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New Faculty


Michael Alexander

Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Ph.D., 1999, Yale University

Professor Alexander comes to Riverside from the faculty of Temple

University, where he served as director of the Feinstein Center for

American Jewish History. He is the author of Jazz Age Jews, which

was awarded the National Jewish Book Award in 2002. He writes

about modern Jewish history and is currently working on a book

about Jews and state power.

Heidi Brevik-Zender Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages Ph.D., 2006, Brown University Professor Brevik-Zender’s research interests are in French literature and culture of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with an emphasis on the study of sartorial fashion, gender, aesthetics and issues of modernity. Her recent publications include works on literary and pictorial representations of fashion at the Belle Époque racetrack and on the relationships between garments, furniture, and interior design in the fin-de-siècle texts of the decadent novelist Rachilde. Her current book project is a study of nineteenth-century modernity and the ways in which French and other European authors, artists, and journalists constructed, understood, embraced and critiqued the notion of the modern through the lens of fashion.

Rogerio Budasz Associate Professor of Music Ph.D., 2001, University of Southern California Professor Budasz’s research interests focus on early and traditional Brazilian music and its connections with the music of the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America, and West Africa. In addition to that, he has also studied and taught lute and early plucked string instruments and Brazilian traditional music. His most recent publications include two books on Afro-Iberian guitar music and Music Theater in Colonial Brazil, as well as articles in Music & Letters, Early Music, and Studi Musicali.

Maudemarie Clark (TBA) Professor of Philosophy Ph.D., 1976, University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Clark joins UCR from Colgate University where she served as George Carleton Jr. Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Philosophy. Specializing in 19th century German philosophy, her main focus has been on the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. Among her many publications on Nietzsche are Nietzsche on Truth and Philosophy and a co-translation, with Alan Swensen, of Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morality. She is currently finishing a co-authored book entitled Nietzsche’s Magnificent Tension of the Spirit, on Nietzsche’s philosophical psychology and why he writes the way he does.

Adriana Craciun Profes

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Professor Craciun comes to Riverside from Birkbeck, University of London, where she was Reader in Literature and Theory. She has published extensively on Romantic-era literature (including Fatal Women of Romanticism and British Women Writers and the French Revolution: Citizens of the World). She is currently writing a new book (titled “Northwest Passages”) on multidisciplinary texts written about and in the Arctic, and how the circulation, suppression, and production of these diverse texts and cultural artifacts helped shape Arctic exploration, from the 17th through the 19th centuries.

Mike Davis Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing M.A., 1980, University of California, Los Angeles A MacArthur Fellow, Professor Davis is the author of several controversial polemics about Los Angeles in crisis: City of Quartz and The Ecology of Fear. More recently, his research has explored the history of famine and empire (Late Victorian Holocausts), the Latinization of large US cities (Magical Urbanism), urban vulnerability (Dead Cities, The Monster at Our Door, and Buddah’s Wagon), and the future of poor cities (Planet of Slums). He’s currently working on a book about the suburban badlands of Southern California.

Jonathan Eacott Assistant Professor of History Ph.D., 2008, University of Michigan Professor Eacott’s research interests focus on the British and their empire from the eighteenth century to the present. Eacott’s research has taken him to three continents, and has been supported by the Library Company of Philadelphia, Winterthur Museum, North American Conference on British Studies, American Historical Association, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Eacott is revising his first book manuscript for publication with the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.

Derick FayAssistant Professor of AnthropologyPh.D., 2003, Boston University

Professor Fay’s research, based in South Africa, focuses on the relationships between the end of apartheid and post-apartheid transformations and rural Xhosa peoples’ access to land and natural resources. Some of his topical interests are resettlement, land tenure, community relations with protected areas, and ethnoecology.

He is the co-editor of two books: The Rights and Wrongs of Land Restitution: ‘Restoring What Was Ours’ (2008), with Deborah James, and From Conflict to Negotiation: Nature-Based Development on South Africa’s Wild Coast (2003), with Robin Palmer and Herman Timmermans.

Jana Grittersova Acting Assistant Professor of Political Science Ph.D., expected from Cornell University 2009 Ms. Grittersova’s research agenda has focused on the political economy of international finance, exchange rates and financial crises, central banking, institutions and development, globalization, European integration, and transition economies. In her dissertation, “Taming Financiers: The Political Economy of Exchange Rate Policy in Transition Economies,” she examines how financiers influence the decisions of governments with regards to exchange rate, monetary, and regulatory policies in Central and Eastern Europe. In her future research projects, she intends to examine the role of sovereign wealth funds in the international financial system and explore how and why economic policies diffuse internationally.

Katja Guenther Assistant Professor of Sociology Ph.D., 2006, University of Minnesota Professor Guenther’s research interests include gender and other social inequalities, qualitative epistemologies, and political sociology, especially social movements and the welfare state. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where her dissertation was recognized with a Best Dissertation Award. Her current research project examines the development of local feminist movements in eastern Germany since the collapse of state socialism in 1989.

Richard Hebdige Distinguished Professor of Media and Cultural Studies M.A., 1972, University of Birmingham Professor Hebdige’s career in academia is complemented by his career as a writer and critic. He has written extensively on contemporary art, design, music, the media, and critical theory.

A cultural critic and theorist, Professor Hebdige has published widely on youth subculture, contemporary music, art and design,

and consumer and media culture. His books include: Subculture:

The Meaning of Style; Cut ‘n’ Mix: Culture, Identity and Caribbean Music; and Hiding in the Light: On Images and Things. Current research interests center on the integration of interdisciplinary research orientations and media and arts practice into critical work and pedagogy on contemporary cultural issues.

