Student Interests

Andrew Block

‘s research interests meet at the intersection of Ethnic Studies, Performance Studies, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. His dissertation concerns uses of whiteface in contemporary theatre to critique the ways in which racialization has come to structure perception.


Camara Brown

holds a BA in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She writes about 19th century African American Women’s history. More generally, her interests include: Transnational Women of Color Feminisms; 20th-21st century Poetry and Poetics; Archival Theory; and Queer of Color Critique.

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Jessica Carbone

is a writer, editor, and historian of American foodways. She has a BA from Kenyon College in English and Sociology, and her knowledge of food calls upon her years as a developmental editor of cookbooks and recipes at Alfred A. Knopf and Clarkson Potter, and as a food history researcher and public programming developer at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Her dissertation research focuses on immigrant foodways in rural America in the 19th and 20th century, and her work in general uses food as a lens to explore complex expressions of race, ethnicity, sexuality and class in consumer culture and material culture.


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Yareli Castro Sevilla

is a migrant from Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico who studies, broadly, 20th and 21st Latinx US history, migration and diaspora studies, cultural studies, U.S.-Latin American relations, Latin American history (with an emphasis on Mexico), and gender studies. Through my research, I seek to answer the following overarching questions: Why do people migrate? What challenges do undocumented immigrants face en route and after arrival in the United States? How does gender organize and shape migration and community formation? She double majored in History and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine.

In her free time, Yareli enjoys listening to banda, corridos, and alternative rock, watching novelas (and other binge-worthy TV), cooking, and dancing.

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Chloe Chapin

is a costume designer and fashion historian. She has a BFA in Performance from Cornish College of the Arts, an MFA in Design from the Yale School of Drama, and an MA in Fashion and Textile Studies from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her current research is about the history of men’s suits and the way that historical clothing trends have had lasting effects on contemporary ideas of gender.

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Mattlyn Cordova

received her B.A. in Gender and Sexuality Studies from Northwestern University. Her research interests lie at the intersection of Latinx studies, queer studies, trans studies, and media studies. She is particularly interested in world-making practices that are shown in queer and trans-Latinx films.


Imani Davis

is a queer Black writer from Brooklyn. Their research centers sapphic love poetry by 20th-century Black women and maintains interest in queer/Black/trans studies and poetics more broadly. For more information, visit


Dan Farbman

works at the intersection between legal and literary history in the 19th century. He is particularly interested in overlapping legal and literary strategies employed by lawyers who were engaged in anti-slavery and racial justice struggles. He received his B.A. in English and Theater & Dance from Amherst College in 2001, spent a few years trying and failing to be an actor in New York, and then returned to school to get a J.D. from Harvard in 2007. Before returning to graduate study, he clerked for a judge in Los Angeles and practiced as a civil rights lawyer in Washington D.C. working on issues of racial justice in public education.


Amanda Figueroa

is a graduate of Mary Baldwin College and The George Washington University. Her research focuses on Latina art and activism at the U.S.-Mexico border. She also works with museums to attract underrepresented audiences to institutions through curatorial and exhibition practices.


Amy Fish

received her B.A. in English and M.A. in American Studies from Yale University and her A.M. in English from Harvard. Her dissertation examines literary collaborations between adults and children in 1960s-1970s anti-racist movements and argues for reading children’s adult-supervised creative productions as co-authored texts. She is a Student Associate Editor for Transition Magazine. She previously taught at Year Up Boston and worked in community engagement and service learning at Bunker Hill Community College and Northeastern University.


Balraj Gill

works at the intersection of Indigenous studies, carceral studies, and settler colonial and imperial histories of the Americas. Her dissertation examines how histories of Indigenous confinement and incarceration in North America broaden our understanding of what scholars have called the Age of Mass Incarceration. She received her BA in Art History and Chemistry at Mount Holyoke College and an MA in History at Harvard University. She participated in the Harvard and Slavery Research Project and co-authored an essay on Harvard’s relationship with slavery published in Slavery and the University: Histories and Legacies (University of Georgia Press, 2019).


Ethan Goodnight

works at the intersection of racial, religious, and intellectual history in the 19th century Atlantic World. He is interested in how African Americans, Native Americans, and Asian Americans have identified within and without of “mainstream” evangelical groups. Ethan published his first paper “William Apess, Pequot Pastor: A Native American Revisioning of Christian Nationalism in the Early Republic” with Religions in 2017. He holds a B.A. in History and Philosophy from Spring Arbor University and a Masters in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. Ethan lives with his wife Maria, a high school Spanish teacher, in Watertown.

