Faculty of Cultural Analysis & Theory

Tim August , Assistant Professor, (Ph.D., 2014, University of Minnesota)

Brooke Belisle , Assistant Professor, (Ph.D., 2012, University of California, Berkeley) Faculty Fellow American Council of Learned Societies; Comparative media studies and visual culture studies; the history and theory of digital media, cinema and photography.

Mary Jo Bona , Professor (Ph.D., 1989, University of Wisconsin-Madison) American literature, Italian American literature, multiethnic American literature, women's literature, gender/genre theory, theories of narrativity, theories of ethnicity, migration/diaspora literary histories.

Ritch Calvin, Assistant Professor (Ph.D., 2000, Stony Brook University) Feminist theory, Latina literature and culture, Latina feminisms, feminist science fiction, reproductive technologies.

Lisa Diedrich, Associate Professor (Ph.D., 2001, Emory University) Critical medical studies, disability studies, feminist theories, interdisciplinary methods.

Melissa M. Forbis , Assistant Professor (Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin) Transnational gender theories and politics, race/ethnicity, indigenous rights, Mexico and Latin America, feminist ethnography.

Jacob Gaboury , Assistant Professor (Ph.D., 2014, New York University) Digital Media, History of Computing, Queer Studies, Media Theory, Visual Culture, Art and Technology.

Raiford Guins, Associate Professor (Ph.D., 2000, University of Leeds): History of technology, video game history and preservation, material and object culture, visual culture and design studies, technological governance and media regulation, cultural studies and cultural history.

Robert Harvey , Distinguished Professor ( Ph.D.,1988, University of California, Berkeley): 20th-century and contemporary literature in French and English; critical theory; film, relations between philosophy and literature.

Victoria Hesford, Associate Professor (Ph.D., 2001, Emory University) Gender, sexuality, queer and feminist theory, U.S. queer and feminist history, popular and mass culture in the postwar era, and critical theory.

Nancy Hiemstra, Assistant Professor (Ph.D., 2012, Syracuse University) Global migration, migration policy-making, immigration enforcement practices, "homeland security" at the scales of home and community, processes of racialization, constructions of borders and sovereignty, Latin America, feminist epistemology and methodologies.

Izabela Kalinowska Blackwood Associate Professor (Ph.D., 1995, Yale University): Russian and Polish literature; culture and film.

E. Ann Kaplan , Distinguished Professor (Ph.D., 1970, Rutgers University): Contemporary theory -- world cinema, media, and gender; trauma, ethnicity, and memory studies; humanities for the environment.

Liz Montegary, Assistant Professor (Ph.D., 2011, University of California, Davis) Feminist and queer theory; transnational American studies; LGBT/queer activism; travel, tourism, and mobility studies; cultural studies of militarization.

Patrice Nganang, Associate Professor (Ph.D., 1998, Johan Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt/Main (Germany): European philosophy; critical theory; African literature; cinema and colonialism; theories of violence; media theory; media theory; creative writing.

Nikos Panou, Assistant Professor and Peter V. Tsantes Endowed Professor in Hellenic Studies (Ph.D. 2008, Harvard University)  Reception studies; Byzantine and Modern Greek literature and culture; Orientalism; Mediterranean studies; history of emotions.

Gregory Ruf, Associate Professor (Ph.D., 1994, Columbia University): Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Gender & Social Organization, Cultural Ecology & Environmental History, Social Theory, Research Design, Ethnographic Methods & Writing, Political & Legal Anthropology, Economic Development, Historical Anthropology.

E.K. Tan, Associate Professor (Ph.D., 2007, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign): Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature, Sinophone Literature, Chinese Language Cinema, Film Theory, Diaspora Theory, Globalization Theory, Psychoanalytical Theory, Translation Theory.

Affiliated Faculty

Nerissa Balce , Associate Professor ( Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley Ethnic Studies): Asian American literature and popular culture , Filipino American studies, Humor studies, Postcolonial theory, U.S. Empire studies.

Pamela Block, Associate Professor (Ph.D., 1997, Duke University): Researches disability experience on individual, organizational and community levels, focusing on socio-environmental barriers, empowerment/capacity-building, and health promotion.

Ruth B. Bottigheimer, Research Professor (D.A., 1981, University at Stony Brook): Tale collections, children's literature, fairy tales; socio- cultural analysis of literature.

