Graduate Advisory Board

Tom Brinkerhoff

Tom Brinkerhoff is a Ph.D. student in the history department studying modern Argentina. His research examines the role of children in state knowledge production regarding the economic and gender comportment of working class adults in Peronist Argentina, 1946-1955. His research aims to contribute to the history of children, nuclear families, the body, and political regimes and their attempts to disseminate knowledge in the twentieth-century world.

Kyndall Clark

Kyndall Clark is a Master of Liberal Arts student studying gender and community development. Her research interests revolve around black girlhood, multiculturalism versus feminism, and women and politics. She holds a research assistantship with the School District of Philadelphia and interns in the Office of Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown. Outside of work and class, she enjoys volunteering for progressive women on the campaign trail, traveling, and collecting cookbooks.

Rosemary Clark
Rosemary Clark is a Ph.D. student at the Annenberg School for Communication. Her research traces how feminists in the United States have used traditional and digital media as sites of resistance across the movement's history, with a special focus on feminism in Philadelphia, her home city. Clark's work pairs traditional and new media studies with feminist and social movement theories and employs a range of methodologies, including textual and content analysis, discourse analysis, and ethnography. Clark graduated from Ursinus College in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in Media and Communication Studies and English.

Julia Cox

Julia Cox is doctoral student in the University of Pennsylvania English Department. Her research interests include twentieth-century American literature, gender studies, popular culture, and new media. Her work has been published in Popular Critic and Atlanta Black Star. She has a B.A. in English and Journalism from Emory University and an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Alicia Lochard

Alicia Jade Lochard is a second year doctoral student and William Fontaine fellow in the department of Africana Studies. She received her B.A., magna cum laude, in Cinema and Media Studies from Simmons College in Boston, MA. Her research interests draw from creative archives and scholarship on Black poetics and cinema, urban studies, migration, queer and feminist history to explore affective implications of precarity and anti-Black violence in North America and the Caribbean.

Sara Mourad

Sara Mourad is a doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication. Prior to joining Annenberg, Sara received her B.A in Political Studies with an emphasis in International Relations from the American University of Beirut. Her current research focuses on the politics of sexuality in the Arab world, particularly how discourses of sexual morality are deployed locally and transnationally to police and destabilize national boundaries and identities. More broadly, Sara is interested in combining transnational sexuality studies and global communication theories to interrogate questions of modernity, cultural production, and citizenship.

Andres Castro Samayoa

Andrés Castro Samayoa is a Ph.D. student in Higher Education at the Graduate School of Education. Andrés has a background in queer methodologies, particularly historiographical research focused on narratives of sexual identities. His current research interests focus on the history of institutionalization of LGBTQ resource centers in US colleges. Andrés was a Gates Cambridge Scholar at the University of Cambridge where he completed an M.Phil. in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies. Formerly, he worked as a Fellow for Student Life and Director of First-Year Community and Diversity Programming at Harvard University where he also received a B.A. in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality.

Alexandra Sastre

Alexandra Sastre is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication. Her research involves examining the body as a critical communicative tool, looking specifically at the performance of race, gender and sexuality in digital media spaces and in realty television. Her work has been published in the journals Feminist Media Studies, Communication Culture and Critique, Celebrity Studies, and Visual Communication Quarterly. She has a B.A. in Art History from Swarthmore College and an M.A. in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mary Zaborskis

Mary Zaborskis is an English PhD candidate and Franklin/Fontaine Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. She works at the intersections of queer, indigenous, and childhood studies in late nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature. Her dissertation examines the management of childhood sexuality in boarding schools established for marginalized populations beginning in the late-nineteenth century. Mary is a 2015 recipient of the Phyllis Rackin Graduate Fellowship for Feminist Scholarship in the Humanities. Her work has appeared in WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly ("Child" Spring 2015) and Journal of Homosexuality (forthcoming). Mary has contributed reviews to Public Books and Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory.

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Sarah Abboud

Sarah Abboud is a third year doctoral student and a member of the Centers for Global Women’s Health and Health Equity Research at the School of Nursing. Sarah’s doctoral study aims at understanding the meaning of virginity, virginity loss, and virginity restoration from the perspectives of Arab women and how virginity frames sexuality and sexual health in this population. Prior to joining Penn, Sarah completed her BS and MS in Nursing at the American University of Beirut and she worked as a clinical nurse in Lebanon and Kuwait. Sarah is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Xi Chapter, the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, and was the co-chair of the Penn Nursing Doctoral Student Organization. She is the recipient of the Leboy-Davies Fellowship awarded by the Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies program at Penn. She also received research awards from the Office of Nursing Research at Penn as well as the Sigma Theta Tau International Xi Chapter.

Iggy Cortez

Iggy Cortez is a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania where he specializes in Cinema Studies and Contemporary Art. Previously, he earned an MA with Distinction from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London and a BA with Honors in the History of Art from Columbia University. Earlier this year, he curated Itinerant Belongings with Charlotte Ickes, a multisite exhibition and series of events featuring the work of Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Yael Bartana, William Pope.L and Krzysztof Wodiczko among others. His dissertation project focuses on the aesthetic, political and ethical implications of nighttime filmmaking across a range of cinematic media.

Ehriel Fannin

Ehriel F. Fannin is a doctoral candidate at the School of Nursing. Her background in women’s health and pediatric nursing inform her research interests in sexual and reproductive decision making. Ehriel uses an interdisciplinary framework including theories of gender and power, Intersectionality, and behavioral economics to explore sexual health disparities among women. Her dissertation work examines the influence of socioeconomic and emotional security on young adult women’s sexual decision making and subsequent risk for sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy.

Matthew Goldmark

Matthew Goldmark is currently completing his dissertation, “Bad Examples: The Troubled Future of Kinship in Colonial Spanish America.” This project collates and analyzes a repertoire of kinship paradigms in conquest narratives, literary texts, and archival documents that colonial administrators and subaltern subjects articulated to revise the New World’s social pasts and imagine future political possibility in the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spanish Americas. More broadly his research and teaching interests include Spanish American colonial literature and cultural studies, U.S. Latina/o studies, Indigenous studies, gender and sexuality studies, histories of empire and diaspora, and visual culture. He currently holds a fellowship from the McNeil Center for Early American Studies and his research is forthcoming in GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. He was the Graduate Associate for the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies program at Penn from 2012-2013. 

Joan Lubin

Joan Lubin is a Ph.D. student in English. Her research interests include queer and feminist theory, twentieth century American literature and culture, genre fiction, the history of criticism, and theory of the novel. She is a coordinator of the English Department's Gender & Sexuality Studies Reading Group for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Yoel Roth

Yoel Roth is a doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication. He studies technology, sexuality, and bears (The gay men, not the forest creatures). In particular, he’s interested in the construction and mediation of queer masculinity and communities of men, both historically and through digital media. Lately, he’s been working on issues of surveillance and the policing of images of the gay body in social media.

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