Past Members

Past Members of the Working Group on Globalization and Culture

Samar Al-Bulushi (2012-3) is a doctoral student in the Anthropology Department at Yale University with research interests in religion, politics, and violence in the East and Horn of Africa.

Nikhil Anand (2003-4) is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the political ecology of urban infrastructures, and the social and material relations that they entail. Through ethnographic research, he studies how natures, technologies, and specific gatherings of experts and publics are mobilized to effect environmental projects and relations of difference in postcolonial cities. His first book, Hydraulic City (under contract with Duke University Press), explores how cities and citizens are made through the everyday maintenance of water infrastructures in Mumbai.

Julian Bittiner (2007-8) is  an independent designer based in New York, originally from Geneva, Switzerland. He received a B.F.A. in fine art from Art Center College of Design in 1995 and an M.F.A. in graphic design from Yale in 2008. Before establishing an independent practice in 2004, he worked variously as a designer and art director at MetaDesign, Wolff Olins, and Apple. Working closely with artists, curators, and institutions on a variety of projects, recent commissions have come from Art Papers, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, and NYU Steinhardt’s 80WSE Gallery. Work and/or writing have appeared in Poster Tribune, Introducing Culture Identities, The Meander Journal, Slanted magazine, I don’t know where I’m going but I want to be there: The Expanding Field of Graphic Design, GRAPHIC magazine, Regular: Graphic Design Today, and the Journal of Visual Communication. He has been a guest tutor at the New York Typography Summer School since its founding in 2013. In 2008 he was appointed to the Yale faculty and is currently senior critic in graphic design.

Jenny Carrillo (2004) received a PhD in Psychology in 2005 from Yale University and is senior vice president of external affairs and strategic planning for Planned Parenthood of Southern New England.

Amanda Ciafone (2003-8) is Assistant Professor of Media and Cinema Studies at University of Illinois College of Media. Her research and teaching is at the nexus of history, cultural studies, and area studies. Her interests include cultural history and cultural studies of the United States in the world, especially Latin America; culture and media industries; global capitalism; theories of globalization; and social movements. She is currently at work on a book about The Coca-Cola Company and the politics, cultural representations, and social movements around the multinational corporation. During the 2013-2014 academic year, Ciafone was a fellow at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Sigma Colón (200 -2017) is a Hurvis NEH Fellow in the Humanities at Lawrence University. She received her doctorate in American Studies at Yale University in 2017. She graduated with a B.A. in English Literature and Spanish, and an M.A. in History from the University of Arizona. Her most recent academic work combined her interests in the American West, borderlands studies, 19th- and 20th-century environmental, social, and agricultural history, with narrative theory, and discourse analysis.

Andrew E. Dowe (joint with African American Studies) graduated with honors from Yale in 2008 with a BA in African American and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. He is interested in the ways that literature reflects and informs queer black identity and community, particularly in the queer Afro-Caribbean diaspora.

Rossen Djagalov (2005- is Assistant Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University. His interests lie in socialist culture globally and, more specifically, in the linkages between cultural producers and audiences in the USSR and abroad. His manuscript, “Premature Postcolonialists: Soviet-Third-World Literary and Cinematic Encounters in the Age of Three Worlds,” reconstructs the history of the main organizations within which those encounters took place–the Afro-Asian Writers’ Association (founded in Tashkent in 1958) and the biannual Tashkent Festival of African, Asian and Latin American Film (1968-1990)–and their consequences for Soviet and Third-World literature and film. His second book project, “The People’s Republic of Letters: Towards a Media History of Twentieth-Century Socialist Internationalism,” examines the relationship between the political left and the different media that at different times played a major role in connecting its publics globally (the proletarian novel of the first half of the 20th century, the singer-songwriter performance of the 1960s, and contemporary documentary film). He is a member of the LeftEast editorial collective. Prior to coming to NYU, Rossen was a lecturer at Harvard’s History and Literature Program, a Penn Humanities Forum postdoctoral fellow, and an Assistant Professor in Comparative Literature at Koç University, Istanbul.

