Daniel Valella

Ph.D. Candidate


Selected Publications and Papers Delivered


"Danticat, Edwidge," and "Hughes, Langston" (biographies). The Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. Ed. Sangeeta Ray and Henry Schwarz. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016. 

"Joseph Yoshisuke Kurihara," "John Okada," "James Omura," "Yoshiko Uchida," and "Edison Uno" (biographies). Encyclopedia of Japanese American Internment. Ed. Gary Y. Okihiro. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press, 2013.

"How Spike Lee Brought Down Ed Koch: The Politics of 1989's Do the Right Thing." Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Journal 17 (December 2011): 123–126.

Papers Delivered:

"Character Witnesses: Rhetorical Ēthos and Courtroom Testimony in Gordon Henry's The Light People." Native Testimony: A Conference of the Princeton American Indian Studies Working Group. Princeton University. May 6–7, 2016.

"Loving Sirk and Fassbinder: Cinematic History and Queer Melodrama in Jessica Hagedorn's Dogeaters." 1st Annual Post45 Graduate Conference. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. February 5–6, 2016.

"Harryette Mullen's Neosurrealist Poetics: Race, Gender, and Avant-Garde Citizenship." 46th Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association. Toronto, ON. April 30–May 3, 2015.

"Intersectional Itinerancy: Queer Native Rejections of Settlement." Feminist Translations/Queer Mobilities: A Symposium. University of California, Berkeley. December 8, 2014.

"Ēthos." What is an Americanist? Keywords in the Study of American Literature(s) and Culture(s) Today. University of California, Berkeley. November 17, 2014.

(with Christian Durán) "Daniel Venegas's Early Transnationalism: Las Aventuras de Don Chipote and the Multiplicity of Chicano Identity." American Literature in the World Conference. Yale University. April 11, 2014.

"Engaging Palimpsestic Space-Time: Writing (and) the Decolonial Dérive in Teju Cole's Open City." Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association. New York University. March 20–23, 2014.

"Trujillo is Watching: Surveillance and Paranoia in the Contemporary U.S.–Dominican Novel." 111th Annual Conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association. San Diego, CA. November 1–3, 2013.

"Mardi Gras Mélange: The Queer-Catholic Encounter in John Rechy's City of Night." Berkeley-Stanford Conference. Stanford University. April 27, 2013.

"What Lies Beneath the Skin: Entangled Narratives of Indigeneity, Islamophobia, and Whitening in Sherman Alexie's Flight." 2nd Annual Native American Studies Graduate Student Symposium. University of California, Davis. April 26–27, 2013.

"How to Break Free from 'English B': Langston Hughes and the Poetics of Self-Liberation." Language and Resistance in 20th-Century Literature of the Black Diaspora: An English Graduate Association Colloquium. University of California, Berkeley. April 11, 2013.

"An Intersectional (Queer and Native) Jimmy Alexander: Rurality, Urbanity, and Hetero- and White Normativities in Craig Womack's Drowning in Fire." 34th Annual Conference of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association. Albuquerque, NM. February 13–16, 2013.

Recent English Courses Taught