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Sheela Jane Menon

Assistant Instructor - Department of Rhetoric
Sheela Jane Menon

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Biography

 

Sheela Jane Menon is a graduate student in the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin. Originally from Malaysia, Sheela Jane completed a B.A. in English (Highest Honors) and a B.A. in Religion at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. She earned her M.A. from UT Austin in May 2013, completing an M.A. report entitled: "The Gift of Rain: Re-Imagining Masculinity, Ethnicity, and Identity in Malaysia." Working within the Ethnic & Third World Literatures specialization at UT, her research interests center around Malaysian and Southeast Asian literature. She focuses in particular on issues of gender, race, and national identity, with broader interests in Postcolonial, Asian American and Ethnic Studies.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Review of The Female Cell by Rumaizah Abu Bakar. E3W Review of Books 12 (Spring 2012)

Review of Yasmin Ahmad's Films by Amir Muhammad. E3W Review of Books 13 (Spring 2013)

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

2014 Rhetoric Society of America Conference - May 2014 / "Playing in the Shadows: Embodying the Contact Zones of Malaysian National Culture" (San Antonio, Texas)

The Texas Asia Conference - Nov. 2013 / “Commodifying Race, Consuming the Nation: Tracing the Contours of the ‘Malaysia, Truly Asia’ Campaign.” (UT Austin)

The Africa Conference - Mar. 2012 / “Ethnicity, Gender, and Subaltern Identity: Exploring Narratives of the Japanese Occupation of Malaya.” (UT Austin)

47th Annual Western Literature Association Conference - Nov. 2012 “La Virgen de Guadalupe in The Moths & Other Stories: Reimagining Femininity, Spirituality, and Female Solidarity.” (Texas Tech University)

8th Annual Graduate Conference in Comparative Lit. Sept. 2011 / “Bush & bin Laden: Identity in Crisis.” (UT Austin)

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute - Jul. 2011 / “Southeast Asia / Malaysia Through a Literary Lens.” (Reserach Assistant / Co-Presenter) (East West Center, UHM)

 

HONORS/AWARDS

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, University of Texas at Austin, Aug. 2013

Graduate Studies Professional Development Award, University of Texas at Austin, Dec. 2012

Graduate School Diversity Recruitment Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin, Aug. 2011 – May 2012

Rev. David Schuyler Advisor of the Year, Chaminade University of Honolulu, April 2010

Staff Member of the Year, Chaminade University of Honolulu, April 2010

Phi Beta Kappa, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, May 2008

Regents’ Scholarship, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Aug. 2004 – May 2008

 

Interests

Malaysian & Southeast Asian Literature / Gender, Race & National Identity / Postcolonial & Asian American Studies / Critical Race Theory

TEACHING

Assistant Instructor, RHE 306: Rhetoric & Writing

    Fall 2013 - Spring 2014

Teaching Assistant, E316K: Masterworks of American Literature

     Dr. Phil Barrish, Summer 2013

Senior Teaching Assistant, E347L: Young Adult Fiction & Film

     Dr. Domino Perez, Spring 2013

Teaching Assistant, E316K: Masterworks of American Literature

     Dr. Jennifer Wilks, Fall 2012

Teaching Assistant, E316K: Masterworks of American Literature

     Dr. John González, Summer 2012

Teaching Assistant, E316K: Masterworks of British Literature

     Dr. Douglas Bruster, Spring 2012

Teaching Assistant, E376M: Illustrating African American Literature

     Dr. Meta Jones, Spring 2012

Teaching Assistant, E316K: Masterworks of British Literature

     Dr. Douglas Bruster, Fall 2011