American Studies

Current Ph.D. Students

Learn more about our current Ph.D. students.

  • Amir Adem

    First Year Student
  • Istifaa Ahmed

    Research Interests Minoritarian performance and aesthetics, Queer/trans subjectivities, The human/inhuman, The erotic/body/flesh, Fugitivity, Speculative fiction, Black feminisms, Queer of color critique, Performance studies
  • Erin Aoyama

    Research Interests 20th century American intellectual and cultural history, Asian American studies, Studies of empire, Public memory and apology, Histories of violence
  • Bryant Brown

    Research Interests 20th and 21st century Black diasporic literature, Experimental aesthetic praxes, Anticolonial cultural production, Timbre and sound studies, Queer theory, Abolitionist movements
  • Sam Coren

    Dissertation title: "Watershed Metropolis: The Providence River and Its Lifeworlds"
    Research Interests Environmental humanities, Feminist science and technology studies, U.S. built environment , Infrastructures , Autoethnography
  • Caroline Cunfer

    Research Interests Feminist Theory, Queer Theory, Cultural Studies/Theory, Science And Technology Studies, Critiques Of Sex-Positive Feminism, Asexuality, Politics Of Sex And Desire
  • Thomas Dai

    Research Interests Contemporary nonfiction and poetry, Queer theory, Asian American studies, Literature of space and place
  • Liam Dean-Johnson

    First Year Student
    Research Interests Queer theory and queer of color critique, Performance studies, Affect theory, Popular music and sound studies, Metaphysics and ethical philosophy, Esoterica and the occult
  • Jennifer Dolan

    Research Interests Cultural History, Self-Help Literature, Gender, Middle-Class Culture, History of Psychology, Narrative
  • Isaac Essex

    First Year Student
  • Yuanyuan (Angela) Feng

    Dissertation title: "Chinese/American Writers as Transpacific Public Intellectuals"
    Research Interests Asian American community politics and culture, Asian American literature, Chinese diaspora in the Americas
  • Matthew Kateb Goldman

    Dissertation title: Transiting Metropolitan "Man" : Queer Infrastructures of Human Being in the New York City Subway
    Research Interests Cities and built environments, Queer of color and minoritarian critique, Politics of knowledge, Aesthetics and the "human", Infrastructures
  • Kristen Iemma

    Research Interests Information science, Knowledge organization, Memory studies
  • Jacquelynn Jones

    Research Interests 19th and 20th century visual and material culture, Black feminist theory, Racial-mixture, History of photography, Public humanities
  • Makana Kushi

    Research Interests Race in Hawaiʻi, Comparative ethnic studies, Indigenous education
  • Allyson LaForge

    Research Interests Native American and Indigenous studies, Histories of the native northeast, Decolonizing methodologies, Public humanities, Material culture
  • Jonathan MacDonald

    Research Interests Cultural and intellectual history of the modern United States, Science and technology studies, Media studies, Educational, didactic, and prescriptive media forms, the Nature of social scientific expertise, Guidance writing, Popular culture
  • Claritza Maldonado

    Research Interests Caribbean sStudies, Afro-Latinx studies, Sound and aesthetics, Poetry and spoken word, Puerto Rico and diaspora
  • Alyssa Manansala

    Research Interests Poetry and hybrid literary forms, visual culture, new media, performance, aesthetics, , Asian American studies, postcolonial studies, Filipinx studies
  • Karen Marks

    First Year Student
  • Edwin Rodriguez

    Research Interests Central American studies, El Salvador, Transnationalism, displacement, and migration
  • Nicole Sintetos

    Research Interests Asian American studies, Science, technology and society, 20th century immigration history, Environmental history, Public humanities
  • Mark Tseng-Putterman

    Research Interests Transnational Asian American studies, Cold War studies, U.S. militarism, social movements, comparative ethnic studies
  • Katharina Weygold

    Third Year Student