Kristine Kotecki, Ph.D., is on the faculty at Hawaii Community College, and she has also taught at Ball State University. She received her PhD in English from the University of Texas at Austin and her MA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. In her research, she focuses on how contemporary literature and film shape cultural memory and visions for the future. She has published peer-reviewed articles in Interventions: Journal of Postcolonial Studies, The Journal of Narrative Theory, New Cinemas, and Marvels and Tales.

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Publication list

KRISTINE KOTECKI                            


  • Instructor of English, Hawaii Community College, August 2016-present
  • Assistant Professor of English, Ball State University, Aug 2014-July 2016
  • Adjunct Instructor of English, University of Hawaii at Manoa, August 2013-July 2015


Ph.D.   English, University of Texas at Austin, Dec 2013

  • Field: Ethnic and Third World Literatures
  • Dissertation: After the Archive: Framing Cultural Memory in Ex-Yugoslav Collections
  • Committee: Ann Cvetkovich (co-director), Mia Carter (co-director), Neville Hoad, Tatiana Kuzmić, Snehal Shingavi

M.A.    English, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawai‘i, May 2008

  • Concentration: Cultural Studies in Asia-Pacific
  • M.A. Project: “Re-formed Illusions: Africa on Film,” S. Shankar (chair)

B.A.     English and Global Studies of Culture and Politics, Seattle Pacific U, June 2002


Refereed Journals

  • “The Future of Europe: Susan Sontag’s Sarajevo Publication, Papers, and Production of Waiting for Godot.” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. Forthcoming.
  • “Europeanizing the Balkans at the Sarajevo Film Festival.” Journal of Narrative Theory 44.3 (2014): 344-66.
  • “Articulations of Presence: The Explosions and Rubble of Philippe Aractingi’s Sous les Bombes.New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film 8.2 (2010): 87-101.
  • “Approximating the Hypertextual, Replicating the Metafictional: Textual and Socio-Political Authority in Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth.” Marvels and Tales: Journal of Fairy Tale Studies 24.2 (2010): 235-54.


  • “Review: Dubravka Ugrešic’s Nobody’s Home: Essays.” The E3W Review (Spring 2011): 17-9.
  • “Review: Transitland: Video Art from Central and Eastern Europe 1989-2009.Film International 8.5 (2010): 93-4.
  • “Section Introduction: Anticolonial Historiography.” Co-author Christopher Michlethwait. The E3W Review (Spring 2010): 27.
  • “Review: Jennifer Wenzel’s Bulletproof: Afterlives of Anticolonial Prophecy in South Africa and Beyond.The E3W Review (Spring 2010): 27-9.
  • “Review: David Harvey’s A History of Neoliberalism.” The E3W Review (Spring 2009): 37-8.

Manuscripts in Preparation

  • Book Manuscript: From the Ashes of the Archive: Cultural Memory in Ex-Yugoslav Collections


  • ASPIRE Ball State University Junior Faculty Research Award, 2015
  • Ball State International Travel Award, 2015
  • Fulbright-Hays for Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad, 2013
  • Excellence Fellowship for Scholarship, University of Texas, 2012
  • Fulbright Grant (ETA), IIE (declined), 2012
  • Graduate School Continuing Fellowship, University of Texas, 2011
  • Professional Development Award, University of Texas, 2011
  • American Council for Learned Societies Language Grant, 2010
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, 2009
  • Liberal Arts Graduate Research Fellowship, University of Texas, 2009
  • Graduate Dean’s Fellowship Supplement, University of Texas, 2009
  • University of Hawai‘i Arts and Sciences Advisory Council Award, 2008
  • Graduate Student Organization Travel Award, University of Hawai‘i, 2008
  • The Michael Schoenecke Travel Grant, 2008


Papers Presented

  • “Apocalyptic Visions: Ocean and Desert in Nnedi Okorafor’s Fiction.” Postcolonial Literature. Pacific Ancient & Modern Language Association 115th Annual Conference, Honolulu, November 2017.
  • “Ethnic and Third World Literature: From the University of Texas, Austin, to the Profession at Large.” Roundtable. Modern Language Association Convention, Austin, January 2016.
  • “South Asia and the Non-Aligned Movement in Two Post-Yugoslav Texts.” Imagining Alternative Modernities: Interventions from the Balkans and South Asia. The Ohio State University, Oct 9-11, 2014.
  • Waiting for Clinton, I mean, Godot in Besieged Sarajevo: Europe’s Future in the Susan Sontag Papers.” The English Department Colloquium Series. February 2014, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.
  • “From Resistance Literature to World Literature: Reframing the Poets of the Sarajevo Siege.” A World Literature Roundtable with David Damrosch, Theo D’haen, Jeanne Glesener, Sowon Park, Galin Tihanov, Kristine Kotecki and Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek. 2013 MLA Convention.
  • “On the Margins of All Three Worlds: Yugoslavia and the Nonaligned Movement.” Three Worlds as Theory, Reality, and Historical Legacy. 2013 MLA Convention.
  • “The Global South at the Eastern Crossroads: Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness in Bosnia,” 2011 American Comparative Literature Association Conference.
  • “Socialist Nostalgia and Transatlantic Film Circulation.” 2011 MLA Convention.
  • “Referentiality at a Standstill in Philippe Aractingi’s Under the Bombs.” 2009 Rice Symposium.
  • “Interrupted by Cadavers: Witnessing Abderrahmane Sissako’s Bamako.” 2009 Sequels Symposium in Ethnic/Third World Literature, University of Texas at Austin.
  • “Moving into Silence: Translation and Subjectivity in Eva Hoffman’s Narration of Canada.” 2008 International Auto/Biography Association Conference, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.

