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Below are the schools, departments, and programs that have faculty members affiliated with our graduate group. Click on a link to take you directly to a list of that school/department/program's affiliated faculty members and their research interests.   

African American and African Studies 
Chicano/a Studies
Environmental Design
Religious Studies
Spanish and Portuguese
American Studies 
Cinema and Technocultural Studies
French
School of Education
Textiles and Clothing
Anthropology
Comparative Literature
German and Russian
School of Law
Theatre and Dance
Art History
East Asian Languages and Culture
History
Science and Technology Studies
University Writing Program
Asian American Studies
English
Linguistics
Sociology
Women and Gender Studies

African American and African Studies

NameResearch InterestsEmail Address
Moradewun AdejunmobiAfrican Studies, Popular Culture, Media, Performancemadejunmobi@ucdavis.edu
Bettina Ng’wenoCultural Anthropology, States, Property, Race, Ethnicity, Rural Societies, Politics, Social Justice, Equality, Diaspora, Indigeneity, Latin America, Indian Ocean and Africabngweno@ucdavis.edu
Halifu OsumareAfrican American Performance, Hip Hop Youth Culturehosumare@ucdavis.edu
Elisa Joy WhiteLesser-examined African Diaspora sites, Black European Studies, transnational, cosmopolitan and new diaspora communities, and the construction of racial and ethnic identities.ejowhite@ucdavis.edu

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American Studies

NameResearch InterestsEmail Address
Charlotte Biltekoff Cultural politics of food and health, food studies, critical nutrition studiescbiltekoff@ucdavis.edu
Carolyn de la PeñaEducation and student success, technology and material culture, food choice and food historyctdelapena@ucdavis
Caren KaplanVisual Culture of Militarization; Cultural Geography; Technologies of Location, Navigation, and Surveillance; Mobility Studies, Postcolonial and Transnational Cultural Studies; Digital Humanitiescjkaplan@ucdavis.edu
Eric SmoodinAmerican and French film history, 1895-1960; the American and French film industries; the film audience; film studies as a disciplineesmoodin@ucdavis.edu
Julie SzeEnvironmental Justice, Race and Science, the Politics of the Urban Environment, Health & Risk, Social Movements and Community Activismjsze@ucdavis.edu
Grace Wang Asian American studies, popular culture and music, Asian American cultural studies, transnational studiesgrwang@ucdavis.edu

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Anthropology

NameResearch InterestsEmail Address
Marisol de la CadenaIndigeneity. knowledge formations, natureculturemdelac@ucdavis.edu
Joseph DumitSocial Studies, Medical Anthropology, Anthropology of Science, Technology & Computingjpdumit@ucdavis.edu
Christina GiordanoMedical and psychological anthropology; psychoanalysis; ethno-psychiatry; subjectivity; theories of translation; migration; human rights; citizenship; anthropology of the state and the law; Italy, Europe, and the Mediterranean.cgiordano@ucdavis.edu
Suad JosephThe interface of gender, familiy and the state in the Middle East; culturally situated notions of "self," "rights," "citizenship" in the context of different political regimes and in the context of the pressures and processes of globalizationsjoseph@ucdavis.edu
Suzana SawyerEnvironment, Indigenous People, Extractive Industries, Lawsmsawyer@ucdavis.edu
Li ZhangPsychological and medical anthropology, urban studies, postsocialism, modes of governing, critique of neoliberalism, Chinalizhang@ucdavis.edu

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Art History

NAMERESEARCH INTERESTSEMAIL ADDRESS
Simon SadlerHistory and Theory of Modern and Contemporary Architecture, Design, and Urbanism; particularly in relation to politics, experimentation, mobility, California, and globalizationsjsadler@ucdavis.edu
Heghnar WatenpaughUrban and architectural history of the Middle East; gender and space; historiography of art history; critical theory of architectural preservation; histories of museums and exhibition practices; the politics of cultural heritagehwatenpaugh@ucdavis.edu