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Andrew Guerrero

is a first generation student from Los Angeles County. He holds a B.A. in International Development Studies from UCLA. At UCLA, he was a proud member of the Underground Scholars Initiative and the Million Dollar Hoods Project. His research interests include carceral studies, decolonial thought, settler colonialism, and the history of policing.

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Hazim Hardeman

is an interdisciplinary scholar focusing on racial capitalism, neoliberalism, and the Black radical tradition. His research, more broadly, concerns the processes of differentiation constitutive of modernity and how they’ve facilitated capitalism’s perpetuation and predominance in various conjunctural moments. He completed his undergraduate study at the Community College of Philadelphia and Temple University before receiving an MPhil in US History from the University of Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar.


Julia Harris

entered Harvard’s American Studies PhD program in 2019. Her research areas include American foodways and food cultures, environmental studies, and queer theory. She is especially interested in the study of health, both bodily and environmental, and public discourses surrounding it. She completed her undergraduate studies at Oberlin College in 2014, where she majored in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies and Studio Art. Prior to attending Harvard, she worked as a farmer and culinary educator, and she remains invested in finding new ways to connect the kitchen, the garden, and the classroom. 


Jonathan Karp

studies protest and performance in the 20th century. His current dissertation project uses performance studies to reinterpret the confluence of labor, migration, and racial violence in US cities in the early 20th century.

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Keish Kim

is a migrant from South Korea. She holds a BA in Women’s and Gender Studies and Geography from Syracuse University. She likes to think about migration, spaces, and impasse, and enjoys working with (re)membering memories through creative non-fiction writing.  Her research interests include postcolonial and transnational feminism, citizenship and belonging, intersections of education and activism, diaspora studies, queer of color critique, and decoloniality.

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Michael King

I see my work existing at the intersection of African American and Diasporic literature and music, with an interest in the ways that locationally and historically specific communities have developed or drawn from prior instantiations of gesture and sound so to make lives, create joy and issue critiques in the midst of racial terror and violence. As I often tell those who are curious about my work, I am interested in looking at and talking about various methods of racial resilience—which includes but is always in excess of efforts of resistance.  Leading from this, my dissertation, Breaking into Time: Melancholic Practices in the LP Era, 1961-1980, looks at the history of the long-play record album in order to argue that the rising importance of LP recordings in African American performance occurs due to the convergence of market interests and exploitation, on the one hand, and ingenuity and tradition, on the other.  If as Maurice Merleau-Ponty argues, economic systems are “a cosmos, a human choice become a situation,” the use of and innovation through recorded formats and media by African American communities might be thought of as a melancholic means through which communal and human choice, however fleeting and limited, were retained.


Karen Kramer

is a curator of Indigenous art and culture whose projects underscore Indigenous  agency, creativity, and dynamism, and invite and incite change in the perception of and engagement with Indigenous art, cultures, and histories. She is interested in building a more expansive, inclusive canon of American art and history. Her research will explore arts-based critiques of settler-colonialism, Indigenous arts and methodologies, contemporary Native art and activism, and approaches to decentering whiteness in the public sector. Karen studied anthropology at the University of Denver (B.A.) and George Washington University (M.A.). She works as a curator at the Peabody Essex Museum and also directs the internationally recognized, Andrew W. Mellon funded Native American Fellowship Program. 



Karintha Lowe

holds a B.A. in English Literature from Macalester College. She is interested in visual archives, transnational migration, and questions of sovereignty. In her current research, she studies the intersections between family photography and contemporary art within Chinese and Chinese American communities.

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adelaide Mandeville

studies discourses of secularism, religion, and modernity, particularly those that attempt to set boundaries on citizenship and nationhood. Her work looks at how particular conceptions of the human, of life and death, and of space and time operate in political and legal texts in contemporary U.S. history. Broadly, she is interested in legal, religious, and cultural studies; political theory and cultural politics; the history of ideas and the production of knowledge; carceral studies; and ecology and geography. After receiving her B.A. in Religious Studies from Brown University in 2012, she worked at Intelligence Squared U.S., a nonprofit debate series focused on public policy and broadcast on NPR.


