Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies
Associate Director of Graduate Studies
Ph.D., 2004; University of California, Berkeley
My research and teaching interests are at the intersections of Asian American studies, critical ethnic and race studies, postcolonial theory, feminist epistemologies, and critiques of US empire and militarism. My first book, Ends of Empire: Asian American Critique and the Cold War (University of Minnesota Press, 2010), offers a critique of American empire in Asia through an interdisciplinary analysis of Asian American cultural productions and their critical intersections with Cold War geopolitics and logics. I argue that the Asian American literary and cinematic texts in my study shift, reframe, and critically extend dominant interpretations of the Cold War by staging the Cold War as a geopolitical, cultural, and epistemological project of gendered racial formation and imperialism undergirding U.S. global hegemony, and by making visible the centrality of Asia to that project.
Ends of Empire: Asian American Critique and Cold War Compositions (University of Minnesota Press, “Critical American Studies” Series, 2010).
“Debt, the Precarious Grammar of Life, and Manjula Padmanabhan’s Harvest,” Women’s Studies Quarterly 42.1&2, Special Issue on Debt (Spring/Summer 2014): 215-232.
“Militarization,” The Routledge Companion to Asian American and Pacific Islander Literature and Culture, ed. Rachel Lee (London: Routledge, 2014), 154-166.
“An ‘Orphan’ with Two Mothers: Transnational and Transracial Adoption, the Cold War, and Contemporary Asian American Cultural Politics,” American Quarterly 61.4 (December 2009): 855-880.