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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Curriculum Vitae
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Department:
African and African American Studies
English
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Education:
A.B., Princeton University
M.A., Middlebury College
C.Phil., University of California, San Diego
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Selected Publications

"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

“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.

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]