Melinda Luisa de Jesús is Chair and Associate Professor of Diversity Studies 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 Completely Mixed Up: Mixed Heritage Asian North American Writing and Art, Mothering in East Asian Communities: Politics and Practices, 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.