Michelle Chihara


Michelle ChiharaAssociate Professor
Department of English Language and Literature
Whittier Scholars Program
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
  • Literature and Late Capitalism
  • Critical Finance Studies
  • Literature and Television, Literature and Reality Television
  • Digital Media
  • Creative Writing

Michelle Chihara’s academic book project analyzes the impact of the behavioral economic mode of thinking on contemporary American popular culture.

Publications include Studies in American Fiction, Postmodern Culture, and American Literary History.

At Whittier College she teaches creative writing, contemporary American literature, and media studies. She was a reporter for a number of years before going back to graduate school, and has published fiction, nonfiction, reportage and essays in a variety of publications, online and off.

More about Michelle Chihara is available on her website.