About Me

I serve as assistant professor of 20th- and 21st-Century American Fiction and Film at New Mexico State University. I hold 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.


My areas of research include 20th- and 21st-century North American fiction, nonfiction, poetry, film, and television; autobiography; the avant-gardes; minoritarian aesthetics; feminist, queer, and trans politics, theory, and aesthetics; embodiment; ecology and the environment; and French continental philosophy.

I’m working on a book project, titled “Breathing Aesthetics: Embodiment Beyond Its Limit,” which argues that an aesthetics of breathing configures individual and collective experience from openness or vulnerability at a historical moment when the air cannot be taken for granted. The unprecedented monetization, weaponization, and pollution of the air since the 1970s have made breathing a figure and a manifestation of a crisis in the reproduction of life. “Breathing Aesthetics” spans North American literary, screen, and performance cultures, moving across scenes where breathing prompts subjects into encounters—with their nonconscious habits; with other people in situations of erotic intimacy; with structural racism, sexism, or ableism; or with a deteriorating planet. Drawing on insight from disability studies, ecocriticism, and psychoanalysis, the book resituates theories of embodiment in the interplay between individuals and milieus, in addition to conceptualizing subjectivity in the margin of political theory’s traditional foci on speech and action. An excerpt from the book, titled “Aesthetic Self-Medication: Bob Flanagan and Sheree Rose’s Structures of Breathing,” is forthcoming in Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory.

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