Stephen “Kip” Tobin

A photo of Stephen “Kip” Tobin
E-mail: kiptobin@ucla.edu Office: Rolfe Hall 5326

Stephen C Tobin is an Assistant Adjunct Professor whose research focuses on Mexican fantastic and science fiction production. He is currently working on the manuscript to his first book, Specular Fictions: Vision, Technology and Subjectivity from Mexican Science Fiction 1993-2008, which argues that science fiction literature has become a unique discursive space through which authors reflect upon and critique contemporary specular regimes within Mexico. His upcoming article titled “Does the posthuman actually exist in Mexico? A critique of the essayistic production on the posthuman written by Mexicans (2001-2007)” will be included in the upcoming anthology Posthumanizing the World: Speculative Aesthetics in Latin(x) American Science Fiction from Palgrave’s Global Science Fiction Series. His article “Televisual Subjectivities from Pepe Rojo’s Speculative Fiction: 1996-2003” appeared at the University of South Florida’s Alambique: Revista académica de ciencia ficción y fantasía. He recently published a chronicle in Latin American Literature Today about the appearance and significance of The Mexicanx Initiative at WorldCon76 (The World Science Fiction Convention).  He has also published pieces in Tapuya: Latin American Science, Technology and Society, Meister, the Spanish and Portuguese Department at UCLA’s literary journal, and alter/nativas, a Latin American Cultural Studies Journal from Ohio State University.

He also teaches courses on science fiction and posthumanism at UCLA, such as the survey course Spanish-American Science Fiction and Posthumanism from the Periphery: Robots, Cyborgs and Clones in Latin American Culture, which encourages students to analyze the representation in the region of these enduring icons that have appeared from the 19th century to the present. In addition, Stephen Tobin’s courses host as frequently as possible science fiction authors, such as Pepe Rojo (Mexico) and Yoss (Cuba), which offer students unmediated access to the creator of works under discussion.

In addition, Stephen teaches Heritage students of Spanish and has participated extensively at UCLA in creating and promoting diversity and inclusivity. He is the co-lead of EPIC’s 2018-2019 “Inclusive Gatherings at UCLA” that aims to facilitate cross-campus and inter-college collaboration in practical pedagogical development within the realm of inclusive and equitable classrooms.

Education

  • 2015: Ph.D., The Ohio State University, OH
  • 2009: M.A., Middlebury College, VT
  • 1995: B.A., Otterbein University, OH

Research

  • Latin American Science Fiction
  • Late Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century Mexican Narrative
  • Visual Culture Studies and Media Studies
  • Technoculture and Posthumanism/Cyborg Theory
  • Critical and Cultural Theory
  • Gender Studies