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Zachary Adamz

PhD Student, Asian Cultures & Languages

zmadamz@utexas.edu

Education: B.S. Geography, Brigham Young University; M.A. Geography, University of Kansas

Interests: Diaspora and homeland theory, geographies of nationalism and transnationalism, processes and consequences of territorialization, ethnicity and belonging, Central Eurasian and East Asian studies, particularly late pre-modern and modern Korean history, culture, and society

Sundas Amer

PhD student in Asian Cultures & Languages

sundas.amer@utexas.edu

Interests: Urdu Literature

Justin Ben-Hain

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

jbenhain23@gmail.com

Interests: Vallabhite Vartas, Old Rajasthani Literature, Community formation, circulation of texts and ideas

Jasmine Bisheh

Master's student, Asian Studies

jbisheh@utexas.edu

Interests: Concept of Japanese 'homogeneity', biracial identities of Haafu community in Japan, 20th century cultural history, Japanese-American foreign policy

Qingzi Cai

PhD candidate in Asian Cultures & Languages

caiqingzi214@gmail.com

Interests: Modern Chinese literature

Michelle Chen

PhD candidate in Asian Cultures & Languages

ihsiao@utexas.edu

Interests: Modern Chinese literature, film and culture; Sinophone studies

Ki Chow

Graduate student

Mung Ting Chung

PhD student in Asian Cultures & Languages

mtchung@utexas.edu

Education: M.phil in Chinese Language and Literature Department, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Interests: Hong Kong literature, Taiwan literature, Chinese Diaspora studies and Cultural Cold War.

Casimiro Crawford

Master's student in Asian Studies

casimiro.crawford@utexas.edu

Interests: Post-war recovery of Japan, exploring the various elements at play and comparing the Japanese experience to other emerging countries.

Daniel Dillon

PhD student in Asian Cultures & Languages

ddillon154@utexas.edu |
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Education: B.A. Anthropology, Asian Religions and Cultures; M.A. Religious Studies, Western Kentucky University

Interests: Globalization, the Tamil Ethnoscape, Religious & Ethnic Violence, Modernity, Gender & Sexuality (especially Masculinity), Visual Ethnography, Contemporary Sri Lanka

Xuefeng Feng

PhD student in Asian Cultures & Languages

Interests: Socialist aesthetics and its practices, literary theories in 20th century China, Chinese Marxism and its culture policies.

Hunter Gallacher

Master's student, Asian Studies

hunter.gallacher@utexas.edu

Interests: Sikhism and the Sikh Empire, modern Hindi, and water conservation and rights issues in South Asia

Nina Gat

PhD student in Asian Cultures & Languages

ninasgat@utexas.edu

Interests: Roots of the ancient Indian legal system as seen in Vedic texts; Inter-linkages and divergences in early Dharmaśāstra literature; Customary law traditions; Dharma in practice as seen in contemporary literature of the broader Indian diaspora

Charlotte Giles

PhD student in Asian Cultures & Languages

charlotte.giles@utexas.edu

Interests: Indo-Islamic culture and history, Urdu literature, labor, home-based production and the textile industry

Andrea Gutierrez

PhD student in Asian Cultures & Languages

andreagutierrez@utexas.edu

Interests: Sanskrit, Prakrits, Tamil, foodways, dietary manuals, and food prescriptions of South Asia, animal studies and animal speech, Hindu traditions, Buddhist traditions, yogic traditions

Cheng Jiang

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

chestnut123@utexas.edu

Interests: Chinese literature and cultural history from late Ming to early modern period

Michael Jones

PhD candidate in Asian Cultures & Languages

theojijo@yahoo.com

Interests: Interaction of religion and agriculture in ancient India, especially in the Sanskrit corpus.

Joel Keralis

Graduate student

jkeralis@gmail.com

Jean Kim

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

jjean00@utexas.edu

Interests: Communications Geographies, media and place-making in East Asia, place in media, rapid modernization of East Asia  

Hillary Langberg

PhD Candidate in South Asian Cultures & Languages

hlangberg@utexas.edu

Katie Lazarowicz

PhD student in Asian Cultures & Languages

k.lazarowicz@utexas.edu

Interests: Indian Folk art (Madhubani Painting, Mithila Art), Material Culture & Visual Studies, Development & Labor, Bihar, Hindi, Economics & Economic History 19th Century - present, Contemporary Indian Art, Religious and Spiritual Traditions of India, Jesuits in India.

