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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, Asian Cultures & Languages

sundas.amer@utexas.edu

Interests: Urdu Literature

Emily Beissner

Master's student, Asian Studies

ebeissner86@gmail.com

Education: BA Philosophy and Malayalam, The University of Texas at Austin

Justin Ben-Hain

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

jbenhain23@gmail.com

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

Cicely Bonnin

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

cicely.bonnin@utexas.edu

Education: MA, Linguistics, The University of Queensland

Jacob Burger

Master's student, Asian Studies

jtburger@utexas.edu

Education: BA in Modern Chinese Language, Clemson University

Interests: Contemporary Taiwanese society and politics, with an emphasis on Cross-Strait Relations, identity formation, and class.

Qingzi Cai

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

caiqingzi214@gmail.com

Interests: Modern Chinese literature

Michelle Chen

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

ihsiao@utexas.edu

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

Ki "Cora" Chow

Master's student, Asian Studies

chowki@utexas.edu

Interests: Modern Chinese and Japanese literature, women literature, and aesthetics  

Mung Ting Chung

PhD student, 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, 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, Asian Cultures & Languages

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

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

Ssu-Chieh Fan

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

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

Enrique Guerrero

Master's student, Asian Studies

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

Namrata Kanchan

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

namrata.kanchan@utexas.edu

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

Jean Kim

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

jjean00@utexas.edu

Interests: Gender and Nation, Reproductive policies, Assisted Reproductive Technologies(ARTs), infertility/subfertility, low fertility in South Korea, everyday life, time geography

Michael Kuehl

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

mkuehl@utexas.edu

Interests: Contemporary Japanese literature, Translation, Literary analysis, Trauma studies, Psychoanalytic theory, Gender studies, Mourning and Suicide.

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.  

Lisa Longenecker

Master's student, Asian Studies

lisa.long@utexas.edu

Interests: Globalization of Korean media, mental health & suicide rates in South Korea, Korean political opposition movements in the 20th/21st centuries, lasting effects of the Japanese colonization of East Asia, the assimilation process of North Korean refugees, Netizen/Anti-fan culture in South Korea, socioeconomic inequality in South Korea, and the educational atmosphere of East Asia.

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.

Tú-Uyên Nguyen

Master's student, Asian Studies

tuuyen.nguyen@utexas.edu

Interests: Human Sacrifice, self-immolation, transmission, translation, and interpretation of religious texts/practices across countries and time periods, how language affects daily life, identity, and our sense of community.

Zeltzyn Rubi Sanchez Lozoya

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

zrubisl@gmail.com

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

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.

Aaron Sherraden

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

aaron.sherraden@gmail.com

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

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 student, Asian Cultures & Languages

inger0525@gmail.com

Interests: Contemporary Sinophone literature, film, and culture

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.

Ming-Huei Wang

PhD student, Asian Cultures & Languages

mhwang@mail.utexas.edu

Interests: Modern Chinese and Taiwan literature