Graduate Students

Ph.D Students in American Studies:

Alyssa Anderson
“Violence and the Repertoire: Coming of Age in the Age of Mass Shootings”    

Horace Ballard
“The Reconstruction of Beauty: Photography, Masculinity, and National Identity, 1865-1900”

Felicia Bevel
“Exporting Whiteness: Race, Nation, and Nostalgia in the Age of Empire” 

Ashley Bowen-Murphy
“’All Broke Down’: The Psychological, Physiological, and Social Origins of Civil War Trauma”   

Sarah Brown
“Reading and the Emotional Mind: Giving Form to Feeling in 20th Century America”

Emily Contois
“The Dude-ification of Diet: Food Masculinities in Twentieth Century America”

Jonathan Cortez
Comparative/Relational Ethnic Studies; Labor Studies; Agrarian Studies; 20th Century History; Public Humanities

Kathrinne Duffy
“Phrenology and the Invention of Personality in Nineteenth Century America”

Christopher Elias
“State Secrets: Gossip, Masculinity, and the Birth of the National Security State”

Suzanne Enzerink
"Give Me Color: Tracing Fictions of Racial Ambiguity” 

Yuanyuan Feng
Asian American Community Politics and Culture; Asian American Literature; Chinese Diaspora in the Americas

Samuel Franklin
“The Cult of Creativity: Searching for the Source of Progress at the End of Ideology”

Maggie Unverzagt Goddard
Visual culture and aesthetic theory; feminist performance art; spatial theory; public humanities

Gregory Hitch
Indigenous Environmental Justice; American Environmental History; Climate-Change Impacts and Adaptation; Indigenous Food Sovereignty; Indigenous Environmental and Social Movements.

Maria Hwang
“Shadow Migrants in Global Cities: Women’s Temporary Labor Migration, Sex Work, and the Production of Migrant ‘Illegality’” 

Wen Jin
“The Cynical Empire: War and Patriotism in a Neoliberal Age”

Amy Johnson (on leave)
"Brokering Cultures, Brokering Race: Charley Ah Him, Chinatown, and the Construction of Los Angeles"

Majida Kargbo
“Excessive Visions: Multimediated Intimacy, Visuality, and the Body”

Eleanor Lake
First Year Student

Crystal Ngo
"Remnants: Acts of Recovery in the Displaced Imaginary”

Ronaldo Noche
“Beyond Pensionados and Manongs: Filipino Entrepreneurs, Musicians, and Workers in American Film and Sports, 1900-1960”

Daniel Platt
“Race, Risk, and Financial Capitalism in the United States, 1880-1940”

Anni Pullagura
Art, media & visual culture; critical theory; memory & museums 

Elizabeth Rule
“Reproducing Resistance: Gendered Violence and Indigenous Nationhood”

Nicole Sintetos
First Year Student

Virginia Thomas
Queer and feminist historiography; southern history; and performance studies

Elizabeth Wolfson
“Intimate Encounters: Photography and American Cultural Enterprise in the Late Ottoman Middle East”

Ida Yalzadeh
Iranian diaspora; US empire; visual and expressive culture; 20th c. histories of race in the US