Professor, English and Asian/Asian American Studies. Storrs.
Associate Dean for Humanities and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (CLAS).
Specialties: 20th-Century US literature, multi-ethnic literature, nationalism, trauma, human rights, memory studies, immigrant/refugee narratives, Asian American studies, American cultural studies, and comparative ethnic studies
Current Research: Prosthetic Ecologies: Disability, Environment, and Human Rights Â (monograph)Â examines the role disability plays in the making of neoliberal humanitarian subjects; such subjects, I contend, are necessarily situated in catastrophic environs formed in the troubling aftermaths of war, natural disaster, and economic crisis. To access the various man-made mechanisms responsible for bringing these disabled subjects âinto being,â I strategically utilize a schema I term âprosthetic ecologies.â Suggestive of human-made substitution and reparative embodiment, prosthesis, as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary, refers to âthe replacement of defective or absent parts of the body by artificial substitutes.â Alternatively, the term ecology compresses a subfield of biology primarily concerned with the study of relationships, specifically between organisms and with the physical environment. Taken together, âprosthetic ecologiesâ operates as a flexible and generative analytic upon which to syncretically chart longue durÃ©e histories of state-sanctioned violence, state-authorized violation, and internationally-supported contravention.
A second monograph, titled Militarized Excess,Â examines the pervasiveness of and excesses inherent in American military culture during the second Indochina War, the Iraq War, and the ongoing war in Afghanistan. Clustered around various types of âsightâ â inclusive of the vertical, the horizontal, the vertiginous, and the peripheral â Militarized Excess evaluates different temporalities (e.g., the military timetable, tours of duty, generational passages, and geologic time) and engages the sublime, an aesthetic mode which encapsulates the seemingly incalculable, the distressingly overwhelming, and the troublingly vast.
Published Monographs and Collections:Â Modeling Citizenship: Jewish and Asian American WritingÂ (Temple University Press 2011);Â War, Genocide, and Justice: Cambodian American Memory WorkÂ (University of Minnesota Press 2012);Â Disability, Human Rights, and the Limits of HumanitarianismÂ (co-edited with Michael Gill, Ashgate 2014);Â Keywords for Asian American StudiesÂ (co-edited with Linda Trinh Vo and Â K. Scott Wong, NYU Press 2015); Interrogating the Perpetrator: Violation, Culpability, and Human Rights (co-edited with Samuel Martinez, Routledge 2016); Asian America: A Primary Source ReaderÂ (co-edited with K. Scott Wong and Jason O. Chang, Yale University Press 2017); Flashpoints for Asian American Studies (Fordham University Press); and Redrawing the Historical Past: History, Memory, and Multiethnic Graphic Narrative (co-edited with Martha J. Cutter, University of Georgia Press 2018).
Works inÂ Progress:Â Â Asian American Literature in Transition, 1965-1996Â (co-edited collection with Asha Nadkarni);Â Teaching Asian America: Politics, Pedagogy, and PracticeÂ (co-edited collection with Jennifer Hayashida); andÂ The Subjects of Human Rights: Critical Asian and Asian American StudiesÂ (co-edited collection with Guy Beauregard and Hsiu-chuan Lee).
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