Thomas Nez
Lecturer of English

Phone (434) 395-2159
Department English and Modern Languages
Office Allen Hall 116


Thomas Nez teaches literature, film, and writing. Both his teaching and his scholarship draw on popular culture, science and technology studies, political economy, and critical race theory to grapple with the submerged and entangled contradictions of everyday life. His current book project, Beyond Commitment: Literary Documentation and the Crises of Postmodernism, suggests that the organization of historical record can expose the invisible relations of historical production that situate the practice of writing.


Ph.D. English, emphasis in Critical Theory, University of California, Davis, 2021
B.A. Philosophy (cum laude), English (summa cum laude), University of California, Davis, 2011
B.A. Film and Video Production, Brooks Institute of Photography, 2005 


20th and 21st Century American literature
Indigenous Literature
Multiethnic American literatures
Philosophy and Critical Theory


Racial and Environmental Justice- ENGL 410
Law, Literature, and Difference- ENGL 378
Histories and Cultures: Cinematic Features- ENGL 215
Introduction to English Studies- ENGL 205
Science and Fiction- ENGL 369
Representing Nonhumans in Literature- ENGL 379
Advanced Writing Seminar- ENGL 400 
Art of Film II: Based on a True Story- ENGL 357
Writing and Rhetoric- ENGL 165


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles-

"Dislocation and Surplus in Dictee's Sites of Recording." Cultural Critique, vol. 119, 2023, pp. 82-104.

“Laborers Lost in The Grapes of Wrath. Steinbeck Review, vol. 19, no. 1. 2022, pp. 67-84.

Essays in Edited Collections-

Contact in 1920 and 1932: Two Ways to ‘Speak for the Present.’” Routledge Companion to the British and North American Literary Magazine, edited by Tim Lanzendörfer, December, 2021.