Kali Tal


  • Ph.D. in American Studies, 1991, Yale University.
  • B.A. in American Studies, 1983, University of California at Santa Cruz.


  • September 2011 – present:  Scientific Editor, Institute for Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Bern, Switzerland.
  • February 2006 – present: independent editor, scholar and freelance writer.
  • July 1996 – January 2006: Professor of Humanities, Arizona International College, University of Arizona, Tucson. Affiliate faculty member in Comparative Culture and Literary Studies and Women’s Studies.
  • 1995: Lecturer, Graduate Institute of Liberal Studies, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
  • 1992-1993: Adjunct Assistant Professor, American Studies Program, Women’s Studies Program, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
  • 1990: Lecturer, English Department, University of Maryland at College Park
  • 1989-1993: Multimedia Consultant and Designer, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC

Grants and Service to the Profession

  • 1999 – 2003: Founder and director of Arts Mentor Program, a collaboration between working artists in the community and students at The University of Arizona.
  • 1990-2002, Editor and Publisher of Burning Cities Press, a small press that published books related to the Sixties, the Vietnam War, and their aftermath. The press specializes in publishing poetry, fiction and scholarly work with a progressive, peace-oriented perspective and has, to date, issued thirty titles.
  • 1994 – 1999: Networked Associate Fellow, The Sixties Project, Institute of Advanced Technology in the Humanities, University of Virginia, Charlottesville.
  • 1992-1995, Sponsor of the Sixties Generations Conference, an international conference on the Sixties, the Viet Nam war, and the aftermath of that historical era and the events connected with it.
  • 1988-1997, Publisher and editor of Viet Nam Generation: A Journal of Recent History and Contemporary Culture. Journal of record in the field of Viet Nam War and Sixties Studies for the decade in which it was published.

Book Publications

  • They’re Not Angry, They’re Sick: Medicalizing Discontent in the Diagnosis and Treatment of PTSD (manuscript in process).
  • Worlds of Hurt: Reading the Literatures of Trauma (New York: Cambridge University Press) American Literature and Culture Series, ed., Eric Sundquist. 1995.
  • Desktop Publishing for Academics (Silver Spring, MD: Burning Cities Press) 1991.
  • Women in Particular: An Index to American Women (Phoenix: Oryx Press). 1985.

Anthology and Journal Issue Editor:

Book Chapters

Peer Review Articles

Popular Articles

Book and Film Review Essays

On-Line Publications

Recent Editorial Credits


Selected Conference Presentations

  • Keynote Speaker: “Issues in Contemporary Trauma Studies,” Memory and Trauma: The Body in Pain in Irish Culture, an interdisciplinary conference at Boston College, Dublin, Ireland, September 2013.
  • Keynote Speaker: “Trauma Studies in Twilight,” Interrogating Trauma in the Humanities, an international interdisciplinary conference at University of Lincoln, UK, August 2012.
  • “White Scholars and Black Rage: Reading Against the Grain,” Modern Languages Association Conference, December 2002.
  • “Room Full of Mirrors, or, Reflections Without the Man: The Death and Continuing Non-Life of Jimi Hendrix,” American Studies Association National Conference, November 2002.
  • “All the Cyborgs Are White, or, In Cyberspace No One Can Hear a Black Woman Scream,” National Women’s Studies Association Conference, June 2002.
  • “Kickin’ up a fuss: race and gender in cyberspace,” Shaping the Network Society: Patterns for Participation and Change, DIAC-02 Symposium, May 2002.
  • “Blank Generation: Critical Race Theory in Cyberspace,” Critical Cyberculture Studies: Mapping an Evolving Discipline, University of Maryland, April 2002.
  • “Building Antiracist Organizations: A Challenge for Sustainable Development in the U.S.,” Sustainable Development in Urban Settings, The University of Arizona, January 2002.
  • “Race and Cyberspace: White Critics and Black Stereotypes,” Internet 2.0 Conference, Minneapolis, MN, October 2001.
  • “Radical Pedagogy in Practice: Feminist Visions,” International Conference on Interdisciplinarity, University of Brisbane, Australia, July 2001.
  • Duppies in the Machine: White Cyberculture Critics Read Race,” American Studies Association Annual Conference, Detroit, MI, October, 2000.
  • “The MOOseum Tools Project; A Workshop in Using the Museum Metaphor for Interdisciplinary Teaching on the MOO,” (with Danika Brown and Tari Fanderclai), Computers & Writing 2000 On- Line:
  • Facilitator for Focus Group on Academic Issues, Linking Our UA Communities. Diversity Action Council, University of Arizona, October 30, 1999.
  • “Panthers and Monsters: Reading Black Men With Guns,” American Studies Association Annual Conference, Seattle, WA, October 1998.
  • “Virtual Nation: Tec[know]logy, Culture and ‘Colored’ Citizenship at Century’s End,” invited talk at a Roundtable featuring Austin Clarke, George Elliot Clarke, and Kali Tal. Reshaping Afro-American Studies Seminar, University of Pennsylvania, 24 March 1998.
  • “Current Conflicts in Cultural Studies.” Invited talk, Articulating Conflicts in Cultural Studies: Agency, Resistance, and Social Change, University of Arizona, February 26, 1998.
  • “A Symposium on Ethics, War, & Poetry,” moderator. Participants: John Balaban, W.D. Ehrhart, D.F. Brown, Yusef Komunyakaa, Dale Ritterbusch, John Clark Pratt. The United States Air Force Academy, February 19, 1998.

