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John "Jody" Blanco

Comparative Literature/Cultural Studies

Jody Blanco researches early to late modern Philippine and Latin American literature and culture. His book Frontier Constitutions: Christianity, Race, and Colonial Empire in the Nineteenth Century Philippines was published in 2009 (UC Press). His current projects include an exploration of the philosophical and theological discourses of economy, the market, and globalization in 17th century New Spain and the Philippines; and a comparative study of imagining Asia in 20th century Latin American and Philippine art and literature.

Blanco’s current research project aims to rewrite the cultural history of early modern globalization from the perspective of capitalism’s underside: the role of the Church in articulating and elaborating a Christian empire that remained hostile to the rise of the post-1648 interstate (Eurocentric) system and the world market economy, despite the fact that Spain’s global empire in many ways paved the way for both. There are three underlying ideas that propel such a revision: the idea of a global Catholic economy; the idea (borrowed from Marx’s terminology) of formal subsumption to the historical development of the world market; and the imagination of the Orient as such, what Edward Said called “the Orientalization of the Orient,” which only materializes fully with the constitution of an idea of modern Europe.

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Mary Blair-Loy


Mary Blair-Loy (Sociology, UC San Diego) uses multiple methods to study gender, work, and family among professionals. She analyzes how cultural schemas help shape workplace and family structures, frame certain decisions as morally and emotionally compelling, and reinforce gender inequality. In addition to her academic research, she will (as of Sept. 1, 2014) serve as Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Diversity and Equity at UC San Diego.

In her research on high-level STEM academics, she studies the interactions and cultures that allow inequality to be reproduced, in spite of professional commitments to fairness, objectivity, and meritocracy.

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Craig Callender


Craig Callender is Professor and Chair of Philosophy. He is a philosopher of science who works primarily in the philosophical foundations of physics. Lately he has been especially interested in questions about the nature and perception of time.

My project is to reconcile ‘manifest time’ – the model of time we use as we navigate through life – with ‘physical time’ – the time of physics. I believe that new work in physics, cognitive science, biology and philosophy can help us explain why time seems to have many of the attributes that physics says it doesn’t have.

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Kirstie Dorr

Ethnic Studies

Dr. Kirstie Dorr is an Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies and an affiliate of the Critical Gender Studies and Latin American Studies programs. Her current book project, On Site in Sound: Performance Geographies in América Latina (Duke University Press, forthcoming) examines the hemispheric circulation of Black, Indigenous and Mestizo expressive cultures to consider the dynamic relationship between social texts and spatial contexts. A scholar committed to coalitional politics and interdisciplinary inquiry, her research and teaching interests include transnational ethnic and American studies, cultural studies, critical gender and sexuality studies, and political geography. Professor Dorr’s work has appeared in scholarly periodicals including Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Journal of Popular Music Studies, and Aztlán.

Hasan Kayali


Hasan Kayali hails from Istanbul, Turkey, was educated at Harvard University, and taught briefly at MIT before joining UCSD’s Department of History. His field of expertise is modern Middle East, especially late Ottoman history. He has worked on the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire and Middle Eastern transitions from empire to nation-states.

His current project is on the end of World War I in the Middle East, and the negotiation of local, regional, and international contingencies that presented themselves during the immediate postwar years in the northern tier of the Ottoman Middle East (Anatolia and Fertile Crescent). His manuscript in progress titled The Making of Collective Identities in post-World War I Middle East (1918-1923) interrogates nation-state-centric historiographies, the certainties of which obscure the political and ideological fluidity during this period of the Middle East’s history.

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Daphne Taylor-Garcia

Ethnic Studies

Daphne Taylor-Garcia is an Assistant Professor in the Ethnic Studies Department at UCSD. She received her PhD from the Ethnic Studies Department at UC Berkeley, and is currently completing her book manuscript tentatively titled, Imagined Continents: Racialized Sexuality, Colonialism, and Print Capital.

Professor Taylor-Garcia’s research emphasizes the material, social and epistemic conditions produced by the colonization of the Americas, the entrenchment of the Atlantic slave trade, and the new terms in which knowledge was produced and disseminated: the mechanically reproduced book. Her manuscript is based on archival research, semiotic readings of images, and discourse analysis. In the book manuscript she is currently completing, she examines the possibilities and limits facilitated by the new book market through key texts produced in the early colonial period for their role in the constitution of “the myth of continents.”

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Daniel Vitkus


Daniel Vitkus earned his Master’s Degree in English Language and Literature at Oxford University and his English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He is the author of Turning Turk: English Theater and the Multicultural Mediterranean, 1570-1630 and the editor of Three Turk Plays from Early Modern England and Piracy, Slavery, and Redemption: Barbary Captivity Narratives from Early Modern England. He has published widely on English Renaissance literature, travel writing, Islamic culture and its representation in the West, and on the origins of capitalism.

He will be completing a book titled England, Islam, and Early Modernity: A Cross-Cultural History: it is a study of Anglo-Muslim exchange during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries within a developing global network of trade, travel and diplomacy. Its analysis of long-distance cultural exchange will contribute to our understanding of the origins of globalization, and it will shed light on the establishment of conventional images and misperceptions that continue to define relations between the West and the Islamic world today.