College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies

New grad students, fall 2014
New American studies graduate students, fall 2014: Nick Krebs, Renée Torres, Casey Ratto, Ruby Kim, Lucia Soriano, and Calvin Timmons.

Current Graduate Students

Tiffany Christian

Ph.D. graduate student
M.A., folklore, University of Oregon
M.F.A., creative writing, Chapman University
Research Interests: Apocalypse culture, specifically the manifestations of apocalypse as “lore” in popular culture, the worshipping of the “primitive,” and community building around survival/disaster preparedness. Other interests include cyber studies, vernacular religion, gaming culture and the LGBTQ community, women and “geek” culture, and cinema studies.

Rebecca Fowler

Ph.D. candidate (ABD)
Research Interests: Latin American diasporas, U.S. anti-immigration discourses and legislation, social justice movements, humanitarian aid groups, and globalization and empire.

Leigh Gaskin

Ph.D. graduate student
Research Interests: Feminist economics; reproductive justice, rights, and health; postcolonial feminism; global feminism; community-based research; Marxist and Socialist feminism; masculinity studies; feminist pedagogy; and social policy.

Lizeth Gutierrez

Ph.D. graduate student
Research Interests: Popular Culture representations of gendered and raced Latinidades. Specifically, the commercialization of mainstream Latinidad as it pertains to U.S. discourses on second-class citizenship.

Joseph Herrera

Ph.D. candidate (ABD)
Research Interests: Racialization, digital democracy, political theory and resistance, issues of belonging and the (re)construction of citizenship, the politics of digital engagement, cognitive science and empathic development, global feminisms, post-Marxism, social movements, critical pedagogy, empire and globalization, and cyborg theory.

Darrell Hogge

Ph.D. candidate (ABD)
Research Interests: Negotiating hybrid self-determination among surrounded indigenous communities of the Northwest.

Ruby Kim

Ph.D. graduate student
Research Interests: Comparative ethnic literatures, feminist and queer theories, and cultural studies with a focus in Korean American studies.

Nicholas Krebs

Ph.D. graduate student
Research Interests: Nick focuses on the formation and transmission of cultural knowledge. Currently interested in curriculum and pedagogy as contested sites, he is researching non-traditional methods of knowledge transmission strewn about cultures and society. His most recent work focuses on interpreting the labor and social history surrounding hip-hop as a commoditized market ripe with research and pedagogic potential for disturbing dominant modes of thought.

Selena Lester

Ph.D. graduate student
Research Interests: Intersections of gender and sexuality with race, labor, poverty, inequality, and inequity; Civil Rights movements; American popular culture and subcultures; identity politics; consumer culture; film studies (specifically masculinities and feminist themes in the horror genre); dystopian literature; and culture geography.

Annita Lucchesi

M.A. graduate student
Research Interests: The War on Drugs and the War on Terror, particularly in relation to regimes of colonial violence in "Indian Country" and the West Indies; rural land struggle & resources extraction; spatial theory, popular culture (hip hop and dancehall), & Third World politics.

Liz McNeill

Ph.D. candidate (ABD)
Research Interests: Feminist and gender theory with the incorporation of queer subjectivities. Specifically, political ramifications with the advent of queer subjects.

Jorge Moraga

Ph.D. graduate student
Research Interests: Comparative ethnic studies, popular culture and social movement analysis, specifically centered around understanding the dynamics to U.S. imperialism and globalization.

Sompathana Phitsanoukanh

M.A. graduate student
Research Interests: Southeast Asian immigrants to the U.S., especially Cambodian and Laotian women; digital diversity.

Casey Ratto

Ph.D. graduate student
M.A., American studies, California State University, Fullerton
Research Interests: Post-apocalyptic media, specifically how the Western genre intersects with the post-apocalyptic genre; other interests include game studies, cinema studies, and popular culture.

Veronica Sandoval

Ph.D. graduate student
Research Interests: Chicana/o studies, borderland studies, cultural studies, feminist studies, social theory, race and gender studies, and popular culture.

Raihan Sharif

Ph.D. graduate student
M.A., American studies (Fulbright Scholar)
Research Interests: Asian American studies and cultural studies.

Eric Sinha

Ph.D. graduate student
Research Interests: South Asian studies and political economy of India.

Lucia Soriano

Ph.D. graduate student
M.A., cultural studies, Claremont Graduate University
Research Interests: Media studies, celebrity studies, cultural studies, feminist theory, the gendered body, and American popular culture, specifically, reality television centered on women.

Calvin Timmons

Ph.D. graduate student
Asian American and Pacific Islander history and studies; comparative ethnic studies; cultural studies; hauntings and social death; Pacific Northwest studies; carceral state; community-based research.

Renée A. Torres

M.A. graduate student
Research Interests: Intersectionality, media representations of race and gender, and journalism history and its influence on culture.

Alice Webber

Ph.D. candidate (ABD)
Research Interests: Cultural interaction between resident and immigrant populations and those populations with the environment such as pioneer cemeteries, issues of nationalism, immigration and migration especially in relation to the Canadian border, Scotland, Hawaii and the Kanakas, and other indigenous/Native Americans and how they are represented in the various 'public history' venues.

Sky Wilson

Ph.D. candidate (ABD), WSU Vancouver
Research Interests: Black nationalist social movements, especially Black Panther Party for Self-Defense.

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