Women's and Gender Studies Certificate Students

Kimberly Cox
BA with high distinction, University of California Riverside
PhD student, English
Interests: Later 18th century and Victorian literature with a specific focus on etiquette books and how such determine, or influence the function of body parts in literature and art of period.

Nathaniel P. Doherty
BA Vassar College, literature, MA (High Honors) University College Dublin, American literature
PhD Student, English
Interests: contemporary U. S. literature (broadly defined), international film, queer theory, critical theory, psychoanalysis, semiotics, postmodernism

My dissertation work is primarily within the field of contemporary literature and theory of the United States. I am also working to integrate these fields with international film studies. My work focuses upon transformations of the subject and subjectivity (gazed at through the lenses of fiction and theory) in post-postmodern culture (apologies, perhaps peri-postmodern). This investigation proceeds through an examination of the figure of the trickster in film and literature.

Naomi Edwards 
BA English, Loyola University Chicago
PhD Candidate, English
Interests: Asian American literature, 20th-c American literature, gender and sexuality studies, transnational and diaspora studies.

My dissertation focuses on ghosts and haunting in contemporary Asian American fiction as a product of racial, sexual, and transnational melancholia, particularly in relation to histories of war and displacement.

Jeff Epstein
PhD candidate, Philosophy
Interests: Social and political philosophy, 20th century continental philosophy, and feminist epistemologies, and the points of critical overlap within these fields. More specifically, inter-disciplinary, theoretical approaches, which are capable of both identifying and redressing political injustices and oppressions.

My dissertation draws upon my three areas of interest in an examination of the figure of the foreigner in democracy who isperceived as both a mortal threat to the survival of both nation and state as well as a source of national and political rejuvenation. By identifying democracy's others and their connection to foreignness, this project theorizes the relationship between ethnos and demos in the hopes of offering cosmopolitan solutions to the tensions that arise between the sovereign democratic nation-state and the foreigner.

Ana Fernandez 
PhD Candidate, Hispanic Languages and Literature
Interests: Nineteenth- and Twentieth-century Peninsular and Latin American Women Fiction, Transatlantic Studies, Visual Cultures, Feminist Theory.

My dissertation examines an unknown Spanish woman writer at the beginning of the Twentieth Century. Her sustained social criticism together with her problematizing of conventional modes of feminine conduct combine to make her an important representative of an emerging generation of women who were moving dramatically away from earlier models of the self sacrificing “domestic angels.” Together with a small number of contemporaries, she offered a new perspective in regard to the body, language and sexuality in her attempt to re-imagine women’s social roles. 

Lori Gallegos de Castillo
BA, Philosophy and Foreign Languages, University of New Mexico
PhD student, Philosophy
Interests: Metaethics, the relation between meaning and value, value and claims, and claims and rights, ontological and ethical pluralism and particularism, grounds of ethical justification, immigration, environment.

Shannan Lee Hayes
BFA, Loyola University New Orleans, MFA, Sculpture, Stony Brook
MA Candidate, Philosophy, Stony Brook
Interests: Post-humanist feminist theory, philosophies of multiplicity, temporality, materiality, and affect, contemporary French philosophy (especially Bergson, Merleau-Ponty, and Deleuze), post-minimalist sculpture.

Laura James
BA (Hons), English Language and Literature, MA, Twentieth-Century Literature, University of Leeds, UK
PhD Candidate, English
Interests: late Victorian and Modernist literature, contemporary British literature, Caribbean women's writing, representations of the body, female reproduction, mothering and technology in literature.

Tim Johnston
BA, Loyola University Chicago
PhD student, Philosophy
Interests: Affirmation as a philosophical concept and embodied practice, Queer phenomenology, Trans activism and theory, contemporary French philosophy (especially Bergson, Deleuze and Irigaray), philosophy and literature. 

Kelly Hacker Jones
BA Political Science, MA History, Ball State University
PhD student, History
Interests: gender and the history of medicine, public health policy in Progressive-Era America, specific research interests include women and the professionalization of medical practice, prescriptive literature for expectant mothers.

