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JOSEPH DARDA
Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies
Texas Christian University
TCU Box 297270 | Fort Worth, TX 76129 | 509-859-3696 | j.darda@tcu.edu

EDUCATION

PhD, English, University of Connecticut, 2015
MA, English, University of Connecticut, 2012
BA, magna cum laude, English (with honors), Psychology, University of Washington, 2009

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies, Texas Christian University, 2015–
Mellon Sawyer Seminar Fellow, University of California, Irvine, 2016–17

BOOK PROJECTS

Empire of Defense: Race and the Cultural Politics of Permanent War (under contract with the University of Chicago Press)

Whiteness on the Edge of Town: Veteran America and White Racial Politics since Vietnam (manuscript in preparation)

PUBLICATIONS

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“Like a Refugee: Veterans, Vietnam, and the Making of a False Equivalence.” Forthcoming in American Quarterly 71, no. 1 (2019).

“Military Whiteness.” Forthcoming in Critical Inquiry 45, no. 1 (2018).

“Dispatches from the Drug Wars: Ishmael Reed, Oscar Zeta Acosta, and the Viet Cong of America.” Modern Fiction Studies 64, no. 1 (2018): 79–103.

“Kicking the Vietnam Syndrome Narrative: Human Rights, the Nayirah Testimony, and the Gulf War.” American Quarterly 69, no. 1 (2017): 71–92.

“The Ethnicization of Veteran America: Larry Heinemann, Toni Morrison, and Military Whiteness after Vietnam.” Contemporary Literature 57, no. 3 (2016): 410–40.

“The Exceptionalist Optics of 9/11 Photography.” Journal of American Studies 50, no. 1 (2016): 185–204.

“The Literary Afterlife of the Korean War.” American Literature 87, no. 1 (2015): 79–105.

“Airport Memory: Recalling Vietnam from the Terminal in Andrew Pham’s Travel Writing.” Criticism 57, no. 2 (2015): 191–210.

“Universality at War: Race, Nation, and Communism in Chester Himes’s If He Hollers Let Him Go.” African American Review 48, no. 1–2 (2015): 157–73.

“The Visual Apologetics of Philip Roth’s Pastoral America.” Philip Roth Studies 11, no. 2 (2015): 77–94.

“MLK at the LA Riots: Civil Rights, Memory, and Neoliberalism in Charles Johnson’s Dreamer.” Twentieth-Century Literature 60, no. 2 (2014): 197–221.

“Precarious World: Rethinking Global Fiction in Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist.” Mosaic 47, no. 3 (2014): 107–22.

“The Sacrificial Enterprise: Negotiating Mutilation in W. D. Howells’s A Hazard of New Fortunes.” American Literary Realism 46, no. 3 (2014): 210–29.

“Graphic Ethics: Theorizing the Face in Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis.” College Literature 40, no. 2 (2013): 31–51.

Special Issues

Editor. “Literary Counterhistories of US Exceptionalism.” Special issue, LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory 25, no. 2 (2014).

Book Reviews

Review of The Racial Imaginary of the Cold War Kitchen: From Sokol’niki Park to Chicago’s South Side, by Kate A. Baldwin; and Reading America: Citizenship, Democracy, and Cold War Literature, by Kristin L. Matthews. Forthcoming in American Literature 90, no. 3 (2018).

Review of Contemporary Drift: Genre, Historicism, and the Problem of the Present, by Theodore Martin. Forthcoming in Modern Fiction Studies 64, no. 4 (2018).

Review of Whiteness on the Border: Mapping the U.S. Racial Imagination in Brown and White, by Lee Bebout; and Playing in the White: Black Writers, White Subjects, by Stephanie Li. Critical Inquiry 44, no. 4 (2018): 791–93.

Review of Cold War Friendships: Korea, Vietnam, and Asian American Literature, by Josephine Nock-Hee Park. MELUS 42, no. 2 (2017): 203–5.

