Graduate Student Profiles

NameE-MailAreas of Interest
Zanny Allportaallp001@ucr.edu19th-20th Century American Literature, Material and Labor History, Theory and Critiques of Historicism, Black and Atlantic Radical Tradition, Queer & Feminist Theory
Gabriela Almendarezgalme002@ucr.edu20th-century American literature, Latino/a and Chicano/a Literature, Queer studies, hybridity, border studies
Stina Atteberysatte001@ucr.eduBiopolitics, Indigenous Studies, Media and Technoculture
Allie Arend
Jose Arellanojose.arellano@email.ucr.eduThe critical study of the U.S. as an early republic and its empire-building efforts; critical ethnic studies; Latinx studies (19th-century Mexican-American literary history and culture); Indigenous studies. 
Angelica Maria Barrazaangelica.barraza@email.ucr.eduContemporary Race-Critical Innovative Poetry, 20 & 21st Century Poetry, Queer Theory, Xicana & Border Studies, Avant Garde
Paris Brownpbrow003@ucr.eduMid-20th-Century American Literature, Film Studies, Gender and Sexuality, Fashion Studies
Miranda Butlermbutl003@ucr.edu19th-Century British Literature, Victorian Studies, Literature and Science, Science Fiction
Brittany Carlsonbrittany.carlson@email.ucr.eduVictorian literature, British modernism, History and Cultures of Mathematics and Science, Science Studies
Nancy Carranza ncarr007@ucr.edu20th and 21st century Asian American literature, postcolonial theory and neocolonialism/neoliberalism, inter- and multi-racial dynamics, narrative theory & spatial theory
Brandy J Lewisbrandy.lewis@email.ucr.eduAnimal studies, speculative fiction, cultural and media studies.
Misha Choudhrymisha.choudhry@email.ucr.eduPostcolonial studies, Race and Islam, Contemporary American literature, Cultural Studies, Visual and Media Studies
Nicholas B.
Speculative Fiction, Cognitive Narratology and Poetics, Philosophy of Evolution and
Paleontology, Monstrosity, American Literature.
Tara Dybastara.dybas@email.ucr.eduCorpses, Gender, Religious Culture, and the Supernatural in Early Modern Drama.
Kirstoffer S.
Trans representation in gothic and horror stories.
Architectural spaces in gothic and horror stories especially haunted castles and houses.
Jeshua Enriquezjenri006@ucr.eduScience Fiction, 20th Century American Lit, Postmodernism, Cultural Studies
Leslie Fernandez lfern010@ucr.eduAsian-American Literature, Science-Fiction, Postcolonial Theory and Posthumanism
Nicole K.
16th and 17th Century English Literature | Premodern Critical Race Studies | Anglo-Asian Contact | Techno-Orientalism
Ian Galbraith igalb001@ucr.eduDigital and Technocultures, Video Game Studies, Visual and Media Cultures
Nolan Goetzingernolan.goetzinger@email.ucr.eduPostcolonialism, Environmental Humanities, Irish Studies, Indigenous Studies