Panels Organized

  • “Genre and Geopolitics,” American Comparative Literature Association, American Comparative Literature Association Conference, Seattle, WA, March 2015.


Instructor of Record

Instructor of English, Hawaii Community College, Hilo, HI, 2016-present

  • ENG 257E W Multicultural Literature
  • ENG 105 W Reading Film
  • ENG 102 College Reading 
  • ENG 100 Composition 
  • ENG 100 Composition (online)
  • ENG 22 Introduction to Composition 

Assistant Professor of English, Ball State University, Muncie, IN, 2014-2016

  • ENG 702 Directed Study: Postcolonial Theory
  • ENG 654 Aesthetic and Ideological Movements in World Cinema 
  • ENG 425 Film Studies
  • ENG 402 Cultural Studies
  • ENG 230 Reading and Writing about Literature: Literary Afterlives
  • ENG 206 Reading Literature: Revelations in Post-apocalyptic Fiction
  • ENG 205 World Literature: Technologies of Remembrance

Lecturer in English, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (Honolulu, HI), 2013-14

  • ENG 272 Culture and Literature: Banned Books and Censored Cinema
  • ENG 100 Composition I: The Politics of Popular Culture
  • ENG 100 Composition I: Global English and the Multilingual U.S.

Assistant Instructor, University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX), 2008-11

  • ENG 314L Banned Books and Novel Ideas: Practices of Cultural Regulation
  • RHE 306 Rhetoric and Writing

Assistant to Instructor of Record

Graduate Assistant, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (Honolulu, HI), 2006-08

  • ENG 383 Children’s Literature 
  • ENG 100 Composition I 


  • Committee Member: Arshad Khan comprehensive exams, 2015-2017
  • Committee Member: Walter Bender Masters’ Thesis, 2015-2017
  • DP2 and DP3 Portfolio Committee, Ball State University, 2014-
    • Review the portfolios of education majors in English
  • Curriculum Vitae Workshop Panelist, Ball State University, 2015
  • Reader, Undergraduate scholarship applications, 2015
  • Field Exam and Prospectus Workshop Panelist, University of Texas at Austin, 2011
  • Peer Mentor, Feminist Solidarity Group, University of Texas at Austin, 2010
    • Served as incoming graduate student’s resource for navigating the university, department, and coursework. Met regularly to share experiences and advice.
  • Section Editor, The Ethnic and Third World Literatures Review of Books, 2009-10
    • Wrote review of one of issue’s two central text, solicited and selected other reviews for the special section dedicated to that text, edited the reviews, and wrote section introduction. Introduced text’s author at the Sequels graduate conference. Updated E3W website using Drupal and HTML, digitized previous year’s journal, and updated staff entries.
  • Review Editor, The Ethnic and Third World Literatures Review of Books, 2009-12
  • Planning Committee, Ethnic and Third World SEQUELS Conference, 2008-9
  • Panel Moderator, International Auto/Biography Association Conference, 2008
  • Publicist, Roundtable with Ngugi wa Thiong`o, University of Hawai‘i, 2008


  • Engaged Networks Project Member, UT Digital Writing and Research Lab, 2010-11
    • Researched the relationship between information technologies and writing, and tested the use of new media technologies as pedagogical tools. Coordinated the “Marlin Voices” project on the intersections of community action, documentary filmmaking, and online mapping.
  • Researcher and Copywriter, Southeast European Film Festival, Los Angeles, 2010
    • Researched and reviewed video exhibit. Circulated review on social networking sites and cinema newsletters. Wrote study guide for youth program.
  • Writing Consultant, Graduate Student Writing Services, U. of Texas, 2010
    • Assisted graduate students from a range of department with strategizing, organizing and polishing writing projects, such as fellowship applications, business plans and dissertations. Mentored several regular students throughout the year.
  • Undergraduate Writing Assessor, U. of Texas, 2010
    • Assessed undergraduate student writing samples for ideas and organization, evidence and support, voice and audience awareness, and mechanics. Provided data to support the University of Texas’ reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Offered feedback to shape writing rubrics used in future writing assessments.
  • Writing Consultant, Undergraduate Writing Center, University of Texas, 2008-09
  • English Language and Copy Editor, Honolulu, 2006-08
  • English Language Assistant, Lycée La Prat’s, Cluny, France, 004-05
  • Adult Education and Homeless Service Specialist, St Joseph’s Center, L.A., 2002-03


  • French (highly proficient reading skills, very good command of writing and conversational skills)
  • Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (good command of reading skills, working knowledge of writing and conversational skills)


  • Society of Cinema and Media Studies
  • Modern Language Association
  • American Comparative Literature Association

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