Professor Nguyen talks about art, punk, and politics. Art Now is an award-winning mini-documentary series that has produced over 80 episodes on local artists working in Champaign-Urbana and the surrounding areas since July 2010.
Mimi Thi Nguyen
Mimi Thi Nguyen is Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her first book, called The Gift of Freedom: War, Debt, and Other Refugee Passages, focuses on the promise of “giving” freedom concurrent and contingent with waging war (Duke University Press, 2012; Outstanding Book Award in Cultural Studies from the Association of Asian American Studies, 2014). She is also co-editor with Fiona I.B. Ngo and Mariam Lam of a special issue of positionson Southeast Asian American Studies (20:3, Winter 2012), and co-editor with Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu of Alien Encounters: Pop Culture in Asian America (Duke University Press, 2007). Her papers have been solicited for the Feminist Theory Archive at Brown University.
Her following project is called The Promise of Beauty. She has also published in Signs, Camera Obscura, Women & Performance, positions, Artforum, The Funambulist, and Radical History Review. Nguyen was named a Conrad Humanities Scholar in 2013, a designation supporting the work of outstanding associate professors in the humanities within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois. She was named a John and Grace A. Nicholson Scholar in 2017, a designation supporting excellence in philosophical inquiry, also at the University of Illinois.
Nguyen has made zines since 1991, includingSlander (formerly known by other titles) and the compilation zine Race Riot. She is a former Punk Planet columnist and Maximumrocknroll volunteer. She is also co-author of the retired research blog on dress and beauty threadbared. In June 2013, Sarah McCarry's Guillotine ("a series of erratically published chapbooks focused on revolutionary non-fiction") released PUNK, a conversation between Nguyen and Golnar Nikpour. She toured with other zine makers of color in 2012 and 2013, and continues to organize events and shows with and for POC punks.
- transnational feminist cultural studies
- critical refugee studies
- women of color feminisms
- Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, Ethnic Studies, Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality
- M.A., New York University, American Studies
- B.A. University of California, Berkeley, Women's Studies
Distinctions / Awards
- Nicholson Professorial Scholars Award 2017-2020
- Winner of the 2014 Book Award in Cultural Studies from the Association for Asian American Studies
- Conrad Humanities Professorial Scholars Award 2013-2018
- AAS 211 Asian Americans and the Arts
- GWS 275 The Politics of Fashion
- AAS 315 War, Memory, Cinema
- GWS 350 Feminist Theory
- GWS 355 Beauty and Culture
- GWS 550 Feminist Theories and Methods
- GWS 575 Transnational Feminisms