Karma Waltonen has been teaching at UC Davis since 2000. The former President of the Margaret Atwood Society (and current editor of the peer-edited journal Margaret Atwood Studies), Dr. Karma (as her students call her) has a wide variety of interests, most of which are incredibly nerdy/geeky. For example, in 2010, she co-authored The Simpsons in the Classroom: Embiggening the Learning Experience with the Wisdom of Springfield. Recently, she has published on time travel in Star Trek and on the ethics of religious cults in Doctor Who and on asexuality in Sherlock and on postmodernism in The X-Files. She is working on a collection of essays on The Simpsons with her Simpsons partner, Denise Du Vernay, and just finished a collection of innovative writing assignments in context with Dr. Melissa Bender of the UWP. Service to the university includes administering the Upper Division Composition Exam, coordinating the Entry Level Writing Program, working extensively with the Campus Book Project, mentoring in the Guardian Scholars Program, and giving special lectures for the STEP program. She also speaks at various ComicCons and at international conferences. Dr. Karma's classes include 18, 101, 102D, 102J, 102L, 104F, and courses for the Freshman Seminar Program, including "The Simpsons: Satire and Postmodernism" and "Writing and Performing Stand-Up Comedy."
PhD, UC Davis (Literature)
MA, Florida State (Literature)
BA, Florida State (Theatre and English)
2015 Academic Federation Excellence in Teaching, UC Davis
2015 Best Edited Collection, for Margaret Atwood's Apocalypses, awarded by The Margaret Atwood Society
The Simpsons in the Classroom: Embiggening the Learning Experience with the Wisdom of Springfield. McFarland. April 2010. (co-authored with Denise Du Vernay).
Writing Assignments in Context (co-authored with Melissa Bender). McFarland. 2016.
Margaret Atwood’s Apocalypses. Cambridge. 2015.
Refereed Journal Articles
“Loving the Other in Science Fiction by Women.” MOSF Journal of Science Fiction 1.1 (2016). Web.
‘“Atwood’s view . . . is crazy, but very possible’: Students Reading Oryx and Crake.” Margaret Atwood Studies 5.2 (2011): 16-35.
“Saint Joan: From Witch to New Woman,” Shaw, The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies 24: Dionysian Shaw. Ed. Michel W. Pharand. The Pennsylvania State University Press. 2004. 186-203.
“Scully, Mulder, and Lord Kinbote: Postmodern Tangents on the Quest for Truth.” The X-Files and Philosophy. Ed. Robert Arp. Open Court. Forthcoming.
“The Partner Project: Advanced Argument.” Twenty Writing Assignments in Context. Ed. Melissa Bender and Karma Waltonen. McFarland. 2015. 226-243.
“Sherlocked: Homosociality and (A)Sexuality.” Gender and the Modern Sherlock Holmes. Ed. Nadine Farghaly. McFarland. 2015. 192-207.
“Religion in Doctor Who: Cult Ethics.” Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith: Religion and Doctor Who. Eds. Andrew Crome and James McGrath. Darton, Longman and Todd. 2013. 145-160.
“To Boldly Go When No One Has Gone Before (or After)—Trek’s Timelines.” Star Trek and History. Ed. Nancy Reagin. Wiley. 2013. 158-175.
“Dark Comedies and Dark Ladies: The New Femme Fatale.” Femme Fatalities: Representations of Strong Women in the Media. Ed. Rikke Schubart & Anne Gjelsvik. Nordicom. 2004. 127-144.
‘“Bodies conjured up for them by words’: Structure Through Myth in Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin.” Identity and Alterity in Canadian Literature. Risoprint. 2003. 255-264.
“Terrence McNally.” American Writers: A Collection of Literary Biographies, Supplement XIII. Ed. Jay Parini. Scribner’s. 2003. 195-212.
“Jamaica Kincaid.” World Writers in English, Volume I. Ed. Jay Parini. Scribner’s. 2004. 195-212.
“Hanif Kureishi.” World Writers in English, Volume I. Ed. Jay Parini. Scribner’s. 2004. 231-48.
Review of Priscilla L. Walton’s Our Cannibals, Ourselves in The American Review of Canadian Studies 36 (Dec 2006).
“The Watermelon Story.” Moms Talk Back. 2015. Web.
“She Will Arrive.” She’s Shameless: Women Write About Growing Up, Rocking Out and Fighting Back. Ed. Stacey May Fowles and Megan Griffith-Greene. Toronto: Pages Books, 2009. 54-55.
“Four Simpsons Controversies That Didn’t End in Lawsuits.” Mental Floss 18 May 2009. <http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/25661>.
“Multicultural Children’s Literature: A Selected Bibliography.” Multicultural Review 17.2 (2008): 90-91.
Bi-weekly column on Film and Comedy at www.matchflick.com 2008-2012.
Davis/Sacramento Sci-Fi Columnist at www.examiner.com 2011.