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, museum studies, Latino/a studies, Africana studies, Asian Pacific Islander 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, 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.


Cultural Studies Department, Claremont Graduate University
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


The 2021 Bradshaw Conference:

Futurity and Future Publics – A Quarter Century of Cultural Studies at Claremont Graduate University

Conference Schedule

 

Programs

 

Core Faculty

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Nadine Chan

Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies

Email
nadine.chan@cgu.edu
Research Interests

Media historiography and theory, postcolonial and new empire studies, environmental humanities, media and the Anthropocene, visual studies, media anthropology, media and materiality, nontheatrical film, studies in Global Asia, Southeast Asian film and media, cultural studies.

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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

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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Darrell Moore

Visiting Associate Professor of Cultural Studies
Philosophy Teachout Coordinator

Email
darrell.moore@cgu.edu
Research Interests

Aesthetics, Africana Intellectual Thought, Critical Theory, Continental Philosophy

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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, Asian American studies

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Linda Perkins

Associate University Professor
Director, Applied Gender Studies

Email
linda.perkins@cgu.edu
Research Interests

Women and African-American higher education, history and contemporary issues on women in higher education, especially Black women, global gender issues.

Extended Faculty

Elizabeth Affuso

Pitzer College

Research Interests

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


Aimee Bahng

Pomona College

Research Interests

Gender and women’s studies


Myriam Chancy

Scripps College

Research Interests

African diaspora with specialization in its literature


Jih-Fei Cheng

Scripps College

Research Interests

Feminist and queer of color approaches to media representations of public health issues


Ciara Ennis

Pitzer College

Research Interests

The appropriation of Wunderkammer tactics in contemporary curatorial practice


Paul Faulstich

Pitzer College

Research Interests

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


Jennifer Friedlander

Pomona College

Research Interests

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


Martha Gonzalez

Scripps College

Research Interests

Chicanx-Latinx studies


Jesse Lerner

Pitzer College

Research Interests

Media studies


Susan Phillips

Pitzer College

Research Interests

Community, gangs, and environment


Erin Runions

Pomona College

Research Interests

The intersections of biblical interpretation and political philosophies, with their multiple impacts on political subjectivity, gender, sexuality, U.S. national sovereignty, and biopolitics


David Seitz

Harvey Mudd College

Research Interests

Cultural geography

Current Graduate Students


Natalia Brazao-Cartas
PhD Student

Research Interests

Cultural Tourism, Heritage and Memory, the Sociology of Leisure, Latino/a/x Studies, Hemispheric Americas Studies, Comparative Public History


Gina Caliboso
PhD Student

Research Interests

Filipino-American history, Ethnic Studies, Intersectional Studies, Higher Education, Women’s Studies, Social Media Impact Studies


Charli Eaton
PhD Student

Research Interests

Mass Incarceration, Social Justice, Chicano Studies, Ethnic Studies, Race & Racism


Adrineh Gregorian
PhD Student

Research Interests

Media, Gender, Human Rights, Peace-building, International Relations


Kiandra Jimenez
PhD Student

Research Interests

Africana Studies, Womanist/Black Feminist Theory, Black Women’s Rhetoric Tradition, Latinx and Indigenous Studies, Transnational Feminism


Denise Johnson
PhD Student

Research Interests

Race, psychoanalysis, and photo history


Samine Joudat
PhD Student, Concentration in Media Studies

Research Interests

Critical theory, postcolonial theory, political economy, aesthetics, digital media


Melanie Lindsay
PhD Student

Research Interests

Intersections of class, race, sexuality, and gender


Gene Luzala
PhD Student

Research Interests

Queer and Transgender people of color, Oral History, Queer and BIPOC History, Feminist and Queer theory, Critical Race Theory, and gender identity development


Shante Morgan
PhD Student

Research Interests

Intersection of race/ gender/ communication


Lee Painter-Kim
MA Student

Research Interests

Mixed race theory, trans politics, arts organizing


Joseph Allen Ruanto-Ramirez
PhD Student, Concentration in American Studies

Research Interests

Global Indigenous Studies, Asian American Studies, Indigenous diasporas, posthumanism, Igorot and Igorot American identities


Dennis Sandoval
PhD Student

Research Interests

Afro-Latinx/Latino


Annamae Sax
PhD Student

Research Interests

LGBTQIA+ studies, Disability and Mad Studies, feminism and intersectionality, anti-racism, abolition and anarchy, performance, and body politics


Eric Thomas
PhD Student

Research Interests

Latinx and Latin American cultural studies


Arline Votruba
PhD Student

Research Interests

Reproductive justice, medical humanities, social justice, US culture