Lilith C. Acadia

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Lilith studies discourses of religion, feminist epistemology, pre-modern women's history, and queer theory. As a Graduate Student Instructor, she has taught courses on the philosophy of love, composition as performance, and the rhetoric of social movements. After graduating from Smith College, … More





Kevin Block

  • kevinpblock@berkeley.edu
  • Architectural history and theory, the sociology of architecture, cultural history, American studies, design studies, creativity and labor, globalization.

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My dissertation is a historical research project that reconsiders the epistemological and social conditions necessary for the growth of the American architecture profession. I am broadly interested in architecture and design as forms of knowledge production and the built environment as a means … More



Giancarlo Cornejo Salinas

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Giancarlo Cornejo is a PhD candidate in Rhetoric with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender and Sexuality at the University of California, Berkeley. His undergraduate studies were completed at Pontifical Catholic University of Peru where he earned his B. A. in Sociology. His essays have … More


Michael Dalebout

  • m.dalebout@berkeley.edu
  • philosophy of technology, style, aesthetics, composition, subjectivities, histories and theories of comedy

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My scholarly interest is in the rhetorical construction of self: how do our psychic, sociopolitical, and technological experiences make us who we are? do we find ourselves prefabricated to fit into existing systems? how might we understand -- and do we want -- liberty? And in my work, all of … More


Evyn Lê Espiritu

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Evyn Lê Espiritu is a Rhetoric PhD candidate and filmmaker at UC Berkeley.  Her dissertation examines the Vietnamese refugee diaspora in Guam and Israel-Palestine as a means to trace not only circuits of empire—how the Vietnam War is linked to US military build-up in … More














Paul Nadal

  • pjnadal@berkeley.edu
  • Global Anglophone Literature, Asia/Pacific American Literature and Culture, History and Theory of the Novel, Philippine Studies, Critical Finance Studies, Critical Theory

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My dissertation examines works produced from the interactions between Philippine and U.S. literary systems in order to develop a theory and history of realism in the Filipino novel in English as "remittance fiction"—or fictions of and about the integration of the Philippines into … More




Kathleen Powers

  • philosophy of science, bioethics

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I am interested in the definition of biology in Western philosophy. In particular, I am interested in 20th century vitalism's attempt to define biological life. I intend to write a dissertation on medical interventions in end of life care and the changing definitions of consciousness that attend … More


Yasmina Raiani

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My dissertation investigates legal change during the colonial period outside the context of modern statecraft by exploring the practices and articulations of the sharī‘a by Sufi orders engaged in anti-colonial struggle in mid-19th century Algeria. More



Chiara Ricciardone

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Ricciardone's work is motivated by the question of how humans individually and collectively navigate difference. When does difference inspire wonder, and when does it engender fear, discomfort and disease? Her dissertation focuses on how Plato's language of disease and health poses the … More


Jerilyn Sambrooke

  • jsambrooke@berkeley.edu
  • contemporary novel, secularism, aesthetics, political theory, postcoloniality, fanaticism

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Jerilyn’s dissertation is exploring the relation between the contemporary global Anglophone novel and the discourse of fanaticism, particularly religious fanaticism. If fundamentalism is characterized by an epistemological certainty, this project suggests that fanaticism entails an … More




Michelle Velasquez-Potts

  • mpotts@berkeley.edu
  • political theory, science and technology studies, feminist and queer theory, critical ethnic studies, critical prison studies, visual cultures, hunger striking, political protest, the weaponization of the body, ethics of pain and suffering.
  • Advisor: Samera Esmeir

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Michelle is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Rhetoric at UC Berkeley. Her dissertation, Technologies of Incapacitation: US Torture Regimes and the Captive Body focuses on what she refers to as “carceral vivisections,” technologies and practices deployed by state … More


Katharine Wallerstein

  • katharine@berkeley.edu
  • The body, the self, aesthetics, modernity, modernism, feminist theory, gender and sexuality, French theory, visual culture.

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I am a fifth year graduate student in Rhetoric. Along with being an academic I have founded and run arts, cultural and humanities programs and centers in the U.S. and in France. More



Camila Yadeau

  • camila.yadeau@gmail.com
  • 19th and 20th-century continental philosophy and critical theory, modern Chinese intellectual history, modern political theory, philosophy of history

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Camila YaDeau is interested in the encounters and exchanges between Western European philosophy and political thought and Chinese intellectuals in the late 19th through the mid-20th century. She is interested in the translation of texts, the history of concepts, and the reception of particular … More