Berkeley English Graduate Students

Libby Kao

Professional Statement

By focalizing movement across genre (the novel, memoir, interviews, creative nonfiction, ethnography) as well as borders (along categories of the Global Anglophone and the contemporary multiethnic) — I work to circuitously and interdisciplinarily engage transnational Asian/American studies by thinking the sociological, historical, and the literary together in close relation.

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

Conference Papers

“Dialectics of Nothing: Negation, Queer History, and Revolutionary Becoming in Communist East Asia,” 2020 Post45 Graduate Symposium, February 28-29, 2020, Rutgers University, NJ.

“‘A Calamitous Ending’: Religious Yearning and the New Sincerity in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth,” Return, Resistance, Resilience, and Recovery: The UC San Diego Literature Graduate Conference, April 5-6, 2019, San Diego, CA.

“Queering Productivities of Desire: The Model Minority Myth in Don Lee’s Yellow,” 2018 Association of Asian American Studies Conference, March 29-31, 2018, San Francisco, CA.

Roundtable Presenter, “The Doctor Is Not In: Arts Interventions and the Micropolitics of Asian American Mental Health,” 2017 Association of Asian American Studies Conference, April 13-15, 2017, Portland, OR.


“Reconsidering the Model Minority Myth: Desire and Melancholia in Nina Revoyr’s Southland,Unfound: the Princeton Journal of Asian American Studies, Vol. IV (Fall 2017)

Current Research

My current work experiments with linking the past of mid-20th century Asian Communisms (and anti-Communisms) to the present of transnational Asian North American critique and contemporary Asian Anglophone literature, with particular attention to the affects and lived experience of ideology.

Recent English Courses Taught

No recent courses taught.