Claire Hoffman Assistant Professor of Creative Writing M.S., 2004, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism M.A., 2005, University of Chicago Divinity School Professor Hoffman is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, where she writes national features for the magazine. She has spent the last two years as a contributor to Condé Nast Portfolio, covering the West Coast. Before transitioning to magazine writing, Hoffman spent two years covering the business of Hollywood and the adult entertainment industry for the Los Angeles Times. This year she also wrote a daily online column for the washingtonpost.com on religious issues in the news. Before coming to California, Hoffman worked for the New York Times, where she contributed reporting to a Pulitzer-prize winning series that investigated fraud and death by the American freight railroads.

Indridi Indridason Assistant Professor of Political Science Ph.D., 2001, University of Rochester Professor Indridason’s research is in the areas of comparative political institutions and applied game theory with focus on electoral systems, electoral behavior, coalition formation, and cabinet management strategies. His current research considers how the presence of extremist parties influences the policy platforms adopted by major parties and how the effect is conditioned on the type of electoral system. His recent work has been published in journals such as Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Peace Research.

Agnieszka JaworskaAssociate Professor of PhilosophyPh.D., 1997, Harvard University

Professor Jaworska comes to UCR from Stanford University, where she taught courses on Ethical Theory, Moral Psychology, and Medical Ethics, and was part of the Program in Ethics in Society.

Her current project, entitled “Ethical Dilemmas at the Margins of Agency,” concerns the ethics of treatment of individuals whose status as persons is thought to be compromised or uncertain, such as Alzheimer’s patients, addicts, psychopaths, and young children.

It is part of a larger project on the nature of value and the moral psychology of valuing. Professor Jaworska’s recent research has been published in journals including Philosophy and Public Affairs, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, and Ethics.

Kelly Yoojeong Jeong Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages Ph. D., 2003, University of California, Los Angeles Professor Jeong joins UCR after five years at John Jay College, The City University of New York where she was an Assistant Professor in the department of English. Professor Jeong’s research interests include modern and contemporary Korean literature, culture, and cinema. She is completing a book entitled “Modernity Arrives Again: Crisis of Gender, Masculinity, Nationhood in Modern Korean Literature and Cinema,” which is being published with the Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. She has published articles in The Journal of Korean Studies, Hanguk Munhak Yongu (Study of Korean Literature), and ACTA Koreana.

Tabassum Khan Acting Assistant Professor of Media and Cultural Studies Ph.D. expected from Ohio University, Athens 2008 Tabassum “Ruhi” Khan’s research focus is media, minority populations, identity. Her research focuses on minority Muslim youth populations from a segregated Muslim enclave in New Delhi, India. The ethnographic media reception study investigates the relationship of Muslim youth with global media narratives within the context of liberalization and globalization of Indian economy. Her research interests include postcolonial scholarship, construction of minority identities, global media flows, and relationship between media and democracy. She has been a consultant to the Public Broadcasting Corporation of India, The Times of India, English Daily, and the World Bank.

Jeanette Kohl Assisant Professor of Art History Ph.D., 2001, University of Trier, Germany Since 2006, Professor Kohl has been head of the international academic network The Power of Faces: The Bust, the Head, and the Body in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Her research focuses on image concepts and strategies of representation in the Italian Renaissance with a particular interest in sculpted portraiture.

She is the author of a book on Bartolomeo Colleoni’s burial chapel, Fama und Virtus, and co-editor of Re-Visionen. Zur Aktualität von Kunstgeschichte and Kopf/Bild Die Büste in Mittelalter und Früher Neuzeit. She is presently writing a book on Italian fifteenth century bust portraits.

Rob Latham Associate Professor of English Ph.D., 1995, Stanford University A senior editor of the journal Science Fiction Studies since 1997, Professor Latham is a member of the editorial boards of The Journal of Science Fiction Film and Television and The Journal of the

Fantastic in the Arts as well. He is the author of Consuming Youth:

Vampires, Cyborgs, and the Culture of Consumption, a study of postwar consumer youth culture and its relationship to technological systems and discourses. He is currently completing a book on “New Wave” science fiction of the 1960s and ‘70s, focusing on its connections to counterculture movements and debates of the period, as well as co-editing a teaching anthology on science fiction for use in college classrooms.

Brandon Lattu Assistant Professor of Art M.F.A., 1998, University of California, Los Angeles Professor Lattu is an artist living in Los Angeles who makes work in various media dealing with issues of representation. Working primarily with the tools of photography and digital imaging, Lattu’s work strives to allow implicit characteristics of the subject chosen to determine the methodology of its representation. This results in works that frequently question the assumptions that accompany the dominant modes of modernist representation: photography, cinema, painting, and the readymade. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at Leo Koenig, Inc., New York, and Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver. He was the subject of a survey exhibition held at the Kunstverein at Bielefeld, Germany in October of 2007.

Perry Link Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages Chancellorial Chair for Innovation in Teaching Across Disciplines Ph.D., 1976, Harvard University Professor Link has published in the fields of modern Chinese language, literature, popular culture, intellectual history, art and politics. His current research is on rhythm, metaphor, and politics in contemporary Chinese language. His recent books are The Uses of Literature: Life in the Socialist Chinese Literary System; Two Kinds of Truth: Stories and Reportage from China; and Chinese Primer, an elementary Chinese textbook.

Benjamin M. LiuAssociate Professor of Hispanic StudiesPh.D., 1996, Harvard University

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