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Kyla Tompkins

Kyla Tompkins

Associate Professor of English and Gender and Women’s Studies

Education: B.A., York University; M.A., University of Toronto; M.A., Stanford University; Ph.D., Stanford University

Expertise: Cultural Theory; American Studies; Food Studies; Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature; Race and Gender in the Nineteenth-Century; Feminist Theory; Gender Theory; Race and Gender in the Nineteenth-Century; Queer Theory and Sexuality

With Pomona Since: 2004

Campus Phone: (909) 607-2817

Email: Kyla Tompkins

Office Hours: T 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., W 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Research Interests

American Studies, Food Studies, Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature, Critical Feminist Theory; Cultural Theory

Recent Courses

  • ENGL106 PO 19th-Century U.S. Women Writers
  • GWS 181 PO Feminist Community Engagement
  • GWS 199 PO Ind Stdy: Gender/Women’s Studies
  • ENGL100 PO Literatures of US Imperialism
  • WMST180 PO Seminar in Feminist Theory
  • ENGL170J PO Spec Topics American Literature
  • ENGL198 PO Summer Reading & Research
  • GWS 198 PO Summer Reading & Research
  • GWS 180 PO Transnational Feminist Theory

Selected Publications


2012 – Racial Indigestion: Eating Bodies in the Nineteenth Century (Forthcoming from New York University Press, Spring 2012)

Refereed Articles:

  • 2009 – “‘She Made the Table A Snare To Them’: Domesticity, Diet and Postcoloniality in the Writings of Sylvester Graham.” Gastronomica.
  • Winter 2009, Vol. 9, No. 1, Pages 50–60.
  • 2007 –  “‘Everything ‘Cept Eat Us’: The Black Body as Edible Object in Antebellum U.S. Literature” in Callaloo. Special Issue: Reading Callaloo, Eating Callaloo. Johns Hopkins University Press. Callaloo 30.1 (2007) 201-224
  • 2005 – “Approaches to Teaching Literary Food Studies.” Journal of Food, Culture, and Society. Volume 8, Number 2, Fall 2005. 243-258.