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ASA Distinguished Speaker’s Bureau

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The American Studies Association is pleased to announce the scholars participating in its Distinguished Speaker's Bureau. Speaking on a wide range of topics, the Distinguished Speakers' Bureau brings leading scholars to your institution.

Speakers listed below are willing to give at least one lecture in the academic year on behalf of the ASA. Speakers donate their time to the ASA in order to participate. Host institutions pay a $1,500 speaker's fee directly to the ASA, in addition to the speaker's travel and lodging expenses.

All speakers' fees are deposited into the ASA's Community Partnership Fund. The Community Partnership Fund supports a competitive grants program open to members of the American Studies Association. The Fund encourages projects developed in collaboration with community-based organizations, school districts, public libraries, local historical societies, community museums, and other non-profit entities.

If you or an institution you know would like to arrange a lecture or need further information, please contact the Distinguished Speakers' Bureau Coordinator at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). In some cases the scholars may be willing to speak on topics other than those listed here. The earlier arrangements are made the better chance you have of obtaining the speaker of your choice. Please do not contact lecturers directly.

The following individuals are available to lecture.

To date, the following association leaders have volunteered their services to the ASA's Distinguished Speakers' Bureau.

Joanne M. Braxton, College of William and Mary

  • "Letters and Liberation: Reclaiming the Lost Ground of Black Women's Autobiography"
  • "Teaching the Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar"
  • "Langston Hughes' Poetic Vision and Its Challenge to the New American Scholar in the 21st Century"
  • "Other topics on request

Joanne M. Braxton is Frances L. and Edwin L. Cummings Professor of English and the Humanities at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg , Virginia. In addition to teaching for the William and Mary English Department, she also teaches for American Studies, Women's Studies and Black Studies. Widely published in journals, magazines and anthologies, Professor Braxton's writings also include the monograph Black Women Writing Autobiography: A Tradition Within a Tradition, Sometimes I Think of Maryland, a collection of poetry, and the play, Crossing A Deep River: A Ritual Drama in Three Movements, which has been shown at the National Black Theatre Festival and elsewhere. Braxton edited the The Collected Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar, the most complete volume of Dunbar's poetry ever published, as well as The Maya Angelou "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" Reader." She edits the Women Writers of Color Biography Series for the Praeger Publishing Group. Professor Braxton has traveled in Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Senegal, and lectured in the United States, Cuba, Brazil, France, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, and France. She has served as a senior Fulbright Professor, teaching American Studies, African American literature and non-fiction life writing at the University of Muenster, in Germany. She recently completed a digital video conference on Black women's writing to four European nations for the U.S. State Department.

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Philip J. Deloria, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

  • "J.B. Jackson at Mount Rushmore: Reading the Landscapes of the Interstate, the New Deal, the Wilderness, and the Nation"
  • "Drain the Lake! Tear Down the Butte! Build Paradise!: The Environmental Dimensions of Political Economy in Boulder, Benzie and Beyond."
  • "Crossing the (Indian) Color Line: The Story of My Grandparents"

President of the American Studies Association in 2008-2009, Philip J. Deloria (Ph.D. Yale 1994) is a professor in the Department of History and the Program in American Culture at the University of Michigan. He came to Michigan in 2001, after six and one half years teaching at the University of Colorado. His 1998 book Playing Indian (Yale University Press) was the winner of a Gustavus Myers outstanding book award from the Gustavus Myers Program for the study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America. His latest work is Indians in Unexpected Places (Kansas, 2004), which examines the ideologies surrounding Indian people at the turn of the twentieth century—and the ways Native Americans challenged those ideologies through world travel, film and theater, sports, automobility, and musical performance. He is the author of numerous articles and essays, was a co-author of The Native Americans (Turner, 1993), and is presently at work on three other book-length projects.

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Gina Dent, University of California, Santa Cruz

  • "Who's Laughing Now?: Bamboozled and Black Culture"
  • "Forget Race: Becoming Cultural Studies"
  • "Transnationalizing Gender Justice: Feminism, Prison Abolition, and Human Rights"
  • "Prison as a Border"
  • "Complicating Frameworks for Diversity"

Gina Dent (Ph.D., Columbia University, English & Comparative Literature) is Associate Professor of Feminist Studies, History of Consciousness, and Legal Studies and Director of the Institute for Advanced Feminist Research at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the editor of Black Popular Culture ([1993] New York: The New Press, 1998) and author of articles on race, feminism, popular culture, and visual art. Her forthcoming book Anchored to the Real: Black Literature in the Wake of Anthropology (Duke University Press) is a study of the consequences—both disabling and productive—of social science's role in translating black writers into American literature. Her two current book projects grow out of her work as an advocate for human rights and prison abolition—Prison as a Border, on prisons and popular culture, and Movement in Black and Red: The Life of Charlene Mitchell, an oral history and memoir. Her work is also focused on cultural transformation within the university, with special attention to the impact and interpretation of the language of diversity. In this capacity, she served as principal investigator for UC Santa Cruz's recent climate study. She lectures widely in the US and abroad on the topics of prisons and popular culture, African American and African Diaspora studies, and the politics of disciplinary histories and transformations.

