Kandice Chuh

Kandice Chuh is a professor of English and American Studies at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center, where she is also appointed to the faculty of the MA in Liberal Studies program. She was hired at the Graduate Center as a core member of the Mellon Interdisciplinarity Committee on Globalization and Social Change, and this year is a faculty fellow in the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics. Chuh is also the coordinator for the Graduate Center’s American Studies Certificate Program, and was one of the principal organizers of the Revolutionizing American Studies initiative launched at the Graduate Center in 2011. Prior to joining the CUNY faculty in 2010, she was a member of the English Department faculty and affiliated to the American studies and women’s studies departments and the Asian American Studies program, at the University of Maryland, College Park. She joined the University of Maryland faculty upon completing her PhD in English Language and Literature at the University of Washington, Seattle in 1996. At the University of Washington, Chuh regularly taught in the American Ethnic Studies department as well as in English. Before going to graduate school, Chuh worked as a litigation legal assistant in New York City. She received a BA in English and Women’s Studies from Colgate University in 1989. Her published work includes a monograph, Imagine Otherwise: on Asian Americanist Critique (Duke University Press, 2003), which was honored with the ASA’s Lora Romero First Book Award; a volume co-edited with Karen Shimakawa, Orientations: Mapping Studies in the Asian Diaspora (Duke University Press, 2001); and numerous essays and book chapters in such venues as Social TextPublic CultureAmerican Literary History, the Journal of Asian American Studies, and the Cambridge Companion volumes on Asian American literary history and literary studies. A second monograph titled The Difference Aesthetics Makes: On the Humanities ‘after Man’ will be published by Duke University Press.


“‘America’ Is Not the Object”: An Interview with Kandice Chuh, President of the American Studies Association