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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

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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

Christine Castro

Doctoral Student

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

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Holly Genovese

Doctoral Student

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

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Kate Grover

Doctoral 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.

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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.

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Gaila Sims

Doctoral Student

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.