Curriculum Vitae



MLIS, St. Catherine University, May 2013

Radical librarianship, public services, access, literacy dogs, scholarly communications, metadata schemas, digital technology

PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, ABD

Department of English and Comparative Literature 

Graduate Certificate in Cultural Studies at UNC Chapel Hill 

Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies at Duke University 


MAUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, May 2002 

English and American Literature 


BA, Yale University, May 1999 

English Language and Literature 




“Sounding Asian American: Aural Meaning and Politics in Contemporary Asian American Culture,” under the co-directorship of Jennifer Ho and John McGowan, offers a broad study of sounds in Asian American culture and critical discourse. Arguing that the racialization of Asians in America has relied as strongly on sounds as it has on the visual difference of Asian bodies, this project turns to the register of non- and extra-linguistic sounds to think about how Asian Americanist critique as an academic practice has crucially been about linking the physical noises of Asian American lives and voices to politically charged identities and projects. Nevertheless, these sounds embody a fundamental double refusal of not wanting to be identified solely as Asian or solely as American, thus suggesting an Asian American subject that is structured by ambivalence. My focus on an aural register in literature and culture allows for the tracing of a different genealogy of critical multiculturalisms than ones focused on visual cultures and identity politics. This aural orientation shifts critical attention to issues ranging from acoustic theories of subject-formation to transnational circuits and mixings of popular music to accent discrimination and hate speech, signaling new possibilities for Asian American identities and epistemologies. Sounds, like Asian American subjects themselves, are ambivalent and less consistently articulated to codified cultural and political meanings. As part of this project of listening to the sounds of Asian Americanist critique, I examine a tradition of Asian American literary anthologies from Aiiieeeee! to Screaming Monkeys; the performed poetry of San Francisco’s Poet Laureate Janice Mirikitani and Queens, New York’s Poet Laureate Ishle Yi Park; the anime music videos of singer-songwriter Vienna Teng on YouTube; and the standup comedy of Margaret Cho in dialogue with Mari Matsuda’s discussions of accent discrimination. 




Authored Articles 


Editing Projects 


Book Reviews 

  • Sylvia Shin Huey Chong. The Oriental Obscene: Violence and Racial Fantasies in the Vietnam Era. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2012. Journal of Asian American Studies (October 2012).
  • Char Booth. Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning. Chicago, IL: ALA Editions, 2011. College & Research Libraries (November 2012).
  • Christine Kim, Sophie McCall, and Melina Baum Singer, eds. Cultural Grammars of Nation, Diaspora, and Indigeneity in Canada. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2012. Canadian Literature.
  • Timothy Yu. Race and the Avant-Garde: Experimental and Asian American Poetry Since 1965Stanford, CA: Stanford UP, 2009. MELUS (Winter 2010).
  • Larissa Lai. Automaton Biographies. Vancouver, ON: Arsenal Pulp P, 2010. The Asian American Literary Review (2011, Issue 2). Republished on Galatea Resurrects (December 2011).
  • Jane Jeong Trenka. Fugitive Visions. St. Paul, MN: Graywolf P, 2009. The Asian American Literary Review (Spring 2010, inaugural issue). 
  • Caroline F. Levander and Robert S. Levine, eds. Hemispheric American Studies. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 2007. MELUS (Winter 2009). 
  • Jeffrey F. L. Partridge. Beyond Literary Chinatown. Seattle, WA: U of Washington P, 2007. Modern Fiction Studies (Summer 2009). 






