American Literary Studies
Dr. Melina Vizcaíno-Alemán holds a PhD in American Studies with concentrations in race, class and ethnicity. Her research and published writings focus on the cultural and literary history of the Southwest, ethnic American literature and Chicana/o studies. Her work deals with specifically the concept of Southwestern critical regionalism, an aesthetic practice and comparative methodology with the potential to bridge the identity and politics of Anglo and Mexican American writers and cultural workers of the twentieth-century Southwest. Her teaching pedagogy is interdisciplinary and focuses on twentieth-century American literature, regionalism, and Chicano/a cultural studies, with attention to identity formation and the politics of representation.