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Graduate Student List

Dean Accardi

PhD Candidate in Asian Cultures & Languages

dean.accardi@utexas.edu

Interests

  My dissertation research focuses on the relationship between religion and the state in early modern Kashmir, especially how asceticism and bodily discipline contribute to ideas of sanctity, authority, and power. Other interests include religion, history, and gender in South Asia, early modern religious formations, and Hindu-Muslim interactions.

Bryan Alexander

Master's student, Asian Studies

bryan.jenkins.baloo@gmail.com

Interests

  Post-liberation China, micro-history, peasant-state power relations, Chinese public health and social welfare

Ericka Barnes

Master's student in Asian Studies

Interests

  Cultural, linguistic, and social identity of biracial children in Japan, second language acquisition, gender studies in Japan

Chad Bruce

Master's student, Asian Studies

Interests

  Contemporary Japanese social issues in rural Japan, Japanese folk religion and ceremonies, anthropology of East Asia

Max Bruce

PhD candidate in Asian Cultures & Languages

maxbruce@utexas.edu

Interests

  Urdu Hindi poetry and literature. Sociolinguistics.

Qingzi Cai

PhD student in Asian Cultures & Languages

caiqingzi214@gmail.com

Interests

  Modern Chinese literature

Harlan Chambers

PhD student in Asian Cultures & Languages

harlandchambers@gmail.com

Interests

  Literature in Taiwan and China, from late imperial to post-modern. Literary exchanges between Taiwan, China, and Japan. Literary Theory, Comp lit, Post-colonialism, Gender studies.

Michelle Chen

PhD student in Asian Cultures & Languages

ihsiao@utexas.edu

Interests

  Modern Chinese literature, film and culture; Sinophone studies

Mung Ting Chung

PhD student in Asian Cultures & Languages

mtchung1011@gmail.com

Education   

M.phil, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Interests

  Hong Kong and Taiwanese literature; Deleuzian theory; Sinophone fictions.

William Clayton

Master's student, Asian Studies

travis.clayton@me.com

Interests

  International relations, Taiwanese history, and China's socioeconomic development.

Hilary Cramer

Master's student in Asian Studies

cramerh@utexas.edu

Interests

  East Asia, Japanese, Chinese and South Korean language and culture, East Asian popular culture, Japanese film and literature, translation, media culture, East Asian music and media, literature, gender perception in media, war history, Post-War relations between countries

Christian Current

PhD candidate in Asian Cultures & Languages

christiancurrent@gmail.com

Interests

  History of Indian religion (Vedic period-Medieval India) develop. of yoga philosophy/practice, meditation, body & health. Dissertation: translation and exegesis of several yoga Upanishads. 

Marianne Dauphin

Master's student in Asian Studies

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Manomohini Dutta

PhD Candidate in Asian Cultures & Languages

manomohini@utexas.edu

Interests

  Ancient Indian legal traditions of the Dharmaśāstras, with a focus on eastern India. Prior research topics include the Indian Epics

Emily Ernst

Master's student in Asian Studies

eme1392@gmail.com

Interests

  Religion and politics in modern South Asia, Islam in modern South Asia, human rights, and environmental sciences.

Xuefeng Feng

PhD student in Asian Cultures & Languages

Interests

  Socialist aesthetics and its practices, literary theories in 20th century China, Chinese Marxism and its culture policies.

Robert Gallagher

Master's student in Asian Studies

bobvirgie@hotmail.com

Interests

  Sanskrit, religious studies

Nina Gat

PhD student in Asian Cultures & Languages

ninasgat@utexas.edu

Interests

  Roots of the ancient Indian legal system as seen in Vedic texts; Inter-linkages and divergences in early Dharmaśāstra literature; Customary law traditions; Dharma in practice as seen in contemporary literature of the broader Indian diaspora

Charlotte Giles

Master's candidate in Asian Cultures & Languages

charlottegiles88@gmail.com

Interests

  Indo-Islamic culture and history, Islamic education (madrasas), gender studies, religious violence

Andrea Gutierrez

Master's candidate in Asian Cultures & Languages

algutierlorene@yahoo.com

Interests

  Sanskrit, foodways in South Asia, material culture, Hindu traditions, yogic traditions

Beatrice Halbach

Master's student, Asian Studies & Public Affairs

bnhalbach@gmail.com

Madiha Haque

Master's student in Asian Studies

madiha.haque@utexas.edu

Interests

  Urdu, post-colonial South Asia, migrations and displacements, language nationalism, South Asian music

Amy Hyne

Ph.D. Candidate, Asian Cultures and Languages

amyhyne@gmail.com

Interests

  Cultural history of ancient and medieval India, Śaiva studies, asceticism, health and illness in South Asia, psychology of religion, and relationships between mental illness and ascetic practice.

Michael Jones

PhD candidate in Asian Cultures & Languages

theojijo@yahoo.com

Interests

  Interaction of religion and agriculture in ancient India, especially in the Sanskrit corpus.

