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.


Ph.D., Cornell University

B.A., Connecticut College


Andrea Mendoza. “Nonencounter as Relation: Cannibals and Poison Women in the Consumption of Difference.” Verge: Studies in Global Asias, vol. 3, no. 2, 2017, pp. 118–143. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5749/vergstudglobasia.3.2.0118. 



In progress

“Tierras Incógnitas: Bridging Transpacific Imperial Nationalisms.” (article)

“Disorientations: Towards a Transpacific Phenomenology.” (article)

“Awakening Nonencounters: Blackness and the Literary Crossings of Race in Japan and Latin America” (article)

Transpacific Nonencounters: Comparison at the “Ends” of Area (book project)

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

Spring 2021 – “Transpacific Awakenings.” University of Washington (invited lecture)








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