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Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Pam ThomaPamela Thoma

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder

Curriculum vitae

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Asian American Studies
    literature, film, popular culture
  • Citizenship Studies
    neoliberal political economy, biopolitics, labor
  • Feminist Cultural and Media Studies
    work, women’s health, consumer culture, postfeminist/postracial discourse
  • Feminist Theory
    affect, gender, intersectionality, labor, reproductive justice, human rights
  • Literary Studies
    contemporary women’s literature, genre, popular literary and visual culture
  • Medical Humanities
    literature and visual culture of health, disability, care, philanthropy, illness
  • Transnational Studies
    activism, labor, global public health, globalization, media

Selected Publications

Books (monographs)
Edited Volumes
  • Contemporary Asian American Literature and Popular Visual Culture: New Reading and Teaching Practices, Special Issue Guest Editor, Asian American Literature: Discourses and Pedagogies 5.1 (2014).
Book Chapters and Articles
  • “Neoliberal Maternal Discourse, Tiger Mothers, and Asian American Mother-Daughter Narrative,” Mothering in East Asian Communities: Politics and Practices. Patti Duncan and Gina Wong, eds. Demeter Press, 2014. 95–118.
  • “What Julia Knew: Domestic Labor in the Recession-Era Chick Flick,” Gendering the Recession: Media and Culture in an Age of Austerity. Diane Negra and Yvonne Tasker, eds. Duke University Press, 2014. 107–135.
  • “Romancing the Self and Negotiating Consumer Citizenship in Asian American Labor Lit,” Contemporary Women’s Writing 8.1 (March 2014): 17–35.
  • “Traveling the Distances of Karen Tei Yamashita’s Fiction: A Review Essay on Yamashita Scholarship and Transnational Studies.” Asian American Literature: Discourses & Pedagogies 1 (Spring 2010): 6–15.
  • “Buying Up Baby: Modern Feminine Subjectivity, Assertions of ‘Choice,’ and the Repudiation of Reproductive Justice in Postfeminist Unwanted Pregnancy Films,” Feminist Media Studies 9.4 (Dec. 2009): 209–225.
  • “Representing Korean American Female Subjects, Negotiating Multiple Americas, and Reading Beyond the Ending in Ronyoung Kim’s Clay Walls,” Recovered Legacies: Authority and Identity in Early Asian American Literature, Floyd Cheung and Keith Lawrence, eds. Temple University Press, 2005. 265–293.
  • “Intercollegiate Web Pedagogy: Possibilities and Limitations of Virtual Asian American Studies,” with John Cheng and Karen Chow, Asian.America.Net, Rachel C. Lee and Sau-Ling Cynthia Wong, eds. Routledge, 2003. 193–212.

Contact Dr. Thoma
Avery 455

Past Courses
  • Amer_St 524
  • Amer_St 527
  • Amer_St 590
  • Women_St 101
  • Women_St 120
  • Women_St 200
  • Women_St 300
  • Women_St/Engl 309
  • Women_St 338
  • Women_St 406
  • Women_St 481