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Asian American Studies Faculty - Dr. Sandra Stanley

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Dr. Sandra Stanley - Interim Chair

Dr. Sandra Stanley

Sandra Kumamoto Stanley is the Interim Chair of the Asian American Studies Department and a Full Professor in the English Department. Born in Okinawa, Japan, Dr. Stanley came stateside to complete her education, earning an M.A. and Ph.D. in American Literature at the University of Southern California.

She has attended several NEH Institutes, including the Southeast Asian Institute in Hawaii. She is the author of the book Louis Zukofsky and the Transformation of an American Poetics, UC Press, and editor of Other Sisterhoods: Women of Color and Literary Theory, University of Illinois Press.

She has published in a number of journals, including MELUS, Critique, Journal of Modern Literature, and Twentieth Century Literature, and has written on writers from Maxine Hong Kingston to José Saramago. She is currently working on a book entitled Miscegenated Identities: The Construction of an Amerasian Literature.

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University of Southern California, 1988.


University of Southern California, 1979.

Scholarship Highlights


Louis Zukofsky and the Transformation of a Modern American Poetics, University of California Press, 1994.

Editor, Other Sisterhoods: Literary Theory and U.S. Women of Color, University of Illinois Press, 1998.

Selected articles:

“The Eroticism of Class and the Enigma of Atwood’s Alias Grace,” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 22, 2 (2003 Fall): 371-86.

“The Excremental Gaze: Saramago’s Blindness and the Disintegration of the Panoptic Vision, Critique 45, 3 (2004 Spring): 293-308.

“Mourning the ‘Greatest Generation’: Myth and History in Philip Roth’s American Pastoral,” Twentieth Century Literature: A Scholarly and Critical Journal 51, 1 (2005 Spring): 1-24.

“Teaching Identity Politics in a Post-Identity Age: Anna Deavere Smith’s Twilight,” MELUS 30, 2 (2005 Summer):  191-208.

“Settling Scores: The Metamorphosis of Madame Butterfly and Her Transnational Legacy,” Pacific Coast Philology 42:2 (2007), 257-63.