Danielle Seid


Office hours:
Tuesdays 3-5 (email for Zoom appointment)

Danielle Seid grew up (or sideways?) in southern California in the 80s and 90s. She spent her weekends at a movie theater where her grandfather screened films, mostly wu xia and melodramas, imported from Hong Kong and Taiwan. As a teenager, she scoured the video store for every art house and queer film she could find; like so many others who came of age in the 80s and 90s, she watched copious amounts of television, including music videos, sitcoms, and talk shows. Today, she is a scholar and educator with strong interests in popular culture, celebrity, queer and trans media, and racial representations.


  • "We're Still Here!: Teaching Trans Media Across U.S. Empire." JCMS Teaching Media Dossier (forthcoming).
  • “Forever Her Chinatown: Where Is My Grandmother in Chinese American Feminist Film History?” Feminist Media Histories 5.1, Winter 2019, pp. 141-167.
  • “Try to Remember: The Kim Sisters and Other Traces of a Forgotten War on U.S. Television.” Verge: Studies in Global Asias 5.2, Fall 2019, pp. 156-181.
  • “The Anti-Hipsterism of Asian American Aunties Cooking Web Series.” Feminist Media Studies 18.4, Summer 2018, pp 779-782.
  • “Cold War ‘Asian/American Chic’ on TV: Beauty, Fashion, and the Asian/American Femme.” Journal of Popular Culture 50.6, Winter 2017, pp. 1254-1275.
  • “Third Chinese Daughter: Narrating Immigration, Labor, and Trans Identity in Kim Fu’s For Today I Am a Boy.”Amerasia Journal 42.2, Fall 2016, pp. 139-159.
  • “Reveal.” Transgender Studies Quarterly 1.1, Spring 2014, pp. 176-177.

Essays in a Collection

  • “Be a Pal: Representations of Homosocial Poker Play on U.S. Television Sitcoms.” The Casino Games and Classic Card Games Reader, ed. Mark Johnson, Bloomsbury Academic (forthcoming in 2021).
  • “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing.” Race in American Film: Voices and Visions that Shaped a Nation, ed. Michael Green, Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Greenwood Press, 2017, pp. 564-566.

Digital Publications and Media Contributions

Areas of Interest

  • U.S. Film & Television History
  • Film Theory
  • Feminist and Queer Media Studies
  • Videographic Criticism (Video Essays)
  • Popular Culture
  • Celebrity
  • Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Autobiographical Studies
  • Transgender Studies


Most recently, in 2023, Danielle Seid was awarded a fellowship from the NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) for her research on Asian/American women and U.S. television.

Press release on NEH website: https://www.neh.gov/news/neh-announces-281-million-204-humanities-projects-nationwide?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Hawai'i Public Radio announcement: https://www.hawaiipublicradio.org/local-news/2023-01-11/national-endowment-for-the-humanities-announces-grants-for-2-hawaii-projects


  • PhD, English, University of Oregon (2017)
  • MA, English, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (2012)
  • BA, Humanities, San Diego State University (2010)


Fall Semester 2024
  • ENG-363: Film
  • ENG-763: Seminar in Film Theory & Criticism: Sex on Screen

Summer Semester 2023
  • ENG-271: Introduction to Literature: Genre (Popular Film Genre)

Spring Semester 2023
  • ENG-372: Asian American Literature
  • ENG-463: Studies: Film: Women in Film

Fall Semester 2022
  • ENG-271: Introduction to Literature: Genre: The Sitcom
  • ENG-363: Film