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Graduate Students - PhD

Active Ph.D. students in the Department of Literature:

Soraya Jill Abuelhiga

Soraya Jill Abuelhiga
Email Address: sabuelhi@ucsd.edu
Year of Entry: Fall 2013
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Jessica Aguilar

Jessica AguilarJessica Aguilar
Email Address: jea035@ucsd.edu 
Year of Entry: Fall 2017
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in Spanish

Biography:

Jessica Aguilar is an incoming PhD student in the Literature Department, focusing in Spanish Literature, at the University of California San Diego. She is originally from the San Ysidro/Tijuana border region and is a first-generation college student. Jessica is interested in exploring topics related to the experience of the migrant community in the United States, especially that of Mexican and Central American communities, as well as investigating how these communities have been impacted by the crossing of physical and emotional barriers. In addition, she is interested in the formation of a ‘new identity’ in Mexican and Central American contemporary literature. Jessica graduated from UCSD in 2014 with a double BA in Latin American Studies and Spanish Literature. Upon graduation, she moved to New Mexico State University where she completed her MA in Spanish (2016). While in NMSU, Jessica volunteered for CAMP (College Assistant Migrant Program), worked closely with the Center for Latin American and Border Studies, and was a member of literary workshop Pizca a las 6:30.  In addition, she was also as an active member and editor for literary magazine Arenas Blancas. This past year Jessica worked at a shelter for unaccompanied minors in San Diego where she worked closely with Central American children.

Laala Al-Jaber

Laala Al-Jaber
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2016
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Research Interests:

The rise of the novel; Victorian literature; Gender Studies; Film Studies; Literatures of migration, passing, and mobility; Psychoanalysis; The Harlem Renaissance; Ethnic Studies; Performativity; Literary representations of The Other; Popular Culture Studies

Professional Experience:

I was the literature and popular fiction librarian at the Qatar National Library for two years. At UCSD, I worked as a graduate student researcher and served as a teaching assistant in the Warren Writing Program. While earning my master’s degree in comparative literature at Dartmouth, I worked on an oral history project  and conducted interviews with undergraduates. I served as an intern for the ABA Journal and the CQ Researcher while pursuing my journalism degree at Northwestern. I am fluent in English and Arabic. 

Academic Background:

M.A. in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth College 2013
B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University in Qatar 2012

Albert Asuncion Benedito

Albert Asuncion Benedito
Email Address: aasuncio@ucsd.edu
Year of Entry: Fall 2018
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in Spanish

Meaghan Mary Baril

Meaghan Mary Baril
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2017
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Steven Beardsley

Steven BeardsleySteven Beardsley
Email Address: sbeardsl@ucsd.edu 
Year of Entry: Fall 2018
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Research Interests:

Filipino American & Filipino Spanish American Literature; 19th and 20th Century American, Latin American, and Spanish Literatures; queer theory, particularly queer people of color critique and queer diasporic studies; Asian American, African American, and Native American literatures; psychoanalysis; feminist theory and queer masculinities; postcolonial studies and the subaltern; identity construction, subjectivity, and nationalizing projects; ecocriticism; and media and popular culture. I am currently interested in the impact of Catholicism on Filipino Spanish American identity construction and subjectivity.

Research Skills:

I am fluent in Spanish, and I conducted an interdepartmental honors project between the English and Modern Languages Departments at Hamline University in Minnesota titled:

“Revolution, Redemption, and Romance: Reading Constructions of Filipino Spanish American Identities and Politics of Knowledge in Rizal’s Noli me Tangere and El Filibusterismo alongside Filipino American Fiction.” This ninety paged project is published in the Hamline Digital Commons. A section of it is also published through the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) 2016 proceedings.

Professional Experience:

I have two years of experience teaching English as a second language to Spanish and Russian speakers. I taught for the Center for Interamerican Studies (CEDEI) in Cuenca, Ecuador for one year (2016-2017). I then taught for Berlitz in San Luis Potosi, Mexico for one year (2017-2018). I also taught for Skyeng an online school based in Russia for three months (June-September 2018). I also have experience working as an independent contractor for the Center for Global Environmental Education (CGEE) where I helped design and write a blog discussing environmental education topics such as water conservation and alternative energy.

