Pamela Thoma
Pamela Thoma

A WSU expert in Asian American studies has received a Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to teach courses at two Japanese universities this fall and to help the institutions build their American studies programs.

Pamela Thoma, associate professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies at WSU, will teach American studies courses at University of the Ryukyus and Meio University in Okinawa, Japan, as a Fulbright fellow this September through February 2017.

Her project, “Gender and Citizenship in Asian American Literature and Culture,” includes teaching courses focused on graphic narrative by Asian Americans and on the transnational and transpacific dimensions of Asian American women’s culture and politics.

“When I return to WSU, I plan to incorporate new materials in my classes that will help students appreciate how different concepts of citizenship are significant in the complex, global movement of people and culture today,” she said.

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