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Thomas Hintze is a Ph.D. candidate in English literature with a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory. His research interests include modernist literature, African-American studies, humor studies, periodical studies, and labor history, and he teaches 19th and 20th century American literature and film. His dissertation, entitled "The Politics of Laughter in African-American Modernism" examines the explosion of representations of laughter in early-twentieth century African-American literature and shows how struggles over the meaning of laughter shaped aesthetic and political debates in the long Harlem Renaissance.
Thomas' work also focuses on contemporary politics. As a co-convener of a Davis Humanities Institute Transcollege Research Cluster, he is investigating the Green New Deal and possibilities for scholarship, climate activism, and legislative advocacy at UC Davis. He is also the Northern Vice President of UAW 2865, the union that represents 19,000 Academic Student Employees at the University of California. In 2019 he led a campaign to pass CA SB 698, a bill that creates new timely wage and hour protections for all workers at the University of California.
B.A. Film & Media Studies and Writing Seminars, Johns Hopkins University.
- Modernist literature, African-American studies, humor studies, labor history, and periodical studies
- Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory
- January 2020, "The Right to Laugh": George Schuyler's Democratic Humor and the Racial Politics of Joy, MLA, Seattle, WA
- October 2019, "AND SO ON AND SO ON": The "end" of the Harlem Renaissance, Modernist Studies Association, Toronto, Canada
- July 2019, The Ticklish Feeling of Passing, On Laughter Conference, UCL, London England
- August 2017, Remediating the Trenches: World War I, Participatory Aesthetics, Modernist Forms, Modernist Studies Association, Amsterdam, Netherlands
- June 2017, Chair, Contemporary Not-Novels, Marxist Literary Group, Davis, CA
- Associate Instructor, ENL 10B: Literatures in English 1700-1900, Spring 2018
- Associate Instructor, ENL 10C: Literatures in English 1900-Present, Winter and Spring 2019
- Associate Instructor, ENL 3: Introduction to Literature, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, SS1 2018, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Winter 2020
- Associate Instructor, UWP 1: Expository Writing, 2016-2017
- Teaching Assistant, HIS 187: History of American Foreign Policy in the Twentieth Century, Fall 2018
- Teaching Assistant, HIS 134A: History of Vietnam, Winter 2019
- Teaching Assitant, ENL 110A: Modern Literary and Critical Theory, Spring 2015
- Teaching Assistant, ENL 110B: Introduction to Literary Theory, Winter 2015
- Teaching Assistant, COM 7: Literature of Fantasy and the Supernatural, Fall 2014