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Rod Ferguson, University of Illinois, Chicago

  • "The Serialization of Sexuality: Lorraine Hansberry, the 1950s, and Anti-colonialism"
  • "A Contest Over Personhood: Student Movements and the Shifting Ideals of the University"
  • "The Demand behind the Demands: Black Radicalisms and the Details of a New Tomorrow"
  • "The Diasporas of Black Queer Art"

Roderick A. Ferguson is faculty in the Department of African American Studies and Gender and Women's Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the co-director of the Racialized Body research cluster at UIC. Prior to his appointment at UIC, he was professor of race and critical theory in the Department of American Studies at the University of Minnesota, serving as chair of the department from 2009 to 2012. In the fall of 2013, he was the Old Dominion Visiting Faculty for the Council of the Humanities and the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University. In 2004, he was Scholar in Residence for the "Queer Locations" Seminar at the University of California's Humanities Research Institute. From 2007 to 2010, he was associate editor of the American Studies Association's flagship journal American Quarterly. He is the co-editor with Grace Hong of the University of Minnesota Press series Difference Incorporated. Also with Hong, he is the co-editor of the anthology Strange Affinities: The Gender and Sexual Politics of Comparative Racialization (2011). In addition, he is the author of The Reorder of Things: The University and Its Pedagogies of Minority Difference (2012), Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique (2004), and numerous articles.

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Kevin Gaines, Cornell University

  • "The Civil Rights Movement in Global Perspective"
  • "African American Expatriates in Ghana During the Civil Rights Era"
  • ""The Future of the Colored Race:" African American Identity at the turn of the Twentieth Century"
  • "Race, Democracy and the Discourse of Psychology in Postwar African American Literature"
  • "The Art of Kara Walker and Racial Stereotypes in U.S. History"

The president of the American Studies Association in 2009-2010, Kevin K. Gaines (Ph.D., American Civilization Department, Brown University) is Professor of History and Africana Studies, Cornell University. He is author of Uplifting the Race: Black Leadership, Politics, and Culture During the Twentieth Century (University of North Carolina Press, 1996), which was awarded the John Hope Franklin Prize of the American Studies Association. His book, American Africans in Ghana: Black Expatriates and the Civil Rights Era (UNC Press, 2006) was a Choice Outstanding Academic Title. His current research is on African American history in global perspective. From 1987 to 1991, he was Jazz Director at WBRU-FM in Providence, Rhode Island, and on-air host of jazz, blues, and reggae programs. His essays, columns and reviews on African American history, art, music, literature, and culture have been published in major newspapers, journals, and magazines, including the New York Times, the Providence Journal, American Quarterly, American Historical Review, the Journal of American History, American Literary History, Small Axe, Radical History Review, and Social Text. He has lectured at universities throughout the U.S. as well as internationally, in Japan, Korea, England, France, Ghana, South Africa, and Australia.

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Ruth Wilson Gilmore, City University of New York Graduate Center

  • "The United States's Addiction to Prisons: Racism, Surplus, and Globalization"
  • "Racism in the 21st Century: Profiling Alienated Labor"
  • "Abandonment: The Politics of Infrastructure"
  • "A Manifesto in Defense of Dependency: or, Not All Power is Bad"

The president of the American Studies Association in 2010-2011, Ruth Wilson Gilmore is Professor of Geography in the Doctoral Program in Earth and Environmental Sciences, The Graduate Center, CUNY. She is the author of Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California (University of California Press, 2007), which was recognized by ASA with its Lora Romero First Book Award. Recent publications include: "In the Shadow of the Shadow State" (in Incite! Women of Color Against Violence, eds. The Revolution Will Not Be Funded, March 2007, South End Press), and "Forgotten Places and the Seeds of Grassroots Planning" (in Charles R. Hale, ed., Engaging Contradictions, forthcoming, University of California Press). She is a founding member of California Prison Moratorium Project and Critical Resistance, and past-president of the Central California Environmental Justice Network. Honors include a Soros Senior Justice Fellowship, The James Blaut Award for Critical Geography, the Ralph Santiago Abascal Award for Economic and Environmental Justice, and a USC-Mellon Award for Excellence in Mentoring Graduate Students.

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Jack Halberstam, University of Southern California

  • "Of Zombies, Pets and the Wild" - a talk on the emergence of the zombie and the production of living death - covers issues of race, colonialism, pet owning, and expired forms of humanism.
  • "A Frightful Leap into Darkness: Auto-Destructive Art in the Age of Transhumanism" - an analysis of a little known art movement that centers on the death of the artist and critiques new trans-humanist technologies designed to extend human life.
  • "Aesthetics and Resistance" - a low theory talk on new relations between aesthetics and resistance found in video games and animated films.
  • "Queer Animation"
  • On Behalf of Failure" - a modest proposal that we revisit the politics of failure and examine what kinds of queer projects they open out onto.
  • Various talks on transgenderism and gender variance.

Jack Halberstam is a Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity Gender Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. Halberstam is the author of five books including: Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters (Duke UP, 1995), Female Masculinity (Duke UP, 1998), In A Queer Time and Place (NYU Press, 2005), The Queer Art of Failure (Duke UP, 2011) and Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal (Beacon Press, 2012) and has written articles that have appeared in numerous journals, magazines and collections. Halberstam has co-edited a number of anthologies including Posthuman Bodies with Ira Livingston (Indiana University Press, 1995) and a special issue of Social Text with Jose Munoz and David Eng titled "What's Queer About Queer Studies Now?" Halberstam's work generally concerns questions of embodiment, gender variance, sexuality and queer culture. Halberstam serves on the editorial boards of GLQ; Third Space: A Journal of Feminist Theory and Culture; Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies; Subjectivity Journal; Sexuality and Communication; Sexualities; Hypatia. Halberstam also co-edits a book series for Duke University Press titled: Perverse Modernities: Race, Sex and the Break‑Up of Knowledge. Halberstam has received teaching awards and regularly gives lectures in the US and internationally on his work and on a variety of topics from queer studies to transgender issues to popular culture, subcultures and the relations between aesthetics and resistance in late capitalism. In 2015, Halberstam was the Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor of Gender Studies at Cambridge University, UK and he has also been a distinguished visiting scholar at the University of Pittsburgh, GWU, Princeton and University of Alberta. Halberstam is currently working on several projects including a book titled The Wild on queer anarchy, performance and protest culture, the visual representation of anarchy and the intersections between animality, the human and the environment.