Mary McNeil

an Afro-Wampanoag scholar from Louisville, Kentucky. She completed her undergraduate degree at Wheelock College (’14), where she double majored in American Studies and History. Mary is particularly interested in examining racial identity formation and material effect in 19th century and contemporary Afro-Native communities. She is also keenly interested in Radical Black Women’s History and Critical Hip-Hop Studies.


Laura Nelson

studies the free universities of the 1960s and 1970s, exploring how student activists across the world posed critiques of traditional colleges and universities and created their own alternative models of learning. She is interested in the ways these learning experiments brought together literature, politics, art and philosophy. Before starting the American Studies program, Laura studied Literature and Education at Oxford University, where she was involved with multiple projects thinking about the public role of the humanities and the university.


Dylan Nelson

studied history, ecology/evolutionary biology, and indigenous studies at the University of Michigan. He is interested in empirical, religious, bureaucratic, literary, and ancestral ways of knowing, experiencing, managing, and representing the natural world. He is particularly concerned with how animality, violence, captivity and mobility weave through the space, language, and psychology of colonial narratives, decolonial storytelling, and public memory. Before graduate school, he was an elderly caregiver and taught at a continuation high school. He is energized by learning experiences that involve plants, animals, physical labor, restorative practices, and/or visual and performing arts.


Michael Ortiz

is a Ph.D student in the American Studies program and pursuing an AM in the Department of History of Science. His research focuses on the history of science, capitalism, and imperialism in the 19th and 20th centuries and critical social theory. His current project focuses on histories and legacies of medical experimentation in the Global South throughout the post-war era.

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Jewel Pereyra

received her B.A. from UCLA and M.A. in English from Georgetown University. Her research interests include: 20th-21st Century American Literature and Poetry; Immigration and Diaspora; Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies; Transnational Feminisms; Performance and Sound Studies; and Archival Theory and Practice. Her current research explores Afro-Filipinx print, sound, and performance cultures from the Philippine-American War to the present. Also a poet, she has received writing fellowships from Home School Hudson, Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc., and VONA/Voices.


Catie Peters

researches questions of empire, race, and nature. Her dissertation is a south-south project that examines nineteenth-century connections between Asian migrants and Afro-Caribbean people in Trinidad, Guyana, and Cuba. Invested in the tension between “the imperative and impossibility of archival recovery” (Morgan 2015), it also positions subjects often treated as agricultural “laborers” as theorists of environmental knowledge and practice. Catie holds a MA in Anthropology of Food from the School of Oriental and African Studies, where she was named Best Student in 2013. Her research has recently been supported by the John Carter Brown Library, Wisconsin Historical Society, Harvard University Asia Center, Knox Memorial Traveling Fellowship, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, and the Jens Aubrey Westengard Fund. She has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Graduate Journal of Food Studies from 2018-2019.


Charles Petersen

studies how change happens in a society’s view of itself and its possibilities—what theorists call the “social imaginary.” His primary interests lie at the intersection of two scholarly movements: the history of capitalism and the history of the democratic state. Focusing on the second half of the twentieth century, he studies how quintessential processes of democratization, such as inclusion through equality of opportunity, were mobilized to produce and legitimate vast inequality. He also has longstanding interests in the history of the American West, environmental history, the history of philosophy, and the study of literature. He received a B.A. in English from Carleton College in 2005. Before coming to Harvard he worked as a journalist and critic, writing for the New York Times, the Nation, and the New York Review of Books; he has been an editor at n+1 magazine since 2007. His personal website is here.


Evander Price

studies American art history and literature through the peculiar lens of time theory, or chronocriticism. Time: it’s that thing that keeps everything from happening at once. So how does a particular culture’s temporal imagination affect its ethics?  Just how much future is there, anyways?  He is also very interested in ecocriticism, the history of science, cosmology, speculative fiction, and all things Herman Melville.  Before coming to Harvard, he was a curatorial intern at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as the New Bedford Whaling Museum, and recently was one of the lucky few 38th voyagers aboard the whaler Charles W. Morgan. He received his B.A. in Art History and English from Vassar College in 2011.



Allison Puglisi

is a social and political historian of the 20th-century US. She graduated with a BA in History from Dartmouth College, where her thesis research explored the welfare-rights movement and Chinese American labor movement. Her research interests include queer and feminist theory, the Black freedom struggle, and urban and environmental history. Allison’s dissertation explores landscapes of environmental racism during and after the Civil Rights Movement, and how Black residents have theorized their relationships to nature.


