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
Biography: Deborah Al-Najjar is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. “Around 1991: Per ... [more]
Dissertation: Around 199l: Performing Iraq and Militarized Masculinities
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: The Delegate : 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, Ceci (n')est (pas) une Arabe: Cul ... [more]

Dissertation: Ceci (n')est (pas) une arabe: Cultural Explorations of Blackness in the North African Diaspora, 1952-1979
Employment: USC , Department of American Studies & Ethnicity, Department of Thematic Options, Teaching Assistant
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
Jih-Fei Cheng,
Education: B.A. Communication, University of California, San Diego,06/1999 M.A. American Studies and Ethnicity (Asian American Studies), University of California, Los Angeles,05/2005 M.A. American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California,08/2011
Interests: Cheng's dissertation, “AIDS and its Afterlives: Race, Gender, and the Queer Radical Imagination,” examines how AIDS activists' experimental videos pro ... [more]
Biography: Jih-Fei Cheng holds a B.A. in Communication with minors in Chinese Studies and Literature from the University of California, San Diego, and an M.A. in ... [more]
Dissertation: Queer Visibilities: Race, Gender, and Viral Ways of Seeing
Jennifer Declue,
Education: B.F.A. Art Center College of Design,2002 M.A. CSU - Los Angeles,2009 M.A. American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California,2012
Interests: My research sits within a nexus of African American Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Film and Media Studies. The work that I have published ... [more]
Biography: Jennifer DeClue is a Ph.D. candidate in her sixth year in the American Studies and Ethinicity Department at USC.  Her dissertation project entitl ... [more]
Dissertation: Specters of Miscegenation: Blood, Belonging, and the Reproduction of Blackness
Treva Ellison,
Education: MA Univ Illinois Urbana, BA Univ Illinois Urbana,05/2007
Dissertation: Towards A Politics of Perfect Disorder: Carceral Geographies, Queer Criminality and Other Ways to Be
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: Higher Education, the Urban Crisis, and the History of Race in Postwar Los Angeles
Julienne Gard,
Education: B.A. Geography, University of Southern California,2003 M.A. Geography, California State University, Long Beach,2006 Ph.D. Geography, University of Southern California,2012
Biography: Julienne Gard is a Geography PhD candidate. Her research focuses on themes related to health, spatial analysis, and urban environments. Dissertation t ... [more]
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]
Analena Hassberg,
Education: BA CSU - San Francisco,01/2007 M.A. American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California,08/2012
Biography: Analena Hope Hassberg is a scholar, activist, and educator committed to organizing low- ... [more]
Dissertation: To Survive and Thrive: Food, Justice, and Citified Sovereignty in South LA
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]
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
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: Community Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Public Hospital Construction in Post War Los Angeles
Emily Raymnudo,
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
Tanseem Siddiqui,
Education: B.A. Anthropology, UC - Irvine,09/2005 M.S. Anthropology, London School of Econ and Pol Sci,10/2006 M.A. American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California,12/2010
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

Stephanie Sparling Williams is a do ... [more]

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]
Yushi Yamazaki,
Education: B.A. Kyoto Univ.,03/2005 M.A. Kyoto Univ.,03/2007
Biography: Yushi Yamazaki (B.A., Kyoto University; M.A., Kyoto University) comes to USC on a Fulbright Scholarship. He works on the African diaspora and its rela ... [more]
Dissertation: Buried Strands: Struggles For Justice Among Japanese Immigrants and Japanese Americans in Hawaii and California, 1885-1941
Jessica Young,
Education: BA Vassar College,05/2005 M.P.S. Cornell Univ,05/2009
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