Christina Mesa, Lecturer, American Studies and by courtesy, Comparative Literature

Christina has been teaching at Stanford since 1997. She is interested in vehicles of change -- geographic, social, vocational, status, and self-image -- and is currently writing Auto-mobility: the Car in American Literature and Culture with students from her Revs sponsored class On the Road: Cars and the Auto-Mobility of Race, Gender, Class, and Age in American Literature. The automobile provides a liberating power for drivers, in particular, for the working class, women, and people of color. Her current scholarship seeks to show how the car accelerates personal transformations and reversals of fortunes once unthinkable in our society.  Projects for 2012-13 include: Nella’s Solo, a film based on the life of Harlem Renaissance writer Nella Larsen and Car Fashioned: Advertising Americans in the Age of Auto-production.