Dr. A. Naomi Paik

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Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies

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Biography

A. Naomi Paik is assistant professor of Asian American studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research and teaching interests include Asian American and comparative ethnic studies; U.S. imperialism; social and cultural approaches to legal studies; transnational and women of color feminisms; carceral spaces; and labor, race, and migration. Her manuscript, Rightlessness: Testimonies from the Camp (UNC Press, 2016), reads testimonial narratives of subjects rendered rightless by the U.S. state through their imprisonment in camps. She has published articles on the indefinite detention of HIV-positive Haitian refugees at Guantánamo in Social Text and Radical History Review. She has also published on post-September 11th attacks on academic freedom, particularly on postcolonial studies, in Cultural Dynamics. She earned her doctorate in American studies from Yale University and held the Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow of Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and the Early Career Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Humanities Center of the University of Pittsburgh.  

 

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

  • Warfield Center for African and African Diaspora Studies Summer Research Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin, Summer 2013
  • Early Career Postdoctoral Fellowship, Humanities Center, University of Pittsburgh 2012-2013
  • 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

  • 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
  • Race, Memory, Violence

LLS Titles & Affiliations

  • Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies

Publications

Journal Articles

  • 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. "“Testifying to Rightlessness: Haitian Refugees Speaking from Guantánamo”." Social Text 28.3 (2010): 39-65.