Kristen Skjonsby

M.A. in English at California State University, Long Beach
B.A. in English at Mills College, Oakland

Research Areas & Areas of Interest

Postcolonial Literature, Post-9/11 Literature, Critical Terror Studies, Exploitative Colonialism, Anti-Imperialist Movements of the 19th Century, Urban Studies, Military Logistics, Religion and Literature, Orientalism

Conference Presentations

April 2021: The Middle East Central Asia Research Center. “Contemporary Middle Eastern Fiction and the Linkage Between Terrorism and Ecological Calamity.”

November 2021: Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association. “Terrorism and the City.”

January 2020: Modern Language Association. “A Circle of Energy: Terrorism and Ecological Calamity in Fatima Bhutto’s The Runaways.”

November 2019: Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association. “The Uses of Terror as Spatiotemporal Performance in Karan Mahajan’s Association of Small Bombs.”

North Eastern Modern Language Association. “The Affective Archive of Tammam Azzam: Surveillance in the Colonial Imaginary.”

October 2019: Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. “Against Terror as the Event: Karan Mahajan’s Association of Small Bombs.”

January 2016: National Women’s Studies Association, Montréal, Quebec. “The Rehabilitative Power of Metaphor in Search of Decolonial Love: Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.”

January 2017. Teaching Global Literature for Intercultural Competency. “Political Futurity in Karen Tei Yamashita’s Tropic of Orange and The Impact of Magical Realism in the Community College Classroom.”

May 2016. Disjunctions Graduate Student Conference, University of California, Riverside. “Seeking Known Territory: Narratives of Ideology and the Im/Explosion of the Body in Poetry of the Taliban and Being and Nothingness.”

April 2016. Alter(narr)atives, Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, California State University, Long Beach. “‘Sites of Emergence’: Posttraumatic Growth and the Rehabilitative Power of Trauma.”

Grants and Awards
Humanities Graduate Student Research Award, 2020
Outstanding Graduate Student Award, 2017

Service
Postcolonial Anthropocene Reading Group, Modern Language Association
Graduate Students English Association, UCR, Representative
English Graduate Student Association, CSULB, President
Watermark Literary Journal, CSULB, Section Editor