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MemberChristopher Jenks

Christopher Jenks received his graduate degrees from George Mason University and Newcastle University (England).  Before arriving at the University of South Dakota, he taught at the City University of Hong Kong, Newcastle University, and Konkuk University (Seoul, South Korea).  He specializes in the political and cultural implications of the global spread of English.  His research interests include multiculturalism, critical race theory, translingualism, postcolonialism, neoliberalism, and national identities.  His eight published and forthcoming books cover a range of topics, including chat room interaction, intercultural communication, and second language acquisition. His 2010 edited collection on second language acquisition was runner-up for the 2011 British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) Book Award. He is currently working on a project that examines how roadside billboards of the Midwest represent discursive spaces for national identity construction.

MemberStevie Scheurich

I am a PhD student in American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University. I am also a graduate teaching associate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. I have a BA in sociology and anthropology and an MA in gender studies, and my research interests include queer theory, feminist philosophy, ethics, identity narratives and performances, and the intersection and interplay of spiritual, sexual, and national identities with a specific focus on the digital communities of objectum sexuals and queer secular witches.

MemberJohn Havard

I am an associate professor of English at Auburn University at Montgomery specializing in early American literature. My monograph, Hispanicism and Early U.S. Literature: Spain, Mexico, Cuba, and the Origins of U.S. National Identity, is forthcoming from the University of Alabama Press. My recent published essays include work on James Fenimore Cooper, Mary Peabody Mann, Martin Delany, and early African-American fiction. I am in the early stages of beginning a new book project on the influence of the rhetoric of religious liberty on early American literature.

MemberDiana King

Diana King holds a PhD in French and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. She specializes in cultural, political, and intellectual exchanges between France and China, transnational literature, and modern Chinese history. Her current book project, “Translating Revolution in Twentieth-Century China and France,” examines how French and Chinese writers interpreted each other’s revolutions during key moments of political crisis and change, and contends that translation served as a key site of knowledge production, shaping the formulation of various political and cultural projects from constructing a Chinese national identity to articulating women’s rights to thinking about radical emancipation in an era of decolonization. An instructor of French at Columbia, she resides in Brooklyn, New York.  

MemberAndrea Mendoza

Born in Mexico and educated in the United States, Andrea Mendoza holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University and a B.A. from Connecticut College. Her research and teaching areas combine the studies of 20th and 21st century East Asian and Latin American literatures and visual cultures; transpacific studies; feminist and gender studies; critical race studies; and intellectual history. Her current projects focus on developing an intersectional and transpacific approach to comparing philosophical, literary, and cinematic discourses on race and racism in Mexico and Japan and their role in constituting ideas about national identity in the twentieth century. During her Ph.D. and B.A., her research received funding from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowships Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University, the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, and the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program.