Theresa Kulbaga

Theresa Kulbaga

Associate Professor

Faculty Affiliate in American Studies & Women’s Studies

228 Rentschler Hall
Hamilton Campus 
513-785-3034
kulbagta@MiamiOH.edu

Education

  • PhD, The Ohio State University
  • MA, The Ohio State University

Research Interests

  • Autobiography & Memoir
  • Biography
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Nonfiction as Rhetoric
  • Feminist Theory
  • Transnational Feminisms
  • Human Rights Discourse & Theory

Teaching Interests

  • Contemporary American Literature
  • Feminist Theory
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Autobiography & Life Writing Studies
  • Documentary Film
  • American Studies
  • Women's Literatures
  • Multi-Ethnic U.S. Literatures

Awards and Honors

  • Miami Hamilton Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2010.
  • First Vice President, Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages (WCML), 2010.
  • Kenyon College Teaching Initiative Grant, 2009.
  • Council of Graduate Schools / University Microfilms International Distinguished Dissertation Award Nominee, 2007.
  • Elizabeth Flynn Award for Best Feminist Essay published in JAC: Quarterly Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Rhetoric, Culture, Literacy, and Politics, 2003.

Selected Publications

  • “Fitness and the Feminist First Lady: Gender, Race, and Body in Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Campaign.” With Leland G. Spencer. Forthcoming in Women & Language (Spring 2017).
  • "Sari suasion: migrant economies of care in Shailja Patel’s Migritude." Prose Studies 38.1 (2016): 74-92.
  • “Dangerous Crossings: Race, Species, and Nature in a Multicultural Age.” Journal of Asian American Studies 19.1 (Feb. 2016), 127-130.
  • “Troubled Interventions: Three Cups of Tea and the Humanitarian Plot.” Forthcoming in Life Writing.
  • “Call and Response.” College English 71.5 (May 2009): 539-541.
  • “Pleasurable Pedagogies: Reading Lolita in Tehran and the Rhetoric of Empathy.”College English 70.5 (May 2008): 506-521.
  • Teaching with Rhetorical Visions: Writing and Reading in a Visual Culture. With Ivonne M. García and Deneese Owen. Prentice Hall, 2007.
  • Rev. Split Lives: Croatian Australian Stories by Val Colic-Peisker. Life Writing 4.2 (October 2007): 327-331.
  • “Labored Realisms: Geopolitical Rhetoric and Asian American and Asian (Im)migrant Women’s Auto/biography” with Wendy S. Hesford. JAC 32.1 (2003): 77-107. (Winner of the 2003 Elizabeth Flynn Award for Best Feminist Essay published in JAC: Quarterly Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Rhetoric, Culture, Literacy, and Politics)
  • “Labored Realisms: Geopolitical Rhetoric and Asian American and Asian (Im)migrant Women’s Auto/biography” with Wendy S. Hesford. Western Subjects: Autobiographical Writing in the North American West. Eds. Kathleen Boardman and Gioia Woods. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2005. 302-337.

Work in Progress

Theresa A. Kulbaga is currently completing a book manuscript, Transnational Subjects: Gender, Genre, and Geopolitics in Contemporary American Autobiography. This book examines the production, circulation, and consumption of the “transnational” as a gendered and racialized space in contemporary life writing. She is also completing several articles about autobiography and transnational feminisms, including an analysis of celebrity, activism, and human rights in the autobiographical works of Angelina Jolie and Alek Wek.