Graduate Students

In the 15 years since the ASE PhD program was founded, we have graduated 57 PhD students. We currently have 38 students in various stages of their graduate work. Our students publish in peer reviewed journals, participate in national and international conferences and do research around the world.

Many of our students have received national fellowships: 18 Ford, 12 Haynes, 1 ACLS/Mellon, 2 Mellon, 1 AAUW, 2 Fulbright, 1 NSF, 1 Truman and 1 SSHRC. 31 of our students have been placed in tenure-track jobs. These appointments include positions at leading research universities: Yale, Dartmouth, UCLA, UC Riverside, University of Oregon, Arizona State University, University of Nevada, University of Maryland, Michigan State University, University of Kansas; small liberal arts colleges including Smith, Scripps, Pitzer, Ithaca, Claremont McKenna, and Trinity College and many campuses of California State University.

Deborah Al-Najjar,
Education: B.A. English, Univ Michigan Ann Arbor,1987 M.A. English, Wayne State University,1990

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Dissertation: Around 1991: Racial/Sexual Terror and U.S. Empire 1950-2015
Maytha Alhassen,
Education: BA UC - Los Angeles,09/2004 MA Columbia University Graduate School,05/2008
Biography: Maytha Alhassen is a University of Southern California (USC) Provost Ph.D. Fellow in American ... [more]
Dissertation: Engaged Witness : A Post-1945 Transnational History of the Grammar and Geopolitics of Black-Arab solidarity
Sophia Azeb,
Education: M.A. University at Buffalo, The State University of New York,

Sophia Azeb is a PhD candidate in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity. Her dissertation project, Another Country: Black Americans, ... [more]

Dissertation: Another Country: Black Americans, Arab Worlds, 1952-1979
Employment: USC , Department of American Studies & Ethnicity, Department of Thematic Options, Teaching Assistant
Racquel Bernard,
Education: MA Univ of the West Indies, B.A. Dartmouth College,06/2009
Biography: Racquel Bernard earned her BA in African and African American Studies at Dartmouth College and her MA in Cultural Studies at the Univeristy of the Wes ... [more]
Umayyah Cable,
Education: B.A. Smith College,2005 M.A. American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California,2013
Interests: Umayyah Cable has a BA in American studies from Smith College where she concentrated on aesthetics and identity in 20th century portrait photography i ... [more]
Dissertation: Cinematic Activism: Palestinian Cultural Politics in the United States
Jolie Chea,
Education: MA UC - Los Angeles, BA UC - Riverside,08/2004
Dissertation: Agents of War: Cambodian Refugees and the Containment of Radical
Huibin Chew,
Dissertation: 'The Revolution Will Come Home:' Gendered Violence and Transformative Organizing from the Philippines to the U.S.
Athia Choudhury,
Education: BA Univ Central Florida,
Interests: Athia is interested in the end of the world, femme embodiment and aesthetic performances, and comparative analysis of cultural ecologies in settler st ... [more]
Sarah Fong,
Education: BA UC - Berkeley,
Biography: Sarah has a BA from UC Berkeley in Ethnic Studies. She graduated with honors in 2009 after working on a research project on youth violence and y ... [more]
Ryan Fukumori,
Education: B.A. Ethnic Studies, Columbia University,05/2009 M.A. American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California,05/2013
Interests: comparative ethnic studies, the history of ethnic studies in higher education, 20th-century U.S. history, Asian American/Latino interactions, Los Ange ... [more]
Biography: Ryan Heiroku Fukumori is a 20th-century U.S. historian and ethnic studies scholar from Berkeley, California. He graduated  ... [more]
Dissertation: The Motley Tower: Master Plans, Urban Crises, and Multiracial Higher Education in Postwar Los Angeles
Rebekah Garrison,
Education: BA Univ Hawai'i Manoa,05/2006 MA Univ Hawai'i Manoa,08/2010
Biography: Rebekah received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Spanish Literature from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.  Her research interests inc ... [more]
Khadeejah Gray,
Education: BA Sarah Lawrence College,05/2012 MA Univ Calif Los Angeles,06/2014
Biography: Khadeejah Avvirin Gray holds a Master's of Arts in American Indian Studies with concentration in Gender Studies from the University of California, Los ... [more]
Huan He,
Education: B.A. English, Dartmouth College,06/2013 BA Dartmouth College,06/2013
Biography: Huan He received his B.A. in English Literature (high honor distinction) with a concentration in Cultural Studies from Dartmouth College in 2013. He i ... [more]
Jenny Hoang,
Education: BA California State U Los Angeles,03/2012
Biography: Jenny Hoang researches the "politics of intimate belonging" surrounding Chinese transnational tomboys (TBs) living in ... [more]
Heidi Hong,
Education: BA Scripps College,05/2012
Biography: Heidi Hong graduated from Scripps College with a B.A. in Politics and International Relations (magna cum laude). Her research interests encompass ... [more]
Employment: Kaya Press, Research Assistant
Jessica Lovaas,
Education: B.A. Political Science, Williams College,06/2006 M.Sc. Anthropology, Oxford University,09/2007 M.A. American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California,01/2014
Interests: Lovaas' dissertation, "Fostering Neoliberalism: the politics and power of the child welfare system in Southern California," seeks to situate Los Angel ... [more]

