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 Academia.edu 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 academia.edu 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)