My areas of specialization are Asian American Studies, 20th and 21st century U.S. Ethnic Literatures, and gender and sexuality studies. My teaching and research use a cultural studies and critical ethnic and gender studies approach, which emphasizes transnational issues of U.S. empire, globalization, and neoliberalism. Courses I teach are ENGL 274 Contemporary Literature of Immigration, ENGL 300 Pursuits of English, ENGL 308/WMGS 308 Gender and Sexuality in Asian American Literature and Film, ENGL 338 Contemporary American Fiction, ENLT 372 Women Prose Writers, and WMGS 200 Transnational Feminisms.
“The Vietnamese American ‘Model Orphan’ in Aimee Phan's We Should Never Meet,” Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 49.3 (September 2016): 109-125.
“Social Space and the Suburb in Mike Cahill's King of California: Mapping Race, Neoliberalism, and Narratives of the Past in the Southern California Landscape,” Western American Literature 50.1 (Spring 2015): 35-49.
"Troubling the ‘Happy Family’: U.S. Liberalism and Narratives of Transnational Adoption and Immigration from China,” Comparative American Studies 12.4 (Dec. 2014): 249-263.
"Pearl S. Buck’s “American Children”: Adoption of the Amerasian Child, U.S. Democracy, and The Occupation of Japan in The Hidden Flower,” Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies 35.1 (April 2014): 181-210.
“Meat and the Millennium: Ruth Ozeki’s My Year of Meats and the Transnational Politics of Race and Gender,” Journal of Asian American Studies 12.2 (June 2009): 191-220.