Michelle Chihara

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of English Language and Literature
562.907.4200 ext. 4422


Academic History

B.A., Yale University
M.F.A., PhD., University of California, Irvine

Academic Focus

  • Contemporary American Literature and Culture
  • Economic History and the Culture of Finance
  • Television and Reality Television
  • Digital Media and Finance
  • Creative Writing


Michelle Chihara has been teaching American literature and creative writing at the college level since 2003. Her academic research analyzes contemporary American cultural production in the thick economic and historic context of the most recent financial panic. She is currently working on articles about Extreme Makeover Home Edition and the subprime mortgage crash, Joan Didion and California land, and the 19th century novel Ramona and the boom of the 1880s. At Whittier College she teaches Advanced Creative Writing, Nonfiction Writing, and Chicano/Chicana Literature. She has published fiction and nonfiction in a variety of publications, online and off, including Mother Jones, The Boston Phoenix, Bloomberg.com, N+1, Avidly.org, The Green Mountains Review, The Santa Monica Review, Tropmag.com, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. She received both her M.F.A in Creative Writing and her Ph.D. from the University of California at Irvine.