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Jeffrey Santa Ana

Associate Professor
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.
Humanities 1094 

  • Biography

    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 titled  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.