Ed Chamberlain, Ph.D.

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

In my research, I build on the critical thought and methods of American studies and literary scholarship. My work considers contemporary portrayals of ethnicity, gender and sexuality in transnational literature and expression. Specifically, I study how texts and performances portray marginalized identities within the contexts of family and migration to the United States.

My current research is a study of how several Latino/a groups articulate their community engagement in autobiography, nonfiction, poetry and other life writing. This research considers the narratives of migrant people from the Americas, including Chile and Puerto Rico. I also am working on research that involves representations of nature, environmentalism and other social movements. In the past, I have taught classes that focus on American masculinity, nature writing and poetry, among others.

Current Research

Presently, I am working on a book length project titled Imagining Passionate Spaces: the Intimate Cultures and Scenes of Queer Latino/a Expression. This research examines how the contemporary literature and visual art of queer people of color portray spatial dynamics that enable marginalized men and women to express themselves. In this project, I examine depictions of gender, ethnicity and spaces such as cyberspaces, dance halls, educational spaces and natural landscapes. This project also connects the research to experiences of daily life and cultural practices.



    I greatly enjoy working with students in a variety of contexts. Overall, I aim to be a resource for students. I endeavor to create classes that empower students so they may pursue opportunities that interest them. In the space below, I outline some of the classes I have taught recently.

  • TAMST 210: American Cultures and Perspectives
  • TCORE 114: Introduction to the Humanities
  • TLIT 200: Understanding Literature
  • TLIT 210: Studies in American Literature
  • TLIT 311: Themes in American Literature: Masculinity in the 20th Century
  • TLIT 313: American Poetry
  • TLIT 437: Nature and Environment in American Literature
  •   American Studies Association
  •       Modern Language Association
  •       Latin American Studies Association
  •       Cultural Studies Association
  •       Pacific Ancient Modern Language Association
Academic 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
  • 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 in American Studies ($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 and Area Studies Fellowship ($25,000), awarded by the Indiana University Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, April 2007.
Scholarly Interests

Gender Studies and Ethnic Studies
      - Art, Literature and Media of the Americas
      - Interarts Studies and Comparative Studies
      - Migration and Transnational Cultures

CV or Resume
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Publication Date Bibliographic Citation

“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.