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Quynh Vo Professorial Lecturer CAS - CRGC

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CAS - Critical RGC Studies
BA Hue University of Education (English); MA Vietnam National University of Social Sciences and Humanities, HCMC (TESOL); PhD University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa (English)

Dr. Quynh Vo is a Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies and a faculty affiliate of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. Her research focuses on globalization and Asian literature, Asian American interdisciplinary studies, Vietnamese American literature and culture, and neoliberalism in American transnational literature. She is currently working on her book manuscript tentatively titled Transnational Kinship: Neoliberal Peace and Economic Violence in Vietnamese American Literature and Culture, an interdisciplinary project that weaves together literary analysis and personal narratives to scrutinize Vietnamese Americans’ relationships to Vietnamese nationals; to histories of war, colonialism, and US neoliberal empire; and to each other. Her other ongoing project, sponsored by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Studies Center and the Pacific Research Institute for Information Systems and Management (PRIISM), is a co-authored book, The Making of Little Saigon: Narratives of Nostalgia, (Dis)enchantment, and Aspirations, in which the authors chronicle stories of community building, social engagement, and relationships between Vietnamese American generations residing in Little Saigon, Orange County, California by interviewing subjects working in different professions and providing recent records about their sociopolitical evolvement over time.

Before joining the Department of Critical Race, Gender, & Culture Studies at American University, Dr. Quynh Vo taught composition and literature in the English Department, University of Hawaiʻi and a graduate course in transnational representation of Southeast Asia for GETSEA (Graduate Education and Training for Southeast Asian Studies) hosted by Cornell University. A literary scholar and bilingual educator, Dr. Vo is also interested in cultural and literary theory and criticism, gender studies, critical refugee studies, and translation. Her current translation project — a collection of Vietnamese women's short fiction — emerges from these intellectual concerns and is under review by an academic press. Dr. Quynh Vo’s writings (in English and Vietnamese) have appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Journal of Literary and Cultural Studies, Journal of Vietnamese Studies, Da Mau, Saigoneer, Peace, Land, Bread, and other venues. Her latest publications include: “’We Were Born from Beauty’: Motherly Aesthetics and Poetics of Displacement in Ocean Vuong's On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” in Reclaiming Migrant Motherhood : Identity, Belonging, and Displacement in a Global Context, Maria D. Lombard, ed. (Lexington Books, 2022) and “Vietnamese Literature and Ecofeminism”, in  The Routledge Handbook of Ecofeminism and Literature, Douglas A. Vakoch, ed. (Routledge, 2022).
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Summer 2022

  • ASIA-210 Modern South & Southeast Asia

Fall 2022

  • APDS-100 Introduction to Asia

  • APDS-100 Introduction to Asia

  • APDS-340 Topics Asia/Pacific/Diaspora: Asian Diaspora Aesthetics

Spring 2023

  • APDS-210 Modern South & Southeast Asia

  • APDS-210 Modern South & Southeast Asia

  • APDS-340 Topics Asia/Pacific/Diaspora: Transnatl Asian Cltrl Dilemmas