About Dr. Castaneda

PhD in English, lecturer, academic writer and researcher

Clarissa Castaneda, PhD is a scholar of Chicanx/Latinx literature, visual culture, and cultures; Latin American literature; indigenous literature and cultures; American Ethnic literature; systems of oppression and race; visual and material cultures; archive theory; and poetics.  Her dissertation, Latinidades and the Repository Function of the Poetic (2020), is available via ProQuest.  And, “Indigenous Libretto and Aural Memory in The Sun Dance and El Circo Anahuac” is available in Displaced: Literature of Indigeneity, Migration, and Trauma (Routledge 2020). 

Dr. Castaneda is currently a lecturer for the English department at Cal Poly Pomona, and a faculty associate for the English department at Arizona State University. She has also been a lecturer in English at University California Riverside, and a Visiting Assistant Professor in English at University Redlands. She is an alumnus of University of California Riverside (PhD in English), Claremont Graduate University (Dual MA in English and Creative Writing in Poetry), and Loyola Marymount University (BA in English Literature). Dr. Castaneda’s main hobbies are creative writing in poetry, studying classical music for opera performance, and writing music with her family Americana band.

Professional memberships include Latin American Studies Association, Latina/o Studies Association, Modern Language Association, National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, and Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association.

Máximo is Dr. Castaneda’s kitten Teaching Assistant Extraordinaire and ninja at-large. He appears on occasion in her Twitter and Instagram feeds, and in her recorded lectures. You can follow her poetry and sociopolitical action points on Instagram, and academic-life discourse on Twitter.

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