American Studies @ Brown
Recent Graduate Student Placement
"Cambodian Donut Shops and the Negotiation of Identity in Los Angeles"
"Soapy Subjects: Melodrama and Queer Racial Affect in Screen Cultures"
Cultural Studies; Asian American literature and representation; feminist theory
"Do You Remember House? Technology, Mediation and The Erasing of Black Musical Community, 1975-1996"
"The Lynching of Mexicans in the United States: Making Visible U.S. Terrorscapes"
Clarissa J. Ceglio
Dissertation: "A Cultural Arsenal for Democracy: The War Work of U.S. Museums, 1930s-1950"
Committee: Steven Lubar, Susan Smulyan, Douglas Nickel
Current Position: Digital Humanities Research Assistant, Department of Digital Media & Design, University of Connecticut
Brent Akio Fujioka
Dissertation: "Four-Color Creatures: Race and Monstrosity in American Comic Books and Japanese Manga"
Committee: Bob Lee, Ralph Rodriguez, Naoko Shibusawa
Current Position: Lecturer, Tufts University
Elena L. Gonzales
Dissertation: "Resonance And Wonder: Museums Working For Social Justice"
Committee: Steve Lubar, Ralph Rodriguez, Elliott Gorn
Dissertation: "Reconceived: Women's Reproduction after Roe v. Wade"
Committee: Tricia Rose, Chair; Robert O. Self, Reader; Laura Briggs, Reader
Current Position: Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow in American Studies, Brown University
Dissertation: "Framing Effects: Memory, Territory, and U.S. Constitutionalism, 1835-2015"
Committee: Susan Smulyan (Chair), James Morone, Michael Vorenberg
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow/Director of Graduate Studies, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities
Dissertation: "Pacific Sensations: The Making of an American West and Pacific Orientalism in U.S. Print Culture, 1840-1920"
Committee: James Egan, Ralph Rodriguez, Bob Lee, Susan Smulyan
Current Position: Assistant Professor of English, California State University, Northridge
Miel Mason Wilson
Dissertation: At the Roots: Genealogy, Genetics, and Race in American Popular Culture
Committee: Rolland Murray, Tricia Rose, Ralph Rodriguez
Dissertation: "Remaking Boston's Chinatown: Race, Space, and Urban Development, 1943-1994"
Committee: Robert G. Lee, Patrick Malone, Reader, Samuel Zipp
Current Position: Lecturer, American Studies, Tufts University
Dissertation: "Entrepreneurs in the Age of Chinese Exclusion: Transnational Capital, Migrant Labor, and Chinese Restaurants in New York City, 1850-1943"
Committee: Robert G. Lee, Robert O. Self, Rhacel S. Parrenas, Daniel Y. Kim
Current Position: Mellon Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow, Foreign Languages and Literature Department, MIT
Dissertation: "Bulls Markets: Power, Place, and Professional Sport in Late Twentieth-Century Chicago"
Committee: Elliott Gorn, Larry Bennett, John Logan, Robert Self
Current Position: Bud Selig Assistant Professor of American Sports History at the University of Wisconsin
Dissertation: "Advertising Love: Personal Ads, Product Advertisements, and the Consumption of Romance"
Committee: Susan Smulyan, Mari Jo Buhle, Lynn Joyrich
Jin Suk Bae
Dissertation: "Fitting into Multiethnic New York: Korean Immigrants from Latin America"
Committee: Robert Lee, Evelyn Hu-DeHart, Kyeyoung Park and Ralph Rodriguez
Current Position: Postdoctoral research fellow, Asiatic Research Institute, Korea University, Seoul
Dissertation: "The Labor of Refuge: Kalmyk Displaced Persons, the 1948 Displaced Persons Act, and the Origins of U.S. Refugee Resettlement”
Committee: Steve Lubar, Naoko Shibushawa, Susan Smulyan, Ralph Rodriguez, and Robert Lee
Current position: Outreach Director, Department of History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Dissertation: "Imagining the Coast: History, Heritage and Tourism in New England"
Committee: Steven Lubar, Elliott Gorn, Patrick Malone
Current Position: Assistant Curator at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook, NY
Dissertation: "Latina Imprints and Impressions: A Study of Contemporary Popular Fiction for Latina Readers"
Committee: Ralph E. Rodriguez, Susan Smulyan, Robert Lee
Current Position: Assistant Director, Sarah Doyle Women’s Center, Brown University
Sarah J. Seidman
Dissertation: "Venceremos Means We Shall Overcome: The African American Freedom Struggle and the Cuban Revolution, 1959-1979”
Committee: Anthony Bogues, James T. Campbell, Esther Whitfield
Current Position: Puffin Foundation Curator of Social Activism, Museum of the City of New York
Dissertation: "Bicentennial Memory: Postmodernity, Media, and Historical Subjectivity in the United States, 1966-1980".