Kathryn Klein
BA, University of Denver, MA English, University of Denver
PhD Candidate, English, Stony Brook
Primary interests: Modernist European and American Literature, middlebrow and other non-canonical writing, lesbian literature, queer literature, fiction and the Novel, and gender and queer studies. Secondary interests: film, newspaper and periodical studies, and horror and post-apocalyptic fiction.
My dissertation examines interwar (1918-1939) British, Irish and American novels with Sapphic characters in order to understand how and why this literature appeared when it did and why so much of it was written during this period.  I also aim to include forgotten and neglected novels and authors in order to argue for their inclusion within Modernist studies and to expand our understanding of lesbian history.

Ula Klein
BA University of Maryland, College Park; MA Brooklyn College-CUNY
PhD candidate, English
Primary Interests: 18th C. British Literature, the Novel, cross-dressing and transgender studies, women's bodies in literature, Gender & Queer Studies. Secondary Interests: film, fashion studies, postcolonial studies, Slavic literature, translation.

My dissertation examines British eighteenth-century texts (novels, pamphlets, plays and biographies) that contain a female cross-dresser in order to connect these instances of cross-dressing with queer and specifically Sapphic desires. I do so by examining closely how these texts represent and discuss certain body parts: beards, breasts, penises and legs.

Choonib Lee
PhD student, History
Interests: 20th century U.S. women's history and women's activism in the 1960s and 1970s, especially women in the Students for Democratic Society, the Weather Underground and the Black Panther. My current focus is on militant American women and their political self-representation in the Sixties Movement.

Briana Martino
BA Clinical Psychology, Tufts University; BA Communications: New Media, Simmons College
PhD student, Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies
Interests: Disability & queer theory, Feminist cultural studies, Temporality, transversality, and madness in documentary film and graphic memoir.

Nancee Moes
MFA Candidate, Dramaturgy
Interests: spectator and performance theory, devised theatre, women in performance.

Laine Nooney
BFA Graphic Design, University of Dayton, MA English and Cultural Studies, Kansas State University
PhD student, Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies
Interests: 19th and 20th century U.S. technology, media archaeology, computer and video game history, network and platform studies, gender and sexuality studies, film, visual culture, advertising and design history, and the history of domestic space and technology
Website: lainenooney.weebly.com/

Sarah Paruolo
BA, Bates College
PhD student, Comparative Literature
Interests: Caribbean literature and popular culture, US Latino/a literature and cultural production in urban spaces, Postcolonial and Diaspora theory, intersections of bodies and spaces

Brandi So
MA University of Colorado Denver, Literature; BA, Naropa University, Writing and Poetics.
PhD student, English
Interests: American Literature: ekphrasis and visual representation; minority and female voices in Southern literature

Joy Schaefer
BA English and French, Aquinas College; MA French Studies, NYU
PhD student, Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies
Interests: French culture and society, film, gender and sexuality, feminist theory, cultural preservation, relations between social movements, literature, art and film

M. Cristina Soler
PhD candidate, Hispanic Language and Literature
Interests: Literature as a space for women encounters, Spanish female writers, immigrant women in Spain, female Hispanic writers in the United States and film and popular culture of the Franco dictatorship

My dissertation is focused on two Spanish female writers that successfully published books during the Franco repressive and ultra-patriarchal dictatorship in Spain, but they were subsequently  forgotten since they were considered allies of the regime.

Jenny Strandberg
MA Philosophy, Stony Brook Manhattan 
PhD student, Philosophy
Areas of interest: Epistemology and ethics, drawing from ancient philosophy, German idealism, phenomenology, and feminist philosophy. 

Daniel Susser
BA Computer Science and Philosophy, The George Washington University
PhD student, Philosophy
Interests: social and political philosophy, philosophy of technology, feminist/queer theory.

