creative work



My early work is focused at the intersection of US LGBT politics, identity and conservative religion, namely Mormonism. My article "Mormon and Queer at the Crossroads" (2011), published in the Mormon journal Dialogue, turns to the insights of queer theorist Eve Sedgwick to analyze changes in Mormon discourse on homosexuality and gender from the 1950s to the 2000s. My editorial piece, "The Curious Case of Mormons and LGBT Rights," (2013) explains how US LGBT politicking through the state has been insufficient because LGBT rights shore up difference in the interests of private property, including for spheres in which same-sex intimacy is a "sin"; the Mormon Church has successfully experimented with LGBT rights in Utah to this effect.

My work now investigates queer critique in the context of US, Japanese and other imperialisms in the transpacific, or what I call "queer transpacific critique." My article "Rethinking Yaoi on the Regional and Global Scale" (2015) theorizes the proliferation of yaoi or boys' love (a Japanese feminist-queer multimedia genre) in East Asia as gender/sexual equality has become a global bellwether for modernity.

My dissertation takes an historical, literary and filmic approach to analyzing 20th- and 21st-century Asian racialization as it intersects with queer exclusion/inclusion. The project aims to contribute to Asian/American studies, queer studies and critical race studies.

At the University of Washington, I've taught 100-level expository writing courses, as well as developed and taught a 200-level course titled "Afro Asia and US Multiculturalism." Students in this course engaged with Asian American and black internationalist literary texts to think through shifts in 20th-century racialization while paying particular attention to sites of interracial alliance.


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