Alexandra Fine

Alexandra Fine

Position Title
CST PhD Candidate

Bio

Dissertation: Enduring Rehabilitation and Addressing Alterity: Interventions within American Cultures of Care and Cure

Research Interests: Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies; Queer Theory; Disability Studies; American Studies; Critical Health Studies; Critical Race and Ethnic Studies; Visual Studies and Visual Culture; Affect Theory; Temporality; Social Justice Movements and Activism

Education:

  • BA, Comparative American Studies, Oberlin College, 2012
  • MA, Visual and Critical Studies, California College of the Arts, 2014

On-Campus Service and Activism:

  • Queer, Feminist, and Trans (QFT) Studies Research Cluster, Graduate Coordinator, 2017-2019
  • QFT Conference Organizer, 2017-2019
    • “Queering Care and Cure” – UC Davis, May 3-4, 2018
    • “Beyond Care: Managing in a Precarious Present” – UC Davis, June 3, 2019
  • HATCH: Feminist Arts and Science Shop, Graduate Assistant, 2018-2019

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships:

  • Graduate Student Travel Award, UC Davis, Fall 2019
  • Graduate Student Travel Award, UC Davis, Fall 2017
  • Cultural Studies Summer Research Award, UC Davis, Summer 2017
  • Feminist Research Institute Graduate Summer Fellowship, UC Davis, Summer 2016
  • Cultural Studies Summer Research Award, UC Davis, Summer 2015

Publications:

  • Introduction, “A New American Dream,” CONCRETE PRESS, December 2014. https://concrete-press.com/a-new-american-dream
  • “Screening the Body/Screening the Soul: Aura Photography as Biometrics of the New Age,” MA Thesis, California College of the Arts, May 2014

Conference Presentations:

  • “Living on the Edge: Examining Body-Land Rehabilitation in Wilderness Therapy Programs,” Southwest Popular/American Culture Association, Albuquerque, NM, February 2020
  • “Care and Cure in the Wild: Examining Habits and Habitats of Wilderness Therapy Rehabilitation Programs,” American Studies Association, Honolulu, HI, November 2019
  • Roundtable Panelist, “Emergent Forms of Queer Care,” American Studies Association, Atlanta, Georgia, November 2018
  • Roundtable Panelist, “Queering Care and Cure,” National Women’s Studies Association, Atlanta, Georgia, November 2018
  • “Rehabilitative Futurities and Curative Orientations in Postwar Therapeutic Auroratone Films,” Queer Theory Reading Group’s “Futures of Queer Theory” Conference, Irvine, CA, May 2018
  • “Resisting Rehabilitation: Visual and Aesthetic Responses to HIV/AIDS,” American Studies Association, Chicago, IL, November 2017
  • “Aesthetics and Affects of Synesthetic Cinema,” Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, Milwaukee, WI, February 2017
  • “Visualizing the Soul: Contemporary Aura Photography and Metaphysical Techniques of Seeing and Healing,” Association for the Study of Esotericism, Davis, CA, June 2016
  • “A Genealogical Consideration of American Self-Help Cultures,” Hawaii University International Conferences, Honolulu, HI, June 2016
  • “Auroratone: Rehabilitation through Synesthesia,” Gender, Bodies, and Technology: (In)Visible Futures, Roanoke, VA, April 2016
  • “The Shifting Landscape of Bay Area Gay Bars,” Association of American Geographers, San Francisco, CA, April 2016
  • “Psychiatric Rehabilitation through Synesthesia,” Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, Milwaukee, WI, February 2015
  • “Screening the Body/Screening the Soul: Body Scans, Biometrics, and Becoming a Subject,” Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, Milwaukee, WI, February 2014
  • “From Symptom to Syndrome: Perversion and the Queer Politics of Rehabilitation,” Queer, Feminist, and Trans Studies “Undisciplining Science” Conference, Davis, CA, May 2013
  • “Affective Afflictions: Intervention’s Tainted Touch,” Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, Milwaukee, WI, February 2013