Tien-Wen Lin

PhD candidate in Asian Cultures & Languages

tienwen@gmail.com

Interests: Korean waves, trans-Asia cultural traffic, nationalism and new media (television and the Internet), the relationship between social media and Taiwanese identity. Flows and movements of cultures; popular or mass media. 

Jia "Juliana" Liu

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

jjljjl@utexas.edu

Interests: Modern Chinese literature, mass media and cultural institution.  

Lisa Longenecker

Graduate student

Kathleen Longwaters

PhD candidate in Asian Cultures & Languages

klongwaters@utexas.edu

Interests: South Asian Medical Traditions, Sanskrit Language and Literature, Intellectual history of Islam, Urdu Poetry and Literature, Buddhist writings in Gandhari

Jeffery McElroy

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

jfmcelroy@utexas.edu

Interests: Literary and cultural studies, with an emphasis on modern Chinese cinema, globalization, and post-colonial studies.

Isaac McQuistion

Master's student, Asian Studies

imcquistion@gmail.com

Interests: The Nehruvian idea of India and the interplay between it and other, conflicting ideas of India and what it means to be an Indian.

Matthew Milligan

PhD Candidate; co-editor-in-chief of Sagar

mattdmilligan@gmail.com |
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Education: B.A. Albion College, M.A. University of Texas, University of Texas

Interests: Indian Buddhism, Indian archaeology, epigraphy, art, Buddhist literature in Sanskrit and Pali

Kathryn North

Master's student in Asian Studies

knnorth@utexas.edu

Interests: Second-language acquisition and identity in India, gender roles and women's issues in South Asia, South Asian history and culture.

Joshua Orme

Master's student in Asian Studies (Global Policy)

joshua.orme@gmail.com

Interests: Formation of South Asian nation-states, 20th century and contemporary geo-politics/international relations, modern socio-political issues, modern and pre-modern history, study of Hindi-Urdu and linguistic influence on nationalism/identity

Yalimar Pagan

Master's student in Asian Studies

yalimar.pagan@gmail.com

Saleha Parvaiz

Master's student in Asian Studies

salehaparvaiz@hotmail.com

Zeltzyn Rubi Sanchez Lozoya

PhD student in Asian Cultures & Languages

zrubisl@gmail.com

Interests: hindi cinema, gender studies, queer theory, affect theory, censorship

Yunfei Shang

Master's student in Asian Studies

Interests: Cultural and social communication and transmission within pre-modern North-East Asian area, particularly between Tokugawa Japan and late Ming China.

Aaron Sherraden

PhD candidate in Asian Cultures & Languages

aaron.sherraden@gmail.com

Interests: Hindi, Malayalam, Sanskrit, Epic Literature of India and associated performance traditions.

Mu-Min Shih

PhD candidate in Asian Cultures & Languages

leoforlion@gmail.com |
512-550-1776

Interests: Female prose and essay writing in Taiwan, Taiwanese writing system movement.

Harshvardhan Siddharthan

Master's student in Asian Studies

Interests: The birth and decline of Indian buddhism. Indian schools and traditions of philosophy in medieval India. Ascetism in India.

Siddharth Sridhar

Master's student in Asian Studies

siddha.sridhar@gmail.com

Interests: The social and intellectual history of Tamil South India in the early modern and colonial periods as well as the social history of trade and migration in the Indian Ocean World. 

David St John

Graduate student

Shu-Wen Tang

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

inger0525@gmail.com

Interests: Contemporary literature, film, history and culture of Sinophone areas, including Taiwan, Hong Kong and China, and my focus would be on the subjects of war, historical violence, political trauma and collective memory.

John Taylor

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

john.m.taylor@utexas.edu

Interests: Classical Sanskrit literature, esp. the Mahabharata, ritual theory, gender & body theory, Indo-European linguistics.

Gregory Wright

Master's student in Asian Studies

Interests: Gender, race and identity in modern Japan, 1868-present; Gender, rights and cultural norms in modern Japan, Race and identity in Japan and East Asia