JEFFREY SANTA ANA
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 and
Environmental Studies) and a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley.
His research and teaching focus on the environmental humanities, ecocriticism, postcolonialism,
gender and sexuality studies, memory studies, and on the cultural works (literature,
film, and criticism) of Asian North Americans and Asian and Pacific Islander 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: Ecological Ruin in the Transpacific (University of Michigan Press 2022). Santa Ana is currently at work on a new monograph
Transpacific Ecological Imagination: Envisioning the Decolonial Anthropocene. The book
examines Asian diasporic and Pacific Islander cultural expressions (literature and
graphic narrative) to show how these artistic works conceive a transpacific ecological
imagination that critically depicts the Anthropocene and global environmental crisis.
Transpacific Ecological Imagination shows how these works depict the natural world to remember and assert origins, ancestry,
and place amid a planetary ecological crisis that impels migration and diaspora in
regions of Asia and the Pacific Islands.
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.