John Alba Cutler Assistant Professor of English

John Alba Cutler (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2008) specializes in US Latino literatures, multiethnic American poetry, contemporary American literature, and print culture studies. His book Ends of Assimilation: The Formation of Chicano Literature, published by Oxford University Press, examines how Chicano/a (Mexican American) literary works represent processes of assimilation, and what those representations can teach us about race, gender, and the nature of literary discourse. Ends of Assimilation argues that Chicano/a literature illuminates and critiques the historical consolidation of assimilation as a sociological discourse, but also that assimilation discourse helps to clarify the myriad ways that Chicano/a literature imagines cultural change.

Professor Cutler has published articles in American Literary HistoryAmerican Literature, MELUS, and Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies. He is a core faculty member of the Latina and Latino Studies Program and a member of the Minority Scholars' Committee for the American Studies Association. He is active in the Poetry & Poetics Colloquium as well, and serves as a series editor for the Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. He received the Weinberg College Distinguished Teaching Award in 2013.