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Marcelle Maese-Cohen, PhD

Assistant Professor

Marcelle Maese-Cohen received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. Her research interests include the relation between social justice and literary form, decolonial feminist thought, comparative ethnic studies, human rights law, and critical theory. She is currently teaching courses on Chicana/o and Latina/o Literatures and Cultures.


Ph.D., English, University of California, Berkeley

M.A., Comparative Literature, University of California, Irvine

B.A., English, University of California, Berkeley

Scholarly and Creative Work

In “Toward Planetary Decolonial Feminisms” qui parle 18.2 Spring/Summer 2010, Maese-Cohen edited a special dossier that features feminist thinking on Korea, Japan, Hindu nationalism, Parisian women of color, xican@ spirituality, and Bolivian indigenous rights. Her article on John Rechy’s novel, City of Night, will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Arizona Quarterly. Maese-Cohen is currently writing on representations of feminicidio in Juárez, México, and developing her book manuscript, Confession and the Decolonial Literary Imagination: The Place of Spiritual Activism in African American and Chicana/o Humanisms.

Teaching Interests

Maese-Cohen’s teaching interests include U.S. Latina/o and Chicana/o literatures, the intersection between human rights law and critical race studies, gender and sexuality, testimonio, theories of the novel, transnational feminisms, local artists and communities, spiritual activism, and ethnic studies.