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Cailin Roles

English PhD Student

Cailin Roles (she/her or they/them) is a PhD candidate in the English department. Their fields of study include global animated film and comics, cultural studies, and queer theory. Their dissertation explores the relationship between animation and the laboring body in modernity. Cailin graduated with a BA (Honours) in English Literature with Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia in 2016. In 2019, they graduated from Kansas State University with an MA in English specializing in cultural studies. Their MA thesis, “‘The Surface on Which You Work’: Self-Alienation and the Culture of Narcissism in The Edible Woman,” was published in the Fall 2021 issue of Texas Studies in Literature and Language. Cailin has previously worked as the Project Coordinator for the Homosaurus and as the Special Projects Coordinator for the Digital Transgender Archive. They have also previously served as the Chair of the English department’s Comics Studies Group. Currently, Cailin is a Managing Editor at Digital Humanities Quarterly, as well as a research assistant for Dr. Denise Khor.

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Previous Institutions: Kansas State University (MA); University of East Anglia (BA)

Program and Fields: Animated film, comics, cultural studies, labor and embodiment, queer theory

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