Unita Ahdifard

Unita Ahdifard

Unita is a Ph.D. student in the Department of English. Her research focuses on women writers and Anglo-Persianate relations in the early modern period, postcolonial theory, and the boundaries around fictional and nonfictional genres in travel writing.
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Victoria Ballmes

Vicky is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Religious Studies.  She is a historian of religion whose research explores violence, trauma, and communal identity formation.

Alanna Bartolini

Alanna Bartolini

Alanna is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English. Her research examines the relationship between Victorian realism, the British Empire’s information structures, urban poverty, digital humanities, and critical infrastructure studies.

Amanda Brush

Amanda Brush

Amanda is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science. Her expertise is in American politics, with an emphasis in gender and sexual politics. She studies coalition and allyship formation, and how people work collaboratively to enact meaningful public policy.
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Alesha Claveria

Alesha is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Theater and Dance. Her research interests include Native North American drama and Indigenous theory.
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Nathan Cox

Nathan Cox

Nathan is a PhD student in the department of Film and Media Studies.  His research explores popular representations of prehistoric life and evolution, with a focus on multimedia exhibitions and themed attractions.
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Olga Faccani

Olga is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Classics specializing in ancient theater. She is interested in community building and the power of storytelling to connect different audiences.
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Robyn Fishman

Robyn Fishman

Robyn studies Public History at UCSB. She works on ideas of representation in public spaces at the turn of the twentieth century.

Dana Hughes

Dana is a Ph.D. student in History with a specialization in public history. Her research focuses on a nineteenth-century female writer and historic preservationist, analyzing her effects on constructions of imperialism, race and gender in colonial memory on the east and west coasts of the U.S.

Kirsten Jaqua

Kirsten is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Classics, studying ancient Greek tragedy. Her research concerns women’s social bonds and the significance of female-female relationships portrayed in male-written and -performed dramas.
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Emma John

Emma is a graduate student in the Department of History and is interested in public history and nineteenth-century U.S. history with a particular focus on women.
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Jasmine Kelekay

Jasmine is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology with an interdisciplinary emphasis in Black studies. Her work explores the relationship between racialization and criminalization, with a focus on the global circulation of ideas about race and crime.

Christopher MacMahon

Christopher is a doctoral student in history whose research examines the nineteenth-century American West, Native American history, and environmental history. His public interests include historic preservation, interpreting artifacts and historical events, and historical education through social media and open-sourced platforms.
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David McIntosh

David is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History where he studies comparative race and ethnicity as well as the history of science.

Nancy Morales

Nancy Morales

Nancy is a doctoral student in the Department of Feminist Studies. Her interdisciplinary research pays attention to indigenous Zapotec women’s transnational experiences.

Patricia Morland

Patricia Morland

Patricia is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History studying warfare and politics in the ancient world. Her dissertation focuses on the important role of horses and foreigners in several ancient Empires.
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Somak Mukherjee

Somak Mukherjee

Somak is a PhD Student in the Department of English. His research focuses on environmental media studies, global modernism, visual culture, and postcolonial literature.
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Heath Pennington

Heath is a PhD student in the Department of Theater and Dance, with a doctoral emphasis in Feminist Studies. Their interdisciplinary research investigates sexual cultures, centering BDSM as a performative, affective mode of consensual intimacy.

Isabella Restrepo

Isabella is a doctoral candidate in the department of Feminist Studies. Her multi-method research interrogates the racialization and criminalization of Latina foster girls in California.

Lauren Smyth

Lauren is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology, where she is writing her dissertation on Islamic heritage and religious space in northwest India.

Jungah Son

Jungah is a Ph.D. student in Media Arts and Technology and is especially interested in applying her technology skills in a museum setting.

Mika Thornburg

Mika is a Ph.D. student in the Department of History. Her research focuses on Japanese migration in the post-World War II period and themes of empire, race, and gender.
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Shannon Toribio

Shannon Toribio

Shannon is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Religious Studies, where his work focuses on Asian and Asian American religion, specifically Filipino New Religious Movements, and indigeneity, diaspora, identity, race/ethnicity, and postcolonial critique.
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Jordan Tudisco

Jordan Tudisco

Jordan is a Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature. Their interdisciplinary research in literature, sociocultural linguistics, and queer and trans studies examines transness at large and its relationship to narratives of the self, constraints in genres and forms, trauma, criminalization and mass incarceration, and healing.
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Esra Tunc

Esra is a Ph.D. student in the Religious Studies Department. She is interested in the meeting of the logic of calculation and innovation with the production of religious discourses around the questions of ethics and justice.
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Anagha Uppal

Anagha is a second-year graduate student in the Department of Geography’s Space and Time for Knowledge Organization (STKO) lab. She is interested in using agent-based modeling to model social phenomena.
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Lauren Vanderlinden

Lauren is pursuing a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology. She works on music at the intersection of humans and animals, particularly in the American West.
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MacKenzie Wade

MacKenzie Wade

MacKenzie is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology.  She studies changing cultural perceptions of edible insects and participates in community education of the environmental, social, and health impact of the food we eat.
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Maya Zaynetdinova

Maya Zaynetdinova

Maya is a doctoral student and scholar-activist in the Department of Global Studies. Her research focuses on civil society activism, technologies of advocacy and movement leadership.
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Maria Anna Zazzarino

Maria is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Comparative Literature, where she works on Latin American and Caribbean literatures with a focus on environmental aesthetics.

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Anna Bax

Anna received her Ph.D. from the Department of Linguistics. She is a sociocultural linguist fascinated by the connections between language, identity, power, and inequality. Her research focuses on young Mixtec women’s multilingual identity practices in the California context. LEARN MORE