D. Emily Hicks

  • Professor
  • San Diego State University

Hicks teaches at San Diego State University where she has a joint appointment in Chicana/o Studies and English and Comparative Literature. She attended the San Francisco Art Institute, the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, San Diego. She also studied at the Ecole Pratique in Paris and she audited a course at Yale with Jacques Derrida at the invitation of Fredric Jameson. She studied philosophy with Herbert Marcuse and Michel De Certeau (dissertation adviser) and Caribbean literature with Sylvia Wynter. She is a faculty member in the Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age research cluster, a research fellow for a digital humanities initiative and the director the Border Institute for Advanced Studies in Nonlinear Events and Structures at San Diego State University. She is the author of Border Writing, the Multidimensional Text (University of Minnesota) and Ninety-five Languages (Peter Lang). Border Writing is currently taught at Cambridge University. Hicks is also a multimedia artist. She has been a member of several art collectives including BAW/TAF and Las Comadres. She has performed and lectured in the United States, England, Canada, Mexico, Uruguay, Finland, Italy, Germany and Hungary. Her work has been reviewed in Art News, Art in America, Artforum and Artweek and it is mentioned in several art history books, including Lucy Lippard's Mixed Blessings. She participated in the Hemispheric Institute Encuentro in Montreal in 2014. Her work will be exhibited in What Was Is, curated by David Jurist at the La Jolla Historical Society in San Diego, California, in 2015. She is completing a book on mixed ancestry (Melungeons and Redbones) to be submitted to Mercer University Press. Hicks coordinates the academic conference calls for the Council on Foreign Relations at San Diego State University. She has collaborated on research using agent-based modelling and the tools of complexity science with B.T. Werner at CASPO, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.