Imran Khan

PhD candidate in Asian Cultures & Languages

khanim@hotmail.com

Interests

  Urdu, religion

Peter Knapczyk

PhD candidate in Asian Cultures & Languages

pak@utexas.edu

Interests

  Literary, religious, and political impact of the Urdu marsiyah (elegy); Early modern Urdu and Hindi literature; Islam in South Asia

Hillary Langberg

PhD student in Asian Cultures & Languages

hlangberg@austin.utexas.edu

Interests

  History and development of Indian Buddhism; Interactions between religious traditions in premodern South Asia, formations of religious identity; Sanskrit and Pāḷi texts, Art History (particularly Pāla period sculpture), ritual theory; methods and approach in religious studies.

Katie Lazarowicz

PhD student in Asian Cultures & Languages

Tien-Wen Lin

PhD student in Asian Cultures & Languages

tienwen@gmail.com

Interests

  Korean waves, trans-Asia cultural traffic, nationalism and new media (television and the Internet), the relationship between social media and Taiwanese identity. Flows and movements of cultures; popular or mass media. 

Kathleen Longwaters

PhD student in Asian Cultures & Languages

klongwaters@utexas.edu

Interests

  Medical writings in Sanskrit and Urdu, Sanskrit grammar, and Sanskrit poetry.

Jayme Dale Mallindine

Master's student in Asian Studies

jaydmallindine@gmail.com

Interests

  Japan, Pop Culture, Digital Games and Media, Media Globalization, Localization, Gender & Sexuality, Religion, Ethnography

Farhana Maredia

Master's student in Asian Studies

farhana@utexas.edu

Interests

  Indo-Islamic civilization, Hindi/Urdu literature, Mughal architecture

Matthew Milligan

PhD Candidate; co-editor-in-chief of Sagar

mattdmilligan@gmail.com  |  Prufrock's

Education   

B.A. Albion College, M.A. University of Texas, University of Texas

Interests

  Indian Buddhism, Indian archaeology, epigraphy, art, Buddhist literature in Sanskrit and Pali

Yalimar Pagan

Master's student in Asian Studies

Saleha Parvaiz

Master's student in Asian Studies

sparvaiz@austin.utexas.edu

Nikola Rajic

PhD student in Asian Cultures & Languages

Interests

  Tamil; female characters in Tamil literature and the popular appeal of female writers

Ana Ramirez

Master's student in Asian Studies and Global Policy Studies

anaramirezcorte@utexas.edu

Education   

BA International Relations, Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico

Interests

  Contemporary Chinese history, international relations, environmental policymaking and social movements

Daniel Rudmann

PhD candidate in Asian Cultures & Languages

danrud1@gmail.com

Interests

  Sanskrit epic literature, critical theory, translation studies.

Karl Rule

Master's student, Asian Studies

Rubi Sanchez Lozoya

PhD student in Asian Cultures & Languages

zrubi@nmsu.edu

Jonathan J Seefeldt

Master's candidate in Asian Cultures and Languages

Interests

  Braj poetry, modern Hindi fiction, translation studies.

Aaron Sherraden

Master's candidate in Asian Cultures & Languages

aaron.sherraden@gmail.com

Interests

  Hindi, Malayalam, Sanskrit, Epic Literature of India and associated performance traditions.

Vibha Shetiya

PhD candidate in Asian Cultures & Languages

vshetiya@utexas.edu

Interests

  Modern Telugu Ramayanas and those of northern India

Mu-Min Shih

PhD student in Asian Cultures & Languages

leoforlion@gmail.com

Interests

  Female prose and essay writing in Taiwan, Taiwanese writing system movement.

Daniel Shouse

PhD student in Asian Cultures & Languages

daniel.shouse154@topper.wku.edu

Education   

B.A. Anthropology, Asian Religions and Cultures; M.A. Religious Studies, Western Kentucky University

Interests

  South Asian religions, post-modernism/post-colonialism, nationalism, religious and ethnic violence, diaspora, globalization

M. Keely Sutton

PhD candidate in Asian Cultures & Languages

mksutton@utexas.edu

Interests

  Mappila pattu, Islam in Kerala, Malayalam Literature, Indian Ocean trading, Religion in Kerala, Asian Religious Traditions, Buddhism.

Nathan Tabor

PhD candidate in Asian Cultures & Languages

nathantabor@gmail.com

Interests

  Urdu Literature, Islamic Constructivism, Religious Minorities and Politics

Bhavya Tiwari

Master's student in Asian Studies

bhavyatiwari@utexas.edu

Ming-Huei Wang

PhD student in Asian Cultures & Languages

mhwang@mail.utexas.edu

Interests

  Modern Chinese and Taiwan literature

Jeffrey Wilson

Master's student in Asian Studies

Stella Wojdyla

Master's student in Asian Studies and Global Policy Studies

stellawojdyla@utexas.edu

Education   

BA in South Asian Studies and Political & Social Studies, University of Würzburg, Germany

Interests

  Humanitarian aid and emergency relief, protracted refugee situations, ethnic and religious conflicts, and Hindi/Urdu literature.

Xia Yu

Master's candidate in Asian Studies

Interests

  Japanese food culture, aesthetics (wabi-sabi) and film

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