Associate Professor, Africana Studies and English
Office: LAAH 471
PhD in English, University of Tampere, Finland, 2000
PhD in Comparative Literature, University at Buffalo (SUNY), 2004
Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies, Mikko Tuhkanen works in the fields of late 19th/early 20th-century American, and particularly African American, literature and its transnational contexts; as well as literary theory, particularly queer theory. His most recent books include two edited volumes: Leo Bersani: Queer Theory and Beyond (SUNY P, 2014) and The Cambridge History of Gay and Lesbian Literature, co-edited with E.L. McCallum (2014). He is also the author of The American Optic: Psychoanalysis, Critical Race Theory, and Richard Wright (SUNY P, 2009), and the co-editor, with E. L. McCallum, of Queer Times, Queer Becomings (SUNY P, 2011). He has published further essays in American Literature, diacritics, differences, Cultural Critique, Modern Fiction Studies, GLQ, and elsewhere. His current book project explores Leo Bersani’s philosophical genealogies.
Leo Bersani: Queer Theory and Beyond, ed. Mikko Tuhkanen (Albany: SUNY P, 2014).
The Cambridge History of Gay and Lesbian Literature, ed. E. L. McCallum and Mikko Tuhkanen (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2014).
Queer Times, Queer Becomings, ed. E. L. McCallum and Mikko Tuhkanen (Albany: SUNY P, 2011).
The American Optic: Psychoanalysis, Critical Race Theory, and Richard Wright (Albany: SUNY P, 2009).
“Homomonadology: Leo Bersani’s Essentialism,” differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 25.2 (Summer 2014): 62-100.
“Scattering Being: Leo Bersani and Diasporic Modernity,” CR: The Centennial Review 13.3 (2013): 53-88.
“‘Mankind’s Queerest Laboratory’: Richard Wright and the Speed of Decolonization,” Obsidian III 11.2 (Fall/Winter 2010): 74-94.
“Richard Wright’s Oneiropolitics,” American Literature 82.1 (March 2010): 151-79.
“Performativity and Becoming,” Cultural Critique 72 (Spring 2009): 1-35.
“Queer Guerrillas: On Richard Wright’s and Frantz Fanon’s Dissembling Revolutionaries,” Richard Wright Centennial Issue, ed. Jerry W. Ward, Jr., of Mississippi Quarterly 61.4 (Fall 2008): 615-42.
“James Baldwin on the American Express and the Queer Underground,” English Language Notes 45.2 (Fall/Winter 2007): 123-31.
“Ontology and Involution,” diacritics 35.3 (Fall 2005): 20-45. [Published in 2007]
“‘Out of Joint’: Passing, Haunting, and the Time of Slavery in Hagar’s Daughter,” American Literature 79.2 (June 2007): 335-61.
“Foucault’s Queer Virtualities,” Rhizomes 11/12 (Fall 2005/Spring 2006) www.rhizomes.net.
“Of Blackface and Paranoid Knowledge: Richard Wright, Jacques Lacan, and the Ambivalence of Black Minstrelsy,” diacritics 31.2 (Summer 2001): 9-34. [Published in 2003]
“Breeding (and) Reading: Lesbian Knowledge, Eugenic Discipline, and The Children’s Hour,” Modern Fiction Studies 48.4 (Winter 2002): 1001-40.
“Binding the Self: Baldwin, Freud, and the Narrative of Subjectivity,” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 7.4 (Fall 2001): 553-91.
“‘A [B]igger’s Place’: Lynching and Specularity in Richard Wright’s ‘Fire and Cloud’ and Native Son,” African American Review 33.1 (Spring 1999): 125-33.
“Monadological Psychoanalysis: Bersani, Laplanche, Beckett,” Leo Bersani: Queer Theory and Beyond, ed. Tuhkanen (Albany: SUNY P, 2014), 141-65.
“Rigorously Speculating: An Interview with Leo Bersani,” Leo Bersani: Queer Theory and Beyond, ed. Tuhkanen (Albany: SUNY P, 2014), 279-96.
“Leo Bersani: Queer Theory and Beyond,” introduction, Leo Bersani: Queer Theory and Beyond, ed. Tuhkanen (Albany: SUNY P, 2014) 1-34.
“Native Son and Diasporic Modernity,” The Oxford History of the Novel in English, vol. 6: The American Novel, 1870-1940, ed. Priscilla Wald and Michael A. Elliott (Oxford UP, 2014), 517-29.
“Mestiza Metaphysics,” in Queer Times, Queer Becomings, ed. E. L. McCallum and Mikko Tuhkanen (Albany: SUNY P, 2011), 259-94.
“The Look of the World: Richard Wright and the Art of Perspective,” A Companion to the American Short Story, ed. Alfred Bendixen and James Nagel (West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), 316-27.
“Queer Hybridity,” in Deleuze and Queer Theory, ed. Chrysanthi Nigianni and Merl Storr (Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2009), 92-114.