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Matthew Frye Jacobson, Yale University

  • "The Historian's Eye: Documentary Practice and the Presence of the Past"
  • "Race, Immigration, and US Citizenship"
  • "Can You See Me?': Race, Rock, and the Social Geography of the Jimi Hendrix Experience"
  • "From the Black Panthers and Nixon to Obama and the Tea Party: Interpreting the 'Post' of 'Post-Civil Rights"

Matthew Frye Jacobson is William Robertson Coe Professor of American Studies and History at Yale, and has served as President of the American Studies Association in 2012-2013. He received his Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University in 1992, and is the author of What Have They Built You to Do?: The Manchurian Candidate and Cold War America (with Gaspar Gonzalez, 2006); Roots Too: White Ethnic Revival in Post-Civil Rights America (2005); Barbarian Virtues: The United States Encounters Foreign Peoples at Home and Abroad, 1876-1917 (2000); Whiteness of a Different Color: European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race (1998); and Special Sorrows: The Diasporic Imagination of Irish, Polish, and Jewish Immigrants in the United States (1995). He is currently at work on Odetta's Voice and other Weapons: The Civil Rights Era as Cultural History. He teaches courses on race in U.S. political culture 1790-present, including U.S. imperialism, immigration and migration, popular culture, and the juridical structures of U.S. citizenship.

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E. Patrick Johnson, Northwestern University

  • "From Field to Stage to Screen: Aesthetic Methodologies in the Making of Sweet Tea"
  • "The Beekeeper: Performing Black Southern Women Who Love Women"
  • "My Indifference: Transgressing Transgender Transnormativity"
  • "Southern (Dis)Comfort: Homosex in the Black South"

E. Patrick Johnson is the Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University. A scholar, artist, and activist, Johnson has performed nationally and internationally and has published widely in the area of race, gender, sexuality and performance. Johnson is a prolific performer and scholar, and an inspiring teacher, whose research and artistry has greatly impacted African American studies, performance studies, and sexuality studies. He is the author of two award-winning books, Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity (Duke UP, 2003), and Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South -- An Oral History (University of North Carolina UP, 2008). He is the editor of Cultural Struggles: Performance, Ethnography, Praxis by Dwight Conquergood (Michigan UP, 2013) and co-editor (with Mae G. Henderson) of Black Queer Studies -- A Critical Anthology (Duke UP, 2005) and (with Ramon Rivera-Servera) of solo/black/woman: scripts, interviews, and essays (Northwestern UP, 2013) and Blacktino Queer Performance (Duke UP, forthcoming). He is currently at work on the companion text to Sweet Tea, entitled, Honeypot: Southern Black Women Who Love Women.

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Miranda Joseph, University of Arizona

  • "Debt and Disappointment"
  • "Gender, Entrepreneurial Subjectivity, and Pathologies of Personal Finance"
  • "Accounting for Interdisciplinarity"

Miranda Joseph is Professor of Gender & Women's Studies at the University of Arizona (UA). She received her PhD in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University in 1995. She is David Michael Winton and Penny Rand Winton Chair in the Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota (2016). Her scholarship uses the tools of cultural studies to explore the relationship between economic processes and social formations. Her recent book, Debt to Society: Accounting for Life Under Capitalism (2014), explores various modes of accounting (financial, juridical and managerial) as they are deployed to create, sustain and transform social relations, with particular attention to gender, race and sexuality. Her first book, Against the Romance of Community (2002), examines the supplementary relation of community with capitalism in the context of political debates over LGBT art and culture and the discourses and practices of NGOs. In ongoing current work, such as "Investing in the Cruel Entrepreneurial University" South Atlantic Quarterly 114:3 (July 2015) 491-511, Joseph explores the impact of financialization on universities. And she is undertaking interdisciplinary collaborations to examine the limits and potentials of various forms of "counter-accounting," such as "Challenging Assumptions: Crossing Disciplinary Divides to Make Knowledge about Gender and Finance," (with Joyce Serido), Feminist Formations 26.2 (Summer 2014) 52-83. Other recent publications include "American Studies and the University of Debt" (Response to Curtis Marez's ASA Presidential Address) American Quarterly 66.2 (June 2014) 283-288; and "Neoliberalism and the Battle Over Ethnic Studies in Arizona," co-authored with Sandra K. Soto, Thought and Action: The NEA Higher Education Journal (Fall 2010): 45-56, for which they received the National Education Association Excellence in the Academy Award: Democracy in Higher Education, 2010.

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J. Kēhaulani Kauanui, Wesleyan University

  • "Nothing Common about 'the Commons': Settler Colonialism and the Politics of Indigenous Land Dispossession"
  • "Hawaiian Sovereignty the Contradictory Politics of Self-Determination"
  • "Same-Sex Marriage in Hawai'i: Indigenous Tradition and Settler Colonial Continuities"
  • "Indigeneity and the Politics of Occupation: Hawaii and Palestine"

J. Kēhaulani Kauanui is an Associate Professor of American Studies and Anthropology at Wesleyan University, where she teaches on comparative colonialism, indigenous sovereignty, critical race theory, and anarchism. Kauanui is an elected member of the American Antiquarian Society and has held fellowships from the School of Advanced Research, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, Smithsonian Institution, Rockefeller Archives Center, National Science Foundation, and Fulbright. Kauanui's first book is Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity (Duke University Press, 2008).  Her second book (in-progress), The Paradoxes of Hawaiian Sovereignty, is a critical study on land, gender and sexual politics and the tensions regarding indigeneity in relation to statist Hawaiian nationalism (contracted with Duke University Press). Her articles appear in numerous edited books, as well journals such as: South Atlantic Quarterly, The American Quarterly, Politica & Società, American Studies, Comparative American Studies, Political and Legal Anthropology Review, American Indian Quarterly, The Contemporary Pacific, The Hawaiian Journal of History, 'Oiwi: Native Hawaiian Journal, and Social Text. Kauanui serves as a radio producer for an anarchist politics show called, "Anarchy on Air." She previously hosted the radio show, "Indigenous Politics: From Native New England and Beyond," which aired for seven years and was broadly syndicated across eleven states. She is an original co-founder of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association. In 2008 she served as the president of the New England American Studies Association. From 2013-2016 she served on the National Council of the American Studies Association.

