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Justus Peña Berman

Justus Peña Berman

English Graduate Assistant

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  1. B.A. English and Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin
  2. M.A. English, Pennsylvania State University
  3. Ph.D. English, Pennsylvania State University (In Progress)

Professional Bio

Justus Berman's primary fields are contemporary Asian American and Latinx literature and the politics of race and ethnicity. Justus’s current research occurs at the intersection of decolonial thought, aesthetics, and media studies, exploring literary examinations of technoculture and aesthetic production as these dynamics relate to racial justice and identity. Additionally, he is interested in the emergence of speculative genres as an important locus of critique for authors of color. As artworks envision alternative futures, histories, or presents, how does the re-inscription of intersectional identities produce worlds that are familiar or radically different from existing cultural and historical formations?

Areas of Specialization

American Literature After 1900
U.S. Ethnic Literatures, Chicanx and Latinx Speculative and Experimental Literatures, Poetics
Contemporary Literature
Contemporary U.S. Ethnic Literature, Film, and other Media.
Race and Ethnicity Studies
Racial Formations in the United States with emphases on Chicanx and Latinx literature and Culture.
Theory and Cultural Studies
Theories of Race and Racism, Aesthetics, Biopolitics and Post-Marxism