Who We Are

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Ulka Anjaria
Director, Mandel Center for the Humanities
Professor, English Department
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Ulka Anjaria is Professor of English and affiliated with the programs in South Asian Studies, and Film, Television and Interactive Media at Brandeis University. She is the author of three books, Realism in the Twentieth-Century Indian Novel: Colonial Difference and Literary Form (2012), Reading India Now: Contemporary Formations in Literature and Popular Culture (2019) and Understanding Bollywood: The Grammar of Hindi Cinema (2021). She is also the editor of A History of the Indian Novel in English (2015) and has published on Indian and Pakistani literature and film in a variety of scholarly and public-facing venues.
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Mangok Bol
Program Administrator
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Mangok Bol was born in South Sudan and has been a staff at Brandeis university since January 2008. Mangok came to the United States in 2001 through the Lost boys/girls from Sudan program. He has a BS in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire (2006) and MS in Finance from Brandeis International Business School (2013). He has been a program Administrator for the Mandel Center for the Humanities since 2010 and an Academic Administrator for the Latin American, Caribbean and Latinx Studies (LACLS) since summer 2020. He was previously a long time program Administrator for the Program in International and Global Studies (IGS), 2008-2020.
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Bailey Ludwig
Program Assistant
Bailey Ludwig is a PhD student in the English department with a focus on medieval romance and manuscripts, specifically Arthurian and Crusade romances.
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Tamar Aizenberg
Communications Specialist
Tamar Aizenberg is a PhD student in the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies department. Her research focuses on Holocaust memory and in particular, the grandchildren of Holocaust survivors.
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Miranda Peery
Digital Media Manager
Miranda Peery is a PhD student in the English department who specializes in early modern literature with a special interest in the tension between magic, witchcraft and religion.

Meet Our Steering Committee

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Pu Wang (pwang@brandeis.edu) is an Associate Professor of Chinese, specializing in modern Chinese culture and comparative literature. He is also a poet writing in Chinese.

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Gowri Vijayakumar (gowri@brandeis.edu) is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, affiliated with the South Asian Studies Program at Brandeis. She is the author of At Risk: Indian Sexual Politics and the Global AIDS Crisis, published by Stanford University Press in 2021.

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Jerónimo Arellano (jarellan@brandeis.edu) is an Associate Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture at Brandeis. He’s the author of Magical Realism and the History of the Emotions in Latin America (Bucknell UP, 2015) and the editor of a special issue of Revista de Estudios Hispánicos on comparative media studies.

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Brandon Callender (bcallender@brandeis.edu) is an Assistant Professor of English at Brandeis University where he specializes in black queer literatures and horror studies. He received his doctorate from U.C. Berkeley in the spring of 2020, and is currently working on his book manuscript, The Charge of the Other in Black Gay Men’s Literatures.

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Carina Ray (cer15@brandeis.edu) is an Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and Director of Faculty Mentoring for the School of Arts and Sciences. A scholar of race and sexuality, comparative colonialisms and nationalisms, print cultures, and bodily aesthetics, Ray’s research focuses on Ghana and its diasporas.

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David Sherman (dsherman@brandeis.edu), faculty in English at Brandeis University, writes and teaches about global modernism, elegy and the politics of commemoration, public sphere theory, comedy, literature in the criminal justice system, and literature and philosophy.