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Robin D. G. Kelley, University of California, Los Angeles

  • "Mike Brown's Body: An Historical and Political Autopsy"
  • "The Long Rise and Short Decline of American Democracy"
  • "Undocumented: World War on the Working Class"
  • "The Education of Miss Grace Halsell: An Intimate History of the American Century"
  • "Confounding Myths: Ellen Gallagher's Modernity Remix"
  • "'Ruthless Criticism of Everything Existing': Humanities in Revolutionary Times"
  • "Place is the Space: The 'Hood as a Locus of Jazz History"

Robin D. G. Kelley, is the Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at UCLA. His books include the prize-winning, Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original (Free Press, 2009); Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times (Harvard University Press, 2012); Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression (University of North Carolina Press, 1990, 2nd Ed. 2015); Race Rebels: Culture Politics and the Black Working Class (The Free Press, 1994); Yo' Mama's DisFunktional!: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America (Beacon Press, 1997); Three Strikes: Miners, Musicians, Salesgirls, and the Fighting Spirit of Labor's Last Century, written collaboratively with Dana Frank and Howard Zinn (Beacon 2001); and Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination (Beacon Press, 2002). He also edited (with Franklin Rosemont) Black, Brown, and Beige: Surrealist Writings from Africa and the African Diaspora (University of Texas Press, 2009), recipient of an American Book Award; (with Stephen Tuck) The Other Special Relationship: Race, Rights and Riots in Britain and the United States (New York: Palgrave, 2015); (with Earl Lewis) To Make Our World Anew: A History of African Americans (Oxford University Press, 2000); and (with Sidney J. Lemelle), Imagining Home: Class, Culture, and Nationalism in the African Diaspora (Verso Books, 1995). He is currently completing a biography of journalist, social critic, adventurer, and activist Grace Halsell (1923-2000), for which he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Kelley's essays have appeared in several anthologies and publications, including The Nation, Monthly Review, Mondoweiss, The Voice Literary Supplement, New York Times (Arts and Leisure), New York Times Magazine, Color Lines, Counterpunch, African Studies Review, Black Music Research Journal, Callaloo, Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noir, Social Text, Metropolis, American Visions, Boston Review, American Historical Review, Journal of American History, New Labor Forum, and Souls, to name a few.

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Paul Lauter, Trinity College

  • "Mississippi Freedom Schools and Today's School 'Reform'"
  • "What Is Working-Class American Literature?"
  • "How Do You Get People to Work? and Why?"
  • "Is American Studies Anti-American?"
  • "Should We Be Teaching Lydia Sigourney?"

President of the American Studies Association in 1994-1995 and General Editor of the groundbreaking Heath Anthology of American Literature, Lauter was one of the founders of The Feminist Press and its treasurer and an editor for fourteen years. He also held offices in the faculty and staff union at the State University of New York, the American Friends Service Committee, and the U.S. Servicemen's Fund. He worked in freedom schools in Mississippi during the mid-1960s. Recent projects include co-editing a book on Working-Class American Literature, the Oxford On-Line Bibliography of American Literature, and a book about the impact of 60's activism on American culture and education.

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David Lloyd, University of California, Riverside

  • "When and Why a Boycott Makes Sense: Contextualizing the ASA's Endorsement of the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions"
  • "The Responsibility of the Worldly Intellectual, after Edward Said"
  • "Clinton's Northern Ireland Peace Process: Is it a Portable Example?"
  • "Black Irish, Irish Whiteness and Atlantic State Formation"

David Lloyd, Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside, works primarily on postcolonial and cultural theory, critical race theory, and on Irish culture. He is the author of Nationalism and Minor Literature (1987); Anomalous States (1993); Ireland After History (1999) and Irish Times: Temporalities of Irish Modernity (2008). His most recent book is Irish Culture and Colonial Modernity: The Transformation of Oral Space (2011). He has recently completed a study of Samuel Beckett's visual aesthetics, forthcoming in 2016 with Edinburgh University Press, and a collection of essays on aesthetics, race and representation, Under Representation, forthcoming from Living Commons. He has co-published several other books, including The Nature and Context of Minority Discourse (1991), with Abdul JanMohamed; Culture and the State, co-authored with Paul Thomas (1997); The Politics of Culture in the Shadow of Capital (1997), with Lisa Lowe; and The Black and Green Atlantic: Cross-Currents of the African and Irish Diasporas (2008), edited with Peter D. O'Neill. He is also a founding member of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. He has published articles on Palestine and Israel: "In the Long Shadow of the Settler: On Israeli and US Colonialisms", co-written with Laura Pulido, in Audrea Lim, ed. The Case for Sanctions Against Israel (London: Verso Press, 2012) and "Settler Colonialism and the State of Exception: The Example of Israel/Palestine" in The Journal of Settler Colonial Studies 2.1 (2012). Other publications on the academic boycott of Israel include: "What Threatens Israel Most? Democracy", in the Los Angeles Review of Books, "It Is Our Belief That Palestine is a Feminist Issue..." in Critical Legal Thinking, and, with Malini Johar Schueller, an essay on the rationale for the academic boycott of Israel in the AAUP's Journal of Academic Freedom.