More about me on my Linkedin profile

Carolin Boettcher

Carolin Boettcher
Email Address: cbottche@ucsd.edu 
Year of Entry: Fall 2014
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Research Interests:

British literature of the long eighteenth century; literature and science; recipes; practice, craft, and materiality of science in the English novel of the eighteenth century

Biography:

Carolin Boettcher received an M.A. in English from Clark University and an M.A. in English from the Christian-Albrechts-University (Germany). Her research interests include the British novel in the long eighteenth century and representations of natural philosophy and science in literature. Her dissertation deals with the overlap of literature and science in the English novel and how especially women, both authors and characters, live out their practice of natural philosophy with a particular focus on the genre of the recipe.

Jing Chen

Jing Chen
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2016
Ph.D. Program - Cultural Studies

Vivian Szu-Chin Chih

Vivian Szu-Chin ChihVivian Szu-Chin Chih
Email Address: schih@ucsd.edu 
Year of Entry: Fall 2017
Ph.D. Program - Cultural Studies

Research Interests:

Having received my B.A. in National Taiwan University and M.Phil. in Cambridge University, my ongoing research will focus on the Sinophone cinematic poetics, Taiwanese cinema and literature, and translation studies. I also hope to dedicate myself to exploring the international variations of film styles and themes, including the marginalized. Before coming to San Diego, I have been working as a translator in Taipei. I have also been serving as the editor for Taiwan of the online literary translation journal, Asymptote, since 2013.

Bias Collins

Bias Collins
Email Address: nlammouc@ucsd.edu
Year of Entry: Fall 2018
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Sean Compas

Sean CompasSean Compas
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2017
Ph.D. Program - Cultural Studies

Research Interests:

Disability Studies; Critical Gender Studies; Queer Theory; Public Health; Stigma and HIV; HIV Risk Behaviors; Behavior Change; Engendering Healthy Masculinities; Body Studies; Tissue Economies; Film Studies; Biopolitics; Critical Race Studies; Fashion Theory

Academic Background:

M.A., Cultural Studies, Dartmouth College, 2010
B.A., Government, University of California San Diego, 2006
Semester at Sea, University of Virginia, Summer 2006

Professional Experience:

Human Rights Campaign (HRC), San Francisco, CA
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Washington, DC
Population Council, Washington, DC

Biography:

Prior to his doctoral studies, Sean spent several years living in Washington, D.C., where he worked in the field of international development. His professional efforts focused on HIV and AIDS programming to reduce HIV/STI infections, and stigma surrounding HIV, among key populations (e.g., men who have sex with men (MSM), female sex workers (FSW), people who inject drugs (PWID), and adolescent girls and young women (AGYW)) in Western, Eastern, and Sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia.

His involvement included qualitative data summary and analysis on key informant interviews and program management and support on U.S. government-funded, foundation-funded, and multilateral organization-funded projects such as: HIVCore (USAID), LinkUp (International HIV and AIDS Alliance), Project SOAR (USAID), DREAMS Implementation Science (Gates Foundation), Most-at-Risk-Populations Nigeria (DoD), Ghana Strengthening the Care Continuum Project (USAID), and most recently, Breakthrough RESEARCH (USAID), to name a few.

He has traveled extensively in over 25 countries. 

Luis Alberto Cortes

Luis CortesLuis Alberto Cortes 
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2014
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Research Interests:

Prison Literature & Carceral Poetics

Mayra Cortes

Mayra CortesMayra Cortes 
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2015
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Research Interests:

Early modern English and Spanish literature; literature and empire; literatures of colonialism; transatlantic studies; acoustic ecology; literary histories of class, race, and labor; early modern popular broadside ballads that deal with issues of colonialism and empire; global theory; biopower; Anglophone 17th century epistolary culture

Marisol Cuong

Marisol Cuong
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2017
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in Spanish

Nolan Dannels

Nolan Dannels
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2017
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Gina di Grazia (Altavilla)

Gina di Grazia 
Email Address:Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2012
Ph.D. Program - Cultural Studies

Hannah Friederike Doermann

Hannah Friederike Doermann
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2017
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Research Interests:

20th- and 21st- century American literature and popular culture, particularly contemporary commercial fiction and young adult literature, in relation to neoliberal diversity politics, racial capitalism, US imperialism, and gender and sexuality.

