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– Main Office: 401.874.5931 - Graduate Office: 401.874.4663

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Gina Valentino

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  • Assistant Professor
  • Comparative U.S. Race and Ethnic Studies (Native American, Asian American, African American, Chicana/Chicano); 20th and 21st Century U.S. Literature, Class, and Labor
  • Phone: 401.874.9434,Office: 308H Swan Hall
  • Email: valentino@uri.edu

Biography

Within the broader field of American literature and culture, Gina Valentino’s research focuses on U.S. comparative race and ethnic studies, paying particular attention to labor and class mobility under neoliberalism.

She is co-editor of Transnational Asian American Literature: Sites and Transits (Temple University Press, 2006) and a special issue of Studies in the Literary Imagination (SLI, Vol. 37.1, Spring 2004) on Asian American Literature.

Her recent essays on Native American literature include “Theater Renaissance: Resituating the Place of Drama in the Native American Renaissance,” and “It All Does Come to Nothing in the End: Nationalism and Gender in Louise Erdrich’s Plague of Doves.” The former appears inNative American Renaissance: Literary Imagination and Achievement, published by the University of Oklahoma Press; A. Robert Lee and Alan Velie serve as editors. The latter appears in Louise Erdrich edited by Deborah Madsen and published by Continuum Press.

Her current book project, Hustling: Work and Survival in the New Economy, analyzes race and working-class identities in late-twentieth century U.S. ethnic literatures.

Research

Comparative U.S. Race and Ethnic Studies (Native American, Asian American, African American, Chicana/Chicano); 20th and 21st century U.S. Literature, Class and Labor

Education

  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
  • M.A., California State University, Fullerton
  • B.A., California State University, Fullerton

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