Trent Masiki - English
Concentrating in literary and cultural studies, Trent Masiki earned his Ph.D. in Afro-American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2017. He has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Emerson College and an M.A. in English from Texas A&M University. In addition to his degrees, he has a graduate certificate in African Diaspora Studies and a second one in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies. His research interests focus on African American and Latino American literature and culture from 1865 to the present. Afroethnic Renewal: Afro-Latino Memoirs and their African American Influences, his first book, is under contract with the University of North Carolina Press. Afroethnic Renewal aims to open the border between the canons of Latino and African American literature by centering a long, but often neglected, history of African American literary, cultural, and political influences in Latino life writing. Black identity in the U.S., Masiki argues, has always been more transcultural, transnational, and Latino than typically imagined.