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Asian American Studies

NameResearch InterestsEmail Address
Wendy HoAsian American womenwaho@ucdavis.edu
Richard KimRace and ethnicity, Transnationalismrskim@ucdavis.edu
Sunaina MairaYouth culture, popular culture, South Asian diaspora, Arab, Afghan, and Muslim American communities, War on Terror, U.S. empire, Palestinesmaira@ucdavis.edu
Susette MinModern and Contemporary Art, Visual Culture, Curatorial Studies, and Asian American Literaturessmin@ucdavis.edu
Robyn RodriguezAsian American and diaspora studies; neoliberalism, globalization and labor; transnationalism, migration and citizenship; comparative racialization; neocolonialism and U.S. empire; intersections of race, class, gender, and sexualityrrodriguez@ucdavis.edu

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Chicano/a Studies

NameResearch InterestsEmail Address
Sergio de la MoraLatin American and Chicano/Latino film, video and literature, third cinema, queer studies, and cultural studies, focusing primarily on racialized cultural identities and representation in Mexican and Chicana/o popular culturedelamora@ucdavis.edu
Carlos JacksonChicano/a Cultural Studiescfjackson@ucdavis.edu
Angie ChabramLiterature, Spanish and Chicana/o criticismchabram.angie@sbcglobal.net

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Cinema and Technocultural Studies

NameResearch InterestsEmail Address
Jaimey FisherFilm Studies, 20th-century German Literature, Intellectual Historyjrfisher@ucdavis.edu
Kriss Ravetto-BiagioliRepresentations and theorizations of violence in film, media, and online; Nation building, ethnocentric and sexual violence in the Balkans and Eastern Europe; Nazism, Facism and the Holocaust; The relation of image to gesture and experience in film and digital media theory; Surveillance and social media; Digital art and experimental cinema and the uncanny; Glitching and the discourse of emergenceravetto@ucdavis.edu
Julie WymanGender and the bodyjfwyman@ucdavis.edu

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Comparative Literature

NameResearch InterestsEmail Address
Gail Finney19th- and 20th-century German and Comparative Literature, Psychoanalysis and Literature, Trauma Theory; Cinematic Representations of Traumagefinney@ucdavis.edu
Neil LarsenCritical Theory and its philosophical sources, Marxism, Comparative literature, Post-colonial and Latin-American literary studies (including Brazil)nalarsen@ucdavis.edu
Sheldon LuWorld cinema, Chinese-language cinema, Chinese art and visual culture, Chinese literature (modern and traditional), Cultural theory (modernity, postmodernity, postsocialism), Globalization studies. East-West comparative poeticsshlu@ucdavis.edu

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Design

NAMERESEARCH INTERESTSEMAIL ADDRESS
Christina CogdellContemporary "generative" architecture in relation to popular scientific theories of self-organization, emergence and evolution; design studies; history of American eugenicscgcogdell@ucdavis.edu

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East Asian Languages and Culture

NameResearch InterestsEmail Address
Xiaomei ChenModern Chinese literature, drama, theater, film, fiction, popular culture, women's literature, comparative literature, literary theory, cultural studies, and performance studiesxmchen@ucdavis.edu

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English

NameResearch InterestsEmail Address
Gregory Dobbins20th-c. Irish and British Literature, Modernism, Postcolonial Theory and Literature, Cultural Studies, Critical Theory, Marxism, 1970s Britain, Punk Rock, Black Metal, Nick Cave, Irish-American Literature and Culture, Popular Culture (primarily music and sports, especially Soccer and Ice Hockey)gjdobbins@ucdavis.edu
Kathleen Frederickson Victorian literature and culture; feminist and queer studies; the history of biology, psychology, and the social sciences; Marxism; and psychoanalysiskfrederickson@ucdavis.edu
Elizabeth FreemanGender and Sexualityesfreeman@ucdavis.edu
Danielle HeardAfrican American literature and culture with a focus on black cultural theory and studies of political and cultural identity, as well as American, U.S. ethnic, and postcolonial literatures and cultures, feminism, humor studies, disability studies, and sonic and visual culturedheard@ucdavis.edu
Hsuan L. Hsu19th and 20th-Century U.S. literature, Asian American Literature, cultural geography, visual culture, comparative racialization, theories of globalization, environmental humanitieshlhsu@ucdavis.edu
Mark Jerng Race theory; kinship studies; narrative and the novel; intersections between psychoanalysis and literaturemcjerng@ucdavis.edu
Desirée MartínU.S.-Mexico Border Studies, Chicano/a & Latino/a Literature and Culture, Performance Art and Theater, Subaltern Studiesdmartin@ucdavis.edu
Colin MilburnRelations of Literature and Science, Science Fiction, Gothic Horror, History of Biology, History of Physics, Posthumanismcnmilburn@ucdavis.edu
Parama RoyPostcolonial theory and literature; Victorian studies; feminist studies; cultural studies; appetite, consumption, taste/food studiesproy@ucdavis.edu
Scott SimmonFilm Studies, American Culture, 20th-century American Literaturesasimmon@ucdavis.edu
Evan WatkinsLiteracy Theory, Gender Studies, Critical Theory, Film Theory, American Studiesepwatkins@ucdavis.edu
Michael ZiserAmerican literature and culture before 1900, literature and the environment, ecocriticism; energy studies; food studies; bioregionalismmgziser@ucdavis.edu