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Eric Lott, Graduate Center of the City University of New York

  • "Hollywood in the Age of Globalization: The Case of National Treasure"
  • "Gangs of New York: Popular Culture in Antebellum America"
  • "Blackface Now and Then: The Minstrel Show and Its Afterlives"
  • "Boomer Liberalism: Intellectuals in the Age of Clinton/Bush"
  • "Blonde on Blonde: Whiteness, Whiteness Studies, and the Construction of Race"

Eric Lott received his PhD from Columbia University and has taught American Studies at the University of Virginia since 1990. His book Love and Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class (Oxford UP, 1993) won the Modern Language Association First Book Prize and the Avery O. Craven Award from the Organization of American Historians; it also afforded the title of Bob Dylan's album "Love and Theft" (2001). He is also the author of a study of liberal intellectuals in the 1990s titled The Disappearing Liberal Intellectual (Basic Books, 2006). His work-in-progress includes a study of white cultural constructions of blackness (White Like Me). He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Princeton University, among others, and his work has appeared in The Nation, The Village Voice, American Quarterly, American Literary History, and Representations.

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Lisa Lowe, Tufts University

  • "Metaphors of Globalization"
  • "The Social Life of Empire: London, Canton, Boston"
  • "Transpacific and Hemispheric Approaches to American Studies"
  • "Beyond Compare: Histories of the Present"

Lisa Lowe is Professor of English and American Studies at Tufts University, and a member of the Consortium of Studies on Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora. Prior to joining Tufts in 2012, she taught at Yale University and at UC San Diego. She began as a scholar of comparative literature, and her work has focused on literatures and cultures of encounter that emerge from histories of colonialism, immigration, and globalization. She is known especially for her work on Asian Americans and U.S. wars in Asia, French and British colonialisms, and comparative global humanities. She is the author of Critical Terrains: French and British Orientalisms (1991), Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics (1996) (Book Award in Cultural Studies from the Association for Asian American Studies; Honorable Mention John Hope Franklin Prize from the American Studies Association), and The Intimacies of Four Continents (2015), as well as co-editor of The Politics of Culture in the Shadow of Capital (1997). She is currently finishing Metaphors of Globalization, a comparison of social scientific research on "globalization" with representations from film, literature, and expressive culture.

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Alex Lubin, University of New Mexico

  • "'Ramadan in Space Time': Afrofuturism in Banding Era Cairo"
  • "Black Panther Palestine"
  • "American Studies in the Middle East"

Alex Lubin is Professor and Chair of the American Studies Department at the University of New Mexico. From 2011-2013 he served as the Director of the Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR) at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Lubin's scholarship engages global histories of race, the African Diaspora, and America in the world, with a particular focus on U.S./Middle East relations. He is the author of Geographies of Liberation: The Making of an Afro-Arab Political Imaginary (UNC, 2014) and Romance and Rights: The Politics of Interracial Intimacy, 1945-1954. He is the editor of Revising the Blueprint: Ann Petry and the Literary Left; Settler Colonialism: A South Atlantic Quarterly Special Issue (with Alyosha Goldstein); American Studies Encounters the Middle East (with Marwan Kraidy, forthcoming).

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Susan Manning, Northwestern University

  • "Watching Across the Color Line: Multiracial Spectatorship of American Dance, 1900-1960"
  • "Reggie Wilson and the Making of Moses(es)"
  • "Ausdruckstanz across the Atlantic"

Susan Manning has pursued her research interest in dance studies, an emergent discipline within the humanities, by working through the more established fields of drama, theatre and performance studies. A Professor of English, Theatre and Performance Studies at Northwestern University, she currently serves as Principal Investigator for the Mellon-funded initiative "Dance Studies in/and the Humanities." She is the author of Modern Dance, Negro Dance: Race in Motion (2004), a study of changing relations between African American concert dancers and modern dancers from the Red Decade to the Red Scare, and Danses noires/Blanche Amérique (2008), the catalogue for an exhibit she curated in Paris on African American theatre dance from the era of Jim Crow to the election of Barack Obama. Her interest in the complex history of Black Dance on U.S. stages led her to work as a dramaturge with Reggie Wilson on his 2013 work, Moses(es), a process that she documented in a special section in TDR: The Drama Review (spring 2015). Her current research focuses on the transnational circulation of American and German modern dance.

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Tara McPherson, University of Southern California

  • "A Rule Set for the Future: Digital Media and Learning"
  • "Color Coding: The Racial Epistemologies of Electronic Media"
  • "The South in the National Imaginary"
  • "The Digital Humanities and the Future of Scholarly Publishing"

Tara McPherson is Associate Professor of Gender and Critical Studies at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts where she teaches courses in race, gender, digital media, and popular culture. She is the author of the Award-winning Reconstructing Dixie: Race, Gender and Nostalgia in the Imagined South (Duke, 2003), editor of Digital Youth, Innovation and the Unexpected (MIT, 2008) and co-editor of Hop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Culture (Duke 2003) and Interactive Frictions: Form and Politics in Digital Media (in process, UC Press). Her writing has appeared in numerous journal and edited anthologies, and she serves as founding editor of the innovative multimedia journal, Vectors and founding co-editor of the International Journal of Learning and Media (forthcoming from MIT Press). Co-organizer of the 1999 conference, Interactive Frictions, Tara is among the founding organizers of Race in Digital Space. She is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Archives, has served as an AFI juror, is a member of HASTAC, and is on the boards of several journals and of the Scholarly Communication Institute. Her research activities have been funded by the Rockefeller, Mellon, MacArthur, Ford and Annenberg Foundations.

