Melinda Luisa de Jesús is an associate professor in the Diversity Studies and Critical Studies programs at California College of the Arts. She writes and teaches about Asian American cultural production, Filipina/o American culture, girl culture, children's literature, monsters, and race/ethnicity in the United States.
In 2011-12 she was the Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Women's Studies, University of York, UK, where she convened the international conference After Girl Power: What's Next? in February 2012.
She edited Pinay Power: Peminist Critical Theory, the first anthology of Filipina/American feminisms (Routledge 2005). Her writing has appeared in Approaches to Teaching Multicultural Comics; Ethnic Literary Traditions in Children’s Literature; Challenging Homophobia; The Lion and the Unicorn; Meridians; MELUS; Radical Teacher; The Journal of Asian American Studies; and Delinquents and Debutantes: Twentieth Century American Girls’ Culture.
She is a mezzo-soprano, a mom, an Aquarian, and admits an obsession with Hello Kitty.