Dr. A. Naomi Paik

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Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, and History

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Biography

A. Naomi Paik is an associate professor of Asian American studies with appointments in Gender & Women's studies and History at the  University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She published Rightlessness: Testimony and Redress in U.S. Prison Camps since World War II (UNC Press, 2016; winner, Best Book in History, AAAS 2018; runner-up, John  Hope Franklin prize for best book in American Studies, ASA, 2017).

Her book Bans, Walls, Raids, Sanctuary: Understanding U.S. Immigration for the 21st Century (forthcoming, May 2020, University of California Press), examines the long-developing criminalization of foreign-born people in the United States and the need for radical, abolitionist approaches to sanctuary.

She is currently working on a book-length manuscript on the most capacious meaning of “sanctuary for all” and developing another on military  outsourcing.

As a board member of the Radical History Review, she has co-edited three special issues of the journal—on “Militarism and Capitalism (Winter 2019), “Radical Histories of Sanctuary” (Fall 2019), and “Policing, Justice, and the Radical Imagination” (Spring 2020). She has published articles in Social Text, Radical History Review, Cultural Dynamics, Race & Class, e-misferica, Humanity, The Conversation, The Funambulist, and the collection Guantánamo and American Empire.

She is the IPRH-Mellon fellow in Legal Humanities (2019-2022), working to build the legal humanities at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. With Toby Beauchamp, she is organizing a series of events on "Abolition" as a Resident Associate of the Center for Advanced Study (2019-present). Her research and teaching interests include comparative ethnic studies; U.S. imperialism; U.S. militarism; social and cultural  approaches to legal studies; transnational and women of color feminisms; carceral spaces; and labor, race, and migration.

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Education

  • Yale University, Ph.D., American Studies (Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies)
  • Yale University, M.Phil, American Studies
  • Yale University, M.A., American Studies
  • Columbia University, B.A., Women’s and Gender Studies and Asian American Studies

Distinctions / Awards

  • Center For Advanced Study Resident Associate, "Abolition," 2019-present
  • Prize for Best Faculty Research, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, for the article “Between Rights and Rightlessness: Haitian Immigrants and the Elusive Promises of Humanitarianism”
  • Helen Corley Petit Scholar, recognizing “extraordinary” early career faculty members, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Winner, Best Book in History Award, Association for Asian American Studies, 2018, for Rightlessness
  • Runner up/Finalist, John Hope Franklin Prize for Best Book in American Studies, American Studies Association, 2017, for Rightlessness
  • International Women’s Day Award, Women’s Resource Center, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Early Career Postdoctoral Fellowship, Humanities Center, University of Pittsburgh 2012-2013
  • Warfield Center for African and African Diaspora Studies Summer Research Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin, Summer 2013
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, The Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Emory University (declined)
  • Warfield Center for African and African Diaspora Studies Summer Research Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin, Summer 2012 (declined)
  • Summer Research Assignment, The University of Texas at Austin 2011-2012
  • Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in Asian American Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 2009-2010

Grants

  • IPRH-Mellon Faculty in the Legal Humanities, 2020-2022
  • Initiative for Multiracial Democracy Funding Awards for Bans, Walls, Raids, Sanctuary
  • Faculty Fellowship, 2016-2017, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Humanities Release Time, 2015, Campus Research Board, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Early Career Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2012-2013, Humanities Center, University of Pittsburgh
  • Faculty Development Program Grant, Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, The University of Texas at Austin 2011-2012
  • Signature Course Grant, Embrey Foundation for Women’s Human Rights Initiative, Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, The University of Texas at Austin. (For development and instruction of first-year undergraduate course, Gender, Migration, and Rights.) 2011-2012
  • New Americanist Working Group (member), Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts Grant, University of Notre Dame 2010-2011

Courses

  • Introduction to Asian American Studies
  • Prisons, Race, and Terror
  • Immigration, Law, and Rights
  • Women Immigrant Labor
  • Race, Memory, Violence
  • Abolition

LLS Titles & Affiliations

  • Associate Professor

Publications

Books

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Book Contributions


  • Paik, A. N. ""Between Storytelling and Truth-Telling: Testimonial Narratives of Guantánamo."." Guantánamo and American Empire: The Humanities Respond. . Ed. Don E. Wallicek and Jessica Adams. New York: Palgrave-McMillan, 2018. 121-148.

Journal Articles

  • Paik, A. Naomi, Jason Ruiz, and Rebecca Schrieber. "Sanctuary’s Radical Networks." Radical History Review Special Issue on Radical Histories of Sanctuary (2019): 1-13.
  • Paik, A. Naomi, Simeon Man, and Melina Pappademos. "Violent Entanglements: Militarism and Capitalism." Radical History Review Special Issue on Militarism and Capitalism (2019): 1-10.
  • Paik, A. Naomi. "Between Rights and Rightlessness: Haitian Migrants and the Elusive Promises of Humanitarianism." e-misferica Special Issue on “Expulsions/Expulsión/ Expulsão 14.1 (2019):
  • Paik, A. N. "Representing the Disappeared Body: Hunger Strikes at Guantánamo (forthcoming)." Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development 9.3 (2018):
  • Paik, A. N. "Abolitionist Futures and the U.S. Sanctuary Movement." Race & Class 59.2 (2017): 3-25.
  • Paik, A. N. "Education and Empire, Old and New: H.R. 3077 and the Resurgence of the U.S. Imperial University." Cultural Dynamics 25.1 (2013): 3-28.
  • Paik, A. N. "Carceral Quarantine at Guantánamo: Legacies of U.S. Imprisonment of Haitian Refugees, 1991-1994." Radical History Review 115.1 (2013): 142-168.
  • Paik, A. N. "Education and Empire, Old and New: H.R. 3077 and the Resurgence of the U.S. Imperial University." Cultural Dynamics 25.1 (2013): 3-28.
  • Paik, A. N. "Testifying to Rightlessness: Haitian Refugees Speaking from Guantánamo." Social Text 28.3 (2010): 39-65.

Special Issues of a Journal

  • Policing, Justice, and the Radical Imagination. Spec. iss. of Radical History Review (2020):
  • Radical Histories of Sanctuary. Spec. iss. of Radical History Review (2019):
  • Militarism and Capitalism. Spec. iss. of Radical History Review (2019):

Newspaper Articles

Magazine Articles

  • Paik, A. N. "Guantánamo Bay: A Palimpsest of Carceral Violence." The Funambulist Magazine. 3 Jan. 2016: 34-40.

Website Articles