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Zachary Adamz

PhD Candidate, 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, tourism, ethnicity and belonging, Central Eurasian, Soviet, and East Asian (particularly Korean) history, culture, and society

Sundas Amer

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

sundas.amer@utexas.edu

Interests: Urdu Literature

Katheryn Bolton

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

katheryn.bolton@utexas.edu

Education: M.A. in Sociology, Ewha Womans University

Interests: Korean diaspora, return migration, hierarchical nationhood, expatriate communities

Cicely Bonnin

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

cicely.bonnin@utexas.edu

Education: MA, Linguistics, The University of Queensland

Qingzi Cai

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

caiqingzi214@gmail.com

Interests: Modern Chinese literature

Katharine Chandler

Graduate student

katharinechandler@utexas.edu

Education: BA in Philosophy, Religious Studies, History, and Great Books, East Carolina University

Michelle Chen

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

ihsiao@utexas.edu

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

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daniel dillon

PhD Candidate, South Asian Cultures & Languages

ddillon154@utexas.edu |
RLP 4.502

Education: BA Anthropology, Asian Religions and Cultures; MA Religious Studies, Western Kentucky University

Interests: Mobilities, Gender & Sexuality (especially Masculinity), Queer Theory, Asian American Studies and the Tamil Ethnoscape, Religious & Ethnic Violence, Visual & Literary Ethnography, Contemporary Sri Lanka

Erick Dodge

Master's student, Asian Studies

ejdodge@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., Classics and Anthropology, University of Houston

Interests: Indo-European Studies, Religious Studies, and Prehistory (Archaeology, Genetics)

Ssu-Chieh Fan

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

jessicafan@utexas.edu

Education: M.A. in Translation and Interpretation, National Taiwan University

Interests: Cultural production in contemporary East Asia, with an emphasis on the intersections between Sinophone literature, film, and globalization.

Xuefeng Feng

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

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

Michael Fiden

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

mfiden@utexas.edu

Education: MA in Religious Studies, University of South Florida.

Nina Gat

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

ninasgat@utexas.edu

Interests: Literatures of India; Beginnings of modern Hindi literature; Classical Indian aesthetics; & Indian modernity

Charlotte Giles

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

charlotte.giles@utexas.edu

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

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Andrea Gutierrez

PhD student, 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

Sravani K.

Graduate student

Namrata Kanchan

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

namrata.kanchan@utexas.edu

Interests: Premodern Deccan literary cultures; translation culture, Indo-Persian literary culture.

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Jean Young Kim

PhD Candidate, Asian Cultures & Languages

jjean00@utexas.edu

Interests: infertility/subfertility, hope, neoliberal governmentality, biopolitics, Assisted Reproductive Technologies(ARTs), politics of reproduction, (ultra) low fertility in East Asia, everyday geographies

Michael Kuehl

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

mkuehl@utexas.edu

Interests: Contemporary Japanese literature, Russian literature, Translation, Literary analysis, Trauma studies, Psychoanalytic theory, Gender studies.

Catherine Lajara

Master's student, Asian Studies

catherinelajara@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., International Studies and Asian Studies, The City College of New York

Interests: Korean Language; Suicide in South Korea: the causes, the population it affects, resolution; gender issues in South Korean Media

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Katie Lazarowicz

PhD student, 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.

Jia "Juliana" Liu

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

jjljjl@utexas.edu

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

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.

Jenny Myung

Master's student, Asian Studies

jennymyung@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., International Relations and Global Studies, University of Texas at Austin

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Zeltzyn Rubi Sanchez Lozoya

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

zrubisl@gmail.com

Education: PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Indian cinemas and film cultures, world cinema, women cinema, transnational and third world feminisms, cultural studies of South Asia, and film digital distribution

Yunfei Shang

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

Interests: East Asia film history, archives and industry, film production under authoritarian states, Hollywood's dissemination in East Asian and its aftermath.

Benjamin Simington

Master's student, Asian Studies

benjaminsimington@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., History, Carthage College

Interests: Islam in South Asia, Sufi texts, Urdu, Anti-colonialism, Religious conversion, Critical Whiteness Studies

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Lauren Slusher

Master's student, Asian Studies and Global Policy Studies

lauren.e.slusher@utexas.edu

Education: BBA in Business Honors and Management pre-law, Texas A&M University

Interests: I’m interested in working for the United States Foreign Commercial Service to promote trade between the United States and Asia, with an emphasis on trade promotion with the People’s Republic of China

David St. John

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

stjohnd@utexas.edu

Education: MA in Religious Studies, Florida International University

Interests: South Asian Religions: Primarily in Jainism, Secondarily in Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism. American Religions: Primarily Quakerism. Within these traditions I focus on the history of the formation of ethics, lay ethics, mendicant-lay interactions, lived experience of the laity in ascetic based traditions.

Shu-Wen Tang

PhD candidate, Asian Cultures & Languages

swtang@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. in Political Science, National Taiwan University, M.A. in Taiwanese Literature, National Chengchi University

Interests: Literary and cultural studies, with an emphasis on Taiwan and Post-Socialist China

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.

Yu-An Wang

Graduate student

jjsnash@gmail.com

Caleb Williams

Master's student, Asian Studies

cjw0880@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., Chinese Language and Literature, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Chinese Folklore Studies