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Tara Fickle is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Oregon, and 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.

Professor Fickle’s research and teaching interests include Asian/Asian American literature, Game Studies, the Digital Humanities, and Comics Studies. A full list of courses she has taught can be found on the teaching page.

She is currently completing a book manuscript, “Serious Play: From Ludic Technologies to Racial Realities,” which examines how discourses of play and game theory intersect with the racial depiction of Asian Americans and shapes perceptions of U.S.-Asian relations from the 19th century onwards. She recently discussed her book project on the academic podcast, Imagine Otherwise.

Fickle’s critical and creative work has been featured in Modern Fiction Studies, Comparative Literature Studies, MELUS, and various public humanities portals; see her CV for a complete list. She also runs You on the Market, a comprehensive website for academic job-seekers.