Academic Background:

BA in English Literature, Spanish & Queer Studies, Denison University, 2016
MA in Comparative Literature, Dartmouth College, 2017

Catherine Nina Evarkiou

Catherine Nina Evarkiou
Email Address: cevarkio@ucsd.edu
Year of Entry: Fall 2018
Ph.D. Program - Comparative Literature

Rhett William Farinholt

Rhett Farinholt 
Email Address:Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2013
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Julia Fermentto-Tzaisler

Julia Fermentto-TzaislerJulia Fermentto-Tzaisler
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2015
Ph.D. Program - Comparative Literature

Research Interests:

Jewish-American, Hebrew and Yiddish modern literature, with a particular interest in jewish history, gender theory and feminism

Biography:

Julia Fermentto—Tzaisler is an Israeli writer and journalist. Her first novel "Safari" was published in Israel in 2011. Since then she has published short stories and opinion pieces in ׳Haaretz׳ newspaper. She received her B.A in Literature and French and her M.A in Comparative Literature from Tel-Aviv University.

Kailey Nicole Giordano

Kailey Nicole Giordano 
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2014
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Research Interests:

Early modern English literature; ecocriticism; literature and science; and more specifically, the relationship between women and land management in early modern English drama and poetry

Biography:

Kailey Giordano received her BA in English at the University of California, Los Angeles, and her MA in Literature at the University of California, San Diego. She is currently a doctoral candidate. Her dissertation research focuses on gendered tropes of land management and on women as land managers in early modern English drama and poetry.

Gibran Guido

Gibran GuidoGibran Guido
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2012
Ph.D. Program - Cultural Studies

Research Interests:

Gibrán Güido was born in San Diego and raised in San Ysidro, California. He is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego. He completed his M.A. program in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at San Diego State University. As a doctoral student, his thesis and dissertation reflects a vein of an emerging area of scholarship, known as Jotería Studies, focusing particular attention to the ways pain and trauma has come to impact the lives of young gay men of color and formulate a sensibility of consciousness-raising. By doing so, his contributions will serve as a medium between academia and his community that fosters and nurtures the lives of individuals who seek out a reflection of themselves, providing a platform to enable their own process of claiming voice to specific moments of struggle and transformation. Recovering these voices can have a profound impact not only on our current understandings of identity, but can also articulate new sensibilities and ways of knowing for how one may find self through writing, a project that Gibrán hopes will help other young queer men of color find clarity from their own losses and traumas. Grounding his work in women-of-color feminist thought and Queer of Color scholarship, his work will offer new possibilities and outlooks of what it means to find consciousness through the traversing of critical moments of pain. One overall aim for this work is to provide a means of crafting theoretical approaches to understanding loss through various lens of analysis and imparting these academic tools to respective queer communities of color in a language that is translatable and would impact the very lives of young gay men of color with whom this work is inspired by and written for.

Research Skills:

While attending graduate school he also worked in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention and counseling. Currently, Gibrán is co-editing with Adelaida R. Del Castillo the forthcoming anthology titled, "Fathers, Fathering and Fatherhood: Queer Chicano Desire and Belonging." In 2013 Gibrán has been recognized as a Lambda Literary Foundation’s (LLF): Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices Fellow; a two-time recipient of the Parent’s, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Richard P. Geyser Ethics Memorial Scholarship; and as an honoree for the San Diego Pride: Spirit of Stonewall Community Service Award; and a La Castia Writer-in residence with Ana Castillo. Gibrán is also the co-editor of the anthology titled: "Queer in Aztlán: Chicano Male Recollections of Consciousness and Coming Out"  published in August 2013. In 2010 he organized the 5th Annual Queer People of Color Conference in San Diego at San Diego State University and co-organized the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies 3rd Jotería Conference held at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. In 2007, Gibrán graduated from the University of California, Davis with his Bachelor of Arts in Chicana/o Studies; Women and Gender Studies and minored in Sexuality Studies.

Ying Guo

Ying Guo
Email Address: yiguo@ucsd.edu
Year of Entry: Fall 2018
Ph.D. Program - Comparative Literature

Zachary Richard Hayes

Zachary HayesZachary Richard Hayes 
Email Address: zhayes@ucsd.edu
Year of Entry: Fall 2014
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in Spanish

Research Interests:

Poetics of knowledge, creative rivalries, translation, reception theory, hermeneutics, autobiographies/collective memory, 20th-century Latin American literature, Spanish Golden Age.

