MemberKerim Yasar

I teach modern Japanese literature and film at the University of Southern California. I was previously Assistant Professor of Japanese at The Ohio State University and had visiting appointments at Boston University and the University of Notre Dame. I was the East Asian Studies-Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at Princeton University between 2009-12.

MemberPatricia Taylor

​Beginning Fall 2019, I will be a Lecturer in the Writing Program at the University of Southern California. From 2016-2019, I was an Assistant Professor of English at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, IA, where I taught a mix of British literature and composition. From 2013-2016, I was a Marion L. Brittain Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. I attended graduate school at the University of Connecticut, where I specialized in early modern religious literature. I’m currently working on a book project, Writing with the Word: Imitation of Christ and Collaborative Authorship in Early Modern England.

MemberHenry Colburn

My research focuses on the art and archaeology of ancient Iran, and on the regions of the Near East, Eastern Mediterranean, and Central Asia that interacted with Iran prior to the advent of Islam. I am especially interested in reconstructing the social, cultural, political and even economic environments in which objects were created. I am also interested in how our modern knowledge of the ancient world was created, since this affects how we interpret objects and the conclusions we draw about the people who made them. I have held fellowships at the Harvard Art Museums and the Getty Research Institute, and teaching positions at the University of California, Irvine and the University of Southern California. I am now the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow in Ancient Near Eastern Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

MemberHeidi Hong

…University Of Southern California…

Heidi Hong is a Ph.D. candidate and Provost Fellow in the department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Her dissertation, tentatively titled A Contaminated Transpacific: Ecological Entanglements in the Afterlives of Empire, tracks ecological collapse as the material legacy of multiple forms of empire, militarism, and global capitalism in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Engaging cultural texts encompassing postcolonial literature, visual art, and film, her research and teaching is situated at the nexus of Transpacific studies, the environmental humanities, and gender and sexuality studies. Her writing has also been published in the Los Angeles Review of Books and Pacific Standard, and is forthcoming in the Asian American Literary Review

MemberMark C. Marino

Mark C. Marino is a writer and scholar of digital literature living in Los Angeles. He is  the Director of Communication of the Electronic Literature Organization ( His works include “Living Will,” “a show of hands,” and  “Marginalia in the Library of Babel.” He was one of ten co-authors of 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 ( (MIT 2013) and was a collaborator with Jessica  Pressman and Jeremy Douglass on Reading Project: A Collaborative Analysis of William Poundstone’s Project for Tachistoscope {Bottomless Pit} (Iowa Press 2015). Mark is currently working with his two children on a series of interactive children’s stories  entitled Mrs. Wobbles and the Tangerine House. He is an Associate Professor (Teaching) at the University of Southern California where he directs the Humanities and Critical Code Studies (HaCCS) Lab ( His complete portfolio is here:

MemberRebecca Ruth Gould

I am the author of Writers and Rebels: The Literature of Insurgency in the Caucasus (Yale University Press, 2016), which was awarded the University of Southern California Book Prize in Literary and Cultural Studies and the best book award by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies, and the translator of After Tomorrow the Days Disappear: Ghazals and Other Poems Hasan Sijzi of Delhi (Northwestern University Press, 2016), and The Prose of the Mountains: Tales of the Caucasus (Central European University Press, 2015). My articles have received awards ranging from the International Society for Intellectual History’s Charles Schmitt Prize to the Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages Association’s Florence Howe Award for Feminist Scholarship. From 2018-2023, I am PI for the ERC-funded project, “Global Literary Theory: Caucasus Literatures Compared.”  I have taught at Yale-NUS College, the University of Bristol, and am currently Professor, Islamic World and Comparative Literatures, at the University of Birmingham.

MemberGenevieve Yue

Genevieve Yue is Assistant Professor of Culture and Media at Eugene Lang College, The New School. She is the current holder of the Eugene M. Lang Professorship for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring. In 2012 she received her Ph.D. in the Critical Studies program at the School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, and held a postdoctoral fellowship at Macalester College from 2010-2012. In spring 2016, she was a Humanities Center fellow at the University of Rochester. She is a co-editor of Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, and her essays and criticism have appeared in October, Grey Room, Social Text, The Times Literary Supplement, Cinema Scope,, Art-Agenda, Reverse Shot, Film Comment, and Film Quarterly. She is an independent programmer of experimental films and documentary, and co-programmed, with Chris Stults, the fall 2016 Flaherty NYC series “Wild Sounds” at Anthology Film Archives. Her current projects include two books: the first is China Girls: Film, Feminism, and the Material Image, about gender and filmic materiality, and the second is a cultural and technical history of the blurred image.

MemberAli Rachel Pearl

Ali Rachel Pearl is a PhD candidate in the Department of English (with a certificate in the Media Arts + Practice program) at the University of Southern California. She is a writer, scholar, and teacher whose work lives at the intersections of race, gender, and digital culture. Her scholarship, prose, book reviews, photos, digital experiments, and other works appear in Hyperrhiz, Hobart, Redivider, DIAGRAM, The New York Timesand elsewhere. Most of the year, she lives and teaches in Los Angeles. Ali writes about archives, surveillance, ephemerality, street art, performance art, and electronic literature. She is concerned with the ways in which traditional memory institutions perpetuate racism, sexism, and exclusion, and explores alternative archives and methodological approaches to documenting art, particularly ephemeral art that resists the archival impulse. She is also working on a project about how ideologies structure digital technology and how communities, bodies/identities, protests, and physical spaces are replicated online.  Ali’s other work is interested in themes of queerness, love, capitalism, family, re-writing history, and the deserts of the American Southwest. She can’t seem to figure out a way to differentiate between her academic bio and her creative writing/artist bio but she doesn’t believe in those kinds of distinctions anyway.