Graduate Students

Natalia Affonso


B.A. in English Language and Literature, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), 2013
M.A. in Literary Studies, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), 2018
Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA), Saxoncourt, London, 2011

Research Interests: ContemporaryQueer/Cuir/lesbian Caribbean, Brazilian and Latin American literature; Poetry translation; Decolonial and Anticolonial thought and aesthetics; Global South; Afrodiasporic thought, Sexual dissidence, Grassroots activism, Freirean Pedagogy

Danah Alfailakawi


B.A. in English Language and Literature, American University of Kuwait, 2011
M.A. in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, Kuwait University, 2017

Research Interests: Modern and Contemporary Arab/ic Literature; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Indigeneity and Race in the Middle East; Queer Theory/Queer Theory of Color; Critical Race Theory; Decoloniality and Anticoloniality; The Monstrous, the Grotesque, the Abject

Anastasia Baginski

B.A. in English, University of California Irvine, 2012

Research Interests: 20th century poetic movements in the United States and Mexico, critical theory, queer theory, border studies, translation and hemispheric studies

Ashwin Bajaj

M.A. English, UC Santa Barbara (2018)
B.A. English (2009), M.A. English (2011), M.Phil. (2014), University of Delhi

Research Interests: Continental philosophy, Critical Theory, Philosophy of history, Dialectical thought, Historical novel, Postcolonial Literature, Theories of the Novel, Feminist Studies

Robert Barrett


B.A. in English/Lib. Studies, Sonoma State University, 2013

Research Interests: 20th Century North American Literature; LGBTQIA+ Literature, Film, Visual & Performing Arts; Cultural Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies; HIV/AIDS Activism, Trauma, and the Literary, Visual and Performing Arts; Feminist and Queer Fantasy and Speculative/Science Fiction

Edward Batres

B.A. in International Relations and French, summa cum laude, University of Redlands, 2016

Research Interests: Francophone and Hispanic Caribbean literature (19th century - contemporary); the production of space; archipelagic thinking; postcolonial studies; anthropological studies of the Martinican peasantry; the decolonization of belonging and attachment; the preservation of colonial waste

Michael Berlin

B.A. in Liberal Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, New York, 2011

Research Interests: Michael's dissertation The Poetry of Origins: Odes, Palinodes, and Literary History reevaluates the ode and its influence on the study of lyric poetry. Whereas twentieth-century criticism has viewed the ode as a constitutive genre of Western literature, I show that its development is essentially modern. Examining the Atlantic context of the ode, I trace how this genre became a medium for allegories of colonial authority that relied upon a racialized sense of literary futurity. Inherently unstable, these efforts ran up against the genre of poetic recantation (“palinode”), which served as an anticipatory counterbalance to the progressive literary history encoded in the ode.

For more information see his website.

Ashley Call


M.A. in English Literature, Claremont Graduate School, 2017
B.A. in English Literature, Brigham Young University, 2014

Research Interests: U.S. Literature 19-20th Century, Religion and Secularism; Political Theory; Critical Theory; Translation Studies; Settler Colonialism: Zionism and the American West; Millenarianism and Utopias

David Carter

M.A. in Individualized Study, 2016
B.A. in Philosophy, UC Santa Cruz, 2006

Williston Chase

M.A. international relations and african studies, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 2010
B.A. philosophy, University of California, Los Angeles 2008

Research Interests: 20th century Latin American literature, film, and culture; critical theory; critical university studies; neoliberalism; anarchist pedagogies

Ssu-Yu Chen


M.A. English, National Central University, Taiwan (2016)
B.A. Foreign Language & Literature, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan (2012)

Research Interests: Gender & Sexualities Studies, Gender Governance, Critical Race Theory, Theory of the State, History of Nationalism and Nation-Building, Affect Theory, Phenomenology, Political Theory, Historiography in East Asia, Postcolonialism in East Asia

Carlos Colmenares Gil

Colmenares GilDegrees:
M.A. in Philosophy and Critical Theory, Kingston University, London, 2012
B.A. in Psychology, Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, 2009

Research Interests: Latin American thought, contemporary Latin American literature, film, essay as form, scientificity of form, negativity, mediation, continental philosophy, psychoanalysis.

Rose DuCharme

B.A. in English and French Studies, Scripps College, 2014

Research Interests: Transatlantic modernism; feminist and queer studies; critical race studies; affect; literary and aesthetic engagements with subjectivity, structure, and space.

