Department of Ethnic Studies - College of Letters and Science - University of California, Berkeley

People / Graduate Students


Maria Faini

U.S. imperial culture, art practice and performance, decolonial ethics, queer of color critique and affect theory, critical race theory, disability studies, violence


Bio & Research Interests

Ph.D. in Comparative Ethnic Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory.

Her work focuses on U.S. imperial culture, specifically war writing and atmospherics; P.T.S.D., moral injury, and suicide; and veteran art practice and performance. Publications include pieces in Locating Life Stories: Beyond East-West Binaries in (Auto)Biographical Studies; Ada: A Journal of Gender, Technology, and New Media; and a/b: Auto/Biography Studies. She has written for Nation of Change and The Feminist Wire, is co-executive editor of nineteen sixty nine: an ethnic studies journal, and co-founder of IABA’s Life Writing SNS Network. A member of the UC Berkeley Center for Race and Gender Student Advisory Board, she is a 2016 Arts Research Center fellow at UC Berkeley and a 2016-17 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) fellow. She is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar for the Center for Race and Gender (2018).

Dissertation: The Art of Moral Injury: Decolonizing the Military Subject through Artisanal Destruction


Keith Feldman
Evelyn Nakano Glenn

Courses Taught or Assisted

Spring 2018:

CRG Office Hours: Tues 11 AM - 4 PM, Wed 10:30 AM - 4 PM, Thurs 11 AM - 4 PM | 638 Barrows Hall.

CRG Thursday Forum Series, 691 Barrows Hall.


Spring 2017:

AAS R2B: Creative Destruction
MWF, 1 - 2 PM, 89 Dwinelle. OH: Wednesdays, 12 - 1 PM, Free Speech Cafe
Hammad, Suheir. breaking poems. Cypher Books, 2008.
Huerta, Javier. American Copia: An Immigrant Epic. Arte Público Press, 2012.
Linmark, R. Zamora. Rolling the R's. Kaya Press, 1997.
Nguyen, Viet Thanh. The Sympathizer. Grove Press, 2015.
Smith, Anna Deavere. Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992. Dramatists, 2003.
Truong, Monique. The Book of Salt. Mariner Books, 2003.
13th (2016)
Noho Hewa: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawai‘i (2008)
On Strike: Ethnic Studies 1969 - 1999 (1999)