Susan Thananopavarn

Susan Thananopavarn

Lecturing Fellow of Thompson Writing Program

External Address: 
Box 90025, Durham, NC 27708


I am interested in contemporary American literature, ethnic studies, Asian American studies, and Latina/o studies.  My book, LatinAsian Cartographies: History, Writing, and the National Imaginary (Rutgers UP, 2018), examines how Asian American and Latina/o literature can rewrite dominant narratives of U.S. history.  My next project will explore what I call “ethnofuturism,” or alternative speculative fiction by writers of color.  Other areas of interest include the medical humanities, women’s and gender studies, and literature and the environment.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2015

  • M.A., University of California at Berkeley 1998

  • B.A., Princeton University 1996

Thananopavarn, S. LatinAsian Cartographies History, Writing, and the National Imaginary.: Rutgers University Press, March 19, 2018.

Thananopavarn, S. "Conscientización of the Oppressed: Language and the Politics of Humor in Ana Castillo's So Far from God." Aztlan: a Journal of Chicano Studies Number 1.Spring 2012 (April 1, 2012): 65-86. (Essay)