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Department of Critical Culture, Gender, & Race Studies Faculty & Staff

Lisa Guerrero

Dr. Lisa Guerrero

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz

Curriculum vitae

Education consists mainly in what we have unlearned.
Mark Twain

Any form of art is a form of power; it has impact, it can effect change; it can not only move us, it makes us move.
Ossie Davis

Dr. Guerrero has taught at WSU since 2004. She was educated near two of the most beautiful beaches in the world, earning her B.A. in English and black studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and earning her M.A. and Ph.D. in American literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

She is an interdisciplinary scholar who is particularly dedicated to thinking about the impact of intersectionalities, and the relationships between culture and power in both her scholarly work and her classrooms.

Her central research and teaching interests include African American literature, black masculinity, African American satire and humor, critical popular culture studies, race and commodity culture, and cultural studies.

Her favorite things include: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, The White Boy Shuffle by Paul Beatty, Erasure by Percival Everett, NBA basketball, golf, “Law & Order” reruns, Prince, and the scholarship of Jean Baudrillard, Michel Foucault, and Mark Anthony Neal.

Her least favorite things include: bad drivers, bad grammar, narrow-mindedness, lack of imagination, reality television, bad coffee, the Los Angeles Lakers, and answering the question “Did I miss anything important in class?”

Selection Publications

  • African Americans on Television: Race-ing for Ratings, with David J. Leonard. Prager Publishing, 2013.
  • Teaching Race in the 21st Century: College Professors Talk About Their Fears, Risks, and Rewards, editor. Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
Articles and Book Chapters
  • “(M)Other-In-Chief: Michelle Obama and the Ideal of Republican Womanhood,” in New Femininities: Postfeminism, Neoliberalism, and Identity, Rosalind Gill and Christina Scharff, eds. 2011.
  • “One Nation Under a Hoop: Race, Meritocracy, and Messiahs in the NBA” in Thugs and Dollar Signs: New Racism and the Imagined Black Athlete, David J. Leonard and C. Richard King, eds. 2009.
  • “Fear and Negation in the American Racial Imaginary: Black Bodies in the Wars on Terror and Same-Sex Marriage,” in A New Kind of Containment: “The War on Terror,” Sexuality, and Race, Mary Bloodsworth-Lugo and Carmen Lugo-Lugo, eds., 2009.
  • “Can the Subaltern Shop? The Commodification of Difference in the Bratz Dolls” in Critical Studies <=> Critical Methodologies, Special Issue on Race and Kids’ Pop Culture, 2008.
Public Writing

Current Projects

  • Satiric Subjectivities: Double Conscious Satire in Contemporary Black Popular Culture, forthcoming from Temple University Press.

Research Interests

  • African American masculinity
  • African American satire and humor traditions
  • African American literary traditions
  • Cultural studies
  • Commodification of racial identities/representations
  • Gender and sexuality

Dr. Guerrero is especially interested in the commodification of racialized and gendered identities, the ideological space of black manhood in the American imagination, and the uses of satire and irony in African American literature and popular culture.

Teaching Interests

  • African American literary movements
  • Critical black masculinities
  • Racial representations and responses in American pop culture
  • Ethnic studies
  • Intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality in social identity formation
  • Cultural studies

Contact Dr. Guerrero
Wilson-Short 121

Spring 2018 Office Hours

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00–4:00 p.m., and by appointment

Course Materials

Spring 2018
Past Courses