C. Christina Lam

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Assistant Professor

EMAIL: clam@bmcc.cuny.edu

Office: N-768B

Office Hours: clam@bmcc.cuny.edu

Phone: +1 (212) 776-7822

Assistant Professor C. Christina Lam is a teacher, scholar, and mentor. She has an M.A. in English from Stony Brook University, an M.S. Ed in Higher Ed Administration from Baruch College, as well as a Ph.D. in English with a focus on Latinx studies and a certificate in Women’s Studies from Stony Brook University.

Prior to joining BMCC as a full-time faculty member Professor Lam worked in various roles as an educational advocate for non-profit organizations serving low-income populations to access college. Her advocacy work informs her student-centered pedagogy. She thus invites students to write about and explore their professional goals in her Composition classroom, and is currently developing a service learning component for her courses.

Professor Lam’s primary scholarly interests are focused on contemporary operations of cultural memory and recovery in multi-ethnic American women’s literature of the 20th century to the present. Her interest in the ways that marginalized writers construct subjectivities to gain visibility in the body politic extends pedagogically to the way students come to see themselves as members of the academy. Her work has appeared in such journals as The Rocky Mountain Review, Label Me Latina/o, and Studies in American Culture.


Latina/o Literature        Writing & Rhetoric       U.S. Ethnic Literature         Career/Service Learning


Ph.D. Stony Brook University, English

M.S. Ed Baruch College, Higher Education

M.A. Stony Brook University, English


Courses Taught

Research and Projects


“Amplifying Student Voices: From Passive Learners to Active Knowledge Producers.” CUNY Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Conference: The Power of an Antiracist Academy: Reimaging Systems & Structures. April 15-16, 2021. Virtual.

“A Stranger Among Us: Belonging and Citizenship in Oscar Cásares Where We Come From. Melus: Society For The Study Of Multi-Ethnic Literature: Society for the Study of Multi-ethnic Literature, New Orleans, LA, April 2020. Cancelled due to COVID.

 “Alternate Archives: Latinx narrative interventions in Carolina de Robertis’ Perla and Alicia Partnoy’s The Little School.” John Jay Latina/o Literary Theory and Criticism Conference, New York, NY April 25-27, 2019. 

Alternate Archives: Latinx narrative interventions in Carolina de Robertis’ Perla and Alicia Partnoy’s The Little School.” MELUS, Cincinnati, OH March 21-24, 2019. 

Latinx Testimonio: Intersectionality in Raquel Cepeda’s Bird of Paradise: How I Became a Latina.” Latina/o Studies Association Biennial Conference. Washington, D.C. July 2018. 

 “The Assimilated Cubana’s Guide to Cuba: Narrating Womanhood in Cristina Garcia’s The    Agüero Sisters.” 49th Northeast Modern Language Association conference. Pittsburgh, PA. April 2018. 

 “Writing My Way Out: Research as Me-Search in the Comp Classroom.” Transitions and Transactions IV at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. New York, NY. April 2018. 

Acts of Resistance: Identity as Bodily Performance in Esmeralda Santiago’s Almost a Woman.” 3rd Biennial Latina/o Literary Theory and Criticism Conference at John Jay. New York, NY. April 2017. 

“Flipping the Script: Body and Belonging in Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa’s Daughter of Stone.” Latina/o Studies Association Conference on Deliberating Promiscuity, (In)Civility, and (Un)Disciplinarity. Pasadena, CA. July 2016. 

Co-presenter: “When Access is not Enough: Engaging Students via Career Development in the Composition Classroom.” CUNY Coordinated Undergraduate Education Conference. Bronx, NY. May 2016 

Narrating Embodied Experience: The Body as Border That Feels in Cristina Garcia’s Dreaming In Cuban.” The 2nd Biennial Latina/o Literary Theory and Criticism Conference at John Jay. New York, NY. April 2015. 

 “Matriarchal Anxieties: The Maternal Body and Ethnic Production in The Agüero Sisters.  CUNY Latin@ Cultural Studies ConferenceLong Island City, NY. April 2014 

“Trauma and Testimony: Embodied Memory in Loida Maritza Pérez’s Geographies of Home.”  67th Annual Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association ConventionVancouver, WA. October 2013. 

 Guest speaker: Celebrate Latina/o Culture! Latina/o Literary Studies Faculty Roundtable.  LaGuardia Community College, Long Island City, NY. May 2013. 




  • Forthcoming. “Careers Matter When Life is Precarious: Finding Freedom and Agency in the Composition Classroom” Dec 2021 issue of Teaching English in the Two Year College.
  • Bearing Witness: Alternate Archives of Latinx Identity in Raquel Cepeda’s Bird of Paradise: How I Became  a Latina.” Studies in American Culture. Special Issue: New Approaches to Latinx & Caribbean identity. Vol 43.1 (June 2020), 26-42.
  • Flipping the Script, Memory, Body and Belonging in Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa’s Daughters of the Stone (Summer 2017)2017, Label Me Latina/o Special Issue: Afro-Latina/o Literature and PerformanceDownload
  • Trauma and Testimony: Embodied Memory in Loida Maritza Perez’s Geographies of Home 2015, Theorizing Space and Gender in the 21st Century’ special issue of Rocky Mountain Review Volume 69, Number 1 (Spring 2015), 37-48.

Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • PSC-CUNY Research Award, Borough of Manhattan Community College – 2020
  • PSC-CUNY Research Award, Borough of Manhattan Community College – 2018
  • PSC-CUNY Research Award, LaGuardia Community College, 2014
  • John H. Williams Memorial EDIT Travel Grant, LaGuardia Community College -2013
  • Burghardt Turner Dissertation Support Grant, Stony Brook University – 2013
  • Alan Babich Award Recipient for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student- 2002
  • Burghardt Turner Fellowship Recipient, Stony Brook University- 2001


Additional Information

Selected College Service:

CUNY Career Success Faculty Fellows (2021-present )

I am part of the inaugural cohort faculty member that will form an interdisciplinary learning community across 2-year and 4-year colleges that will meet monthly and will include two interactive focus areas that work collaboratively to share experiences, research, and outcomes for ongoing improvement of the student experience around career development and success. The CUNY Career Success Faculty Fellows will create a CUNY Shared Practice Document which articulates the core principles and suggested structures (for example, faculty professional development focused on equity in the work-place, work-based experiential learning for students) for scalable implementation.

Chair of the ENG 100.5/Co-requisites Committee, English Dept. (Fall 2019-Spring 2020)

I oversaw the management of ENG 88 and 95 which included coordinating with the Testing Office for CATW exams. In this role, I developed methods to place students in the proper courses at the end of current class placement. I assigned students codes to allow for registration in courses once I had gathered faculty’s recommendations and served as a resource for faculty in teaching this course. I also delivered faculty training that included such topics as an introduction to growth mindset, and non-cognitive factors affecting remedial learning and college support, and teaching exercises.

Open Educational Resource (OER)Advocate, Borough of Manhattan Community College (2018-present) 

An initiative where BMCC faculty have been leading CUNY in redesigning their courses with open educational resources (OER) and other no-cost materials available online and through the Library. As an OER advocate, I work to identify and address barriers to redesigning courses with OER/ZTC in the department.

Areas of administrative expertise:

  • – Program Development & Management
  • – Enrollment & Retention Services
  • – Student Services Delivery
  • – Staff Training & Supervision