Curriculum Vitae

Current Employment

Professor of English, Boston College.  Chestnut Hill, MA.  Fall 2014 to present.

Education         

Ph.D. in English and American Literature, Tufts University.  Medford, MA.  May 1998.

M.A. in English and American Literature, Tufts University.  Medford, MA.  May 1993.

A.B. in English Literature (cum laude with distinction), The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.  Ann Arbor, MI.  May 1992.

Other Professional Employment

Associate Professor of English, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA.  Fall 2005 to Spring 2014.

Assistant Professor of English, Boston College.  Chestnut Hill, MA.  Fall 1999 to Spring 2005.

Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Boston College.  Chestnut Hill, MA.  Fall 1998 to Spring 1999.

Visiting Lecturer, Smith College.  Northampton, MA.  Spring 1997 and Spring 1998.

Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Multicultural Affairs, Tufts University.  Medford, MA.  Fall 1996 to Spring 1997.

PUBLICATIONS

monographs  

The Children of 1965: On Writing, and Not Writing, as an Asian American. Durham: Duke University Press, 2013.

Strange Future: Pessimism and the 1992 Los Angeles Riots.  Durham: Duke University Press, 2005.

edited volumes

Cambridge Asian American Literature in Transition series (four volumes) (general co-editor with Rajini Srikanth). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, in progress.

Cambridge History of Asian American Literature (co-edited with Rajini Srikanth).  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Asian American Studies: A Reader (co-edited with Jean Wu).  New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2000.

journal           

Editor, Journal of Asian American Studies.  2011 to present.

Forum Co-editor (with Cynthia Young), “Whiteness Redux or Redefined?” American Quarterly 66:4 (2014), 1071-1076.

Book Review Editor, Journal of Asian American Studies.  2004 to 2008.

Guest Editor, “Asian Americans and Violence.”  Journal of Asian American Studies, 11.1 (Spring 2008).

journal articles

“Becoming Planetary.”  American Literary History 23:3 (July 2011), 555-573.

“‘How Good It Is to Be a Monkey’: Racial Formation and Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese.”  Mosaic 43:1 (March 2010), 73-92.

“Communities of Remembrance: Reflections on the Virginia Tech Shootings and Race.”  Journal of Asian American Studies 11.1 (Spring 2008), 1-26.

“The Children of 1965: Allegory, Postmodernism, and Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake.”  Twentieth-Century Literature 53:3 (Fall 2007), 345-370.

“Sentimentalism and Sui Sin Far.”  Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 20:1-2 (2003), 134-152.

“A Diasporic Future?  Native Speaker and Historical Trauma.”  LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory 12 (2001), 79-98.

book chapters

Through the Arc of the Rain Forest as Planetary Fiction.” In Approaches to Teaching the Works of Karen Tei Yamashita. New York: MLA Publications, under contract.

“The Artful Things of Climate Change.”  In Racial Ecologies, edited by Kim D. Hester Williams and LeiLani Nishime.  Seattle: University of Washington Press, under contract.

“Race and Ethnicity.”  In A Companion to Cultural and Critical Theory, edited by Imre Szeman, Sarah Blacker, and Justin Sully.  Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming.

“An Ethics of Generosity.” In Flashpoints in Asian American Studies, edited by Cathy Schlund-Vials.  New York: Fordham University Press, forthcoming 2017.

“Neoliberalism and New Materialism.”  In Neoliberalism and  Contemporary Literary Culture, edited by Mitchum Huehls and Rachel Greenwald Smith.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017.

“Asian American Literature Within and Beyond the Immigrant Narrative.” In The Cambridge Companion to Asian American Literature, edited by Crystal Parikh and Daniel Kim. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

“Class.”  In Keywords in Asian American Studies, edited by Cathy Schlund-Vials, Linda Trinh Vo, and K. Scott Wong.  New York: New York University Press, 2015.

“Genealogy of a Detroit Childhood.”  Asian Americans in Michigan, edited by Victor Jew.  Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2015.

“Looking Back: Diasporic Longing in Citizen 13660 and Persepolis.”  In Ethnic Life Writings and Histories, edited by Rocío Davis.  Munster: LIT Verlag, 2007.  115-132.

“The Unknowable and Sui Sin Far: The Epistemological Limits of ‘Oriental’ Sexuality.”  In Q&A: Queer in Asian America, edited by David Eng and Alice Hom.  Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1998.  306-322.

“Pahkar Singh’s Argument with Asian America: Color and the Structure of Race Formation.” In A Part, Yet Apart: South Asians in Asian America, edited by Rajini Srikanth and Lavina Shankar.  Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1998.  79-104.

reviews

The Intimate University: Korean American Students and the Problem of Segregation by Nancy Abelmann.  Journal of Asian Studies (2011), 253-4.

The Interethnic Imagination: Roots and Passages in Contemporary Asian American Fiction by Caroline Rody.  Journal of Asian American Studies 13:3 (October 2010), 402-404.

