Graduate Board

Athena Tan

Department of Film and Media Studies

Athena Tan is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Film and Media Studies at UCSB. Her research centers on globalization, space, materiality, and mobility in cinema. She holds a B.A. in Growth and Structure of Cities from Bryn Mawr College.

Dan Reynolds

Department of Film and Media Studies

Daniel Reynolds is from Portland, Oregon. He received a BA in Linguistics from the University of Oregon in 2001 and an MFA in Film Studies from Boston University in 2004. In the two years before he came to UCSB, he was a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. Dan is interested in film and video game aesthetics and issues relating to consciousness and cognition.

Marthine Satris

Department of English

Marthine Satris is a PhD candidate in the English Department. She received her M.A. from University College Dublin in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama in 2005. Her dissertation, tentatively titled “Rooted Poetry, Cosmopolitan Poetics: Late Modernist Poets in a European Ireland,” focuses on Irish poets who are formally innovative and whose work challenges the dominance of the lyric as the only form of Irish poetry. This dissertation emphasizes the connection of the poets’ innovative treatment of the material form of poetry to their desire to reconstitute our engagement with our physical and cultural worlds

Rahul Mukherjee

Department of Film and Media Studies

A third year PhD student in Film and Media Studies, Rahul’s research interests include alternative media, New Social Movements, and political documentaries. He is drawn to thinking about cognitive justice and science wars through the spectacles and surfaces of critical/cultural theory and media theory. He received his B.Tech. in Information and Communication Technology from DA-IICT, India and has a Masters in Communication Studies from SCS, Bowling Green State University.

Angela E. Holzmeister

Department of Classics

Angela is a 3rd year PhD Student in the Department of Classics. She holds degrees in Classics and German from the University of Kansas and the University of Toronto. Her current research focuses on the ancient Greek and Roman novels, ekphrasis, and critical theory (especially Bakhtin).

Kelly Kawar

Department of English

Kelly Kawar’s research centers on theories of life, biopolitics, and American literature. She received her M.A. in English literature at Loyola Marymount University.

Meredith Heller

Department of Theatre and Dance

Meredith is a third year doctoral candidate in UCSB’s department of Theatre and Dance, with an emphasis in Feminist Studies. She received her MA in Theatre Studies from California State University, Sacramento in 2006. Her dissertation examines American gender-bending, cross-casting and drag performances; additional research interests include queer and transgender studies.

Judith Paltin

Department of English

Judith Paltin is a Ph.D. candidate in English at UCSB. Her dissertation, titled Crowded Margins: Modernist Performances of the Agile Crowd and Multitude, traces crowds, politics, communities and populisms through works of Joyce, Conrad, Barnes and other modernist novelists. She is active in campus research groups studying modern literature (COMMA), lit. and mind, and lit. and music.

Amber Workman

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Amber Workman is a PhD candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.She is interested in Latin American creative journalism known as “crónica” as well as Mexican urban writing and literature of the Mexican Revolution.