Welcome to the Cultural Studies Department

Cultural Studies situates culture as a site of power struggles between competing systems of representations and the ways of life that they support. Our methods of study are critical: not only exposing the ideological dimension of culture but also exploring its radical political potential.

Our faculty members specialize in feminist and queer studies, critical race theory, film and media studies, postcolonial studies, psychoanalysis, Latino/a studies, and more. The CGU Cultural Studies Department is distinguished by offering both an MA and PhD in Cultural Studies. The department offers several concentrations, including Media Studies and Museum Studies, which are unique for their combination of a strong emphasis on cultural theory and hands-on practical experience. Students in the program can also choose to specialize in such transdisciplinary concentrations as American Studies, Continental Philosophy, Early Modern Studies or Hemispheric & Transnational Studies.

Instruction in Cultural Studies is carried on in seminars. Classes are small and each student’s program individually designed. Students have considerable input in the design of their courses of study, including choice of concentrations and minor fields.

Because many students enter the program from other disciplines, the department offers a variety of introductory courses in addition to advanced-level courses. Students are required to take courses in research methodologies appropriate to their interests in Cultural Studies: possibilities include ethnographic field research methods, visual research methods, oral history, archival studies, digital humanities, and film or literary theory and analysis.

Chair: David Luis-Brown
831 N. Dartmouth Avenue • Claremont, CA 91711 • 909-621-8612 • Fax 909-607-9587

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David Luis-Brown

Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and English
Chair, Cultural Studies Department
Director, Africana Studies Program

 

Programs

 

Core Faculty

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Joshua Goode

Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and History
Chair, History Department

Email
joshua.goode@cgu.edu
Research Interests

Modern Spain, 19th- and 20th-century Europe, Genocide and racial thought, Museums and commemoration, Memory

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David Luis-Brown

Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and English
Chair, Cultural Studies Department
Director, Africana Studies Program

Email
david.luis-brown@cgu.edu
Research Interests

Hemispheric Americas studies, Latino/a/x studies, Black diaspora studies, American literature and culture

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Eve Oishi

Associate Professor of Cultural Studies

Email
eve.oishi@cgu.edu
Research Interests

Cultural studies, Media studies, Feminist and queer theory

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Linda Perkins

Associate University Professor
Director, Applied Women’s Studies

Email
linda.perkins@cgu.edu
Research Interests

Women and African-American higher education

Extended Faculty

Elizabeth Affuso

Pitzer College

Research Interests

Spectatorship, Fandom, Branding, Technology, Architecture, Moving image media art, Reality television


Ahmed Alwishah

Pitzer College

Research Interests

Islamic philosophy, Medieval philosophy, Philosophy of religion, Islamic theology


Mark Andrejevic

Pomona College

Research Interests

Media: digital media, popular culture, reality TV; Surveillance: drones, data mining/big data; Criticism: critical theory


Paul Faulstich

Pitzer College

Research Interests

Cultural ecology, Ecological design, Ecology of expressive culture, Aboriginal Australias


Jennifer Friedlander

Scripps College

Research Interests

Cultural studies, Contemporary art controversies, Film theory, Psychoanalytic theory


Jesse Lerner

Pitzer College

Research Interests

Media studies


Frances Pohl

Pomona College

Research Interests

American art, Feminism and art, Art and politics