News Archive: 2022


The Program in Critical Theory will support four Designated Emphasis students’ dissertation projects in 2022–2023. Kevin Stone and Saniya Taher will receive semester-long Critical Theory Dissertation Fellowships, while Phillip Campanile will receive a Critical Theory Completion Grant and Laila Riazi will receive a Critical Theory Research Grant.

Support for this year’s awardees is generously provided by the Magistretti Graduate Fellowship Fund through the Division of Arts and Humanities, the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the generosity of many other colleagues and friends.

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CT Faculty Announce Fall 2022 DE Courses

CT faculty will be teaching eight Fall 2022 courses that count towards the Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory. These courses reflect the interdisciplinary breadth of the Program, with core and elective options in Anthropology, Comparative Literature, English, History, Italian and Rhetoric.

For more information on spring courses, full course descriptions, and the curricular requirements of the Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory, please visit our Courses page.

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The Program in Critical Theory is delighted to welcome 12 new students to the Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory. The new cohort includes graduate students from Berkeley departments in the social sciences and humanities. These new admits bring the total number of Critical Theory DE students to 101.

  • Doaa Atamna, Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures
  • Annabel Barry, English
  • Tommaso Bernardini, Ancient Greek and Roman Studies
  • Katie Coyne, Philosophy
  • Rumur Dowling, English
  • Yvonne Lin, Chinese
  • Robin Manley, Rhetoric
  • Tom Maude-Griffin, Comparative Literature
  • Jonathan Pérez, Education
  • Miles Taylor, Film & Media
  • Sidney To, English
  • Finn Turner, French

Congratulations, all!

The Program in Critical Theory Dissertation Fellowship

Application Deadline:
Friday, April 29, 2022

The Critical Theory Dissertation Fellowship is awarded to UC Berkeley Critical Theory Designated Emphasis (DE) graduate students with records of achievement and promising dissertation projects. The fellowships support students writing their dissertations, providing full fee remission (where required) and a full stipend, usually for a semester.

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Thiti Jamkajornkeiat is a PhD candidate in South and Southeast Asian Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory at UC Berkeley. His doctoral research investigates anti-capitalist praxis, decolonization, and leftist internationalism in post-war Indonesia with an endeavor to conceptualize Marxism from the periphery.

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Online “Visiting Days” CT Welcome Event for Prospective Berkeley PhD Students

UC Berkeley’s interdisciplinary Program in Critical Theory will hold its annual “Critical Theory Program Welcome” for visiting PhD admittees (prospective Berkeley doctoral students) on Monday, March 14, from 12-1 pm via Zoom. Please register here.

All current CT students and faculty are invited to attend. Over the years, similar “Welcome and Information” events have made a real difference for students deciding whether to do their doctoral work at Berkeley. The gathering will allow for CT Program faculty, staff, and current students to speak with admittees, conveying to them what the DE in Critical Theory is and responding to questions the doctoral-program admittees may have. Please attend this brief event—even if you can only drop in for a few minutes.