Aimee Bahng

Assistant Professor of English

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
African and African American Studies
Comparative Literature

I teach and write about transnational Asian/American literature, feminist science and technology studies, and queer theory. My book, Migrant Futures: Decolonizing Speculation in Financial Times (forthcoming from Duke University Press), examines narratives of futurity across a range of platforms – from subaltern science fiction to the financial speculations of the 1%. The book asserts that a history of racial capitalism subtends visions of the future and to imagine otherwise demands an excavation of this history.

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I am currently working on another book, Transpacific Ecologies, which looks to the Pacific – the body of water, the islands, and their human and non-human denizens, as well as the nation-states and corporations that parlay across it – for narratives that help us think beyond a terrestrial-centric human history and toward a more diverse conceptualization of environmental futures. I use transnational and indigenous feminist frameworks to reassert a "transpacific undercommons" through which we might reconfigure relationships to the planet by reckoning with a disavowed ecological past. 

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207 Sanborn
HB 6032
African and African American Studies
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
A.B., Princeton University
M.A., Middlebury College
C.Phil., University of California, San Diego
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Selected Publications

“#BlackLivesMatter and Feminist Pedagogy: Teaching a Movement Unfolding,” with Reena Goldthree, Radical Teacher, special issue on Teaching Black Lives Matter, eds. Christopher Kennedy, Robyn Spencer, and Paula Austin. Vol. 101 (2016): 20-28.

"Specters of the Pacific: Salt Fish Drag and Atomic Hauntologies in the Era of Genetic Modification," Journal of American Studies, eds. Hamilton Carroll and Annie McClanahan, 49:4 (2015). 

"The Cruel Optimism of Asian Futurity and Reparative Practices in Sonny Liew’s Malinky Robot.Techno-Orientalism. Eds. Betsy Huang, Greta Niu, and David Roh. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2015. 

“Extrapolating Transnational Arcs, Excavating Imperial Legacies: The Speculative Acts of Karen Tei Yamashita’s "Through the Arc of the Rain Forest,” MELUS: Alien/Asian*, 33:4 (2008).

“Queering the Matrix : Hacking the Digital Divide and Slashing into the Future,” The Matrix in Theory, Critical Studies, eds. M Diocaretz and S Herbrechter (eds.), (2006) 167-192.

Speaking Engagements

Huntington Library in San Marino, CA: ‘Octavia E. Butler Studies: Convergence of an Expanding Field,’ a one-day symposium, 23 June 2017.

UC Davis, Environments and Societies Colloquium, 19 April 2017.

New School, Genres of Speculation symposium, 26 February 2017.

NYU, New World Orders: Colonial Intimacies & Crip Exigencies, 27 January 2017.

Yale University: English Department 20th- and 21st-Century Studies Colloquium, 6 October 2016.

University of Minnesota: Department of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies “QTPoC Imaginaries and Futurities” Event Series, Winton Chair Reading Group / Lecture Series on Gender, Culture, and Capitalism, Miranda Joseph and Lena Palacios, 23 September 2016.

UC San Diego: Shaping Change: Remembering Octavia E. Butler through Archives, Art, and Worldmaking, “Plasmodial Improprieties: Octavia Butler, Slime Molds, and Imagining a Femi-Queer Commons,” June 2016.

“Transpacific Speculations,” plenary talk at the English Language and Literature Association of Korea, Seoul National University, (Busan, Korea) 10 December 2015.

Panelist, "Intersecting Identities in a Multicultural World: Do Asian Americans Matter?" invited by Helen Zia, We Flourish: Celebrating Asian and Asian American Alumni at Princeton University, (Princeton, NJ) 17 October 2015.

“Speculation and the Speculum: Natal Alienation and Reproductive Futurity,” invited by the Five College Feminist Science and Technology Studies Initiative, Hampshire College, (Amherst, MA) April 2015.

Asian America: Triangulations of a Semisphere, invited by UC Presidential Chair in Feminist Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, (Santa Cruz, CA) February 2013.

From Sunshine State to Fog City: Asian American Comics in California, invited by the Graphic Narrative Project and the Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University, (Palo Alto, CA) November 2012.

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Works in Progress

"Im-Personating Asian American Corpses: Rachel C. Lee's The Exquisite Corpse of Asian America," book review for MELUS.

"Transpacific Futurities: Living in the Asian Century," Journal of Asian American Studies: Transpacific Futurities. Spec. Issue. Eds. Aimee Bahng and Christine Mok. 20:1, forthcoming February 2017.

Transpacific Ecologies. [2nd book manuscript]