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Department of Ethnic Studies; University of California, San Diego; 9500 Gilman Drive, M/C – 0522; La Jolla, CA 92093

Academic Positions and Affiliations:

University of California, San Diego

Director, Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Workshop, 2010--present

Joint Appointment, Departments of Literature and Ethnic Studies,

Professor, 2012-Present; Department of Literature; Professor, 2010-Present

Associate Professor, 2001-2010

Assistant Professor, 1994-2009

Critical Gender Studies Program Affiliate, 2001- Present


University of California, Berkeley   1987-1994   PhD English

Harvard University     1982-1986   AB Magna cum Laude, English


Imagining the Future of Climate Change: World-Making through Science Fiction and Activism. Berkeley: UC Press, 2018.

Radical Sensations: World Movements, Violence, and Visual Culture. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2013.

American Sensations: Class, Empire, and the Production of Popular Culture. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press (American Crossroads Series), 2002. Awarded American Studies Association’s 2003 Lora Romero Prize for the best first book in American Studies that highlights the intersections of race with gender, class, sexuality, and nation.

Edited Book: Wrote Introduction to and Co-Edited (with Jesse Alemán) Empire and the Literature of Sensation: An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Popular Fiction. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (Multi-Ethnic Literature of the Americas Series), 2007.

Selected Articles, Essays, and Book Chapters

“Haunted Houses: George Lippard, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Middle-Class America, Criticism 38:3 (Summer 1996): 443-72.

“Opening Up the Story Paper: George Lippard and the Construction of Class,” boundary 2 2:24:1 (Spring 1997): 177-203.

“Joaquín Murrieta and the American 1848,” Post-Nationalist American Studies, ed. John Carlos Rowe. University of California Press, 2000: 166-197.

Co-author of Introduction with Barbara Brinson Curiel, David Kajanzian, Katherine Kinney, Steven Mailloux, Jay Mechling, John Carlos Rowe, George Sánchez, and Henry Yu. Post Nationalist American Studies: 1-21. 

“American Sensations: Empire, Amnesia, and the US-Mexican War,” American Literary History 13:1 (Spring 2001): 1-40.

 “Sensational Fiction,” A Companion to American Fiction, 1780-1865, ed. Shirley Samuels. London: Blackwell, 2004: 179-190.  

“Remembering/Forgetting 1848,” American Studies and War Narratives, ed. Giles Gunn and Carl Gutiérrez-Jones. UC Santa Barbara: American Cultures and Global Contexts Center: 2005.

Introduction to Empire and the Literature of Sensation: An Anthology. Co-edited with Jesse Aleman. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the Americas Series, 2007: xiii-xxx.

 “Empire.” Keywords for American Cultural Studies. Edited by Bruce Burgett and Glenn Hendler, New York: New York University, 2007: 95-100.

 “Labor, Memory, and the Boundaries of Print Culture: From Haymarket to the Mexican Revolution.” American Literary History, Volume 19, No. 2, Summer 2007: 406-433.

 “June 1846: James Russell Lowell’s Biglow Papers are cut from the newspaper and pasted onto workshop walls all over Boston.” A New Literary History of America. Edited by Werner Sollors and Greil Marcus, eds. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2009: 263-68.

“Popular, Mass, and High Culture.” A Concise Companion to American Studies. Edited by John Carlos Rowe. London: Wiley Blackwell, 2010: 432-452.

 “Multiculturalism and Forging New Canons,” Blackwell Companion to American Literature, ed. Paul Lauter. Blackwell. 2010. (110-121).

“Dime Novels and the Rise of Mass Market Genres.” The Cambridge History of the American Novel. Edited by Leonard Cassuto, Clare Virginia, Evy, and Benjamin Reiss. London: Cambridge University Press, 2011: 586-599.

 “Looking at State Violence: Lucy Parsons, José Martí, and Haymarket.” The [Oxford] Handbook of Nineteenth-Century American Literature. Edited by Russ Castronovo. London: Oxford University Press, 2012: 115-136.

 “Imagining Mexico in War and Romance: Nineteenth-Century US Literature and Visual Culture.” Mexico and Mexicans in the Making of the United States. Ed. John Tutino. Houston: University of Texas Press, 2012: 110-140.

