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 post-conflict narratives 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
  • Assistant Instructor, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, 2008-11
  • Graduate Assistant, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI, 2006-08


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

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

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


Refereed Journals

  • “Apocalyptic Affect in Nnedi Okorafor’s Visions.” Research in African Literatures, vol. 1, no. 4, 2020 (forthcoming).
  • “The Future of Europe: Susan Sontag’s Sarajevo Publications, Papers, and Production of Waiting for Godot.” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, vol. 8, no. 5, 2016, pp. 651-668.
  • “Europeanizing the Balkans at the Sarajevo Film Festival.” Journal of Narrative Theory, vol. 44, no. 3, 2014, pp. 344-66.
  • “Articulations of Presence: The Explosions and Rubble of Philippe Aractingi’s Sous les Bombes.New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, vol. 8, no. 2, 2010, pp. 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, vol. 24, no. 2, 2010, pp. 235-54.


  • “Dubravka Ugrešic’s Nobody’s Home: Essays.” The E3W Review, Spring 2011, pp. 17-9.
  • Transitland: Video Art from Central and Eastern Europe 1989-2009.Film International, vol. 8, no. 5, 2010, pp. 93-4.
  • “Section Introduction: Anticolonial Historiography.” Co-author Christopher Michlethwait. The E3W Review, Spring 2010, p. 27.
  • “Jennifer Wenzel’s Bulletproof: Afterlives of Anticolonial Prophecy in South Africa and Beyond.The E3W Review, Spring 2010, pp. 27-9.
  • “David Harvey’s A History of Neoliberalism.” The E3W Review, Spring 2009, pp. 37-8.

Manuscripts in Preparation

  • Book Manuscript: From the Ashes of the Archive: Transnational Region Formation in Post-War 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 I. Annual Conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, November 2017, Honolulu, HI. Conference Presentation.
  • “Re-collecting Yugoslavia: Curatorial Politics at Regional Film Festivals.” Film Festivals, Cultural Memory and the Politics of the (In)visible. The Society of Cinema & Media Studies Annual Conference, March 2016, Atlanta, GA. Conference Presentation.
  • “Ethnic and Third World Literature: From the University of Texas, Austin, to the Profession at Large.” Modern Language Association Convention, January 2016, Austin, TX. Roundtable Presentation.
  • “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 2014, Columbus, OH. Conference Presentation.
  • Waiting for Clinton, I mean, Godot in Besieged Sarajevo: Europe’s Future in the Susan Sontag Papers.” The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa English Department Colloquium Series, Honolulu, February 2014. Colloquium Address.
  • “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. Modern Language Association Convention, January 2013, Boston, MA. Roundtable Presentation.
  • “On the Margins of All Three Worlds: Yugoslavia and the Nonaligned Movement.” Three Worlds as Theory, Reality, and Historical Legacy. Modern Language Association Convention, January 2013, Boston, MA. Conference Presentation.
  • “The Global South at the Eastern Crossroads: Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness in Bosnia,” American Comparative Literature Association Conference, March 2011, Vancouver, BC. Conference Presentation.
  • “Socialist Nostalgia and Transatlantic Film Circulation.” Modern Language Association Convention, January 2011, Los Angeles, CA. Conference Presentation.
  • “Referentiality at a Standstill in Philippe Aractingi’s Under the Bombs.” Rice University English Graduate Symposium, October 2009, Houston, TX. Conference Presentation.
  • “Interrupted by Cadavers: Witnessing Abderrahmane Sissako’s Bamako.” Sequels Symposium in Ethnic/Third World Literature, University of Texas at Austin, April 2009. Conference Presentation.
  • “Moving into Silence: Translation and Subjectivity in Eva Hoffman’s Narration of Canada.” International Auto/Biography Association Conference, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, 2008. Conference Presentation.

Panels Organized

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


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 


  • College Council Vice-Chair, Hawai’i Community College, 2018-
  • Sustainability Committee, Faculty Senate, Hawai’i CC, 2016-
  • Academic Adviser, Hawai’i CC, 2016-
  • Book Proposal Reviewer, Routledge, 2018
  • UHCC System-wide Assessment of ENG 100: Project Coordinator,                      2017-2018
  • Screening Committees for English department hires, Hawai’i CC,                     2017,2018
  • ISER Section Writer, Hawai’i CC Accreditation Document, 2017
  • Graduation Committee, Hawai’i CC, 2017
  • ENG 20W Course Assessment, Hawai’i CC, 2017
  • Committee Member: Arshad Khan Comprehensive Exams, 2015-2017
  • Committee Member: Walter Bender Masters’ Thesis, 2015-2016
  • Academic Adviser, Ball State University, 2015-2016
  • Graduate Student Second-year Review Committee, BSU, 2015-2016
  • English Education Portfolio Evaluation Committee, BSU, 2014-2016
  • Reader, BSU English undergraduate scholarship applications, 2015
  • Field Exam and Prospectus Workshop Panelist, University of Texas at Austin, 2011
  • Peer Mentor, Feminist Solidarity Group, UT Austin, 2010
  • Section Editor, The Ethnic and Third World Literatures Review of Books, 2009-10
  • 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, UH Mānoa, 2008
  • Publicist, Roundtable with Ngugi wa Thiong`o, UH Mānoa,  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 (proficient)
  • Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (proficient)


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

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