  • Sister Marie Cecilia Marzolf, CSJ Founder’s Award, 2013
  • Beta Phi Mu inductee, Beta Beta Xi chapter, 2013
  • Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Scholarship, 2012
  • Faculty Partnership, “Media, literary, and cultural studies: methodological inquiries,”  University of St. Thomas, January 2010 (with Dina Gavrilos, Communications and Journalism Department) 
  • Midwest Faculty Seminar, “Hurricane Katrina and Contemporary Issues,” University of Chicago, November 2-4, 2006 
  • Advanced Teaching Fellowship, Department of English, UNC Chapel Hill, 2005-2006 
  • Mellon Doctoral Seminar, “History, Memory, and the Literary Text,” Summer 2005 
  • Association for Asian American Studies Graduate Student Travel Award, Spring 2005 
  • Women’s Studies Teaching Fellowship, Duke University, Fall 2004 and Spring 2006 
  • Graduate School Travel Award, Fall 2003 
  • Bruce W. Lea Fellowship, Fall 2003 
  • Bahr Travel Award, Spring 2003 
  • Ruth Rose Richardson Travel Award, Spring 2003 
  • Teaching Fellowship, Department of English, UNC Chapel Hill, 2001-2005 
  • Studio for Instructional Technology and English Studies Fellowship, 2000-2001 



  • Librarian 1, Ramsey County Library, 2014-
  • Librarian, Hennepin County Library, 2014-2016
  • Co-founder and blogger, Whole Person Librarianship, 2013
  • Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, Library Intern, 2012-2013
  • Anoka County Library, Volunteer, Fall 2012
  • Minneapolis Central Library, Minneapolis, MN, Hennepin County Public Libraries, Preservation Intern, Spring 2012
  • Blogger, Hack Library School, 2012-2013
  • St. Mary's University, Minneapolis, MN, Reference Intern, Fall 2011
  • Hosmer Library, Minneapolis, MN, Hennepin County Public Libraries, Volunteer, 2011-2012
  • Rondo Community and Outreach Library, St. Paul, MN, St. Paul Public Libraries, Volunteer, Summer 2011
  • Librarian, Asian American Literature Fans, 2011-
  • Sterling Memorial Library, New Haven, CT, Copy Cataloging Student Assistant, 1998-1999


Note: Syllabi for many of these courses are available on my page.

Minneapolis Community & Technical College, Minneapolis, MN

Instructor, Information Studies Department, 2014-2015

  • INFS 1000: Information Literacy and Research Skills (required core, 5 sections)

University of Saint Thomas, Saint Paul, MN 

Instructor, English Department and Aquinas Honors Seminars, 2006-2011, 2013

  • ENGL 111: Critical Reading and Writing I (required core, 9 sections) 
  • ENGL 112: Critical Reading and Writing II (required core, 10 sections) 
  • ENGL 337: A Sense of Space and Place in Asian American Literature 
  • GENG 561: War and Colonialism in Asian American Literature (grad level) 
  • ENGL 214: American Authors I, colonial America to 1900 (cross-listed ACD) 
  • ENGL 215: American Authors II, 1900 to the present (cross-listed ACD, 2 sections) 
  • ENGL 341: Asian American Women Writers (cross-listed Women’s Studies & ACD) 
  • ENGL 395: Literatures of American Imprisonment (cross-listed ACD) 
  • ENGL 481: Discontiguous States of America (senior seminar) 
  • GENG 561: Discontiguous States of America (grad level)
  • ENGL 295: Speculation in Contemporary American Literature
  • IDSC 480: Dogs!!!: Environment, Society, and Representation (Aquinas Honors seminar co-taught with Maria Kim)
  • IDSC 480: Dog Park Research: Community Mobilization, Built Environments, and Representation (Aquinas Honors seminar co-taught with Maria Dahmus)


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 

Teaching Fellow, English Department, 2001-2006 

  • ENGL 11: Introductory Composition and Rhetoric (required core, 5 sections) 
  • ENGL 12: Academic Writing Across Disciplines (required core, 5 sections) 
  • ENGL 28: Major American Authors 
  • ENGL 24: Contemporary Literature (on science fiction and environmental science in fiction)
Graduate Instructor, Curriculum in International and Area Studies, 2003-2004 
  • INTS 80: Social Theory and Cultural Diversity (major req, 2 sections) 
  • INTS 80: The American South and the Global South (co-taught with Kristina Bobo) 