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Environmental Design

NameResearch InterestsEmail Address
David de la PenaUrban design, sustainable cities, citizen participation, design activism, collaborative design, collective architecture, informal urbanismdsdelapena@ucdavis.edu
Michael RiosSpace, place, urbanismmxrios@ucdavis.edu

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French

NameResearch InterestsEmail Address
Julia Simon18th-century French literature and culture, particularly the work of the philosophes, with special emphasis on the relevance of Enlightenment social, political, moral, and aesthetic theory today. Her current research project focuses on the poetics of time in the blues.jsimon@ucdavis.edu

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German and Russian

NameResearch InterestsEmail Address
Jaimey FisherFilm Studies, 20th-century German Literature, Intellectual Historyjrfisher@ucdavis.edu
Elisabeth Krimmer

History, theory and representation of violence and war; women and war; gender and film studies; German literature from the 18th century to the present

emkrimmer@ucdavis.edu

 

Chunjie Zhang

Eighteenth-century German literature and culture, Postcolonial studies, German-Chinese literary and cultural relations

chjzhang@ucdavis.edu

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History

NameResearch InterestsEmail Address
Diana Davis

Environmental History, Africa, Asia, & the Middle East:

geovet@ucdavis.edu
Omnia El ShakryModern European and Arab Intellectual History; Middle East Studies; Colonial and Postcolonial Histories; Visual Culture, Aesthetics, and Politics in the Modern Middle Eastoselshakry@ucdavis.edu
Sudipta Sen Late Medieval and Modern India, British Empire, Legal History, Colonial & Postcolonial Studiesssen@ucdavis.edu
Clarence WalkerBlack American history: 1450-Present, 19th-century social and political history of the United States, history of sexuality, film, racial formationcewalker@ucdavis.edu

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Linguistics

NameResearch InterestsEmail Address
Vaidehi RamanathanSociopolitical aspects of language learning and teaching, vernacular languages, globalization, language policies, teacher education, pedagogies, literacy practices, language and healthvramanathan@ucdavis.edu

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Religious Studies

NameResearch InterestsEmail Address
Allison CoudertHistory of Christianity, Religion and Science, Jewish-Christian Relations, Women and Religion, Comparative Mysticismsapcoudert@ucdavis.edu
Keith WatenpaughModern Islam, Human Rights, Peacekwatenpaugh@ucdavis.edu

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Performance Studies

NAMERESEARCH INTERESTSEMAIL ADDRESS
Larry BogadThe intersection between art and activism; the role of humor and imagination in organizing social movements, the musicalization of economic data a.k.a. "Economusic"lbogad@ucdavis.edu
Lynette HunterHistory of Rhetoric and Performancelhunter@ucdavis.edu
Jon RossiniPerformance of Race and Ethnicity, especially Latinidad; neoliberalism, space, and theories of performancejdrossini@ucdavis.edu

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School of Education

NameResearch InterestsEmail Address
Karen Watson-GegeoSociolinguistics, Bilingual Education, critical ethnographic research methods, Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), indigenous epistemology, rural development in national and international contextskawatsongegeo@ucdavis.edu

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School of Law

NameResearch InterestsEmail Address
Mario BiagioliScience studies, intellectual propertymbiagioli@ucdavis.edu
Angela HarrisCritical Race Theory, Feminist Jurisprudence, Law And Cultural Studies, Race Relations, Women's Rights, Law and Society, Environmental Justice, Food Justiceapharris@ucdavis.edu
Madhavi SunderIntellectual Property (Including International Intellectual Property), Law And Cultural Studies, Cyberlaw, Women's Rightsmsunder@ucdavis.edu