Graphic Art, Web Development and Information Design

  • January 2011 – present: Public Health: Sozial- und Präventivmedizin Kompakt (
  • December 2000 – present, “Afrofuturism Research List,” (
  • November 2001 – January 2002, “Conference on Nonprofit Organizations and Sustainable Communities,” Arizona International College, The University of Arizona (
  • March 1998 – August 2001, Afro-American Studies Program, University of Pennsylvania (
  • Summer 2000 – Fall 2001, Arizona International College, The University of Arizona ). Site off-line because the college has been disestablished.
  • Summer 1999, “Imaginative Representations of the Viet Nam War,” Special Collections, Connelly Library, La Salle University (
  • Fall 1996-Spring 1999, “Sixties Project,” Networked Associate Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, University of Virginia (
  • 1996, “My Heart Is In Bosnia“ web site, for a collaboration between The Green Cross, the National Veterans Foundation, and the Traumatic Stress Network.
  • 1988 – 1997, editor and book designer, Viet Nam Generation, Inc

Curriculum and Programs Development

  • Scientific Writing courses, Institute for Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Bern (2011-present)
  • AIC Arts Mentor Program (2000–2003)
  • Directed Studies in Visual and Performing Arts (1999–2003)
  • AIC Web Radio Station (1999–2000)
  • Program in International Business and Culture (1999–2000)
  • Program in Multimedia and Information Design (1999–2000)
  • Directed Studies in Multimedia and Information Design (1999–2000)


  • Advanced Studies in War and Peace: The Drug War
  • Afrofuturist Visions
  • American History Survey
  • American Literature Survey
  • Autobiographical Act
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Cyberculture: Theory and the New Media (Graduate)
  • Feminist Theory
  • Intersections of Race and Gender: Theoretical Models
  • Introduction to African American History
  • Introduction to African American Literature
  • Introduction to American Studies
  • Introduction to Trauma Studies (Graduate)
  • Introduction to Women’s Studies
  • Media, Culture and Society: From West Africa to the African Diaspora in the Americas
  • Origins of Problems in the Modern World: Focus on Race
  • Proseminar in Qualitative Research Methods
  • Race and Recent American Wars: Grenada, Panama, Gulf War
  • Race Issues and the Viet Nam War (Graduate)
  • Rape and Incest in U.S. Popular Culture
  • Science Fiction Studies
  • Seductive Sentences: A Course on Style for Humanities and Social Sciences Writers
  • Sentences for Scientists: A Course on Style for Scientific Writers
  • Technology and Information Culture: Race, Class, Gender and Place
  • The Sixties: Critical Perspectives (Graduate)
  • Writing for Publication in the Humanities and Qualitative Social Sciences (Graduate)
  • Writing an Academic Journal Article… and Getting it Published (Tim Albert Method)

University Service

  • Dean’s Diversity Subcommittee, 2000 – 2005
  • President’s Council for Diversity, 2000 – 2005
  • Arizona International College Technology Team, 1998 – 2005
  • Arizona International College Faculty Workload Committee, 2001 – 2002
  • Undergraduate Council, 2000 – 2002
  • Instruction, Curriculum and Policy Committee, 2000 – 2002
  • Academic Senate, 2000 – 2002
  • Commission on the Status of Women, 2000 – 2002
  • Arizona International College Budget Committee 2000 – 2001

Professional Associations

  • Board Member, The Dambe Project
  • President, University of Arizona Chapter of the American Association of University Professors, 2001-2005
  • Founding Board Member, Electronic Journal of Virtual Culture
  • American Historical Association
  • American Studies Association
  • Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility
  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
  • Modern Languages Association
  • National Women’s Studies Association
  • Organization of American Historians