Duke University, Durham, NC 

Graduate Instructor, Program in Women’s Studies, 2004-2006 

  •  WMST 162S: Asian Americans and Popular Culture (upper-division core sequence) 
  •  WMST 150S.04/LIT 124S.04: Asian American Feminisms 


Areas of Teaching Interest 

Asian North American literatures, Asian American studies, ethnic American literatures, Asian/American/Indian studies, transnational feminist studies, sexuality studies, twentieth-century American literature, popular culture, literary theory, cultural studies, legal studies, posthumanities, critical environmental studies 




  • Invited panelist. Spring symposium on American Literature and the Public. Center for American Literary Studies. Pennsylvania State University. State College, PA. 20 Mar. 2015.

  • Moderator. Native People and the Information Profession. MLIS Program, Saint Catherine University. Saint Paul, MN. 7 Apr. 2015.


  • "Elegy and a Virginian Adolescence in Jon Pineda's Sleep in Me." Association for Asian American Studies. San Francisco, CA. 17-20 Apr. 2014.
  • Co-organizer for the inaugural meeting of the Section for Cultural Heritage, Archives, Libraries, and Information Science. Association for Asian American Studies. San Francisco, CA. 17-20 Apr. 2014.
  • "Critical Issues in Archival and Library Practices: Empire, Knowledge, and Scholarly Communication." Co-organizer and roundtable participant. Association for Asian American Studies. Seattle, WA. 17-20 Apr. 2013.
  • "Domestic Abuse, Allegory, and Family Romance in Esmeralda Santiago's América's Dream." Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Boston, MA. 3-6 Jan. 2013.


  • "Expanding the Informational: Asian American Digital Representation and Community Empowerment." Organizer and roundtable participant. Association for Asian American Studies. Washington, DC. 11-14 Apr. 2012.
  • “Native-Asian Encounters.” Organizer. Division of Asian American Literature and Division of American Indian Literature collaborative panel. Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Seattle, WA. 5-8 Jan. 2012.


  • “Militarized Friendship Narratives: Enemy Aliens and Indigenous Outsiders in Cynthia Kadohata's Weedflower.” American Literature Association Conference. Boston, MA. 26-29 May 2011.
  • “Discontiguous States of America.” Association for Asian American Studies. New Orleans, LA. 19-21 May 2011. 
  • “Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Think.” Critical Ethnic Studies and the Future of Genocide Conference. University of California at Riverside. 10-12 Mar. 2011. 
  • “Literature, Wars, and the American Body.” Organizer and chair. Division of Asian American Literature and American Literature Section collaborative panel. Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Los Angeles, CA. 6-9 Jan. 2011.


  • “Irruptions of Asianness, Symptomatic Racial Difference, and the Evacuation of Asian Bodies in Science Fiction Films.” Association for Asian American Studies. Austin, TX. 7-10 Apr. 2010. 


  • “Theorizing Asian American Fiction.” Organizer and chair. Division of Asian American Literature panel. Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Philadelphia, PA. 27-30 Dec. 2009. 
  • “Southeast Asian American Literature.” Special session chair. Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Philadelphia, PA. 27-30 Dec. 2009. 
  • “Race and Environmentalism.” Session organizer and chair. American Studies Association. Washington, DC. 5-8 Nov. 2009. 
  • “Picturing a Native Photographer.” Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, Inaugural Conference. Minneapolis, MN. 21-23 May 2009.


