Paula Moya, Associate Professor
Primary Office: English 460-331
At Stanford Since: 1996
Current Year's Courses:
B.A., University of Houston, 1991
M.A., Cornell University, 1995
Ph.D., Cornell University, 1998
Director of the Program in Modern Thought and Literature
A native of New Mexico, Paula Moya spent time in Texas (where she earned a B.A. in English at the University of Houston) and New York (where she earned a Ph.D. in English at Cornell University) before coming to California in August 1996 to begin a career at Stanford. After being tenured in January 2002, Moya served for three years as Director of the Undergraduate Program in the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) and as Chair of the Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CSRE) major. She also served as Vice-Chair of the English Department from 2006-2009.
Moya's research interests lie chiefly in the areas of 20th and 21st century American literatures, Chicana/o cultural studies, feminist theory, and comparative studies in race and ethnicity. Much of her work to date has focused on the relationship between a subject's social location and her identity, and has sought to interrogate the epistemic and political consequences of social identity.
She is the author of Learning from Experience: Minority Identities, Multicultural Struggles (University of California Press, 2002). Her edited books include Reclaiming Identity: Realist Theory and the Predicament of Postmodernism (University of California Press, 2000), and Identity Politics Reconsidered (Palgrave 2006). Since 2001, she has been actively involved as a founding organizer and coordinating team member of The Future of Minority Studies research project (FMS), an inter-institutional, interdisciplinary, and multigenerational research project facilitating focused and productive discussions about the democratizing role of minority identity and participation in a multicultural society.
Moya's most recent work Doing Race: 21 Essays for the 21st Century, co-edited with Hazel Rose Markus, will appear from W.W. Norton, Inc. in spring 2010. This interdisciplinary volume includes a co-authored introductory essay by Moya and Markus that sets forth a critical rethinking of the concepts of race and ethnicity. Presently, Moya is a work on a scholarly study of literature written by ethnic women writers during the last three decades of the 20th century.
Undergraduate courses Moya has taught include "Looking Through Colored Glasses: Writings by Women of Color," "American Literature 1865-1935," "Growing Up in America," and "Introduction to Chicana/o History and Culture," and "Introduction to Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity." Graduate courses include "Identity, Experience, and Knowledge in Feminist Theory," "Realist Theory and the Predicament of Postmodernism," "Passions of the Color Line," and Concepts of Modernity I: Philosophical Foundations."