John Gillespie


B.S. Philosophy and Religious Studies, Towson University, 2017

Research Interest: Black Literature, Theory and Performance Studies; Science, Technology and Society studies; Continental philosophy; Psychoanalysis; Anti-psychiatry and Madness Studies.

James Goebel


B.A. in Philosophy, California State University, Fullerton 2011

Research Interests:20th Century Literatures of the U.S. Southwest Deserts; Critical Animal and Environmental Studies; Ecocriticism and Place Studies; History and Philosophy of Science and Ecology; New Materialism and Posthumanism    

Laura Hatch

B.A. in Humanities and German, minor in Scandinavian studies, Brigham Young University, 2013

Research Interests: Embodiment; phenomenology; Medieval and Early Modern literature and visual art

Alejandro Hirsch Saed

Hirsch Saed

B.A. in Literature and International Studies, American University, 2020

Research Interests: Development studies through Literature and Film; Anglophone African Literature (Kenya and Nigeria); Third World Literature and Film; Eco-criticism; Post-colonial literature; Latin American Literature and Film; Representations of Violence

Sarah Hoenicke Flores

Hoenicke Flores

B.A. English, Mills College, 2016
M.S. Journalism, UC Berkeley, 2019

Interests: Postcoloniality; Displacement; Anglophone and diaspora literatures; longform nonfiction; conflict studies

Recent Publications:

"Measles, Media and Memory: Journalism’s Role in Framing Collective Memory of Disease," J Med Humanit (2021)

"Doulas Hope to Regain Momentum as Covid Restrictions Ease," The New York Times, July 26, 2021

Personal Website:


Carolin Huang


B.A. in Urban Geography and Art History, McGill University, 2014
Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS), University of Alberta, 2019

Research Interests: psychoanalysis; critical theory; aesthetics; east asian cinema; queer theory, literature, and cinema

Anders Johnson


B.A. in Rhetoric, UC Berkeley, 2013

Research Interests: continental philosophy, with an emphasis in german idealism and existentialism; rhetoric, understood as the phenomenology of language; the tension between hermeneutics and poetics; nihilism; morbidity; tragedy

Wujun Ke


BA Comp Lit, University of Chicago, 2013

Research interests: Medical humanities; immigration and transnational/trans-cultural identities; feminist theory and critical race theory; East Asian history; autobiography; liberation movements.

Joseph Christian Labagnao Ligunas

Labagnao LigunasDegrees:
B.A. in English, University of California, Los Angeles, 2016

Research interests: Pilipinx studies; Pilipinx literature; transnationalism; colonial historiography; travel narratives; poetry; film; postcolonial studies; multicultural literature; diaspora; short story forms; popular culture; visual arts; queer theory; issues of canon; critical theory.

Chenglin Lee


B.A. in English, CSU Fullerton, 2017
M.A. in English, CSU Fullerton, 2020

Research Interests: East Asian literature and cinema; Latin American literature and cinema; affect theory; political theory; media studies

Shiqi Lin

B.A. in Political Science and French & Francophone Studies, Vassar College, 2017

Research Interests: Chinese literature, cinema, and media cultures; decolonial politics of East Asia; memory studies; media studies; urban studies; documentary; speculative fiction; translation theory; political theory

Diya Mathur


B.A. Anthropology & Sociology, Concordia University, 2009
M.A. Sociology, Concordia University, 2018

Research Interests: critical theory; postcolonial studies; Black studies; the civilizing process; history of philosophy

Babak Mazloumi

M.A. in Humanities & Social Thought, New York University, 2015

Emphases: Critical Theory; Translation Studies

Research Interests: Contemporary Persian literature, literary translation (theory and practice), exile literature. 

Select Publications: 

“Where is Akbar Radi’s Home? A Study of the Concept of Exile at Home in Through the Windowpanes by Akbar Radi,” Text & Presentation: Journal of the Comparative Drama Conference, April 2019, 111-124.

“Mapping the Unmappable: A Critical Study of Dead Reckoning: A Novel by Bahman Sho‘levar,” Iran Namag, Volume 6, Number 1 (Spring 2021), 30-45.

