Melinda Luisa de Jesús's research and teaching interests encompass gender, race, and sexuality in Asian American literature and culture; girls' studies, comparative American ethnic studies; critical and new media pedagogies, and youth/popular culture.
She was recently selected to participate in the National Women's Studies Association's Women of Color Leadership Project.
Her article "Liminality and Mestiza Consciousness in Lynda Barry's One Hundred Demons" will appear in Approaches to Multicultural Comics: From Zap! To Blue Beetle, edited by Frederick Luis Aldama (U Texas Press, fall 2010). "Acts of 'Desi-creation' in Tanuja Desai Hidier's South Asian American Young Adult Novel, Born Confused" was published in Ethnic Literary Traditions in American Children's Literature, edited by Michelle Pagni Stewart and Yvonne Atkinson (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2009).
Melinda has also published in Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, MELUS Journal, the Journal of Asian American Studies, Radical Teacher, and the Lion and the Unicorn, and recently edited Pinay Power: Peminist Critical Theory: Theorizing the Filipina-American Experience (Routledge 2005), the first anthology of Filipina/American feminist theory.
She is a mezzo-soprano, a mom of two, an Aquarian, and admits an obsession with Hello Kitty.