M.A. Students in American Studies:
M.A. Students in Public Humanities:
Please check out the Public Humanities student profiles for more information on their current projects.
Ph.D Students in American Studies:
First Year Student
Histories of race and romanticism; Nineteenth century American art; art in the African diaspora; Beat Generation
Kevin Barry (on leave)
Race, policing and incarceration; television/film studies; U.S. empire/war
Race; memory; nationhood; late nineteenth/early twentieth century American history; visual and material culture; transnational studies; African American history; whiteness studies
History of public health; nineteenth century U.S. history and culture; public humanities; Civil War veterans
20th century American literature; neuroaesthetics; cognitive literary historicism; history of the science of emotions; digital humanities
"Advertising Love: Personal Ads, Product Advertisements, and the Consumption of Romance"
"A Cultural Arsenal for Democracy: The War Work of U.S. Museums, 1930-1955"
"Remaking Boston's Chinatown: Race, Place, and Community in the Postwar Metropolis"
Food studies, public health, nutrition, popular culture studies, fat studies, gender studies, history of medicine, twentieth-century American history
"Cambodian Donut Shops and the Negotiation of Identity in Los Angeles"
"Bull Markets: Power, Place, and Professional Sport at the End of the Twentieth Century"
"Soapy Subjects: Melodrama and Queer Racial Affect in Screen Cultures"
Nineteenth century cultural history; material culture; history of museums; history of science
"State Secrets: J. Edgar Hoover, Joseph McCarthy, Roy Cohn, and Masculine Political Identity in the Creation of the American National Security State" [working title]
Race construction; miscegenation; twentieth-century U.S. literature; popular culture studies; twentieth-century African American and Asian American history; performance studies
Twentieth-century cultural and intellectual history; the built environment; cultural institutions; heritage and memory
"Four-Color Creatures: Monstrosity in American Comic Books and Japanese Manga, 1938-Present."
Elena Gonzales (on leave)
"Resonance and Wonder: Museums Working for Social Justice"
Migration and sex work; U.S. empire and militarization; gender and feminist theories; sex and sexuality studies
Wen Jin (on leave)
American empire; Asian American studies; American cultural history
Amy Johnson (on leave)
"Brokering Cultures, Brokering Race: Charley Ah Him, Chinatown, and the Construction of Los Angeles"
Gender and sexuality; queer theory; performance studies; phenomenology; visual culture; fat studies
Cristina Kim (on leave)
Second Year Student
"Consuming Labor: Migration and Mobility of Chinese Restaurant Workers in New York City, 1893-1949"
Politics of the body; political activism; gender and sexuality; feminisms; gender violence
Museums; material culture; visual culture; the Vietnam War; forced migration
Chung Hong Nguyen (on leave)
"Vietnam War/American War: Memory and the Construction of History in The U.S. and Vietnam"
Asian American Studies; foodways; race and empire
Modern U.S. culture and politics; history of capitalism; liberalism and neoliberalism; social thought
"The Lynching of Mexicans in the United States: Making Visible U.S. Terrorscapes"
Critical Native American Studies; expressive culture; colonialism and decolonization; Critical Race Theory; race construction; twentieth-century U.S. nationalisms; gender and sexuality
Cultural Studies; Asian American literature and representation; feminist theory
"Do You Remember House? Technology, Mediation and The Erasing of Black Musical Community, 1975-1996"
"Federal Selves: Memory & The Constitution, 1820-2010""
"Pacific Sensations: The Making of an American West and Pacific Orientalism in U.S. Print Culture"
"At the Root(s): Genealogy and Slavery from Alex Haley's Roots to Finding Oprah's Roots"
Transnational U.S. culture and history; U.S./Turkey relations; visual culture; history of photography; women's history
Twentieth century social and cultural history; ethnographic methods and multimedia; public space; participatory curatorial practice