Amina El-Annan (2007-9, 20 ) is an Assistant Professor of English. She received her BA from the University of California-Los Angeles and her PhD from Yale University. Her scholarship and teaching interests include globalization and culture; U.S. literature and culture in it’s international context; contemporary American literature; the circulation of culture in the Middle East; transnationalism; and the role of art, film, and fiction in social movements. Her current research explores the meaning of empathy, with a particular focus on cross-cultural empathy. Her book manuscript, Multiple Orients: Urban Dream Maps, Creative Currency and the Countercultures of Modernity, explores the interrelationship between emergent digital technologies, new genres of literature about globalization, and the politics of affect and sentiment, with a particular focus on transnational methodology as a means for uncovering different types of humanism—born of survival, poverty, and of anti war struggles. She is a former visiting fellow for the Ethnicity, Race, & Migration program at Yale University. 

Andrew Friedman (2004) is Associate Professor of History at Haverford College. He is the author of Covert Capital: Landscapes of Denial and the Making of U.S. Empire in the Suburbs of Northern Virginia (University of California Press), winner of the Stuart L. Bernath Book Prize from The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations for 2014 and recipient of Honorable Mention for the Spiro Kostof Book Award from the Society of Architectural Historians for 2015.

Daniel Gilbert (2004-8) is Assistant Professor in the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a cultural historian with special interests in work, global mass culture and social movements. His first book, Expanding the Strike Zone: Baseball in the Age of Free Agency, was published in fall 2013 by the University of Massachusetts Press.

Megan Glick (2003) is Assistant Professor of American Studies at Wesleyan University. She specializes in cultural and intellectual history, medical and science history, bioethics and biopolitics, and animal-human studies. Her current book manuscript traces the history of the “human” in 20th century public and scientific cultures, examining the relationship between popular ideas of human rights and the constitution of humanity as a biological category. Her work appears in American Quarterly (September 2013), Social Text (Fall 2012), and Gender & History (August 2011).

Tao Leigh Goffe (200-15) is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the African-American Studies Department at Princeton University. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University. A native of London, she also grew up in New York and New Jersey. She received her A.B. in English with a certificate in African American Studies from Princeton University. Her research explores the intersections between black and Asian diasporic literature in the United States, United Kingdom, and the Caribbean. She has presented her work internationally at conferences in Liverpool; Paris; and Tampere, Finland. During her time in the department of African American Studies, Goffe will continue to develop her book, “Chiney Royal: Afro-Asian Intimacies in the Americas.” The manuscript maps a network of Afro-Asian intimacies in the metropolises of New York’s Chinatown and Toronto as well as the plantations of the West Indies and the American South. Analyzing spy thrillers, travelogues, beauty pageant photography, radical romance novels, indenture contracts, recipes, ship manifests, reggae songs, and family photographs, all of which encompass a rich archive of Afro-Asian intimacies in the Americas, Tao reads cultural objects against the grain of colonial history by drawing on methodologies of literary criticism and cultural history. Goffe’s most recent article, “007 versus the Darker Races: Black and Yellow Peril in Dr. No,” which offers a reading of a Jamaican Chinese James Bond and the orientalist coding of Ian Fleming’s Jamaica, was published in Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal.

Sumanth Gopinath (2003-5) is currently Associate Professor of Music Theory at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of The Ringtone Dialectic: Economy and Cultural Form (MIT Press, 2013), and he co-edited, with Jason Stanyek, The Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music Studies (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Laura Grappo (2003) is an Assistant Professor in the department of American Studies at Wesleyan University. She teaches classes on queer theory, Latina/o culture and politics, and cultural theory. She is currently working on a manuscript entitled Home and Other Myths: a Lexicon of Queer Inhabitation which focuses on the concept of home in minoritarian politics and culture, as well as an article on queer science fiction. Prof. Grappo’s other central scholarly interests include ethics, political justice, and anticolonial futures. 

Drew Hannon (2010-) received his BA in History in 2003 from Drew University and his MA American Studies from University of Massachusetts Boston in 2007.  While at UMB he was co-chair of the United Auto Workers unit representing graduate students and a member of the contract negotiating team.  His interests are in the relation between cultural products, producers and consumers and political action.  His currently working on a project about the New Left and the Counterculture.

Mandi Isaacs Jackson (2005-6) is an educator and social and economic justice advocate and the executive director of nonprofit Music Haven in New Haven. She is the author of Model City Blues: Urban Space and Organization Resistance in New Haven.

