Patricia Nguyen

Patricia Nguyen, Ph.D. is an artist, educator, and scholar born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She is currently an Assistant Professor in American Studies at the University of Virginia. Her research and performance work examines the intersections between the military and prison industrial complex, forced migration, oral histories, inherited trauma, torture, and nation building in the United States and Southeast Asia.

Fiona Ngô

Fiona Ngô is an associate professor in Americn Studies. Ngô is the author of Imperial Blues (Duke University Press, 2014), which focuses on the role of imperialism in shaping the gendered, racial, and sexual logics of Jazz Age New York.

Lisa Marie Cacho

In her scholarship, Lisa Marie Cacho interrogates the ways in which human value is both ascribed and denied relationally along racial, gendered, sexual, national and spatial lines. Her book, Social Death: Racialized Rightlessness and the Criminalization of the Unprotected (NYU Press, 2012) won the American Studies Association’s 2013 John Hope Franklin Publication Prize honoring the most outstanding book published the previous year in American Studies.

Kasey Jernigan

 Kasey Jernigan was the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Native American Studies at Wesleyan University in the American Studies Department. Her work focuses on obesity, identity, and cultural uses of food among Oklahoma tribes. Using collaborative and participatory research methods, her research examines the socio-cultural, economic, political, and historical influences of health, while centering tribal citizens’ personal stories and meaning-making in these processes. In her current manuscript project, Embodied Heritage: Commod Bods and Indian Identities, Dr.


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