Committee: Steve Lubar, Douglas Nickel, Susan Smulyan and Lynne Joyrich
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of History and Graduate Program in Historical Administration, Eastern Illinois University
Dissertation: “Conceiving National Bodies: The Trans-Pacific Politics of Birth Control and Eugenics, 1920s-1950s”
Committee: Naoko Shibusawa, Lundy Braun, Robert Lee, Kerry Smith
Current Position: Lecturer, Program in Feminist Studies, Stanford University
Oscar Vinluan Campomanes
Dissertation: “Figures of the Unassimilable: American Empire, Filipino American Postcoloniality, and the U.S.-Philippine War of 1898-1910s"
Committee: Robert Lee, Mari Jo Buhle, Barton St Armand, Neil Lazarus
Current Position: Department of English at the Ateneo de Manila University (Quezon City, Philippines), Associate Professorial Lecturer in the Graduate School of the Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas (Manila, Philippines)
Dissertation: "Canned History: American Newsreels and the Commodification of History."
Committee: Susan Smulyan, Philip Rosen, Lynne Joyrich, Mari Jo Buhle
Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of American Studies, Franklin and Marshall College
Eric D. Larson
Dissertation: "Anxieties of Empire: Race, Class, Nation, and Neoliberalism in the U.S. and Mexico, 1986-2004."
Committee: Paul Buhle, Phil Rosen, Josefina Saldana, Patrick Heller
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
Dissertation: "Braceros on the Boundaries: Activism, Race, Masculinity, and the Legacies of the Bracero Program."
Committee: Matt Garcia, Elliott Gorn, Ralph Rodriguez
Current Position: Assistant Professor, History and Latina/o Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dissertation: "The Anticolonial Imagination: The Exilic Productions of American Anticolonialism in Interwar Moscow, 1919-1939."
Committee: Robert Lee, Mari Jo Buhle, Naoko Shibusawa, Paget Henry
Current Position: Visiting Professor of American Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Dissertation: “Saving Suburban Sites and Rescuing Roadside Relics: The Historic Preservation of the Recent Past through Adaptive Reuse"
Committee: Patrick Malone, Susan Smulyan, Dietrich Neumann
Current Position: Area Development and Awards Coordinator at Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association.
Dissertation: Out of the Closet? The Discourse of Visibility, Sexuality, and Queer Representation in American Film, Television, and New Media, 1969-Present";
Committee: Lynne Joyrich, Wendy Chun, Robert Lee
Current position: Visiting Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University
Dissertation: "Claiming History, Claiming Rights: Queer Discourses of History and Politics"
Committee: Steven Lubar, Ralph Rodriguez, Karen Krahulik.
Current Position: Director, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning Center, Wake Forest University
Dissertation: "Freud Turned Upside Down: Richard Wright, Dr. Fredric Wertham and Harlem's Lafargue Mental Hygiene Clinic, 1945-1960"
Committee: James Campbell (Chair), Mari Jo Buhle, B. Anthony Bogues
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California San Diego
Aslihan Tokgoz Onaran
Dissertation: "Turkish Cosmo Girls, Soap Fans and Guitar Heroes: Resistive Pleasures of Turkish Women Consuming and Producing Transnational American Popular Culture.”
Committee: Susan Smulyan, Philip Rosen, Lynne Joyrich, Mari Jo Buhle
Current position: Instructor in Screen Studies, Clark University
Dissertation: "By Forests or by Fields: Organizing Immigrant Labor in the Pacific Northwest. 1940-1990"
Committee: Matt Garcia, Evelyn Hu-DeHart, Karl Jacoby
Current position: Assistant Professor, University of California, Merced
Dissertation: "The Red International and the Black Caribbean Transnational Communist Organizations in New York City, Mexico and the West Indies, 1919-1939"
Committee: Mari Jo Buhle, Anthony Bogues, Paget Henry
Current Position: Chair, History Department, De Anza College.
Dissertation: "Save Our Children: The Sexual Politics of Child Protection in the United States, 1965-1990"
Committee: Susan Smulyan, Richard Meckel, Mari Jo Buhle
Current Position: Visiting Fellow, Center for the Study of Religion; Lecturer, Department of History, Princeton University
Dissertation: "The Folk Music Revival Then and Now: Politics, Commercialism and Authenticity in Folk Music Communities in the U.S. and Japan"
Committee: Susan Smulyan, Jeff Titon, Paul Buhle
Current Position: Associate Professor, American Studies and English, Chiba University, Japan
Dissertation: “The Nature of Citizenship: Race, Citizenship, and Nature in Representations of California Agricultural Labor."
Committee: Matt Garcia, Arlene Keizer, Ralph Rodriguez, Karl Jacoby
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of English and Environment Studies, University of Oregon
Dissertation: "The Most Interesting Girl of this Country is the Colored Girl": Girls and Racial Uplift in Great Migration Chicago"
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of History, Georgetown University
Dissertaton: "American Bandstand and School Segregation in Postwar Philadelphia"
Current Position: Assistant Professor of American Studies, Scripps College
Dissertation: “China as Object and Imaginary in the Making of an American Nation, 1680-1780"
Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, American Studies, Brown University
James V. Gatewood
Dissertation: “City Lights Books: the History of a Community”
Current Position: Project Manager at Brentwood Manor Board and Care Facility, Los Angeles, California
Dissertation: "Changing History: Competing Notions of Japanese American Experience, 1942–2006"
Current Position: Assistant Professor of American Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington
Dissertation: "Racing the Future: Hollywood Science Fiction Film Narratives of Race"
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Screen Studies, Department of Visual and Performing Arts, Clark University