Review of Born Translated: The Contemporary Novel in an Age of World Literature, by Rebecca L. Walkowitz. Modern Fiction Studies 63, no. 1 (2017): 169–71.

Review of Distant Wars Visible: The Ambivalence of Witnessing, by Wendy Kozol. Critical Inquiry 42, no. 3 (2016): 714–16.

Review of Humanitarian Violence: The U.S. Deployment of Diversity, by Neda Atanasoski. MELUS 40, no. 3 (2015): 205–7.

“The Global Remaking of the American Political Novel.” Review of Toward the Geopolitical Novel: U.S. Fiction in the Twenty-First Century, by Caren Irr. Contemporary Literature 55, no. 2 (2014): 430–37.

Review of No Accident, Comrade: Chance and Design in Cold War American Narratives, by Steven Belletto. Modern Fiction Studies 60, no. 2 (2014): 390–93.

“Narratives of Exception in the Warfare State.” Introduction to “Literary Counterhistories of US Exceptionalism,” edited by Joseph Darda, 80­­–87. Special issue, LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory 25, no. 2 (2014).

“Old Left, New Class: Literary Anxiety in the Consumers’ Republic.” Review of Fantasies of the New Class: Ideologies of Professionalism in Post–World War II American Fiction, by Stephen Schryer; Hip Figures: A Literary History of the Democratic Party, by Michael Szalay; and American Night: The Literary Left in the Era of the Cold War, by Alan M. Wald. Minnesota Review, no. 82 (2014): 151–60.

“When Is Postwar?” Review of War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences, by Mary L. Dudziak; Warfare State: World War II Americans and the Age of Big Government, by James T. Sparrow; and How We Forgot the Cold War: A Historical Journey across America, by Jon Wiener. American Quarterly 65, no. 4 (2013): 639–48.

Review of Constructing the Enemy: Empathy/Antipathy in U.S. Literature and Law, by Rajini Srikanth. MELUS 38, no. 3 (2013): 175–76.

Public Writing

“The Surprising Roots of Recent White Extremism.” Los Angeles Review of Books, April 9, 2018. https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/the-surprising-roots-of-white-extremism/.

“Post-Traumatic Whiteness: How Vietnam Veterans Became the Basis for a New White Identity Politics.” Los Angeles Review of Books, November 21, 2017. https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/post-traumatic-whiteness-how-vietnam-veterans-became-the-basis-for-a-new-white-identity-politics/.

“A New New Man: Toni Morrison’s Playing in the Dark Turns Twenty-Five.” Los Angeles Review of Books, August 17, 2017. https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/a-new-new-white-man-toni-morrisons-playing-in-the-dark-turns-25.

“How America Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Drone.” Austin American-Statesman, August 2, 2017. http://www.mystatesman.com/news/opinion/commentary-how-america-learned-stop-worrying-and-love-the-drone/vmNttxMpgnzZC2UhOTf45K/.

“Trump Taps Long U.S. Cultural History of Pitting Immigrants against Veterans.” Dallas Morning News, May 10, 2017. https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2017/07/10/trump-taps-long-us-cultural-history-pitting-immigrants-veterans.

PRESENTATIONS

Conferences

“The Authenticity Workshop: New Humanism, the GI Bill, and the Philosophy of Creative Writing.” Modern Language Association, Chicago, IL, January 2019.

“The Thin White Line: Policing and the Whiteness of Blue Lives.” American Studies Association, Atlanta, GA, November 2018.

“Like a Refugee: Veterans, Vietnam, and the Precarious Subjects of a False Equivalence.” Modern Language Association, New York, NY, January 2018.

“Technologies of Vulnerability: Permanent War and the Cultural Politics of the Fifth Domain.” Modern Language Association, New York, NY, January 2018.

“War in the Fifth Domain.” American Studies Association, Chicago, IL, November 2017.

“Like a Refugee: Veterans, Vietnam, and the Making of a False Equivalence.” Association for Asian American Studies, Portland, OR, April 2017.

“Military Whiteness.” American Studies Association, Denver, CO, November 2016.

