Karina Eileraas Karakus

Ms. Eileraas Karakus received a BA in Women’s Studies, International Relations and French from Wesleyan University in CT and was the first graduate of the Ph.D. program in Women’s Studies at UCLA. She specializes in feminist and postcolonial theory; autobiography, diaspora and cultural memory; visual culture, film, media and performance studies; nationalism, sexuality, and revolution in the Middle East and North Africa; and the relationship between fantasy, violence, and misrecognition. She is currently revising a paper on the French-Lebanese film “Lila dit ca” and contributing to an “invisible archive” of Marilyn Monroe, female embodiment, and celebrity culture. She most recently published an article in SIGNS on nude protest as feminist site of rage and as means of reformulating the public square with respect to the Egyptian nude blogger Aliaa al-Mahdy.