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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.
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  • Biography

    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.