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Academic and Educator Studying Postcolonial Anglophone Literature

Biography

Dr. José Sebastián Terneus was born in Quito, Ecuador, and raised in South Florida.
He received his doctoral degree in Postcolonial Anglophone Literature from Arizona State University in 2018. His book-project – Consuming the Other: The Commodification of Culture in the Postcolonial World – examines the intersections of contemporary multicultural British literature, Anglophone literature, postcolonial theory, and consumer culture. By bringing these interests together, his research explores how consumer practices and products can oppress or empower postcolonial communities and environments. His scholarly work has been published in South Asian Review and presented at conferences hosted by the American Comparative Literature Association and the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment.

Currently, Dr. Terneus is an Assistant Professor of English Literature and Composition at Miami Dade College. His courses revolve around service-learning projects that focus on sustainability, climate change, and social justice in Miami. Undergraduates in his classes have participated in service projects such as beach cleanups to catalog the effects of plastic pollution and planting mangroves to help South Florida adapt to sea-level rise. As a LatinX academic, Dr. Terneus is committed to mentoring historically underrepresented students and empowering marginalized communities.

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