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Anne Jansen

Anne Jansen

Lecturer, Ph.D. English

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Areas of Interest

  • Comparative Ethnic Studies (with an emphasis in Asian American and Indigenous Studies)
  • Transpacific Asian American Studies
  • Native American and Indigenous Pacific Studies
  • Monster Theory and Genre Studies in BIPOC Literatures

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About Anne Jansen

Dr. Anne Mai Yee Jansen has taught courses in the fields of Comparative Ethnic, Asian American, Indigenous Pacific, and Native American studies. She earned her Ph.D. in English from the Ohio State University, her MA in English and creative writing from California State University, Sacramento, and her MEd and BA in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara. In the broadest sense, her scholarship investigates the intersections of race and politics in literature. Her current research interests center on literary form and representations of monstrosity in BIPOC genre fiction. In that vein, her in-progress book project entitled Monstrous Anatomies: Asian American Women's Bodies in Contemporary Horror Fiction examines the productive potential of the monstrified female body in literature. By looking at how Asian American writers are engaging with monstrosity, this book asks questions about US empire, systemic racism, and gendered violence in the contemporary moment. 

Dr. Jansen is passionate about sharing her academic work with the community; in addition to working with local libraries to lead book groups, she also is a Contributing Writer for Book Riot (you can check out her posts here). Prior to returning to the Central Coast and joining Cal Poly's Ethnic Studies Department, Dr. Jansen was an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of North Carolina at Asheville where she also directed the US Ethnic Studies program. For more information about Dr. Jansen's work (scholarly and otherwise), visit her website here.

Dr. Jansen also organizes the Dragon Boat team for Cal Poly and Cuesta students, alum, staff, and faculty. You can sign up here to be part of the team.

Selected Publications 

“Qweirding the West: Re-Forming the Nation in the Novels of C Pam Zhang and Emma Pérez” In Hell-Bent for Leather: Sex & Sexuality in the Weird Western, Vol. II. Eds. Kerry Fine, Michael K. Johnson, Rebecca M. Lush, and Sara L. Spurgeon. University of Nebraska Press, Postwestern Horizon series, forthcoming Fall 2024. 

“‘Erasure is a bitch, isn’t it?’: Deborah Miranda’s Feminist Geographies and Native Women’s Life Writing.” Studies in American Indian Literatures, Special Issue: “California (Indians) Dreamin’: Bad Indians and Literary Strategies of Change,” vol. 33, no. 1-2, 2021, pp. 55-81. DOI: 10.1353/ail.2021.0004 

“Writing Toward Action: Mapping an Affinity Poetics in Craig Santos Perez’s from unincorporated territory.” NAIS: Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, vol. 6, no. 2, 2019. pp. 3-29. DOI: 10.5749/natiindistudj.6.2.0003 

“(Dis)Integrating Borders: Crossing Literal/Literary Boundaries in Tropic of Orange and The People of Paper.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, vol. 42, no. 3, 2017, pp. 102-128. DOI: 10.1093/melus/mlx047 

“Under Lynching’s Shadow: Grimké’s Call for Domestic Reconfiguration in Rachel.” African American Review, vol. 47, no. 2-3, 2014, pp. 391-402. DOI: 10.1353/afa.2014.0048


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