College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies

Pamela ThomaPamela Thoma

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

Curriculum vitae

Research & Teaching Interests

  • Transnational feminisms, feminist and cultural theory
  • Asian American studies—literature, film, and popular culture
  • American literary and visual culture studies
  • Twentieth-century and contemporary women's literature
  • Political economy, labor and citizenship studies
  • Critical and feminist pedagogy

Selected Publications

Books (monographs)
Edited Volumes
  • Contemporary Asian American Literature and Popular Visual Culture: New Reading and Teaching Practices, Special Issue of Asian American Literature: Discourses and Pedagogies 5.1 (2014), in progress.
Book Chapters and Articles
  • "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. Forthcoming, 2014.
  • "Romancing the Self and Negotiating Consumer Citizenship in Asian American Labor Lit," Contemporary Women's Writing. In Press. doi 10.1093/cww/vps036. 27 March 2013. Advance Access at
  • "Traveling the Distances of Karen Tei Yamashita's Fiction: A Review Essay on Yamashita Scholarship and Transnational Studies," Asian American Literature: Reading, Pedagogy, Practice 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. AsianAmerica.Net: Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Cyberspace, Rachel C. Lee and Sau-Ling Cynthia Wong, eds. New York: Routledge, 2003. 193–212.

Contact Dr. Thoma
Wilson-Short Hall 10D

On sabbatical 2014–2015

Course Materials

Past Courses


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