Edward Chamberlain, Ph.D.

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

I am researcher and educator at the University of Washington. In my research, I build upon the approaches of Cultural Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Gender Studies. This work is interdisciplinary and builds bridges that ultimately connect a diverse set of people and places. This academic work connects cultural experiences across creative expression, exploring issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. More recently, I have examined how performance, visual art and writing have depicted several communities across the United States and beyond.

Current Research

My research and teaching focus on the storytelling of identity, culture, 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 August 2020. This research speaks to the creative work of diverse cultures from the Americas including the peoples of Chile, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the mainland U.S. Presently, I am also working on several research projects that involve a range of subjects including the culture of food, digital media, nature, and social movements.

My current research project is a book-length study concerning the intersections of food, ethnicity, and sexual identity in several 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 examination of how artists and intellectuals have responded to the cultural ideals of embodiment, identity, nourishment, and family experience. This project is based on several popular forms of media and writing such as cookbooks, film, new media, personal writing, and television.


As an educator, I endeavor to create inclusive and supportive learning environments. I also seek to create courses that are accessible and engaging for all students. Similarly, I endeavor to be a resource for students across the university. I generally teach six courses at U.W. Tacoma during the academic year. In the recent past, I have taught a range of courses that focus on subjects such as diversity, culture, gender, identity, and writing. I have taught the following courses recently -

• TAMST 210: American Cultures and Perspectives
• TAMST 350: American Food Studies
• TAMST 430: Queer Performances
• TLAX 225: Latinx Cultural Expressions
• TLIT 311: Themes in American Literature: Masculinities
• TLIT 331: Immigrant and Ethnic Literature
• TWOMN 205: Introduction to Masculinities


• 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

• Reviewer for research journals such as Latin American Research Review, Food, Culture, & Society, Mosaic: An Interdisciplinary Critical Journal, and Writing from Below.
• Co-chair for the UW Tacoma Arts Celebration, funded by U.W. Strategic Initiative Fund, 2017-2020.
• Coordinator for the American Studies Major at U.W. Tacoma, Autumn 2019 to Spring 2021.
• Co-organizer for the Staff Recognition Pie Party at U.W. Tacoma, Autumn 2019 to 2022.
• Community Service: Periodically, I apply my knowledge of civic engagement to community projects in Pierce County, Washington. In the past, I assisted in the planning and implementation of nonpartisan voter registration activities. I also have volunteered time at the Oasis Youth Center, where I have provided support for events for local youth who are part of the LGBTQ+ community.

Honors and Awards

• Award from the Scholarship & Teaching Fund ($2000) at the University of Washington, May 2022.
• Award from the Scholarship & Teaching Fund ($2,000) at U.W. for research, May 2021.
• Award from the Scholarship & Teaching Fund ($1,588) at U.W. for research, 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 Office of Diversity to our faculty's team, summer 2017.
• Award from 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 2012.
• Virginia LaFollette Gunderson Award for Best Essay ($300), from the Indiana University Department of American Studies, April 2008.
• Distinguished Teaching Award, from 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

• Ethnic studies and Gender Studies
• Digital culture and cultural diversity
• Latina/o and Latinx cultural expression
• Food Studies across the Americas
• Intersections of the arts and popular culture

Publication Date Bibliographic Citation

"Social Failure and Personal Best: An Autoethnography of Food and Gender in the Life of a Queer Youth," Queering Nutrition and Dietetics: LGBTQ+ Reflections on Food through Art, eds. Phillip Joy and Megan Aston, Routledge, 2022.


“Performing the Blues: Illuminating How Color Schemes Relate to Detention, Gender, and Migration in Superstore and The Infiltrators,” PopMec Research (December 14, 2021): 1-10.


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.