Gender and Women's Studies; and English
Erica Chu is a Visiting Lecturer in Gender and Women’s Studies. They are a PhD Candidate at Loyola University Chicago in English with a concentration in Women’s Studies and Gender Studies. They earned an MA in English from Loyola University Chicago in 2008 and a BA in English from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2006. Chu’s work theorizes gender and race rooted in decolonial and gender-expansive futures. Their work appears in Asexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectives (2014) and Difficult Subjects: Insights and Strategies for Teaching about Race, Sexuality and Gender (Forthcoming). In their dissertation, Identity Positivity: Making Space for Possibility, Chu explores work by gender and sexually variant writers and artists in the US and advocates for theory on gender and race that affirms all kinds of identity—including identities yet to be articulated. Their teaching and research interests include transgender studies, queer theory, decolonial queer and trans of color critique, women of color feminism, postcolonial literatures, and contemporary literature of the Americas. Their pronouns are they/them/their/themself.
ABD, English, concentration in Women’s Studies and Gender Studies – Loyola University Chicago