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Communication, Liberal Arts, Social Sciences

Shawn Higgins

Shawn M. Higgins

Assistant Professor of English
Fitch 212

Research Interests and Areas of Expertise

American literature
Ethnic studies
Cultural studies
American English language learning


PhD, English, University of Connecticut, 2016
Dissertation: "Literary Soundscapes: Nationalism and U.S. Literature, 1890-1940."
MA, American Studies, Columbia University, 2011.
BA, English, minor in Asian Studies, University of California, Riverside, 2009.
AA/AS, General Education, Riverside Community College, 2007.
Certificate, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), University of California, Riverside Extension, 2006.


“Popular Songwriting.” African American Culture: From Dashikis to Yoruba. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press (Under Contract).

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Protest Music After Fukushima (2015) by Noriko Manabe. MUSICultures: Journal of the Canadian Society for Traditional Music (Forthcoming).

Treaty Shirts: 2034 – A Familiar Treatise on the White Earth Nation (2016) by Gerald Vizenor. American Indian Quarterly (Forthcoming).

“Interview Series: Oliver Wang, Legions of Boom.” IASPM-US. International Association for the Study of Popular Music. October 2017. (Forthcoming).

“Voluntary Movement, Forced Migration, and Family Stories.” Fred T. Korematsu Institute 2018 Calendar. San Francisco: The Fred T. Korematsu Institute, 2017. (Forthcoming).

Higgins, Shawn M., Laima Haider, and Esther Hurh. “Resistance Among Incarcerated Japanese Americans during World War II.” Teachers Guide. San Francisco: The Fred T. Korematsu Institute, 2017. (Forthcoming).

“Assimilation.” The SAGE Encyclopedia of Music and Culture. Ed. Janet Sturman. Los Angeles: Sage, 2017. (Forthcoming).

“Japan.” At the Table: Food and Family around the World. Ed. Ken Albala. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2016. 183-190.

“Culinary Diplomacy.” Food Issues. Ed. Ken Albala. Los Angeles: Sage, 2015. 328-330.

Filipinos Represent: DJs, Racial Authenticity, and the Hip-hop Nation (2013) by Antonio T. Tiongson Jr.Journal of Asian American Studies 18.2 (2015): 224-226.

Higgins, Shawn M. and Cathy J. Schlund-Vials. “Cultural Immersion/Language Programs.” Asian American Society. Ed. Mary Yu Danico. Los Angeles: Sage, 2014. 262-264.

“Pittsburgh Enka: Jero, Cultural Nationalism, and Japanese Music.” Humanities Review 10.1 (2012): 111-126.


Courses Taught

ENGL 111 - College Writing: Exposition
ENGL 341 - Technical Writing
ENGL 112: College Writing: Argument & Analysis
ENGL/HUMA 189: Japanese Culture & Literature
ENGL/HUMA 389: Food Studies: Eating America


2017 New Mexico Tech Distinguished Teaching Professor

Other Activities at NMT

Faculty Development Committee

Japanese Language Club Advisor

Culinary Diplomacy Club Advisor

Department Chair
Dr. Steve Simpson

Department Secretary
Liza Apache
Department of Communication, Liberal Arts, Social Sciences
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Fitch Hall
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM 87801

Phone: 575-835-5445     Fax: 575-835-5544