Melinda Luisa de Jesús

Dr. Melinda Luisa de Jesús is Chair and Associate Professor of Diversity Studies at California College of the Arts. She writes and teaches about Asian American cultural production, girl culture, monsters, and race/ethnicity in the United States.

She will be on sabbatical in 2018-2019.

She was recently awarded the 2018-2019 Muriel Gold Senior Visiting Professorship at the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at McGill University in Montreal.

She is also a poet, and has published five chapbooks Locofo Chaps/Moria Poetry in 2017: Humpty Drumpfty and Other Poems,  Petty Poetry for Scrotus’ Girls, Defying Trumplandia, Adios, Trumplandia!, and James Brown’s Wig and Other Poems.  Her poems have appeared in Rat’s Ass ReviewKonch Magazine, and Rabbit and Rose.

Her first collection of poetry, peminology, was released by Paloma Press in March 2018.  More about her poetry is available here.

She edited Pinay Power: Peminist Critical Theory, the first anthology of Filipina/American feminisms (Routledge 2005). Her scholarly writing has appeared in Completely Mixed Up: Mixed Heritage Asian North American Writing and ArtMothering in East Asian Communities: Politics and PracticesApproaches to Teaching Multicultural ComicsEthnic Literary Traditions in Children’s LiteratureChallenging HomophobiaThe Lion and the UnicornMeridiansMELUSRadical TeacherThe Journal of Asian American Studies; and Delinquents and Debutantes: Twentieth Century American Girls’ Culture.

She recently coordinated three CCA Diversity Studies conferences: Border/Fracture (2016),  Under the Radar (2013) and Doing Diversity (2010).

In 2011-12 she was the Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Women’s Studies, University of York, UK, where she convened the international conference After Girl Power: What’s Next? in February 2012.

She is a mezzo-soprano, a mom, an Aquarian, and admits an obsession with Hello Kitty.