About Me

I am an Assistant Professor of English at New Mexico State University. In 2018 I earned a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature, with a Graduate Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies, from the University of Chicago. From 2013 to 2017 I was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellow, and from 2016 to 2018 a Residential Fellow in the University of Chicago’s Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality.

I am a scholar of twentieth- and twenty-first-century U.S. and Canadian literary, film, and performance cultures working across the environmental and medical humanities and feminist, queer, and trans studies.


I have written peer-reviewed and public essays on such topics as Black and Indigenous respiratory rituals; disability, queerness, and form; the function of breath in screen cultures; ecopoetics; Luce Irigaray’s insight on media theory; and liberal feminism’s illiberal fictions. I am currently completing Breathing Aesthetics, a book-length, intersectional study of aesthetic responses to the contemporary crisis in breathing. I am also editing, with Drew Strombeck, the collection Avant-Gardes in Crisis: Art and Politics in the Long 1970s. More information on these books and others is available in the Projects section of this website.

Some of my recent undergraduate and graduate courses include “Ecological Literature and Media,” “Politics of Voice,” “Autobiographical Literature and Film,” “Queer Cinema,” “Imagining the Present in the Late Twentieth Century,” “Theory and Criticism in Media, Culture, and Film: Sensation & Perception,” and “Survey of American Literature II.” I’m happy to share syllabuses upon request.

My email address is tremblay[at]nmsu[dot]edu. I tweet as @jthomastremblay. My institutional profile is available here.

I prefer the pronouns they/them/their.