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Nicholas Bloom

Doctoral Student

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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Kerry Knerr

Doctoral Student

Interests: Food studies, cocktail culture, economic history and geography, the erotics of consumption, representations of cannibalism, and affect and embodiment

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Anna Lyon

Doctoral Student

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

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Natalie Zelt

Doctoral Student

Interests: contemporary art of the United States, photography and its histories, critical race and gender studies, American cultural history, visual culture studies, material culture studies, curatorial practice

PhD Candidacy

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Anneleise Azua

Doctoral Student

Interests: Ethnic Studies, Latinx Studies, Medical Anthropology, ethnography, higher education, health and healthcare in the United States and Mexico, and the history of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands

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Christine Capetola

Doctoral Student

Interests: queer theory, black studies, gender studies, sound studies, affect theory, performance studies, 80's pop and r&b, contemporary synthpop

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Joshua Kopin

Doctoral Student

Interests: 20th century cultural history, comics studies, affect studies, popular cultural studies, American religious history, political art, historiography, fame, men's style, writing pedagogy

Robert Oxford

Doctoral Student

Interests: South Texas fracking communities, ethnography, eco-critisism, petrol-politics, neoliberalism, and climate justice.

Caroline Pinkston

Doctoral Student

Interests: history of education, schools & community identity, collective memory & history, textbook studies, memorials & memorializing, education & curricular philosophy

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Edwin Whitewolf

Doctoral Student

Interests: Cinema Studies and Media Studies, Native American Studies, Museum Studies, Critical Race Theory, Pop Culture and Spectacle, National Memory, 19th Century American History

PhD Students

Judson Barber

Doctoral Student

Interests: Public memory, public history, prison and carceral studies, restorative justice, cultural and human geography, feminist geographies, emotional and affective geographies, architecture and urban design, postmodernism, hyperreality, amusement, leisure, and cultures of American recreation.

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Zoya Brumberg

Doctoral Student

Interests: The American west, migration, historiography, myth-making, public space, historic and environmental preservation practices, travel memoirs, landscapes as literary characters, 1960s-70s foraging and DIY guides, road trip movies, natural history museums, communicating on these topics heuristically

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Leah Butterfield

Doctoral Student

Interests: Transnational Feminism, Queer Theory, Memoir and Personal Essay, Tourism Studies, Immigration Studies, Digital Humanities

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Caroline Johnson

Doctoral Student

Interests: Images and visual culture, popular culture, comics and political cartoons, youth culture, consumer history, speech play and verbal art, gender theory

Andrea Remoquillo

Doctoral Student

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.

MA Students

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Ja'nell Ajani

Masters Student

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

Christine Castro

Masters Student

Interests: Chican@ Studies, Social Epistemology, Agricultural Labor & Immigrant history in California, Violence & incarceration in rural spaces, Collective memory

Holly Genovese

Masters Student

Interests: Incarceration, social movement history, African American history, black power, southern studies, prison literature, and creative nonfiction.

Kate Grover

Masters Student

Interests: American musical cultures and communities, 20th and 21st century cultural history, critical race and gender studies, feminist histories and practice, popular culture studies, performance studies, media studies, women in rock culture, the 1990s, historical memory and meaning-making processes, fandom, nostalgia, the politics of taste, stardom and celebrity studies, "cool"/"coolness" in the US.

Taylor Johnson

Masters Student

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Gaila Sims

Masters Student

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

Bahar Tahamtani

Masters Student

Interests: Academic: Representations of crime and violence, affect theory, photography, gender theory, digital and social media, 20th century American literature. Personal: Reading, video games, hiking, drawing.

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Kristen Wilson

Masters Student

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.