Research






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