“Cheap Sensation: Pamphlet Potboilers and Beadle’s Dime Novels.” The Oxford History Of The Novel in English: American Novels to 1870, Vol 5. Edited Gerald Kennedy and Leland Person. London: Oxford University Press, 2014.

“Speculative Archives: Histories of the Future of Education, Pacific Coast Philology 49:1 (2014): 25-40.

Streeby, Shelley and Benjamin Balthaser, “Mass Culture, the Novel, and the American Left. The Oxford History Of The Novel in English: American Novels, 1870-1940, Vol 6. Ed. Michael Elliot and Priscilla Wald. London: Oxford UP, 2014.

“Reading Jaime Hernandez’s Comics as Speculative Fiction,” Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies 40:2 (Fall 2015): 147-166. 

 “Doing Justice to the Archive: Beyond Literature.” Unsettled States: Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies. Ed. Dana Luciano and Ivy Wilson. New York: NYU Press, 2015

 “Reading Jaime Hernandez’s Comics as Speculative Fiction.” Reprinted in Altermundos: Latin@ Speculative Literature, Film, and Popular Culture, edited Olguin and Merla-Watson. University of Washington Press. 2017.

Book Reviews

Review of American Citizens: British Slaves: Yankee Political Prisoners in an Australian Penal Colony, 1839-1950 by Cassandra Pybus and Harnish Maxwell-Stewart, in Journal of American History (March 2004): 1440.

Review of Paul Foos, A Short, Offhand, Killing Affair: Soldiers and Social Conflict during the Mexican-American War in American Historical Review (February, 2005): 151-152.

Review of Etsuko Taketani’s U.S. Women Writers and the Discourses of Colonialism in Legacy 22.1 (2005): 74-75.

Review of Rodrigo Lazo, Writing to Cuba: Filibustering and Cuban Exiles in the United States in The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Inter-American Cultural History 63.2 (2006) 296-297. 

Review of Eric Sundquist, Empire and Slavery in American Literature, 1820-1865; Eric Wertheimer, Underwriting: The Poetics of Insurance in America, 1722-1872 and Sara Luria, Capital Speculations: Writing and Building Washington in American Literature 79.3 (2007): 610-612. 

Review of María DeGuzmán Spain’s Long Shadow: The Black Legend, Off-Whiteness, and Anglo-American Empire in Hispanic Review 77, no. 3 (2009): 402-405. 

Selected Keynotes and Invited Lectures:

“Are We Being Literary Still? or How Much History Can America Bear?”  Cambridge History of American Literature Conference, University of California, Los Angeles, April 1995.

“Joaquín Murrieta and the American 1848.” After 1898/1998, Center for Cultural Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, May 22, 1999.

“South of the American Renaissance: Remembering 1848.” American Centennials Conference, Center for Cultural Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, March 2001.

“American Sensations: Remembering/Forgetting 1848.” American Studies and War Narratives Conference, University of California, Santa Barbara. May 2002.

“Empire, Amnesia, and the U.S.-Mexican War.” University of Texas, El Paso. October 2002.

Keynote, “Empire and the Popular Cultures of Sentiment and Sensation,” Futures of American Studies Institute, Dartmouth College, June 2003. This paper was also delivered as an invited lecture at the University of Oregon; California State University, Long Beach; and the University of California, Riverside in 2003.

Invited Speaker, Roundtable on “America and the Reshaping of a New World Order: Normative Implications, Cultural Constraints,” University of California, Santa Barbara, November 4, 2003.

Keynote, “Dying for Citizenship; or Empire, the Sequel,” Routing Diasporas: Labor, Citizenship, Empire Conference, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, April 2005.

“Labor, Memory, and the Boundaries of Print Culture.” American Literary History Print Culture Symposium, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, September 2005.

“The Sensational West.” English Department, Pennsylvania State University as part of the “Rising Scholar” series, November 2005.

Keynote, “Remembering the U.S.-Mexico War and the Civil War during the Mexican Revolution.” Keynote delivered at the Race(ing) Across Borders Conference, University of California, Santa Barbara, May 14, 2006.

“Sensational Socialism, The Horrors of the Porfiriato, and Cultural Memory.” American Studies Department, Carleton College. Northfield, Minnesota, December 7, 2009.

Keynote, “Archiving Black Transnational Modernity: Scrapbooks, Stereopticons, and Social Movements.” Annual David Noble Lecture at the Historical Society of Minnesota, April 13, 2010.

