Martin Joseph Ponce

Associate Professor and Director of Sexuality Studies
Martin Ponce's research and teaching interests focus on Asian American, African American and comparative U.S. ethnic literatures; histories and theories of U.S. imperialism, nationalism and diaspora; and queer of color/queer diasporic critique. Author of Beyond the Nation: Diasporic Filipino Literature and Queer Reading (New York University Press, 2012) and co-editor of Samuel Steward and the Pursuit of the Erotic: Sexuality, Literature, Archives (Ohio State University Press, 2017), Ponce is currently working on several projects within the fields of Asian American literary history, queer of color literary history and Afro-Asian studies.

Committed to creating and maintaining institutional spaces for intellectual exchange and engagement, he served as the (co-)coordinator of the Asian American Studies Program for seven years and have served as the coordinator for the Sexuality Studies Program since 2015. Ponce was also one of the co-founders and organizers of the Diversity and Identity Studies Collective (DISCO), a cross-disciplinary formation that seeks to bring together students, faculty and staff working in ethnic studies, gender and sexuality studies and disability studies to address topical issues of broad social significance.

Selected Publications

Areas of Expertise
  • Asian American literature and culture
  • African American literature and culture
  • Queer studies
  • U.S. empire studies
  • PhD, Rutgers University, 2005
  • MA, Rutgers University, 2002
  • BS, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1997

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