Kandice Chuh appointed to the Graduate Center

Kandice Chuh

Professor of English

Kandice Chuh is a prominent figure in Asian American studies.  She is known for her theory of the field as a “subjectless discourse” that is alternative to the politics of identity. In Imagine Otherwise: On Asian Americanist Critique (Duke University Press, 2003), which won the 2004 Lora Romero Prize from the American Studies Association, Chuh argues for reframing Asian American studies as a study defined not by its subjects and objects, but by its critique. Her current work extends this to examine aesthetic theory and U.S. minority discourse with an emphasis on post-identity subjectivity. She is also coeditor, with Karen Shimakawa, of Orientations: Mapping Studies in the Asian Diaspora (Duke University Press, 2001), which uses the themes of transnationalism, globalization, and postcoloniality to consider various embodiments of the Asian diaspora. Chuh comes to the Graduate Center from the University of Maryland, where she was associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of English, winning awards for teaching and faculty service. Her courses have included Asian American literatures, twentieth-century American literature, feminist theory, critical race theory, and law and literature. She has published numerous essays in journals and edited volumes and lectured widely. She holds a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Washington.

Photo: Don Pollard

Submitted on: AUG 1, 2010

Category: English, New Appointments to the GC