Sense of Place and Sense of Planet: The Environmental Imagination of the Global by Ursula Heise.  Twentieth-Century Literature 56:3 (Fall 2010), 422-427.

 The Battle for Los Angeles: Racial Ideology and World War II by Kevin Allen Leonard.  Journal of San Diego History 54:1 (2008), 51-52.

The Ilse: Korean Immigrants in Hawai’i, 1903-1973 by Wayne Patterson.  Journal of Asian Studies 59:4 (2000), 1059-1060.

Immigrant Acts: Essays on Asian American Cultural Politics by Lisa Lowe.  Asian American Policy Review 8 (1998).

East Goes West: The Making of an Oriental Yankee by Younghill Kang.  Amerasia Journal 24:1 (1998), 193-196.

Native Speaker by Chang-rae Lee.  Amerasia Journal 23:2 (1997), 185-188.

interviews

“Maxine Hong Kingston.”  Asian American Literary Review (Spring 2012).

Min Jin Lee, author of Free Food for Millionaires.  NPR, available for download: www.asiam.us.

Sa-I-Gu Revisited: An Interview with Elaine Kim.”  Amerasia Journal 30 (2004), 229-242.

other publications      

Reimagining the Working Class: A Roundtable on Economic and Racial Justice in the Age of Trump.The Los Angeles Review of Books (20017).

Strange Weather: Fiction and Climate Change.The Los Angeles Review of Books (2017).

Monsters Come Home: On Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda’s Monstress.The Los Angeles Review of Books (2016).

Serious Literature: On Hua Hsu’s A Floating Chinaman: Fantasy and Failure Across the Pacific.The Los Angeles Review of Books (2016).

Absent Figures in a Frame: On Adrian Tomine’s Kiling and Dying.” The Los Angeles Review of Books (November 7, 2015).

Between Genres: On Chang-rae Lee’s Realism.”  The Los Angeles Review of Books (January 10, 2014).  

Children of 1965,” book excerpt.  The Margins, an online magazine of the Asian American Writers Workshop (January 24, 2013).

Open Letter: On the Morning After the Presidential Election.”  Hyphen Magazine Blog (November 5, 2012).

Doing Better and Getting It Right.”  John Hopkins University Press Blog (October 17, 2012).

Rodney King, Redux.”  Hyphen Magazine Blog (April 30, 2012).

Race and Racelessness in Ed Park’s Personal Days.”  Post45 The Journal: Contemporaries, Spring 2011.

Review of Gish Jen’s World and Town.”  Judicial Review, a section of the online magazine Art Fuse (October 2010).

“Assigned Reading: Course EN 246—Introduction to Asian-American Literature.”  Boston College Magazine (Fall 2007), 16-17.

HONORS

fellowships

Faculty Fellowship, Boston College.  Chestnut Hill, MA.  Spring 2010.

Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in Asian American Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Urbana and Champaign, IL.  Fall 2001 to Spring 2002.

Fulbright Teaching and Research Fellowship in Korea, Seoul National University.  Seoul, ROK.  Fall 2001 to Summer 2002 (declined).

Faculty Fellowship, Boston College.  Chestnut Hill, MA.  Fall 2001 (declined).

Teaching Fellowship, Tufts University.  Medford, MA.  Fall 1993 to Spring 1997.

First-Year Graduate Student Fellowship, Tufts University.  Medford, MA.  Fall 1992 to Spring 1993.

grants             

Research Expend Grant, Boston College.  Chestnut Hill, MA.  Fall and Spring 2011.

Research Incentive Grant, Boston College.  Chestnut Hill, MA.  Summer and Fall 2006.

Research Incentive Grant, Boston College.  Chestnut Hill, MA.  Summer and Fall 2001.

Research Expense Grant, Boston College.  Chestnut Hill, MA.  Summer and Fall 2000.

book recognition

CHOICE Magazine Significant University Press Title, for Asian American Studies: A Reader.  2000.

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

keynote

“Korean Americans and the Visual Field of Asian American Graphic Narratives.”  Marvels and Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in Comics and Graphic Narratives Symposium.  SUNY-Stony Brook.  Stony Brook, NY.  April 2014.

individual speaker     

“What Is a Child? Asian Americans and Comic Books.”  Distinguished Speaker Series in Asian American Studies.  Ohio State University.  Columbus, OH.  March 2015.

“Ruin Porn.”  University of Connecticut.  Storrs, CT.  March 2014.

Gallery Talk on Nick Cave.  Institute for Contemporary Art.  Boston, MA.  March 2014.

“What Does It Mean to Be an Asian American Writer?”  NYU.  New York, NY.  February 2014.

“Theorizing Expectation, or, Why Are There So Many Asian American Writers.”  Loyola Marymount University.  Los Angeles, CA.  April 2013.

“The Absolute Rule of That Which Is: Reflections on the Los Angeles Riots Twenty Years Later.”  Pomona College.  Claremont, CA.  April 2012.

“Comics, Racial Formation, and Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese.”  Provost Speaker’s Series, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.  Dartmouth, MA. December 2009.

