Laura Hyun Yi Kang

Professor, Gender and Sexuality Studies
School of Humanities

Professor, Comparative Literature
School of Humanities

Professor, English
School of Humanities

Ph.D., UC Santa Cruz, History of Consciousness

B.A., University of California, Berkeley, Ethnic Studies & English

Phone: (949) 824-6406
Fax: (949) 824-6416

University of California, Irvine
3220 Humanities Gateway
Mail Code: 2655
Irvine, CA 92697

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Feminist and Gender Studies; Feminist Epistemologies and Theories; Cultural Studies; Political Economies of Globalization; Asian American Literature; Ethnic Studies; Visual Cultures
Association of Asian American Studies Book Award in Cultural Studies 2003

UCI Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research 1998
Appointments University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley 1995-1996
Prof. Kang's research and teaching interests include the politics of knowledge production, feminist epistemologies, critical race studies, and cultural studies. She is currently completing a book on the shifting manufacture of “Asian women” across the transnational circuits of visual culture and political activism, adjudication and governance.

Courses Frequently Taught:

Undergraduate courses:
Gender and Power
Feminist Theory
Feminist Cultural Studies
Image Problems: Stereotypes & Representations

Graduate courses:
Feminist Knowledge and Social Change
Problems in Feminist Research
Publications Traffic in Asian Women (Duke University Press, forthcoming 2017).
  Compositional Subjects: Enfiguring Asian/American Women (Duke University Press, 2002)
  Echoes upon Echoes: New Korean American Writings Co-edited with Elaine H. Kim (Temple University Press, 2003)
  Editor of the Theme Unit on "Sex" in A Companion to Contemporary Documentary Film, eds. Alisa Lebow and Alexandra Juhasz (Blackwell, 2015).
  "Sex," in A Companion to Contemporary Documentary Film, eds. Alisa Lebow and Alexandra Juhasz (Blackwell, 2015).
  “Surveillance and the Work of Anti-Trafficking: From Compulsory Examination to International Coordination,” in Feminist Surveillance Studies, ed. Rachel E. Dubrofsky and Shoshana Magnet (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2015).
  "Late (Global) Capital," in The Routledge Companion to Asian American & Pacific Islander Literature, ed. Rachel C. Lee (Routledge, 2014).
  "The Uses of Asianization: Figuring Crises, 1997-8 and 2007-?," American Quarterly, v64, n3 (September 2012): 411-436. Special Issue on “Race, Empire and the Crisis of the Subprime.” Winner of the 2013 Best Special Issue Award from The Council of Editors of Learned Journals.
  "Si(gh)ting Asian/American Women as Transnational Labor," in Asian American Feminisms, ed. Leslie Bow (London: Routledge, 2012).
  "Epistemologies," in A Companion to Gender Studies, eds. Philomena Essed, David Goldberg, and Audrey Kobayashi (London: Blackwell, 2009): 73-86.
  "Feminist Studies of Asian American Literary/Cultural Studies," in Feminist Studies, v33, n3 (Fall 2007)
  "Case Studies," in Vectors: Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular, n3 (2006).
  "Conjuring ‘Comfort Women’: Mediated Affiliations and Disciplined Subjects in Korean/American Transnationality." Journal of Asian American Studies (February 2003): 25-55.
  "The Desiring of Asian Female Bodies: Interracial Romance and Cinematic Subjection," in Screening Asian Americans, ed. Peter X. Feng (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2002): 71-100.
  "Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s DICTEE," in Resource Guide to Asian American Literature, eds. Stephen H. Sumida and Sau-ling C. Wong. (New York: Modern Languages Association, 2001): 32-44.
  “Re-membering Home,” in Dangerous Women: Korean Women and Nationalism, eds. Elaine H. Kim and Chungmoo Choi (Routledge, 1998): 249-290.
  "A Contending Pedagogy: Asian American Studies as Extracurricular Praxis," in Teaching Asian America: Diversity and the Problem of Community (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1998): 123-141.
  "Si(gh)ting Asian/American Women as Transnational Labor." Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique 5.2 (Fall 1997): 403-437.
  “The 'Liberatory Voice' of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's Dictee,”in Writing Self, Writing Nation: Essays on Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's Dictee, eds Elaine H. Kim and Norma Alarcón. (Berkeley: Third Woman Press, 1994): 73–99.
  "The Desiring of Asian Female Bodies: Interracial Romance and Cinematic Subjection," Visual Anthropology Review, 9 (1993): 5–21.
Graduate Programs Visual Studies

Research Center Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy
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Last updated 10/10/2016