My research is broadly concerned with developing historicist and formalist approaches to the study of literature and economy, with a particular focus on the Asian American and Philippine Anglophone novel. I am working on two manuscript projects. The first is a study of Philippine literature in English in relation to the political economy of labor export and migrant remittances. Titled “Remittance Fiction,” the book writes a new history of the Filipino Anglophone novel (1934-2010) by showing how diasporic writers —working between the United States and the Philippines through an international exchange of creative writing—forged the representational powers of realism to grapple with questions of development. Theorizing the agency of literature in shaping economic discourse, my project shows how an important precursor to the migrant worker was the writer abroad, whose narratives of return help elucidate remittances not only as money but also as a social form. The second project extends my ongoing interest in literary and economic history through a study of the link between post-1965  economic restructuring and Asian American literary emergence in the context of Cold War–era debates about race, family, and so-called neoliberal human capital formation.