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Ja'nell Ajani

Doctoral Student

janell.ajani@utexas.edu |
BUR 408

Interests: Modern and Contemporary Art, Commodification, Cinema and Media Studies, Visual Culture Studies, African-American art and art of the African diaspora, Media and Performance, and Popular Culture

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Judson Barber

Doctoral Student

jgbarber@utexas.edu |
BUR 404

Interests: Public memory, prison and carceral studies, cultural, feminist, and affective geographies, architecture and urban design, postmodernism, hyperreality, amusement, leisure, and cultures of American recreation.

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Leah Butterfield

Doctoral Student

l.butterfield@utexas.edu |
BUR 404

Interests: Feminist Theory and Practice, Queer Theory, Memoir and Personal Essay, Tourism Studies, Immigration Studies, Digital Humanities

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Holly Genovese

Doctoral Student

hollygenovese@utexas.edu |
BUR 408

Interests: prison abolition, Black literature, hip hop Studies, public art, poetics, prison memoir, southern studies. experimental form, public history

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Andrea Remoquillo

Doctoral Student

atremo@utexas.edu |
BUR 408

Interests: Asian-American studies, transnational feminism, Filipino/a postcolonial studies, Filipino/Filipino-American diaspora, gender and sexual identity formation in the contemporary U.S., popular culture studies, ethnography.

PhD Candidacy


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Anneleise Azua

Doctoral Student

avazua@utexas.edu

Interests: Folk Medicine, Oral History and Ethnography, Ethnic Studies, Latinx Studies, Anthropology, Gender Studies, higher education, health and medicine in the United States and Mexico, U.S.-Mexico Borderland History, Museum Studies, Public History

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Nicholas Bloom

Doctoral Student

nfbloom@gmail.com

Interests: 19th and 20th century US history; Atlantic slavery; the US South; early history of North America and the Caribbean; migration and diaspora; colonialism and modernity; critical theories of race and racism; critical theories of gender; intellectual history and political theory; radical political imaginary/the black radical tradition; Marxism; anti-colonial/postcolonial political projects; resistance literature; sports and popular music.

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Zoya Brumberg

Doctoral Student

zoyabrumberg@utexas.edu

Interests: women and gender studies, Asian American studies, postcolonial studies, critical theory, the history of the left, museums, visual culture, science fiction, Marxism

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Kate Grover

Doctoral Student

kategrover@utexas.edu

Interests: Women's and gender studies, popular music studies, media studies, feminisms and feminist historiography, representation in U.S. popular culture, 20th and 21st century cultural history, rock music, historical memory, stardom and celebrity studies, cool/coolness.

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Caroline Johnson

Doctoral Student

cejohnson@utexas.edu

Interests: U.S. cultural and social history; popular culture; women’s and gender history; new labor history, history of aviation, images and visual culture, history of photography; comics and political cartoons, adolescent and youth culture

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Anna Lyon

Doctoral Student

anna.lyon@utexas.edu

Interests: US cultural history, medical history, bioethics, reproductive technologies, critical race studies, queer studies, materialist feminism, kinship

PhD Students


Stephanie Childress

Doctoral Student

stephanie.childress@utexas.edu 

Interests: identity formation and the effect on arts, culture, and politics; and transnational iterations of Texan literature to question issues of gender, power, and fandom through the methods of materiality, oral history, epistolarity, and digital humanities.

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Taylor Johnson Karahan

Doctoral Student

tcheyennejohnson@utexas.edu

Interests: Pop Culture and Media Studies; Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies; Indigenous studies; Anti-Colonialism; imperial conflicts; historical nationalisms; contemporary settler colonial geographies; youth culture

Whitney Shylee May

Doctoral Student

w.may@utexas.edu

Interests: The Gothic, 19th-century horror literature and culture, monster theory, literary criticism, spatial literary studies, history of capitalism, circus and sideshow history

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Henrik Schneider

Doctoral Student

henrik_schneider@utexas.edu

Interests: Popular Culture, Prehistory, Cultural Narratives and Myths, Queer Theory, Representations of Gender and Sexuality in Film, U.S. Techno-Cultures, Science Fiction

Kerry Scroggie

Doctoral Student

kerry.scroggie@gmail.com

Interests: cultural implications of genetic science and genealogy in (re)producing white, colonial, and heteronormative discourses of family and kinship.

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Coyote Shook

Doctoral Student

coyoteshook@utexas.edu

Interests: Disability studies, Environmental humanities, animal studies, speculative nonfiction, histories of eugenics, crip hauntology, literary studies, "Florida studies," sound studies and sonic landscapes, comics as research.

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Gaila Sims

Doctoral Student

gaila.sims@utexas.edu

Interests: Public History, Slavery, Museums, Public Memory, African American History, Black Feminism, Museum Education, Archives

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Bahar Tahamtani

Doctoral Student

btahamtani@utexas.edu

Interests: Representations of crime and violence, material objects, gender and sexuality, cultural memory, affect, digital culture.

Amanda Tovar

Doctoral Student

amandatovar@utexas.edu

Interests: intersection of sexual assault and colonialism in South Texas and the ancient philosophies that have always existed in practice without a name amongst Xicanx communities

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Kristen Wilson

Doctoral Student

kristenwilson@utexas.edu

Interests: 20th century U.S. history and culture, film studies, interaction of cultural production and political power, occupation and reconstruction, cultures of scarcity and plenty, public memory, myth-making, popular culture, children's literature, hyperreality.

MA Students


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Kameron Dunn

Masters Student

kamerondunn@utexas.edu |
via Zoom through Calendly

Interests: aesthetics, fandom, queer theory, history of capitalism, online subcultures, digital ethnography, 한류

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Michelle Mensah

Masters Student

mom579@utexas.edu

Interests: slavery's influence on individuals through their social environment and sense of agency.