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) 220-8000;ext=7937

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 and Label Me Latina/o.


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


Ph.D. Stony Brook University, English

M.S. Baruch College, Higher Education

M.A. Stony Brook University, English


Courses Taught

Research and Projects


 “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. 

 Guest speaker. “Latina Topographies: Re-membering the Body and the Construction of Self.”  

Research Café. Center for Inclusive Education, Stony Brook University. September 2012. 

 “Bodies of Evidence: The Politics of Invisible Labor in Helena Maria Viramontes’ Under the Feet of Jesus. North East Modern Language Association ConferenceRochester, NY; March 2012. 

Co-presenter: “Careers in Student Affairs—Or, how to spend the rest of your life in college and get paid for it!”  NASPA Region 2 Student Affairs Conference at Seton Hall University New Jersey, October 2009. 

 “College Access for Adult Students: When Admission is not Enough.” Council for Opportunity in Education, 27th Annual Conference. (Washington DC. September 2008)        

“Home-sites: Constructing Women’s Spaces when ‘Home’ is not an Option in Sandra Cisneros’ House on Mango Street and Helena Maria Viramontes’ Under the Feet of Jesus.” Latina Letters – 10th Annual Conference on Latina Literature & Identity, St. Mary’s University. San Antonio, TX. July 2005. 

 “Jabbering Hyenas, Hysterics, and the Politics of Embodied Speech.” Black Feminisms Conference, CUNY Graduate Center. New York, NY. March 2004. 



  • 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. Summer 2020
  • 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)

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

College Service:

Co-requisite / 100.5  Coordinator, English Department (2019 -2020)

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

Areas of administrative expertise:

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