Meet Our Students

  • Alexandre Champagne is a Ph.D. candidate in Landscape Architecture. After a few years as a financial analyst, he pursued his education and received an MLA from Cornell University. With the aim of exploring how design professionals could have broader impacts on urban social well-being, he entered...
  • Stephanie studies teen Latinx girlhoods in media in the Institute of Communications Research. Her research broadly encompasses quinceañeras, racialization, friendship, chosen family, and tropes of Latinx girls and young women. She is interested in how the stratification of race, class, gender...
  • I am a PhD student in sociology interested in the intersections of religion and society. My research focuses on Islamophobia. I am interested in comparative studies of Islamophobia in the West and non-West. Mainly, I take up Islamophobia as a form of (systemic) racism and its role in state-building...
  • Martha Perez-Mugg is a Philosophy of Education PhD student in the Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership program. She holds an MA from Rice University in Philosophy and previously worked in "school turnaround" in Detroit and Denver. She is interested in philosophical critiques of neoliberal...
  • ¡Saludos! My name is María B. Serrano Abreu and for this Fall 2021, I have been admitted to the QUERIES Ph.D. Program from the Educational Psychology Department at the College of Education.  My research interest emphasizes in antiracist and afrocentrated education in Puerto Rico, qualitative...
  • Hi, I'm Ashli Anda. I'm a PhD candidate in philosophy. I received my MA from Boston College in 2016 where I studied Kant, Hegel, and Marx. Upon arriving at the University of Illinois, I realized I was interested in doing both history of philosophy and applied philosophy on issues related to...
  • Claire Baytaş is a PhD candidate in Comparative and World Literature at UIUC. In addition to being an affiliate of the Unit, she holds a minor in Cinema Studies, a graduate certificate from the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, and a CITL Graduate Teacher Certificate. Her main...
  • Joe (he/they) is a graduate student pursuing his MFA in Dance. His current research investigates the “presence” that the absence of certain bodies and voices, particularly Black bodies and voices, creates in dance spaces. Does this absence establish a felt presence, aresonance which leaves traces...
  • Soraya Cipolla is originally from Catania, a town in Sicily. She earned her Bachelor’s in Italian Literature and Linguistics at University of Catania. Then she completed her Master’s in Linguistics and Communications at the University of Siena, in Tuscany. She is a graduate student in the French...
  • Arkaitz Ibarretxe Diego is a PhD candidate in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures at the University of Illinois and is originally from Bilbao, Spain. He is a graduate student in the Spanish and Portuguese Department, where he earned an MA in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures in 2017. His research...
  • As a PhD student in linguistic and sociocultural anthropology, I follow the efforts of West African dance artists to develop sustainable careers in the region, with a focus on Burkina Faso. Specifically, I inquire into how women are resignifying contemporary dance performances to make new economic...
  • Hyeree Ellis (she/her) is a PhD student in the Department of English, specializing in Old and Middle English literature. She received her MA in English from UIUC, and her BAs in Sociology and English Literature from DePauw University. Driven by her curiosities with early global connections, Hyeree...
  • Austin (he/they) is a Ph.D. student in sociocultural anthropology. His work focuses on human-animal and human-canid relations, and how racial and colonial logics are articulated through them. His dissertation examines the political ecology between humans, the state, wolves and wolfdog crosses or “...
  • I am a PhD candidate in English at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. My project explores how South Asian literature represents the capitalist exploitation of the environment and the environmental subaltern of the South in the interest of the global North and the Third World elite, and...
  • Patrick Kimutis is a Unit-affiliated graduate student and a Ph.D. candidate in the department of English. Patrick’s dissertation project explores the political and ethical dimensions of anti-fascism and anti-authoritarianism in experimental fiction in the wake of the Second World War. It argues...
  • Sabrina Lee is a PhD candidate in the Department of English. Her research interests include global modernism, critical theory, and ethnic studies. Her dissertation, tentatively titled “Otherworldly Modernism: Magic, Mediums, and Coloniality,” examines how North Atlantic modernist authors and...
  • Lilah Leopold is a PhD candidate in art history. Her research interests include how contemporary art practices reimagine the land that supports shared agricultural heritage. The working title of her dissertation is “Countering Apocalypses Then, Now, and Tomorrow: Land Use, Resource Extraction, and...
  • Ian is a PhD student in musicology whose work on acousmatic sound (sound without a source or cause), and the set of phenomena known as the worldwide Hum, quixotically attempts to develop an anti-disciplinary methodology capable of granting music, a historically and culturally meaningful aesthetic...
  • Brian O’Neill’s research explores the relations of society to nature, using theories and methods from environmental sociology and political ecology. The bulk of his attention has recently been devoted to the market for desalination (turning the ocean into drinking water). He often uses water as a...
  • Hi!  My name is Isabella, and I am a Ph.D. student in the department of Political Science.  My major subfield is American Politics, and my minor subfield is Political Theory.  I am interested in the different ways that partisans think and communicate, which involves delving into political...
  • Nubras Samayeen is a Ph.D. candidate in the joint program of Landscape and Architecture. Her research focuses on the American architect Louis Kahn’s design. It probes the instrumentality of Western colonialism and modernism in homogenizing different worlds of distinctive tradition and culture...
  • I’m Lettycia Terrones, an unlikely PhD student in Information Sciences and Latina/o Studies at Illinois. My project studies the confluence of pedagogical, aesthetic, and institutional investments that intersect at the site of Chicanx children’s literature and its use in children’s story hours in U....
  • Robin is a PhD student in the Department of French & Italian working towards a degree in French Linguistics with a focus in Romance Linguistics. Her dissertation project takes an interdisciplinary approach to studying discourses of marginalization and minoritization in Québec (1959-1980). For...
  • Michael Uhall is a recent Ph.D. graduate from the Political Science Department, where he studied with Samantha Frost and others. His research addresses a range of topics in political theory...