Jessica Lovaas is a doctoral candidate in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Her work focus ... [more]

Dissertation: Fostering Neoliberalism: the politics and power of the child welfare system in Southern California
Joshua Mitchell,
Education: B.A. University of Iowa,2008 M.A. University of California, Riverside,2011
Dissertation: The Prisoners' Cinema: Perception in Carceral and Cinematic Time
Alexis Montes,
Education: MA New York University, Ph.D. American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California, BA Univ Calif Los Angeles,03/2008
Biography: Alexis Montes was born in Los Angeles, California. As an undergraduate at UCLA he majored in American History and Philosophy. He has a MA in Latin Ame ... [more]
Nic Ramos,
Education: B.A. American Studies and Ethnicity (Asian American Studies), University of California, Irvine,2004 B.A. Political Science, University of California, Irvine,2004
Interests: Ramos is interested in the politics of healthcare access and distribution of health resources in Los Angeles County's multiracial communities.
Biography: Nic Ramos' research focuses on the distrubution of health resources in postwar Los Angeles. He is interested in the formation of emergency medicine an ... [more]
Dissertation: Worthy of Care: Comprehensive Healthcare and King-Drew Medical Center
Emily Raymundo,
Education: BA Middlebury College,05/2010
Interests: Asian American studies, queer studies, queer of color critique, affect theory, racial formation, racial feeling

Emily received her BA summa cum laude from Middlebury College in 2010, where she studied English and American Literatures, with a concentration in ... [more]

Dissertation: Racial Feeling: Reorientations in Asian American Culture
Stephanie Sparling Williams,
Education: BA Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder,2010 BA Fine Arts (Studio Arts), University of Colorado at Boulder,2010 M.A. American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California,2014


Dissertation: 'Speaking Out of Turn:' Race, Gender, and Direct Address in American Art Museums
Employment: University of Southern California , Teaching Assistant
Jennifer Tran,
Education: BA UC - San Diego,
Biography: Jennifer Tran (Annenberg Fellow) received two BAs in Urban Studies/Planning and Ethnic Studies from the University of California, San Diego in 2 ... [more]
Jessica Young,
Education: BA Vassar College,05/2005 M.P.S. Cornell Univ,05/2009
Shan Zhao,
Education: BA Univ. of Toronto,06/2009 MA McMaster Univ,11/2010

Shannon studied English, Psychology, and Fine Arts at University of Toronto, and completed an MA in English at McMaster University, which included ... [more]

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