Current Graduate Students

Iliana Cuellar

  • 20th century French and Latin American philosophy and literature; Critical Theory (esp. Frankfurt School); queer theory; metaphysics of gender; embodiment

Alba Curry

Aviya Amir

  • Translated literature in Japan and Korea

Ashley Banoub

  • 20th century French literature and art—esp. Surrealism; 20th century Japanese literature and art—esp. avant-garde; gender studies; women’s studies

Gulin Cetin

Jared Gee

  • continental philosophy; deconstruction; cinema and media studies; political philosophy; queer theory; theories of war and political violence; critical security studies; French studies; Middle Eastern studies; American studies; post-colonialism and decolonization; globalization
    Link to Jared’s page

Cherie Hamilton

  • Latin and Italian literatures; Roman urbanitas in Cicero and Quintilian; Roman satire; Commedia dell’Arte; history of Italian comedy; performed violence; sociopolitical contexts of humor; audience, reception, and spectatorship

Ryan Harte

  • Chinese and Greek antiquity generally; ancient philosophy; relationships between philosophy and literature (especially tragedy and poetry); philosophy as a way of life; philosophical approaches to the self and mortality; aesthetic criticism and criticism generally

Amy Hough

  • water and fluidity in text, image, & body; film & media theory, Deleuze, Italian cinema, the cinema of poetry, lyric theory, creative writing: poetry, nonfiction

Kate Wanchi Huang

Utitofon Inyang

Marziyeh Kameli

  • Auto-ethnography; critical theory; cultural studies; creative writing

Leen Kawas

  • satire in Arabic; English and French; pre-modern and modern Arabic literature; music in relation to literature; political theory; relationship between satire and politics; Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault

Eun-joo Lee

  • postcolonial female Bildungsroman; Asian American literature; Asian American female Bildungsroman; war literature; postcolonial literature; postcolonial theories

Soonyoung Lee

  • modern Korean literature; contemporary Korean literature and film; gender studies; trans-Asian cultural studies

Kejian Li

Rui Li

Qian Liu

  • Asian American literature, diaspora studies, Sinophone literature, transnational film and media studies

Sean Matharoo

  • French, Francophone, and Anglophone surrealism, science fiction, and horror; non-representational aesthetics; noise poetics; ontology; ethics; ecocriticism; postcolonial studies; Black studies; memory studies and trauma theory; media studies and film theory; postmodernism; Gilles Deleuze; deconstruction; speculative realism

Walter Merryman

  • 19th Century British Literature, German Philosophy – esp. Nietzsche and Heidegger; biopolitics; existentialism; morality; posthumanism

Duluo Nie

  • Classical Greek philosophical and literary history; Ancient Roman literary writing and philosophy; Shakespeare; British philosophy; British, French & German romanticism; hermeneutics; pre-Han schools of Chinese thought

Clare O’Brien

Najah Pena

  • postcolonial studies; Orientalism; critical theory; feminist theory; Marxist theory

Tao Peng

Brittany Roberts

  • Russian and Anglophone literatures; Russian and Anglophone cinema; horror, science fiction, and weird fiction; posthumanism, animal studies, and object-oriented ontology; species and species-being; ecology, ecological ethics, and eco-humanities

Lindsay Schaffer

  • modern Korean fiction; postcolonial studies; critical race theory

Amanda Styron

  • Transnational comparativism and transdisciplinarity; death, time & alterity in legal and literary contexts; modernist literature and poetics; modern European philosophy; deconstruction; rhetorical theory; aporetical ethics; ontology; psychoanalysis; trauma theory; media studies and film theory; coloniality; violence and the law

Vlad Surbu

  • Early Chinese and early Greek philosophy, rituals and religious studies, Chinese fiction, Asian horror cinematography, supernatural folklore, cultural history of ghosts, otherness   Link to Vlad’s page

Kevin Wilson

Alex Wiltsie

  • Modern and postwar literature in Germany and Japan; minor literatures; East Asian postcolonialism; the German and Japanese Empires; imperial multiculturalism; ethics of violence; trauma studies; myth-making and modern mythological narratives; memorialization politics

Qiuyang Zhao

  • Sino-French films, French and Chinese documentaries, Buddhism and Deconstructionism, Transnational television channels (esp. Arte)