Graduate Students

Our department's graduate student offices are located at 428 Folwell Hall. For individual appointments, please reach out to the student by email.

PhD Program

Name Specialty
Nicolas Audet Japanese intellectual history; empire and race
Mohimarnab Biswas  
Chun Wai Fong Japanese literature; Japanese history and Yōkai
Nusaiba Imady Middle East & North Africa; gender and sexuality studies; the novel; modern Arabic literature; trauma theory; feminist theory; literature and philosophy
Dhrijyoti Kalita Postcolonial ecocriticism and zoocriticism; anthropocene studies; political ecologies; empire studies; post-development in South Asia; governance systems in the modern world; South Asian literatures; Northeast Indian literature and history
Soo Hyun Jackelen Korean and Asian cinema, comedy, and comic theory; East Asian comedy films
Hui Liu Chinese cinema, popular culture, and comedy; documentary ethics; international cinema
Kuan Liu  
Chuanhui Meng Modern and contemporary Chinese cinema, film and media theory (with focus on the intersection between genre theory and affect theory); transnational and international film history and media migrations; the global 1950s; socialist feminism and ethnicity studies
Kevin McKiernan Japanese cinema and animation; new wave cinema; Brazilian cinema; modern Japanese art; the global 1960s
Mari Odoy Modern Arabic literature; translation studies; gender and sexuality studies; post-colonial theory; modern Syrian literature
Jiyoon Pyeon East Asian and Korean film, media, and pop culture
Sreyashi Ray Postcolonial theory and criticism; critical animality studies; theories of race and indigeneity; South Asian literatures 
Tanner Rogers Modern Korean literature, Cold War literature, the Bildungsroman, and Aesthetics
Pawan Sharma South Asian cinema, popular Bollywood films; spatiality; small-town spaces; traditions of storytelling, narratives, and film-making
Emily Sumner Yemeni prose and poetry; modern Arabic literature; performance theory; teaching Arabic as a foreign language 
Kaixuan Yao  

Master's Program

Name Specialty
Hussnain Ahmed South Asian cinema; cinema as escapism; false reality in cinema
June Eldon Japanese animation
Nour Eldin Hussein  
Madelyn Jensen  
Ally Kann Modern Arabic Literature; disability studies
Alexandria Kopicki Japanese diaspora community, Zainichi Koreans
Noah Larson  
Hunter Mcleod Japanese cinema; gender and sexuality studies; Japanese theaters
Jena Mehl  
Callie Veiga Japanese literature; postcolonial theory and imperialism; Japanese gender and sexuality studies; Japanese feminism and radicalism; construction of landscape and social consciousness; postwar memory and trauma 
Nicholas Wahl 19th century Ottoman-Arab relations, religious hierarchy and authority in the Ottoman-Arab world