Myra Jones-Taylor (2004-5) is the Commissioner of the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood. previously served as an assistant professor-faculty fellow at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research a the Silver School of Social Work at New York University. She is a cultural anthropologist with expertise in early care and education policy. She received her doctorate in American studies and anthropology from Yale University, where her research focused on the effects of early care and education reform on child care providers in low-income urban communities and the children and families who are intended to benefit from those reforms.

Eli Jelly-Schapiro (2008-) is Assistant Professor of English at the University of South Carolina. He is at work on a book, Security and Terror: Contemporary Culture and the Long History of Colonial Modernity, which interweaves two threads: One, the book embeds the paradigms of security and terror, the dominant conceptual tropes of contemporary American and global culture, within the five-hundred-year history of European empire and its afterlives—the long history of colonial modernity. Two, the book examines how the extant history of colonial modernity, and the dialectic of security and terror that operates therein, is figured in contemporary fiction, film, and theory.

Hong Liang (2010-11) is a doctoral student at Yale University working on a dissertation entitled “Pacific Crossings:  The Production of Sociological Knowledge in Twentieth Century China.”

Nazima Kadir (2003-5) is an anthropologist, based in London. She has a PhD in Anthropology from Yale. She grew up in New York City and have lived for extensive periods in Latin America, the Middle East, South Asia, and Northwest Europe. She speaks English, Spanish, and Dutch. Her practice is comprised of three elements. First, she works as an anthropologist in the field of design and innovation. Secondly, she engages in collaborative projects with artists. Her doctoral work was developed into a sitcom by a Dutch art institute. Thirdly, she continues to be active in academic life by presenting at conferences and publishing her doctoral research. Her book will be published in June 2016 by Manchester University Press.

Edward King (200-2016) received his PhD in English at Yale University in 2017. He is writing on the world-historical novel. His interests include Poetics; Prosody; Modernism.

Katherine Lo (2003)

Simeon Man (2008-9) is Assistant Professor of History at the University of California at San Diego. He received his Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University in 2012. Before joining the faculty at UC San Diego, he was an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University (2012-14) and a Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar in the Humanities at the University of Southern California (2014-15). Professor Man specializes in Asian American history and transnational U.S. history, with an emphasis on the politics of race and empire. His first book, Soldiering through Empire: Race and the Making of the Decolonizing Pacific (under contract with the University of California Press), is a cultural history of the U.S. military in Asia after World War II. The book explains how the U.S. state mobilized postcolonial subjects throughout Asia and the Pacific for the U.S. war in Vietnam (1950-1975), and in turn transformed the politics of race, nation, and empire in postwar U.S. culture. He has published in the anthology, The Rising Tide of Color: Race, State, Violence, and Radical Movements Across the Pacific (edited by Moon-Ho Jung, University of Washington Press, 2014), and has forthcoming essays in the American Quarterly (December 2015) and the Oxford Handbook of Asian American History (OUP: forthcoming, 2016).

David Minto (20-) is a fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at Princeton University. He completed his Ph.D. in History at Yale University in 2014. An interdisciplinary scholar, he also holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Cambridge and an M.A. in Contemporary History and Politics from Birkbeck, University of London. David’s work focuses on the intersection of sexuality—that most intimate of human domains—and geopolitical processes and formations. At Princeton he is currently revising his dissertation manuscript for publication under the title of Special Relationships: Transnational Homophile Activism and Anglo-American Sexual Politics. The project examines the affective and strategic dimensions of cross-border gay activist connections in the decades following World War II, exploring the transatlantic nature of a movement nevertheless subject to territorial strictures. Putting the “special relationships” of homophiles in dynamic tension with the “special relationship” of postwar Anglo-American exchange, it charts an “Intimate Atlantic” around which ideas, texts, and people—often marginalized in their home cultures—insistently circulated with significant local and international effects. David’s research has previously appeared in British Queer History: New Approaches and Perspectives (edited by Brian Lewis) and he has presented at numerous conferences, including collectively with Yale’s Working Group on Globalization and Culture. This group helped to inspire a second book-length project he is pursuing on sexuality, spies, and domestic and imperial surveillance. At Princeton he will hold the Fund For Reunion-Cotsen Fellowship in LGBT Studies; he is also the Resident Faculty Fellow at Butler College. In Spring 2015 he will teach a course on Queer Utopias.

