Associate Professor of English,
Kansas State University
Thomas Xavier Sarmiento (they/he) is Associate Professor of English and Affiliated Faculty Member of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at Kansas State University. Tom specializes in diasporic Filipinx American literature and media cultures, queer-feminist theories, and cultural representations of the US Midwest. Their research appears in the journals Alon: Journal for Filipinx American and Diasporic Studies; Amerasia Journal; MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States; and Women, Gender, and Families of Color and in the edited collections Asian American Feminisms and Women of Color Politics, Curricular Innovations: LGBTQ Literatures and the New English Studies, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture, Q & A: Voices from Queer Asian North America, Race in American Television: Voices and Visions that Shaped a Nation, The SAGE Encyclopedia of Filipina/x/o American Studies, and Sparked: George Floyd, Racism, and the Progressive Illusion. They are a past president of MAASA.
Tom has also recieved the following awards and honors: Visiting Faculty Fellow, Suzy Newhouse Center for the Humanities, Wellesley College, 2022–23; Award for Excellence in Teaching, Department of English, Kansas State University, 2022; American Studies Association Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize for Best Dissertation in American Studies, American Ethnic Studies, or American Women’s Studies Nominee, Department of American Studies, University of Minnesota, 2015; Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship Alternate & Honorable Mention, Dissertation Competition, 2013.
“PhilippinExcess: Cunanan, Criss, Queerness, Multiraciality, Midwesternness, and the Cultural Politics of Legibility,” in Q & A: Voices from Queer Asian North America (https://tupress.temple.edu/books/q-a-2), edited by Martin F. Manalansan IV, Alice Y. Hom, and Kale B. Fajardo, Temple UP, 2021, pp. 318–30
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