Maile Aihua Young

Maile is a PhD student in the English department who focuses on Asian American literature, transpacific cultures, and the medical humanities. Before attending UCSB, they studied disease and social stigma while working with community health organizations.

Bishnupriya Ghosh

Bishnupriya Ghosh teaches global media studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. While publishing on literary, cinematic, and visual cultures in boundary 2Public CultureScreen, and Representations, her first two books, When Borne Across: Literary Cosmopolitics in the Contemporary Indian Novel (Rutgers UP, 2004) and Global Icons: Apertures to the Popular (Duke UP, 2011) were devoted to the cultures of globalization. In the last decade, Ghosh turned to analyzing media, risk, and globalization: in The Routledge Companion to Media and Risk (Routledge 2020) and a new monograph on viral emergence, The Virus Touch: Theorizing Epidemic Media (in progress).

Surojit Kayal

Surojit is a PhD student in the English department studying environmental humanities, science and technology studies, and critical theory. He has been a research assistant for the Mellon funded digital humanities project What Everyone Says (WE1S) and currently works as a graduate fellow at the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies.

Pujita Guha

Pujita is a PhD student in the Film and Media Studies department who researches environmental media, plant and bio-communication, and Asian media history. She is the co-founder and director of The Forest Curriculum (FC), a collective research and arts practice forum.