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Department of Ethnic Studies

Allia Griffin

Allia Griffin

Allia Ida Griffin joined the faculty at Santa Clara University in 2014. She earned her Ph.D. in Literature from UCSD and specializes in contemporary Multi-Ethnic literature, Performance, and Cultural Studies. Her work is invested in how writers and artists resist state-sanctioned violence and erasure by working to document their own histories. Her work has appeared in Lateral: Cultural Studies Association Journal and contemptorary.

Griffin was awarded the 2020 Brutocao Family Foundation Award for Curriculum Innovation for her work in developing new courses and engaging students in significant ways. In 2019, she received the inaugural Faculty Award for Inclusive Excellence by the Student Advisory Committee. She has also been twice named a Faculty Mentor for Distinguished First-Year Students and was featured in an op-ed written by her former students in The Santa Clara

In addition, Griffin serves as a Faculty Associate for the Faculty Collaborative for Teaching Innovation. In this role, she facilitates workshops for current faculty on pedagogy, inclusive teaching practices, creating community, and navigating challenging moments in the classroom. Together with her colleagues, she has co-created two digital archives on pedagogy: ART-C and Engaged Learning: Cura Personalis in the Classroom


Ph.D. in Literature and Cultural Studies from University of California at San Diego
M.A. in English from California State University at Chico
B.A. in English from Santa Clara University

  • In Memory of Morrison
  • Race & Mass Incarceration
  • Historical Fiction and Literary Resistance
  • Introduction to Race & Ethnicity in the US
  • Introduction to MENA Diaspora Studies
  • Introduction to African American Studies
  • Historical Fiction & Literary Resistance
  • African American Women Writers
  • Iranian American Women Writers
  • Arab American Women Writers
  • Literature by Women Writers of Color
In The News

July 9, 2019

Allia Griffin was mentioned in Before It's News for her participation in an Arts in Corrections conference held at SCU.