affiliated faculty

Please note that this list is updated as new faculty are affiliated and is more current than the General Catalog listing.

Chicana and Chicano Studies

Prof. Aldana's research interests are Maya hieroglyphic history, Mesoamerican art, experimental archaeology, science studies, culture theory. His main publications include: Tying Headbands or Venus Appearing: New translations of k'al, the Dresden Codex Venus Pages and Classic Period Royal 'Binding' Rituals (2011); The Apotheosis of Janaab’ Pakal: Science, History, and Religion at  Classic Maya Palenque (2007).

Global and International Studies

Prof. Amar's research explores cultural and social texts and spaces, and retheorizes subjects of gender, nation, colonialism, risk, security, militarization and humanism/humanitarianism as they are articulated in the sites and imaginaries of megacities of the global south. His books include The Security Archipelago: ‘Human Security’ States, Sexuality Politics and the End of Neoliberalism (2011); Cairo Cosmopolitan: Politics, Culture and Urban Space in the New Globalized Middle East with Diane Singerman (2006); New Racial Missions of Policing: International Perspectives on Evolving Law-Enforcement Politics (2010);  Global South to the Rescue: Emergent Humanitarian Superpowers and Transnational Rescue Industries (Routledge, 2011).

Religious Studies

Ofra Amihay is a lecturer of Hebrew language and literature at the Department of Religious Studies, and an affiliate lecturer at the Department of Comparative Literature. She is interested in Hebrew and comparative literature and visual culture, and teaches courses on Modern Hebrew, the Jewish graphic novel, and photography & religion. She holds her PhD from New York University and is the co-editor of The Future of Text and Image (2012). She has published articles on photography and literature, Jewish identity, children’s literature, and comics and graphic novels. In 2015 she curated a photography exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Croatia.


Professor Andrea’s research and teaching interests include Renaissance/early modern studies, women’s studies, and literary/cultural theory; early modern Anglo-Islamic relations and representations; and contemporary Middle Eastern women’s writing. She is the author of The Lives of Girls and Women from the Islamic World in Early Modern British Literature and Culture (University of Toronto Press, 2017) and Women and Islam in Early Modern English Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2007); editor of English Women Staging Islam, 1696–1707 (Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies [University of Toronto], 2012); and co-editor of Early Modern England and Islamic Worlds (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). Her co-edited collection, Travel and Travail: Early Modern Women, English Drama, and the Wider World, is forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press.

English, Black Studies

Prof. Batiste's interests include the relationships between representation, performance, identity, race, and power. Her research and teaching focus on the ways in which cultural texts, like literature, theater, performance, film, art, and bodies, act as imaginative systems that create identity, cultural values, human interactions, and possibilities of justice. Her teaching reflects this in the broad array of materials she uses to bring students to an interdisciplinary understanding of texts, theory, and history. Her book, Darkening Mirrors: Imperial Representation in Depression Era African American Performance (Duke University Press, 2011) examines the complicated ways African Americans participated in American ideologies of cultural imperialism—ideologies like expansionism and primitivism. Professor Batiste's most recent work focuses on performance, affect, and violence in millennial Los Angeles.