MemberJessica Carniel

…urray, Santa Barbara: ABC Clio, 2016.

“Of Nerds and Men: Dimensions and Discourses of Masculinity in Nerds FC,” in The Sports Documentary: Critical Essays, eds Zachary Inglis and David Sutera, Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2013.

“In the spirit of reconciliation: migrating spirits and Australian postcolonial multiculturalism in Hoa Pham’s Vixen,” in Spectral Identities: Ghosting in Literature and Film, eds Melanie Anderson and Lisa Sloan, Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2013.

“Who’s the weird mob anyway? Assimilation and authenticity in They’re A Weird Mob,” in Screening Australian and New Zealand Hist…

Jessica Carniel is a Senior Lecturer in Humanities at the University of Southern Queensland, where she teaches on the history of Western ideas, ethics and human rights, and global migration. Her broad research interests include Australian and global immigration, cosmopolitan cultures, sporting communities and identities, cultural studies and gender studies. She has published widely on gender and ethnic identities in literature and sports cultures in multicultural Australia. Her study of Eurovision in Australia will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in late 2018.

MemberJacqueline Taucar

…to: A Dramaturgy of Caribbean Carnival Festival Space.” Psi#18. University of Leeds. June/July 2012.

“A Taste of the Danforth: Consuming Food, Nation, and Identity in Toronto’s GreekTown.” Congress of the Humanities. Canadian Association of Theatre Research. Carleton University. May 2009.

“Reinscribing Multiculturalism: Toronto International Festival Caravan.” Congress of the Humanities. Canadian Association of Theatre Research. University of British Columbia. May 2008

“Becoming Butterfly: Japan’s First Actress, Sada Yacco, as Orientalist Fantasy.”   Feminist Research Group Conference. University of Winds…

Jacqueline is a recent Ph.D. graduate from the University of Toronto, Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies.  Her dissertation entitled “Acting Out(side) the Multicultural Script in Ethno-cultural Festivals” documents and analyses performances at three of Toronto’s popular ethnocultural festivals, which include the Toronto International Festival Caravan, Toronto Caribbean Carnival, and Krinos Taste of the Danforth. In addition, she produces carnival costumes with TruDynasty Carnival Inc. and Saldenah Carnival mas camps.

MemberSheela Jane Menon

…Journal Articles

“Diagnosing Malaysian Multiculturalism: Jo Kukathas and ‘The 1Malaysia Virus,’” Verge: Studies in Global Asias, Special Issue 6.1: “Displaced Subjects,” 2020.

“Highland Tales in the Heart of Borneo: Postcolonial Capitalism, Multiculturalism, & Survivance,” ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature, Special Issue 49.4: “Literature & Postcolonial Capitalism,” 2018.

Encyclopedia Article

“Malaysian American Culture.” Encyclopedia of Asian American Culture: From Anime to Tiger Moms. Ed. Lan Don. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2016.


“Time to Embrace, N…

My research centers on questions of race and identity in Malaysian literature and culture, and is informed by my upbringing in Malaysia, Singapore, and Honolulu. My current book project, Malaysian Multiculturalism: Reading Race in Contemporary Literature & Culture, analyzes a new cultural archive from Malaysia consisting of Indigenous (Orang Asal) oral histories and multimedia texts, as well as novels, films, and public performances by Malay, Chinese, and Indian artists. This project examines how cultural producers are reimagining multicultural citizenship across a diverse range of genres and contexts. My work has been published in ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature, Verge: Studies in Global Asias, The Diplomat, The Conversation, and The Malaysian Insider. In the classroom, I teach Asian American, Postcolonial, and World Literature, focusing in particular on histories of colonization and decolonization, and the modes through which writers articulate agency and creativity. I was appointed to Governor Tom Wolf’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs in December 2019, and serve as chair of the Schools that Teach committee.

MemberJolie Sheffer

In graduate school at the University of Virginia, I was somewhat active in electronic text initiatives, but I have not kept up with the field. Now I am trying to acquaint myself with all the exciting DH work people are doing. I am especially interested in digital curation, such as collaborations with librarians to archive and analyze nineteenth and twentieth-century American visual and material culture. My scholarship deals with race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and notions of family and nation. I am the author of The Romance of Race: Incest, Miscegenation, and Multiculturalism in the United States, 1880-1930 (Rutgers University Press, 2013).