14 ARHU students awarded Summer Research Fellowships for 2011 from the UMD Graduate School.
Ishii is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Department of American Studies. He originally hails from California. He received his B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Irvine. His research interests include comparative ethnic studies, affect theory, media studies, and popular culture studies. He received the Graduate School Summer Research Award for Summer 2011, in part, to write his dissertation prospectus and to begin conducting archival research. His dissertation investigates the political interventions of Asian/Pacific American and U.S. Latina/o middlebrow cultural productions. He teaches regularly with the Department of American Studies, and just completed serving as one of the 2010-2011 Honors Humanities Program Graduate Teaching Fellows. In his spare time, he enjoys attending conferences, volunteering time with campus organizations, and editing the department newsletter.