“Keynote, Archiving Black Transnational Modernity: Stereopticons, Scrapbooks, and Social Movements.” University of California, Santa Barbara Conference on “Reimagining the Hemispheric South.” Santa Barbara, California, January 21, 2011

“Sentiment, Sensation, Radical World Movements, and Visual Culture.” American Modernity Research Group. Brigham Young University, March 16, 2012

“Radical Sensations.” ASE Commons: A Series on Race, Power, and Critical Thought. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, September 10, 2012

Keynote, ”Hubert H. Harrison’s Scrapbooks, Racial Capitalism, and the Black Radical Tradition.” Empires of Capital: Race Across the Atlantic and Pacific. University of Washington, Seattle, May 18, 2013

Keynote, “Speculative Archives: Histories of the Future of Education.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference. San Diego, California, November 2, 2013.

Keynote. “Hubert H. Harrison’s Scrapbooks, Racial Capitalism, and the Black Radical Tradition,” “Race in the Americas: Rethinking Comparative Analysis” Conference, Claremont Graduate University, April 19, 2014.

Keynote. "Speculative Fictions of Reconstruction: Racial Capitalism, Education, and the Histo-Futurist Imagination.” Southern American Studies Association: "Reconstruction: 2015 – 1965 – 1865." Atlanta, Georgia, February 19, 2015. 

Keynote. “Reading Octavia E Butler in Korea: Race, Space, and Imagining Otherwise,” ELLAK International Conference, Busan, Korea, 11 December 2015.

Invited Talk. "Radical Reproduction." Clockshop Presents "RADIO IMAGINATION: Artists and Writers in the Archive of Octavia E. Butler." Huntington Library, San Marino, California, November 3, 2016.

Invited Talk. "Historical and Materialist Approaches to Imagining the Future with Octavia E. Butler," Student Retreat: Generating the Future, USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, Catalina Island, California, April 1, 2017. 

Keynote. "Climate Refugees in the Greenhouse World: Archiving Global Warming/Imagining the Future of Future of Climate Change with Octavia E. Butler," “Octavia E. Butler Studies: Convergence of an Expanding Field,” Huntington Library, San Marino, June 2017. 

Selected Other Conferences

“Class Struggle in the Public Sphere: George Lippard, Urban Sensationalism, and Literary Disgust.” Working-Class Literature, Modern Language Association, Toronto, Canada, December 1992.

“Opening Up the Story-paper: George Lippard's Constructions of Class,” Remembering the Nineteenth Century Panel, Modern Language Association, San Diego, California, 1994.

“Recovering Working-Class Histories: The Politics of 19th-Century Sensational Literature.” Working- Class Lives\Working-Class Histories, Youngstown, Ohio. June 8-10, 1995. 

“’Female’ Sensations: Nineteenth-Century Race Science and the Engendering of Middle-Class White Women." The Exhibition of Cultures: Nineteenth-Century Theory and Practice, Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, April 12-13, 1996.

“Post-Nationalist American Studies.” Global Migration, American Cultures, and the State, American Studies Association, Kansas City, Missouri, October 31, 1996.

“’California is Part of Mexico Because God Wanted It that Way’: Joaquín Murrieta and the Migration of Popular Cultures.” 19th-Century American Literature Section Panel: Inter-American Studies, Modern Language Association, Washington, D.C., December 30, 1996.

“Migration and the Chicano Countercultures of Modernity: The Joaquín Murrieta Corridos.” Chicano Cultural Critique Conference, University of Colorado, Boulder, April 26 1997.

“White Natives.” American Studies Association, Washington, D.C., October 1997.

“Uncanny Borders: Immigration, Nativism, and Repatriation in the 1930s.” Modern Language Association, Toronto, Canada. December 27, 1997.

“White War Wounds.” Modern Language Association, Toronto, Canada. December 29, 1997.

“Class, Empire, and Popular Culture in the American 1848.” American Studies Association, Seattle, Washington. November 20, 1998.

“Female Sensations: The Post-1848 International Romance.” Modern Language Association, San Francisco, California. December 29, 1998.

“From 1848 to 1898: Race, Land, Labor, and Empire.” Modern Language Association, San Francisco, California. December 29, 1998.

“Foreign Bodies and International Romance in the Story Paper Empire,” American Studies Association, Montreal, Canada. October 28, 1999.

