Tara Fickle is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Oregon, and an Affiliated Faculty member in the Department of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies, the Center for the Study of Women in Society, and the Center for Asian & Pacific Studies. She is currently the David M. and Nancy L. Petrone Faculty Scholar (2022-2027). She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and her B.A. from Wesleyan University.
Professor Fickle’s research and teaching interests include Asian/Asian American literature, Game Studies, the Digital Humanities, and Comics Studies. A full list of courses she has taught can be found on the teaching page.
Her first book, “The Race Card: From Gaming Technologies to Model Minorities,” (NYU Press, 2019, winner of Before Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award), explores how games have been used to establish and combat Asian and Asian American racial stereotypes. Fickle is currently working on a digital archive and analysis of the canonical Asian American anthology, Aiiieeeee! (Aiiieeeee.org.), with additional research projects on Chinese gold farming and the racialized dimensions of esports.
Fickle’s critical and creative work has appeared in Modern Fiction Studies, Comparative Literature Studies, MELUS, and various public humanities portals; see her CV for a complete list. She also runs You on the Market, a comprehensive website for academic job-seekers.