Christofer A. Rodelo

is a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at Harvard University, pursuing a secondary field in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. He holds an MA in English from Harvard, and a BA in American Studies and Ethnicity, Race & Migration from Yale University. Broadly, his research interests include theater and performance studies/history; 19th- 20th century U.S. literature, drama, and art; Latinx, Afro-Latinx, and African American literary and cultural studies; transnational/comparative studies of race and ethnicity, aesthetic theory and visual culture; disability studies; queer literature and queer of color critique; and archival theory. His dissertation is a critical study of Latinx performance and literature in the transnational 19th century. It historically indexes 19th century minoritarian aesthetic practices, theorizes the affective and material contours of whiteness, blackness and indigeneity, and rubs together the methodological tenets of literary and performance studies for an archivally-grounded reading of textual, performative,  and visual ephemera.

His research has received support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Social Science Research Council, Imagining America Consortium, American Society for Theatre Research, Modern Language Association, Newberry Library, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Charles Warren Center for Studies of American History, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, and the Open Gate Fund of the Harvard Gender and Sexuality Caucus. He has publications in Journal of Homosexuality,  ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture,  and TDR/The Drama Review. At Harvard, he serves as a co-founder/co-coordinator of the Harvard Race and Ethnicity Working Group, Latinx Studies Working Group, and Theater and Performance Colloquium. He is a graduate affiliate of the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research.


Keidrick Roy

works at the intersection of American literature, intellectual history, and political philosophy. His broader research interests include the study of theology and race in the United States during the twentieth century. Before coming to Harvard, Keidrick served in the military as a nuclear operations officer and as an Instructor of English at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Keidrick has received research and project support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Pat Tillman Foundation, and the American Culture Association. He holds a B.S. from the United States Air Force Academy (2009) and an M.A. in English from the University of Arizona (2010). His CV is available at

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Lucie Steinberg

holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Art History from Bryn Mawr College, and an M.A. from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art. Her work at Williams focused on contemporary artistic engagements with American history. Her research interests include art and activism of the 1980s and 1990s, American esoteric religions, and critical theory.


E.T. Stone

works in the history and theory of American law, sexuality, and capitalism. Areas of particular interest include property law, family law, and criminal law. Prior to coming to Harvard, she received B.A.s in Gender & Sexuality Studies and Anthropology from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

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Andrew Suárez

received his B.A. in Ethnic Studies from Columbia University where he was an MMUF fellow. His research investigates how the LGBTQ+ acronym is used, transformed, and challenged in transnational contexts as a framework for interpreting gender and sexuality. More broadly, he looks at identity formation for gender and sexual minorities, radical activism in these communities, the colonial history of racialized gender and sexual categories, and how this history shapes contemporary queer politics and identity. Within his work, he pulls from Queer of Color Critique, Decoloniality, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, and Ethnic Studies. His lifelong dream is to raise honey bees.






is an early American historian from the People’s Republic of China. He obtained a BA in History from the Department of World History, College of History, Nankai University, Tianjin, and an MA in History with a focus on American history from the History Department of Peking University, Beijing. He is particularly interested in the proto-globalization and the connections between early America and his own part of the world. Previously, he had written articles on Hu Shi, contemporary Chinese politics, and early Canadian history.


Anthony Trujillo

(OHKAY OWINGEH PUEBLO) works at the confluence of Native American and Indigenous studies, history, religious studies, anthropology, and the arts. His research attunes to the bio/geo-graphic manifestations of Indigenous engagement with – and resistance to – colonial/imperial religious, political and economic systems largely in the 18th and 19th centuries North American context but also drawing connections with contemporary Native nations and descendent communities. From a political and geographic angle, he seeks to discern the competing sources and configurations of sovereignty. He is also keenly interested in how expressive forms including music, visual art, oratory and literature become vital avenues through which Indigenous peoples and people of color move beyond the constraints placed upon their bodies, form intimate relationships of exchange among diverse communities, and maintain spaces and practices of belonging. His own revitalizing practices include immersing himself in music, photography, writing, deserts, forests, bodies of water, the night sky and cooking. He received his MDiv from Yale University and his BA in Music Performance from Seattle Pacific University.


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