“Land, Labor, and Empire in the Dime Novel.” American Studies Association, Detroit, Michigan, October 15, 2000

“The Culture of Sensation.” American Studies Association, Washington D.C., November 10, 2001.

“The Mechanic Accents of Empire.” Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Conference, Houston Texas, November 16, 2002.

“Before Blaxploitation: Black Sensationalism and Empire.” American Studies Association, Houston, Texas, November 15, 2002.

“Empire.” Nineteenth-Century American Literature Section Panel: Keyword, Modern Language Association, San Diego, California, December 2003.

“Black Empire.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies International Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, March 2004.

“Between American Studies and Cultural Studies: Empire.” American Studies Association, Atlanta, Georgia, November 11, 2004.

“Transnational Anarchist Movements and the ‘Slaves of the World’: From Haymarket to the Mexican Revolution.” American Studies Association, Oakland, California, October 12 2006.

“Sentiment, Sensation, and Cultural Memory before the Mexican Revolution,” American Studies Association, Philadelphia, PA, October 12, 2008.

“Sensational Socialism, the Horrors of the Porfiriato, and Cultural Memory.” American Literature Section Panel: Where is the Archive? Modern Language Association, San Francisco, California, December 2008.

Chair and Respondent, Visions of Imperial Hegemony Panel, American Studies Association Conference, Washington DC, November 2009

Chair, “Special Issues in the World: In the Wake of Hurricane Katrina” Panel, American Studies Association Conference, San Antonio, Texas, November 2010

Co-Organizer and Panelist, “Speculative Fictions: ‘Near Future’ Visions of Race and Politics,” Modern Language Association Conference, Los Angeles, California, January 2011.

“Hidden Histories of Anarchist People of Color in Visual Culture,” Anarchisms: Politics, History, Culture,” Cultural Studies Association International Conference, La Jolla, California, 31 March 2012

“Comment: Alternate Internationalisms in the Long Nineteenth Century,” Prospects; A New Century Conference, C19: The Society of 19th Century Americanists, Berkeley, California, 14 April 2012

“Sensational Speculation, World Movements, and Radical Cultural Memory.” Dimensions of Empire and Resistance: Past, Present, and Future, Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association. San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 17, 2012

"Beyond The Time Space of Neoliberalism: The Octavia E. Butler Archive," The Fun and the Fury: New Dialectics of Pleasure and Pain In the Post-American Century, Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, Los Angeles, California, November 8, 2014. 

Roundtable, "What is This Thing Called Interdisciplinary?" The (Re)production of Misery and the Ways of Resistance, Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, Toronto, Canada, October 9, 2015

Comment, "Transpacific Entanglements: American Studies, Asian Studies, Asian American Studies," The (Re)production of Misery and the Ways of Resistance, Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, Toronto, Canada, October 10, 2015

"Speculative Fictions of Radical Reproduction,"  Home/Not Home: Centering American Studies Where We Are, Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, Denver, Colorado, November 18, 2016. 

Roundtable: "Fabulations from Below: Queer, Feminist, and Decolonial Speculative Worldings," Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 8, 2017. 

Roundtable: "American Studies Now: Critical Histories of the Present," Pedagogies of Dissent, Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, November 10, 2017. 

Honors and Awards

Meyer Fund Fellowship, Huntington Library (1994)

UCSD Chancellor’s Summer Faculty Fellowship (1995)

University of California Humanities Research Institute Fellowship (1996)

UCSD Faculty Career Development Grants (1996-1997)

UCSD Academic Senate Research Grant (1997)

Hellman Fellowship (1998-1999)

UCSD Academic Senate Research Grant (1998)

Hellman Fellowship (1998-1999)

UCSD Faculty Career Development Grant (Fall 1999)

UCSD Academic Senate Research Grant (1999)

UCSD Humanities Research Fellowship (Winter 2000)

Hellman Fellowship (2000-2001)

Lora Romero First Book Prize, given annually by the American Studies Association for the best first  book in the field (2003)

UCSD Chancellor’s Associates Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching (2006)

UCSD Humanities Center Award (2007-2008)

UCSD Academic Senate Research Grant (2008)

UCSD Academic Senate Research Grant (2009)

UCSD Dean’s Fund for Innovation Award (2009-2010)

UCSD Academic Senate Research Grant (2010)

UCSD Academic Senate Research Grant (2011)

UCSD Academic Senate Research Grant (2012)

UCSD Academic Senate Research Grant (2013

UCSD Academic Senate Research Grant (2014)

UCSD Academic Senate Research Grant (2015)

UCSD Humanities Center Comics Studies Working Group Grant for Comics Studies Group (2015-2016), $1500, Co-convener

Huntington Fellowship, “Space and Time in the Octavia E. Butler Archive,” The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, $6000 (2015)

UCSD Climate Change Curriculum Initiative, $1200 (2016-2017). Participant.

