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Melissa Poulsen Ph.D.

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Dr. Poulsen specializes in critical mixed race studies, transnational Asian American literature, comparative ethnic studies, and ecocriticism. Her current work focuses on twentieth and twenty-first century literary and popular culture representations of Asian mixed race in the United States. At Menlo College, Dr. Poulsen teaches English courses that frequently examine identity, technology, and the environment in the twenty-first century. Her writing is featured in journals including Amerasia and Asian American Literature: Discourses and Pedagogies and she has served as an assistant editor for the Asian American Literary Review. For her dedication to diversity in higher education, Dr. Poulsen has been recognized as an Emerging Diversity Scholar by the National Center for Institutional Diversity. She holds a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Transnational Asian American Literature, Critical Mixed Race Studies, Comparative Ethnic Studies, Critical Race Theory, Ecocriticism, Twentieth-to-Twenty-First Century American Literature, Rhetoric and Composition

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