Christina Moon (2007-9) is Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Design History and Theory and the Director of the MA in Fashion Studies at Parsons The New School for Design. She received her doctoral degree in Anthropology from Yale. Her research looks at the social ties and cultural encounters between fashion design worlds and manufacturing landscapes across Asia and the Americas, exploring the memory, migration, and labor of its cultural workers, and ways of knowing and representing in ethnographic practice. Over the past two years, along with the photographer Lauren Lancaster, Christina has been working with hundreds of Korean families in Los Angeles who have, over the last decade, transformed the city’s garment district into the central hub for fast fashion in the Americas. These families make their living by designing clothes, organizing the factory labor to cut and sew them in places like China and Vietnam, and selling them wholesale to retailers in the U.S., including Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, T.J. Maxx, and Nordstrom. With additional fieldwork in Los Angeles among the Korean and Mexican design and manufacturing communities, Christina will also explore how diasporic trade ties span global expanses in the design, creation, and dissemination of fast-fashion clothing in Mexico City and Guangzhou, telling the story of the global encounters and shifting relationships that have dramatically transformed clothing and the global fashion industry.

Bethany Moreton (2005-6) is Professor of History at Dartmouth College. She is a series editor for Columbia University Press’s Studies in the History of U.S. Capitalism. Since receiving her doctorate in history at Yale in 2006, she has been a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge and a fellow at the Harvard Divinity School and the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin. Her first book, To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise (Harvard University Press, 2009) won the Frederick Jackson Turner Prize for best first book in U.S. history, the John Hope Franklin Award for the best book in American Studies, and the Emerging Scholar in the Humanities award from the University of Michigan. She is a founding member of the Tepoztlán Institute for the Transnational History of the Americas and a founding faculty member of Freedom University, which offers college coursework without charge to qualified Georgia high school graduates regardless of immigration status.

Geneva Morris (2015-2016) received a Masters in Environmental Design from Yale’s School of Architecture. While in the Working Group, she worked on virtual space, utopias, and small space living units. 

Monica Muñoz Martinez (2008-) is Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown University.  She received her PhD from the American Studies Program at Yale University. While at Yale she co-founded the Public Humanities Initiative in American Studies. At Brown she offers courses in Latino/a History, American Studies, Ethnic Studies, the Public Humanities, and feminist research methods. Her research has been funded by the Mellon Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson National Foundation, the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project, and the Texas State Historical Association. In addition to developing her manuscript, “‘Inherited Loss’: Reckoning with Anti-Mexican Violence, 1910-Present,” she is also a Public Humanities Fellow at the John Nicholas Brown Center for the Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage and a faculty fellow at the Brown Center for Students of Color.

A. Naomi Paik (2004-9) is assistant professor of Asian American studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research and teaching interests include Asian American and comparative ethnic studies; U.S. imperialism; social and cultural approaches to legal studies; transnational and women of color feminisms; carceral spaces; and labor, race, and migration. Her manuscript, Rightlessness: Testimonies from the Camp (UNC Press, 2016), reads testimonial narratives of subjects rendered rightless by the U.S. state through their imprisonment in camps. She has published articles on the indefinite detention of HIV-positive Haitian refugees at Guantánamo in Social Text and Radical History Review. She has also published on post-September 11th attacks on academic freedom, particularly on postcolonial studies, in Cultural Dynamics. She earned her doctorate in American studies from Yale University and held the Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow of Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and the Early Career Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Humanities Center of the University of Pittsburgh.

Ariana Paulson (2005-6) has been an organizer for UNITE-HERE Local 26 and served as the chair of the Graduate Employee and Student Organization at Yale University.

Veronika Pehe (2013-14) is PhD candidate and Post-graduiate Teaching Assistant at the University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies. Her thesis will provide a comprehensive analysis of discourses of post-socialist nostalgia in the Czech Republic. Drawing on literary, cinematic, television, and press sources, alongside an examination of social trends, the main aim of her project will be to create a typology of Czech post-socialist nostalgia. She will define the phenomenon along spatial, temporal and political axes, illustrating their intersections with a number of case studies. She intends to take the discussion of nostalgia beyond the discipline of Czech studies, locating the Czech situation in the wider context of nostalgia in Western culture and its current resurgence in the form of retro-culture.