Research Skills:

Interpreting and Translation experience in Spanish

William Zachary Hill

William Zachary Hill
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2017
Ph.D. Program - Cultural Studies

Erik Christopher Homenick

Erik HomenichErik Christopher Homenick
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2017
Ph.D. Program - Comparative Literature

Research Interests:

The Marquis de Sade, 17th and 18th century French literature, libertine literature, horror and cult cinema, Japanese cinema, the Japanese composer Akira Ifukube.

Academic Background:

BA in French (Minor in Linguistics), San Diego State University
MA in French, San Diego State University

Professional Experience:

I have worked as a part-time French and Humanities instructor at San Diego State University. Also, I have been an adjunct French professor at Mesa College, City College and Southwestern College in San Diego. I have also served as a French translator for two video game companies, Sony Online Entertainment and Midway Home Entertainment.

Website:

www.akiraifukube.org. On this website, I am writing the first-ever full English language biography of the famous Japanese composer Akira Ifukube. Information on this site is gathered from the late composer's living family members as well as former colleagues and students. My intention is to publish the biography as a book once it is completed. My efforts are fully supported and endorsed by Ifukube's estate.

 

Jeanelle Horcasitas

Jeanelle HorcasitasJeanelle Horcasitas 
Email Address: jhorcasi@ucsd.edu 
Year of Entry: Fall 2014
Ph.D. Program - Cultural Studies

Biography:

My name is Jeanelle D. Horcasitas. I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of California, San Diego. I received my bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Los Angeles. I am a proud first-generation college student, Chicana, daughter of immigrants, and from a working class family. My research interests include Multi-Ethnic and Chicana/o and Latina/o Literature and Film, Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Afrofuturism, Indigenous Futurisms, Latina/o and Chicana/o Futurisms, Techno Orientalism, Digital Humanities, Immigration, Technology, Labor, Biopolitics, and Critical Race Theory. I am currently a Teaching Assistant for the Literature department, a coordinator for the County of San Diego Housing Authority’s Section 8 Program, and a San Diego/Imperial County Community College Association (SDICCCA) Fellow at Miramar Community College. I enjoy traveling, writing, and spending time with my partner and dog Harlem. 

My LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeanellehorcasitas

Ningning Huang

Ningning Huang
Email Address: nih007@ucsd.edu 
Year of Entry: Fall 2017
Ph.D. Program - Comparative Literature

Research Interests:

I am interested in queer diaspora presented in both Asian American and Chinese literature/film. Examining the interaction between race and sexuality in such literature and film, I try to discuss the possibility for these diasporic queers to go beyond their racial and sexual identities. Apart from critically analyzing literature and films on queer diaspora, I am also an avid reader of queer theories, feminist theories. critical race theories and film theories. Key topics/debates which I am particularly interested in, but not limited to, include, 

  • queerness as negativity or utopia,
  •  knowledge and power in the production of queer,
  • the sameness V.S.difference debate in feminist theories, 
  • the application of corporeal feminist theories in the Asian context, 
  • cure V.S.living with racial melancholia  
  • the interaction between nudity and racial identities in pornography
  • identity politics and the possibility to go beyond identities

Research Skills:

I started my training as a psychotherapist in Hong Kong when I was an undergraduate student. A critical reading of psychological treating methods eventually leads me to psychoanalysis, which in turn brings me to continental philosophy. Reflecting on queer diaspora through continental philosophy is always for me a reflection of my reflection, since my reflection of queer diaspora can be read as a kind of diasporic (European) continental philosophy. 

Tina Mae Hyland

Tina Mae Hyland
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2016
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Yui Kasane

Yui Kasane
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2017
Ph.D. Program - Comparative Literature

Research Interests: 

American Literature, American Studies, Japanese Studies, Cultural Studies, Literary Theory, Transpacific Studies.

Research Skills: 

Academic translation experience in Japanese

Celine Khoury

Celine KhouryCeline Khoury
Email Address:  cjkhoury@ucsd.edu
Year of Entry: Fall 2017
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Research Interests:

Early Modern Textual Cultures, Humanism, Proverbial literature, History of Science in Early Modern Europe, European Culture of Sociability 16th - 18th centuries, Comics Studies, Shakespeare, Theory of Mind, French and Francophone

Biography:

Celine received her BA in English from UC Santa Barbara with a specialization in Literature and the Mind and her MA in Medieval and Early Modern Literature from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England.