Jekara N. Govanjekara.govan@email.ucr.eduBlack Queer Cultural Production, Afrolatinx Studies, Performance Studies, Film and Visual Culture, Sound Studies, Speculative Enactment, Black Ecologies of Death, Black Ecologies of Care
Mackenzie Greggmgreg003@ucr.eduVictorian Literature and Culture, Queer and Feminist Theory, Psychoanalysis
Kin Fai Haokinfai.hao@email.ucr.eduBritish Romanticism, Gothic Literature, Affect Studies, Philosophy and Literature, Marxism
Digital Media Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Cultural and Sub-Cultural Studies, Critical Race Studies
Graham HallInteriority and Exteriority, Class and Space, Race/Gender/Sexuality
Kathy Hardun  katherine.hardun@email.ucr.eduMedieval and Early Modern Literature, Sexuality, Queer Theory
Celeste Jackson celeste.jackson@email.ucr.eduIndigenous Poetry, Gender and Sexuality and Eco-Criticism
Robyn Johnsonrobyn.johnson@email.ucr.eduNative American narratives, postmodern Native American literature, early American, manga, popular culture, young adult fiction, European folklore, Asian folklore, Shakespeare, domestic dramas
Amy D. Juarez
Chelsea E. Keane chelsea.keane@email.ucr.eduMedieval and Early Modern Literature, Ecocriticism, Ecofeminism, Gender
Rudi Kraeherrkrae001@ucr.eduFilm and Visual Culture, 20th and 21st century US American and Latin American Literature
Brandy J
Critical Posthumanities, Human-Animal Theory, Ecofeminist Belongings, and Queer and Sexual Identities.
Hannah Manshelhannah.manshel@email.ucr.eduAmerican literature before 1900, African-American Literature, Legal studies
Jasmine A. Moorejasmine.moore001@email.ucr.eduAfrican-American Literature, Afrofuturism, Afrodiaspora, Postcolonialism, Speculative Fiction
Aran Parkaran.park@email.ucr.eduNineteenth-century British Poetry and Culture
Heejoo Parkheejoo.park@email.ucr.edu20th & 21st Century American Literature, Asian American Literature, Latina/o Literature
Grant Palmergpalm002@ucr.eduMemory and Publics
Joshua J. Prindlejoshua.prindle@email.ucr.edu19th Century Literature, Victorian Studies, Medicine and Culture, Disability Studies
Kayleigh Quartermankquar001@ucr.eduLate 19th-20th Century Anglophone Literature; Poetics; Modernism; Postmodernism; Queer Studies/Literature; Black Studies/Literature; Modern Art History
Christopher Queencquee001@ucr.eduLate Medieval English Literature, Queer Theory, Visual Culture, Materiality, Medievalism, Textual and Editorial Criticism
Amanda L. Early Modern English Drama, Modernity, Marxism, Feminist, Poststructuralism

Kameron Sanzoksanz001@ucr.eduVictorian Studies, Science and Technologies Studies, Nineteenth-Century British Literature, History of Science, Energy Humanities, Classical Energy Physics
Courtney Naum Scurocourtney.scuro@email.ucr.eduEarly Modern Literature, Time, Theories of History, Material Print Culture, Queer Studies, Shakespeare in Performance
Chelsea Rae Silvacsilv008@ucr.eduMedical humanities; Middle English literature; Manuscript studies; Disability studies.
Kali Indigenous Feminisms, Genre Studies, Film and Visual Culture, Theories of Monstrosity and Spectrality
Samarth Intermediality, Picturebooks, Detective Fiction, Cartooning, Book Illustration, Children's Fiction
David Siglosdavid.siglos@email.ucr.eduAsian American Literature, Filipino American Literature, Asian American Theater and Performance, Postcolonial Theory, Psychoanalytic Theory
Miranda Steegemiranda.steege@email.ucr.eduQueer Theory, Victorian Studies, Fan Studies
Summer C. Posthumanism, Science Fiction, Feminist Science Studies, Critical Race Studies, Indigenous Studies

Stefan Torralbastefan.torralba@email.ucr.eduDigital media studies, cinema studies, critical race, queer of color theory, Asian American studies
Preston Waltrippreston.waltrip@email.ucr.edu21st century historical fiction, U.S. Latina/o studies, hemispheric American studies, biopolitical theory.
Leah Washburnleah.washburn@email.ucr.eduGender studies, Contemporary Literature, Film and Media Studies

Sang-Keun Yoo syoo015@ucr.edu20th century American Science Fiction, Asian American Literature, Postcolonialism, Posthumanism, Korean Studies
Gnei Soraya Zarook gzaro001@ucr.eduSri Lankan / South Asian Anglophone literature, Sri Lankan / South Asian North American literature, the Sri Lankan civil war, trauma studies, postcolonial studies, Asian American studies, Trauma studies
Research Interests

My interests lie at the intersection of language, trauma, and otherness. I’m currently interested in examining how South Asian American / Anglophone literature depicts life lived within and around trauma. Specifically, I look at how these depictions illustrate trauma as operating differently from its theorizations by traditional, Western-oriented trauma studies.

