GTAs/Prof Bios

 Michael Edmiston

[The ROBOTS--Abugabara thru FOSTER
Office Hours are  in AL 276, and I  will be there to hang out Mondays  from 1 to 2pm.  email me at:
medmiston42 AT gmail DOT com

We are the community of cells, bacteria, mitochondria, and various intangibles known as Michael Macrae Enciso Edmiston. We have been blessed and cursed with a ravenous curiosity about pretty much everything, which sometimes gets us into trouble but has also landed us a gig in this badass class. We are adept at emblazoning glyphs onto sheets of dead tree flesh and electric light-emitting rectangles, as well as producing patterned vibrations in the air around us. We exercised and developed these skills at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, where we received a B.A. in Theater. We are interested in far too many things to specialize, however, which is why we are currently enrolled in the MALAS program.

Ryan Kelly

Office Hours are Tues/Thurs 12:30-1:30 in AL 264--students can reach me rfk.ish AT gmail DOT com
Ryan Kelly spends almost every minute of his life thinking about words, and how to put them together. Despite all contrary evidence, he believes that one day the world might listen to and value these words. Ryan often wishes he were the Cheshire Cat, so that he could disappear and leave behind nothing but his floating grin. He can often be found catwalking the fence between accessible and askew. Ryan hopes to one day be famous enough to use as many ampersands & exclamation points as he wants! But he would also settle for being one of the three things that walks into a bar at the beginning of jokes. He’s focuses on speculative and surreal fiction, and prefers his reading and writing to be an escape from the “he said, she said” blotto blather of everyday life. As an MFA student at SDSU, he's working on a collection of stories called Stumblr, which satirizes the technological mania of our current culture, and illustrates the overwhelming and perverse influence of media on daily life. You can find his published work at or follow him on Twitter @RFrancisKelly.

Stephany Farley


Office Hours and contact info: I am available from 12:30-1:30 Tuesdays and Thursdays in AL 244 and they can reach me at SFARLEY AT rohan DOT sdsu DOT edu
Stephany Farley is what you might call a “racial cyborg.”  Just as a cyborg is half human and half machine, Stephany is half Mexican and half white.  And, just as some cyborgs can pass for human, you might have noticed that Stephany just looks white.  Because of this aspect of her being, Stephany is deeply invested in racial justice, issues of representation and belonging, and what it might mean to be “of color” in the 21st century.  Though she herself is straight, through her involvement in anti-racist organizing, Stephany also has close ties to San Diego’s LGBT communities.  She co-founded and helps to run the San Diego Multicultural LGBT Literary Foundation, a local nonprofit that works to preserve promote and teach works by LGBT artists of color.  She is pictured here with two amazing gay Puerto Rican writers, Charles Rice González and Emanuel Xavier, who came to San Diego in November for the Foundation’s One-Year Anniversary.  She is most happy at home with her cat Barnaby, engrossed in trashy vampire television.

Uriel Murillo pedagogy intern/aide
Office Hours and contact info! I am available to meet with students on Tuesday's from 3:30 to 5:00. Starbucks at West Commons works. Students can contact me at my
umurillo23 AT gmail DOT com

Uriel Murillo Sosa does not take many selfies, so when asked for a picture, he goes all out.

As a native of the exotic land of Guadalajara, Uriel had some trouble explaining his name to los gringos when moving to California at the age of 5. He soon realized that it was much more efficient to simply add new pronunciations of his name to a list, rather then provide a fifteen minute Spanish lesson to each individual he met. He’s cool with that. Having been raised in a not-so-well-known country town in Santa Barbara County, he quickly assured himself that the cowboy life was not meant for him and endeavored to get the heck out. Eventually he ended up as close to Mexico as possible without leaving the country by attending San Diego State University. This interesting journey has led him to question his cultural identity: Is he Mexican, American, Mexican-American, ni de aquí ni de allá, or perhaps just Californian???Hmmm…..complicated.

Although the English language caused him some trouble in his early years, his quick mastery of el Inglés created in him an appetite for reading, writing, and illustration which collectively lead to new ways of creative thinking, intellectual exploration, and personal growth. Through the English Major, Uriel has developed various methods of analysis and expression, while a Minor in Religious Studies has enabled him to connect with the diverse peoples, cultures, traditions, histories, and perspectives of the world as well as the vast spiritual consciousness within himself.

One of his proudest achievements is having successfully infiltrated the Disneyland empire through the Disney College Program and graduating from Disney University. During his off time, Uriel enjoys sleeping, playing the guitar/ukele, singing classic Latin songs about heartbreak, reading, watching science fiction movies, and the occasional hike (in that order). His newest interests/undertakings include Latin American Literature, Aikido, learning Italian, and eating jars and jars and jars of Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter.

Uriel still has a flip phone, because he fears the powers of advanced technology at his fingertips. He also currently sees robots everywhere.When asked what he plans to do with a degree in English, Uriel thinks about everything he has accomplished without it.

Uriel rarely speaks of himself in the third person or takes himself seriously. -¡Zas!

Dr. William Nericcio

Office Hours before class on Tuesdays and after class on Thursdays in Arts and Letters 273--write me at memo AT sdsu DOT edu to schedule an appointment!

William Anthony Nericcio directs a cultural studies graduate program known as MALAS (the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences) at San Diego State University--the program, known as the "MA in Curiosity," is an interdisciplinary studies program open to undergraduates with degrees in all majors . Additionally, he serves as a Professor of English and Comparative Literature and a member of the faculties in the department of Chicana/o Studies (CCS) and the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS).  Nericcio dabbles in and publishes in various fields including 20th and 21st century American Literature, Latin American Studies, Chicana/Chicano Studies, Film Theory, Cultural Studies, and semiotics (digital, cyber, & old school analogue)--though whispers suggest he is best known as a Chicano devotee of continental deconstruction. He has published articles on Orson Welles' proto-Chicano masterpiece Touch of Evil, on the polticial vacillations of Octavio Paz, Pee-wee Herman's unfortunate encounter with sexual policing, Frida Kahlo's ghostly collaboration with Gilbert Hernandez, and more. Nericcio's primary ongoing critical work is an illustrated history of Mexican and Latina/o stereotypes, Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" In America.   Nericcio is presently putting the finishing touches on EYEGIENE for UT Press . He received his English BA from the University of Texas in 1984, working there with Ramon Saldivar, Richard Simon, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, and Elizabeth Cullingford. In 1989 he completed his PhD in Comparative Literature from Cornell University.  His first posting was at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, followed by his present gig at San Diego State University.