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Kevin Mumford, University of Illinois, Urban-Chamapign

  • "Not Straight, Not White: Black Gay Men From the March on Washington to the AIDS Crisis"
  • "Constructions of Black Masculinity and the Racial Crisis"
  • "The Problem of Racial Mixture in United States History"

Kevin Mumford is Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; he received his Ph.D. in History from Stanford University (1993); A.B. in History with Honors, University of Wisconsin -- Madison (1986); selected publications include Not Straight, Not White: Black Gay Men From the March on Washington to the AIDS Crisis (UNC, 2016); Newark: A History of Race, Rights, and Riots in America, (NYU, 2007); Interzones: Black/White Sex Districts in Chicago and New York in the Early Twentieth Century, (Columbia, 1997); "The Trouble With Gay Rights: Race and the Politics of Sexual Orientation in Philadelphia, 1969-1982" Journal of American History, 98 (June 2011), 49-72; "Homosex Changes: Race, Cultural Geography, and the Emergence of the Gay," American Quarterly, 48 (September 1996), 395-414; reprinted in Locating American Studies: Evolution of a Discipline, ed. Lucy Maddox, (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1999), 385-407. His awards include Fulbright Senior Scholar, Erfurt Universitait (2011); Warren Center for the Study of American History at Harvard University (2008); Schomburg Fellow, NEH Library Award, (2005); Binkely-Stephenson Award, Organization of American Historians and Audre Lorde Prize, American Historical Association. He teaches courses on the construction of race, African American history, and twentieth century United States history, and is currently working on a history of the black male body in modern times.

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Nadine Naber, University of Illinois, Chicago

  • "Arab and Muslim Americans and the Racial Politics of the War on Terror"
  • "Transnational Feminist Predicaments: From the Arab region to its Diasporas"
  • "Diasporas of Empire: The Repression of Palestinian and Arab Liberation in the United States"
  • Other Topics on Request

Nadine Naber is an Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and Asian American Studies. Her work focuses on Arab and Muslim Americans and the themes of racialization and feminist, queer, people of color-based, and anti-imperialist activism. Nadine is author of Arab America: Gender, Cultural Politics, and Activism (NYU) and co-editor of the books Race and Arab Americans; Arab and Arab American Feminisms (both with Syracuse); and The Color of Violence (South End). Her current book explores feminist and queer activism in the contexts of empire and diaspora with a focus on four cities: Beirut, Cairo, Chicago, and Detroit. Nadine is co-founder of Arab and Muslim American Studies (an Ethnic Studies unit within the Program in American Culture at UM, Ann Arbor) and a public intellectual who appears on radio shows discussing Arab and Arab American politics; serves as an expert author for the United Nations; partners with feminist movements of the Arab region; and works as an international scholar with the Open Society Foundation.

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Jean O'Brien, University of Minnesota

  • "Monumental Mobility: The Memory Work of Massasoit"
  • "Memory and Mobility: Grandma's Mahnomen, White Earth"
  • "Why You Can't Teach United States History Without Indians"
  • "Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians Out of Existence In New England"

Jean M. O'Brien (White Earth Ojibwe) is Distinguished McKnight University Professor of History at the University of Minnesota. In addition to numerous articles and book chapters, O'Brien is the author of Dispossession by Degrees: Indian Land and Identity in Natick, Massachusetts, 1650-1790 (1997), Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians Out of Existence in New England (2010), Recognition, Sovereignty Struggles, and Indigenous Rights in the United States: A Sourcebook (2013, edited with Amy E. Den Ouden), and Why You Can't Teach U.S. History Without Indians (University of North Carolina Press, 2015, edited with Susan Sleeper-Smith, Juliana Barr, Nancy Shoemaker, and Scott Manning Stevens). She is a co-founder and Past President of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association and inaugural co-editor (with Robert Warrior) of the association's journal, Native American and Indigenous Studies. She has also served as President of the American Society for Ethnohistory, and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Cobell Scholarship Fund. She has won numerous fellowships and awards in support of her work, including the American Indian History Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014 from the Western History Association, and she is an elected member of the Society of American Historians.

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Donald Pease, Dartmouth College

  • "American Studies after US Exceptionalism"
  • "The Recent Planetary Turn in American Studies "The Mythological Foundations of Bush's Biopolitical Settlement"
  • " The Mexican-American War and Whitman's "Song of Myself": A Foundational Borderline Fantasy"
  • "Trauma and Translation "Tennessee Williams and the Primal Scene of the 1950's"
  • ""Experience," the Anti-Slave and the Crisis of Emersonianism"
  • "Spectres of the New Americanists"
  • "Transnational American Studies: A Critical Comparativist Analysis"

Donald Pease is the Avalon Foundation Chair of the Humanities and the Chair of the Liberal Studies Program at Dartmouth College.His 1987 book Visionary Compacts: American Renaissance Writing in Cultural Context won the Mark Ingraham Prize for the best new book in the Humanities in 1987. Pease is the editor or co-editor of eight volumes including: The American Renaissance Reconsidered, Cultures of US Imperialism (with Amy Kaplan), Revisionist Interventions into the American Canon, Postnational Narratives and (with Robyn Wiegman) Futures of American Studies. Pease has directed two NEH Seminars for College Teachers and is presently the General Editor for the New Americanists book series at Duke University Press as well as the Founding Director of Futures of American Studies, a Summer Institute in American Studies held each summer at Dartmouth. The author of more than eighty essays, Pease is presently at work on American Studies after the New Americanists.

