Dr. Roberta Wolfson

Assistant Professor

Office: Bldg. 47-35B
Phone: 756-2491
E-mail: wolfson@calpoly.edu

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Ph.D. English, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2017
Certificate in College and University Teaching, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2017
M.A. English, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2012
B.A. English, University of California, Los Angeles, 2009, summa cum laude

Teaching and Research Interests

20th-Century and Contemporary American Literature
Ethnic American Literature (Asian American, African American, and Latinx American)
Comparative Race Studies
Critical Mixed Race Studies
Popular Culture
Speculative Fiction

Selected Publications

“Chicano Gang Members at Risk: Containment, Flight, and an Alternative Vision of Sociality in Luis J. Rodriguez’s Always Running.MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, vol. 43, no. 1, 2018, pp. 21-45. 

Selected Conference Presentations

“Graphic Memoir as Visual Testimony: Documenting the Injustice of Japanese Internment in Miné Okubo’s Citizen 13660.” Modern Language Association 2018 Convention. New York, NY. 6 Jan. 2018. Conference Presentation.

“The Antiracist Lens of Latinx Speculative Fiction: Imagining Resistance to Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric and Policy in Sabrina Vourvoulias’ Ink.” Pacific Ancient Modern Language Association 2017 Convention. Honolulu, HI. 10 Nov. 2017. Conference Presentation.

“Community in Contagion: Refiguring Infection through Medical Memoir.” Popular/American Culture Association 2017 Convention. Marriott Marquis and Marina, San Diego, CA. 12 Apr. 2017. Conference Presentation.

“Land-Labor Ecology: Contesting Anti-Immigration Environmental Risk Discourse in Viramontes’ Under the Feet of Jesus.” American Studies Association 2016 Convention. Denver Convention Center, Denver, CO. 17 Nov. 2016. Conference Presentation.

“The Temporal Horizontality of Speculative Fiction: Capturing Slavery’s Reality through Fantasy in Octavia Butler’s Kindred.” American Literature Association 2016 Convention. Hyatt Regency, San Francisco, CA. 27 May 2016. Conference Presentation.

“The Token Success Story: Exploring Racism Disguised as Civility in Paul Beatty’s The White Boy Shuffle.” Modern Language Association 2016 Convention. Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX. 8 Jan. 2016. Conference Presentation.

“Playing with Humor in the Risk-Saturated Era of Islamophobia: Comedic Commentary in Zarqa Nawaz’s Little Mosque on the Prairie.” Modern Language Association 2015 Convention. Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, Canada. 10 January 2015. Conference Presentation.

“Redefining the Immigrant Threat: How Luis Rodriguez’s Always Running Challenges U.S. Risk Discourses.” Northeast Modern Language Association 2014 Convention. The Hilton Harrisburg Hotel, Harrisburg, PA. 5 April 2014. Conference Presentation.

“Visions of Apocalypse as Therapy: Facing Fears through Imaginings of the Worst-Case Scenario.” Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Annual Convention. Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center, Albuquerque, NM. 15 Feb. 2013. Conference Presentation.

Fellowships, Awards and Honors

Service Learning Faculty Fellowship, Cal Poly SLO (2017-18)
American Cultures and Global Contexts Center Graduate Fellowship,UCSB (2014-2015)
Graduate Division Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant, UCSB (2014)
Chicano Studies Institute Dissertation Research Grant, UCSB (2014)
William and Marjorie Frost Award for Scholarly Writing in English, UCSB (2013)
Eugene Cota-Robles Diversity Enhancement Fellowship, UCSB (2010-2012)

Professional Memberships & Affiliations

Modern Language Association
Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States
Association for Asian American Studies
American Studies Association
Popular Culture/American Culture Association


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