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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

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 History, with an emphasis on Cross-Strait Relations, identity formation, class, and left-wing political and social movements.

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

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 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

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

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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.

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, Russian literature, Translation, Literary analysis, Trauma studies, Psychoanalytic theory, Gender studies.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

Yu-An Wang

Graduate student

jjsnash@gmail.com