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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