Tara Fickle is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Oregon. She is an Affiliated Faculty member in the Department of Ethnic Studies, the New Media & Culture Certificate, and the Center for Asian & Pacific Studies. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and her B.A. from Wesleyan University.

Tara’s research interests include Asian/Asian American literature, Game Studies, the Digital Humanities, and Comics & Cartoon Studies.

Her current project, “Serious Play: Asian Americans and the Gamification of Race,” argues for the centrality of games both literal and metaphorical to minority American literature. Fickle poses an alternative model for reading canonical novels like Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior and phenomenon such as recent Chinese International Student migration through novel ludic dichotomies of constraint and freedom, chance and choice, persona and avatar.

Tara’s work has been published in Modern Fiction Studies, Comparative Literature Studies, MELUS, The Journal of Asian American Studies, and Gum Saan Journal. More information can be found on the publications pages.

Her teaching interests include 20/21 c. American & Ethnic literature, Game Studies, and Comics Studies. A full list of courses she has taught can be found on the teaching page.