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Dr. George Uba

Dr. Uba (right) with Dr. Gordon Nakagawa
Dr. George Uba (R) with Dr. Gordon Nakagawa (L)

George Uba, PhD, has served as joint professor of Asian American Studies and English, and as a former chair of the Department of Asian American Studies. His teaching specialties include Asian American fiction and poetry; 18th and 19th-Century American literature; contemporary poetry; and creative writing.

He has a authored a monograph on ESL issues and numerous articles and reviews in the fields of American literature, Asian American literature, and literary pedagogy. His poetry has appeared in national publications, including Ploughshares, Carolina Quarterly, The Seattle Review, Breaking Silence, Verse Daily, The Southern Poetry Review; Two Rivers Review; and The Asian Pacific American Journal. His volume of poetry, Disorient Ballroom, was published by Turning Point Books in 2004.




English, University of California, Los Angeles, 1982


English, University of Michigan, 1970


English, University of Southern California, 1969

Scholarship Highlights

“From Signifying to Performance: International Ballroom Dance and the Choreographies of Transnationalism.” In Journal of Asian American Studies, Vol. 10, No. 2 ((June 2007), 141-167.

Review of Consumption and Identity in Asian American Coming-of-Age Novels (Routledge) by Jennifer Ann Ho; Sexual Naturalization: Asian Americans and Miscegenation (Stanford) by Susan Koshy; and Afro-Orientalism (Minnesota) by Bill V. Mullen. In American Literature, Vol. 78, No. 2 (June 2006), 405-07.

“Promoting Transgressions Through the Automatic Reward System in the Literature Classroom.” In Teaching About Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, edited by Edith Chen and Glenn Omatsu. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2006, pp. 269-78.

“Asian American Poetry.” In The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry, edited by Jeffrey Gray, et al. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006. Vol. 1, pp. 67-73.

Author entries on “”Garrett Hongo” and “David Mura.” In The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry, edited by Jeffrey Gray, et al. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006. Vol. 3, pp. 749-51 and Vol. 4, pp. 1105-06.

“Jessica Hagedorn.” In Asian American Poets: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook, edited by Guiyou Huang. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc., 2002, pp. 101-11.

“Coordinates of Asian American Poetry: A Survey of the History and a Guide to Teaching.” In Resource Guide to Asian American Literature, edited by Stephen H. Sumida and Sau-ling C. Wong. New York: The Modern Language Association, 2001, pp. 309-331.