Shana Redmond (2003) is Associate Professor of Musicology and African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and the author of Anthem: Social Movements and the Sound of Solidarity in the African Diaspora (NYU Press, 2014).

Yenisey Rodriguez (2009-) is a law clerk at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

Henriette Rytz (2009-10) is a foreign policy advisor to Cem Özdemir, member of the German Bundestag and head of the German Green Party. Before joining his team, she worked as researcher at Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik / German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), a Berlin-based foreign policy think tank. In 2006, she was an HIA/Lantos Congressional Fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives. Further work experience includes stints at the American Institute of Contemporary German Studies in Washington, D.C., and Yale University. Ms. Rytz holds a PhD in Political Science and an M.A. in International Relations from the Free University. Her research interests include U.S. domestic politics, U.S. foreign and security policy as well as questions of migration and integration.

Andrew Seal (20-) is a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at Yale University. He is currently finishing my dissertation, “The Almost-Century of the Common Man: Democracy and Progress in U.S. Thought and Politics, 1880-1944,” in which he argues that, not only have historians “misplaced” this idea in time (it develops in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, not the antebellum Jacksonian Era) but have also mischaracterized the political culture attached to it. Rather than a politics of individualism and a culture of redistributed privilege (from a small group of white men to a larger group of white men), the “common man” idea was about rebuilding society as a truly collective and inclusive project grounded in real equality and universal political empowerment and material comfort. This project shifts our focus from the “man” of “common man” to the “common.” He is a regular blogger at the Society for US Intellectual History (

Raisa Sidenova (2009-10)

Marcos Soares (2004)

Olga Sooudi (2005-6)

David Stein (2008-9)

Laura Trice (2005)

Van Truong (2006-9)

Suzanna Urminska (2003)

Charlie Samuya Veric (2006-9) holds a PhD in American Studies from Yale University. A widely published scholar, poet, editor, and translator, his postdisciplinary research tests the limits of literary, cultural, and postcolonial theory. He rejoined the English Department at Ateneo de Manila University after teaching at De La Salle University where he served as the Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Literature. He also serves as a technical expert for the Commission on Higher Education. His current project is a book manuscript in which he examines how the face relates to such modern issues as everyday life, visuality, war, affect, and sympathy. Entitled Ruins of the Face: Essays on Self-Evidence, the book manuscript is based on his dissertation, which was awarded the John Hay Whitney Fellowship and approved without revision by the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Kirsten Weld (2005-7) is Associate Professor of History at Harvard University. She is an historian of modern Latin America. Her research explores struggles over equality, justice, and social inclusion in the twentieth-century Americas, examining how those struggles have manifested in political conflict and how their consequences continue to resonate.

Her first book, Paper Cadavers: The Archives of Dictatorship in Guatemala (2014), offers a broad meditation on how history is produced as social knowledge, the labour behind transformative social change, and the stakes of the stories we tell ourselves about the past. It is a historical and ethnographic study of the archives generated by Guatemala’s National Police, which were used as tools of state repression during the country’s civil war, kept hidden from the truth commission charged with investigating crimes against humanity at the war’s conclusion, stumbled upon and rescued by justice activists in 2005, and repurposed in the service of historical accounting and postwar reconstruction. Paper Cadavers won the 2015 WOLA-Duke Human Rights Book Award and the 2016 Best Book Award from the Latin American Studies Association’s Recent History and Memory Section.

Weld’s second book, now in progress, examines the impact and legacies of the Spanish Civil War in Latin America. Born and raised in Canada, Weld holds a BA from McGill University and a PhD from Yale University, where her doctoral dissertation received institutional and national awards. She taught at Brandeis University as the Florence Levy Kay Fellow in Latin American History for two years before coming to Harvard, where she offers courses in modern Latin American history, US-Latin American relations, archival theory, and historical methods. In 2016, Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences recognized her with the Roslyn Abramson Award for “excellence and sensitivity in teaching undergraduates.” She has won research fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society, the Social Science Research Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the William F. Milton Fund.

Susie Woo (2003)

Kevin Woods (2003-4)