Edward Chamberlain, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
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American Studies and Comparative Literature
Indiana University
Comparative Literature
Indiana University
Spanish and English
The College of New Jersey

In my research, I build upon the approaches of several fields including Cultural Studies and Literary Studies. This work is interdisciplinary and serves to build bridges that ultimately connect a diverse set of people and places. This academic work also considers the cultural experiences of gender, ethnicity, and sexuality in several forms of creative expression, exploring issues of equity and inclusion. Specifically, I examine how texts, performances, and visual art depict several communities in the contexts of daily life, family, and migration to the United States.

Research and/or Educational Specialty
At the University of Washington Tacoma, my research and teaching largely focus on the storytelling of identity, community, and social justice. One of my new publications is a book titled: Imagining Latinx Intimacies: Connecting Queer Stories, Spaces, Sexualities. This book was published by Rowman and Littlefield International in 2020. This research speaks to the art and narratives of diverse cultures from the Americas including the peoples of Chile, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and beyond. I am also working on several research projects that involve food writing, nature, and movements. In the recent past, I have taught a range of courses that focus on the stories of families, ethnicity, gender, poetry, and science fiction.

Current Research

My current research project is a book-length study concerning the intersections of food, ethnicity, and sexual identity in several related forms of creative expression. This study offers an examination of the creative work of cultural groups in the Americas and neighboring countries in the 20th and 21st centuries. Taking an integrative approach, this book will offer an explanation of how several artists and intellectuals have responded to the cultural ideals of embodiment, nourishment, and family experience. This project will be based on several popular forms of media and writing such as cookbooks, film, new media, novels, and television.


Throughout my courses, I seek to create an inclusive and supportive learning environment. To start, I endeavor to create courses that are accessible and engaging for all students. Similarly, I aim to be a resource for students across the university. During the academic year, I generally teach six courses at UW Tacoma. In the space below, I outline some of the interdisciplinary classes I have taught in recent years -

• TAMST 210: American Cultures and Perspectives
• TAMST 250: Science Fiction in American Culture
• TAMST 350: American Food Studies
• TAMST 430: Queer Performances
• TCORE 114: Introduction to the Humanities
• TLAX 225: Latinx Cultural Expressions
• TLIT 101: Understanding Literature
• TLIT 311: Themes in American Literature: Masculinities
• TLIT 331: Immigrant and Ethnic Literature


• Association for the Study of Food & Society
• Cultural Studies Association
• Latina/o Studies Association
• Latin American Studies Association
• Modern Language Association
• Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

Academic Service

• Arts Celebration: From 2017 to 2020, I was a co-chair for the UW Tacoma Arts Celebration, funded by the
U.W. Strategic Initiative Fund.
• Coordinator for the American Studies Program, Autumn 2019 to
Spring 2021

Public Service:
Periodically, I apply my knowledge of civic engagement to community projects in Pierce County (Washington) and other locations. In the past, I have assisted in the planning and implementation of nonpartisan voter registration activities during several times of the year.

Honors and Awards

• Award from the Scholarship & Teaching Fund ($2,000) at
University of Washington for research work, May 2021.
• Award from the Scholarship & Teaching Fund ($1,588) at the
University of Washington for research work, May 2019.
• Multi-year Grant from the Strategic Initiative Fund
($77,000), secured in collaboration with faculty at U.W. Tacoma,
June 2017.
• Diversity and Inclusion Seed Grant ($2,000) awarded by the UW
Seattle Diversity Office to our faculty's team, summer 2017
• Award from the Scholarship & Teaching Fund ($1,786) at
University of Washington for research work, May 2017.
• Travel grant ($600) for the Latin American Studies
Association for the 2012 Latin American Studies Conference, May
• Virginia LaFollette Gunderson Award for Best Essay ($300),
given by Indiana University's Department of American Studies,
April 2008.
• Distinguished Teaching Award, given by the Department of
Comparative Literature at Indiana University Bloomington, April
• Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowship ($25,000), awarded
by the I.U. Center of Latin American & Caribbean Studies, April

Scholarly Interests

• American Studies, Ethnic studies, and Gender Studies
• Intersections of the arts, literature, and popular culture
• Latina/o and Latinx cultural production
• Food Studies across the Americas
• Genres of autobiography, film, nature writing, and poetry

CV or Resume
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Publication Date Bibliographic Citation

Imagining Latinx Intimacies: Connecting Queer Stories, Spaces, and Sexualities, London: Rowman & Littlefield International Publishers, 2020.


"From Father to Humanitarian: Charting the Intimacies and Discontinuities of Ricky Martin's Social Media Presence," Caribbean Migrations: The Legacies of Colonialism, ed. Anke Birkenmaier, New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2020.


"Rethinking the Monstrous: Gender, Otherness, and Space in the Cinematic Storytelling of Arrival and The Shape of Water," CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, 21.7 (2019): 1-11.


"A Constellation of Intimacies: Parallels Between the Struggles of Today and Tomorrow in Cunningham’s Specimen Days,” Special Issue on Science Fiction, Writing from Below, forthcoming in 2018.


"Beyond the Domestic Sphere: Desire, Intimacy, and Other Feelings in Collections of Queer Testimonios,” Special Issue on Family in Culture and Literature, Pacific Coast Philology, Forthcoming in 2018.


“Mixing and Mingling Queerly: The Activist Sociality of Mentoring in the Personal Narratives of Coloma and Lorde,” Lateral – Journal of the Cultural Studies Association, May 2016. Web.


“Revealing the Family’s Strife: Maternal Absence and Social Struggle in the Writing of Staceyann Chin and Patricia Powell,” The CEA Critic – Journal of the College English Association 78.1 (March 2016): 59-77.


“Queer Hybridity and Performance in the Multimedia Texts of Arroyo and Lozada,” CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 16.5 (December 2014): 1-9.


“Spectacles of Otherness, Sexuality and Space in Guillermo Reyes’s Madre and I: A Memoir of Our Immigrant Lives.” Otherness: Essays and Studies 4.2 (April 2014): 131-156.


“Queering the Space of Home: Counterpublics, Sexuality and Transnationalism in Kincaid’s My Brother.” English Language Notes 45.2 (Winter 2007): 77-88.