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Graduate Students

  • Marwa Abdalla

    Marwa Abdalla

    Research interests: Media, Critical Muslim Studies, Islamophobia, Racism and Racialization
  • Christina Aushana

    Christina Aushana

  • Ben Berners-Lee

    Ben Berners-Lee
    Research Interests: social and cultural histories of conceptual metaphors, content analysis, metaphors in popular science publications
  • Taylor Brough

    Taylor Brough

  • Sean Canzone

    Sean Canzone
    Research Interests: processes of cultural breakdown and extreme isolation, structural and existential practices of escape, digital media. 
  • Thomas Conner

    Thomas Conner
    Science Studies Program
    Research Interests: cultural histories and media effects of holograms and hologram simulations.

  • Googie Daniels

    Googie Daniels
    Research Interests: D/deaf communities; American Sign Language; design; accessibility; DeafSpace; universal design; media representation of under underrepresented groups; audience research; cultural Deafness; medical intervention on deaf children; bilingualism

  • Magdalena Donea

    Magdalena Donea

    Science Studies Program
    Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellow
    Research interests: Phenomenology and sense/knowledge of place and placelessness. Communication as embodied and emplaced, situated practice. Surveillance and critical data studies. Spatial knowledges, critical mapping, disaster, dispossession and displacement.
  • Alex Edelstein

    Alex Edelstein
    Critical Gender Studies Program

  • Carmel Farzaneh

    Carmel Farzaneh

  • Ignacio Evans

    Ignacio Evans

  • Asia Feiss

    Asia Feiss
    Science Studies Program
    Research Interests: assistive, and wearable technologies for high-performance athletes, ability
  • Patricia Flores

    Patricia Flores
    Strategic Enhancement of Excellence through Diversity (SEED) Fellow
    Research Interests: Disability Studies, STS, HOH-d/Deaf identity, American Sign Language, online communities and visual culture
  • Rachel Fox

    Rachel Fox
    Science Studies Program
    Critical Gender Studies Program
    Transdisciplinary Disability Studies Graduate Student Coordinator
    Research Interests: Fat Studies, Disability Studies, STS, Narrative Medicine/Health Humanities, Feminist Studies, Online Communities

  •  Sam Gaffney

    Sam Gaffney
    Research Interests: Coal, extractivism, labor and labor history, environmentalism and environmental justice, techno-idealism, infrastructure
  • Yelena Gluzman

    Yelena Gluzman
    Science Studies Program
    Interdisciplinary Cognitive Science Program 


  • Eva Gonzalez-Ruskiewicz

    Eva Gonzalez-Ruskiewicz

  • Angelo Haidaris

    Angelo Haidaris
    Science Studies Program

  • Jacob Hellman

    Jacob Hellman
    Research Interests: the cultural nexus of accumulation and the creation of new economic subjectivities and the popularization of early-stage startup investing.
  • Keven Hernandez

    Keven Hernandez

  • Dorothy Howard

    Dorothy Howard
    Research Interests: cognitive and material aspects of participation and work in information societies, post(de)colonial critiques of information production, social computing, feminist research methodologies, information activism, syndicalism, the history of volunteering, archives, and contemporary and digital art practices.
  • Kerry Keith

    Kerry Keith
    Critical Gender Studies Program
    Research Interests: U.S systems of incarceration, carceral geographies, queer and feminist theories, biopolitics, and Marxism, prison abolitionism, the interplay of ideology, imagination, and landscape
  • Jungyoung Kim

    Jungyoung Kim

  • Sookyong Ko

    Sookyong Ko
    Research Interests: Media theory, phenomenology, visual culture, visual semiotics, cultural studies, affect theory, emotional and sensual aspects of media interaction, theories on evolving media and human perception of information.
  • Olga Lazitski Torres

    Olga Lazitski Torres
    Media scholar and journalist studying media endarkenment - the process of media influence by which the intellectual level of media consumers and the number of informed citizens decrease.
  • Andrew Lee

    Andrew Lee

  • Grant Leuning

    Grant Leuning

  • Yazhou Liu

    Yazhou Liu

  • Kathryne Metcalf

    Kathryne Metcalf
    Science Studies Program
    Research Interests: public science and the culture industry, popular conceptions of human genomics, biomedicalization. 
  • Corey Metcalfe

    Corey Metcalfe
    Research Interests:  Analog & digital games; pop culture; online platforms
  • Loreto Montero

    Loreto Montero
    Research Interests: the relationship between media images and collective memory about the last decade in Chilean society
  • Joseph Moreno

    Joseph Moreno

  • Teresa Naval

    Teresa Naval
    Science Studies Program

  • Manel Palos

    Manel Palos

  • Erika Ramirez-Mayoral

    Erika Ramirez-Mayoral

    Critical Gender Studies Program
    Research Interests: Gendered Notions of Place and Placemaking, Rural Studies, Oral History Practices, Development and Infrastructure
  • Nithyanand Rao

    Nithyanand Rao

    Research Interests: the practice of science in contemporary India and how it influences, and is influenced by, hierarchies of various kinds. Also interested in how the narratives surrounding science and technology, especially in media coverage, influence our views of peoples, knowledges, and their histories.
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  • Alanna Reyes

    Alanna Reyes
    Undergraduate Affairs Intern and Ph.D. Student
    Science Studies Program
    Research Interests: (dis)ability, technology, culture
    examples: technology in the media, superhero narratives and disability, transnational disability studies, digital game design & culture, learning/training via digital gaming, embodied storytelling, laboratory education and knowledge production

  • Pepe Rojo

    Pepe Rojo

  • Paula Santa Rosa Siqueira Mendes

    Paula Santa Rosa Siqueira Mendes

  • Akshita Sivakumar

    Akshita Sivakumar
    Science Studies Program
    Research Interests: Simulations and 3D modeling practices | diffuse objects | representation and situated practices in interdisciplinary design | indeterminacy | participatory design technology | f/open source software for creative production | visual and material culture | feminist technoscience
  • Sophie Staschus

    Sophie Staschus
    Science Studies Program


  • Riley Taitingfong

    Riley Taitingfong 
    Research Interests: community based participatory research (CBPR), health, indigenous knowledge, postcolonial theory, and disability studies, Pacific Islander communities in Southern California and their collaborate culturally-specific health interventions
  • Shaun Terry

    Shaun Terry
    Research Interests: cultural studies (Birmingham School and Frankfurt School), continental philosophy/critical theory, rituals and performance studies, visual culture, poetics, aesthesis/aesthetics, political economy, fascisms, autonomist political movements, vulnerability, memory, Walter Benjamin, Michel Foucault, Judith Butler
  • Veronica Uribe del Aguila

    Veronica Uribe del Aguila
    Science Studies Program
    Feminist Labor Lab
    Research Interests:  intersection between critical geography, design, labor, and feminist/ decolonial STS
  • Nicoletta Vangelisti

    Nicoletta Vangelisti
    Artist and digital entertainment producer
    Research Interests: Political economy of art philanthropy, media making as resistance, critical gender studies, decolonial art practice, antiracist methodologies, ethics of storytelling, institutional ethnography, transgender studies
    Critical Gender Studies Program
  • Jonathan Walton

    Jonathan Walton
    Research Interests:  institutions of social control, particularly in China, and their relationship to international discourses and practices of crisis management and policing.
  • Elisabeth Wiering

    Elisabeth Wiering

  • Linnea Zeiner

    Linnea Zeiner
    Research Interests: grunge, punk, Mixed Reality Pedagogy/Design, Digital Humanities Pedagogy/Design, girls’ studies, Sci-fi/Pop Dystopias, 19th-20th Century U.S. History