Megan Tusler

Assistant Instructional Professor, MAPH
Research Interests: Critical Race Studies, Cultural Studies, Critical Theory, Marxism, Twentieth-Century American Literature, African American Literature, American Indian Literature


Megan Tusler received her PhD in English from the University of Chicago in 2015, where she teaches courses in comparative ethnic literature, the American novel and photography, and literary culture and urbanism. Her undergraduate degrees from Mills College are in English and Ethnic Studies. Her dissertation, American Snapshot: Urban Space and the Minor Archive, argues that minor and counter-culture movements in the 20th century US produce new versions of archiving in response to social crisis, particularly through the mode of the photo-text. She is at work on a project that explores race, misanthropy, and negative affect in the ethnic American novel and an essay on the genealogy of the kitchenette apartment in American urban space. She has been in a curatorial intern at the Chicago History Museum and a Newberry Library fellow in the Ayer Collection of American Indian Studies. Her published work appears in American Indian QuarterlyCriticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the ArtsPost45 Contemporaries, and she curated “Five Best Books in Native American Literature” for Five Books. She is the co-host of the podcast Better Read than Dead: Literature from a Left Perspective


Recent Courses

  • California Fictions
  • 21st Century US Ethnic Literature
  • Literature and Photography
  • Feeling Brown, Feeling Down