By examining how Sri Lankan Anglophone literature depicts the negotiation of the trauma of both human-created and natural disasters, I trace how representations of trauma by Sri Lankan authors push against trauma studies as it is understood and practiced within its Euro-American theorizations. I am invested in abiding by the ways in which the literary, the ‘real,’ and the clinical intersect to muddy our understanding of what forms of knowledge and practice are accepted and privileged in responding ethically to violence. My work pushes me to think about what it means to consistently read a body of literature that depicts trauma, and about how this literature is one of the few ways in which the object of Sri Lanka and its people become legible to the world. Thus, while I suggest that Sri Lankan Anglophone literature depicts trauma in ways unaccounted for in Western trauma theory, I also insist on thinking through the ways in which this literature also depicts happiness, pleasure, and joy as sitting alongside trauma.
Recent Activity

“In front of us the way is seen, but behind us the road is gone”: Counter-Moments to Trauma in Shyam Selvadurai’s The Hungry Ghosts and Jean Arasanayagam’s “All is Burning.” Paper presented at American Comparative Literature Society’s Annual Conference. University of California, Los Angeles, March 2018.

“‘I try to explain love in shillings’: Harboring Love and Remittances in Shailja Patel’s Migritude.” Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States Conference. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, April 2017.

“The Global South Speaks Back: Queering Love and Remittances in Shailja Patel’s Migritude.” The Deep South in the Global South Conference. University of Louisiana at Lafayette, April 2017

“Killing Theory: A Defiance of Trauma Theory in Nayomi Munaweera’s Island of a Thousand Mirrors.” (E)racing Theory, (En)gendering Praxis Conference. University of California, Irvine, March 2017.

“Humanity for Robots: A Guide to Passing as a Person.” Paper co-presented with Ande Murphy at the 30th Annual California State University Student Research Competition. California State University Bakersfield, April 2016.
Co-Founder, Explosions and Survival Reading Group at UC Riverside, (2017-present)
President, Graduate Students in English Association at UC Riverside (2017-2018)
Co-Chair, (Dis)junctions Graduate Conference at UC Riverside (2017-2018)
Representative, Graduate Student English Association at UC Riverside (2016-2017)
Co-Founder, Asian American / Anglophone Literature Reading Group at UC Riverside (2016-2017)
Co-Chair, “The Inadequate Human: A Mini Symposium on Gender, Disability, and Robots” at California State University Channel Islands (2015)
Students on Leave
Aaron Biopolitics, Colonialism/Postcolonialism
Daniel Valenciadvale007@ucr.eduScience Fiction, Chicano Literature and Culture, Media Studies
José Alfarojalfa011@ucr.eduTrans-temporal, Transamerican Literature; Queer Latinidades; Dance and Performance
Eric Atkinsoneatki004@ucr.eduAfrican American Literature, Griot Studies, Comic books, SF, and Young Adult Fiction
Jennifer Avilajavil013@ucr.eduSports Studies, U.S. Latina/o and Chicana/o Literature, 20th-century American Literature
Lisa Brown Jalozalbrow008@ucr.edu20th-Century–Contemporary American Literature, Scottish Literature, Media Studies
Cyra Emerycemer002@ucr.eduEarly Modern Literature, History of Medicine, History of Science, Rhetoric
Jennie Friedrichjfrie005@ucr.eduManuscript Studies, Postcolonial Theory, Medieval Travel Literature
Laura Fusselllfuss001@ucr.eduNative American Studies; Trauma Studies; Indigenous Studies; 20th- and 21st- Century American Literature, Film, and Culture
Morgann Havig mhavi001@ucr.eduEarly Modern Literature; Shakespeare Studies; Restoration Literature; Disability Studies
Tracy Zuniga tzuni001@ucr.eduVisual Art and Media Studies, Chicana/o Cultural Studies, 20th Century and Contemporary American Literature
Ryan D. American Poetry and Poetics, Lyric Theory, Queer Theory, Queer Pedagogy

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