Melinda Luisa de Jesús

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Melinda Luisa de Jesús is Chair and Associate Professor of Diversity Studies at California College of the Arts. She writes and teaches about Filipin@/American cultural production, girl culture, monsters, and race/ethnicity in the United States.

She edited Pinay Power: Peminist Critical Theory, the first anthology of Filipina/American Feminisms (Routledge 2005). Her writing has appeared in Completely Mixed Up: Mixed Heritage Asian North American Writing and Art; Approaches to Teaching Multicultural Comics; Ethnic Literary Traditions in Children’s Literature; Challenging Homophobia; The Lion and the Unicorn; Konch Magazine; Rabbit and Rose; MELUS; Meridians; and Delinquents and Debutantes.

She is also a poet and her chapbooks, Humpty Drumpfty and Other Poems, Petty Poetry for SCROTUS Girls’ with poems for Elizabeth Warren and Michelle Obama, Defying Trumplandia, Adios Trumplandia, James Brown’s Wig and Other Poems, and Vagenda of Manicide and Other Poems were published by Locofo Chaps/Moria Poetry in 2017. More info about her poetry is available here:

Her first poetry collection, peminology, will be published by Paloma Press in 2018.

She is a mezzo-soprano, a mom, an Aquarian, and admits an obsession with Hello Kitty.

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Chair, Diversity Studies
Associate Professor, Critical Studies
Associate Professor, Diversity Studies
Associate Professor, Writing and Literature

BA, Lehigh University; MA, University of York, England; PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz