab & Muslim American Studies, Media & Surveillance Studies, Representations of Visibly Muslim Women, Civil Rights & Social Activism, Race + Racialization of Muslim Americans, FBI/JTTF, Education Policy, Human Rights Violation.
Irene Inatty
Graduate Student
Fields of study: Literary and critical food studies in the Global South, continental philosophy, queer studies, and social change.
Daniel Jin
Graduate Student
Fields of study: U.S. urban history, (im)migration history, Asian American Studies, Puerto Rican and Latina/o/x Studies.
Charlotte Juergens
Graduate Student
Fields of study: Memory Studies, Public History, Oral History, Visual Culture, Material Culture, Museum Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, Archives.
Michelle pruneah Kim
Graduate Student
Fields of study: Critical Food Studies, Critical Race Theory, Migrant Studies, and Diaspora Studies
Adrian King
Graduate Student
Fields of study: Black Trans Studies, Trans and Queer of Color Critique, Popular Culture Studies, Black Gender and Sexuality Studies
Erin Leary
Graduate Student
Fields of study: Native American/ Indigenous studies; environmental/ climate humanities, science, and culture; Indigenous and environmental futurities; (de)colonial imaginations; place-making; literary and historical studies; visual culture
Kyle Lindsey
Graduate Candidate
Fields of study: digital studies, black cultural studies, feminist and queer studies, cultural criticism
Julianna Loera-Wiggins
Graduate Student Candidate
Fields of study: Chicana/o/x studies, Latina/o/x studies; performance studies; ethnography; Latina feminist phenomenology; Stand-up Comedy & Humor; social movements & activism; oral history & testimonio
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.
Alice Mishkin
Graduate Student
Fields of Study: Intersections of White supremacy, Zionism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia; Palestinian solidarity movements in the United States; Self-narrative and activist identity development
Emily Na
Graduate Student
Fields of Study: African American literature, visual culture, American slavery, memory, museums
Pau Nava
Graduate Student
Fields of Study: Chicana/o art, Latina/o studies, Mexican Chicago, Feminist Archival Studies, Queer Latinidad, Visual Culture
jessie neal
Graduate Student
Fields of study: Pacific Island Studies, CHamoru Studies, Women and Gender Studies, Post/Decolonialism, ethnography, history, Native and Indigenous Studies, Queer and Trans Studies.
Kate O'Connor
Graduate Student
Fields of study: Disability studies; 19th and 20th century US; Institutionalization; History of Childhood and Youth; History of Medicine; Migration & Industrialization on Detroit/Canada border.
Brooklyn Oxandaboure
Graduate Student
Fields of study: Cultural Studies, white working-class identity and community formation, Right-wing ideologies, and Media Studies.
Allyson Pérez
Graduate Student
Fields of Study: Latinx Studies, Critical Food Studies, Cuban and Caribbean Studies, Migration, Labor, Nationalism, Diaspora, Restaurants and Food Businesses, Politics.
Megan Rim
Graduate Student
Fields of study: How people of color in contemporary social movements utilize media and digital technologies.
Wesley Ruiz
Graduate Student
Fields of study: Queer and Trans Studies, Critical Theory, Ethnic Studies, and Performance Studies.
Cengiz Salman
Graduate Student
Fields of Study: Digital studies, unemployment and labor (formal and informal), critiques of capitalism, and racial capitalism.
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.
Cheyenne Travioli
Graduate Student
Fields of Study: Indigenous studies, Indigenous women history, Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), American Indian boarding schools, oral history, decolonization.
Aurelis Troncoso
Doctoral Candidate
Troncoso’s fields of study include intersectionalities of race, gender, (queer) sexuality, Afro-Latinidad in the Caribbean and the United States, transnational Black feminism, queer and trans theory, Afro-Latinx literature, and African Diaspora religions. Her dissertation project focuses on the experiences of LGBTQ practitioners in Santería and Espiritismo in Puerto Rico and how practitioners negotiate race, nationality, queerness and transness within sacred spaces and beyond.
Kerry White
Graduate Student
Fields of Study: Trans and Queer of Color Critique, Cuban and Caribbean Studies, Ethnographic Writing"