Graduate Student Profile

Alex Wescott

Status: ABD

Contact Information

E-mail: wescottusc@gmail.com

Education

  • B.A. University of California, Riverside, 06/2003


Employment History

  • Assistant Lecturer, Writing Program, University of Southern California, 2006 - 2011
  • Program Coordinator, Writing Program, University of Southern California, 2009-2010

Research


Summary Statement of Research Interests


  • Late 19th and 20th C British and American Literatures and Cultures, Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Queer Theory, Critical Race Theory, anti-work theory, slackers

Research Specialties


  • My current project tracks the historical and culturally specific emergence of the slacker in the United States and Britain in the 19th and 20th centuries. It traces a genealogy that explores the particular economic, social, and cultural shifts that led to his emergence, as well as the production and reproduction of the slacker in popular and independent narrative cinema, television, and literature from the mid-19th century to the present.


Conference Presentations

  • "'The Dream of the 90s': Uncertainty, Nostalgia, and the Rise of Artisanal Masculinity in the 21st Century U.S." Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association: Beyond the Logic of Debt, Toward an Ethics of Collective Dissent. Washington, D.C. , 11/2013
  • "The Reagan Revolution, Back to the Future, and the Politics of Potential," Impasse: 2012 Comparative Literature Graduate Conference. Irvine, CA, University of California, Irvine, Spring 2012
  • Workshop Panel Participant: “Mapping the Past and Future of Asian American Cultural Production in Hollywood,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Conference. Los Angeles, CA, Spring 2010
  • “Marijuana and Terrorist (Temporal) Drag: The War on Drugs, the War on Terror, and the ‘Immigrant Crisis’ in Harold & Kumar,” Getting Obsessive: Culture and Excess Conference. Los Angeles, CA, University of Southern California, Spring 2008
  • “A Walk on the Wild Side: Queer Immigration/Queer Mobility in Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” Disjunctions Interdisciplinary Conference. Riverside, CA, University of California, Riverside, Spring 2007
  • “All That Glitters: Queer Performativity and Self Construction in Glam Rock,” Sex Matters: Sexualities Across Disciplines Conference. Riverside, CA, University of California, Riverside, Spring 2006

Publications


  • Magazine/Trade Publication
    Wescott, A. G. "Feeling Vampire Feelings." Eds. Artemisa Clark and Melinda Guillen (UCSD). Sensitive Boys. Issue 1, Spring 2013.
     

Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works


  • Guest editor. Social Text Journal Online: Periscope Dossier, "Work and Idleness in the Age of the Great Recession." [http://www.socialtextjournal.org/periscope/work-and-idleness/], Spring 2013   
  • Web Article, "Introduction." Work and Idleness in the Age of the Great Recession. Social Text Journal Online, Periscope Dossier. [http://www.socialtextjournal.org/periscope/2013/03/introduction-2.php], Spring 2013   
  • Web Article, "Back to the Future and the Politics of Potential." Work and Idleness in the Age of the Great Recession. Social Text Journal Online, Periscope Dossier. [http://www.socialtextjournal.org/periscope/2013/03/back-to-the-future-and-the-politics-of-potential.php], Spring 2013   

Guest Lectures in Courses


  • SWMS 210: Race, Gender, Sexuality and Popular Culture "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." Professor Karen Tongson. University of Southern California, Spring 2007   

Service to the University


Committees


  • Member, Department of English, Graduate Admissions Committee, 2011-2012   

Service to the Profession


Professional Memberships


  • American Studies Association, 2013-  
  • Society for Cinema & Media Studies, 2013-  
  • Modern Language Association, 2012-  

 

 

  • USC Dornsife Department of English
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway
  • Taper Hall of Humanities 404
  • University Park
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0354
  • Fax: (213) 741-0377