“Fictions of Climate Change.”  Yonsei University.  Seoul, Korea.  October 2008.

“The Children of 1965.”  The Freeman Asian/Asian American Faculty Forum.  Wesleyan University.  Middletown, CT.  April 2007.

“Reflections on the Virginia Tech Shooting and Race.”  The Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies Colloquium Series.  Wesleyan University.  Middletown, CT.  April 2007.

“Korean and Korean American Studies.”  Korean Society, Literature, and History: Independent Activities Period Seminar, MIT.  Cambridge, MA.  January 2003.

Keynote, “Korean Americans and the Los Angeles Riots.”  Association for Asian Americans, MIT.  Cambridge, MA.  October 2002.

“Angry Grief: Mourning Kwangju and Los Angeles.”  Humanities Center, Harvard University.  Cambridge, MA.  April 2001.

panel speaker 

“Asian American Literature in the Twenty-First Century.” Smithsonian Asian American Literary Festival. Washington, DC. July 2017.

“Who We Want to Be: Asian American Studies in the 21st Century.”  Plenary, Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian American Studies.  Evanston, IL.  April 2015.

“From Polemic to Practice: Building Alliances and Collaborations between Asian American Psychology and Asian American Studies.”  Annual Meeting of the Asian American Psychology Association.  Honolulu, HI.  August 2013.

“The Nuts and Bolts of Publishing.”  Thirtieth Meeting of the Association for Asian American Studies.  Seattle, WA.  April 2013.

“Rodney King, Redux.”  Symposium, The Los Angeles Riots: 20-Years Later.  Harvard University.  Cambridge, MA.  April 2012.

“Why Los Angeles Exploded: Perspectives on the Urban Upheavals from 20 Years Out.” Emerson College.  Boston, MA.  February 2012.

“Korean American Diasporic Communities.”  Symposium, Korean Homelands and Their Discontents: Diaspora and the Divided Peninsula.  The University of California at BerkeleyBerkeley, CA.  April 2010.

Mega-session: “From Iron Cages to Different Shores: Remembering Ronald Takaki.”  Twenty-Seventh Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian American Studies.  Austin, TX.  April 2010.

“Asian and Asian-American Hermeneutics.”  Special Panel of the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL).  Boston, MA.  November, 2008.

“Desert Poetics: Catherine Park Hong’s Dance Dance Revolution and the Ecology of Space.”  Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association of Korea.  Seoul National University.  Seoul, Korea.  October 2008.

Post•1945 Symposium of Emerging Scholars in the Field.  Harvard University.  Cambridge, MA.  October, 2007.

“What Time Is It: Cultural Production and the LA Riots.”  Organized by Yong Soon Min in connection with the exhibition, “Exquisite Crisis and Encounters,” A/P/A Studies Program.  New York University.  New York, NY.  April 2007.

Panel Speaker, “The Korean War and Diaspora.”  The Politics of Memory in Modern Korea.  The Harvard Korean Studies Institute Postdoctoral Workshop.  Cambridge, MA.  May 2006.

Panel Speaker, “What Vincent Chin Might Teach Us.”  Asian American Studies Council Meeting, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Champaign, IL.  October 2001.

Presenter, “Morae Sigye, Korean Americans, and Historical Knowledge.”  Kwangju, after Two Decades.  University of Southern California and University of California at Los Angeles.  Los Angeles, CA.  April 2000. 

discussant      

New Work in Novel Studies.” Mihandra Humanites Center at Harvard University. Cambridge, MA. December 2016.

“Editing APA Journals.”  Twenty-Eighth Meeting of the Association for Asian American Studies.  New Orleans, LA.  May 2011.

Asian American Studies Symposium at Fordham University (two panels).  New York, NY.  June 2008.

Paper commentator.  Eight Annual Harvard Graduate Student Conference in International History, “Gender in International History.”  Cambridge, MA.  March 2008.

After performance by spoken-word artist Giles Li.  Part of the Transnational Initiative, funded by a Rockefeller Grant.  Boston, MA.  February 2007.

Post-Performance Discussion Leader, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992.  Boston Center for the Arts.  Boston, MA.  November 2002.

attendee

Works-in-Progress Workshop for Asian American Studies.  University of Connecticut.  Storrs, CT.  March 2012.

Critical Dialogues in Asian American Studies: A Symposium at Dartmouth University.  Hanover, NH.  May 2007.

moderator

“On Writing, and Not Writing, as an Asian American.”  Post45 Conference, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Cleveland, OH.  April 2011.

“An Evening with Authors Jhumpa Lahiri and Lan Samantha Chang.”  Beyond U.S. Multiculturalism?: Asian Diasporas and New Transnational Cultures.  MIT Fall Symposium in Women’s Studies.  Cambridge, MA.  October 2003.

Panel on the film Better Luck Tomorrow.  Boston Asian Studies Intercollegiate Conference (BASIC).  Cambridge, MA.  Harvard University.  September 2003.

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