Associate Professor / Graduate Faculty
Ph.D. 2014, University of Minnesota
Office: English/Counseling Services Bldg. 211
Phone: (785) 532-6716
Fields of interest:
Filipinx American Literature & Culture; Asian American Literature; Queer Literature & Theory; Feminist Theory; Cultural Studies; Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies; Midwest Literature & Culture; Visual Culture (Television & Film)
Tom Sarmiento specializes in Filipinx American and queer literature and culture and teaches courses in Asian American literature; Cultural Studies; film adaptation; and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. He is currently working on a book manuscript that examines representations of Filipinxs in the Midwest in popular culture, literature, theater, and television from a queer, postcolonial perspective. His article, "The Empire Sings Back: Glee's Queer Materialization of Filipina/o America," appeared in the "Visual Culture and Race" special issue of MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States and offered a queer Filipinx Midwest critique of the popular television show Glee. In addition to his work in Literature & Cultural Studies, he is invested in helping students see writing as a nonlinear process and as a tool for social change. He also is a faculty member of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies.