Christa Baiada

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Associate Professor


Office: N-751P

Office Hours:

Phone: +1 (212) 220-8280

Associate Professor of English
Co-Coordinator, Writing Across the Curriculum


American Literature, Multicultural Literature of the United States, Asian American Literatures, Literature of U.S. Latino/as, Italian American literature, Immigrant Literature, Race and Ethnic Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Motherhood Studies, Feminist Theory, Contemporary Fiction.


  • B.A. Hartwick College, English,1996
  • M.A. Brooklyn College, CUNY, English,2000
  • Ph.D. Graduate Center of the City University of New York, English,2007

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

  • Dorothy Bryan’s Politics of Education in Ella Price’s Journal and Miss Giardino
  • Motherhood in Graphic Narratives



Peer-Reviewed Publications:

“The Scandalous Breast: Confronting the Sexual-Maternal Dichotomy in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon and Susan Choi’s My Education” Mothers, Sex and Sexuality. Eds. Holly Zwalf, Joani Mortenson, and Michele Walks. Ontario: Demeter Press, 2020.

““Contemporary Stories of Female Development and the Outer Limits of Maternal Sexuality in Susan Choi’s My Education and Amy Sohn’s Prospect Park WestCritique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction. V61.n1 (2020):  26-39.| Published online: 11 Sep 2019.

“Loving the Unlovable Body in Lois Ann Yamanaka’s Saturday Night at the Pahala Theatre.” Asian American Literature: Discourses & Pedagogies. Vol. 7, Article 5. (2016): 39-53. Available at

“Ash Imagery in Chang-rae Lee’s Native Speaker.” The Explicator. 71.1(March 2013): 65-68.

“Where Have All the Good Men Gone?: Afflicted Fathers and Endangered Daughters in Russell Banks’s The Sweet Hereafter.” Journal of Men’s Studies. 19.3 (Fall 2011): 191-208.

“Visual Aid: Teaching H.D.’s Imagist Poetry with the Assistance of Henri Matisse.” Teaching American

            Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice, 2.1 (Winter 2008).

“On Women, Bodies, and Nation: Zoë Wicomb’s Feminist Critique in David’s Story.African Studies. Special Issue: “Feminism and Contemporary Culture in South Africa.” 67.1 (April 2008): 33-47.


Other Publications:

“Banks, Russell.” Twentieth-Century and Contemporary American Literature in Context. ABC-CLIO, 2019

“Are We Gonna Read All That.” Readers Write. Teaching English in the Two Year College 42.1 (Sept 2014): 86-88.

“Body, Text, and Image in Tatana Keller’s Fifty Years of Silence.Picturing the Langauge of Images. Eds. Nancy Pedri and Laurence Petit. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013. 217-228.

Living Death: Loss, Mourning, and Ethnic Renewal in Contemporary American Fiction. Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, 2008.

“Building a Home for Feminist Pedagogy.” With Stephanie Jensen-Moulton. Women’s Studies Quarterly,

34.3&4 (December 2006): 287-290.

Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • PSC-CUNY Research Grant, 2009
  • The Irving Howe Dissertation Year Fellowship for Work in Politics and Literature, 2006
  • BMCC Faculty Development Grant 2012.
  • PSC-CUNY Grant, Summer 2016
  • BMCC Faculty Publication Program, 2016-2017
  • Diana Hacker Award in the category of Fostering Student Success at the Two-Year College English Association (TCEA) for “The BMCC Teaching Academy: Building a Teaching College One Cohort at a Time”
    with Professors John Beaumont, Nancy Derbyshire, and Jeffrey Gonzalez
  • Selected participant in NEH-funded Summer Institute, ?Building Asian American Studies across the Community College Classroom.

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