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Michelle N. Huang

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University


Michelle N. Huang (she/her/hers, Ph.D. English and Women’s Studies, Pennsylvania State University), jointly appointed in the English Department and in the Asian American Studies Program, has research and teaching interests in contemporary Asian American literature, posthumanism, and feminist science studies.

Her current project, “Molecular Race,” examines posthumanist aesthetics in post-1965 Asian American literature to trace racial representation and epistemology at nonhuman, minute scales. “Molecular Race” argues that a rapprochement with scientific discourse is necessary to fully grasp how the formal and aesthetic qualities of Asian American literature unsettle sedimented structures of racial formation.

Michelle’s work appears in Twentieth-Century LiteratureJournal of Asian American StudiesAmerasia, and Post 45: Contemporaries, among other venues.

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Critical Race & Ethnicity Studies, Asian American Literature, American: 20th Century, Gender Studies, Science & Literature

Selected Publications:

  • INHUMAN FIGURES: Robots, Clones and Aliens (2021). 24-minute research film essay. Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
  • “Do Better Now.” ASAP/Journal 6.2 (May 2021 issue on “New Worlds of Speculation”): 303-307.
  • “Racial Disintegration: Biomedical Futurity at the Environmental Limit.” Forthcoming in American Literature 93.3 (September 2021).
  • “Matériel Culture: The Militourist Aesthetic of Mary McCarthy’s Vietnam War Reportage.” Contemporary Literature 61.2 (Summer 2020): 162-193.
  • “‘feeling something as luminous’: an interview with Mei-mei Berssenbrugge and Teddy Yoshikami.” Tripwire: A Journal of Poetics 16 (2020): 192-212.
  • “On ‘Resisting Extinction,’” Verge: Studies in Global Asia 2 (Fall 2019; “Forgetting Wars”): 99-106.
  • The Posthuman Subject in/of Asian American Literature,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature (February 2019): 1-23. 
  • “Ecologies of Entanglement in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch,Journal of Asian American Studies 1 (February 2017): 95-117. *Winner of the 2016 Bruns Essay Prize from the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA)
  • “Creative Evolution: Narrative Symbiogenesis in Larissa Lari’s Salt Fish Girl.” Amerasia 2 (2016): 118-138.
  • Rematerializations of Race,” Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association 1 (May 2017).
  • The Synaptic Poetics of Kimiko Hahn’s Brain Fever,” Post45: Contemporaries series on Asian/American (Anti-)Bodies (December 2016).
  • “In Uniform Code: Catherine Barkley’s Wartime Nursing Service in A Farewell to Arms,” Twentieth-Century Literature 2 (Summer 2016): 197-222.
  • “Hospice Comics: Representations of Patient and Family Experience of Illness and Death in Graphic Novels,” Co-authored with MK Czerwiec, R.N. Journal of Medical Humanities2 (June 2017): 95-113.