I am an Assistant Professor of English and American Studies at Princeton University. My courses include “Asian American Literature,” “Global Novel,” “Model Minority Fictions,” and “World Scale.” I also teach a graduate seminar on Marxist literary theory, which introduces students to historical materialist methods for writing about the economic mediations of culture.
My recent article, “Cold War Remittance Economy”︎ American Quarterly 73.3 (2021), received the 1921 Best Essay Prize, which is annually awarded by the American Literature Society for "the best article in any field of American literature."
I am also an Elected Delegate (2020-2023) for the CLCS Southeast Asian and Southeast Asian Diasporic at the Modern Language Association.
What can literature tell us about political economy and what can political economy tell us about literature?
I am an interdisciplinary scholar working at the intersection of literature and economy, with a particular focus on Asian American and Philippine Anglophone literature. I read across literary and economic history and bring archival research to the study of the novel, developing a multiscalar reading practice that elaborates historical meaning contextually and in the form of the works themselves.
I bring these research interests together in my current book project, “Remittances, Literary & Economic,” the first sustained inquiry into the convergence between novels and remittances, or the money that migrant workers send home. Theorizing the concept of remittances as a heuristic for reading the interconnection between people, ideas, texts, and value, the book uncovers the surprising role that English-language literature played in the twentieth-century transformation of the Philippines into one of the world’s largest labor export economies. Excerpts of the book manuscript have been delivered as lectures at Harvard University, New York University, the University of the Philippines, and the American University of Beirut.
My second project extends my ongoing interest in literary and economic history through a dual study of neoliberalism’s racial forms and Asian American literary emergence, tracing today’s digitally-driven knowledge economy to Cold War-era debates about race, family, time, and neoliberal human capital formation.