University of California Humanities Research Institute Fellowship, “Queer Hemisphere: America Queer,” $10,866 (Fall 2016), Participant

Organization of Academic Conferences

2015-2016 Co-Organizer (with Ayana Jamieson), “Shaping Change: Remembering Octavia E. Butler through Archives, Art, and World-Making,” UC San Diego, June 3-5, 2016

2011-12 Co-Chair, Program Committee, “Culture Matters,” Cultural Studies Association Convention, UC San Diego, March 28-April 1, 2016

Editorial Work and Boards and National Service:

Manuscript Reader for University of Minnesota Press, University of California Press, Duke University Press, and University of Virginia Press

Reviewer, American Literary History, American Quarterly, Journal of American History

Delegate, Nineteenth-Century American Literature section, Modern Language Association, 2002-2004

Committee Member, John Hope Franklin Prize for Best Book in American Studies, 2005

Member of the Managing Editorial Board for American Quarterly, the Journal of the American Studies Association, 2004-2013

Associate Editor, American Quarterly, 2010-2013

Chair. Lora Romero First Book Prize, American Studies Association (2015)

Member, American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Fellowship Selection Committee, 2016

Editorial Board, ADA:  A Journal of Gender, Media, and Technology (2012-present)

Editorial Board, Literature Compass (2006-present)

Editorial Board, Journal of American Studies: Eurasian Perspectives (2014-present)

University Service

Search Committee Member, 19th-Century African American Literature and Culture (1994-1995)

Executive Committee Member, Literature Department (1994-1995)

Undergraduate Adviser, English Section (1994-1995)

Graduate Admissions Committee, Cultural Studies Section (1994-1995)

Graduate Adviser, English Section (1997-1998)

Honors Committee Member (1997-1998)

Graduate Admissions, English Section (1997-1998)

Women’s Studies Steering Committee (1997-1998)

Hiring Committee for the Literatures of the Americas (2000-2001)

Public Events Committee (2000-2001)

Director of Undergraduate Studies (2001-2002)

Search Committee Member, Nineteenth-Century African American Literature and Culture (2001-  2002)

Graduate Adviser, English Section (2002-2003)

Graduate Admissions Committee Member, English Section (2002-2003)

Search Committee, Modern US Fiction (2002-2003)

Undergraduate Honors Committee (2002-2003)

Search Committee Member, Modern US Fiction (2003-2004)

Graduate Admissions, Cultural Studies (2003-2004)

Critical Gender Studies Steering Committee (2003-2004)

Graduate Adviser, English Section (2004-2005)

Graduate Admissions, English Section (2004-2005)

Honors Committee (2004-2005)

Cultural Studies Major Committee (2004-2005)

Instructor: Honors Program (2004-2005)

Honors Committee (2005-2006)

Instructor, Honors Seminar (2005-2006)

Undergraduate Adviser, Cultural Studies Major Committee (2005-2006)

Committee to Reconsider the Qualifying Exam (2005-2006)

Chair, Search Committee, African American/African Diaspora Literature and Culture (2006-2007)

Undergraduate Advisor, Cultural Studies section (2006-2007)

Graduate Advisor, Cultural Studies section (2006-2007)

Cultural Studies Graduate Admissions Committee (2006-2007)

Section Head, Cultural Studies (2007-2008)

Chair, Tenure Review Committee for John D. Blanco (2007-2008)

Graduate Adviser, English (2008-2009)

Search Committee Chair, Advanced Assistant to Full Professor in African American Literature


Graduate Admissions, English (2008-2009)

Graduate Admissions, English (2009-2010)

Annual Teaching Review of Literature department colleague lecturer (2009-2010)

Chair, Tenure Review Committee for Sara Johnson (2010)

Review Committee, Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies (CILAS) (2012-2013)

