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M.A. and Ph.D. Students 

Kai Breaux Kai B
PhD student, 2019-present
Areas of interest:  de/coloniality, critical medical studies, transnational feminism, bio/necropolitics, gender-sex binary, queer and transgender theory, critical race studies
Ashley Barry
PhD student, 2018-present
Areas of interest: affect theory, feminist film criticism,
Madness Studies, and queer theory. 
Stephanie Bonvissuto
PhD student, 2015-
Areas of interest: Gender/Sex, Identity Formation and Deployment, Embodiment and Body Politics, Feminist Theory, Social Psych ology.    
Zoey Chu
PhD student, 2019-present 
Areas of interest: Transnational  feminism, gender politics in East   Asian societies
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Annu Daftuar
PhD student, 2016-present
Areas of interest: women of color feminisms, reproductive justice movements, feminist theories and epistemologies, decolonizing methodologies.
Andy Eicher 
PhD student, 2015-present 
Areas of Interest:  Queer and feminist theory; crip theory; critical disability studies; neoliberalism; PrEP; gay/LGBT market; HIV/AIDS; queer visual cultures.
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Jose Flores-Sanchez 
PhD student, 2019-present 
Areas of Interest: Disability Studies, Disability activism and organizing, Feminist Theory, Critical Race Theory, Prison Abolition, Immigration, Latinx Studies, Sociology.
Hafza Girdap
MA student, 2019-present 
Areas of interest: Feminisms and politics, f eminism and Women s Movements, Gender Equality in Muslim Context through Intersectional Lens, Women in Conflict and Post-conflict Context, Dislocated Women and Their Interactions with Other Women from Different Cultures, Religions, Ethnic Groups, Human Rights,  Women s Rights, Youth Involvement in Restructuring the Society in terms of Feminism
Yalda Nafiseh Hamidi 
PhD student, 2014-present 
Areas of Interest:  Transnational Feminism, Critical Race Feminism, Feminist Pedagogy, Middle Eastern and Islamic Feminism, Iranian Literature and Feminism.
Tasmia Haque
PhD student, 2019-present
Areas of Interest: Sex uality, feminism and queer theory, agency, trauma and mental health, critical race theory, transnational activism.


Tara Holmes 
PhD student, 2015-present
Areas of interest: visual culture, queer theory, affect theory, and gender and sexuality in horror films. 
Allyse Knox-Russell
PhD student,
Areas of interest: feminist and queer theories; feminist ecological and science studies; environmental justice and health; indigeneity and settler colonialism; environmental education and land-based pedagogies; film, media, and performanc e
Valerie Moyer
PhD Student, 2016- present 
Areas of interest: critical sports studies, disability studies, queer and feminist science studies, surveillance studies
Shruti Mukherjee
PhD student, 2014-present
Areas of interest: history of women's movement in South Asia, gendered nationalism in South Asia, gender and armed conflict, borders and citizenship, sexual and gender identities, feminist pedagogy of research and gender in international politics.


Alexandra Novitskaya 
PhD student, 2014-present
Areas of interest: feminist and queer theory; gender in political science; international LGBT activism; gender and sexuality in Russia; John Stuart Mill; nationalism; ideologies and propoganda. 


Miranda Saenz
PhD student, 2017-present
Areas of interest: Indigenous Studies, Prison Abolition, Immigration, Chicanx/Latinx Studies, Bio/Necropolitics- Sterilization and Surrogacy, Disability, Post/Decolonial Literature
Desi Self  
PhD student, 2019-present
Areas of interest: Surveillance Studies, Critical Studies of Race, Philosophy of Sex, and Radical Pedagogy.
Melis Umut


Carlos Vazquez
PhD student, 2017-present 
Areas of Interest:Critical Race Theory; Black and Latino Studies; Higher Education Studies; Disability Studies; Queer Theory; Transgender Studies; Masculinity Studie s

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Rachel Corbman 
PhD, 2019
Dissertation: “Conferencing on the Edge: A Queer History of Feminist Field Formation, 1969-89”
Committee: Victoria Hesford, Liz Montegary, Lisa Diedrich, Nancy Tomes, Kadji Amin, Jennifer Nash





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MA, 2019
Dissertation:  "Symbolic Codes and Discourses of Whiteness, White Femininity, and Neoliberal Femininity in Pop Music."
Committee:  Liz Montegary, Nancy Hiemstra, Vicky Hesford
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Margaret Hill
MA, 2018
Thesis, "Reproductive Constraint: The Face of Modern Motherhood in an Era of Global Climate Change/Pollution and Neoliberalism"
Committee: Mary Jo Bona, Ritch Calvin, Kristina Lucenko
JoieJoie Meier 
MA, 2018
Thesis, "White Supremacy in the Northeast: Keystone United in Pennsylvania"
Committee: Nancy Hiemstra, Zebulon Miletsky
Placement, Ph.D. student in Gender Studies at Indiana University 
Emily Whearty 
MA, 2017
Thesis, "Animating Food: Analyzing Choice, Control, and Disability"
Committee: Michele Friedner, Lisa Diedrich, Mary Jo Bona 
Placement, Precinct Advocate at L.I. Against Domestic Violence 
Laura Laura Abbasi-Lemmon 
MA, 2016
Thesis, "Experiencing and Knowing Pregnant Bodies: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Pregnancy Texts"
Committee:  Lisa Diedrich, Liz Montegary, Michele Friedner
Placement, Ph.D. student in Women's Studies at UMD