Shelley Streeby

Professor & Joint Appointment Department of Ethnic Studies and Department of Literature


Ph.D., English, University of California Berkeley, 1994

B.A., English, Harvard University, 1986

Research Interests

19th and 20th Century US Literature and Culture; Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies; Comparative Colonialisms, War, and Cultural Memory; Fantasy, SF, and Speculative Fiction; Gender Studies and Queer Theory; Film, Media, and Visual Culture; Labor, Transnational Social Movements, and Radical History; American Studies


-Recently completed Radical Sensations: World Movements, Violence, and Visual Culture (Duke University Press: forthcoming January 2013), a book on US culture and radical transnational movements from 1886, the year of the Haymarket riot in Chicago, through 1927, the year that Marcus Garvey was deported.

 -American Sensations: Class, Empire, and the Production of Popular Culture (American Crossroads Series, U of California P, 2002), received the American Studies Association’s 2003 Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize for the best first book in American Studies that highlights the intersections of race with gender, class, sexuality, and nation.

 -Co-editor (with Jesse Alemán) of Empire and the Literature of Sensation: An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Popular Fiction(Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the Americas Series, Rutgers UP, 2007)

Recent Articles

 -“Doing Justice to the Archive: Beyond Literature,” Unauthorized States: New Essays in 19th Century American Literary Studies, ed. Ivy Wilson and Dana Luciano (New York: NYU Press, forthcoming 2013)

 -Co-Author (with Ben Balthaser), “Mass Culture, the Novel, and the American Left,” Oxford History of the American Novel, Volume 5. Ed. Michael Elliot and Priscilla Wald) (London: Oxford UP, forthcoming 2013)

 -“Imagining Mexico in War and Romance: Nineteenth-Century US Literature and Visual Culture.” Mexico and Mexicans in the Making of the United States. Ed. John Tutino (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2012)

 -“Looking at State Violence: Lucy Parsons, José Martí, and Haymarket.” The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century American Literature. Ed. Russ Castronovo (London: Oxford University Press, 2012)

 -“Dime Novels and the Rise of Mass Market Genres." The Cambridge History of the American Novel. Ed. Leonard Cassuto (Cambridge University Press, 2010)

 -“High, Popular, and Mass Culture.” A Concise Companion to American Studies. Ed. John Carlos Rowe (London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010)

 -“Multiculturalism and Forging New Canons.” Blackwell’s Companion to American Literature and Culture. Ed. Paul Lauter (London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010)

 -"June 1846: James Russell Lowell's Biglow Papers are cut from the newspaper and pasted onto workshop walls all over Boston." A New Literary History of America. Ed. Werner Sollors and Greil Marcus (Harvard U Press, 2009), 259-263

 --“Empire.” Keywords for American Cultural Studies. Ed. Bruce Burgett and Glenn Hendler. (New York: NYU Press, 2007), 95-101.

 -“Labor, Memory, and the Boundaries of Print Culture: From Haymarket to the Mexican Revolution.” American Literary History, Volume 19, No. 2, Summer 2007: 406-433.

Current Projects

Space and Time in the Octavia Butler Archive; Alternate Histories and Near Futures in Speculative Genres; Transnational Anarchism and Critical Ethnic Studies

Recent Teaching

    Graduate Courses:

American Studies Archives; Problems in Theory: Feminism, Gender, Sexuality; Transnational Literature; US Wars and Cultural Memory; Practicum: Interdisciplinary Intersections; Empire and American Studies; Labor, Memory, and Culture; Speculative Fictions of Race, Sex, and Empire

    Undergraduate Courses:

Theories and Methods in Cultural Studies: Keywords, Spaces, and Movements; US Literature to 1865:  Literatures of Migration; U.S. Literature from the Civil War to World War I; Early Science Fiction; Comparative Colonialisms; Nineteenth-Century Natives and Aliens; U.S. Popular Culture: Sound and Vision; Science Fiction from the 1950s to the Present; Violence and Visual Culture; Cultures of the US-Mexico Borderlands