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Christina Aushana

University of California, San Diego
Ph.D. Student in Communication
San Diego, CA
Christina is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication at the University of California, San Diego. Her dissertation examines police training facilities and patrol work as sites of performative practices, tracing these engagements with performance from policing to incarceration. She has worked with the prison reform organization Tamms Year Ten, studying the ways that prisoners' families use performance to access their loved ones' experiences and communicate with them publicly through incarcerated theater reenactments. She combines this research with a performance-ethnography of police work in San Diego. Aushana is co-founder of the research collaboratory Feminist Theory Theater, a group dedicated to staging feminist theory as an intervention in situated meaning-making in the academy and beyond.