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Ja'nell Ajani

Doctoral 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

Doctoral Student

ccastro@utexas.edu

Interests: Agricultural Labor Movements; Violence and incarceration in rural spaces; Chicanx/Latinx Studies

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Holly Genovese

Doctoral Student

hollygenovese@utexas.edu

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

Whitney May

Doctoral Student

w.may@utexas.edu

Coyote Shook

Doctoral Student

coyoteshook@utexas.edu

Interests: Disability studies, ghost studies and occultism, crip hauntology, dark tourism, death and dying in American culture, necropolitics, history of tuberculosis in the American West, Marxist and labor theory.

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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

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.