Rachel Tillman, 
MA Philosophy, MA Religious Studies, University of Denver (2008)
PhD Candidate, PhilosophyInterests: ethics, bioethics and philosophy of medicine, environmental ethics and sustainability, epistemology, and feminist theoretical contributions to rethinking all of the above. 

My current work (and dissertation) focuses on how we develop concepts of health, as a principle to guide public policy and other communal decisions. This includes questions about epistemology, ontology, and ethics, and how these all relate. Philosophers likely to figure in my dissertation include Aristotle, Dewey, Bergson, and Deleuze.

Aihua Zhang
PhD Candidate, History
Interests: women, gender, and modernity in 20th-century China, consumer culture, sexuality and body studies, leisure engagement, and transnationalism.
My dissertation will focus on the practices of the Chinese progressive Christian women in republican Beijing/Beiping (1911-1937) and their role in the city's modernization process.


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Spring 2016


CAT Graduate Colloquium

Wednesday, March 23rd, from 1:00 - 2:20 in Frey Hall 105.

Our speakers include: 

Kathryn Silverstein, "Crime, Time, and the Corporeal in Julia Kristeva's Possessions"

Mark Pingree, "Cosmic Pessimism: Catastrophe, Trauma and Extinction"

Shruti Mukherjee, "Activism during Siege: Rise of Hindu Nationalist Right Wing in India"

CAT Graduate Colloquium

Wednesday, February 10th, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 

Humanities Institute, Room#1008

Speakers and Titles: 

Spatiality, Cognitive Ecology, Here 

Professor John Lutterbie, "Gutters and Panels"

David Rodriguez, "Environment at Scale"


Fall 2015

Cultural Analysis and Theory -Graduate Student Conference


2015 Stony Brook University, Dept. of Cultural Analysis and Theory, Graduate Student Conference

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015

SBU Manhattan

387 Park Avenue South, 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10016


2015 CAT Colloquium

Wednesday, October 28th, from 1:00 - 2:20 p.m.

Humanities Institute room#1008

Speakers and Titles:

Professor E.K. Tan, “From Exile to Queer Homecoming: Chen Xue’s A Wife’s Diary (2012)"

Yalda Hamidi, “'Diasporic Literature as a Feminist Genre: Re-reading Persepolis and Reading Lolita in Tehran"


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Black History Month

Keynote speaker Sonia Sanchez poet, educator, and lecturer on Black Culture and Literature, Women’s Liberation and Racial Justice. 

Wednesday, January 27
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Student Activities Center Gelber Auditorium

DANTE WORLDS Echoes, Places, Questions -- A Conference on the 750th Anniversary of Dante's Birth 
Wednesday,  December 2, 2015 
Charles B. Wang Lecture Hall 29:30 am to 5:30 pm

English Graduate Student Conference - Spring 2016
Speaking Text(s): Communication in the Humanities

Kadji Amin published "'Blesser' le spectateur blanc américain: Les Nègres aux États-Unis, 1961-64 et 2003" in Études françaises.

Kadji Amin has been awarded a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship on SEX at the University of Pennsylvania Humanities Forum for the 2015-16 academic year.

Kadji Amin has been awarded a Humanities Institute at Stony Brook Faculty Fellowship for Spring semester of 2015 for the completion of his book, Queer Attachments.

Raiford Guins "Punk archaeologists" explain that they went looking for more than just video-game cartridges in a New Mexico landfill.  

Nancy Hiemstra has been selected to receive the 2014-15 Graduate and Faculty Research Program in the Arts, Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences.

Robert Harvey has been appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor.

Izabela Kalinowska-Blackwood is curating a film series at the IWM in Vienna.


Marcus Brock has been selected to receive the Turner Conference Travel Award to participation in the "Audiovisualtopia" taking place in Madrid, Spain beginning on 10/23/2015. 

Beth Tsai has been selected to receive the 2014-15 Graduate and Faculty Research Program in the Arts, Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences.

Kudos Newsletter 

        May 2016

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