Lynn Itagaki

Lynn Itagaki
Associate Professor of English and Women's & Gender Studies
332 Tate
573-884-3170
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Research and Teaching: 

Professor Lynn Mie Itagaki has research interests in interracial ethics, comparative race studies, women of color feminism and twentieth- and twenty-first-century U.S. literature by writers of color. She recently published a book that examines the post–civil rights era in terms of the 1992 Los Angeles crisis, Civil Racism: The 1992 Los Angeles Rebellionand the Crisis of Racial Burnout, and has published articles and reviews in African American ReviewAmerasia JournalFeminist FormationsMELUS and Prose Studies. Her next book projects examine the aesthetics and politics of the media bystander in the post-9/11 era and race and economics in literature after the Great Recession. 

Professor Itagaki has forthcoming essays on "racial laundering" in 2013 Shelby County v. Holder that dismantled the 1965 Voting Rights Act, "financial naturalism" in post-Great Recession literature, "racial pyramidization" and Karen Tei Yamashita's Tropic of Orange for a forthcoming volume in the MLA series Approaches to Teaching, critiques of multiculturalism in Volume III of the Cambridge University Press series Asian American Literature in Transition, 1965-1996, and on racial protest and Asian American cultural production for The Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture. She and her co-author Jennifer Maria Gully (College of William and Mary) have two forthcoming articles on German pro-migrant performance art in Periscope: Social Text Online and philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism.

Areas of Expertise

  • Twentieth- and twenty-first century American literature
  • Asian American literature
  • Feminist theory
  • Women of color feminism
  • African American literature
  • Comparative racialization
  • Critical ethnic studies
Education: 
  • PhD, English, UCLA, 2005
  • MA, English, UCLA, 2002
  • MA, Asian American Studies, UCLA, 2001
  • AB, English and American Language and Literature, summa cum laude, Harvard, 1996
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