Graduate Students

Deborah Al-Najjar,
Email: alkamano@usc.edu
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,
Email: alhassen@usc.edu
Education: BA UC - Los Angeles,09/2004 MA Columbia University Graduate School,05/2008
Biography: May received her BA in Political Sciences and Arabic and Islamic Studies, as well as a MA from Columbia University in Socio-Cultural Anthropology in 2 ... [more]
 
Sophia Azeb,
Email: asophia@usc.edu
Education: M.A. University at Buffalo, The State University of New York,
Biography:

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,
Email: cbaik@usc.edu
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,
Email: adambush@usc.edu
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]
 
Umayyah Cable,
Email: cable@usc.edu
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,
Email: jchea@usc.edu
Education: MA UC - Los Angeles, BA UC - Riverside,08/2004
 
Jih-Fei Cheng,
Email: jihfeich@usc.edu
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: Jih-Fei's research interests include the role of sexuality in anti-imperialist social movements. He focuses on the sexual politics of images and repre ... [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]
 
Jennifer Declue,
Email: declue@usc.edu
Education: BFA Art Center College of Design,04/2002 MA CSU - Los Angeles,2009 M.A. American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California,2012
Interests: Jennifer’s dissertation "Specters of Miscegenation: Blood, the Law, and the Reproduction of Blackness" examines the manner in which antebellum anti-mi ... [more]
Biography: Jennifer DeClue is Ph.D. candidate in her fifth year of the American Studies and Ethinicity program at USC.  Her dissertation project entitled [more]
Dissertation: Specters of Miscegenation: Blood, the Law, and the Reproduction of Blackness
 
Robert Eap,
Email: reap@usc.edu
Education: AA General Studies, City College of San Francisco,07/2002 B.A. Ethnic Studies, UC - San Diego,06/2006
Biography: Robert Eap (B.A. UCSD) is poised to do path-breaking study and work within the Cambodian-American community. Working at the intersection of the histor ... [more]
 
Treva Ellison,
Email: tellison@usc.edu
Education: MA Univ Illinois Urbana, BA Univ Illinois Urbana,05/2007
 
Ryan Fukumori,
Email: fukumori@usc.edu
Education: BA Ethnic Studies, Columbia University,05/2009
Interests: comparative ethnic studies, the history of ethnic studies in higher education, 20th-century U.S. history, Asian American/Latino interactions, Los Ange ... [more]
 
Julienne Gard,
Email: jgard@usc.edu
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,
Email: rsgarris@usc.edu
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]
 
Kai Green,
Email: kianagre@usc.edu
Education: Ph.D. American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California, PhD English, USC, B.A. American Studies and Ethnicity, Williams College,06/2007
Biography: Kai M. Green is a poet, performer, musician, and filmmaker dedicated to bringing the stories of the oppressed to forefront through their art and scho ... [more]
 
Analena Hassberg,
Email: hassberg@usc.edu
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]
 
Jenny Hoang,
Email: jennyhoa@usc.edu
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]
 
Priscilla Leiva,
Email: pleiva@usc.edu
Education: BA Yale University,05/2007
Interests: My research approaches stadiums as archives of social, cultural and political memory. More specifically, this research seeks to historicize stadiums ... [more]
 
Evan Lue,
Email: elue@usc.edu
Education: Master UC - Santa Barbara, MS UC - Santa Barbara, BS UC - Berkeley,05/2005
 
Jessica Quizar,
Email: quizar@usc.edu
Education: BA Colorado College,05/2001 MA UC - Santa Barbara,09/2006
Biography: Jessi researches food sovereignty, urban agriculture, and grassroots planning in Detroit. Before coming to USC, Jessi worked as a community organizer ... [more]
Dissertation: Who Cares for Detroit? Urban Agriculture, Black Self-Determination, and Struggles over Urban Space
 
Nic Ramos,
Email: nicjohnr@usc.edu
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]
 
Emily Raymnudo,
Email: eraymund@usc.edu
Education: BA Middlebury College,05/2010
Interests: Asian American studies, queer studies, queer of color critique, affect theory, racial formation, racial feeling
Biography:

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,
Email: abrodrig@usc.edu
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 - 1995
 
Sriya Shrestha,
Email: sshresth@usc.edu
Education: BA New York University, MA Univ Mich Dearborn,
Biography: Sriya Shrestha is a doctoral candidate in the Department of American Studies and Ethn ... [more]
 
Tanseem Siddiqui,
Email: tsiddiqu@usc.edu
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,
Email: smsparli@usc.edu
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]
 
David Stein,
Email: davidpst@usc.edu
Education: B.A. African American Studies, Sociology, Wesleyan University,2006 M.A. African American Studies, American Studies, Yale University,2010 M.A. American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California,2010
Interests: Dissertation: “Fearing Inflation, Inflating Fears: The End of Full Employment and the Rise of the Carceral State.” ___________________________________ ... [more]
Dissertation: Fearing Inflation, Inflating Fears: The End of Full Employment and the Rise of the Carceral State
 
Jennifer Tran,
Email: jennifkt@usc.edu
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,
Email: yushiyam@usc.edu
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]
 
Jessica Young,
Email: jessicey@usc.edu
Education: BA Vassar College,05/2005 M.P.S. Cornell Univ,05/2009
 
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