Jayson Gonzales Sae-Saue

Associate Professor
Director of English Graduate Studies


Office: DH G11
Phone: 214-768-4369
Email: jsaesaue[@]smu.edu

Educational Background

Ph.D., Stanford University


Areas of Interest

  • Chicana/o literature and culture
  • The ethnic novel
  • The U.S.-Mexico border
  • Asian American literature
  • Ethnic and immigration history

Selected Publications


  • “Southwest Asia”: The Transpacific Geographies of Chicana/o Literature. Rutgers University Press (2016). Latinidad: Transnational Cultures in the United States book series.


  • “The Promise and Problem of Interracial Politics for Chicana/o Culture.” Forthcoming in The Journal of Transnational American Studies.
  • “Daniel Cano: In Life and Text.” Forthcoming in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Latina/o Literature.
  • “Model or Menace? Racial Discourses of Chinese and Mexican Labor at the U.S.-Mexico Border, 1900-1940.” Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, vol. 40:2, 2015: 7-34. Selected for reprint in The Aztlán Mexican Studies Reader. UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press (forthcoming).
  • “Aztlán’s Asians: Forging and Forgetting Crossracial Relations in the Chicana/o Literary Imagination.” American Literature, vol. 85:3, 2013: 562-589. Winner of Western Literature Association’s Don D. Walker Award for best essay published in western American literary studies in 2013.
  • “The Inter-ethnic Return: Racial and Cultural Multiplicity in Foundational Asian American and Chicano/a Literatures.” Comparative American Studies, vol. 8:4, 2010: 267-282.
  • “Gendered Nationalism in Xicoténcatl.” MELUS, vol. 30, 2005: 189-204.


Southwest Asia: The Transpacific Geographies of Chicana/o Literature, Rutgers University Press

Courses Taught

  • English 2312: Introduction to Fiction (Latina/o and Asian American Literary Imaginations)
  • English 3310: Contemporary Approaches to Literature, Language, and Culture (An Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism)
  • English 3363: Chicana/o Literature
  • English 3373: Literatures of the US Southwest: Imagining a Transnational Geography
  • English 4360: The “Transnational and Interethnic Turns” in American Literature
  • English 7370: An Advanced Seminar in Minority Literature: The Interethnic Form of Borderlands Culture