Asian American literature and culture; theories of race, ethnicity, migration, and diaspora; comparative race and ethnicity studies; Cold War cultures; cultures of liberalism
439 Clemens Hall
Phone: (716) 645-0703
Works In Progress
“The Past and the Present of the Korean War in American Literature and Culture,” book project in progress
My current project examines the representations of the Korean War in American literature and visual media in the mid-1950s and the late twentieth/early twenty-first centuries. Inspired by the recent interest in the Korean War as a subject matter for established literary fiction writers—such as Toni Morrison, Philip Roth, Jayne Anne Philips, and Chang-rae Lee—this project asks why and how the Korean War becomes a matter of literary interest more than half a century after the conflict. What were the conditions of possibility for representing the Korean War during wartime and what are the conditions now? By examining the mid-twentieth century popular representations of the Korean War—by writers like James A. Michener and war photographers like David Douglas Duncan and Carl Mydans—and contemporary literary treatment of the Korean War, the project aims to explore the significance of the Korean War in American cultures of liberalism.
Bilingual Brokers: Race, Literature, and Language as Human Capital (Spring 2017, Fordham University Press)
Looking Back on the Vietnam War: Twenty-first Century Perspectives (Rutgers University Press, 2016), co-editor with Brenda Boyle
Articles and Book Chapters
“Multilingualism and Multiculturalism in Ishmael Reed’s Japanese By Spring.” Modern Fiction Studies. 60.4 (2014): 821-843.
“Black and Korean: Racialized Development in Korean/American Fiction.” Journal of Transnational American Studies. 5.1 (2013): 1-27.
“‘I Was Never at War With My Tongue’: The Third Language and the Performance of Bilingualism in Richard Rodriguez.” Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly. 33.3 (Summer 2010): 518-542.
“Reimagining Citizenship through Bilingualism: The Migrant Bilingual Child in Helena María Viramontes’s Under the Feet of Jesus.” Women’s Studies Quarterly. 38.1&2 (Spring/Summer 2010): 221-242