Cultural Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Graduate Assistants

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  • Melissa Beard

    Melissa Beard

    Native American and Indigenous Studies, performance theory, ethnography, folklore, collective memory, historical trauma and genocide, film and television studies, gender studies and feminist theory

  • Ryan Bowerman

    Ryan Bowerman

    Critical Development Studies; Citizenship; Biopolitics; Globalization; Immigration; Migration; Colonialism; Postcolonialism

  • Melissa N Bruce

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  • Austin Deray

    Austin Deray

    Medieval gender and sexuality, codes of normativity in gender and sexuality, neo-medievalism, popular culture, social institutionalism, medieval queenship, sociohistorical construction of heteronormative masculinity, collegiate masculinity, and collegiate sexual expression

  • Basak Durgun

    Basak Durgun

    Graduate Lecturer

    Urban spaces, gentrification, governmentality, globalization and transnational sexualities

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  • Annie O Hui

    Annie O Hui

    Popular culture, surrealism, postcolonial literature

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  • Christina R Kappel

    Christina R Kappel

    Gender and sexuality, mass and popular culture, postfeminism

  • Kayla Keener

    Kayla Keener

    Affect, irony, phenomenology, neoliberalism, niche markets and consumer culture, popular culture, alternative genders and sexualities

  • Kyle Koeppe

    Kyle Koeppe

    A constellation of Marxist political economy, Frankfurt School aesthetics and critical environmental history as they pertain to the American Appalachian region and its history of coal mining and local music that runs the gamut from folk and bluegrass to black metal

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  • Ray Ashton LeBlanc

    Ray Ashton LeBlanc

    Feminist and queer anthropology, ethnography, bodies and embodiment, gender and sexuality, drag performance

  • Lewis Levenberg

    Lewis Levenberg

    The internet, history of technology, history of philosophy, philosophy of history, critical theory, power relations, biopower, Africana philosophy, African art, art history, art theory.

  • Noel  Lopez

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  • Lindsey Macdonald

    Lindsey Macdonald

    Graduate Teaching Assistant

    Marxist political economy, critical media studies, critical theory.

  • Matthew Malzkuhn
  • Marintha Miles

    Marintha Miles

    Migration; diaspora; political economy; digital activism; language politics; gender; international development; religion; ethnography; Central Asia; Tajikistan

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  • Khoi Nguyen

    Khoi Nguyen

    war and sexuality; globalization; militarization; queer refugees

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  • Adam Proctor

    Adam Proctor

    Political economy; state theory; race and class; history and culture of the labor movement; globalization and imperialism

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  • David Rheams

    David Rheams

    Political Economy, Digital Media Theory, Science and Technology Studies, Environmental Studies

  • Shauna Rigaud

    Shauna Rigaud

    Community Based Learning Coordinator

  • Christina Riley

    Christina Riley

    New media theory, social movement studies, affect theory, biopolitics, gender and sexuality studies, concentrating on Feminism(s), Queer Theory

  • Mohsen Roomipoor

    Mohsen Roomipoor

    Cultural studies, Islamic studies, sociology of culture, Middle East, subjectivity, identity, alienation, cultural changes

  • Christine Rosenfeld

    Christine Rosenfeld

    Occupation, settler colonialism, colonialism, biopolitics, indigeneity, aboriginality, cultural loss and preservation, Hawai`i, cultural and environmental resources, landscape, resource extraction

  • Eric W Ross

    Eric W Ross

    American Studies, 20th century American cultural and political history, museum studies, popular culture, critical theory, and media studies (in particular representations of space, place, and memory)

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  • Laina Hanninen Saul

    Laina Hanninen Saul

    Feminist theory and gender studies, post-colonial feminist theory, phenomenology and existentialism, the study of citizenship, subjectivity, and politics, globalization, human rights and the nature of cosmopolitanism

  • Natasha Sharma

    Natasha Sharma

    Transnational spaces, literature, South Asian American culture, kinship work, and The Midwest.

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  • KV White

    KV White

    Social institutions, rhetoric/literature and politics, social control

  • Landon S Wilkins

    Landon S Wilkins

    African American studies, power-based violence, masculinity, and social reproduction through the lens of education/educational spaces.

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  • Tolga Yalur

    Tolga Yalur

    Artifical Intelligence; psychoanalysis; algebra; film & media

  • Tauheeda Yasin

    Tauheeda Yasin

    poverty, "debtors' prisons", culture and public policy, for-profit justice, social innovation

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  • Andrea K Zach

    Andrea K Zach

    Political economy, critical theory, immigration, theories of nationalism & citizenship.

  • David Isaac Zeglen

    David Isaac Zeglen

    Marxist political economy, biopower, digital media & visual culture, globalization, North Korea, Soviet Union/Russia, fascism, international development, celebrity politics

  • Amy Zhang

    Amy Zhang

    Graduate Teaching Assistant

    Museums; cultural institutions; cultural policy; globalization and art; art and political economy; critical theory; postcolonial theory; museum studies; art theory; art historiography; Arab States of the Persian Gulf