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Meg Wesling

Associate Professor

Ph.D. (Cornell)

Associate Professor of American Literature

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Director: UC EAP, France July 2013-June 2015
UCSD Hellman Fellow

Professor Wesling teaches courses on Twentieth-Century U.S. Literature; Modern Fiction; U.S. Imperialism; Postcolonial Theory; Popular Culture; Cultural Studies; Critical Gender Studies. She has been awarded fellowships and research grants from sources such as the Hellman Foundation, the UCSD Academic Senate, and the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University.  


Empire's Proxy: American Literature and U.S. Imperialism in the Philippines  (NYU Press, 2011).

Selected articles:

“'This Grisly Act of Love': Monstrous Heterosexuality in Giovanni's Room Modern Fiction Studies (forthcoming)

“Different Ways of Being Gay: History and Queer Identity in Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home” Contemporary Literature 63.1 (Spring 2022).

“Sexuality and Statelessness: Black Queer Diasporic Consciousness in Giovanni’s Room Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Special Issue on Postcolonial Sexualities. 55.3 (June 2019): 323-336.

“The Erotics of a Livable Life: Colonial Power and the Affective Work of Queer Desire in Monique Truong’s The Book of Salt Mosaic 48.1 (March 2015, special issue Queer/Affect): 131-146.

"The Unequal Promise of Marriage Equality" American Quarterly 66.1 (March 2014): 171-179.

"American Modernism on Display: Tourism and Literary Form in the Work Progress Administration’s Guide Series” Amerikastudien/American Studies 58.3 (2013): 427-450.

"Epistemologies of Empire: Sexuality and Knowledge within the Neoliberal Academy" American Quarterly (June 2013): 291-302.   

"Queer Value" GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 18.1 (Winter 2012): 107-125.

"Neocolonialism, Queer Kinship, and Diaspora: Contesting the Romance of the Family in Shani Mootoo's Cereus Blooms at Night and Edwidge Danticat's Breath, Eyes, Memory" Textual Practice 24.4 (Summer, 2011).

"Why Queer Diaspora?" Feminist Studies 90  (2008): 3-047

"Colonial Education and the Politics of Knowledge" MELUS 32.2 (Summer 2007)

"The Opacity of Everyday Life: Segregation and the Iconicity of Uplift in The Street." American Literature 78.1  (March 2006): 117-140.

Coming soon...