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, new media in memory work, queer of color critique, critical race theory, disability studies, oral history


Bio & Research Interests

Maria Faini is a Ph.D. candidate in Ethnic Studies and 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 currently serves as an Assistant Specialist for the Center for Race and Gender (2017-18).

Dissertation: The Art of Moral Injury: Decolonizing the Occupying Body through Artisanal Destruction


"Perhaps these studies had amounted to nothing. But they are very close to that nothing which alone makes it possible for something to be useful."
- Walter Benjamin


Keith Feldman
Evelyn Nakano Glenn

Courses Taught or Assisted

Fall 2017:

CRG Office Hours: Tues 11 AM - 4 PM, Wed 10 AM - 3 PM, 638 Barrows.

CRG Thursday Forum Series, 691 Barrows.


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)