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Science and Technology Studies

NameResearch InterestsEmail Address
Mario BiagioliScience studies, intellectual propertymbiagioli@ucdavis.edu
Marisol de la CadenaIndigeneity. knowledge formations, natureculturemdelac@ucdavis.edu
Joseph DumitSocial Studies, Medical Anthropology, Anthropology of Science, Technology & Computingjpdumit@ucdavis.edu
James GriesemerPhilosophical, historical, and social understanding of the biological sciences, especially evolutionary biology, genetics, developmental biology, ecology and systematics.jrgriesemer@ucdavis.edu
Caren KaplanVisual Culture of Militarization; Cultural Geography; Technologies of Location, Navigation, and Surveillance; Mobility Studies, Postcolonial and Transnational Cultural Studies; Digital Humanitiescjkaplan@ucdavis.edu
Colin MilburnRelations of Literature and Science, Science Fiction, Gothic Horror, History of Biology, History of Physics, Posthumanismcnmilburn@ucdavis.edu
Madhavi SunderIntellectual Property (Including International Intellectual Property), Law And Cultural Studies, Cyberlaw, Women's Rightsmsunder@ucdavis.edu

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Sociology

NameResearch InterestsEmail Address
Laura GrindstaffCultural Sociology, Media, Popular Culture, Sport and Performance, Feminist Theorylagrindstaff@ucdavis.edu
Diane WolfGender, Family, Trauma and Memory, Holocaust and Genocidedlwolf@ucdavis.edu

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Spanish and Portuguese

NameResearch InterestsEmail Address
Robert IrwinMexican and Mexican American cultural history; community based digital storytelling; migration-sexuality-masculinity; media culture (classic cinema, sports history); Latin American epistemologies of Cultural Studiesrmirwin@ucdavis.edu
Michael LazzaraContemporary Latin American Literature and Culture, Literature of the Southern Cone, Chilean Culture, Dictatorships, Democratic Transitions, Trauma, Memory, Exile and Migrationmjlazzara@ucdavis.edu
Ana PeluffoLatin American literatures and cultures with an emphasis on the 19th and early 20th century. Areas of interest include gender and ethnicity, literature and the nation, Andean and Southern Cone cultures, poetry and visual artsaopeluffo@ucdavis.edu

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Textiles and Clothing

NameResearch InterestsEmail Address
Susan KaiserFeminist Studies of Fashion and Sciencesbkaiser@ucdavis.edu
Margaret RuckerThe role of clothing and other textile products in human health and safety, the relation of consumers' attitudes toward recycled materials and products to the viability of the sustainable textiles market, exchange theory (especially as it applies to gift giving)mhrucker@ucdavis.edu

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University Writing Program

NameResearch InterestsEmail Address
Sarah PerraultRhetoric of science, focused on popular science writing; genre theory; current applications of classical rhetoric (e.g. ethos, stasis theory); metaphor; error in student writingsperrault@ucdavis.edu
Carl WhithausImpact of information technology on literacy practices; writing assessment; writing in the sciences and engineeringcwwhithaus@ucdavis.edu

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Women and Gender Studies

NameResearch InterestsEmail Address
Liz Constable

French modernity and modernist writers and artists, particularly those associated with decadence; feminist and queer studies; feminist film studies; sexuality studies; French and Francophone Cultural Studies; social theory and critical theory; affect theory

elconstable@ucdavis.edu
Maxine CraigSociology of the body, masculinities, and intersections of race, class and gender.mbcraig@ucdavis.edu
Wendy HoAsian American womenwaho@ucdavis.edu
Suad JosephThe interface of gender, familiy and the state in the Middle East; culturally situated notions of "self," "rights," "citizenship" in the context of different political regimes and in the context of the pressures and processes of globalizationsjoseph@ucdavis.edu
Susan KaiserFeminist Studies of Fashion and Sciencesbkaiser@ucdavis.edu
Amina MamaFeminist theories, activist methodologies, African development politics and policies, gender and higher education, militarism, social transformations and women's movementsamama@ucdavis.edu

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