Hannah Grace Lanneau

Hannah Grace Lanneau
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2017
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Trung T. Le

Trung LeTrung T. Le
Email Address: ttl072@ucsd.edu 
Year of Entry: Fall 2017
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Research Interests:

Theory and Criticism, with focus on post(-)colonialism; film aesthetics; world literatures, especially Pacific literatures and Vietnamese literatures; cultural studies; linguistics; comparative literature; modernist and postmodernist literature

Current Research Areas:

The intersection of the body, the nation, and gender in the formation of identity; practices of encoding the body: the digital, the tattoo, bio-chemical and social influences on the body and behaviour; interdisciplinary studies: postcolonial theory, post-colonial period, and Vietnamese/Pacific literary zones.

Sang Eun Lee

Sang Eun Lee
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2016
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

G. Victor Legrand

G. Victor Legrand
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2015
Ph.D. Program - Cultural Studies

Research interests:

Nineteenth-century British literature.

Twentieth-century American literature and cinema studies / Theories of adaptation.

Screenwriting theories / the screenplay as a literary form.

Drama: Greek & Roman Tragedy, Elizabethan & seventeenth-century French theatre / Renaissance art.

World mythologies, especially the notions of liminality and sacrifice / the Bible as literature / scapegoating theories

Jennifer Anne Marchisotto

Jennifer MarchisottoJennifer Anne Marchisotto 
Email Address: jmarchis@ucsd.edu 
Year of Entry: Fall 2013
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Research Interests:

Disability Studies, Mad Studies, Modernism, Gender Studies with a special focus on women and madness, Irish Literatures with a special focus on James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, Caribbean Literatures, Adaptation Theory, Trauma Theory.

Research Skills:

Fluency  in French and Italian; translation experience in French Literature; archival and manuscript experience with Irish and British Literatures; experience developing and instructing composition courses; teaching experience in British Literatures, Composition, Disability Studies, Affect Theory, and Pop Culture.

Biography:

Jenni received her BA from UCLA in 2009 where she studied Comparative Literature, with special focus on French and Italian Literatures. She received her MA in English from CSU Fullerton in 2013. She is currently working on her dissertation  titled, “Literary Adjacent Women: Mental Disability and Play in 20th Century Irish and Caribbean Literatures.”

Matthew Moore

Matthew Moore
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2016
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Katherine Neipris

Katherine NeiprisKatherine Chelsea Neipris
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2017
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Research Interests:

Nineteenth-century British; female travel narratives; the governess and other liminal figures; identity politics; biopolitics; narratology; critical theory; adaptation; film and media; pilgrimages; revenge tragedies; children's literature

Laurie Nies

Laurie Nies
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2017
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Bernardo Nuñez

Bernardo Nuñez
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2013
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in Spanish

Edmundo R Ortiz

Edmundo R Ortiz
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2013
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Heather Paulson

Heather PaulsonHeather Paulson
Email Address: hpaulson@ucsd.edu 
Year of Entry: Fall 2018
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Heather completed her undergraduate education in English and Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She went on to teach for two years through Teach for America in the Hawai’i region where she also completed a Master of Education degree at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa. Her experiences both as a first generation college graduate and as a teacher continue to influence her research interests in Critical Gender Studies, Marxism, Working-Class Studies, Queer Theory, Pedagogy, Film Studies and 20th Century American Literature.

Beatriz Asuncion Ramirez

Beatriz RamirezBeatriz Asuncion Ramirez 
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2014
Ph.D. Program - Comparative Literature

Research Interests:

Including, but not limited to: Latin American literature; Mestizaje; 17th and 18th Century American literature; Indigenous literatures of the Americas, folklore; mind and body; metaphysics; phenomenology; feminist philosophy; post-colonial discourse; hermeneutics; food and literature; religion and/or spirituality in literature; African American literatures, the short story genre, multiculturalism and literary canon.

Jorge Omar Ramirez

Jorge Omar Ramirez
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2012
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in Spanish

Nima Rassooli

Nima Rassooli
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2014
Ph.D. Program - Cultural Studies

Maya Richards

Maya Richards
Email Address: mirichar@ucsd.edu
Year of Entry: Fall 2018
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Savannah Scott

Savannah Scott
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2015
Ph.D. Program - Comparative Literature

Haydee Smith

Haydee Smith
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2012
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Alan Stauffer

Melissa Vipperman-CohenAlan Stauffer
Email Address: abstauff@ucsd.edu 
Year of Entry: Fall 2015
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Research Interests:

Dialectics; Queer literatures and theories; Race; Biopolitics; Death studies; Contemporary American literatures and cultures; Phenomenology; Affect; Dialogue; Speculative imaginations

Yanqin Tan

Yanqin Tan
Email Address: tyanqin@ucsd.edu 
Year of Entry: Fall 2016
Ph.D. Program - Cultural Studies

Research Interests:

My research field of interest is film and documentaries, with a focus on modern cultural history of China, through the lens of independent Chinese documentaries since 1980s. My research touches upon topics such as perception and construction of spaces within the films, as well as the functions of film screening in making a public space in the society. I therefore value various research methods including film analysis and fieldworks into its circulation.

