Kandice Chuh

Kandice Chuh faculty

Research Interests

  • 20th century U.S. literatures and American studies
  • Asian American and comparative ethnic literary studies
  • minority discourse
  • critical/queer theory and critical race studies
  • disciplinarity and difference
  • globalization and global feminisms
  • aesthetics and cultural studies


  • Ph.D., University of Washington

Kandice Chuh joined the Graduate Center in 2010 as a professor in the Ph.D. Program in English and as a core member of the Mellon Committee on Globalization and Social Change. Chuh is a coleader of the Revolutionizing American Studies Initiative launched at the Graduate Center in Spring 2011. From 1996 to 2010, she was a faculty member in the English department at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she was affiliated with the American studies department and the Asian American studies program and recognized for teaching and mentoring excellence. She has served in a variety of leadership positions in the American Studies Association (ASA), the Association for Asian American Studies, the Cultural Studies Association, and the Modern Language Association.

The author of Imagine Otherwise: On Asian Americanist Critique (2003), which won the ASA’s Lora Romero Book Award, Chuh is also the coeditor, with Karen Shimakawa, of Orientations: Mapping Studies in the Asian Diaspora (2001), and has published in such venues as Public CultureAmerican Literary History, and the Journal of Asian American Studies. Her current research brings together aesthetic philosophies and theories, minority discourse, and analysis of globalization’s impact on modern sociopolitical subjectivity. Chuh is broadly interested in the relationship between intellectual work and the political sphere; disciplinarity and difference; and U.S. culture and politics as matrices of power and knowledge, and she lectures widely on these topics. She earned her Ph.D. in English at the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1996, and her B.A. in English and women’s studies at Colgate University in 1989.