Kadji Amin

Assistant Professor of Queer Studies Literary and Cultural Theory

Ph.D. Duke University | 631.632.7429 | 2112 Humanities Building

Queer studies, queer historiography and temporality, affect studies, literary modernism, transgender studies, and French cultural studies.


Timothy K. August

Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature

Ph.D. University of Minnesota |631.632.7484| 2058 Humanities Building

World Literature; Postcolonial Theory and Criticism; Asian American Studies, Theories of Food and Eating; Diasporic Vietnamese Literature and Film.

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Mary Jo Bona

Professor, Interim Chair

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison| 631.632.7464 | 2050 Humanities Building

Multiethnic American literature/culture, Italian American literature/culture, women's literature and feminist theory, theories of narrativity, theories of ethnicity/migration/diaspora.


Ritch Calvin

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. SUNY Stony Brook| 631.632.7607 | 2119 Humanities Building

Feminist theory, Latina literature and culture, Latina feminisms, feminist science fiction, reproductive technologies.



Lisa Diedrich

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Emory University | 631.632.1765 | 2117 Humanities Building

Critical medical studies, disability studies, feminist theories, interdisciplinary methods.


Melissa M. Forbis

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin| 631.632.4872 | 2123 Humanities Building

Transnational feminist and gender theories, indigenous rights, race/ethnicity, social   movements, Mexico and Latin America, feminist ethnography.


Jacob Gaboury

Assistant Professor |631.632.7483 | 2058-A Humanities Building

Ph.D. New York University

Digital Media, History of Computing, Queer Studies, Media Theory, Visual Culture, Art and Technology



Raiford Guins

Associate Professor 

Ph.D. University of Leeds |631.632.7466 | 2121 Humanities Building

Video game history and preservation, design studies and history, history and philosophy of technology, cultural studies of technology, life history of objects and material culture.


Robert Harvey

Distinguished Professor

Recipient of the President's & Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1996

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley|631.632.7431 | 2125 Humanities Building

Primary: twentieth- & twenty-first century literatures in French, critical theory, history of ideas, relations between philosophy & literature in an ethical context, terror & surveillance. Secondary: literature & the arts, film & theory of film, sexuality & literature, queer theory.


Victoria Hesford

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Emory University |631.632.4987 | 2064 Humanities Building

Gender, sexuality, queer and feminist theory, U.S. queer and feminist history, popular and mass culture in the postwar era, and critical theory.


Nancy Hiemstra

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Syracuse University | 631.632.7430 | 2067 Humanities Building

Global migration, migration policy-making, immigration enforcement practices, 'homeland security' at the scales of home and community, processes of racialization, constructions of borders and sovereignty, Latin America, and feminist epistemology and methodologies.


Izabela Kalinowska-Blackwood

Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies

Ph.D. Yale University |631.632.7461 | 2127 Humanities Building

Russian and Polish literature; culture and film.


E. Ann Kaplan

Distinguished Professor

Ph.D. Rutgers University |631.632.7765 | 1013 Humanities Building

Contemporary theory-- world cinema, media, and gender; trauma, ethnicity, and memory studies; humanities for the environment.



Liz Montegary

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. University of California, Davis |631.632.7427 | 2114 Humanities Building

Feminist and queer theory; transnational American studies; LGBT/queer activism; travel,tourism, and mobility studies; cultural studies of militarization.


Patrice Nganang

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe-University, Frankfurt/Main (Germany) |631.632.1436 | 2124 Humanities Building

European philosophy; critical theory; African literature; cinema and colonialism; theories of violence; media theory; media theory; creative writing.


Nikos Panou

Assistant Professor and Peter V. Tsantes Endowed Professor in Hellenic Studies

Ph.D. Harvard University  |631.632.7465 | 2118 Humanities Building

Reception studies; Byzantine and Modern Greek literature and culture; Orientalism; Mediterranean studies; history of emotions.


Gregory Ruf

Associate Professor, Undergraduate Program Director

Ph.D. Columbia University|631.632.7652 | 2068 Humanities Building

Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Gender & Social Organization, Cultural Ecology & Environmental History, Social Theory, Research Design, Ethnographic Methods & Writing, Political & Legal Anthropology, Economic Development, Historical Anthropology.


E.K. Tan

Associate Professor

Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign |631.632.7457 | 2120 Humanities Building

Modern Chinese and Sinophone Literature, Cinema, and Culture, Comparative Literature, Southeast Asian studies, Critical Race/Ethnic studies, theories of Cultural Translation, Comparative Literature, Diaspora, Postcolonialism, Globalization, Transnationalism, and Cinema.



