Yetta Howard is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Co-Director of the LGBTQ Research Consortium at San Diego State University. An expert on underground cultures, Dr. Howard specializes in sexuality and gender studies, queer theory, and feminist theory in the context of visual, auditory, and corporeal forms, and with an investment in experimental and avant approaches to 20th- and 21st-century textual practices and minority discourse. Howard is the author of Ugly Differences: Queer Female Sexuality in the Underground (University of Illinois Press, 2018) and the editor of Rated RX: Sheree Rose with and after Bob Flanagan (The Ohio State University Press, 2020). Some of Howard’s work appears in American Literature; Social Text; Sounding Out!; TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly; The Journal of Popular Culture; Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory; Fiction International; The Middle Spaces; The Comics of Alison Bechdel: From the Outside In (University Press of Mississippi); On the Politics of Ugliness (Palgrave Macmillan); and Survival of the Sickest: The Art of Martin O'Brien (Live Art Development Agency). Some of Howard's forthcoming work will appear in Keywords for Comics Studies (New York University Press) and Disability and Art History: From Antiquity to the Twenty-First Century (Routledge). Howard is also at work on a new book project, Erratic Erotics: The Sexual Politics of Discordance. A photographer working in both analog and digital forms since the 1990s, outside and within the context of research projects, Howard has had exhibition activity at Oceanside Museum of Art (Oceanside, CA); Front Porch Gallery (Carlsbad, CA); Arc Gallery and Studios (San Francisco, CA); The FRONT Arte y Cultura (San Ysidro, CA). Howard was a ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives Research Fellow (for Rated RX) and received a Heller-Bernard Fellowship from CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Dr. Howard is affiliated faculty with SDSU’s LGBTQ+ Studies Program, Women’s Studies Department, and M.A.L.A.S. Program.
- Ph.D., English, University of Southern California, 2010
- Certificate in Gender Studies, University of Southern California, 2010
- M.A., English, University of Southern California, 2005
- M.A., English, Mills College, 2002
- Certificate in Professional Editing, U.C. Berkeley, 2002
- B.A., English, Boston University, 1998