I work in feminist, queer, and critical race theory. At its broadest, my research considers twentieth and twenty-first century cultural and scientific representations of gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity in the Anglophone and Francophone worlds.
Having completed her first book, Urbanism and Urbanity: The Spanish Bourgeois Novel and Contemporary Customs (1845-1925) (Bucknell UP) in 2013, Professor Mercer is currently finishing another book manuscript, titled An Incoherent Voyage: Spanish Cinema Pioneers, Between Technophilia
Yomi Braester's research focuses on literary and visual practices, with emphasis on modern China and Taiwan—in architecture, advertisement, screen media, and stage arts. He inquires how texts and images form and manipulate our perception of space and history.
Susan Gaylard completed her undergraduate work in her native South Africa, before studying at Berkeley and the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. Prof. Gaylard focuses on the early modern period, in particular the intersection between literature and material culture.
Liina-Ly Roos received her PhD from the University of Washington, and she taught at the University of Minnesota before joining the GNS. In her teaching and research, she specializes in twentieth to twenty-first century Nordic and Baltic culture with a specific focus on post-WWII and contemporary
Geoffrey Turnovsky specializes in the literary and cultural history of early modern France and Europe, with an emphasis on print culture, early modern media, the profession of authorship, and on readers and publics in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Ying-Hsiu Chou's research interests focus on interdisciplinary approaches to Chinese fiction, film, and popular culture, with emphasis on genre, gender, cross-media adaptation, and transcultural encounter.
Benjamin Gardner's research engages political questions and theoretical debates, contributing to scholarship on 1) the cultural politics of the environment, 2) political economy of development, and 3) the post-colonial state.
Sonnet Retman is a literary scholar who works on African American literature and culture. Her work explores how narrative produces race as it intersects with constructions of gender, sexuality and class. She is particularly interested in analyzing the meanings of racial representations as they
C. R. Grimmer is a poet and scholar from Southeast Michigan's Metro-Detroit area. C. R. received their Ph.D. in Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Washington (UW) as well as their M.F.A. in Creative Writing and M.A.
Kenworthy's work sits at the intersections of medical anthropology, public health, and politics. She has been working and conducting research in southern Africa (Lesotho and South Africa, primarily) since 2005.
Rick Bonus is primarily a professor of American Ethnic Studies, but he also has strong interests in the conjunctions among ethnic studies, American studies, Pacific Islander Studies, and Southeast Asian studies, particularly as they deal with the historical and contemporary phenomena of migration
Sebastián López Vergara focuses on Latin American Cultural Studies and Indigenous Studies. He is interested in studying Indigenous politics in Latin America and the permanence and changes of colonialism.
As the Administrative Assistant for the Simpson Center, Kalia supports the center’s operational integrity by managing the general occupation and maintenance of offices and event spaces; assisting the Administrator with fiscal processing; and facilitating internal and exter