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"I am fascinated by notions of American purity, modernity, mobility, and vehicles of change. The representation of black and white relations in American fiction piqued my interest before I could read. The illustration of Eliza in a Classic Comics version of Uncle Tom's Cabin prompted questions about race and its construction—all the same questions I still ask today. Film depictions of race relations captivated my curiosity in a class called Cinema and Literature, and led to the creation of this seminar, Black and White Relations in American Fiction and Film. An American History of Black and White Race Relations in Film, with Eric Roth, Routledge, is forthcoming in 2020. Other projects include: Fugitive Flâneur: A Walking History of William Wells Brown in England and France, with Cairn Macfarland-Whistler, a series of essays called Moving Modernisms, and Nella's Solo (a black and white film)."
Christina Mesa has served as an Academic Advising Director for Academic Advising, part of the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, since the program began in 2004. She works with students on choosing courses and majors, connecting to faculty, getting involved in research, requesting exceptions to University policy, and managing academics in the context of difficult situations.Christina began her career with Stanford’s Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education teaching for Introduction to the Humanities (1998-9) and Structured Liberal Education (SLE), a residentially based humanities program for freshman (1999-2003). She has taught at Mills College and continues to teach at Stanford in American Studies. Courses taught: include Americans in Paris, Black and White Race Relations in American Fiction and Film, Jefferson in Paris, On the Road, American Automobility in Fiction and Film, Ten Ways to Study the Car, and with Clare Whistler, Designing a Life in the Humanities: History, Literature, Print, Art, Film, Community, and Service. Christina earned her undergraduate degree in political science, and her PhD in modern thought and literature. Projects currently in progress: American History of Black and White Race Relations in Film, with Eric Roth, Routledge, forthcoming. Fugitive Flâneur: A Walking History of William Wells Brown in England and France, with Cairn Macfarland-Whistler, Moving Modernism, American Mobility and Vehicles of Change, and Nella's Solo (a black and white film).