Ed Chamberlain, Ph.D.

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

At the University of Washington Tacoma, my research and teaching largely focuses on community engagement, social justice and storytelling. This research considers the art and narratives of diverse peoples from the Americas including Chile, Puerto Rico, Mexico and beyond. To be specific, I am working on research projects that involve human experiences in food writing, nature, and social movements. In the past, I have taught classes that focus on families, ethnicity, gender, poetry, and science fiction, among others.

Research and/or Educational Specialty

In my research, I build on the critical thought and methods of American studies and literary scholarship. My Academic work considers contemporary portrayals of ethnicity, gender, and sexuality in several forms of literature and artistic expression. Specifically, I study how texts, performances and visual arts portray several communities in the contexts of daily life, family, and migration to the United States.

Current Research

Presently, I am working on a book length project that examines how the literature and visual art of Latina/o and Latinx people portray spatial dynamics, which enable diverse communities to express themselves. In this project, I examine depictions of ethnicity, sexuality, and spaces such as cyberspaces, dance halls, educational spaces, and natural landscapes. This project connects experiences of daily life and cultural practices such as storytelling.


I greatly enjoy working with students in a variety of contexts. Overall, I aim to be a resource for students across the university. Accordingly, I endeavor to create classes that empower students so they may pursue opportunities that help them to reach their potential. During the academic year, I generally teach six courses at UW Tacoma. In the space below, I outline some of the classes that I teach.

  • TAMST 210: American Cultures and Perspectives
  • TAMST 350: American Food Studies
  • TCORE 114: Introduction to the Humanities
  • TLIT 101: Understanding Literature
  • TLIT 311: Themes in American Literature: Masculinity in the 20th Century
  • TLIT 331: Immigrant and Ethnic Literature
  • TLIT 437: Nature and Environment in American Literature
  • Association for the Study of Literature & Environment
  • Association for the Study of Food & Society
  • Cultural Studies Association
  • Latina/o Studies Association
  • Latin American Studies Association
  • Modern Language Association
  • National Women's Studies Association
Academic Service
    Arts Celebration: From 2017 to 2020, I will be co-chairing the UW Tacoma Arts Celebration, funded by the U.W. Strategic Initiative Fund.

    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
    - Multi-year Grant from the Strategic Initiative Fund ($77,000), secured in collaboration with faculty members at UW 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 Tacoma for conference & research work, May 2017.
    - Travel grant ($600) for the Latin American Studies Association for the 2012 Latin American Studies Conference, May 2012.
    - 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 2008.
    - Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowship ($25,000), awarded by the I.U. Center of Latin American & Caribbean Studies, April 2007.
Scholarly Interests
    • American Studies, Ethnic studies and Gender Studies
    • Genres of autobiography, nature writing and poetry
    • Intersections of literature and the arts in the Americas
    • Latina/o and Latinx cultural production
    • Food Studies in the Americas

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Publication Date Bibliographic Citation

"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.