Yetta Howard is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University. An expert on underground cultures, Dr. Howard specializes in sexuality studies, 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; Keywords for Comics Studies (New York University Press); 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 Disability and Art History: From Antiquity to the Twenty-First Century (Routledge). Howard is also at work on a new book project, Erratic Erotics. 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 throughout California including 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) .
- 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