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John Jay Faculty Present Diverse Topics at American Studies Association Annual Meeting

Five John Jay faculty members presented papers at the American Studies Association Annual Meeting  “Dimensions of Empire and Resistance: Past, Present, and Future” on  November 15-18, 2012 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Professors Bettina Carbonell, Jonathan Gray, Tara Pauliny, Belinda Rincon and Lucia Trimbur offered a wide-range of innovative topics and perspectives.

The American Studies Association is the nation’s oldest and largest association devoted to the interdisciplinary study of American culture and history. Members represent many fields of inquiry, such as history, literature, religion, art and architecture, philosophy, science, anthropology, government, education, gender studies, and others. For more information on the ASA Annual Meeting, visit:

Below are the research paper titles for each of the faculty attendees.


  • Bettina Carbonell, Associate Professor of English:  African American Museums in the United States: Re-Examining the Course of Empire
  • Jonathan Gray, Assistant Professor of English:  White Boy Shuffle: the Evasion of Analysis in Sudhir Venkatesh’s Gang Leader for a Day
  • Tara Pauliny, Assistant Professor of English:  Disturbing Display: BODIES…The Exhibition and a Neoliberal Ethic of Care
  • Belinda Rincon, Assistant Professor of English and Latino/a and Latin American Studies:  Puerto Rican Soldiering and the Theatre of War in Quiara Alegria Hudes' Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue (2007)
  • Lucia Trimbur, Assistant Professor of Sociology:  'Me and the Law is Not Friends’: How Former Prisoners Make Sense of Reentry

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