American Literary Studies
Chrysta Wilson is a PhD student specializing in Multi-Ethnic American Literature. Her research focuses on dehumanization and the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality. Drawing on work by US writers of color in the nineteenth and twentieth century, she is particularly interested in embodiment and identity. Her current projects interrogate complex and sometimes ambiguous visions of masculine embodiment in Chicano literature, particularly in relationship to stories of origin and questions of citizenship.
Chrysta received a MA in American Literature at Texas Tech University with an emphasis in Literature, Social Justice, and Environment. She has presented at conferences for the Society of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States and the Society for Nineteenth-Century Americanists. Her awards include the Katharine Rodier Graduate Student Travel Award (MELUS 2018) and the Elizabeth and George Arms Award (UNM 2017). Chrysta served as an assistant organizer for UNM’s 9th annual Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya Lecture on the Literature of the Southwest.
Chrysta has six years of teaching and tutoring experience at the community college and university level. She has instructed developmental writing classes for nontraditional and second-language students as well as English Composition and Composition and Research. Her teaching strategies are rooted in the belief that students do best when they have the liberty to make their own choices and direct their own learning process.