Alumni

Rosie N. Kar

Rosie Kar graduated in 2013, when she defended her dissertation entitled "What Can Brown Do for You? Citizenship and Desire: The South Asian Diasporic Body," with a doctoral emphasis in Feminist Studies. She now teaches in the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, at California State University, Long Beach, where her courses center on popular culture, women writers of color, and women's health and sexuality. Her research is on the intersections of literary studies, critical race theory, feminist theory, history, media, and popular culture, which has allowed her to develop interdisciplinary strengths in both the humanities and social sciences, including South Asian Studies, Asian American Studies, Subaltern studies, Diasporic Studies, New Sexuality Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, and post-colonial theory. She is a documentary filmmaker, and a core member of South Asians for Justice, Los Angeles. She has published in Jaggery, for the Asian American Women Artist's Association, and YoDesh.com.

Katherine Kelp-Stebbins

As of all 2018, Katherine Kelp-Stebbins will be Assistant Professor of Comics and English at the University of Oregon. She defended her dissertation on comic books, cultural representation, and globalization in spring 2014. She is now Assistant Professor of English at Palomar College in San Diego. Her research interests include media technologies, post-colonial scholarship, empire studies, cultural techniques, visual studies, translation studies, and classics. Her MA examined empire in/and translation in Augustan poetry.

Linda Kick

Linda Kick received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at UCSB in Fall 2011. There she also completed the Doctoral Emphasis in Women’s Studies and the Certificate in College and University Teaching. Prior to returning to graduate school, with Masters degrees in English and philosophy, she taught full-time in the English Department at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where she was active in the Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies and the Honors College. She has presented numerous papers, nationally and internationally, has studied and taught in Paris, and has participated in French language and literature programs. Her dissertation focuses on French, German, and British women novelists with an emphasis on a feminist aesthetics of the sublime and the grotesque.

Kuan-yen Liu

A full-time lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Dr. Kuan-yen Liu (PhD, 2016) teaches “In Dialogue with Nature,” a university core-curriculum course pertaining to the history and philosophy of Western and Chinese science. His most recent scholarly work and academic presentation deal with the interaction of Darwinism with ancient Chinese philosophy (not least Pre-Qin thoughts) in late-19th-and-early-20th-century Chinese political culture as well as the rethinking of evolutionism in contemporary Chinese science fiction. In addition, he has been serving as the faculty mentor of the South-Dew Club for Chinese Calligraphy at CUHK (SZ) and has been discussing the dialogue of Chinese calligraphy with a variety of other art forms, like painting, choreography, architecture, popular music, fashion design and installation art. Dr. Liu's research interests center on Victorian literature, philosophy of science, philosophy of the mind, Chinese literature and philosophy.

Alexandra Magearu

In summer 2018, Alexandra Magearu was awarded her doctoral degree in Comparative Literature, with an emphasis on Feminist Studies. Her dissertation is entitled: Senses of Vulnerability: Gender, Embodiment, and Dis-Orientation from the Algerian War to the War in Iraq. Alexandra holds a BA in American Studies from the University of Bucharest and an MA in the History of Photography from De Montfort University. Her scholarly interests include contemporary Francophone and Anglophone literatures, postcolonial cinema, feminist criticism, continental philosophy, postcolonial theory, posthumanist critiques of subjectivity, affect studies, migration and globalization. In 2018-19, Dr. Magearu is a Lecturer in Comparative Literature at UC Santa Barbara, teaching the Global Humanities, Literary Theory, and Introduction to Comparative and World Literature; she is also the Assessment Coordinator for Comparative Literature.

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