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Dr. Ana Thorne, Acting Director, Creative Writing
PhD, Cultural Studies; Media Studies emphasis; Certificate in Africana Studies, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, Calif., May 2012
MFA, Creative Writing, Antioch University, Los Angeles, Calif., December 2008
MA, Humanities, Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles, Calif., May 2008
BA, English, Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles, Calif., May 2006

Office: Building 2-210B | Doheny Campus

Ana Viola Thorne received her Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont CA in 2012. An alum of Mount St. Mary's College's Weekend College - BA in English and MA in the Humanities - Ana joined the Mount's faculty immediately after graduation.

Academic Biography

  • Instructor in English, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, Media Studies
  • Thesis Advisor and Reader
  • Faculty Advisor, Dry River Review, MA Humanities Journal

Teaching Statement
As a lifelong learner, avid reader, writer, and film and television analyst, the opportunity to be in the classroom with adult learners is a perfect fit with the trans-disciplinary and experiential approach that I use in the classroom. I encourage students to observe the social order and its intellectual products within a critical, multi-cultural framework that may serve to broaden their individual horizons. My concern with multiculturalism necessitates the goal of an inclusive learning environment that engenders diverse levels of discussion, questions, and multifaceted responses. In the classroom, new titles align with traditional works to provide validation for both. Because of my background in cultural studies, I advocate a wide-ranging landscape of literature, film, history and biography from which to view the past and consider how that knowledge reflects an emerging global society. I seek to establish and maintain a progressive pace and timeline in which literature, scenarios, information and individuals connect, recycle, and diverge in the classroom. 

Academic/Personal Interests

  • Creative writing projects that explore issues of identity and family histories
  • I like adventure and travel to exotic places on the road less traveled

Research Areas

  • Fiction and non-fiction literature by and about women of color
  • Africana and Latina studies
  • Globalization, cultural landscapes, critical race theory


  • Panel participant, “Rethinking Black Identity and Black Spaces.” Association for the Study of African-American Life and History 97th Annual Conference; Pittsburgh PA, September 26-30, 2012.

Recommended Reading

  • Changes: A Love Story by Ama Ata Aidoo
  • Woman: An Intimate Geography by Natalie Angier
  • Borderlands/La Frontera by Gloria Anzaldua
  • Kindred by Octavia Butler
  • Love Across Color Lines: Ottilie Assing and Frederick Douglass by Maria Diedrich
  • The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich
  • One Drop of Blood by Scott Malcomson
  • The Street by Ann Petry
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • Juletane by Myriam Warner-Vieyra

Professional Affiliations

  • The Association of Writers and Writing Programs.
  • Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc.


  • “No Thank You, Otto Titzling:” Audemus (Mount St. Mary’s College), Vol. 1, Issue 1, Spring 2008 (pgs. 11-27); Santa Fe Writers Project Online Journal (, March 2008; Two Hawks Quarterly, Winter 2008.
  • “Arithomaniac: A Personal Commentary,” Mount Voices (Mount St. Mary’s College), Spring 2004 (pgs. 21-26).
  • Digital Storytelling website –


  •, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, recorded conversation/interview “Blaxicana Identity,” May 25, 2011.
  • “The Flood,” The Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler. V-Day Claremont, 5-6 March 2010.
  • Reading (No Thank You, Otto Titzling), “Literary Uprising,” Los Angeles, 20 November 2008; “Rhapsodomancy,” Los Angeles, 6 April 2008.

Book Reviews

  • Women’s Studies; an inter-disciplinary journal, Vol. 39, No. 3, April-May 2010 (Taylor & Francis). Vina A. Lanzona, “Amazons of the Hulk Rebellion: Gender, Sex, and Revolution in the Philippines” (University of Wisconsin Press, 2009).
  • Women’s Studies: an inter-disciplinary journal, Vol. 39, No. 6, September 2010 (Taylor & Francis). Lea A. Williams, “Servants of the People: The 1960’s Legacy of African American Leadership,” 2nd ed. (Hampshire, England: Palgrave MacMillan, 2009). 

Recently Taught Courses


  • Literary Exploration of Justice and Racism
  • Race and Ethnicity in the United States
  • 20th Century British and European Literature
  • Great Works in World Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • American Literature After 1914

MA Humanities

  • Identity Construction in African American Films, Early 1900’s
  • Voices From the Margins: Black and Brown Women’s Literature
  • Cultural Studies: The Harlem Renaissance Collector, Afro-Latino Arturo Schomburg
  • African American Women’s Role in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s: Septima Clark, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Elaine Brown