“Will I Be Strong Enough for You? Nasim Marashi’s I’ll Be Strong for You” World Literature Today [Online], 6/22/21


Jamali, Rosa. “Here is the Promised Latitude” [“Inja Aez-e Mo’ud Ast”] by Rosa Jamali. Los Angeles Review of Books. [online]

Gayatri Mehra


Degrees: BA, MA, M.Phil in Literature, University of Delhi

Research Interests: Theorization(s) of Contemporary Indian culture, Contemporary Indian Writings in English, Indian Mass-Culture, Postcolonial Studies, Marxism. 

Amanda J. Mixon


BA English, Stephen F. Austin State University, 2010
MA Literature, Texas State University, 2013

Research Interests: Mixon's research and teaching interests include 20th-century U.S. literature and film, gender and sexuality studies, and comparative race studies, with specializations in literatures and media of U.S. social movements, multi-ethnic cultural productions about the U.S. south, and the intellectual and institutional history of queer theory. Their dissertation, Queerer, My God, to Thee: Twentieth-Century White Southern Lesbian Writers & Anti-Racist Praxis, frames Lillian Smith (1897-1966), Rita Mae Brown (1944-), Minnie Bruce Pratt (1946-), Mab Segrest (1949-), and Dorothy Allison (1949-) as a distinct political tradition whose concern with how people are trained to inhabit and (re)produce whiteness radically departs from anti-racist political thought and activism among white southern women of nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The project is currently supported by a 2019-2020 American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship and received archival research funding from Duke University, the University of Virginia, and UCI Humanities Commons.

Anannya Mukherjee


BA: English and Philosophy, Texas Christian University
MA: Philosophy, California State University, Los Angeles

Research Interests: Narrative, representation, adaptation and translation, online discourse and culture, queer theory and gender studies, postcolonialism (India), hermeneutics, critical theory, popular culture, fan culture, transnational Anglophonism

Fovad Oveisy

M.A. in Literatures of Modernity, Ryerson Polytechnic Institute, Canada, 2013
B.A. in Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada 2010

Rebecca Pallares

B.A. in Comparative Literature, UCI, 2016

Yassaman Rahimi

B.A in English and Cultural Studies, and Gender Studies, University of Western Australia, 2016

Research Interests: 20th Century Persian literature; intersection of Islam and Marxism; exile; diaspora.

Will Saladin

B.A. in Comparative Literature and French Studies, Smith College, 2013

Jon-David Settell


B.A. in English and World Literature, Pitzer College
M.S.W. in Clinical Social Work, Columbia University
M.A. in Comparative Literature, San Francisco State University

Research interests: Histories of psychoanalysis; critical theory; accumulation and enclosure; homelessness; Gothic Marxism; the picaresque novel; 20th century literature of the Americas.

Morgan Slade


B.A. in Comparative Literature, University of California Irvine, 2012

Research Interests: history of philosophy; psychoanalysis; Frantz Fanon

Pedro Soares Daher

B.A. in Social Communications, Potíficia Universidades Católica do Rio de Janeiro, 2013

Ann Thuy-Ling Tran

B.A. in English, University of California, Los Angeles, 2017

Research Interests: comparative race studies, humor, and popular culture/ new media, cross-racial and multicultural comedy, language, accents, critical refugee studies  

Pragya Trivedi

M.A.History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz
B.A.Literary and Cultural Theory, Carnegie Mellon

Research Interests: visual culture, spatiality, postcolonial studies, popular Indian cinema, psychoanalysis 

Henry Ward

B.A.(Hons) in English & Cultural Studies, University of Western Australia, 2015

Research Interests: Marxism; critical theory; political theory; postcolonial/decolonial theory; colonialism and imperialism; postmodernity and globalization; theories of spatiality and mapping; anticolonial and socialist literary internationalisms.

Alexandra Yan

M.A. Comparative Literature, UC Riverside, 2016
B.A. Comparative Literature and Modern Languages, Boston University, 2012

Research Interests:  My research investigates Japanophone literature written by colonized Koreans and Taiwanese authors between 1850 and 1945 under the Japanese empire. I concentrate on subjects such as: multi-ethnic empire, colonial imaginaries and world-building, modernism, social realism, naturalism, literary satire, theories of race and empire, colonial modernity and postcolonialism in East Asia, the relationship between empire and nation-state, colonial and imperial Japanese critiques of liberal democratic modernity, and the influence of German and Austrian literary movements in modern Japanese literature.