Chair, Chicana/Latina Feminist Theory Search Committee, Ethnic Studies (2012-2013)

Member, Search Advisory Committee, Dean of the Division of Social Sciences (2014)

Director of Graduate Studies, Ethnic Studies Department (2011-2016)

Member, Graduate Admissions Committee, Ethnic Studies (2010-2016)

Interim Director, Culture, Art, Technology (CAT) Writing Program, Sixth College (Winter and Spring


Member, Director of Culture, Art, Technology (CAT) Writing Program Search, Committee, Sixth College (2015-2016)

Chair, 19th-Century US Literature and Culture Search Committee, Literature (2015-2016)

Director of Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Workshop (2010-present)

Internal Advisory Board, Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, UCSD (2011-present)

PhD Students who have completed their degree programs:


1. Omayra Cruz (2004):  “Toward a Post-Nationalist Articulation of Racial Consciousness, 1884-1937.”

2. Hellen Lee-Keller (2006): "Working Matters: Women's Work and Culture in the United States, 1868-1898." Associate Professor, English Department, California State University, Sacramento.

3. Elizabeth Steeby (2008): “Plantation States: Region, Race, and Sexuality in the Cultural Memory of the U.S. South, 1900-1945.” Associate Professor, English Department, University of New Orleans.

4. Shih-Szu Hsu (2008): “Manifest Destiny in Times of Love and War: Gender, Race, Nation, and Empire in the works of Louisa May Alcott, María Amparo Ruiz de Burton, Gertrude Atherton, and Pauline Hopkins.” Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, National Chiao Tung University.

5. Kyla Schuller (2009): “Sentimental Science and the Literary Cultures of Proto Eugenics.” Assistant Professor, Women’s Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick.

6. Aimee Bahng (2009): “Speculative Acts: The Cultural Labors of Science, Fiction, and Empire.” Assistant Professor, English Department, Dartmouth College.

7. Melissa Hidalgo (2011): “Schooling La Raza: A Chicana/o Cultural History of Education, 1968-2008.” Assistant Professor of English and World Literature, Pitzer College.

8. Adam Lewis (2011): “Naturalizing Empire: Citizenship, Sovereignty, and Antebellum American literature. Barra Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and Assistant Professor, English Department, Boston College.

9. Jade Hidle, (2014) Ph.D. Oral Examination and Dissertation Committee: “Bringing out the Vietnamese in Me:  The Politics of Genre and Embodied Histories in Contemporary Vietnamese American Culture.” Assistant Professor Mira Costa College

10 Stacey Trujillo (2016), Ph.D. Oral Examination and Dissertation Committee: “The Elite Domestic Sphere: Identity, Memory and Nostalgia in Literatures of U.S. Empire.” Assistant Professor, English Department, Palomar College


11. Molly Rhodes (1997): “Doctoring Culture: Literary Intellectuals, Psychology and Mass Culture in the Twentieth-Century United States.”

12. Ona Russell (1998): “Discourses of Crossing: Reconceptualizing Representation in the Nineteenth-Century United States, 1840-1900.”

13. Desiree Henderson (2001): “Mourning America: Literature and the Politics of Death, 1765-1865.” Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Texas, Arlington.

14. Yu-Fang Cho (2004): “Narratives of Coupling in the Shadow of Manifest Domesticity: Transnational Politics of U.S. Cultures of Benevolence, 1890s-1910s.” Associate Professor of English and Women’s Studies, Miami University of Ohio.

15. Gabriela Nuñez (2007): “Investigating La Frontera: Transnational Space in Contemporary Chicana/o and Mexican Detective Fiction.” Assistant Professor, Chicana and Chicano Studies, California State University, Fullerton.

16. Jake Mattox (2007): “Alternate Imperialisms in the Age of Manifest Destiny.” Associate Professor, English Department, Indiana University, South Bend.

17. Margaret Fajardo (2007): “Comparing War Stories: Literature by Vietnamese Americans, U.S.-Guatemalans, and Filipino Americans.”

18. Benjamin Balthaser (2010): “’I Hear Foundations Shaking’:  Transnational Modernism from the Great Depression to the Cold War.” Assistant Professor, Indiana University, South Bend.

19. Andrew Escudero (2012). Exhuming Caliban : Gothic and Madness in Late Twentieth and Twenty-First -Century Caribbean Literary Fictions.”