  • “Dissociation, Sex, and Travels.” Modern Language Association Annual Convention. San Francisco, CA. 27-30 Dec. 2008. 
  • “Asian America Is in the Heartland: Agribusiness and Fertility in Ruth Ozeki’s All Over Creation.” Division of Asian American Literature panel. Modern Language Association Annual Convention. San Francisco, CA. 27-30 Dec. 2008. 
  • “Alternative Contact.” Co-organizer of a series of three panels on Native American Studies. American Studies Association. Albuquerque, NM. 16-19 Oct. 2008.
  • “Canine America: How Dogs Shape American Personhood, Poetics, and Publics.” Session organizer for posthumanities panel on dog studies. American Studies Association. Albuquerque, NM. 16-19 Oct. 2008. 
  • “Dog Parking.” American Studies Association. Albuquerque, NM. 16-19 Oct. 2008. 
  • “Reading the Dark Races and Civilizational Discourses in Hopkins’s Essays and Short Fiction.” American Literature Association Conference. San Francisco, CA. 22-25 May 2008. 
  • “Tropics of Asian America: Critical Studies in the Works of Karen Tei Yamashita.” Chair and organizer of Circle for Asian American Literary Studies standing panel. American Literature Association. San Francisco, CA. 22-25 May 2008. 
  • “Vienna Teng, Anime Music Videos, and Asian American Audiovisual Identities on Youtube.” Association for Asian American Studies. Chicago, IL. 16-20 Apr. 2008. 
  • “The Great Third Coast: How Teaching in the Midwest and South Challenges Asian American Studies.” Panelist for pedagogy discussion. Association for Asian American Studies. Chicago, IL. 16-20 Apr. 2008.


  • “Queer Intimacies, Asian American Bodies, and Violence (Un)Represented Onstage.” Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Chicago, IL. 27-30 Dec. 2007. 
  • “One, Two: Conjoined Twins, the Self, and Medical Technology.” Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. Portland, ME. 1-4 Nov. 2007. 
  • “Staceyann Chin, Reggae, and US Queer Protest.” American Studies Association. Philadelphia, PA. 11-14 Oct. 2007. 
  • “From Kitchen Tables to Coffee Houses: Small Presses and the Making of Asian American Literary Studies.” Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing. Minneapolis, MN. 11-14 Jul. 2007. 
  • “Mythological Futures and Chinese Modernities in Larissa Lai’s Salt Fish Girl.” American Literature Association. Boston, MA. 24-27 May 2007. 
  • “Diversity Requirements, Business Majors, and Asian American Literature.” American Literature Association. Boston, MA. 24-27 May 2007. 
  • Where Are You From? Cross-Racial Contact, Cultural Dislocations, and Ethnic Ambiguity.” Association for Asian American Studies. New York, NY. 5-8 Apr. 2007. 


  • “Ishle Yi Park’s Poetic Anger and Interracial Drama.” Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Philadelphia, PA. 27-30 Dec. 2006. 
  • “Gnomes Rule! Group Dynamics in World of Warcraft.” Cultural Studies Association (U.S.) Conference. Washington, DC. 19-22 Apr. 2006. 
  • “Asian/American/Indian Literary Studies.” Pathways 2006: Cultural Intersections in Native North America. Yale Group for the Study of Native America. Yale University, New Haven, CT. 7-9 Apr. 2006. 
  • “Looking South: Asian Americanists Doing Area Studies and Diaspora Studies.” Association for Asian American Studies Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA. 22-26 Mar. 2006. 
  • “Sounding Asian American: Multicultural Critique and Academic Knowledge.” Emerging Critical Scholarship on Asian Pacific American Issues. Asian Pacific American Graduate Students Organization. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL. 3-4 Mar. 2006. 
  • “Asian American Souths.” Navigating the Global American South Conference. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. 2-3 Mar. 2006. 