Krin Gabbard


Ph.D. Indiana University-Bloomington

Film theory and history; jazz; interrelations of literature, art, music and film; comparative literature methodology; psychoanalytic approaches to the arts; Ancient Greek literature,drama; literary theory.


Sandy Petrey 

Professor Emeritus       

Ph.D. Yale University  

19th-century fiction, theories of the novel; contemporary criticism.


Ilona Rashkow 

Associate Professor Emerita                                                                                      

Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, University of Maryland.                   ,                                                                 

Hebrew Bible, Judaic studies, religious studies, feminist literary criticism; psychoanalytic literary theory, women's studies, literary theory, comparative literature.


Louise O. Vasvari 

Professor Emerita                                                                                                   

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley                                                                    

Medieval literature, literature and folklore,literature and linguistics, translation theory,Romance philology, semiology, art and literature, sexuality and literature.





Nerrisa Balce

Associate Professor

Ph.D. University of California-Berkeley Ethnic Studies; Asian American literature and popular culture, Filipino American studies, Humor studies, Postcolonial theory, U.S. Empire studies,  Phillipine studies.


Pamela Block

Associate Dean for Research in the School of Health Technology and Management, Associate Professor in the Occupational Therapy Program, Director of the Concentration in Disability Studies for the Ph.D. Program in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology

Ph.D. Duke University

Researches disability experience on individual, organizational and community levels, focusing on socio-environmental barriers, empowerment/capacity-building, and health promotion.


Ruth B. Bottigheimer

Research Professor

D.A. University at Stony Brook

Tale collections, children's literature, fairy tales; socio-cultural analysis of literature.


Edward S. Casey

Distinguished Professor

Ph.D. Northwestern University, 1967
B.A. Yale University, 1961

Phenomenology, philosophical psychology, aesthetics, theory of psychoanalysis. Recent research includes investigations into place and space; landscape painting and maps as modes of representation; ethics and the other; feeling and emotion; philosophy of perception (with special attention to the role of the glance); the nature of edges.


Daniela Flesler

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Tulane University

Contemporary Spanish Literature and Cultural Studies, Postcolonial Theory, Spain and North Africa, Immigration, Tourism.

Kimmel M

Michael Kimmel


Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

Comparative and historical development; social movements; gender and sexuality.


Shirley Jennifer Lim

Associate Professor

University of California at Los Angeles

U.S. racial minority women's cultural history.



Sara Lipton

Associate Professor

Yale University

Religious identity and experience, Jewish-Christian relations, and art and cultural in the high Middle Ages (11th-14th centuries).


Iona Man-Cheong

Associate Professor

Ph.D Yale University

Chinese history, culture and society, particularly Qing dynasty; women,gender and sexuality in China.


Celia Marshik

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Northwestern University

20th Century British Literature; Modernism; Feminist Studies.


Adrián Perez-Melgosa

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. University of Rochester

Cinema and the novel in the Americas; cultural studies.


Adrienne Munich


City University of New York

Victorian cultural studies, feminist theory, popular culture.


Zabet Patterson

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

Media archaeology, contemporary art and technology, history of digital representation, history of art, critical theory and psychoanalysis.


Mary C. Rawlinson


Ph.D. Northwestern

Aesthetics, literature, and philosophy; Proust, mystery, and detective fiction; 19th-centuryPhilosophy (esp. Hegel); philosophy of medicine.

 Michael Rubenstein


Michael Rubenstein

Assistant Professor

Rutgers State University

James Joyce; 20th-Century Irish Literature; 20th-Century British and Anglophone Literature; Postcolonial Literature; Modernism; Psychoanalysis; The Novel; Film; Environmentalism and the Humanities


Jeffrey Santa Ana

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

American literature and culture; Asian American literature and film; Filipino diaspora;global migration and transnationalism; gender and sexuality studies; race and ethnicity;emotion studies.


Andrew V. Uroskie

Associate Professor

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

History, criticism, and theory of modern and contemporary art; experimental film, video installation, sound and performance; critical theory, aesthetics, psychoanalytic philosophy; histories and theories of modern media.



Kathleen M. Vernon

Associate Professor

Ph.D. University of Chicago

Contemporary Spanish and Latin American cinema and cultural studies; gender and popular culture; contemporary Hispanic literature.


Tracey Walters

Associate Professor

African American literature;Black British literature and culture.



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Fall 2015




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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.


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

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        June 2015

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