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Luqman Mushila Hodgkinson
MD Student, expected graduation Spring 2021
Master of Public Policy Student, Public Policy
BioLuqman Mushila Hodgkinson, PhD, MS, is from Kakamega, Kenya, in the former Western Province of Kenya, a medically underserved area where in 2018 there were 193 medical doctors registered to serve around 5 million people. He is a founding member of the School of Medicine at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology in Kakamega, Kenya, which now has three classes of medical students, where he is on the faculty. He conducted and published the first study of 10-year survival on antiretroviral medications for HIV in Kenya.
Ph.D. Student in Chinese, admitted Autumn 2015
Master of Arts Student in Chinese, admitted Autumn 2020
Ph.D. Minor, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
BioElise Huerta is a PhD candidate in East Asian Languages and Cultures with a concentration in modern Chinese literature and a minor in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her dissertation, Untouchable: On the Cultural Politics of Hands in Modern China, aims to produce new understandings of intimacy, alienation, labor, and violence in the modern era through the interdisciplinary study of tactile culture. The project explores the many powers invested in human hands through narrative, taking a particular interest in the discourses and social mechanisms that contribute to the construction of "untouchable" people and groups. This research not only contributes to the China field’s emerging interest in sensory experience, but also opens up a new vista for sustained future inquiry about how human touch interacts with sight, scent, and sound in a comprehensive aesthetic discourse of the body.
As an educator, Huerta is committed to supporting student success while promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. She currently serves as a graduate mentor through the First-Generation and/or Low-Income (FLI) and Enhancing Diversity in Education (EDGE) programs at Stanford. She is a published Chinese to English translator and holds a BA in Chinese with a minor in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.