Academic Background:

BA in Chinese Literature, Peking University, 2014
MA in East Asian Studies, University of Virginia, 2016.

June Chun-Yuan Ting

June Chun Yuan Ting
Email Address: oting@ucsd.edu
Year of Entry: Fall 2009
Ph.D. Program - Cultural Studies

Research Interests:

Transnational sexuality in the twentieth century Asia-Pacific, queer theory, migration, diasporas, postcolonial studies, sex work, compassion, temporality, critiques of humanism, modernity, the novel.

Diana Marcella Vargas

Diana Marcella Vargas
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2012
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in Spanish

Melissa Rachelle Vipperman-Cohen

Melissa Vipperman-CohenMelissa Rachelle Vipperman-cohen
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2014
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Research Interests:

Early Modern English Theatre, Formulation of Social and Sexual identity in Early Modern Europe, Emergence of Queer Capitalism, World History from the Protestant Reformation to American Independence; Feminist, Queer, New Economic, and Biopolitical Critical Theory

Biography:

Melissa (Mel) Vipperman-Cohen is a PhD Candidate in Literature at the University of California, San Diego, the President of the UCSD Graduate Student Association, and the former Chair of the Literature Doctoral Studies Committee. Her doctoral research focuses on the early modern period, specifically the intersection between English Renaissance drama, global trade networks, and the commodification of queer desires. Her dissertation is tentatively titled "Queer Capitalism and Global Economies of Desire on the Early Modern English Stage." She received her B.A. from Barnard College at Columbia University.

Marina Vlahaki

Marina Vlahaki
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2016
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Stacie Vos

Melissa Vipperman-CohenStacie Vos
Email Address: snvos@ucsd.edu 
Year of Entry: Fall 2016
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Research Interests:

The English Bible, exemplary literature in the form of sermon stories and Puritan biographies, the transition from manuscript to print

monstrous births, psychoanalysis, deconstruction 

in particular: The Book of Margery Kempe, the writings of Robert Crowley, the exempla of Jacques de Vitry, Frankenstein 

Other experience:

Processing assistant for the photography and manuscript collection of Carl Van Vechten at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, member of Seeld Library

Educational background:

BA, Kalamazoo College

MAT, Smith College

MDiv., Yale Divinity School

Personal interests:

Horseback riding

Pai Wang

Pai Wang
Email Address: paw003@ucsd.edu
Year of Entry: Fall 2015
Ph.D. Program - Cultural Studies

Research Interests:

East Asian films, media and popular culture, transnational studies, star studies, film genres, gender and sexuality studies.

Research Skills:

Majored in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, I have taught students from a variety of ages and cultures. Besides teaching, I conducted a field research on Taiwanese local consciousness during my graduate study. I also had the experience of producing a short horror film and I want to write or produce more film works in the future.

Xiaojiao Wang

Xiaojiao Wang
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2016
Ph.D. Program - Comparative Literature

Yiwen Wang

Yiwen Wang
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2017
Ph.D. Program - Cultural Studies

Jeanine Marie Webb

Jeanine Marie Webb
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2012
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Katrina Suzanne Woltmann

Suzy WoltmannKatrina Suzanne Woltmann 
Email Address: kwoltman@ucsd.edu
Year of Entry: Fall 2014
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in English

Research Interests:

Identity construction and the signifying binary “other,” especially as articulated in portrayals of people of color, the subaltern, and divergent genders and sexualities. I am particularly interested in the contemporary novel, Americana, women writers of color, and folklore.

Tatiana Zavodny

Tatiana Zavodny
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2014
Ph.D. Program - Comparative Literature

Andrea Zelaya

Andrea Zelaya
Email Address: Contact Department
Year of Entry: Fall 2017
Ph.D. Program - Literatures in Spanish
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