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Rafael Pérez-Torres, University of California, Los Angeles

  • "The Tropics of Mestizaje: Uses of Race in Chicana Critical Discourse"
  • "Critical Mestizaje and Chicana/o Culture"
  • "Globalization and Chicano/a Cultural Response"
  • "Spatial Hybridity and Transnational Identities in Chicano Culture"
  • "Ethnics, Ethics and Chicano Aesthetics"

Rafael Pérez-Torres studies the intersection of contemporary U.S. culture with social configurations of race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality. He is particularly interested in the intersection between contemporary multicultural production and theories of postcoloniality and postmodernity. He is the author of Movements in Chicano Poetry: Against Myths, Against Margins (Cambridge University Press, 1995), Mestizaje: Critical Uses of Race in Chicano Culture (University of Minnesota Press, 2006), and co-author of To Alcatraz, Death Row and Back: Memories of an East L.A. Outlaw (University of Texas Press, 2005). He also co-edited The Chicano Studies Reader: An Anthology of Aztlán 1970-2000 (UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Publications, 2001). Other publications include "Chicano Ethnicity, Cultural Hybridity, the Mestizo Voice" (American Literature 70.1), "Refiguring Aztlán" (Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies 22.2), "Between Presence and Absence: Beloved, Postmodernism, and Blackness" (A Casebook on Beloved edited by William Andrews and Nellie Y. McKay.. Oxford University Press, 1999), and "Nomads and Migrants - Negotiating a Multicultural Postmodernism" (Cultural Critique 26). He has served on the editorial boards of such journals as America Literary History, American Literature, Aztlán, and Contemporary Literature and regularly teaches courses on Chicano/a literature and culture, postmodernism and multiculturalism, and the novel and its theories.

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Carla L. Peterson, University of Maryland, College Park

  • ""African-American Women Orators in the Antebellum North"
  • ""Antebellum Slave Narrators: Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs"
  • ""African Americans and the New York Draft Riots of 1863: Contested Spaces of Black Community and City Neighborhoods"
  • ""Family, Memory, History: Reconstituting Black Elite Culture in Nineteenth-Century New York"
  • ""Black Cosmopolitanism and the Reshaping of African American Local and National Identities (1830-1910)"

Carla L. Peterson is Professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park, and affiliate faculty of the American Studies, African-American Studies, and Women's Studies Departments. In the American Studies Association, she was co-chair of the ASA 2003 Annual Meeting Program Committee, member of the John Hope Franklin Prize Committee in 1993-94, and served on the American Quarterly Board of Managing Editors and the Board of Advisory Editors. She is the author of "Doers of the Word": African-American Women Speakers and Writers in the North (1830-1880) and of numerous essays on nineteenth-century African American literature and culture. She is currently working on a book, tentatively titled Black Gotham: African American Family and Community in Nineteenth-Century New York, about nineteenth-century black New Yorkers as seen through the lens of family history. Peterson has been the recipient of fellowships from the Center of Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the New York Public Library Center for Scholars and Writers, and the NEH. Beyond the academy, she is a current member of the Maryland Humanities Council Speakers Bureau and past member of the board of the Washington D.C. Humanities Council. She has participated in the TV documentaries, "Ticket to Freedom" and "Remembering Slavery." She has conducted numerous curriculum development workshops for public school teachers in Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Internationally, she has served as a USIA academic specialist in American Studies at Quisqueya University, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and taught summer seminars in Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City.

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Paula Rabinowitz, University of Minnesota

  • "The Demotic Ulysses: Pulp Fiction in Postwar America"
  • "Black & White & Noir: Race and America's Pulp Modernism"
  • "Domesticating Art: Museums in the Age of the Trademark"
  • "Tuning, Collaborating, Interacting: Women's Installation Art"
  • "Feminism as a National Identity; Or Why There are Three Georgia O'Keeffe Prints in the Rome USIS Office"
  • "Swimming Into the Canvas: Two Dreams, a Book and Some Paintings; on The Awakening"
  • "Labor in Fiction during the 1930s"
  • "Material Girls (and Boys): What to Wear"

Professor of English at the University of Minnesota, where she teaches in the programs of American Studies, Critical Studies in Discourse and Society, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies as well as the Department of English. In addition to her duties as a professor, Rabinowitz is also Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature. Her research, teaching and training are in the areas of American materialist feminist cultural studies. Her work considers the interlocking roles of cinema, photography, painting in and through literature and space in twentieth-century American social history. A feminist cultural historian, she has published widely on contemporary and modernist American women's art and literature. Her books explore hidden histories within working-class, pulp and popular cultures; they include Labor and Desire: Women's Revolutionary Fiction in Depression America (UNC, 1991), They Must Be Represented: The Politics of Documentary (Verso, 1994), Black & White & Noir: America's Pulp Modernism (Columbia, 2002), and American Pulp: How Paperbacks Brought Modernism to Main Street (Princeton, 2014), which was awarded the DeLong Prize for Best Book on Book History by the Society for the Study of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP). She co-edited Writing Red: An Anthology of American Women Writers, 1930-1940 (Feminist Press, 1987), the four-volume series Habits of Being (University of Minnesota, 2015), Lineages of the Literary Left: Essays in Honor of Alan M. Wald (Maize Books, 2015), and Red Love Across the Pacific: Sexual and Political Revolutions of the Twentieth Century, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Additionally, she has contributed articles and chapters on literary radicalism and film theory to many journals, anthologies and encyclopedia, such as, the Cambridge Companion to American Modernism, Encyclopedia of Documentary Film (Routledge), Modernism, Inc. (NYU). Her recent essays on art and culture have appeared in NY Arts, PAJ, Social Text, Legacy, Cineaste, Film International, Women's Studies Quarterly, T/Here among others, and have been translated into Italian, Spanish, Catalan and Chinese. Between 2003 and 2006, she was Project Director of VG/Voices from the Gaps, an award-winning international website on the Art and Writing of North American Women of Color comprised of student and professional writing. She has also co-curated gallery exhibits on women and pulp fiction and on women's sound installation art. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Mellon Fellowship, a Rockefeller Residency at Bellagio, Italy, a Senior Fellowship at the Oregon State Humanities Center and a Fulbright Professorship in Rome. In 2011, she was a Distinguished Fulbright Lecturer in American Literature and Culture at East China Normal University in Shanghai. She has served on the National Council of the American Studies Association, as well as the Delegate Assembly, the Delegate Assembly Organizing Committee, and the Executive Council of the Modern Language Association, for which she previously was co-chair of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Professions. In 2016, Rabinowitz will be in residence at the United States Studies Center (USSC) at the University of Sydney.

