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 and unpopular cultures, Dr. Howard specializes in gender and sexuality studies, queer studies, and feminist theories of race and ethnicity 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 (forthcoming Fall 2020, The Ohio State University Press), a collection of essays by scholars and artists, photographs, and archival materials. 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; On the Politics of Ugliness (Palgrave Macmillan); Survival of the Sickest: The Art of Martin O'Brien (Live Art Development Agency); and Howard guest edited a special issue of Journal of Lesbian Studies on the theme "Under Pressure." Some of Howard's forthcoming work will appear in The Comics of Alison Bechdel: From the Outside In (forthcoming January 2020, University Press of Mississippi); Keywords for Comics Studies (forthcoming Summer 2020, New York University Press); The Routledge Companion to Gender and Sexuality in Comic Book Studies (Routledge); Disability and Art History, Volume 2 (Routledge). Howard is also at work on a new book project, Erratic Erotics: The Sexual Politics of Discord. A darkroom-trained-turned-digital photographer for over two and half decades, Howard has had recent exhibition activity at Oceanside Museum of Art (Oceanside, CA); Front Porch Gallery (Carlsbad, CA); The 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, M.A.L.A.S. Program, and serves on the editorial board of SDSU Press.
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