Regina Mills

Assistant Professor of English, Texas A&M University
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About Regina

Mills's research focuses on Latinx and Africana literature, particularly AfroLatinx and US-Central American literature, refugee narratives, and critical game studies. Overarching themes in Mills's writings include questions of representation and visibility, identity construction, as well as pedagogical strategies for teaching issues of race and ethnicity in print and digital media. She examines how games shape how people imagine what it means to be Latino. Mills has served as a speaker and workshop leader for Humanities Texas.

In the News

"Action Civics Should be Celebrated, Not Banned," Regina Mills (with Anthony L. Ives), The Constitutionalist, July 26, 2021.
"On the Tatooed Soldier and What We Carry in Migration," Regina Mills, Latinx Talk, March 16, 2020.
Guest to discuss Controversial Fictional Immigrant Account ‘American Dirt’ on Focus At Four/ KBTX, Regina Mills, January 31, 2020.


AfroLatinx Life Writing: AfroLatinidades in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century (University of Texas Press, Forthcoming).

Examines how AfroLatinx writers have defined what it means to be AfroLatinx over the last century. Argues that these writers write against the myth of mestizaje (that Latinos are mixed race and thus do not have racist or anti-black ideas and practices).

"Border-crossing, Identity, and Voice in Central American and US-Central American Refugee Narratives" in The Routledge Handbook of Refugee Narratives, edited by Evyn Lê Espiritu Gandhi, Vinh Nguyen (Routledge, 2023), 217-227.

Provides an overview of US-Central American and Central American refugee narratives and details the new kinds of refugee narratives (escaping from gangs and domestic violence, Afro-Central American perspectives) that are becoming more common. Challenges us and expands our knowledge of refugeeness in the past, present, and future.

"Gaming Literature: Games as An Accessible Entry into the Study of Literature" in Teaching Games and Games Studies in the Literature Classroom, edited by Tison Pugh and Lynn Ramey (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2022), 27-37.

Provides experience using video games to teach in the English classroom. Uses student survey feedback, personal experience, and an example assignment to talk about the pros and cons of games in the classroom. Concludes games are a medium through which stories, fiction, and non-fiction are increasingly being sold.

"Beyond Resistance in Dominican American Women’s Fiction: Healing and Growth through the Spectrum of Quietude in Angie Cruz’s Soledad and Naima Coster’s Halsey Street" Latino Studies 19 (2021): 70-91.

Argues that Angie Cruz’s Soledad (2001) and Naima Coster’s Halsey Street (2017) are a counter-archive of woman-centered, Dominican American narratives of return dependent on feminized forms of expression and belonging—namely art, quiet, secrecy, surrender, and interiority. Reclaims the power of these acts and spaces along a spectrum of quietude, ranging from acts of alienation to tools for bonding, healing, and growth.