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Dr. Julia Istomina
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Humanities Department
27 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320
(860) 444-8366
Dr. Julia Istomina
Department of Humanities
U.S. Coast Guard Academy

As a literary scholar, Istomina focuses primarily on U.S. multi-ethnic literatures, literatures of the Black diaspora, and literatures of the Americas with broad comparative interests that reach into other disciplines and traditions: in particular American studies, women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, postcolonial studies, culture and performance studies, critical race theory, and political philosophy. With the support of a Susan L. Huntington Dean's Distinguished University Fellowship, she completed her Ph.D. in English Literature at The Ohio State University under the advisement of Linda Mizejewski, Theresa Delgadillo, and Lynn Itagaki. Prior to attending OSU, she worked as an Assistant Professor of English at Mandl College of Allied Health in New York City. Istomina also holds an M.F.A. in Poetry from The New School Graduate Writing Program and has placed numerous poetry, reviews, and translations of Russian poetry in both print and online venues including The Antioch Review, Fence Magazine, Rattle, Rain Taxi Review of Books, The Gertrude Stein Awards Anthology (Green Integer Press), Jacket Magazine, Salt Magazine, Ars Intepres International, Coldfront Magazine, and The Stranger at Home Anthology (Numina Press). She has mentored prison writers for the PEN Prison Writing Institute and taught creative writing to high school students for the PEN American Writing Program. 

  • Ph.D., English Literature, The Ohio State University, May 2015
  • Dissertation Titled: “Property, Mobility, and Epistemology in U.S. Women of Color Detective Fiction”
  • M.F.A., Poetry, The New School Graduate Writing Program, May 2010
  • B.A., High Honors English, Kenyon College, May 2005

Courses Taught:
  • English Composition and Speech
  • Writing about Literature

Selected Publications and Presentations:
  • “The Terror of Ahistoricity: Reading The Frame(-up) through and against Film Noir in Richard Wright’s ‘The Man Who Lived Underground.’” African American Review. Forthcoming Fall 2016. Print.
  • “The Elsewhere Swerve: Polyrhythmic Epistemology and Inclusive History in Charlotte Carter’s Jazz Detective Fiction Novel Coq au Vin (1999) in Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory, forthcoming Spring 2016. Print.
  • “An Idiomatic Victory: Postmodern Ethnography in Arrow of God.” West Africa Review 18 (Summer 2011): 58-72. Print.
  • “Ernest Hemingway.” The Antioch Review 68.4 (Fall 2010): 761. Print.
  • “Pour La Science.” Fence Magazine (Spring/Summer 2008): 103. Print.
  • “Blueberry America.” Shampoo Poetry 25 (September 2005). Online.
  • “Moveable Art or ‘Ethnic Kitsch:’ The Politics of Aesthetic Commodification in Charlotte Carter’s Coq au Vin (1999) and Carolina Garcia-Aguilera’s Havana Heat: A Lupe Solano Mystery (2000).” Modern and Contemporary American Literature in a Global Frame. American Literature Association Annual Conference, Boston, May 2015. Conference Presentation.
  • “Staging the Disappeared: Selective National Memory in Chicana Detective Fiction.” Violence on the Borders: Memory, Gender, Geography. Division of Ethnic Studies in Language and Literature. Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Vancouver, January 2015. Conference Presentation.
  • “Framing the Law: Reading the Legal System as Social Contract in U.S. Women of Color Detective Fiction.” Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Harrisburg, April 2014. Conference Presentation.
  • “Night Girl versus Miss Marple versus V.I. Warshawski: The (Re)Emergence of the African-American Female Sleuth and Surprising Uses of a Limiting Genre.” The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, March 2013. Conference Presentation.
  • “Anti-Racism as Rhetoric: Arizona’s House Bill 2281 and Saving Ethnic Studies through a ‘Dis-Knowing’ Critical Pedagogy.” Reconfiguring White Ethnicity: Expressivity, Identity, Race. The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute at City University of New York, New York, April 2012.
  • “‘Flat Characters Need Not Apply’: Negotiating Biculturalism through a Processual Character Taxonomy in Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian.” International Society for the Study of Narrative, Las Vegas, March 2012. Conference Presentation.
  • “Learning to Represent: Caliban, Character, and the Spectral Binary System.” International Society for the Study of Narrative. St. Louis, April 2011. Conference Presentation.

  • Profiled by Columbus Monthly Magazine in a published list of the “Top Ten Most Fascinating Dissertations at OSU” inclusive of arts and sciences (2015)
  • Susan B. Huntington’s Dean’s Distinguished University Fellowship, The Ohio State University Tenure: First, second, and dissertation year support (2010-2015)
  • Graduate Student Travel Award, Modern Language Association (2014)
  • Graduate Research Small Grant for Conference Travel, The Ohio State University (2012, 2015)
  • Graduate Student Travel Grant, Project Narrative, The Ohio State University (2011, 2012)
  • Fellowship Grant, The New School Graduate Writing Program (2005-2007)
  • Winner of the Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative Poetry in English for “Blueberry America,” Green Integer Press (2005)

Professional Memberships:
  • Modern Language Association
  • The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States
  • American Literature Association
  • American Studies Association
  • Northeast Modern Languages Association
  • Association of Writers and Writing Programs