PhD Alumni

Jacob R. Lau

University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow in Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Irvine

Jacob R. Lau holds a B.A. in English from UC Berkeley, and a M.T.S. in Women, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion from Harvard Divinity School. Lau's work theorizes transgender through through postcolonial, queer of color, and historical materialist theorizations of time and historicism that push against and suggest alternatives to purely linear temporalities, situating trans within traditions of temporal critique, and affective histories of non-normative embodiment. His dissertation is entitled, Between the Times: Trans-Temporality and Historical Representation. Along with Cameron Partridge, he is the editor of Dr. Laurence Michael Dillon/Lobzang Jivaka's 1962 memoir Out of the Ordinary: A Life of Gender and Spiritual Transitions (Fordham University Press, 2016) for which he also co-authored an introduction.  

Kimberly Robertson

Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and American Indian Studies at California State University, Northridge

Kimberly Robertson (Mvskoke) is an activist, teacher, scholar, and mother who works diligently to employ Native feminist theories, practices, and methodologies in each of these roles.  Her academic and politic interests pivot around critical examinations of the relationship between settler colonialism and heteropatrairchy, specifically as they manifest in sexual and gendered violence against Native peoples; Indigenous feminisms; theories of decoloniality; and Indigenous futurity.

Dr. Robertson earned an MA in American Indian Studies and a PhD in Women’s Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.  

Thesis Title:  Rerighting Herstory: A Case Study of the South Dakota Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

Dissertation Title: Un-Settling Questions: The Construction of Indigeneity and Violence Against Native Women.