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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: Korean Studies; Migration and Diaspora Studies; Geographies of Territorialization and Nationalism; Tourism and Museology

Amara Ali

Graduate student

amaraaali@gmail.com

Education: MPhil, Modern South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge

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: MA in Sociology, Ewha Womans University

Interests: Korean diaspora, return migration, hierarchical nationhood, ethnic enclaves, expatriate communities, identity formation, Hallyu and cultural globalization

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Cicely Bonnin

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

cicely.bonnin@utexas.edu

Education: BSc, BEd, MA (Linguistics), The University of Queensland

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

Isaac Dwyer

MA Student in Contemporary South Asia

idwyer@utexas.edu

Education: BA, Literature & Spanish, Bennington College

Interests: Hindi-Urdu language and literature, queerness in South Asia, transgender studies, Dalit studies, disability studies, labor and migration.

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.

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

M. Hammad

Graduate student

mhammad@utexas.edu

Education: BA, Political Science, University of Central Florida

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

Education: M.A. in Geography Education, Seoul National University

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

M.A.,Asian Studies- Korean

catherinelajara@utexas.edu

Education: M.A.,Asian Studies- Korean, The University of Texas at Austin

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.

Kevin Lentz

Graduate student

Jia Liu

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

jjljjl@utexas.edu

Education: PhD, Asian Studies

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

Yunfei Shang

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

Interests: Japanese cinema, Chinese language cinemas, East Asia film and media industry, visual culture studies

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 (she/her/hers)

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

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.

Ting-Chun Wang

Graduate student

wangtingchun@utexas.edu

Education: M.A., Comparative Literature, Peking University

Interests: Chinese and Taiwanese Literature in the 20th century, Maoism in China, Cultural Revolution, literary and cultural production in socialist and post-socialist China

Xiaoting Wang

Graduate student

xiaotingwang@utexas.edu

Education: Bachelor, Peking University

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