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I hold a Ph.D. in English from Purdue University. Race scholar/philosopher Leonard Harris and cultural/literary theorist Arkady Plotnitsky directed my dissertation, which I completed in absentia while working as an English teacher at Van Nuys High School in the LAUSD. I worked at VNHS for  seven years as a teacher and later also as a literacy coach.

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I am a scholar and writer. However, I consider myself first and foremost a teacher. I take great pride in the fact that I have been a committed and effective teacher  throughout my entire teaching career for middle and high school students, university students, and community college students. I take great pride in my ability to speak and teach in ways that reach a broad range of individuals–poor, urban kids of color; recent immigrants and English language learners; magnet and gifted students; scholars, social activists, and artists.

I am of Mexican, Italian, and American descent, and basically a product of Los Angeles. My identity and ancestry are alive and in motion. I value multiple identities and loose, strategic, and flexible connections to descent cultures. I also value the human bonds that I develop with family, friends, students, and strangers above any obligations that I may have to culture, race, class, creed, or nation. At present, I identify as mixed, multiracial, transnational, and human.

I grew up in the San Gabriel Valley, and now have a nice life in the West San Fernando Valley with my beautiful and supportive wife, Marcy, and our daughter, Rachael. I am truly grateful to have a wife who makes it possible for me to be a stay-at-home-father, and to teach part time.

My scholarly publications include “Multiracial Identity in the Post-Civil Rights Era” (2005) in Social Identities, “Jean Toomer and Cane: Mixed-Blood Impossibilities” (2008) in Arizona Quarterly, and “Creating Multiracial Identities in the Work of Rebecca Walker and Kip Fulbeck: A Collective Critique of Liberal Multiculturalism” (2013) in the journal MELUS. In addition, Rudolph Byrd and Henry Louis Gates Jr. selected my Jean Toomer article for republication in the second Norton Critical Edition of Jean Toomer’s Cane (2011).

I have three book projects. The book that I am working on right now examines the US Multiracial Movement. The second book that I hope to eventually finish is about American mixed race literature in the multicultural, post-civil rights era. The third book is about the life and work of Jean Toomer.

Regarding blog content, I focus primarily on issues of race, mixed race, education, multiculturalism, and class. This blog is a means for me to experiment, perform, and develop as a writer.

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any comments or questions.

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9 Comments Post a comment
  1. Thanks for your comments Stephen! I look forward to meeting you at the CMRS Conference

    September 8, 2014
  2. Hello, I am enjoying and learning from your writing. Please keep it up. Stephen M-S

    September 8, 2014
  3. Thanks for your comment! It’s easier to start with WordPress and use one of their free templates, especially if you do not have the time to teach yourself basic coding and a webpage software. I’m still using WordPress with a custom theme. You can also purchase your own domain so your blog doesn’t look like a WordPress free blog. If you are good with computers, then it is better to design your own blog and get hosting with GoDaddy or some other host. Best, Gino

    April 28, 2013
  4. Amazing blog! Do you have any recommendations for aspiring writers?
    I’m planning to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you propose starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option?
    There are so many options out there that I’m totally confused .. Any recommendations? Thanks!

    April 28, 2013
  5. Jack Thorne #

    Hey Dr. Pellegrini,

    Just wanted to say hey! I like the blog. I read the one on “One Love” and I really like it. I look forward to talking about it with you after class perhaps.

    See you soon,
    Jack Thorne

    September 20, 2012

Trackbacks & Pingbacks

  1. Mixed Race Studies » Scholarly Perspectives on Mixed-Race » Multiracial Identity in the Post-Civil Rights Era
  2. Mixed Race Studies » Scholarly Perspectives on Mixed-Race » American Mixed-Race Literature: Cultural History, Precursors, Identities, and Forms of Expression
  3. Mixed Race Studies » Scholarly Perspectives on Mixed-Race » Jean Toomer and Cultural Pluralism
  4. Creating Multiracial Identities in the Work of Rebecca Walker and Kip Fulbeck: A Collective Critique of American Liberal Multiculturalism | Gino Michael Pellegrini

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