The Black Studies Program in co-sponsorship with the Beck Series welcomes literary critic Lee Bebout.
Bebout’s research focuses on race, social justice and political culture. His articles have appeared in “Aztlàn,” “MELUS,” “Latino Studies,” and other scholarly journals. His book, “Mythohistorical Interventions: The Chicano Movement and Its Legacies,” examines how narratives of myth and history were deployed to articulate political identity in the Chicano movement and post movement era. His second book, titled “Whiteness on the Border,” is forthcoming from NYU Press. This book examines how representations of Mexico, Mexicans, and Mexican-Americans have been used to foster whiteness and Americanness, or more accurately whiteness as Americanness.
Bebout earned his doctorate from Purdue University’s Program in American Studies. Currently he is an associate professor of English at Arizona State University, where he is affiliate faculty with the School of Transborder Studies and the Program in American Studies.