About Me

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. Starting fall 2018, I will serve as Assistant Professor of 20th- and 21st-Century American Fiction and Film at New Mexico State University.


My teaching and research interests include 20th- and 21st-century North American fiction, nonfiction, poetry, film, and television; avant-gardes; minoritarian aesthetics; theories of embodiment; ecology and environment; history of feminism; French continental philosophy; and gender and sexuality studies.

I’m working on a book project, tentatively titled “Breathing Aesthetics: Embodiment Beyond Its Limit,” which argues that breathing articulates multiple kinds and scales of encounter–with oneself; with others in situations of erotic intimacy; with structural racism, sexism, or ableism; with a deteriorating planet–at a historical moment when the air cannot be taken for granted. The unprecedented monetization, weaponization, and pollution of the air in the past five decades have concurred with the recapitulation and intensification of a long genealogy of breathing aesthetics that goes back at least to Ancient Greek musings on pneuma and psyche. Charting the aesthetics of breathing’s most potent genres across literature, film, and performance art, the books 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.

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