Joseph Darda

Assistant Professor
Reed Hall 132 | 817-257-4148


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

Courses Taught

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

Areas of Focus

Twentieth- and twenty-first-century American literature
American cultural studies
Critical race and ethnic studies

Empire of Defense: Race and the Cultural Politics of Permanent War. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019.

“The Thin White Line: Veterans and the White Racial Politics of Creative Writing.” Forthcoming in American Literature 91, no. 4 (2019).

“Like a Refugee: Veterans, Vietnam, and the Making of a False Equivalence.” American Quarterly 71, no. 1 (2019): 83–104.

“Military Whiteness.” Critical Inquiry 45, no. 1 (2018): 76–96.

“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.

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

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

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