Grad Students
  • Dalal Alfares

    Subfield: Feminist Postcolonial Theory and Literature, Islamic Feminisms, Representations of Middle Eastern women in mainstream media, Subversive representations in alternative media (2000-present)

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    Email    alfares@ucla.edu
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  • Amanda Apgar

    Subfield: Feminist Disability Studies, Childhood Studies, Crip Theory, and Narrative Theory. Other areas of interest and influence include Queer Theory, New Materialisms, Normalcy Studies, neoliberalism, cyborgs, and cultural representations of disability.

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    Email    amandaapgar@ucla.edu
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  • Bianca Beauchemin

    Bianca Beauchemin’s research explores the interplay of racial classifications, sexuality and gender through the spatial-temporal landscape of the Haitian Revolution. She is investigating the ways in which miscegenation and subsequent mixed race subjectivities are tied to queer sexualities and how the making of contemporary racial/sexual subjects is deeply entwined with modernity, diaspora, and geographic processes.

    Subfield: black diasporic studies, queer theory, black feminist theory, postcolonial literature, social geography, queer of color critique, Caribbean literature, Caribbean history.

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    Email    bibeauchemin@ucla.edu
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  • Laura Beebe

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  • Loron Benton

    I am interested in Black women's literary and political engagements with intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality and our responses to racist, sexist, and classist (post)colonial narratives. I am also interested in teaching pedagogy, in both primary and secondary grade levels, as well as on the collegiate level.

    Subfield: Black Feminist Theory, Womanist Theology, Embodiment, Media Representation, "Urban" Modeling Culture

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    Email    loron.bartlett@gmail.com
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  • Stephanie Chang

    Subfield: Asian American cultural critique, horror film critique, WOC feminisms, cinematic studies

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    Email    schang3399@ucla.edu
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  • Lina Chhun

    Lina Chhun is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Gender Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Lina currently holds a Master’s degree in Social Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master’s degree in Gender Studies, with a Certificate in Asian American Studies from UCLA. Her research focuses on questions of memory, mediation, narrative, and the production of history in the afterlife of violence, with an attunement to registers/ registerings of historical trauma relating to the Cambodian genocide of 1975-1979.

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    Email    lchhun@ucla.edu
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  • Elizabeth Dayton

    Subfield: Moral Panics of Sex Work, The Criminalization of Sex Work, Social Constructionism, Queer Theory, Queer of Color Theory, Sexuality Studies, Intimate Labor, Women and the Law, Sex Worker’s Rights Activism, Feminist Media Studies

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    Email    edayton@g.ucla.edu
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  • Kolleen Duley

    Subfield: Activism and research focuses on race and gender formations, criminality and incarceration with an emphasis on remedial law and community justice strategy

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    Email    kduley@ucla.edu
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  • Fred Ariel Hernandez

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    Email    fahernandez@ucla.edu
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  • Shawndeez Jadalizadeh

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    Email    shawn.deez@ucla.edu
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  • Savannah Jane Kilner

    Savannah J. Kilner is a doctoral student in Gender Studies at UCLA. Her dissertation asks how material practices and discursive imaginings of queer space interact with multiple, overlapping modes of dispossession in the U.S. colonial present. She is a member of the Solidarity Board of Homefulness, a poor people-led model of housing justice in Ohlone territories/Oakland, CA

    Subfield: Feminist Geography, Indigenous Studies, Black Studies, Visual Culture, Women of Color Feminism & Queer of Color Critique, Neoliberalism

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    Email    savannahjane@ucla.edu
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  • Min Joo Lee

    Research interest: Korean Pop Culture, Korean Wave (Hallyu), Transnational Pop Culture, Fan Studies, Feminism and Media, New Media, Film/Television inspired Tourism, Tourist Encounters, Cultural Nationalism

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    Email    leemj308@gmail.com
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  • Stephanie Lumsden

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    Email    slumsden@g.ucla.edu
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  • Jessica Martinez

    Subfield: Family and Sites of Intimacy, Nationalism and Citizenship, Media and Popular Culture, Feminist Pedagogy

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    Email    JessMMartinez@ucla.edu
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  • Dee Mauricio

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    Email    dwmauricio@ucla.edu
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  • Esha Momeni

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    Email    emomeni@ucla.edu
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  • Sarah Montoya

    Subfield: Cyber Studies, Digital Humanities, Feminist Media Studies, Feminist Technology Studies, Critical Cartography, Visual Culture, Queer of Color Critique, Women of Color Feminisms

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    Email    smontoyacw@hotmail.com
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  • Mary Robbins

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    Email    robbinsme@gmail.com
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  • Angela Robinson

    Angela L. Robinson is a doctoral candidate in Gender Studies. Her dissertation examines affective regimes of colonialism in Oceania and the ways in which Indigenous performance articulates alternative forms of sociality and sovereignty through intercorporeal ontologies.

    Subfield: Indigenous studies, performance studies, theories of affect

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    Email    alrobinson@ucla.edu
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  • Stephanie Santos

    Subfield: Critical Development Studies, Southeast Asian Studies, Postcolonial and Transnational Feminisms, Critical Filipino Studies, Asian American Studies

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    Email    stephaniesantos@ucla.edu
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  • Rana Sharif

    Rana A. Sharif is a doctoral candidate in Gender Studies. Her research examines the relationship between new media technologies including location-based applications and social networking sites to social movements in Palestine. She is interested in how such an examination can offer new ways of exploring everyday acts of resistance and concepts of gender in the context of militarization and occupation. In addition to her academic work, she has been a community organizer in the Palestinian American community in the greater Los Angeles area. Most recently, she served as the Vice President for the Palestinian American Women’s Association of Southern California. Her research interests include: social movements; militarization and occupation; women of color and transnational feminisms; gender in/on MENA; and digitalization and medicalization of the body

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    Email    ranasharif@ucla.edu
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  • Preeti Sharma

    Dissertation Focus: emotional, intimate, and affective labor in South Asian threading salons in Los Angeles, in the context of growing service economies.

    Subfield: Gendered labor and service economies, immigration enforcement policies, community-based organizations, women of color feminisms, Asian American Studies, South Asian diasporas

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    Email    preetis@ucla.edu
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  • Meghan Sills

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    Email    meghansills@g.ucla.edu
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  • Gitanjali (Gina) Singh

    Subfield: Socialization of adolescent sexuality among Sikh mothers and daughters in Stockton, California, desire discourse, hybridity, split subjectivities, constructions of community, resistance, sexuality, sex education and sub-cultures of Sikh American girls.

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    Email    gsingh@ucla.edu
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  • Shondrea Thornton

    My research is on the intersection of Black feminism, popular culture, magick, and intimate. I am also interested in research that engages Black womanhood and the creation and maintenance of interior selves.

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    Email    shondrea.thornton@gmail.com
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  • Melissa Whitley

    Sa Whitley is a Gender Studies PhD student, who also received a Master’s in African American Studies. She is a member of the “Academic Abolitionism” working group, supported by the University of California Humanities Research Institute. As a Black feminist who utilizes queer of color critique, Whitley points to finance capital as crucial to the (re)production of precarity in Black women’s lives. Her work attempts to particularize technologies of dispossession and displacement enacted by financial governmentality, and she demonstrates their dependence on gendered anti-blackness. The subprime mortgage crisis serves as a pivotal case study in Whitley’s work, which investigates how debt marks Black women as speculative

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  • Rahel Woldegaber

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    Email    rahelsahle@hotmail.com
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  • Wendsor (Wendi) Yamashita

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