Ali Aoun is a first-year MA student in Social and Cultural Analysis. They received their BA in Social Relations & Policy and International relations from the James Madison College at Michigan State University in 2019. His capstone explored sex & gender identities through document analysis, participant observation, interviews and documentary filmmaking. Additionally, he has conducted filed work in Sri Lanka’s agricultural sector. Following his BA, he has held positions in non-profits, the Michigan Legislature, and Governor Whitmer’s office. Ali’s research interest lie in critical theory, political theory, culture, film studies, globalization and inequity.
Shiva Addanki is a first year MA student in Social and Cultural Analysis. His primary research interests are in the global history of the Cold War, race & solidarity in the Post-Civil Rights era, and 20th Century print & visual culture. He received his BA in 2016 at the New School, majoring in History and Literature. Outside of his studies he is a musician & visual artist in the DIY punk community and a volunteer at the Interference Archive in Brooklyn