We are pleased to announce the incoming graduate cohort for 2015. We
look forward to having Michelle Chang, Vanessa Guzman, Rachelle
Henderson, Brendan McHugh, and Mathew Treon join our department in the
Michelle Chang: (aka Chip) BA in History and Political Science from UC
San Diego. Currently working on an MA in Asian American Studies from
UCLA (has not left the Southern California bubble). Interests include
the production of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality (etc.) in
popular culture. Current research examines hip hop and the
racialization of African and Asian Americans.
Vanessa Guzman: B.A. in History and Chicana/o Studies from UCLA and
an M.A. in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University.
Interested in informal economies, labor movements, immigration, and
Rachelle R. Henderson: B.A. in Linguistics from Purdue University;
M.A. in English Language and Linguistics from Purdue University.
Research interests include a sociolinguistic, discourse analytic study
examining the role of geographic place, family, and history in the
construction of gender, sexual, and social identities of mixed race
individuals in the U.S.
Brendan McHugh: B.A. in women's studies at San Francisco State
University. Interested in the history of U.S. AIDS/HIV activism of
Black and White Men Together in the 1980s and 1990s and the
organization's transnational connections to LGBT activists in South
Africa and the former U.S.S.R.
Matthew Treon: M.A. in English from University of Rochester; M.F.A. in
Creative Writing from University of Colorado; B.A. in Sociology from
University of North Texas. Research areas include American popular
music, hip hop, rock, sound studies, film, stand-up comedy, prison
studies, representations of race and class in popular culture and