Melody Jue

Assistant Professor

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South Hall 2704


Ocean Humanities, Literature and the Environment, Literature Theory, Media Theory and Literature and Technology

Faculty in English Department


  • Ph.D., Literature, Duke University
  • B.A., English, University of California, Davis


Melody Jue is Assistant Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She completed her Ph.D. in the Graduate Program in Literature at Duke University, where she was a recipient of the Katherine Goodman Stern Dissertation Completion Fellowship and James B. Duke Graduate Fellowship. Prior to this, she worked as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at the Open University of Hong Kong. Melody has published articles in Grey Room, Animations: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Green Planets: Ecology and Science Fiction, and has forthcoming work in Size & Scale in Literature and Culture. 


Her research and teaching interests concern oceans & the environmental humanities, American literature, digital media & media theory, science fiction, science & technology studies, and the relation between theory and practice. She has first-hand experience from scuba diving and uses case studies of ocean alterity to bring about shifts in consciousness and the critical practices of the humanities. 


Drawing on the experience of becoming a scuba diver (supported by two Summer Research Fellowships from the Duke Graduate School), her current book project concerns how the ocean shifts our understanding of critical terms in media theory through its conditions of movement, erasure, and dissolution, and how this new understanding might be brought to bear on questions of cultural preservation and environmental justice.


To view a full list of Dr. Jue's publications, please click here.


ENGL 236: STS Perspectives on Ecology