20. Lauren Chase Smith (Summer 2012), ““Diversions of Progress: Popular Culture and Visions of Modernity in the Transpacific Borderlands.” Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles.

21. Joo-Ok Kim (2013): “Untelling the Tales of Empire: Intimate Epistemologies of the Korean War.” Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies. American Studies Department, Kansas University

22. Lauren Heintz (2015), Ph.D. Oral Examination and Dissertation Committee: ‘She Passed Down Orleans Street, A Polished Dandy’: Queer Desire, Kinship, and the Temporal Frame in the Antebellum United States.” Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow at Tulane University.

23. Chris Perreira (2015), Ph.D. Oral Examination and Dissertation Committee: “Empires of Disease: Criminal Encounters, Contagion, and Nation in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century U.S. Literature and Culture” (2015). Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies, American Studies Department, Kansas University

24. Ashvin Kini (2016), Dissertation Committee and Ph.D. Oral Examination Committee: “Racial Encounters: Queer Afflilations in Black and South Asian Diasporas”

Committee Member

25. Ed Cutler (1997): “Configurations of Modernity: 1850's New York and the Emergence of Temporal Aesthetics.” Associate Professor, English Department, Brigham Young University.

26. Min-Jung Kim (1999): “Renarrating the Private: Gender, Family, and Race in Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, and Toni Morrison.” Assistant Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea.

27. Kim Hester Williams (1999): “(Re) making Freedom: Representation and the African American Modernist Text.” Associate Professor and Chair, Department of English, Sonoma State University.

28. Susan Kalter (1999):  “Keep these words until the stones melt: Language, Ecology, War and the Written Land in Nineteenth-Century U.S.-Indian Relations.” Associate Professor, Department of English, Illinois State University, Normal.

29. Grace Hong (2000): “The Histories of the Propertyless: The Literatures of U.S. Women of Color.” Professor, Asian American Studies and Women’s Studies, University of California, Los Angeles.

30. Samantha Goldstein (2000):  “’Don't mind me, I'll just sit here in the dark’: Illuminating the Role of Women in Catskills Performative Culture.”

31. Saundra Liggins (2002): “Authoring the Gothic: The Gothic Tradition of African American Literature.” Associate Professor, English Department, Fredonia University.

32 Helen Jun (2003): “Race for Citizenship: Asian American and African American Cultural Politics.” Associate Professor, English Department, University of Illinois, Chicago.

33 Demian Pritchard (2003): “Policing the Border: Politics and Place in the Work of Miguel Méndez, Marisela Norte, and Leslie Marmon Silko.”

34. Kathy Glass (2004): “Courting Communities: Black Female Activism in the Nineteenth-Century North, 1830-1892.” Assistant Professor, English Department, Duquesne University.

35. Neda Atanasoski (2005): “Racial Orientations: U.S. Nationalism and the Production of Eastern Europe in the Mapping of the Free World.” Assistant Professor, Women’s Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz.

36. Esther Lezra (2005): “Looking for Monsters: Mechanisms of History, Mechanisms of Power.” Assistant Professor, Program for Global and International Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara.

37. Sangeeta Mediratta (2005): “Bazaars, Cannibals, and Sepoys: Sensationalism and Empire in Nineteenth-Century Britain and the United States.”

38. Randall Williams (2006): "Appealing Subjects: Reading Across the International Division of Justice."

39 Jinah Kim (2006): "U.S. Racial Imaginaries." Assistant Director and Lecturer, Asian American Studies Program, Northwestern University.

40. Chong Chon Smith (2006): "Asian American and African American Masculinities: Race, Citizenship, and Culture on Past Civil Rights." Assistant Professor, Department of English, Hunter College.

41. Kulvinder Arora (2006):  “Assimilation and its Counter-Narratives: Twentieth-Century European and South Asian Immigrant Narratives to the United States.” Visiting Assistant Professor, Gender and Women's Studies, University of Illinois, Chicago.

42 Irene Mata (2007): “Re-thinking the Immigrant Narrative in a Global Perspective: Representations of Labor, Gender and Immigration in Contemporary Cultural Productions.” Associate Professor in Chicana/Latina Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at Wellesley College.

