Racing Across Borders:
National and Transnational
Graduate Student Conference
May 13, 2006
Centennial House, UC Santa Barbara
Shelley Streeby is Associate Professor of American Literature
at the University of California, San Diego. Her teaching and
research interests include U.S. literature and culture, sensationalism
and sentimentalism, popular and mass culture, inter-American
studies, U.S. imperialism, science fiction, and working-class
cultures. She is the author of American Sensations: Class,
Race, and Production of Popular Culture (2002), for which
she received the American Studies Association’s 2002 Lora
Romero Prize for the best first book that engages issues of
race in relation to nation, gender, sexuality, and/or class.
She has also published numerous articles on race, class, and
American literature, including “Haunted Houses: George
Lippard, Nathaniel Hawthorne,and Middle-Class America”
and “Joaquín Murrieta and the American 1848.”
to download Streeby's recent article "American Sensations:
Empire, Amnesia, and the
US-Mexican War" from American Literary History.
Stephanie A. Amsel
Stephanie A. Amsel is a doctoral student in the English Department
at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her research interests
include medieval and Italian literature. She also writes poetry
Yanoula Athanassakis completed her Bachelor's at UCSB's English
Department with an interest in early modern studies, then went
on to the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she
got her M.A. in English and took courses in contemporary minority
and immigrant narratives. She plans to continue in this field
take an emphasis in global literatures.
Jacob Berman is a Ph.D. student at the University of California
at Santa Barbara who works on 19th Century American representations
of the Middle East, Islam and Arabs and how these representations
are an integral facet of the discourse of 19th Century American
national identity. He has recently published an article entitled
"Domestic Terror and Poe's Arabesque Interior" in
the Canadian journal American Studies. He received
his BA from Washington and Lee University and MA from University
Christina Bertrand received her B.A. in English Literature from
CSU Long Beach. She is currently working on her M.A. at CSU
Long Beach, focusing on 20th Century American Literature, and
she plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in this field. Her research interests
include countercultural movements, modernism, post-World War
II literature, and postcolonial theory.
Kathryn Dolan received her BA in English from UCLA, focusing
on American Studies, and her MA from San Jose State University.
Her research interests include 19th and 20th century American
literature, global studies, and California/Western studies.
James Groom is a Ph.D. candidate in English at CUNY: Graduate
School University Center.
Danielle La France
Danielle La France is a doctoral student in Comparative Literature
with an emphasis in Women's Studies here at UCSB. She wrote
her master's thesis on short stories published by women in Mexican
and Argentine literary magazines after WWII.
Noah Lopez hails from Tucson, Arizona and is interested in file-sharing
and piracy as resistance, punk rock and hip-hop historiography,
issues of modernity in melodrama and film noir, and the intersection
of high art and the street. He is currently at work on a book
mapping the migration patterns of some 1418 birds of the Northern
Hemisphere, and is the proud owner of a 7-year old rat terrier
Jennifer Roscher is a fourth-year graduate student in Literature
at University of California, Santa Cruz. Her dissertation explores
the intersection of anti-slavery and nationalist discourses
in 19th and 20th century U.S. and Cuban literature.
Nicole Starosielski is a first year student in the Film and
Media Studies PhD program at UCSB. She is interested in studying
emerging and experimental media and technology from interdisciplinary
and global perspectives as well as the combination of academic
analysis with production of hybrid media works. She received
her B.A. from the University of Southern California in 2005
in Cinema-Television and English.
ShiPu Wang will receive his Ph.D. in Art History from University
of California, Santa Barbara, in June 2006. In addition to his
scholarship in modern art and theory, Mr. Wang is a writer for
international art magazines. His essays are published in books
and journals including Semiotics and Visual Culture: Sights,
Signs, and Significance (The National Art Education Association,
2004), Journal of Aesthetic Education (Taiwan National
Center for Arts Education, 2005) and AAPI Nexus: Asian Americans
and Pacific Islanders Policy, Practice and Community (UCLA
Asian American Studies Center, 2006).
Aimee Woznick earned a B.A. in English and Italian from SUNY
Buffalo, where she wrote an Honors thesis entitled "'The
Past Was Not Yet Dead': Imagining Community through History
in Hawthorne, James, and Morrison." A student in the MA/PhD program at UC Santa Barbara, she focuses on
American literature at the turn into the twentieth century.
Her research interests include narrative theory, race and ethnic studies, and the philosophy of time.