Melinda Luisa de Jesús

Melinda Luisa de Jesús profile image

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.

She recently coordinated two CCA Diversity Studies conferences: Under the Radar (2013) and Doing Diversity (2010).

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 PracticesApproaches 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.

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

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