43. Emily Cheng (2007): “Sentimental Journey: Transnational Adoption from China and Post-World War II U.S. Liberalism.” Carolina Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

44. Heidi Hoechst (2008): “Refusable Pasts: Speculative Democracy, Spectator Citizens, and the Dislocation of Freedom in the United States.” Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University in Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and English.

45. Neel Ahuja (2008): “Cultures of Quarantine: Race, U.S. Empire, and the Biomedical Discourse of National Security, 1893-1960.” Associate Professor, Gender Studies Department, University of California, Santa Cruz.

46. Junghyun Hwang (2008): “Specters of the Cold War in America's Century: The Korean War and Transnational politics of National Imaginaries in the 1950s.”

47. Martha Gonzales (2009): “Mapping Transnational Affinities in Late Twentieth Century Xicana and American Indian Women’s Literature.”

48. Leslie Hammer (2009): “Transnational Sentimentalism In Mid- To Late-Nineteenth-Century US Literature.”

49. Paige Ann Prindle (2009): “Publishing, Property, and Problematic Heiresses: Representations of Inheritance in Nineteenth-Century American Women's Popular Fiction.”

50. Jason Crum (2009): “Complex Harmonies: United States Radio Culture, Modern Literature, and National Identity, 1919-1945.”

51 Jeff Gagnon (2012): “(Re)creating Social Life Out of Social Death: Cross-Cultural Alliances in the Circum-Atlantic, 1760-1815”

52. Lisa Thomas (2012): “Exceptional Vengeance: Revenge and the Rule of Law in Nineteenth-Century American Literature”

53. Edward Avila (2012): “Conditions of (Im)possibility: Necropolitics, Neoliberalism, and the Cultural Politics of Death in Contemporary Chicana/o Film and Literature.” Assistant Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Science, Eastern New Mexico University

54. Andrea Dominguez (2012): “Mysteries of the City: The Racial Uncanny in the American West.”

55. Ma Vang (2012): “Displaced Histories: Refugee Critique and the Politics of Hmong American Remembering,” University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow

56. Reece Peck (2012): "Fox Populism in the Great Recession." Assistant Professor, Media and Culture, College of Staten Island

57. Linda Torres (2013). The Unsung Stream: The Ethnic Continuum in U.S. Literature and Film, from

John Rollin Ridge to John Sayles”

58. Lauren Berliner (2013): ”Making it Better: LGBT Youth and New Media Production,” Assistant

Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington, Bothell

59. Anita Huizar-Hernandez (2013): “The Present Past: Recovering Native American, Mexican-American, and Anglo Narratives of Territorial Arizona 1848-1912.” Assistant Professor, Spanish Department, University of Arizona

60. Gabriela Cazares (2014): “Making Familia from Scratch: U.S. Latina/o Narratives of Rupture and Resistance.”

61. Viridiana Dominguez (2014), “Cocopah Identity Survival  "We Are The River People"

62. Soren Froehlich (2014):  “Blood of a Nation: Politics, Medicine, and Race in U.S. Literature, 1848-1903”

63. Cutler Edwards (2015): “Styles of Struggle: Community Organizing, Youth Culture, and Radical Politics in New York City, 1968-1981”

64. Josen Diaz (2015): “Ordering Chaos: The Filipino Laboring Body and the Cold War Makings of Filipino America.” Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies, University of San Diego.

65. Clare Rolens (2015): “Criminal Passing: Intersections of Class, Consumer Culture, and Gender in American Crime Fiction, 1940-1960.” Assistant Professor, English Department, Palomar College

66. Bernadine Hernandez (2015): “Sexing Empire: The Ontology of Racialized Gender and Sexuality in the Hemispheric Southwest through Mexican American and Chicana Narrative.” Assistant Professor, English Department, University of New Mexico.

67. Laurel Friedman (2016): “Control, Cure, and Prevention: Situating Global Response to Tuberculosis in San Diego County.”

M.F.A. Students

68. Tina Hyland (2016): “The Technoshaman’s Grimoire”

69. Pepe Rojo (2016): “Disinte Greetings”



American Studies Association (approx. 1992-present)

Modern Language Association (intermittent, 1992-2016)

Society for Cinema and Media Studies (approx. 2005-present)

Advisory Board, C19:  The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists (2008-present)

Editorial Board, Literature Compass (2006-present)

Editorial Board, ADA:  A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology (2012-present)

Editorial Board, Journal of American Studies: Eurasian Perspectives