Edward S. Casey, Distinguished Professor (Ph.D.,1967, Northwestern University): Phenomenology, philosophical psychology, aesthetics, theory of psychoanalysis. Recent research includes investigations into place and space; landscape painting and maps as modes of representation; ethics and the other; feeling and emotion; philosophy of perception (with special attention to the role of the glance); the nature of edges.

Daniela Flesler, Associate Professor (Ph.D., 2001, Tulane University): Contemporary Spanish Literature and Cultural Studies, Postcolonial Theory, Spain and North Africa, Immigration, Tourism.

Michele Friedner, Assistant Professor (Ph.D., 2011, University of California, Berkeley- University of California, San Francisco): deaf and disability studies, India, development, anthropology, theories of stigma and value.

Michael Kimmel, Professor, (Ph.D., 1981, University of California, Berkeley): Comparative and historical development; social movements; gender and sexuality

Shirley Jennifer Lim, Associate Professor (Ph.D., 1998, University of California at Los Angeles): U.S. racial minority women's cultural history.

Sara Lipton, Associate Professor (Ph.D., 1991, Yale University): Religious identity and experience, Jewish-Christian relations, and art and cultural in the high Middle Ages (11th-14th centuries).

Iona Man-Cheong, Associate Professor (Ph.D., 1991, Yale University): Chinese history, culture and society, particularly Qing dynasty; women, gender and sexuality in China.

Celia Marshik, Associate Professor (Ph.D. 1999, Northwestern University): 20th Century British Literature; Modernism; Feminist Studies.

Adrián Perez-Melgosa, Associate Professor (Ph.D., 1995, University of Rochester): Cinema and the novel in the Americas; cultural studies.

Adrienne Munich, Professor, (Ph.D., 1976, City University of New York): Victorian cultural studies, feminist theory, popular culture.

Zabet Patterson, Assistant Professor (Ph.D., 2007, University of California, Berkeley): media archaeology, contemporary art and technology, history of digital representation, history of art, critical theory and psychoanalysis.

Mary C. Rawlinson, Associate Professor (Ph.D., 1978, Northwestern): Aesthetics, literature, and philosophy; Proust, mystery, and detective fiction; 19th-century Philosophy (esp. Hegel); philosophy of medicine.

Michael Rubenstein, Assistant Professor (Ph.D., 2003, Rutgers State University): James Joyce; 20th-Century Irish Literature; 20th-Century British and Anglophone Literature; Postcolonial Literature; Modernism; Psychoanalysis; The Novel; Film; Environmentalism and the Humanities.

Jeffrey Santa Ana, Assistant Professor (Ph.D., 2003, University of California, Berkeley): American literature and culture; Asian American literature and film; Filipino diaspora; global migration and transnationalism; gender and sexuality studies; race and ethnicity; emotion studies.

Andrew V. Uroskie , Associate Professor (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley): History criticism and theory of modern and contemporary art; experimental film, video installation, sound and performance; critical theory, aesthetics, psychoanalytic philosophy; histories and theories of modern medi

Kathleen M. Vernon, Associate Professor (Ph.D., 1982, University of Chicago): Contemporary Spanish and Latin American cinema and cultural studies; gender and popular culture; contemporary Hispanic literature.

Tracey Walters, Associate Professor (Ph.D., 1999, Howard University): African American literature; Black British literature and culture.

Emeritus Faculty

Krin Gabbard, Professor (Ph.D., 1979, Indiana University-Bloomington): Film theory and history, jazz, interrelations of literature, art, music, and film, comparative literature methodology, psychoanalytic approaches to the arts; ancient Greek literature, drama, and literary theory.

Sandy Petrey, Professor Emeritus (Ph.D., 1966, Yale University): 19th-century fiction, theories of the novel; contemporary criticism.

Ilona N. Rashkow, Associate Professor Emerita (Ph.D., 1988, University of Maryland): Hebrew Bible, Judaic studies, Religious studies, feminist literary criticism; psychoanalytic literary theory, women's studies, literary theory, comparative literature.

Louise O. Vásvari, Professor Emerita (Ph.D., 1969, Berkeley): Medieval literature, literature and folklore, literature and linguistics, translation theory, Romance philology, semiology, art and literature, sexuality and literature.

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