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Justus Peña Berman

Justus Peña Berman

English Graduate Assistant
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202 Burrowes Building
Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

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Fall 2023 Office Hours

Thurday 4:45pm - 6:15pm, Fridays 4:45pm- 6:15pm


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

Professional Bio

Justus Peña Berman is a PhD Candidate in the department of English. Peña Berman's work examines the contradictions between literary and activist conceptions of social liberation in 20th century Latina/o and Asian American literature, politics, and culture.

Peña Berman focuses on the work, thought, and art of activists and artists who emerged from the Chicano and Asian American movements and who theorized and fought for social transformation during the 1970's and 1980's that occurred in the wake of the progressive fever pitch of 1968.

Reading these revolutionary politics from the perspective of critical ethnic studies —and critical ethnic studies from the perspective of these historicized revolutionary politics— Peña Berman's work asks what scholars and activists concerned with liberation can learn from these histories and movements.

Areas of Specialization

American Literature After 1900

Latina/o and Asian American Literature and Politics

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, Historical Materialism, Political Aesthetics