Alumni and Student Spotlight: A Round-Up of Recent Achievements

GMU Cultural Studies is proud to announce a number of recent accomplishments by our alumni (including one current student). See below for a round-up of these achievements. 


David Arditi, alumnus of the Cultural Studies Program:

New Promotion: Promoted to Assistant Professor of Sociology, Director of the Center for Theory at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Congratulations, David!

Co-editor of Fast Capitalism (



Adila Laïdi-Hanieh, alumna of the Cultural Studies Program:

Recent Conference Participation: 

Laïdi-Hanieh, Adila. “Fahrelnissa Zeid’s Abstraction: Orientalist Atavism and Inner Necessity. Paper presented at Abstraction Unframed:  Fourth Annual Conference of the Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Turkey and Iran (AMCA), NYU Abu Dhabi Campus, Abu Dhabi, UAE, May 22-25, 2016.

Laïdi-Hanieh, Adila. “Contemporary Palestinian Art’s New Resistance Politics of Proximity and Estrangement.” Paper presented at First annual Art and Resistance Conference, Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture, Bethlehem, Palestine, May 12-16, 2016.



Michael Lecker, alumnus of the Cultural Studies Program:

New Position: Accepted a position as the Director of LGBTQ Health and Inclusiveness at Trillium Health, Rochester, NY.

Congratulations, Michael!



Gavin Mueller, alumnus of the Cultural Studies Program:

New Position: Accepted a Visiting Assistant Professor position at the Emerging Media and Communication program at the University of Texas, Dallas.

Congratulations, Gavin!

Peer-reviewed article published:

Mueller, Gavin.  "Piracy as Labour Struggle." tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique 14.1 (2016): 333-345.  Retrieved from:



Fan Yang, alumna of the Cultural Studies Program:

New Book:

Yang, Fan. Faked in China:  Nation Branding Counterfeit Culture, and GlobalizationBloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2015. 

Recent Journal Articles:

Yang, Fan.  “Under the Dome: ‘Chinese’ Smog as a Viral Media Event,” Critical Studies in Media Communication, London: Taylor & Francis, April 26, 2016.

Yang, Fan.  “A Bite of China: Food, Media, and the Televisual Negotiation of National Difference,”Quarterly Review of Film and Video, London: Taylor & Francis, 2015, Vol. 32(5), p. 409–425.

Book Chapter:

Yang, Fan.  “The Chinese Dream: A Global-national Ideological Formation,” in Commercial Nationalism: Selling the Nation and Nationalizing the Sell, ed. Z. Volcic & M. Andrejevic, Palgrave studies in communication for social change. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 

Recent Seminar Conducted:

Yang, Fan.  “China and/in Globalization,” Seminar directed at the Third Association for Cultural Studies Institute 2015: Precarious Futures, Bloemfontein, South Africa, December 7-12, 2015



David Zeglen, current PhD student in the Cultural Studies Program:

New Book Chapter:

Zeglen, David. "It's the Thought That Counts: North Korea's Glocalization of the Celebrity Couple and the Mediated Politics of Reform" in Shelley Cobb and Neil Ewen (eds.) First Comes Love: Power Couples, Celebrity Kinship and Cultural Politics (London: Bloomsbury, 2015).