  • Invited panelist for “East Meets South: 150 Years of Asian/Southern Intersections” sponsored by the Multicultural Center and Institute for Southern Studies at Duke University, Durham, NC.  22 Oct. 2005. 
  • “The Curiosity of Asian Immigrant Photographers and Their Native Subjects.” New Directions in American Indian Research Conference. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. 7-8 Oct. 2005. 
  • “Challenging Poetics and Re-Meaning Race in Fred Wah's Creative Critical Writing.” Beyond Autoethnography: Writing Race and Ethnicity in Canada. Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON. 28-30 Apr. 2005. 
  • “‘Suddenly, we are blazing with tongues afire’: Contextualizing racial sound and rhythm through Janice Mirikitani’s poetry and Vienna Teng’s suburban folk.” Association for Asian American Studies Annual Conference. Los Angeles, CA. 20-24 Apr. 2005. 
  • “Research, Pedagogy, and Asian American Women in the Women’s Studies Classroom.” Chair. Association for Asian American Studies. Los Angeles, CA. 20-24 Apr. 2005. 
  • Invited Breakout Discussion Leader. Jean Fox O’Barr Symposium on Gender and Ethnic Conflict. Program in Women’s Studies. Duke University. Durham, NC. 4-5 Mar. 2005. 
  • “Legislating Queer Sexuality through Asian America.” Asian Americans and the Law. University of Illinois. Urbana-Champaign, IL. 3-5 Feb. 2005. 


  • “Preaching to the Choir? Bringing Non-Asian American Students to the Asian American Studies Classroom.” Roundtable discussion. East of California Conference. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. 22-24 Oct. 2004. 
  • “Asianness in Saturday Morning Cartoons and Multicultural Children’s Literature.” Crossroads 2004. Association for Cultural Studies. University of Illinois. Urbana-Champaign, IL. 25-28 Jun. 2004. 
  • “Yao Ming versus Shaq: Asian Masculinity and Sports.” Crossroads 2004. Association for Cultural Studies. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL. 25-28 Jun. 2004. 
  • “Pop Music Genres and Racial Belonging.” Cultural Studies Association Second Annual Conference. Northeastern University, Boston, MA. 5-9 May 2004. 
  • “Love as Resistance? The Politics of Sex in Lawrence Chua’s Gold by the Inch.” Locating Love Conference. English Student Association. City University of New York Graduate Center, New York, NY. 26 Mar. 2004. 


  • “Colonial Legacies and Mythic Beginnings in Shani Mootoo and Larissa Lai’s Fiction.” Negotiating the Past in Asian American and Asian British Literature. Institute of European and American Studies. Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. 27-29 Nov. 2003. 
  • Buffy and Race.” Cultural Studies Association First Annual Conference. Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, PA. 5-7 Jun. 2003. 
  • “Enemy Aliens: Dissent and Descent.” Homeland Security Conference. Department of Anthropology and Cultural Studies Curriculum. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. 12 Apr. 2003. 
  • “Manifestos, Social Transformation, Women’s Liberation.” Strategies of Critique Conference. Manifestos: From Prayer to Revolution. Programme in Social and Political Thought. York University, Toronto, ON. 11-12 Apr. 2003. 
  • “Queer Manifestos.” Citizen Queer: Outsider Status, Dissent, and Resistance. GLBT/Q Studies. University of North Carolina, Asheville, NC. 21-22 Mar. 2003. 


  • “Thinking Literary Studies.” New Directions: Association of Graduate English Students/Association of English Majors Conference on Literature and Writing. Department of English. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. 3-5 Apr. 2001. 




Saint Catherine University 

  • School Curriculum and Assessment Committee, School of Business and Leadership, 2012-2013
  • Co-chair and Executive Committee Member, Student Governance Organization, MLIS Program, 2012-2013
  • Progressive Librarians Guild, Student Chapter, 2011-2013

Professional Organizations 

University of Saint Thomas 

  • Steering Committee (elected position), English Department, 2008-2011
  • Graduate Program Committee (elected position), English Department, 2009-2011
  • Core Courses Committee, English Department, 2007-2008 
  • Women’s Studies Advisory Committee, 2007-2010 
  • Pre-Major Faculty Advisor, College of Arts and Sciences, 2007-2010
  • Common Text Committee, English Department, 2006-2011


Journal Peer Reviewer 


UNC Chapel Hill/Duke University 








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