Academics - Faculty Profiles

Melissa M. Hidalgo, PhD
Assistant Professor of English and World Literature

Melissa Hidalgo

With Pitzer Since: 2011
Field Group:
English and World Literature
Campus Address: Bernard 209
Phone: 607.4584

Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
M.A., English, University of Chicago
B.A., University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests

Chicana/o literature and cultural production; comparative US Ethnic and postcolonial literatures and cultures; gender/sexuality/queer studies; cultures of US schooling and education; late Victorian/early Modern British literature; media and film studies; popular music and fandom; Morrissey; Ireland; sports in US culture.

Recent Courses

Survey of American Literature (ENGL011A)
Recent Chicana/o Literature (ENGL075)
Rhetoric of Desire (ENGL076)
Sports in Literature and Culture (ENGL171)
Education and Empire (ENGL171)
U.S. Educational Experiences (First Year Seminar)

Selected Publications

“Going Native on Wonder Woman’s Island”: The Exoticization of Lesbian Sexuality in Sex and the City, in Rebecca Beirne, ed., Televising Queer Women: A Reader. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan 2007.

Recent Conferences and Invited Talks

Panel chair, “Memory and Performance in California,” California American Studies Association Conference, The Claremont Colleges, Claremont, CA, April 2012.

“Pochos, Jotos, Sissies: A Cultural Genealogy of Queer Chicano Masculinity,” invited lecture, Thinking Queer Lecture Series, California State University Fullerton, Fullerton, CA, October 2011.

Roundtable participant, “Reimagining Femme Subjectivity: A Roundtable Dialogue on Queer Political Currencies,” American Studies Association,Baltimore, MD, October 2011.

“Titillating Teaching Techniques: Chicana Femme-inist Pedagogy in Adelina Anthony’s Mastering Sex and Tortillas!,” The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, Louisville, KY, February 2011.

Selected Grants, Awards, and Honors

Ford Foundation Diversity Dissertation Fellowship, 2009-2010

Additional Information

Melissa Hidalgo's work explores issues of contemporary Chicana/o Latina/o education and pedagogy through Chicana/o Latina/o literature, film and other cultural forms.

Curriculum Vita