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Janice Radway, Northwestern University

  • "Girls, Reading, and Narrative Gleaning: Crafting Repertoires for Self-Fashioning within Everyday Life"
  • "Reading, Subjectivity, and Community Formation: Book Clubs, Libraries, and the Promotion of Reading in the Interwar Years"
  • "Girls, Zines, and the Performance of Identity"

President of the American Studies Association in 1998-99, Janice Radway is the author of Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy and Popular Literature (1984) and A Feeling for Books: The Book-of-the-Month Club, Literary Taste and Middle Class Desire (1997). She also served as Editor of American Quarterly jointly with Richard Beeman from 1983 to 1984 and then alone from 1984 to 1987. She has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies (declined) and has lectured widely throughout the U. S. and internationally. She is currently serving as co-editor with Carl Kaestle of volume 4 of the multi-volume work, History of the Book in America. She is beginning an ethnographic project on girls' self-generated cultural production that will deal with girls' zines, web pages, collages, decorated backpacks and other cultural products.

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Juana María Rodríguez, University of California, Berkeley

  • "Sex Workers and Visual Cultures"
  • "Sexual Practices, Sexual Identities, and the Challenge of Bisexuality"
  • "Academic Diversity and the Promise of Transformative Education"
  • "Ethnic Studies, Disciplinary Locations"

Juana María Rodríguez is Professor in the Gender and Women's Studies Department and in the Performance Studies Graduate Group at UC Berkeley. She is the author of two books, Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces (NYU 2003) and Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings (NYU 2014) and has published numerous articles related to her research interests in sexuality studies, queer activism in a transnational American context, critical race theory, technology and media arts, and Latin@ and Caribbean studies. She is currently completing a new book project that examines the visual representation of sex worker biographies.

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David Roediger, University Kansas

  • "White Worlds: The Critical Study of Whiteness within and beyond the U.S."
  • "White Nation: The Reproduction of Race in the U.S."

President of the American Studies Association in 2015-16, Roediger teaches history and African American Studies at the University of Kansas. He was born in southern Illinois and educated in public schools in that state, with a B.S. in Ed from Northern Illinois University. He completed a doctorate in History at Northwestern in 1979. Roediger has taught labor and Southern history at Northwestern, University of Missouri, University of Minnesota, and University of Illinois. He has also worked as an editor of the Frederick Douglass Papers at Yale University. The former chair of the editorial committee of the Charles H. Kerr Company, the world's oldest radical publisher, he has been active in the surrealist movement, labor support and anti-racist organizing. He has written on U.S. movements for a shorter working day, on the history of radicalism and on the racial identities of white workers. His books include Our Own Time, The Wages of Whiteness, How Race Survived U.S. History, and Towards the Abolition of Whiteness, all from Verso, Colored White (California), History against Misery (Kerr), and Working Towards Whiteness (Basic). His edited books include an edition of Covington Hall's Labor Struggles in the Deep South (Kerr), and another of W.E.B. Du Bois's John Brown (Random House) as well as Black on White: Black Writers on What It Means to Be White (Schocken).

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Vicki L. Ruiz, University of California, Irvine

  • "'Nuestra America'": Latino History as U.S. History"
  • "'La Nueva Chicana'": Women in the Chicano Movement"
  • "Comadres, Cowgirls, and Curanderas: Spanish/Mexican Women in the Southwest 1540-1900"
  • "Big Dream, Rural Schools: Mexican Americans and Public Education, 1870-1950"

President of the American Studies Association in 2007-2008, Ruiz is the author or editor of eleven books, including the influential monograph From out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in Twentieth-Century America. She is Professor of History and Chicano/Latino Studies at UC Irvine. Recipients of NEH and Ford Foundation Grants, she and Virginia Sanchez Korrol have recently co-edited the three-volume reference work, Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia. She is immediate past president of the Organization of American Historians and the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians.

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Josefina Saldaña-Portillo, New York University

  • "Topics on request

Josefina Saldaña-Portillo is a Professor of American Studies, and Latin American and Latina/o Studies at New York University. She received her PhD from Stanford University's Modern Thought and Literature Program in 1993. Saldaña-Portillo is the author of Indian Given: Racial Geographies Across Mexico and the United States (2016) and The Revolutionary Imagination in the Americas and the Age of Development (2003), In addition to her research on racial formations across the hemisphere, and development economics and revolutionary practice in the Americas, Saldaña-Portillo teaches courses on the relationship between the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the drug economy, and migration; indigenous history and European colonialism in New England and New Spain; and Latina feminist literature and theory. Saldaña-Portillo has been the recipient of Fulbright and NEH grants and awards.

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Siobhan B. Somerville, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • "Sexuality and the Civil Rights Imaginary"
  • "Queering Like a State: Naturalization Law, Race, and Colonial Desire"
  • "The Queer Geopolitics of Birthright Citizenship"
  • "Previous Condition: James Baldwin's Legal Archive"
Siobhan B. Somerville is an associate professor of English and Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she is an affiliated faculty member in the Department of African American Studies and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory. She received her Ph.D. in English from Yale University and is the author of Queering the Color Line: Race and the Invention of Homosexuality in American Culture (Duke UP, 2000). Somerville is currently completing a book entitled A Queer Genealogy of Naturalization in the United States, which uses critical race theory, queer studies, and settler colonial studies to explore the archives of U.S. citizenship law. Her work has been published in journals such as American Quarterly, American Literature, GLQ, Journal of the History of Sexuality, Modern Fiction Studies, and Learning and Teaching. An interdisciplinary scholar and teacher, Somerville researches and teaches in the areas of race and sexuality in U.S. literature, law, and film; queer studies; African American literature; and the history of sexuality.

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