“Counterinsurgency and ‘The Great War on Terror Novel.’” American Literature Association, San Francisco, CA, May 2016.

“The Ethnicization of Veteran America: Larry Heinemann, Toni Morrison, and Military Whiteness after Vietnam.” American Comparative Literature Association, Cambridge, MA, March 2016.

“Kicking the Vietnam Syndrome Narrative.” American Literature Association, Boston, MA, May 2015.

“The Exceptionalist Optics of 9/11 Photography.” American Comparative Literature Association, Seattle, WA, March 2015.

“Literary Dispatches from the Vietnamization of the War on Drugs.” American Studies Association, Los Angeles, CA, November 2014.

“Antiwar Absolution in Joseph Heller’s Vietnam.” Futures of American Studies Institute, Hanover, NH, June 2014.

“The Literary Afterlife of the Korean War.” American Literature Association, Washington, DC, May 2014.

“Airport Memory: Recalling Vietnam from the Terminal in Andrew Pham’s Travel Writing.” American Comparative Literature Association, New York, NY, March 2014.

“Universality at War: Race, Nation, and Communism in Chester Himes’s If He Hollers Let Him Go.” Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, Oklahoma City, OK, March 2014.

“The Sacrificial Enterprise: Negotiating Mutilation in William Dean Howells’s A Hazard of New Fortunes.” American Literature Association, Boston, MA, May 2013.

“MLK at the LA Riots: Civil Rights, Memory, and Neoliberalism in Charles Johnson’s Dreamer.” Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, Pittsburgh, PA, March 2013.

“Graphic Ethics: Theorizing the Face in Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis.” Modern Language Association, Boston, MA, January 2013.

“When Theory of Mind Fails: Race and Folk Psychology in William Faulkner’s Light in August.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Boston, MA, April 2012.

“Iconographic Immersion in Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” American Comparative Literature Association, Providence, RI, March–April 2012.

Invited Talks

“MFA vs. PFC: Creative Writing and the War Story.” Postwar Faculty Colloquium, Denton, TX, April 2018.

“Like a Refugee: Veterans, Vietnam, and the Making of a False Equivalence.” Critical Voices Series, University of California, Irvine, June 2017.

“War in the Fifth Domain.” Digital War Symposium, University of California, Irvine, March 2017.

“Human Rights, the Nayirah Testimony, and the Gulf War.” Bodies Living with Violence Conference, University of Connecticut, April 2016.

COURSES TAUGHT

Texas Christian University

Seminar in American Literature since 1900 (graduate)
Studies in Twentieth-Century American Literature
US Multiethnic Literatures
Asian American Literature
American Fiction, 1960 to the Present
Introduction to American Studies
Gateway Seminar in Critical Race Theory
Major American Writers

University of California, Irvine

Topics in Literary Journalism

University of Connecticut

American Literature since 1880
Seminar in Writing through Literature
Seminar in Academic Writing

SERVICE

Texas Christian University

Undergraduate Council, 2017–present
Core Member, Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies Program, 2015–present
Curriculum Subcommittee Member, Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies Program, 2015–present
Associate Member, Women and Gender Studies Program, 2015–present
Undergraduate Studies Committee, Department of English, 2015–16

Professional

Managing Editor, LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, 2012–14

AWARDS

OpEd Project Fellowship, University of California, Merced, 2017
Mellon Sawyer Seminar Fellowship, University of California, Irvine, 2016–17
First Book Institute Fellowship, Pennsylvania State University, 2016
Junior Faculty Summer Research Program Grant, Texas Christian University, 2016
Council of Graduate Schools/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award National Finalist, 2015
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduate Fellowship, University of Connecticut, 2014–15
Graduate School Dissertation Fellowship, University of Connecticut, 2013–14
Siegel/McDaniel Award, Philip Roth Society, 2013
Aetna Critical Essay Prize, University of Connecticut, 2013
Phi Beta Kappa, University of Washington, 2008

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

American Studies Association
Modern Language Association
Association for Asian American Studies
American Comparative Literature Association