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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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Holly Genovese

Doctoral Student

hollygenovese@utexas.edu |
BUR 404

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

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Coyote Shook

Doctoral Student

coyoteshook@utexas.edu |
BUR 408

Interests: Disability studies, environmental humanities, blue humanities/ ocean studies, creative nonfcition, climate change, bioacoustics/ sound studies, history of oceanography, marine biology, animal studies, speculative nonfiction, swamp ecosystems, comics as research.

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Bahar Tahamtani

Doctoral Student

btahamtani@utexas.edu |
BUR 404

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

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Cooper Weissman

Doctoral Student

cooperweissman@utexas.edu |
BUR 408

Interests: Black and Indigenous ecologies; U.S. environmental history; environmental justice; histories of eugenics, racial capitalism, and settler colonialism; Black feminist theory; ecological catastrophe; climate justice; abolition and mutual aid; cultural geography

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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Judson Barber

Doctoral Student

jgbarber@utexas.edu

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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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, architecture, visual culture, Chinese American history, Jewish Studies, old Hollywood, food

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Leah Butterfield

Doctoral Student

l.butterfield@utexas.edu

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

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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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Andrea Remoquillo

Doctoral Student

atremo@utexas.edu

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.

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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

PhD Students


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Stephanie Childress

Doctoral Student

stephanie.childress@utexas.edu 

Interests: U.S. cultural, social, and political history; history of capitalism, left and right social movements, agriculture & environmental humanities, race and memory, racial violence, public & digital humanities, pulp and southwestern literature.

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Kameron Dunn

Doctoral Student

kamerondunn@utexas.edu |
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Interests: aesthetics, fandom, queer theory, history of capitalism, online subcultures, digital ethnography, 한류

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Odalis Garcia Gorra

Doctoral Student

ogarcia.gorra@utexas.edu

Interests: Latinx Studies, digital culture, Cinema/Media Studies, Pop Culture, Religious Studies, Caribbean diaspora, brujeria, identity formation

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Marco Guarino

Doctoral Student

Interests: Latin American/ American Cultural Production, Afro-Latinx Diaspora, Syncretism, History of Music Technology, Immigrant Identities, Popular Culture, Latin American Politics, U.S Foreign Policy.

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Taylor Johnson Karahan

Doctoral Student

taylor.johnson@austin.utexas.edu

Interests: Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies; Indigenous studies; Anti-Colonialism; imperial conflicts; historical nationalisms; contemporary settler colonial geographies; haunting and afterlives

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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Giulia Oprea

Doctoral Student

giuliaoprea@utexas.edu

Interests: Carceral studies; state power & resistance; digital culture & social control; technocapitalism; science fiction; revolution; technologies of control; abolition; race and ethnicity; class; marxism.

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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

Amanda Tovar

Doctoral Student

amandatovar@utexas.edu

Interests: sexual violence, colonialism, south texas identity formations via the grapefruit, grapefruit, agruiculture, monster creation, American tween television, ancient philosophy, capitalism, sexism, gender and women's studies, diasporic studies, ethnic studies, latinx studies

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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


Rene Arteaga

Masters Student

rxarteaga23@utexas.edu

Interests: Media and Performance, Popular Culture, hip-hop studies, public art, Latinx studies, health and medicine, physical culture, performance studies, economics, black fugitivity, the undercommons.

Justine Frerichs

Masters Student

jfrerichs@utexas.edu

Interests: Environmental humanities, environmental justice, ethnic US literatures, postcolonial literature, race, climate change, food, public humanities

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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.