Graduate Students

In the 13 years since the ASE PhD program was founded, we have graduated 50 PhD students. We currently have 43 students in various stages of their graduate work. Many of our students have received national fellowships: 13 Ford, 11 Haynes, 1 ACLS/Mellon, 2 Mellon, 1 AAUW, 2 Fulbright, 1 NSF, 1 Truman and 1 SSHRC. Our students publish in peer reviewed journals, participate in national and international conferences and do research around the world.

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
Crystal Baik,
Education: BA Williams College,06/2002 M.A., Oral History Columbia University Graduate School,06/2010
Biography: Crystal received her B.A. in history/gender studies from Williams College, and her MA in Oral History from Columbia University. Before returning to ... [more]
Dissertation: Unsettling Images that Bind: The Korean Militarized Diaspora (1905-1965), Critical Sensing, & the Decolonial Archive
Adam Bush,
Education: M.A. UC - Santa Cruz, B.A. Columbia University,05/2003
Biography: Adam Bush has a BA from Columbia University and a MA from UC Santa Cruz's History of Consciousness program. His interests include jazz studies, alter ... [more]
Dissertation: Passing Notes in Class: Listening to Pedagogical Improvisations in Jazz History
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, “Queer Visibilities: Race, Gender, and Viral Visions,” examines the ongoing cultural and political uses of AIDS activists' exper ... [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: Jennifer’s dissertation "Specters of Miscegenation: Blood, Belonging, and the Reproduction of Blackness" examines the manner in which antebellum anti- ... [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, the Law, 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
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]

Anthony Rodriguez,
Education: B.A. Cinema-Television, Brown University,05/2006 M.A. American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California,05/2009
Interests: In the early twenty-first century increasing attention has been brought to the critical thought of contemporary cultural theorist Sylvia Wynter. My d ... [more]
Biography: Anthony Bayani Rodriguez received his bachelor's degree from Brown University with concentrations in Modern Culture & Media, Africana/Caribbean St ... [more]
Dissertation: Heretical Scripts: Sylvia Wynter's Early Intellectual Life in the Decolonial Atlantic, 1947 - 1984
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,
Education: BA Univ Colorado Boulder, BA Ethnic Studies, Univ Colorado Boulder,2010
Interests: As a scholar/artist, Stephanie is drawn to work in the visual semiotics of people of African descent, especially women. More specifically, she aims to ... [more]
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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