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Karen Tongson

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Professor Karen Tongson joined the USC faculty in English and Gender Studies in fall 2005. Before coming to USC, Tongson held a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship in Literature at UC San Diego, and a UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) Residential Research Fellowship at UC Irvine. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Tongson's work on popular culture, queer studies, performance, music and literature has appeared in such journals as Social Text, GLQ, Nineteenth-Century Literature, Novel: A Forum on Fiction, and The International Journal of Communication, as well as in the anthologies Queering the Popular Pitch (Routledge), and The Blackwell Companion to LGBTQ Studies (eds. Haggerty and McGarry). Her first book, titled RELOCATIONS: Queer Suburban Imaginaries, is forthcoming in the 2010-2011 academic year, as part of the New York University Press "Sexual Cultures" Series. Professor Tongson is also a co-founder and regular contributor to the "culture industry" webzine OH! INDUSTRY (http://www.ohindustry.com), and in 2010 has been named Executive Editor of "The Journal of Popular Music Studies" alongside Gustavus Stadler.


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