Cultural Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Graduate Assistants



  • Marielle Patrice Barrow

    Marielle Patrice Barrow

    Graduate Lecturer

    Memory studies, museum studies, arts & cultural policy, art history, caribbean studies

  • 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

    Globalization, immigration



  • Lisa Ann Daily

    Lisa Ann Daily

    Consumer and commodity studies, visual culture and media studies (especially representations of race, gender, labor, power, ethics), globalization, political economy and histories of capitalism, business ethics, and social movements

  • 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

  • Ashley DuVal

    Ashley DuVal

    Cultural economy, power relations, nationalism, globalization

  • Basak Durgun

    Basak Durgun

    Graduate Lecturer

    Urban spaces, gentrification, governmentality, globalization and transnational sexualities




  • Adila Rebh Hanieh

    Adila Rebh Hanieh

    Theories of ideology, aesthetics, post colonial theory, intellectual history, Arab arts & culture, visual arts, film, literature

  • Kara L. Heitz

    Kara L. Heitz

    American Studies, popular culture studies, critical theory

  • Ariella Catherine Horwitz

    Ariella Catherine Horwitz

    Visual culture, mass culture, and media and politics.


  • 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

  • James Scott Killen

    James Scott Killen

    Education policy, critical pedagogy, political economy, and global affairs

  • Sangmin Kim
  • 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

  • Michele Krugh

    Michele Krugh

    Craft, "New Artisan Economy," Ethical Consumption, Authenticity


  • Allison M Lakomski

    Allison M Lakomski

    Political economy, American studies, consumption, food studies, nutrition and diet, subcultures, affect theory, semiotics (and psychoanalysis)

  • Jessica Lang
  • Ray Ashton LeBlanc

    Ray Ashton LeBlanc

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

  • Michael Lecker
  • 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


  • Pawin "Win" Malaiwong
  • Matthew Malzkuhn
  • Zachary Marschall

    Zachary Marschall

    cultural modernism, literary criticism, cultural policy, interwar Britain

  • Marintha Miles

    Marintha Miles

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

  • Adam S Mitchell

    Adam S Mitchell

    The political economy of black and grey markets, the medicalization of marijuana, U.S. labor history, Governmentality, and the War on Drugs


  • Tainui Colin Neilson

    Tainui Colin Neilson

    Graduate Lecturer

    Sociology of media; critical theory; contemporary and classic sociological theory; political economics; digital media; globalization; social science methodologies

  • Khoi Nguyen

    Khoi Nguyen

    war and sexuality; globalization; militarization; queer refugees



  • Adam Proctor

    Adam Proctor

    Political economy; state theory; class formation and surplus populations; labor history and social movements; critical theory of finance; globalization narratives and imperialism


  • David Rheams

    David Rheams

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

  • 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


  • Zana Sahyouni

    Zana Sahyouni

    religion and culture; the Middle East; nationalist narratives; colonialism

  • 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.

  • Shannyn Snyder
  • Richard T Stafford


  • KV White

    KV White

    Social institutions, rhetoric/literature and politics, social control


  • Tauheeda Yasin

    Tauheeda Yasin

    governmentality, public policy, poverty, critical prison studies, critical race theory, religious networks and globalization


  • 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

    Art and political economy; cultural institutions; cultural policy; sociology of art and culture; museum studies; art historiography; globalization and art; theories of cultural transmission; critical theory; postcolonial theory; politics of representation; cultural institutions in the Middle East and East Asia; contemporary issues of labor; the gig economy; thrift culture; precariousness; contemporary issues of feminism; post-feminism