Melanie Abeygunawardana is a PhD student in the English Department at Penn, where she is the Marie Hamilton Law Graduate Fellow for 2018-2019. She received a B.A. in English Literature and Literary Arts from Brown University, where she worked as a Writing Fellow. Melanie’s current research lies at the intersection of affect theory, critical race theory, and queer studies in 20th and 21st century Asian American and African American literature and film. She served as a coordinator for the Gender and Sexuality Studies Reading Group at Penn from 2017-2019.