Phillip Serrato, Ph.D.

Phone: (619) 594-5170
Office: AL-225
Email: [email protected]

Phillip Serrato (B.A., M.A., Ph.D. University of California, Riverside) is an associate professor of English & Comparative Literature. His research interests include gothic & horror studies, Chicanx literary & cultural studies, and children’s & YA literature. At the undergraduate level he teaches introductory surveys of children’s & YA literature as well as upper-division special topics courses such as “Cheesy Horror Cinema” and “Stranger Things.” At the graduate level he teaches seminars in Chicanx children’s literature, children’s gothic & horror literature & film, and the gothic literary tradition. 

Select publications include “A Portrait of the Artist as a Muchachito: Juan Felipe Herrera’s Downtown Boy as a Poetic Springboard into Critical Masculinity Studies” (in Voices of Resistance: Interdisciplinary Approaches to [email protected] Children's Literature, Ed. Laura Alamillo, Larissa M. Mercado-Lopez, and Cristina Herrera); “‘These are troublesome, confusing times’: Darren Shan’s Cirque du Freak as Post-9/11 Gothic” (in New Directions in Children's Gothic: Debatable Lands, Ed. Anna Jackson); “Postmodern Guacamole: Lifting the Lid on El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera” (in Latinos and Narrative Media: Participation and Portrayal, Ed. Frederick Luis Aldama); “‘What Are Young People to Think?’: The Subject of Immigration and the Immigrant Subject in Francisco Jiménez’s The Circuit” (in The Oxford Handbook of Children’s Literature, Ed. Julia Mickenberg and Lynne Vallone); “Transforming Boys, Transforming Masculinity, Transforming Culture: Masculinity Anew in Latino and Latina Children’s Literature” (in Understanding the Disenfranchisement of Latino Males: Contemporary Perspectives on Cultural and Structural Factors, Ed. Pedro Noguera, Aida Hurtado and Edward Fergus); and “Conflicting Inclinations: Luis J. Rodríguez’s Picture Books for Children” (in Ethnic Traditions in American Children’s Literature, Ed. Yvonne Atkinson and Michele Pagnini-Stewart).

At present he is at work on a number of research projects, including a book on children’s gothic literature and media and another on Chicanx children’s literature.