JEFFREY SANTA ANA
Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director
Ph.D. English, University of California, Berkeley, 2004.
Asian American and Asian-Pacific diaspora studies, environmental humanities and ecocriticism,
human migration and diaspora, (post)colonial criticism and critical ethnic studies,
memory studies, gender and sexuality (queer) studies, twentieth- and twenty-first-century
American literature and culture.
Also affiliated with:
The Department of Asian and Asian American Studies and the Department of Women's,
Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Jeffrey Santa Ana received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania (English/Environmental
Studies) and a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. His research
and teaching focus on the environmental humanities, ecocriticism, (post)colonialism,
gender and sexuality, memory studies, and on the cultural works (literature, film,
and criticism) of Asian Americans and Asian-Pacific immigrants, migrants, and refugees.
He is the author of
Racial Feelings: Asian America in a Capitalist Culture of Emotion (Temple University Press 2015), which shows how Asian American narratives communicate
and critique—to varying degrees—the emotions that power the perception of Asians as
racially different in America’s modern capitalist system. He is a co-editor and contributor
of the book volume
Empire and Environment: Confronting Ecological Ruin in the Asia-Pacific and the Americas. Santa Ana is currently at work on a new book titled
Transpacific Ecological Imagination: Envisioning the Asia-Pacific Anthropocene, which
conceives a transpacific ecological imagination to envision the Anthropocene and histories
of imperialism in Asian Pacific American cultural works (literature, graphic narrative,
and film). The book shows how these works depict natural world metaphors for remembering
origins, place, and histories of empire and colonialism amid a global ecological crisis
that impels migration and diaspora in the Asia-Pacific region.
Santa Ana is the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching
and the Faculty Diversity Program Award from Diversity and Educational Equity, SUNY.